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David Mairs was granted a total of 1745 acres in the parish of Bittern east of Coolart Rd and between Disney St and the mouth of Bittern Creek. Full details of each allotment can be supplied if requested. There were allotments fronting both sides of Sandy Point Rd, South Beach Rd and a now closed road that can be traced by extending Pearce Rd (Melway 194 B1) to Somers Rd.

By googling David Mairs Bittern, you will find "David MairsP100230169 etc" which gives excellent genealogical detail about his ancestors and his wife's as well as all the children, emigration information and so on. This journal was prompted by information in Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL about the formation of a rifle club in Red Hill in 1900. David Mairs and a Huntly (sic, Huntley) were involved. I knew David Mairs had been granted much land near the eastern side of the peninsula from my work on THE FEMALE DROVER and thought it strange that he was involved at Red Hill. As David died in 1902 and had apparently been suffering from paralysis, it must have been his son David Taylor Mairs who was involved. The latter married Louise Huntley in 1902 and they lived on a property called "Campsie" (now Somers.) Now the really strange thing is that Palmer's Point had been suggested for their rifle range. It was probably near Melway 193 A12 where J.Palmer had been granted 420 acres bounded by Merricks Beach Rd and Merricks Ck.(crown allotments 36,37,38 Balnarring.) Note Palmers Hill Rd.

It is likely that Louise Huntley had been on 105 acres (191 E4)whose south west corner is now occupied by Vines of Red Hill. I have just spent half an hour looking for a reference that I clearly remember regarding one detail. The names of the Misses Huntley were given and two of them started with L, one being Lara. The website mentioned above states that one of Louise's sisters was Lora. I believe that D.T.Mairs had suggested Palmer's Point (on the other side of the Coolart Pre-emptive Right from crown allotment 137, which was obviously part of Campsie), for a range and that Louise's brothers (Herbert John and Percy William) had supported his idea.

David Mairs married Sarah Taylor on 10-1-1857 at the age of 35 while farming at North Blackwood. Not far from that location is Ballan where David Taylor Mairs' birth was registered in 1867. While still near Ballan in 1861-2, David had bought a total of 74 acres and 22 perches at Melway 16 C 8-9, being crown allotments 31, 33, 34, 35 and 36 of section 16 in the parish of Doutta Galla. A bit far from his other land it seems! But no! He most likely wanted a holding paddock so his stock could regain condition before going to market in Melbourne. Niel Black from the Western district (Melway 5 H7), John Aitken of Mt Aitken near Sunbury (27 J4) and the Fairbairns of Ballan and Mt Martha(28 C9) had bought land in the locations indicated for that very purpose.

David's Doutta Galla land was bounded on the north by English St, on the west by Treadwell Rd (Nomad Rd) and on the east by Bulla Rd (Wirraway Ave), lots 33-36 extending 510 metres south along the boundary with Henry Stevenson's "Niddrie" from the English St corner. Lot 31 had an additional 200 metre frontage to the south east along Bulla Rd.

David seems to have moved to Balnarring by 1871 and a journal I wrote about the Crightons/Parkers of Keilor mentions that one of these families was leasing the Doutta Galla land from him. He was in Bittern by 1871 as a notice regarding the birth of one of his daughters shows. This brings us to trove.
By 1875, David Mairs had become President of the Shire of Kangerong and Flinders, was a Justice of the Peace sitting on the bench at the Dromana Court. He was also a trustee of the Balnarring and Bittern (Emu Plains) racecourse.

It seemed strange to me that a street or road in the area had not been named after this pioneering family. But there might have been one. Contracts for work on Mair's Road were awarded to locals with such well-known names as Vansuylen, Sawyers and Johnson. The position of the apostrophe suggests that this road was named after Robert Mair of Tyabb but being in the Shire of Flinders, it would have been in Bittern, not Tyabb. Perhaps Mairs' Road was the closed road leading from Disney St to Somers Rd, of which only a small part remains at the north end, named Pearce Rd.

Mr and Mrs W.Mairs lived at "Konda", Bittern according to a notice of the birth of a daughter.
A severe fire in 1893 caused much damage at Ham's "Western Park" and destroyed improved pasture on David Mairs' property.

This is a small selection of the information about David Mairs and his descendants available on trove.

By Googling, MAIRS, HUNTLEY, I came up with the birth dates and places of David and Sarah Mairs' children.Note that the places were where the births, were registered , not the place of residence. Tyabb means Old Tyabb Township, which being a declared township was entitled to a post office and the postmaster would have acted as a registrar of births and deaths. Details re death and parents are also available.

The children of David Mairs and Sarah (nee Taylor) were:
Thomas b.19-3-1858 Ballan; Sarah Jane b.17-7-1859 Ballan; Mary Ann b. 29-3-1861 Ballan, David b.8-1-1863 and died 14-7--1865 Pentland Hills; David Taylor b.1867 Ballan; John Jervis b.1869 Tyabb; Sarah b.1871 Tyabb; William Alexander b.24-2-1876 Tyabb. It seems that it was William Alexander Mairs who lived at "Konda" near Bittern.
David Taylor married Louise Huntley, the third child and daughter of John Huntley and Mary (nee Hope). Mary was born in 1879 in Brighton. Their only child listed on the website was David Huntley Mairs born on New Year's Day 1903. See the HUNTLEY entry in the DICTIONARY HISTORY OF RED HILL journal regarding David Taylor Mairs' hobby becoming his job!

PERHAPS RELEVANT HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE COULD ENSURE THAT A STREET IN ANY NEW SUBDIVISIONS NEAR BITTERN IS NAMED IN HONOUR OF THIS PIONEERING FAMILY! Cr Graham Pittock has been asked to have a street in any new subdivision near Buttern named after David Mairs, with the full support of Mary Muir (nee Vansuylen) and Shirley Davies of the Hastings and Westernport Historical Society.

The above birth records make it plain that David Mairs was involved in the Ballan, Blackwood area,but it was not until I started a journal about Blackwood that I realised just how involved he was. I have been unable so far to determine just when he first won a seat on the Ballan Shire Council. See D.Ryan's letter "GREENDALE" in BLACKWOOD JOTTINGS (1)regarding David Mairs' involvement in (late 1862) in the first election of the Ballan Road Board and how he nominated a Blackwood representative.

BALLAN. ON a recent visit to our much esteemed friend, Mr. Denis Ryan, J.P., I was favored by the brief but interesting in telligence that the East Riding of Ballan Shire in the first Road Board was represented by Messrs. David Mairs, Denis Ryan, and George Moore. (p. 3, bme, 10-4-1909.)

The Bacchus Marsh Express published many reports of council meetings and the following extract shows his decisive response to ratepayer concerns.

Cr Millyard was handed a letter written by Mr Williams who wished to speak to the council about the Blackwood reservoir.(Note, this has not been corrected on trove.)

Mr. Williams being called upon, said-I am acting for the public of Blackwood in this matter. The Chairman: Do I understand you rightly to say that you represent the public of Blackwood at this Council today ? Mr. Williams: Well, perhaps that is saying too much; but I am here to request, on behalf of the public interest of Blackwood, that this Council will interfere between Messrs. Walker and Armstrong obtaining a lease of the Blackwood Reservoir, or permission to cut a race therefrom. Mr. Walker has applied to the Board of Lands and Works for the lease of the race, and he also states that this Council has no power in the matter; whereas I am informed that the Council holds a lease of the reservoir, which is the exclusive property of this Council, I also wish permission to be allowed to peruse that lease. - Should Messrs. Walker and Armstrong attain their object, it will create a private interest detrimental to the public interest of Blackwood.

Councillor Mairs: It is important that this Council should take some steps in the matter, and it is also important that Messrs. Walker and Co. should not be put in possession of the property which they are now applying for. I will move-"That the Secretary write to the Minister of Mines, in reference to the application of Messrs. Walker and Armstrong, of Blackwood, for the right to cut a race in connection with the Blackwood Reservoir, and request that such right be not granted, as this Council is of opinion that the right to construct watercourses in connection with the above reservoir should be vested in this Council alone. And that, to create private interests in connection therewith, would be highly detrimental to the interests of this Council, and to the interests of the people of Blackwood." Councillor Graham would second the motion,
believing that it would serve the best interest of Blackwood. Carried.
(P.3,Bacchus Marsh Express, 25-5-1867.)

The Bacchus Marsh Express will be given as BME from now on.

On Monday evening last a few friends met our late respected neighbour, D. Mairs, Esq., J.P. (who paid a short visit to Myrniong), at Swannell's hotel. The evening was spent pleasantly, the crisis being chiefly the theme of conversation. Mr. Mairs' removal from the district has been a great loss to the Liberal party here.
(P.3, BME, 6-6-1868.)

Hamilton with about 930 acres was the biggest purchaser in what I take to be the alienation of Thomas Henry Pyke's Run, but David, with about 812 acres was not far behind. Dr John Harbison, a doctor from Northern Irelandwho grew oranges, was a grantee on section 16 Doutta Galla too, his grant indicated by a street in North Essendon called Orange Grove. He or Charles Shuter may have influenced David's decision to buy land there too. So too might William John Turner (Big)Clarke who would have passed David 's grants on the way to Melbourne from his Special Survey at Sunbury. Clarke,who owned Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach to Bulldog Creek Rd) may also influenced David Mairs' move to the parish of Bittern.

When I obtain a Blackwood parish map, the location of David's grants might be able to be given with some precision.
Purchasers not relevant to David Mairs will be removed later.

GOVERNMENT LAND SALE. Tuesday, 22nd July, 1856
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 23 July 1856 p 5 Article
...these ...ions the whole of the lots were sold ...forty nine Blackwood section ... lot. COUNTRY LOTS. BLACKWOOD, In the parish of Blackwood, surrounding the village of Greendale, on road from Ballan to Blackwood diggings. Upset price, £1 per acre. Lot 5. Eighty ... 919 words


In the parish of Blackwood, surrounding the

village of Greendale, on road from Ballan to Blackwood diggings.

Upset price, £1 per acre.

Lot 5. Eighty acres threo roods twenty ! perches, 0. H. Lyons and 0. G. Ferrers (84a. per acre), £137 9*. 9d. the lot.

Lot 6. Eighty-eight acres two roods thirty - three porches, 0. II. Lyons and 0. Q. Ferrers (84s. per acre), £160 10* tho lot. >

Lot 7. Ninety-three acres one rood nine perches, Thomas Darcy (59s. per acre), £¿¿3

CB. 3d. tho lot.

Lot 8. Ninety-two acres eeven percheä, Thomas Darcy (48s. por acre), $1018s. 6d. the


Lot 12. Sixty one acres two! roods four perches, Thomas Hamilton (61s. por aons), £188 2s. Gd. the lot.

Lot l3. Sixty-one acres thtrty-üve perchsä, Thomas Hamilton (77s. per itore), £z3518s, lOd.


a.ot 14. Eighty-three acres two roods, Thomas Hamilton (57s. por acre), £237 19s. Gi. - the lot.

Lot 15. Two hundred and three acres one rood thirty perches, David Mairs (57s. per acre), £579 1s. 8d. the lot.

Lot 16. Two hundred and forty-six acres three roods eight perches,David Mairs (38s. per acre), £468 18s. 4d. the lot.

Lot 17. Two hundred and twenty-six acres two roods, thirty-two pcichea. Thomas Hamilton (52s. per acre), £559 6)3.4d. the lot.

Lot l8. Ninety-two acres, Thomas Hamil- ton (37s. per acre)¡ £170 4s. the lot.

Lot 19. Sixty-three acres one rood twonty Boven porches. Thomas Hamilton (84s. p,jr ame), £108 4s. 9d. the lot.

Lot 20. Sixty-live acios two roods thirfcy »Üghtpeichcs, O.K.. Frey«(38s. per acre), £103

9s. 6d. the lot.

Lot 21. Eighty-nine acres two roads sixteen perches, Thomas Hamilton (41B. per acre), £181

JEB. Cd. the lot,

Lot 22, Ninety-six acres, James Quirk (32s. lier acre), £108 12s. the lot.

Lot 23. Seventy - seven acres thlrty-two perches, John Haribison (32s. per acre), £128 10s. 4d. the lot,

Lot 24. Ninety-eight acres ono rood eighteen perches, John lmnner (27s. per at>re), £182 lös.

8d. the lot.

Lot 25. Seveuty-threo acres two roods nino peí ches, Thomas Hamilton (31s. per acre), £114

the lot

Lot 20. Eighty-four acres three roods fifteen perches, Thomas Hamilton (51s. per acre), £ ¿16

7s. 3d. tho lot.

Lot 27. One hundred and four acres thirty tno perches, William Jones (28s. per acre),

£145 18s. the lot.

