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THE PAPWORTHS OF GREENVALE AND TULLAMARINE ISLAND, VIC., AUST. (ALSO JOHNSON.) (ALSO TROTMAN.)

Journal by itellya

ENTRY IN DHOTAMA.
PAPWORTH
Annette Davis says in her Greenvale : Links With The Past that Henry Papworth and Elizabeth (nee Johnson) had nine children but Martha(3yrs), Susanna (10 months), Sarah Ann (4 yrs) and Edward (17 yrs) died young and were buried at Will Will Rook Cemetery. After Elizabeth (D. 1899 at 75) and Henry (D.1904 at 74) were laid to rest in the same place, their 2nd son, William continued to live in the mud brick house near the bend of Section Rd. A map in Annettes book shows that the Papworths owned a block at the n/e corner of Providence Lane and Section Rd. with about a mile frontage to each, about 33 acres. Near the s/w corner of this block is the Methodist Church built in 1969, services having been held much earlier though as Sarah Jane and Martha Ann Papworth were baptised there in the 1850s.
In 1863, Henry Papworths farm had a N.A.V. of 13 pounds. The 1899-1900 records show that Henry had a house and 6 acres and Elizabeth was the occupant of Henrys house on 13 acres. Also, with a greengrocer named Henry Jenkins, Charles Papworth was leasing a house and 66 acres from the executors of John Lawrence; this land would have been lots 6 and 7 of Machells grant ( lot c of sect. 2 Yuroke) and consisted of the corner block previously mentioned (lot 7) and lot 6 on which the church was built (later owned by the Musgroves according to the map.) By 1920-1, James Graff was leasing lots 6 and 7 from J.Musgrove and Amos Papworth was leasing 19 acres and a house (probably in Section Rd.) from Mrs. A. Fowler.
Amos Papworth had a brother named Percy who moved to Bulla and had an apricot orchard near Deep Creek. Based on a description of its location by Albert Schwartz (last property on the east where Loemans Rd. turns to the west), the orchard was on Craigllachie (lot A of section 12, parish of Tullamarine). Percys son, Keith, married Lavinia Schwartz.

(3-2-2012 addition) Henry Papworth's wife would almost certainly have been related to Peter Robertson of Gellibrand Cottage and the Johnsons who owned land between Swain St and Providence Lane later owned by Harry Swain. The Johnsons also had Greenhill near Crowe's Hill, Glendewar and Spring Park on the north side of Keilor Rd as well as leasing Cumberland after the death of Alexander McCracken. A book about the Johnsons can be seen at the Woodlands Historic Homestead (Seeds of Time if I remember correctly.) A separate Johnson journal may be posted soon.

THE PAPWORTHS IN THE PAPERS.
ARGUS 1-4-1902, P.1. Mrs Hannah Cuthbert who had died at her son's residence at Greenvale was the mother-in-law of George Papworth and John Bond. The son with whom she had been living was Charles Cuthbert junior, whose house was in Sanitorium Lane; his death notice was in the Argus of 12-3-1918 on page 1. These notices show that George was at Sale in 1902 and in New South Wales by 1918.
Sanitorium Lane would have been the current name for Providence Lane, the Sanitorium being such an important feature in the quiet community. Providence Lane may have been coined by Den Machell, who subdivided his roughly half square mile grant in the parish of Yuroke in about 1853, to indicate that all good things would come to those who purchased his blocks or it might have had something to do with the church being built there. The Bonds were early pioneers on the estate (hence Bonds Lane) and John Bond later had a farm of about 360 acres about a mile east, on the south side of Somerton Rd. John Bond who married Hannah's daughter seems to have moved to the Footscray area.

North Melbourne Advertiser 13-3-1891, p.2. C.H.Papworth had applied for a hawker's licence, Messrs Dean and Connor offering the necessary security. I believe that he would have been a member of the Greenvale or Tullamarine Papworth families. The Deans by then had their "Dean's Hotel" at the east corner of Wildwood Rd (see I.W.Symond's "Bulla Bulla)as well as the one built by Robert Shankland on the corner of Dean St in Moonee Ponds. William Connor was a farmer in present day Keilor Park. It was most likely in the Bulla, Greenvale, Keilor area that Papworth intended to sell his goods. Greenvale, which took its modern name from that of John McKerchar's farm half a mile west of Mickleham Rd on the north side, had only John Lavars' hotel (on the south west corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds, not the N.E. corner as shown in "Greenvale: Links with the Past" by Annette Davis)as a retail outlet for most of its history. Bulla had only William Bethell's bluestone store, as well as pubs and a coffee palace, and Keilor's shops would have supplied few of the non-necessities that housewives craved, such as a nice dress to wear to the dances at Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows) or willow patterned plates.

