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THE ROAD BETWEEN TULLAMARINE JUNCTION AND KEILOR,1856, VIC., AUST.

Journal by itellya

I have not seen the plan referred to in the article, but as I know exactly which roads are involved,I feel duty-bound to reveal this information in case a researcher,perhaps from the Keilor Historical Society,finds the article and makes wrong assumptions about the route of this new link with Keilor.

NEW ROAD.-Yesterday's Government Gazette contains an announcement that a map and a plan describing the courses and bearings of a new road, from the Junction of Broadmeadows and the Deep Creek Roads to Keilor, had been deposited in the office of the Central Road Board.

The same publication gives the following particulars of the road :-The road commences at the junction of the Broadmeadows and Deep Creek roads, at a point marked K on the plan, running due south 42 chains 17 links, to a point marked F, passing through the properties of Messrs. Clark, Baxter, Macdonald, and Colonel Kenny ; thence due west one mile (already proclaimed) to a point marked D ; thence due south 60 chains to a point marked M; and thence south-west by south 25 deg. 20 min. 21 chains 70 links passing through the property of J. V. L. Foster Esq. The quantity of land required to be taken for the proposed road is twelve acres one rood and twenty perches, and the estimated cost of effecting the said work is three hundred and sixty-six pounds (£366) sterling.
(P.7, Argus, 19-4-1856.)


K= top of Melway 16 J1,the present Mickleham Rd/Melrose Drive corner. Melway indicates that Broadmeadows Rd actually runs south for 47 chains so the typesetter may have mistaken a seven for a one.

Despite a search for "Clark, Tullamarine, 1850-1859" which examined the first three pages of results,I am no wiser about the identity of Mr Clark. It is possible that Walter Clark, who had purchased 17A Tullamarine from Alexander Kennedy in 1856 to establish Glenara, was leasing land in section 3,Tullamarine as a holding paddock for his sheep which would probably require two days on the roads to reach the market in Melbourne.

Mr Baxter presents a problem. Andrew Baxter was the grantee of 4(1),Tullamarine,whose north west and south west corners are indicated by the Lackenheath Drive and a point 193 metres to the south indicated by the east-west part of Elmhurst Rd in Gladstone Park.This is north of Tullamarine Junction. Perhaps Baxter was also leasing land on section 3(i.e. west of Broadmeadows Rd) from the Fosters;he is not mentioned in any of the six trove results.My title research on the land west of Broadmeadows Rd shows that these 400 acres were not sold until 1867. The southern 400 acres was sold to D.T.Kilburn on 25-9-1867. The Kilburns called it Fairfield. I believe that David Milburn of Grange Farm, Victorias first irrigator, was leasing it in 1868.

Mr Macdonald got his name in the papers but probably would have preferred not to have,for this reason,anyway.
INQUESTS.--Dr. Chandler, the District Coroner, has recently held the following inquests:-On the 26th inst., at Tullamarine, on the body of John Macdonald, who died on the 24th in consequence of injuries received by a fall from his horse.(P.5,Argus,31-3-1858.)

The above Messrs. Clark and Baxter may have owners or lessees of land east of Broadmeadows Rd that was originally part of Colonel Eyre Evans Kenny's "Camp Hill" and A.MacDonald certainly was. Hoddle surveyed Deep Creek Rd in 1847 and the land west of it was sold by Kenny(in 1851 if I remember.)At the same time that I discovered this sale,I saw the advertisement for Gretna Green,and my memory isn't bad.
MONDAY, JANUARY 31. Gretna Green, Opposite Colonel Kenny's Estate, Parish of Tullamarine.
Subdivision of part of portion No.4 of Section 4, the property of A. M'Donald, Esq. (P.2, Argus, 27-1-1859.)


F= Melway 15 J3,the corner of Broadmeadows and Sharps Rds. D=Melway 15 E3 (top left corner) the corner of Sharps Rd and today's Keilor Park Drive (formerly Fosters Rd.) This was exactly 8000 links (one mile, 1600 metres roughly) and separated William Foster's 640 acre grants, 3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla.

The road from D to F followed the boundary between William Foster's 21 Doutta Galla and John "Alphabetical" Foster's 20 Doutta Galla which went west to the Saltwater River and was known as "Leslie Banks". The 6000 links length of this portion of the road, which, if the line was continued, would run directly into Collinson St, Keilor Park (the western boundary of section 19 Doutta Galla and the Keilor Township), comes directly from the Doutta Galla parish map. It does continue to the point marked M at the bottom of Melway 15 D5 near No. 127 Fosters Rd, where the road turned to the south west, for 2070 links to reach Spence St,the northern boundary of Keilor Township. Thus it could be claimed that the road had reached Keilor.

When was it that Fosters Rd was extended to Keilor Rd? The journey south, as shown on the parish map, would have probably involved a detour to the west along Spence St to a Keilor Township street (not named on the parish map but running from Spence St to Keilor Rd) which is now the south end of Fosters Rd (as indicated by the line of the western boundary of Keilor Cemetery.) As there were no doglegs in Fosters Rd the angle of the south-west bearing section of Fosters Rd must have been changed so the new road would run directly into the
un-named township street, as common sense would dictate.

If it was a hot day,or the traveller was heading to North Pole Road,he might have travelled east along Spence St to the line of Collinson St and headed south to Keilor Rd where he could quench his thirst at Henry Eldridge's Sir John Franklin Hotel on the left corner*.

(*Extract from the c/a 18A entry in my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA.
The Sir John Franklin hotel, shown on the east corner of Collinson St and Keilor Rd in the 1860 survey map, was actually on lot 1 of allotment A and Henry Elridges purchase of this land from Charles Bradshaw is recorded in 20 361. Eldridge bought his corner block for 278 pounds on 1-6-1854. It consisted of 1 acre 3 roods and 17 perches, having frontages of 132 ft to Keilor Rd and 606 ft on the western boundary (Collinson St).

Most of the township blocks in today's Keilor Park were consolidated into farms by the likes of William and Sarah Connor and James Harrick and the township streets heading north-south were never properly made and mostly disappeared.

When I was elected to Keilor Council in 1974, I pledged to focus on Keilor Park and one of the main issues was to get the government road (Fosters Rd) properly made. One of the residents who became a good mate,Mrs Lee, wrote an excellent history of the Keilor Park Reserve which has been quoted in the history of the Keilor Park Football Club. My shrewd Tullamarine Ward colleague,Leo Dineen, managed to get most of the main roads near Keilor Park and Tullamarine made at the expense of the Commonwealth Government.

Surnames: BAXTER CLARK DINEEN. ELDRIDGE FOSTER KENNY LEE MACDONALD
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