Lot 28. Seventy-seven acres thirty-eight puches, Thomas Hamilton (38s. per acre),

£127 9s. tho lot.

Lot 29. Forty-five acres eight perches, Wil- liam White (54i. per acre), £76 12s. 7d. the lot.

Lot 30. Forty-two acres ono rood thirty- nine perches, James Struthera (61s.lier aero),

£129 12s. 3d. the lot.

Lot 81. Seventy-four acres three roods four peí ches. Peter Inglis (68s. per ucre), £261 i).

Vu. the lot. '

Lot 82. Eighty acres two roods, Oharloa Shutei (100s. per acre), £40210s. the lot.

Lot 83. Ninety-nine acres one rood, sixteen perches, David Mairs (93s. per acre), £461 19s.

6d. the lot.

Lot 84. Forty-six acres two roods thirty - seven perches, David Mairs (68s. per aore), £158 17s. 8d. the lot.

Lot 85. Sixty acres three roods, David Mairs (60s. per acre), £182 5s. the lot.

Lot 86. Sixty acres, Isaac Evans (187s. per acre), £411 tho lot.

Lot 87. Fifty-nine acres thirty perchoä, Alex. M'Oubbin (82s. per aero), £242 IBs. 4d.

the lot

Lot 88. One hundred and fifty-eight acres three roods one perch, David Mairs (48s. per acre), £381 the lot.

Lot 39. One hundred and thirty-eight acres two roods sixteen perches, Thomas Hamilton (52B. per acre], £860 7s. 2d. the lot.

Lot 40. One hundred and sixty-seven acras one rood thirty-six perches, Thomas Hamil- ton (40s. per acre), £334 19s. the lot.

Lot 41. Ninety-three acres one rood thirty two porches, lîobert Lawson (24s. per acre), £112 20 9d. tho lot.

Lot 42. Ono hundred and one acres two peichcs, Bobeit Lawson (25s.per acre); £126 5s,

the lot.

Lot 48. Two hundred and twonfey-sevon «cres Bix perohes, Eobort Lawson (40s. pjt acre), £454 Is. 6d. tho lot.

Lot 44. Eighty-seven aores one rood, W. J, T. Chuko (59s. per aero), £257 7s. 9d. the lot

Lot 45. Eighty-seven acreB two roods savon perches, W.J.T. Clarke (72s. per acre), £315

81-. 4d. the lot.

Lot 40. Foity-eight acres two roods twenty eix perches, W. J. T. Clarko (68s. per acie),

£166 9a. the lot.

Lot 47. Twelve acres, Bayrnond Vine Ro- bertson (26s. pi r .-.ero), £16 the lot.

Lot 48. Twelve acres, William Morton (22s per aero), £18 4s. the^ot.

Lot 49. Twelve acres, William Jones (253. per acre), £15 the Iotf

Lot 60. Twenty-six acres three roods, S. Palmer (24s. per acre), £32 Hie lot.

Lot 61. Twenty-four acre3 twelve perches, "William Guylor (23s. per ucre), £27 13s. 7d. the lot._

MAIRS. On the 14th inst., of diphtheria, at Pyke's-flat, Pentland Hills, David Mairs, aged two years and six months; also, on the 17th inst., of the same disease, Sarah Jane Mairs, aged six years, the beloved children of David and Sarah Mairs. (P.4, Argus, 25-7-1865.)
Pyke's Flat,(or Vale, considered by a poet as a better term) to the best of my understanding,is, or includes, the site of Pyke's Creek Reservoir.

I wondered if there was a Mairs St in Ballan but when I entered MAIRS ST, BALLAN, up came a picture of David Mairs. Then I came to a page which revealed that David Mairs was living in 35 Roslyn Rd, North Blackwood at the time of their marriage. This page which has a copy of the wedding certificate of David and Sarah can quaintly be quickly located by googling "Mairs,Tyalor".

There is no Roslyn Rd in North Blackwood. It may have been today's Allen Creek Rd. There is also no Roslyn Rd in Greendale or Ballan.

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(P.4, THE MELBOURNE ARGUS, 9-7-1847.)

I was killing time because my edit about John Pascoe Fawkner's mother would not submit when I came across this page.
I'll write a few details about selected electors.

N.B. Moonee Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek, as far North as "Dunhelen", not the suburb of
Moonee Ponds!

JOHN MARTIN ARDLIE of Moonee Moonee Ponds was granted crown allotment 2 of section 4, parish of Tullamarine,consisting of
225 acres, on 31-7-1843. This later became part of Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint" and is indicated roughly by Melway 5 K12 to
6 D12.I have much information about Ardlie in a journal of which he is the subject.

GEORGE ANNAND of South Yarra Yarra was a melbourne grocer who seconded an important motion critical in the democratic
improvement of the Port Phillip District, but I can't remember the details off-hand. He was the grantee of section 2,
parish of Tullamarine, which is roughly indicated by Melway 5 B-D 11 to 15 A-D2 (a continuation of Sharps Rd.) He called
this property"Annandale" but seems to have mainly leased it. Bill Parr,who retained the name for his 165 acre portion of
the property, followed his father James Henry (Pa) Parr as ashire of Keilor councillor.Amnnandale Rd recalls the grocer's
association with Tullamarine's history.

JOHN AITKIN (AITKEN!) of Doutta Galla is probably best remembered because of Mt Aitken west of Sunbury, so named by Governor
Bourke when he visited Aitken's Run during his hasty visit to the Port Phillip District in 1836 to sort out the Over -
straiters. Aitken's landing of his sheep in that March was rather unusual; when the Chili ran aground near Dromana,he
carried them all ashore with the assistance of the Boon-wurrung,to whom Georgiana McCrae was to become such a friend seven
years later.Many squatters bought land where they could rest their stock on the way to market in Melbourne,such as Fairbairn
Park in Ascot Vale and Niel Black's "Stewarton" (Gladstone Park). John Aitken obtained the grant for Section 8, Doutta Galla,
which surrounded the Saltwater River's horseshoe bend which took it close to Braybrook Road (Buckley St),its north west and
north east corners being the present Cannes and Baetrice Avenue corners (Melway 27G3 to 28 A4.) The great thing about this
land was that it was not far from Solomon's Ford (at the west end of Canning St) which was the closest spot to cross the
Saltwater River. Robert McDougall farmed thisland for some years after his tenure on "Glenroy" before moving into his newly
built homestead on "Arundel"at Tullamarine in 1872.

JOHN MOORE AIREY, suburbs and Mooroobool River, Geelong, had a brother named George if I remember correctly. Airey's Inlet
on the Bellarine Peninsulais named after one or the other. Captain J.M.C.Airey was also the grantee of land in the parish
of Bulla Bulla, which is detailed in my journal MAURICE QUINLAN AND FARMS ON OAKLANDS RD, BULLA.

RICHARD HANMER BUNBURY, Williamstown, came to Australia on the same ship as Georgiana McCrae and she wrote a fair deal about
him in her diary.He had lost his right arm in naval combat but Georgiana (herself a talented artist) praised the paintings
he managed with his non-preferred hand. Hewas appointed head of the Water Police at Williamstown,which has Bunbury and Hanmer
streets. He was the purchaser of "Arundel", section 1,parish of Tullamarine, whose northern boundary travels west from a spot
just north of (airport) gate 22 and through the South Localiser Rd corner to the Maribyrnong River,which bounds much of the
907 acres granted on 9-1-1843.A.V.Jennings named Bunbury St in Gladstone Park after the one-armed sailor. Arundel Farm and
Robert McDougall's homestead(as well as Argus editor, Edward Wilson's dairy) are in the angle of Arundel Rd. Glengyle was the
Browns Rd horseshoe bend part of Arundel sold off early and occupied by the Guthries and then Thomas Bertram (subject of a
journal) after whom Bertam's Ford was named.

WILLIAM BUST BURNLEY of Richmond was obviously honoured by the naming of the locality near Richmond.Burnley had moved to
the Port Phillip District by July 1842, leaving his good friend George Fisher in Launceston.
(P.6,Launceston Examiner,23-7-1842.)Burnley, an unmarried merchant,was the M.L.C. for North Bourke from August 1853 to March
1856. He died at Richmond on 21-6-1860.

JOSEPH BRADSHAW,MERRI MERRI CREEK, and his brother, obtained grants at Hawstead (between Essendon and Woodland St) and bought
much land in Temperance Township, Ascot Vale, when Fletcher's triangular grant was subdivided. Essendon Historical Society
can provide much detail.

CAPTAIN HENRY WILLIAM BACCHUS,River Weirabee, was another after whom a locality was named-during his lifetime! His son,
William Henry Jnr.seems to have called his run Merrimu,a name used for the reservoir.

JOHN BEAR,River Plenty, may have been John Pinney Bear who was involved in land subdivision just south east of Moonee Ponds
Junction, along Keilor Rd,and on Main's Estate between Hoffmans and Rachelle Rd, all in the parish of Doutta Galla.

WILLIAM LEANEY BRODIE, Moonee Moonee Ponds,would have been related to George Sinclair Brodie (early Melbourne auctioneer) and
Richard Brodie. Early squatters in the parishes of Bulla Bulla and Yuroke,they owned Harpsdale (Melway 385 E5), Dunhelen
(385J1), 586 acres (20 AB Bulla) north of Bulla Township,which vague memory tells me was called Helensville, and 306 acres at
383 F7-8. George gave his address as Darebin Creek and Richard may not have been old enough to vote.

JOSEPH BURNS, Pascoevale. This isinteresting because the name Pascoeville was commonly used until the 1930's so good
old Burnsy could be the first to have used the current name. He was the first to lease Merai Farm when H.G.Ashurst bought it
from Fawkner in 1842. See my PASCOE VALE AND STRATHMORE journal.

WILLIAM BROWNLIE,River Plenty, was almost certainly William Brown-Lee, who started leasing the northern part of Jamieson's
Special Survey in 1851.He and Charles Graves grew extensive crops of wheaton the Survey, which included the Safety Beach area
but went east to Bulldog Creek Rd. On Boxing Day, 1849,John McLear was killed at a race meeting held near the Plough Inn at
the Plenty River. His groom, William Marshall, tried to protect him but to no avail. How strange that William Brown-Lee,
widow, Mary Ann and William Marshall all started leases on the Survey on 1851. I wonder if they inflenced eachother to give
it a go, and travelled together.

EDWARD JONES BREWSTER, Moonee Moonee Ponds.Grantee of section 15, Doutta Galla, which encompassed almost all of Strathmore,
between Carnarvon Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek.He probably only bought this land with speculation in mind. See my journal
about Pascoe Vale and Strathmore for titles information regarding its subdivision.

A barrister who qualified in Southern Ireland, Brewster was the foundation Chairman of the Court of Quarter Session in
Melbourne in 1839, and on the bench of magistrates in 1841. He represented the Port Phillip District on the N.S.W.
Legislative Council from January 1846 to February 1848. The N.S.W.Parliament website that provides this information goes on
to say that he bought land at Strathmore and soon sold it at a huge profit but that he had lived there (which isbacked up
by the address given in the list of electors. Then laughably (not having the benefit of my note at the start of thisjournal)
it adds:Owned land in Moonee Moonee Ponds. Section 15 Doutta Galla where he lived briefly (till at least July 1847) and which
he soon sold at a huge profit was his land at Moonee Moonee Ponds, its eastern boundary being the Moonee moonee Chain
of Ponds!

DUNCAN CAMERON, Glenroy. There were three Cameron properties in Melbourne's north west:Stony Fields (renamed Ruthven by the
same family and later called Roxburg Park by Thomas Brunton),Ruthvenfield (east of Broadmeadows Station) and Glenroy (bounded
by the Moonee Ponds Creek, Camp Rd, Fairview St, Glenroy, and Victoria St-Rhodes Pde- Boundary Rd (the boundary between the
parishes of Will Will Rook and Jika Jika.) The name of Glenroy was supposedly bestowed by the Camerons. Glenroy was across
Camp Rd from Ruthvenfield so it would be logical to assume that the same family owned both. Ruthvenfield and Stony Fields
finished up with virtually the same name so it would also be logical to assume that the same family owned both.However,a
ship arrivedcarrying something like 243 Camerons in early days so assuming anything could be dangerous!