North Melbourne Advertiser 30-6-1893, p.2. This describes an enquiry into the death of William Papworth, late of Greenvale,who was killed as the result of a fall from a dray. Elizabeth Papworth, his wife said she had last seen him at 4:30a.m. when he left the house to go to work for Mr Trotman. They had five children. (Much more detail in the article!) The incident is also reported on page 6 of the Argus of 29-6-1893 with William's age given as 40.
The farms on the north side of Somerton Rd, heading east from Mickleham Rd (from memory) were Springfield, Glenarthur and Waltham (which was two thirds of the crown allotment. Springfield, east of the reservoir, was divided into Springfield North (now the site of Aitken College,renamed Brocklands by the Gambles after John Brock an early squatter in the area dispossessed by Clarke's Special Survey, who then moved east with Janefield near Latrobe Uni being named after his wife)with French Rd in the southern half named after Wal.French. I do not have time to research the Trotman land, no longer having my Broadmeadows Shire rate records but I think the Trotmans had Glenarthur (the western half of the reservoir) and the middle third of the crown allotment containing Waltham (the eastern half of the reservoir.)
The only mention of the Trotmans in Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History is that Arthur Trotman was elected as a Broadmeadows Shire councillor in 1898. I hope this illustrates to you why I have such a passion to acknowledge pioneers. Andrew Lemon can take the credit for my 24 years of research and writing!
Neil Mansfield's The David Mansfield Story has much more detail about the Trotmans (pages 85-7.) Thomas Robert Trotman was born in 1857, the last of seven children to William Timbrell Trotman and Emma Keziah (nee Williams.) William Bethell, whose store at Bulla has been mentioned previously, was the father in law of Thomas who married his daughter, Elizabeth (b.22-4-1858) at Tullamarine in 1880, obviously at the Methodist Church built in 1870 and now sadly demolished (but with its stained glass windows incorporated into the Uniting Church, Carrick Dr., Gladstone Park.)
Thomas and Elizabeth had four children, all born at Greenvale: Ethel 1881, Leonard 1882, Edgar William 1885, Edmund Atholston (Athol)1890. Both Ethel and Leonard married siblings in the Vincent family of Coburg. (More detail can be supplied if requested.
As W.T.and Emma Trotman had seven children, a visit to the Sam Merrifield Library at Moonee Ponds (between the court house museum and town hall) to inspect "Greenvale Links to the Past" will probably reveal much more than I have been able to do.

William Fraser Grant,of Craigllachie on Tullamarine Island, was the father of Elsie May who married Percy Papworth on 25-10 1907 at Williamstown.(Argus 25-10-1932 p.1 Silver Wedding, W.F.Grant's death notice Argus 2-5-1916 p.1) Percy was the eldest son of the late William (died 1893 as above) and Elizabeth Papworth. Albert Schwartz, who married Jean, daughter of Bill Ellis of Ecclesfield and Gowrie Park and lived next door to her sister Vivien (Sutherland)opposite the Tullamarine Methodist Church, told me that Percy was an orchardist on Craigllachie. By the way the farm's Scottish name is pronounced Craig Ell Locky according to the late Bob Blackwell. We will soon see how Albert happened to know about Percy. Albert, however, told me nothing about Percy's driving. Perhaps this Percy was his cousin.

Argus 20-1-1925 p.21. MOTORS COLLIDE. A motor truck driven by Percy Papworth of Greenvale and a car going in the opposite direction collided outside the tram sheds in Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon (Melway 28 K10!)The car was badly damaged but nobody was seriously hurt.
Argus 11-2-1925 p.8. Percy Papworth, orchardist of Bulla was charged with driving on the wrong side of Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon on January 19th.
Argus 20-11-1947 p.9. This is the death notice of William Frederick Schwartz who had a son named Albert and a daughter, Lavinia, who became Mrs Papworth.


As Lavinia's brother told me (see above), she married Percy's son Keith.

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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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by itellya on 2012-08-11 23:43:14

Recently I spoke to Elaine Brogan, who is working on a committee with Beryl Patullo to research and preserve the Will Will Rook Cemetery. After an hour long conversation, she asked if I had any information about the Papworths. As you can see, I did but I'd forgotten writing it. I've since told Elaine about it but I thought I'd add some information from Trove in the journal.

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