The author of THE OAKLANDS HUNT circa 1988 was D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.His name has made me suspect that there was a marital
connection between the Cameron and Kennedy families.Speculators, Hughes and Hosking, bought over 5000 acres in Will Will Rook
parish in 1838, including what was to be "Dundonald" and "Glenroy" and Glenroy was leased to the Camerons (who may have
occupied it as part of a Run before 1838.) Donald Kennedy and his brother Duncan came from New South Wales in 1840 and
prospered from pastoral pursuits. When the depression of 1843 caused land prices to plummet, the brothers were able to buy
Dundonald and Glenroy.Donald's widow,Jessie sold the part of Glenroy east of Pascoe Vale Rd in 1874 and Duncan sold Jacana
and Glenroy West to James Chapman in 1887.Dundonald was farmed in parcels until the family disposed of them in 1929,
the Hattys having farmed the 400 acre Dundonald for generations. The other farms were Kia Ora, Willowbank, Springbank,Wattle
Glen and Annette Farm,the last two accessed via Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows.)

ROBERT and NEIL CAMPBELL,Merri Merri Creek. Campbellfield would have been named after one of them or both. Most of their land
was leased out to farmers.

THOMAS COLCLOUGH, Mercersvale, Kalkallo, was a big fair man with a great voice that could be heard across the paddocks for
half a mile and was not afraid of using it. By contrast, his brothers,John and Richard were respectively very quiet and
painfully deaf.(Memoirs of a Stockman.) Thomas became a member of the Broadmeadows Road Board in 1869.

WILLIAM COGHILL, Moonee Moonee Ponds. There is a Coghill St in Westmeadows and one in Bulla Township. William Coghill would
have been on the 880 acre "Cumberland" west from Melway 5 F 1-4 to the Moonee Ponds Creek with the homestead at 5 C1. Thus
the street in Broadmeadows Township. The family also owned Glencairne (177 C-G12), the southern half of Glenara(established
by Walter Clark in 1856. Glencairne was the reason for the naming of Coghill St in Bulla. The cost of building the beautiful
Cumberland homestead (photo in THE OAKLANDS HUNT and the Woodlands home-stead)was a main cause of the Coghills' financial
downfall. The dam at Melway 177 D12 is known to old timers (and young me) as the Glencairn Dam. It was probably built by
William's son, George, to provide water for his boiling down works.

JOHN DIGHT, Yarra Yarra. If I remember correctly, Dight was a miller operating near Dight's falls.(Falls-MelWay 2D B6;
Mill 2D A6.)

THOMAS EDOLS, Geelong,was probably related to John Edols of Ballan and Dunhelen (which he bought from the Brodies.) See my
Blackwood Jottings journal.

JOHN FITZGERALD LESLIE FOSTER, Leslie Park,Doutta Galla. I've got a surprise for you; he had another given name, Vesey.
With so many given names, he was nicknamed "Alphabetical" Foster. He and his older brother, William, were allowed a ten year
lease of Leslie Park in 1840, which was stupid because the survey was well underway. It probably went from Keilor Rd to at
least a mile past Sharps Rd. William got a square mile (640 acre) pre-emptive right in each parish, section 3 Tullamarine
fronting the north side of Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd and section 21 Doutta Galla, directly across Sharps Rd. When
William returned home to inherit, John lived there in a homestead the Crottys of Broomfield called the "Governor's House."
This two square mile property was called "Springs"for reasons outlined in my ABERFELDIE journal.

John received the grant for section 20, between Fosters Rd(now Keilor Park Drive) and the river, which he called
Leslie Banks. This was leased out to William O'Neil of Horseshoe Bend and the Delaheys who later owned it for some
time before ownership passed to James Harrick.

21 Mar 1857 - Williamstown Chronicle - p3
The nomination and re-election of Mr. J. V. L. Foster, whose appeal to a constituency was rendered necessary by his
acceptance of the office of Treasurer, took ...

John Leslie Fitzgerald Vesey FOSTER was an Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District
of Port Phillip. His pastoral ventures identified him with the colony's conservative squatting element. In 1850 Foster sold
his land rights and returned to Ireland. Married in Ireland in 1850 to Emily Fletcher, daughter of the Rev. J. J. Fletcher
DD, of Dunran, County Wicklow, Ireland, and had issue, 1 son and 4 daughters.
In 1853 returned to Victoria and acted as an administrator for the colony. Became a target of much criticism and was a
scapegoat for the Eureka goldfields. (Victoria before 1848 website.)

Exhausted and soon to die, the scholarly Latrobe retired and it was some time before Governor Hotham could replace him.
Alphabetical was the acting Governor for a while and was followed by John Macarthur's son.


Now I have to find in which issue the list is continued.But I've got other journals to finish first.

DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA, VIC., AUST. -also the Diggers Rest, Toolern Vale area.

See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56.


A fairly comprehensive history of the area west of Jacksons Creek (excluding Sunbury Township)is included as a whole (rather than alphabetical entries)in comments. Its inclusion in this journal is justified by the sale notice (in my comment of 13-11-2013)where Edward Page's share of Glencoe is described as being in Bulla Bulla, despite being in the parish of Holden.

Some might think that my journal writing takes a zig-zag course, chopping from one subject to another. However the next subject arises naturally from another. I was looking for an article about the Brown family after which Browns Rd near the Arundel bridge was named ,to illustrate that it had been in Keilor well before the Closer Settlement. I entered BROWN, KEILOR, 1860-1869 and found a death notice for Mrs Charles Daniels who was related to John Eagling. Knowing how often the Daniel surname was written with an unwarranted s I wondered if she was from the Narbonne family,and having read 12 year old Oswald Daniel's history of Bulla last night,this journal became inevitable.

I knew that Bulla was first known as Deep Creek and using this as a search term brought some good results but very slowly as it was hardly a unique place name; also,it was not certain that some possibilities indeed related to Bulla, such as an incident involving a lad named Taylor. Bulla Bulla,the original name of the parish brought immediate results.

This will contain information about some pioneers near Sunbury but most entries will be about residents in the village, and the Oaklands Junction, Deep Creek road, and Tullamarine Island subdivisions of Bulla Shire. One entry,that for ROADS, is entirely in bold type because the decision outlined in it had more effect on Bulla than any other single happening. Sunbury was similarly affected but although the railway's arrival in 1859 tempered its stagnation somewhat,it was overtaken in prominence by The Gap,a township recalled by Gap Rd. Pioneers of The Gap , such as Michael Bourke, are discussed in detail elsewhere. (I.W.S.)

As the names are coming from my memory, unless enclosed by brackets, my apologies to any pioneers that don't get a mention. Also to save me a lot of one-finger typing, the following abbreviations will be used:

This journal is intended to add to the information in Kathy Fanning's FANNING FAMILY HISTORY which can be accessed by entering the title.
An entry surname followed by *,e.g. MASSIE*, indicates that the name appeared in the article about the Bulla Bulla National School in the SCHOOLS entry. A surname followed by @ denotes an entry in my journal NAMES IN A LIST AINT MUCH GOOD.

As I have explained how to access the parish and village maps in comments, I do not intend to include all the grantees as entries below. Some, such as (Edward?) De Carle were speculators,not pioneers. The map details will be used for entries alphabetically from N, the point at which my DHOTAMA of about 2500 pages would resume if I was silly enough to work from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. at least three nights a week as I used to.

Where an entry is a farm in the parishes of Bulla Bulla,Yuroke, Tullamarine or Will Will Rook, its location will be given in two ways: (a)an approximate Melway reference and (b)crown allotment description. Because parish maps are magnetic north and Melway true north it is almost impossible to describe non-road boundaries concisely.

While looking at the following website, I decided to include this entry. The year given is the birth year of a son or daughter buried at Bulla so it can be presumed that the marriage took place before that year. The ID number will be given for each; this number shows the order of that burial in an alphabetical register of burials. Queries about the spelling of names AND OTHER COMMENTS in brackets are mine.Only one burial is included for each set of parents.

As it is very tedious, time-consuming work deciding whether to include couples, especially if one of the surnames is unfamiliar to me,this family connections entry will be left for a time while I get on with the other entries.

Bulla Cemetery Register - Vicnetâ
4 1887 Frederick Joseph Aldridge and Emily Drewitt. (See ALDRIDGE.)
5 1890 Agnes Catherine Aldridge,daughter of John Slattery and Margaret Phibbs.
8 1914 Son of John Allan and Elizabeth Kath Thompson. (See ALLAN.)
14 1826 Gilbert, son of John Alston and Mary Hunter. (See ALSTON.)
21 1874 James Andrews and Martha Jenkins.
24 1890 George Fordham Andrews and Emma Tollard (see ANDREWS entry.)
46 1891 Gladys Rebecca Atkinson,daughter of Thomas John Dean and Margaret Standen.
58 1915 Martin Cahill and Mary Dolan.
59 1832 David Robb Bain,son of Thomas Bain and Margaret Gill.(See BAIN.)
60 1843 (Wife of 59 above? Parents specified.)
79 1909 Mary Catherine Barwick, daughter of Frank Wright and Jessie Thompson Rowe. Frank farmed Strathconan at Tullamarine but Jessie had been the teacher at the Holden School until transferring to Tullamarine S.S.2613 in about 1903. She had the painful task of telling her pupils of the Mansfield drownings in 1906. Mary was born in the same year that Alec Rasmussen arrived at the Tullamarine School. As Mary was born in Elsternwick,it is possible that Jessie's mother lived there. 78 would be Mary's husband.

95-7 1882-98 Children of William Bedford and Mary Jane O'Callaghan; Mary Jane's parents given in 105.)
99 1861 Robert,son of William Bedford and Caroline Boon.See TULLAMARINE ISLAND. Details of Caroline's parents given in 101.

104 1909 Mary Bedford,daughter of Peter Moneghetti and Emma Harrup. Mary was born in Creswick, making it likely that Peter Moneghetti was related to marathon runner, Steve. I believe that Emma's surname was actually Harrap, a family which pioneered the area near Harrap's Rd, Mornington and was related by marriage to
either the Johnson or Musgrove family from early times. (SOMEWHERE IN "THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY".)

114 1881 Nicholas Bergin and Ann Lawlor.The Bergins lived near Greenvale (1875-1955). See LAWLOR.
130 1892 William Blackwell and Elizabeth Tebbs. See BLACKWELL and JAMES PIGDON journal re Dunhelen.
132 1916 Possibly John Joseph Blackwell and Elizabeth Bedford (Bob's twin?)
163 1883 Patrick Bourke and Christina Ross. (See BOURKE,see ROSS.)
186 1884 Frederick Brand and Ruth Ellen Bethell. (See the BRAND entry.)
218 1911 Brodie and Grant (the mother possibly of the "Craillachie" family.)
224 1873 David Brodie and Fanny Pilley (child possibly origin of "Helensville" name.)
319 1891 Twin son of Andrew Clark and Elizabeth Broadfoot. (See FLEETBANK.)
328 1898 James Cleary and Ellen O'Brien.(Possibly parish of Holden.)
343 1893 John Cock (Broadmeadows) and Mary Jane Musgrove (one of four wives.)
345 1896 Alexander McDougall and Janet Forrester.(Before Robert McDougall built the Arundel homestead he farmed at Glenroy and Aitken's Estate (Melway 27 H4) and the Forresters near Forrester St (Melway 28 C3),possibly in the Mar Lodge homestead. Sandy and Janet would have been on Warlaby in 1896.)
394 1906 Michael Corrigan and Elizabeth Cargill. (Both Broadmeadows.)
511 1870 John Dean and Ann Horan.
514 1886 Thomas John Dean and Margaret Standen.
518 1885 William James Dean and Louisa Standen.
585 1876 Bernard Dolan and Mary Kelly. (See DOLAN,KELLY.)
658 1867 Thomas Faithfull and Margaret Barrington. (See Tullamarine Island entry.)
660 1925 Frank Fanning and Ida Teresa Mackey.
675 1942 John Henry Fanning and Ellen Gormley
758 1883 Probably John Reddan and Ellen Geary.
760 1910 Wilhelm Froalef and Louise Mayo.
792 1895 Patrick Gaynor and Mary Reddan.
805 1895 Possibly Martin Gilligan and Annie Hughes.
827 1910 Walter Alfred Grant and Jessie Anna Hulme (Hume? Related to Bulla teacher?)
828 1919 John Gordon Grant and Muriel Mabel Mildred Musgrove.
930 1876 Wm. Jn. Henderson and Martha Elizabeth Presnell. (See HENDERSON.)

974 1908 Thomas Honan and Sarah Cavanagh. (The Cavanagh name was associated with the Keilor Park area quite early,often written with a K in Keilor ratebooks.)

979 1914 Probably Patrick Honan and Margaret Imrie Cousins.
993 1998 Presumed to be grandchild of Arthur House (Howse?) and Marie Jean Cosgrove.
1272 1897 Henry David Mansfield and Frances Ann Bethell.
1598 1871 John O'Brien and Hannah Honan (Possibly parish of Holden.)
1789 1929 Possibly Reg Roy Richards and May Vine. (A Vine family lived in Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds.)
1852 1878 John Russell and Sophia Louisa Davis (Both families leasing the Glenara Estate.)

1857 1897 William Patrick Ryan and Anastasia Prendergast. (See PRENDERGAST. See RYAN.)

1917 1886 James Seeley and Mary Elida Mounsey.
1965 1878 John Skuse and Catherine Beamish (see TULLAMARINE ISLAND.)

2319 1903 Edgar Allan (Ted) Wright and Ellen Lucy Couser. (BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP. Fred's brother; Fred and Ted's parents Wallis Wright and Mary Bateson.)



SUNBURY, Tuesday -A man named William Thompson employed by Mr.Cornelius Honan at his farm at Bulla, was
fishing in Deep Creek near his employer's house on Sunday afternoon, when he had a very narrow escape from serious injury. Two young men, Martin Lawlor and John Hillary, were out shooting with a pea rifle belonging to the latter, and when firing at a mark on the bank of the creek Lawlor shot Thompson under the arm pit. No ill-
effects were felt until today, when Dr.Barnard, of Sunbury, was sent for, and quickly located and extracted the bullet. It had struck Thompson in the side about 4in. below the arm pit and had travelled in an oblique direction for 7in or 8in , inflicting a very painful wound. Shreds of clothing were also found in the wound by Dr. Barnard. Lawlor has admitted firing the shot, but states that he did not see Thompson, who was partly hidden by a bush. Shooting on the bank of the creek is particularly dangerous on Sunday, in view of the fact
that the locality is a popular resort on that day. (P.8, Argus,1-7-1908.)

AIREY.(Melway 177 C2.)
Captain J.M.C.Airey was granted crown allotment 5B of the parish of Bulla of 319 acres on 8-4-1848. Its south east corner is the Wildwood Rd/St Johns Lane junction and the north west corner is at no.45 in the latter road.
(Melway 177 C2.) It became part of David Patullo's "Craigbank" and was known for many years as "Airey's". Aireys Inlet is named after Captain Airey. See WILLOW BANK.

John Aitken's sheep had a rough arrival in the Port Phillip District in 1836 when the Chili went aground off Dromana. the Boon-wurrung helped him to carry them ashore but many perished. (A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA and many other sources.) Aitken has been credited with making the greatest contribution to the improvement of fleeces in Victoria's early days. By the census of 9-11-1836 he had 1000 sheep on his run at Mt Aitken,west of Sunbury,and Governor honoured him with a visit while inspecting the rogue settlement. When John Batman died, Aitken adopted two of his daughters.(DHOTAMA A12 from IWS.) Aitken had to cross the Saltwater river at Avondale Heights and then headed west to the east branch of the Kororoit Creek which he followed north to his run.(Hume? Heritage Study.) In 1846-7 he received grants (title) for crown allotments7(1) and 8 Doutta Galla (from Rita St , West Essendon to Cannes Ave, Avondale Heights) with a huge river frontage where the river approaches very close to Buckley St, long known as Braybook road.

John Aitken (1792?-1858), pioneer sheep breeder, was a Scottish farmer's son who arrived in Van Diemen's Land about 1825 and was himself farming near Oatlands in 1833-34, when he voiced proposals for joint-stock mainland squatting. On 20 July 1835, less than six weeks after John Batman returned from his first trip across Bass Strait, and the day before the schooner Enterprise began her first trip for John Pascoe Fawkner, Aitken left Launceston in the sloop Endeavour to inspect the Port Phillip country. Of the five passengers with him, the most notable was probably Augustus Morris, who became a well-known settler associated with saltbush and frozen meat, agent for Benjamin Boyd and partner with William Charles Wentworth, but was then only 15 and nominally attending the Hobart Town Academy.

Aitken returned to Launceston on 29 August, when the Enterprise first reached the site of Melbourne. On 22 March 1836 he left again in the brig Chili, apparently with W. G. G. Sams ('Mr. Sams Junr.'), representing one of Batman's Port Phillip Association, and four station hands. Some 1600 sheep were loaded at George Town. About half were lost through crowding and lack of water in a hot, calm crossing that ended on a sandbank in Port Phillip Bay, four miles (6.4 km) off shore under Arthur's Seat. After great exertions, Aitken personally carrying each from boat to beach, the rest were landed, but many then died from weakness. Within a few weeks the remnant were driven to the Yarra; thence, having been helped across by the Fawkner party, slightly west of north some twenty-five miles (40 km).

Thus, about May 1836 Aitken became the first settler in the Gisborne-Sunbury district. He joined more than one exploring expedition, and later acquired interests in other stations, but the sheltered volcanic slopes he had discovered remained his headquarters for some fifteen years. Governor Sir Richard Bourke found him there in March 1837. In 1846 Dr John Dunmore Lang stayed in his 'silvan cottage', on a hill two miles (3.2 km) from Mount Aitken, which Bourke had named, and saw in him one of the most successful colonists in the country; also a kindly man, returning help when it was needed, and befriending two of Batman's fatherless daughters.

It was said by one who knew him that Aitken married a girl (eventually a Mrs Kaye) whom he first sent to boarding school. They had several daughters, and then a son, who inherited the freehold of the Mount Aitken estate, 4000 acres (1619 ha). Most of the much larger original run was engulfed by the special survey of William Clarke. Some time after mid-1854 Aitken returned to Britain; he died in London on 21 October 1858.

For many years he was revered as the leading flockmaster of the Port Phillip pastoral period. He imported and then bred the best Saxon sheep available, at first in conjunction with Edmund and Francis Bryant of the Tasmanian midlands, but from 1839 alone. He sold his own rams at 5 in 1840, but later paid 200 for the best Tasmanian, and 250 for a Silesian. In 1842 his sheep gained half the awards at the second Melbourne Show. In 1844 his wool averaged 28d. a pound in London, or 9d. above the market. In December 1845, offering 600 'pure Saxon Rams', J. B. Kirk, a leading Melbourne agent, staged for him at Mount Aitken the first of a series of sales that became an annual attraction for scores of buyers, and made this quiet, unobtrusive, but allegedly handsome man, who was apparently older than most of his squatter contemporaries, the final court of appeal in the local sheep-world before Thomas Shaw established the cult of the Australian merino. In 1852 Aitken moved into Shaw's country when he bought the run known as Mount Elephant No. 2, west of Geelong, from John Brown, and brought up 10,000 of his Mount Aitken sheep, no doubt evicted by Clarke. He could hardly start again, and soon sold out; but fittingly John Brown's nephew, G. A. Brown, had the last word on his work: 'The improvement of the merino sheep of the country, prior to the origin of some of the studs of the 1860s, was owing more to John Aitken than to any other sheep breeder. His aim was to increase the weight of fleece and to keep up the fineness and density at the same time. This he accomplished by adding to the length of wool staple'. Aitken set a lasting example. His character may be judged from his election as one of three arbitrators between Henry Batman and Fawkner in Melbourne's first public dispute, on 2 May 1836.

Mr. W. H. Keast, stock and station agent,Queen's House, Queen Street, reports having sold Mount Aitken homestead and 1,523 acres of rich grazing and agricultural land, three miles from Sunbury, on the main Melbourne to Bendigo road, together with the homestead of brick and cement, and outbuildings. Mr. John Aitken,
the original owner, acquired this land in 1835. In 1850 Mount Aitken was leased from Mr. Aitken by Messrs. Watsonand Hewitt, at that time in charge of Cobb and Co.'s stage coaches, and the estate was used by them to graze the coach horses. When Messrs. Watson and Hewitts lease expired in 1867, Mt.Aitken was leased by Mr. Henry Beattie, who remained in possession for about 40 years, until the time of his death. After being in pos-
session of Mt Aitken for more than 70 years, the property changed ownership for the first time in 1907, the purchaser being Mr. Charles Widdis, of Gippsland. Mr. Widdis retained this property for some three years, and then sold it to Messrs. S. and J. N. Howell. Nearly four years ago the estate again changed hands, and was
bought by Mr. Le Patourel, who has now sold the homestead and 1,523 acres to Mr. F. Gervis James, of Aroka, Malvern. (P.16,Argus, 6-12-1923.)

SUNBURY- A municipal election, the first for many years In the Bulla Shire is promised for the extraordinary election caused by the retirement of Councillor W.Douglass. Messrs. B.Crosbie (Glenloeman Bulla) and L.Aldridge(Kismet Sunbury) have nominated for the vacancy.(P.3,Argus, 11-3-1935.) See pioneer family connections at start of journal.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 15 October 1908 p 5 Article
..15, J. Allan, Bulla, to 50/;

ALSTON Gilbert. (also T.A.ALSTON.)

HOLMES. - On the 30th June, at Stevens street, Portarlington, Helen the beloved wife of T. W. Holmes, youngest daughter of the late Gilbert Alston (of Bulla) and beloved sister of Martha (Mrs Coney, South Yarra) Jane (Mrs Dickins, Yarra Junction) and Mary(Mrs Smith deceased) aged 78 years.
(P.6, Argus,1-7-1939.)

The above shows how accurate Bob Blackwell's information was!

Gilbert Alston was a blackmith,no doubt very muscular, but of short stature. I'm a shorty too but when Bob Blackwell introduced me to the owner of the house that Gilbert built and we were invited in, I felt like a basketball giant as I semi-ducked my head to get through the low doorway. Bob later explained that his maternal grandfather, William Bedford,who was the next owner, was no taller than Gilbert and had no need to alter the doorway. This house is listed in the City of Hume Heritage Study-Former Shire of Bulla District.

William Alston and Jenkins (to whom young Firth was apprenticed when he perished in the 1892 Mornington Football Club drowning tragedy) served their apprenticeship with William's uncle Gilbert at Bulla.(THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER, THE by Bruce Bennett; Miss Firth's letter edited by Leila Shaw.)

Gilbert Alston,native of Peebles, Scotland,came to Victoria in 1855,having married Ellen* Pringle the year before. An implement manufacturer who has won first class 175 prizes, he spent four years at his trade in Campbellfield and Tullamarine before settling in Bulla. (from VIM in DHOTAMA.)

Gilbert and his wife HELEN* are buried in the Presbyterian section of the Bulla cemetery,Gilbert having died on 16-8-1908 at the age of 82 and Helen on 8-7-1895 aged 72. In the 1868 directory Gilbert and William Alston were listed as wheelwrights. Gilbert was the grantee of lot 1, section 1 in the village of Bulla (on the end of the north side at the end of Quartz St which used to bisect the horseshoe bend in 176 A5), and 41 acres across the main road from the relocated St Mary's. It would have been on the latter that Gilbert built the smithy* that Ian William Symonds referred to as being behind the private tennis court.A man of many talents, Gilbert took out first prize at the first Bulla show on 1-5-1897 with his carrots,mangolds and pumpkins.(DHOTAMA)

Bob Blackwell told me the following about Gilbert Alston:
He and Helen had four daughters. Gilbert was the undertaker and made the coffins. Thomas Andrew Alston of "Oaklands" who served four terms as president of Bulla shire in the 1940's and 50's was not related to Gilbert.
Not a trace remains of Gilbert's smithy*which was of bluestone with a shingle roof.The remains that some believe are the old smithy are actually of a timber dairy built by William Bedford in about 1930 using materials from Gilbert's old stables that the Bedford brothers converted into cow sheds.Further back from the road is the bluestone house (with the low doorway) that Gilbert built in about 1860.(DHOTAMA.)

This is interesting. Gilbert Alston's nephew, William took his bride to Mornington where he and Jenkins, both having served their terms with Gilbert Alston, set up as blacksmiths.
ALSTON-PATULLO. -On the 20th inst., at the residence of the bride's mother, Craigbank, Bulla, William Alston, blacksmith, to Jane Patullo, both of Bulla. Edinburgh papers please copy.
(P.1, Argus,24-1-1876.)

William had moved to Mornington by 1880 when he and John Jenkins donated a prize for the inaugural ploughing match.

Family Notices
Illustrated Australian News (Melbourne, Vic. : 1876 - 1889) Friday 28 November 1879 p 190 Family Notices
... November, at the residence of the bride's parents, Bulla, by the Rev. H. M'Kail, Michael, youngest son of John Dickins, Esq., of Bulla, to Jane, third daughter of Gilbert Alston, Esq., of Bulla.

ALSTON.On the 16th August, at his residence, Bulla, Gilbert Alston, blacksmith and wheelwright, a colonist of 50 years, aged 82 years.(P.1, Argus, 18-8-1908.)

Land in Township, Blacksmith and Wheelwright's Shop, Dwelling House , Farming Implements, Prize Waggon, Drays, Wheel wright's Stock, &c.
ABBOTT and CO, are instructed by the executor to sell by public auction, as above, the whole of the estate of the late Gilbert Alston, who was a well-known prize taker for farmers' implements and vehicles.
Lot 1.-Large bluestone blacksmith and wheelwright shop, and 7-roomed dwelling house on land containing 24 acres, 3 roods, 20 4-5th perches, being Crown allotments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, section 17, township of Bulla,
parish of Bulla-Bulla, county of Bourke which is bounded on one side to the (b d?) of the Deep Creek, running all year round.
Lot 2.--half acre adjoining the township, being Crown allotment I, section I; to besold separately; in all 25 acres, 1 rood, 204-5th porches.
Terms-Quarter cash, balance within 3
months, without interest. Title, certificate.
New farm waggon and frame, hay dray and frame, tip dray and frame, oontractor's tip dray, spring cart (all made lately to be exhibited). The following lots are second hand:-Spring cart with cover, waggonette with cover, hay dray with frame, single furrow plough, cock lifter, horse hay rake,harrows, and grubber.
First class horse works, double, and chaff cutter, 10ft. lathe, Sin. centre, with slide rests complete: bandsaw and bench,with wheels, &c., large shearing and punching machine, very extensive assortment of blacksmith and wheelwright's tools; also the household furniture. The sundries are the collection of years, and too numerous to particularise. Luncheon provided. (P.3,Sunbury News,24-10-1908.)

ANDERSON.See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.
James Anderson was described as a gardener of Bulla in 1868 and was assessed in the Oaklands and Green Gully Subdivision in 1882. Alexander Anderson was assessed on 84 acres in the same subdivision in 1914.

The paragraph occupying this space has been deleted. It was based on a belief that James Anderson of Keilor had married a daughter of Dugald Stewart of Fleetbank but his wife was a daughter of Donald Stewart who was involved in the construction of the railway as far as Sunbury and lived out his days there. See my journal CORRECTION: JAMES ANDERSON WAS NOT A SON-IN-LAW OF DUGALD STEWART.
Trove is playing up at the moment,so I'll have to transcribe the following from page 8 of The Argus of 26-2-1859, which I found by luck while looking for an article about Broadmeadows butcher, William Cain.

DEEP CREEK. To let,the farm lately in the occupation of Mr James Anderson, adjoining the Township of Bulla and Mr Hunter's steam flour mill. Consists of 585 acres, securely fenced,upwards of 120 acres in cultivation, which has yielded largely,ideally adapted for a stock depot being only 17 miles from town. Apply to Kaye and Butchart, Melbourne,or Richard Brodie, Bulla.

The 585 acres would have consisted of 20 A (193? acres) and 20B (391 acres),granted to George Sinclair Brodie and Richard Brodie on 10-5-1853. Due to vague statements in sources, I'm not sure whether this property was Helensville or Katesville. 20A is indicated by Melway J4 and H-K3 and 20B by G-K 1-2,fronting the road and creeks.
The James Anderson above could not be the Keilor pioneer who would have been too young to be leasing land and may have been the James Anderson of Oaklands Junction in 1882.
ANDERSON.--On April 24, Jean,widow of the late John Anderson and dearly beloved mother of Alex., James, John, Mary, Willie and Bob, of Oaklands Junction.Peace, perfect peace. (The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 6 May 1915 Edition: Morning. p 2 Family Notices )

The Licensing Court has agreed to the transfer of the following victuallers' licences -...; Friendly Societies Hotel Bulla, Charles Anderson to Arthur E. Dovey. (P.4, Argus, 14-3-1933.)

James Andrew, with William Hibbard,operated a butcher shop in Sunbury in 1854. (IWS P.77.)
In 1882, James Andrews,described as a farmer, was assessed on property with a nett annual value of 4 pounds in the Main Deep Creek Rd. Subdivision. I believe this would have been a block of about 10 acres on the former farmers' common where the cemetery is located. No member of the Andrews family was shown as a grantee. A John Andrews was a grantee further east in the parish of Yuroke but I have not yet found any proof of a relationship.

Albert Andrews* was assessed in the Main Road East subdivision on a house and land in 1914-5, possibly that on which James Andrews was assessed in 1882. J.Andrews was one of the seven Bulla men who survived W.W.1; nine perished. George Fordham Andrews who died on 12-3-1936 at the age of 74 was buried in the Church of England section in the Bulla Cemetery.

(*ANDREWS.-On the 23rd November, at Melbourne,Albert Ernest Andrews, of Bulla, devoted friend of Grace.
P.1, Argus, 24-11-1921.) Don't tell me that Grace was a highly educated gee gee! Who was this lady love?
ANDREWS.-A tribute of love to the memory of Albert Ernest Andrews, of Bulla, who died on November 23, 1921.
"Nearer to Thee."(G.G., Bulla.) (P.1,Argus,23-11-1922.)

ANDREWS. -In loving memory of our dear daughter, Emily May Andrews, who died at Cranbourne, March 12, 1916.
The shock was great, the blow severe,
To part with one we loved so dear;
But none alone but God can tell
The pain at our hearts at not saying farewell.
So sadly missed, so deeply mourned.
-(Inserted by her loving parents, G. F. and E. Andrews, Bulla.)
ANDREWS.-In loving memory of our dear sister,
Emily May Andrews, who died at Cranbourne, March 12, 1916.
Far and oft our thoughts do wander to the grave not far away,
Where we laid our dear sister just one year ago to-day.
-Inserted by her loving sister and brothers, F. and W. Mansfield and G. Andrews. (P.1,Argus,12-3-1917.)

As soon as I read the second notice, I realised that I didn't need trove so much.
Walter Mansfield, born 12-11-1884 at "Roseleigh" on the south side of Mansfields Rd,Tullamarine, married Florence Annie Eliza Andrews at St James Old Cathedral on 19-9-1906. Florrie's paternal grand father was James Andrews, born about 1836. In about 1861,he married Eliza Norris who had been born in Essendon* in 1838 to Thomas Norris and Sarah (Perrin.)
*The birth certificate would more likely have stated "Doutta Galla" because William Pomeroy Greene (from the village of Essendon in England) thought to be responsible for Essendon's name,did not establish Woodlands until five years later. This is the first mention of "Essendon" in The Argus (or any newspaper.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 26 January 1853 p 5 Article
... Essendon. 92 Allotment 1, section .', 2r. 93 Allotmtnt 2, section 2,. 2r. _ 94. Allotment a, stttlon 2,; ... 702 words

James and Eliza had four children,in order of birth: George Fordham,Florence Annie,John Robert and William James.

George Fordham Andrews was born in Collingwood in 1862.He was married in Victoria in 1882* to Emma Tollard, born in Goulburn, N.S.W. in 1859 to William Tollard and Elizabeth (Cox.) In order of birth,their children were Florence Annie Eliza (who married Walter Mansfield),Emily May, George Fordham and Richard George.

The above is a small portion of the information about "Boss" and "Nan", Glenalice and subsequent residences and occupations etc. If any Andrews descendants did not attend the Mansfield reunion and would like to get in touch with Neil Mansfield,send me a private message.

(*ANDREWS-TOLLARD.-[Golden Wedding.]-On the 13th September, 1881, at Cumberland, Oaklands Junction, by Rev. Hugh McCall, George, eldest son of the late James and Eliza Andrews,of Bulla, to Emma, fifth daughter of the late William and Mary Tollard, of Albury (N.S.W.).(Present address, Glenara, Bulla, Victoria.
P. 15, Argus, 12-9-1931.)
It is likely that George was a valued employee of the owner of Cumberland,perhaps even the manager, in 1881.As George Andrews seems to have been a keen grower of flowers he may have been filling the huge shoes of William Peers at Glenara in 1931.**
CLASS B. CUT FLOWERS.(Open to all comers.)
Champion stand twelve varieties roses,named, special prize by Dr, O'Brien, A.Clark, ' Glenara,' Bulla, 1, A. Campbell,Kyneton, 2.
Three varieties roses, named, special prize by Mr. H.Boyce, Alister Clark 1.
Six varieties roses, named, special prize by Mr. W. H. Johnston, Alister Clark 1.
Champion rose, selected from any stand, special prize by Mr. W. Peers, Alister Clark, 'Comtesse de Nardaillac.'
One rose, any colour, Alister Clark 1.
Three varieties carnations or picotees, A. F: Daniel 1.
Six pansies, C. Christiansen 1, Geo.Andrews 2.
Six varieties wild flowers staged in bunches, Percy Davis 1. Mrs. J. Boardman 2.(P.3,Sunbury News,24-11-1900.)

**According to Neil Mansfield (P.591) George Fordham Andrews Snr and Emma (nee Tollard)resided at Glencairn, Bulla. This explains how their daughter, Florence Annie Eliza got to know Walter Mansfield;they were neighbours. It is doubtful that they were schoolmates because the nearby Seafield school on the south side of Grants Lane was replaced in 1884 by S.S.2613,which the Mansfield children would have attended. The east-west runway is the approximate boundary between Glencairn and Walter and Florrie's Glenalice. The land fronting the north side of Mansfields Rd had been granted to Coghill and Fawkner who split the grant in half with the northern portion becoming part of Coghill's Glencairn and the Mansfields gradually acquiring the Land Co-op blocks in the southern portion. One would assume that the Glencairn cottage had been built by one of the Coghills.

Walter Clark who established Glenara in 1856 had died following an accident (involving horses of course)and during the 1880's the whole Glenara Estate was being leased by (Hunter?) and Davis. These inter-related families would have resided in the Glenara mansion, leaving the Glencairn cottage available.

THE GLENCAIRN COTTAGE. (Part of Glenara Estate advertisement, P.3, Argus, 30-7-1887.)
About a mile distant stand a spacious woolshed and eight-roomed stone Cottage, situated In the Glencairn
paddock, which is famed throughout the district for its fattening qualities.

George and Emma obviously lived in the Glencairn cottage for many years. Their residence was given as "Glenara" in the 1931 Golden Wedding and it is doubtful that they were living with Alister Clark in the Glenara mansion. If they had been,I'm sure Walter and Florrie's son, Wally, would have mentioned it in his 1989 anecdote about banging pots and pans around the neighbourhood to announce the end of the war and being invited into the ballroom for lemonade and biscuits by Alister.

George and Emma's residence on Glencairn would also explain how George's brother, William James Andrews, happened to meet his future bride, Elizabeth Kate Grant,whom he married in 1900. Elizabeth, born in 1877,was the third child of William Fraser Grant and Catherine Jane (Marden.) They had four children in the short time before William died in 1906,leaving Elizabeth a widow for 66 years.

The Grants lived on Craigllachie directly across Deep Creek from Glencairn.

See comments of 4-12-2013. It is possible that the surname was Waylett but as there is only one result for each surname in connection with Bulla,it is hard to be sure. See Waylett.

David Robb Bain,Plasterer,was described as a resident of Bulla in Bailliere's directory of 1868. IWS stated that David Robie Bain had come to Bulla in 1856 to work at the flour mill that Hunter had built on Lochton. In 1882, David Robe Bain was assessed on property with a nett annual value of 4 pounds in the Main Deep Creek Road Subdivision. This was probably lots 1,3,4,5,6 of section 12 on the south side of High St between Rawdon St and Coghill St,granted to D.R.Bain.

BULLA. Thursday.
Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 25 July 1896 p 3 Article
... BULLA. Thursday. (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.) Thursdav. It is with deep regret that I have to record the early and lamentable death of Mr Cecil Godfrey Bain, third son of Mr David Robe Bain, of Bulla, ... year Mr Bain was induced by the glowing accounts of Westralia to try his fortune there, and was ...

Bulla Resident Dies.
On Wednesday morning, July 29th,death removed a very old resident of Bulla, and colonist of 51 years, in the person of Mrs. Louise Bain, relict of the late Mr. David Robb Bain. Death took place at 8 a.m., after several
hours of unconsciousness. The deceased lady has been invalided for the last 16 years. She was born at Chelsea, London, on September 26th, 1842;- subsequently being brought up in Aylburton, Gloucester. She arrived in this
State on March 3rd, 1863, in the ship "Ivanhoe," with Captain John Todd Fillan, Lieutenant R.N.R. She was a
resident of Bulla for 46 years.
(Bulla Resident Dies. Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 13 August 1914 p 2 Article.)

BALBETHAN. (Melway 385 B11.)
Section 9 of the parish of Bulla was granted to C.Taylor. On the east side of Oaklands Rd,its frontage commenced a mile (1600 m)north of Somerton Rd and continued north for another mile to adjoin Oaklands. When Walter Clark of Glenara bought it, he named it Dunalister,no doubt after his son. The property retained this name for many,many decades and when Bob Blackwell grew up and gained experience he managed "Dunalister". The property was later sold and the new owner wanted to call it Balbethan so Bob obtained permission to use the old name for his poll shorthorn farm that he established near Elmore.

See comment of today (15-12-2013)re the Fogartys of Dunalister and the Dwyers of Balbethan. I failed to find out when the name change took place,but I was not the only one.

Place: Balbethan Stud Homestead Place No.- 72
(Formerly Dunalister)
Type: Homestead
Location: 310 Oaklands Road, Oaklands Junction
Critical Date(s): Constructed c. late 1880s or early 1890s; reclad recently.(PHOTO.)
Historic Theme(s): 'The Land: Producing'; 'The Landscape: Perceptions and Transformations';
'Civic and Social Life'.
Previous Heritage Registration(s): None.
Recommended Level of Significance: Local
Statement of Significance:
Balbethan Stud, formerly Dunalister homestead, erected in about the late 1880s or early
1890s for William David Peter, is of local architectural, historical and social significance.
Architecturally the building is an interesting example of a style not found in any other
rural dwelling in the study area. Although reclad and without its original decorative timber
details, the building retains the essential striking form of the original design. The dominant and
unusually configured roofline is of note.
Historically the construction of this building as the Dunalister homestead means that it
is an important surviving link with the original name of the property as given to it by an earlier
owner, Walter Clark. Clark was a major landowner in the local area and the name
commemorated both Scottish heritage and his son, Alister, who later became a prominent
member of the local community.
Socially the homestead is of importance as one of the places where the local Oaklands
Hunt Club, established in 1888, would gather before or after a meet.
The former Dunalister property (now known as Balbethan Stud) was one of the places
in the district where the local Oaklands Hunt Club, established in 1888, gathered before or after
a meet. A photograph of the Club members taken some time between 1908 and 1915, or 1919
and 1922 (one of the people in the photograph is listed as the Master of Foxhounds,
C.E.Hobson, who held this position during these years) is of interest because it shows the south
east corner of the Dunalister house.1 The photograph shows that the gable end originally had a
decorative timber gable screen and brackets, separate awnings over each window and simple
timber brackets to the side verandah. The original weatherboards ran horizontally up to the
gable apex. The house was reclad some years ago and the decorative timber work removed.
The gable ends have been infilled with vertical weatherboard cladding in contrast to the
horizontal weatherboard cladding to the remainder of the house. The awnings to the windows
have been replaced and the timber verandah brackets have been removed.
Essentially, however, the house appears to be as originally constructed with its rather
unusual layout and roof line. The front section of the building, which faces west, is a long
rectangle, one room deep, with a room either side of a central corridor. The centrally placed
front door is flanked on either side by square bays with french doors. The gable roof features
dormer-like gables over each of the bays. The verandah roof is a continuation of the main
roofline but at a lesser angle.
The next section of the building is virtually square in plan and roofed with twin gables,
which run perpendicular to the front section so that the valley runs along the central corridor.
This section is narrower than the front thus creating two side verandahs. The verandah on the
north side has been filled in to create another room. The three chimneys to this section are of
brick with corbels.
The rear section has the same plan as the front but is roofed somewhat differently - the
gable roof is broken in the middle to allow the valley of the second section to continue through.
A skillion roofed room with a plain brick chimney is a more recent addition to the rear facade.
Except for this skillion, which is roofed with corrugated iron, all the roofs, including those to
the verandahs, are of slate.
Given the original detailing of the building and the complexity of the roofline it is likely
that this was an early version of the increasingly picturesque Federation style that developed in
the 1890s and the early part of the twentieth century. As detailed in the history below, the land
was purchased by a William David Peter in 1887 and it is probable that he had the house built in
the late 1880s or early 1890s. The former Sunbury Courthouse, erected in 1885, has similar
detailing in its use of a decorative timber gable screen to the main gable, individual awnings
over the windows, and brick chimneys with stepped cornices.
This homestead is located on Section 9 of the Parish of Bulla Bulla, which was first
acquired from the Crown by a Courtland Taylor in March 1847.2 The way in which Taylor used
his land and the length of time he owned it has not been established but by October 1863 it was
owned by a Dennis (or Denis) O'Halloran. Rate records described it as a 'Pasture and Agl.
Farm' part of which O'Halloran leased to a David Bourke until 1867.3 In June 1866 O'Halloran,
who was a 'licensed victualler', bought Section 10 which bordered his land to the north.4 That
property is now known as Oaklands and he and his family owned it for some decades.
O'Halloran retained ownership of the land in Section 9 for only about a year longer before
1 DF Cameron-Kennedy, The Oaklands Hunt, 1888-1988, A Chronicle of Events (self published,
Melbourne, 1989) p.126.
2 Current Parish Plan, Parish of Bulla Bulla, CPO.
3 Bulla Road Board Rate Book 1863-1865 and Shire of Bulla Rate Book 1866-1870.
4 PROV, VPRS 460, Document in Torrens Application No.35156.
selling it to Walter Clark of Glenara by October 1867.5 Around the same time Clark had also
acquired Section 8 and part of Section 4.
In the Rate Book entry for the year 1868/69 the property is first described in a pencilled
notation as Dunalister. The name is most likely to have come from Clark whose second son
Alister was born in 1864. Alister Clark later achieved prominence in the local community in his
own right as the owner of Glenara, as a member of the Bulla Shire Council, and as a member of
the Oaklands Hunt Club. He also became important Australia-wide as an outstanding rosebreeder.
The prefix 'dun' is Scottish for 'little hill' and well indicates Clark's Scottish heritage
and the conformation of the land. The hill was also later known as 'Red Hill' because of the
characteristics of its soil.6
Although it was adjacent to the other Sections in the Parish of Bulla Bulla that Walter
Clark owned for some reason he treated this land separately from the rest of his holdings. It is
interesting that it was not included in an application that he made in December 1872 to bring all
of his land under the operation of the Transfer of Land Statute. This encompassed some 3218
acres in the parishes of Bulla Bulla and Tullamarine and the land, including 'all buildings and
other improvements thereon', was valued at 21,890.7 Clark died in an accident in March 1873
and the land he owned was valued together for probate at 21,890. Only the 640 acres of
Section 9 was valued separately at 3,2008. Unfortunately there is no description of a dwelling
on this or any other parcels of Clark's land.
After Clark's death probate of the will was granted to a John Kerr Clark, of Melville
Plains in New South Wales, who leased out much of the land in Walter Clark's estate.9 In 1878
the land in the Parish of Bulla Bulla, a little over 1900 acres comprising the adjacent Sections 4,
8 and 9, were leased to two sheep farmers, Charles Percy Davis and John Russell. Then in
September 1883 the lease was taken over by the eldest son of Walter Clark, Walter John Clark,
although it was still under John Kerr Clark's control as executor.10
In 1887 ownership of Walter Clark's estate was transferred to a John Clark (perhaps
John Kerr Clark), a William Alfred Cottee and a Harvey William who all lived in New South
Wales. They broke the estate up into various properties and sold them.11 A William David
Peter purchased Section 9 and in the Rate Book for the year 1887/88 he was described as a
'Grazier' while the property was described as '640 acres, Dunalister, Bulla' and rated at 375. In
July 1889 Peter's overseer, a G.J.Galliers, wrote to the Bulla Shire Council asking for a renewal
of their slaughtering licence.12
Little is known about William Peter but by his death in May 1928 he appears to have
become a man of some wealth. His probate papers record that he died at his residence Camana
in Heyington Place, Toorak, and was formerly of Banyule, a large property in Heidelberg, as
well as of Dunalister.13 Amongst his real estate assets were the Dunalister property (some 655
acres encompassing Section 9 and part of Section 3 in the Parish of Bulla Bulla) valued at
11,711.2.6 and other land in the district (some 634 acres encompassing allotment B of Section
12 and part of allotment B of Section 11 in the Parish of Tullamarine) valued at 8,876
For some years before his death, Peter leased the Dunalister property to a William
Henry Melville and after his death, it was leased by his executors to a Victor Bowman.14 The
property has passed through several hands since and is now down to about 300 acres in size. A
5 Shire of Bulla Rate Book 1866-1870.
6 Personal conversation with the Alston sisters of Oaklands; and 'Sunbury' Ordinance Map,
Commonwealth Department of Defence, surveyed 1914 by the Survey Section of the Royal
Australian Engineers and drawn 1915, held in the Map Collection LT Library.
7 V.Chernov and P.Steen, Glenara, Architecture Research Essay, Architecture Library, University of
Melbourne, 1963, np.
8 PROV, VPRS 28/P2, Unit 13, Record 685 of Series 10 - Probate documents for the estate of Walter
9 Chernov, .Steen, op cit, np.
10 Shire of Bulla Rate Books from 1878.
11 Chernov, .Steen, op cit, np.
12 Uncatalogued letter held at the George Evans Museum, Sunbury.
13 PROV, VPRS 28/P3, Unit 1904, Record 590 of Series 223 - Probate documents for the estate of
William Peter.
14 Shire of Bulla Rate Books.
quarry covers much of the northern part of the original 640 acres. It has not been established
when the name of the property was changed from Dunalister to Balbethan Stud.

It is recommended that the Balbethan Stud homestead be included in the Heritage
Overlay of the Hume Planning Scheme.

(DHOTAMA B4.) I.Ball was the headteacher at the Church Of England school at The Gap in 1874. He had a family of six. ( 85.)

BULLA. A very sudden death occurred here last Saturday evening, the victim being [bMr Barnard, overseer at Woodlands. It appears he had just finished dining, and was in the act of reading the paper, when he was seen to fall back. Assistance was soon at hand, but life was found to be extinct. The cause of death was apoplexy. Deceased, who had resided in the district for some years, was 39 years of age, and leaves a wife and
five children, for whom much sympathy is felt, the youngest being only 5 weeks old. His remains were interred in the Bulla Cemetery last Tuesday, and were followed to the grave by his sorrowing friends and relations.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 11 January 1896 p 3 Article)

Bulla Cemetery Index.
73 BARNARD Joseph 39Y 00/00/1856 00/12/1895 31/12/1895 Presb. 2 16 Son of John Barnard & Mary Ann Wallace. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.

(DHOTAMA B11.) Sunbury's water supply came from Barringo Creek, a tributary of Riddells Creek,the former, once pictureque stream becoming a stagnant collection of slimy, smelly water holes. In 1908 a Riddells Creek local took to the water supply pipe with an axe to express his displeasure.(TSTTO.)

(DHOTAMA B11, B196.)
On page 212 IWS, is a map showing J.Barwick as the grantee of land bounded by Francis Boulevard,the line of Balliol Common (Melway 382 K3),the Dunsford track (Lancefield Rd) and the line of Gellies Rd continued west.

Albert Barwick was the licencee of the Keilor Hotel in 1951.

BATEY. Isaac rabbit inspector for Gisborne shire
Let's hear it from Isaac! (Paragraphing is mine. There are entries for words that I have put in bold type.)

With reference to the purchase of the pre-emptive section in 1852, my father had not severed his connection with Flintoff, because from a document before me the latter agreed to let the 320 acres to Batey for a term of three years, at a rental of 100 per annum ; Batey after three years to have the option of buying at 5 per acre, or to put it in a bulk sum, 1600. The agreement was to date from January 1st, 1853, but I imagine Batey bought Flintoff straight out, because if the purchase was to be completed in 1856, practically Batey had not a sixpence to bless himself with. How that came about was in this wise.

In September, 1853, my father bought all Mr. Brodie's 5-mile sheep, 4800 in number, with 1400 lambs given in. The figure for the grown animals was 1 per head. They were in full fleece of excellent quality. The wool commanded a good price, and I think the lambs sold well. The purchase of the sheep took in the right to the 5-mile squatting run. This spec would have proved the best Batey ever made, but unfortunately a pack of scabby sheep owned by old Cameron were being grazed not far from what became the property of the Messrs. McAuliffe.
(WILDWOOD.) Some time in March, 1854, a bitter storm setting in, Cameron's scattered off, boxing withours, also with those owned by Messrs. W.J.T. and Lewis Clarke, on the Fenton's Hill run. As a natural sequence, the flocks of the three owners were speedily infected, and long years elapsed before the Bolinda
folks got theirs clean. (The parish of Bolinda is immediately north of the parish of Bulla Bulla Bulla, with the boundary not far north of Wildwood.)

Wages then were a serious item. We had to employ extra men, dressing material was expensive, and stores high priced, whilst worst of all, the weather was that wet that the first dipping was an utter failure. Scab causes loss of wool in two ways when it has got a solid grip. The fleece is apt to fall off ; when it does not, its quality deteriorates, and worst of all, when really bad, the animals have a small chance to fatten. At all events, the dipping after shearing was so effective that what is known as spotting from time to time cured our

Presumably prior to the general Crown land sale here in October, 1854, my father had cleared his indebtedness
to Brodie, seeing up to the scab outbreak he would be doing well with the sheep,besides he was making money in the butchering, a good paying line those years. (See ANDREW(S).) Just before the Crown land sale came off,Brodie said to his friend,'Are you going to buy any of the land ?' Batey replied, 'I have not got the
money.' Mr. Brodie, when he was emphatic, a harsh, grating voice.He answered in two syllables-' I have.' The result was that Batey bought the lot, now owned by Mr. T. C. O'Brien. It cost 1500 odd, and my candid opinion is Brodie never charged a penny interest on the loan.

When the Pages completed the purchase of their homestead block, they acquired the grass right over three sections, which my father leased from them early in 1853 at a rental of 150 per annum ; in addition. to this, a large area of Crown lands about Glencoe ; and if our good happy-go-lucky neighbours, the Pages, had had a spark of energy in their composition, they could have done well out of the land in question: We held on
to some of it with sheep till about 1856. Before that, and after, Batey, with Brodie, speculated largely in cattle; occasionally doing well, but afterwards sustained such heavy losses that my father mortgaged his property for 1000 to Mr. Taylor, of Overnewton.

When I went to the Murrumbidgee, as the old gentleman kept on speculating pretty heavily, I thought he was free of debt. This was not the case, for on my return it was discovered that he had to meet the Melbourne grocers' accounts with promissory notes. In my trip up country. I was unjustly accused of deserting my father in his extremity, a most unfounded charge; besides on returning my brother John stated that he rolled up his swag with the intention of levanting.

In 1864, the quartz reef was found. My brother Thomas stated to me that John was opposed to working it, but Mr. Batey went in for it, with the result that the mine beyond the shadow of a doubt pulled his fortune out of the fire. Through the output of the reef he bought 'Glenside.' now Mr. R.Bell's land, for 1300. Tom Cullen, up at Goldie, held 858 acres of poor ground. He owed Batey a round sum,so he sold to us at 2 10s per acre, but in this transaction the cash owing was part payment.

Oni of our employees dummied 348 acres at Melton. Mr.Batey,besides complying with the Act, paid the man, by name Simmons, 50 for dummying the block. For upwards of 20 J.R.S.F.* what mine work and the threshing machines honestly speaking performed the tasks of three men. (*That's what it says! I presume that the initials apply to Simmons or Isaac's brother John, a guess based solely on the context before and after. A more logical conclusion would be that the initials were a guess by the editor or typesetter and that it should have been "years"; in this case "he" below refers to Martin Batey or Isaac's brother, John.)

At a moderate estimate right through, he indicated he was worth 5 per week. He never drew any wages, and went as meanly clad as a swagman down on his beams ends. All he got was clothing of the commonest description, food, tobacco, powder, shot, and perhaps a pound when he had to go to Melbourne. He never attended sports
or recreations in Sunbury-on occasions he was at coursing meetings. Excepting the few items set down, he was a
very solid profit to Martin Batey, The land at Melton-was secured in his name,therefore,when my father departed, John sold the block for 1392, got messing with threshing machines-had one of them burnt and in '96 boasted to me that he was 800 in debt. That he was deeply involved is proved by the fact that after, his death W. B. Gadds' people of Avenel took possession of the plant.

These details if of (sic,little?)consequence are useful in showing that Martin Batey's accumulations have proved a curse instead of a blessing; We still hold 100 acres at Melton, also part of Cullen's farm at Goldie. On coming down from Riverina, a curious fact was ascertained with reference to, the brothers Gill and William Simmons.

Matthew Gill began working here about 1860 at, I think, 1 per week, increased to 30s (50% increase) when out with the thresher, or employed in the mine. When the three returned to England in 1869, Matthew had 700 in my father's hands. As far as can be made out, Mr. Batey was paying the Messrs. Gill and William Simmons interest on their money. I believed that in all he owed the three 1200, which with the Overnewton mortgage gave a total of 2200. The whole of the aforementioned indebtednesses were cleared with gold obtained from the mine.

Mr.Batey gave a big start to my late brother Thomas in a flour mill at Avenel. The money for that purpose was derived from the quartz reef. After my father's decease 700 odd was paid on behalf of Thomas, but those advances not being secured, Tom's interest in the lands down country was not barred. About 1886, Frank, since dead, borrowed on this interest to the extent of 1000, Thomas 500 ditto, another 500 ditto. The three loans were secured by mortgage at 6 per cent. These monies came out of accrued rents-little or no interest has been paid-consequently when the final distribution comes three of the beneficiaries will go precious short.

I, with my brother John, borrowed 500 between us from an outsider, but when the first distribution of 250 came, this debt was paid, leaving myself and John's widow each 55 to the good. Some would say it is exceedingly bad taste to publicly disclose those monetary affairs, but I detest concealment, simply because I regard it as dishonest to conceal real facts. On this head, I can say that I never wilfully told a lie, yet such is the perversity of this rotten world that some might brand me as a liar.However, so much for my father, and how his accumulations went.

Now,with reference to my parents, both came of the English yeoamanry, which I have gleaned from late reading actually belonged to the peasant class. They rented farms, and doubtless were sturdy, independent people, holding rented farms of greater or less extent. In the era in which my folks were born, judging by old letters from Durham, the country people in that county were very illiterate, but in the present day they will be greatly improved in that respect.

As a body, I take it from reading that the farmers of England were a mean, avaricious horde, grinding the poor
without scruple, in fact certain of them I should say were thorough nigger drivers. Democratic books inform us
that the farmer's toast was, ' A long war and short crops.' From this abominable toast, my readers will note
that the much-vaunted yeomanry of England early in the last century viewed calamities as a blessing, provided they kept prices up.

To return to Mr.Batey, any person could see that there was nothing of the aristocrat about him even in a left-handed degree. All the squatters I had knowledge of hereaway were men of striking appearance, while some of them were really handsome men. In features, my father was plainest looking amongst them, and it is no
exaggeration to say that in face he was positively ugly. As a set-off, his homely face was marked with a benevolent expression that lent a real charm to a countenance that had no claim to be considered handsome. The man was in unison with his visage, because his natural tendencies ran on the lines of all-round kindness. His bare word was better than the written bond of some men.
He stuck to the truth, yet if it came to a horse or cattle trade, in the language of Dean Swift, he would say the thing that was not. In all other matters, he was the soul of honor. He never broke a promise, never gave way to bad lan -guage ; if he could do his beer, for all that he was an abstemious man. He
was apt to deceive himself in reposing too much confidence in others. Those who knew him would have trusted him
with untold gold. If people got into his debt, and by the chances of fortune or the desire to cheat wilfully, he was never merciless to the one or the other.

He possessed an excellent temper, was genial,forbearing, hated vulgar pride, and had he become a millionaire, he would in his carriage towards others have retained his inherited straight forwardness. The only blemish that I could perceive in his character was a sordid love of money, nevertheless in many ways he was generous with it, doing good turns in an unostentatious fashion. Taken all through, Martin Batey was a real Christian gentleman, not forgetting if the occasion came he could hold his own with the best in theland. Towards them he was not sycopanthic (sic)or servile, while at least if his manners were homely amongst his superiors, he had the merit of being dignified. In Durham, he filled thepost of agent and paymaster for the Messrs. Flintoff's coal mine. This office brought him no doubt into contact with the leading gentry of the county.

He had acquired an excellent commercial education, was a good bookkeeper under the old single-entry system, and was perhaps in the early days the smartest arithmetician in Port Phillip. He was versed in mathematics, could solves problems in Euclid (Geometry) and Algebra, but as for applied mechanics, he could not drive a nail straight. He read extensively, and was fond of poetry. In some matters he was conservative, as instance building the shire hall at Bulla. It would be unjust to blame him alone for that, because Messrs. W. Clark and M. Loeman, with probably the other councillors,were in favor of Bulla.

This paper would be incomplete if Mrs.H.P.Batey was omitted. In features, she was always very plain; her face wore a sternly harsh expression. From an educational standpoint she was vastly her husband's inferior, for she could just manage to scribble an illspelt letter.She hardly ever read a book, and imagined that she knew more than all of usput together. She possessed an inordinate self-esteem, hence if contradicted her choler was instantly aroused, and she became incapable of listening to logic or reason. Her dominant passion was making money, but if she had lived a thousand years it was not possible with her to acquire the true art of
making. Her only idea concerning the acquisition of cash was to stick to a copper when she got hold of it-still for all of that with respect to her sons she was truly generous. The daughters she pretty well left out in the cold with respect to money, and here be it remarked that at no time in her life did she appear to me to strike up a real friendship with her own sex in this neighborhood.

She had an overwhelning notion of her own importance, therefore she looked down on the wives and daughters of our worthy neighbors in this region. The late Mr. E. T. Flintoff, who was well acquainted with her parents, spoke well of her mother, who appears to have been a domestic servant in the service of the Bishop of Durham. He spoke diaparagingly of her father, and as Mrs. Batey said ' they had to hate all those their parents hated,' we may safely conclude that the Robsons were verynarrow-minded people. But enough issaid on this score.

Since the death of my father, Red Stone Hill has been a curse, yet though it has I shall bid farewell to it with profound regret. I have been accused as a man of no feeling, and a liar, both of which actions are most
unjustifiable, and utterly without foundation. The fact is too much feeling, combined with a stern regard for the truth, has run me against snags. Let this pass. The mater, with all her faults phrenologically speaking. had the bump of locality, that site was sincerely attached to a spot on which she had dwelt beyond an average lifetime.

Without boasting, I can safely assert that I am beyond her in that respect,seeing that refinement has been drawn from a long course of reading-not forgetting a poetic temperament in conjunction with a modicum of literary ability that has won me a bastard fame here and elsewhere. The envious may say I prostitute my gifts to make the world believe that I possess feelings that I never possessed. This is not so, because a man no matter how coarse-grained he might be, could not part with a place that had been his home for sixty long long years without regret.

Six of us saw the light (died?) on the old homestead. Two of my children had their advent in the house in which the mater died. My wife reposes in the same plot with Martin Batey and my mother. Outside of the above considerations, there are many historical associations connected with Red Stone Hill and the country surrounding it. I was well acquainted with many of the pioneers in this district-others were known to me by name. I have seen here and at Page's, forty-two pioneers or their sons, some of them dating back to 1835-6.

With the exception of the sons, all the old stagers have gone under, and without bragging, I have prevented the names of many of them from sinking into oblivion in recording them in printer's ink. In point of fact,myself, with Mr. R. C. Evans, are the only two residential links here that connect the remote past with the present
era. But to come to the old home, others own it now. Perhaps if the inscription on the monument in the Sunbury cemetery is legible one hundred years hence, folks will say who the devil were the Bateys, and what did they do
for Sunbury. Should the son of a son not yet born be present in the crowd in 2005, he would reply nothing save that one soaker called Isaac used to shout for the fellows, and did not neglect himself in that respect.

Putting all this nonsense aside, should I elect to go somewhere far removed from this, I shall be sorry to quit a spot whereon with my brothers, as far as shooting and fishing were concerned, we were lords paramount. In the fifties, when my father was trucking in wild cattle, many a mad gallop Thomas, John, and myself had taking the brutes to McKerrow at The Gap. It was a wonder that war did not break our necks, and in later years I regretted mine was not broken.

I was amongst the first that rode a race in Sunbury, winning with John Turner Clarke's famous old horse Scrubber. The owner in question was filst cousin to the late Sir William. Concerning Sunbury, I think I can honestly say that if I never furthered the interests of the town, I have made no enemies in it. This is a characteristic of my clan, for they stand fairly well with outsiders, but amongst themselves cantankerous enough. Of course, in that line I have played no second fiddle, yet in my case I merely resented injuries, and to resent such with, some is regarded as felony. With this, I will say good-bye dear old Sunbury, and trust every street in the town will prove like O'Shannassy street, for I note stacks of Australian juvenility in it. It strikes ms there are the right sorts of citizens thereabouts. (P.3, Sunbury News, 16-12-1905.)

In 1937, an apple tree planted at the Plenty by Martin Batey was claimed to be the oldest fruit tree in Victoria. In another of many articles about the tree, Martin's given name is mentioned.

More light on the history of Victoria's oldest fruit tree - an apple tree in a garden on the banks of the Plenty River at Greensborough - has been thrown by Mrs. Edith Wilson of Young street, Ivanhoe.

Timeworm and somewhat bedraggled the tree is still flourishing after 100 years. When its history was related at a dinner of the Nurserymen and Seedsmen's Association early this month a suggestion was made that it should be preserved as a State memorial. The tree was brought to Victoria by John Batman and was planted by a man named Batey.

Mrs Wilson said yesterday that the first owner of the land where the tree was planted by[ (sic, "was") her grandfather, Mr Theodore Flintoff. Robert Whatmough the first lamplighter in the State was a tenant. Miss Edith Flintoff, a niece of Mr Theodore Flintoff sold the garden about the beginning of this century. Until
then in an unmarked grave beneath the tree lay buried two of Whatmough's children.The new owner ploughed the land.

Greensborough's rich soil must encourage the longevity or plant life. In this garden also is another sturdy pioneer - a mulberry tree of 97 summers. (P.3, Argus,15-9-1937.)

BEDFORD. -On the 10th April 1932, at her residence, Bulla, Mary Jane, beloved wife of William Bedford, loving mother of Mary Jane, Caroline (Mrs. Johnstone), Elizabeth (Mrs. Blackwell), Bridget (Mrs. Morrison), William, Thomas, Henry, Harriet (Mrs. Heron), Alice, and Mark (deceased), aged 74 years. - Rest in peace.
(P.1, Argus,12-4-1932.)

BEDFORD-On the 21st September, 1932, at Melbourne Hospital, Mary Jane, beloved eldest daughter of William and the late Mary Jane Bedford of Bulla, aged 50 years. -RIP. (P.1, Argus, 23-9-1932.)

BEN EADIE. (Melway 382 GH 7 roughly.)See EADIE. Also referred to as "The Mill".
Due to a misreading of Bulla Bulla by I.W.Symonds,I may have included Ben Eadie among Sunbury's early vineyards in my previous work. That was wrong. In comments, I have mentioned that an early map shows Eadie also having 30 acres east of Jacksons Creek (indicated on the map with an arrow.)This seems to have been a copying mistake by a draftsman; the arrow was actually indicating that J.Eadie purchased crown allotment A of section 25, consisting of 20 acres, on 30-10-1863.(See Holden, County of Bourke - National Library of Australia).

Another map also has a mistake. It shows allotment A but the A has been taken to be the grantee's initial, the grantee being written as A.Eadie. Perhaps the draughtsman had someone reading details aloud and misheard J as being A. However this map shows the exact location of the Ben Eadie mill and being in the parish of Holden,it would be south of the line of Shields St, thus nowhere near Brook St.
This map (Allotments, Parish of Holden, County of Bourke [cartographic ...â) shows that the mill was between the road to the sewerage treatment plant and Jacksons Creek in the bottom third of Melway 382 G7.

The Ben Eadie mill ruins (Place Name H/01)are assessed as being of state significance in the City of Hume Heritage Study of the former Shire of Bulla District,1998. It is confusingly said to be at the eastern end of Brook St or on the Brook St extension besides Jacksons Creek.

The death of his mother in 1897, saw John Eadie junior move to Coburg, to be nearer to his lady love. He had obviously stayed on Ben Eadie as a form of duty to his mother but now, at the age of 40 and not very well, it was time to start a family. Having promised to honour his mother's death-bed request,not to break up the family property, he leased it out, one of the tenants eventually buying the property.

Sale of "Ben Eadie," Sunbury.
The sale of land and sundries in connection with Mr. A. G. Shaw's "Ben Eadie" Estate passed off most
successfully on Thursday,- before a large attendance. The auctioneers were Messrs. Dunlop and Hunt Pty.
Ltd., and Messrs. Jennings and McInnes, and Mr. J. K. Jennings was never seen to better advantage in wielding the hammer. Lot 3, of 44acres, was sold to Mr. W. H. Johnston, of "Craiglea," at 12 per acre.

The option of purchasing Lot 4 of 124 acres was given the same gentleman, at the same price, and accepted. Mr.
Johnston also purchased Lot 1, of 4 acres, at 15. The villa was passed in at 1275. The sale was one of the most satisfactory held at Sunbury for a long time. (P.2, Flemington Spectator, 17-5-1917.)

Nicholas Bergin married Ann Lawlor.(See FAMILY CONNECTIONS at start of journal.) He had become insolvent by 1883,partly because his house at Bulla had burnt down,but also because of his hotel at Hotham.
Nicholas Bergin, of Ascotvale, labourer,late hotelkeeper. Causes of insolvency-Losses while hotel keeping in Hotham in the years 1879 and 1880, losses by fire at his place at Bulla in September 1881, want of remunera-
tive employment, and sickness in family.Liabilities 350 9s., assets, 11, deficiency,L339 9s., Mr Cohen, assignee.
(P.7, Argus, 11-1-1883.)

BERGIN. Honora of Yuroke,On October 3 at her brother's residence, 19 Weir street Balwyn-Requiescat in pate.
(P.10, Argus, 5-10-1953.)

Nicholas Bergin,labourer, was assessed on land in the Main Deep Creek Road Subdivision in 1882 which had a nett annual value of 20 pounds. Wise's directory of 1884-5 calls him a farmer.(page B37,DHOTAMA.) Unfortunately I could not find a village/township of Bulla map online that showed the two half acre blocks in the township granted to Nicholas (see below.)

County of Bourke, parish of Bulla Bulla, in the township of Bulla, on the Darraweit Guim Creek*.
Upset price, 8 per acre.Lot 9.-2r.., 4 10s, the lot. N. Bergin. Lot 10.- 2r., 6 10s. the lot. N. Bergin.
(P.5,Argus,16-1-1868.) (*Deep Creek. Jacksons Creek was called the Macedon River at that time.)

We should be able to find this one; it will be in section 1 Bulla near the cemetery.
W.Bergin was granted crown allotment 45 of section 1 Bulla, consisting of 6 acres 3 roods 25 perches on 8-8-1881. It fronted the southernmost 62 metres of the east side of Blackwells Lane and went halfway east to Oaklands Rd, adjoining Felix Fitzgerald's lot 11 whose Oaklands Rd frontage was directly opposite the Hume and Hovell cairn.

Section 19-Jno. Hatchell, 6a. lr. 25p., Bulla, appeal against recommendation of L. L. Board in favour of
W. Bergin.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 6 February 1875 p 10 Advertising.)

The H.Bergin below is almost certainly Honora of Yuroke who died on 3-10-1953. Her land was probably on Machell's early subdivision of 2C Yuroke,bounded by Section Rd, Somerton Rd (east of the Seventh Day Adventist property which was the old Greenvale State School 890),Mickleham Rd and the line of Swain St. I am not aware of any small properties on Mickleham Rd (Old Sydney Road)north of Somerton Rd at that time.

YUROKE, Between Greenvale and Mickleham , on the Old Sydney Road.-Auction Wed., Mar. 16. at 3.30 p.m., on the Property, Under Instructions from National Trustees Co., In the Estate of H.Bergin,. Dec'd, and P.O'Callaghan, Dec'd.-W.B. DWELLING and Outbuildings (out of repair), on land,containing 6 acres 2 roods 19
perches. Good farming soil, suitable grazing, poultry farm, or piggery. Title, Certificate.


Could Nicholas and Ann (Lawlor)have had a son named John?
BERGIN-On June 5, at private hospital, East Melbourne, John Bergin, of 233 Flemington road
North Melbourne, the dearly loved husband of Mary, and loving father of William and Annie(Mrs O'Halloran), aged 72 years -Requiescat In pace.
BERGIN - On June 9, John, loved son of the late Nicholas and Ann Bergin, and loving brother of Martin (deceased), Nicholas (deceased) Annie (Mrs Smith), Mary (Mrs Reardon), Bridget (Mrs Hill, WA), Gus, and Bob - Requiescat in pace.
(P.4, Argus,10-6-1940.) Funeral at Melb.Gen. Cem.-same paper.

It is interesting that Honora Bergin was buried at Bulla. This seems to indicate that the Yuroke and Bulla Bergins were related. I seem to remember that Honora was the relict of Matthew Bergin*. Note that Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek and Broadmeadows Township blocks and Machell's subdivision blocks east of Section Rd were sold by 1851.

*A most daring robbery had been committed by three armed ruffians at the house of Mr.Matthew Bergin, a farmer, at the Moonee Ponds. They entered the house at 9 o'clock in the evening, and made Bergin and a nurse who had a child in her arms stand with their faces to the wall, when a general search took place,and the house was completely ransacked. One villain guarded them with fire-arms, whilst the others were searching for property. Threats of instant death were held out if any noise or alarm were made. Their persons were searched for money, and on turning Bergin's pockets out, one robber said " You have money, and if you do not give it up I will blow your brains out." Having none the threat was not carried into execution. A few days after two of them were
apprehended, and from the evidence of master and servant, one was immediately committed for trial. (P.4,Colonial Times, Hobart,11-4-1851.)

These Bergins are on the Bulla Cemetery register.
113 BERGIN Margaret 2Y 00/00/1870 00/05/1870 30/05/1870 R.C. Daughter of William Bergin & Catherine Lawlor. Born in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.
114 BERGIN Nicholas St. 00/00/1881 00/10/1881 01/11/1881 R.C. Son of Nicholas Bergin & Ann Lawlor. Born and died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
115 BERGIN (nee O'CALLAGHAN) Honora 88Y 00/00/1865 03/10/1953 06/10/1953 R.C. 7 24 Daughter of Michael O'Callaghan & Julia O'Conell. Died in Balwyn, Victoria, Australia.


Having re-read the above journal, I can see that there is not much more information that I need to add from Neil Mansfield's book, THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY,probably saving 20 hours' work. Here are those details.
Henry Mansfield married Frances Ann Bethell in 1891 in St Mary's C. of E.,Bulla Victoria. (Until after the opening of Tullamarine Airport,the church was at the south west corner of Woodlands, Melway 177 J9, shaded yellow.) Both were members of the congregation of this church,Frances being the organist.

The paternal grandparents of Frances were John Bethell (b. about 1800,Cheshire),who in about 1822 married Ruth Shaw (b.about 1802 in England.) Their three known children,in order of birth were John (b about 1823),William (b.1825 Cheshire) and Edmund (born about 1831 and died in 1864,called Edward in his death notice-see BETHELL journal.)

William Bethell married 17 year old Frances Barker on 18-6-1846 in Warrington,Cheshire. Frances was the daughter of Samuel Barker (b.about 1893,England)who in about 1825 married Elizabeth Hobson (b.about 1805, England.)Frances was born about 1828 in Frodsham,Cheshire. Known as Fanny, she learnt painting and sewing as a child but Samuel died while Frances was a child and Elizabeth married again, to a drunkard who squandered the family's savings.

The arrival of the Bethells is discussed in the Bethell journal. William Bethell purchased the bluestone store,halfway down the Bulla Hill on the left side,from William Smith, the son-in-law of Tulip Wright. (I am yet to find whether this William Smith was the subject of one of my journals.)

William and Frances had the following children,in order of birth: William,Benjamin,Sarah, Elizabeth, Maria, Frances Ann, Edith Ruth and Alice Evelyn*. William and Benjamin died during the voyage to Australia. Sarah (b.6-8-1853, Lancashire) married James Hunter Millar(b. Argyllshire about 1847)in 1877. (Details re his parents, and James and Sarah's children can be supplied.)

William Bethell and John Daly applied for the position of poundkeeper with the former being successful. See Glencoe in Comments and Craigllachie under TULLAMARINE ISLAND re John Daly.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 28 January 1859 p 4 Family Notices
... appointment of a poundkeeper to the Bulla pound at the Deep Creek, in room of Mr. Smith, resigned. The ... applicants for the office, Messrs. Daly and Bethel. They both produced very high testimonials of ... of the Chairman the appointment fell upon Mr. Bethel.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 4 December 1882 p 1 Family Notices
.. Deaths. BETHELL. -On the 1st inst., at his residence, Bulla, William Bethell, ..

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 15 March 1902 p 9 Family Notices
.. BETHELL. -On the 14th March, at her residence, Bulla, Frances, widow of the late Wm. Bethell, aged 74 years.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 January 1916 p 1 Family Notices
... Maria third eldest daughter of the late William aid Frances Bethell (Interred prlvately Bulla Cemetery),

MANSFIELD. On the 10th March, at the residence of her son-in-law - (A. C. Musgrove), 41 Richardson street, Essendon, Frances Ann, the dearly beloved wife of Henry and loving mother of Eric, Henry, Edith Norma (Mrs. Musgrove), John(,?) Bethel (deceased), and Lindsay Ernest,aged 61 years. (Privately Interred, March 11
at Bulla.) (P.1, Argus, 13-3-1925.)

118 BETHELL William 'Tulip' 57Y 00/00/1825 01/12/1882 03/12/1882 C of E 8 30 Son of John Bethell & Ruth Shaw. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.

A brother of Frances and a brother of William Bethell sailed to America; William's brother may have the mysterious George Bethell,who appeared out of the blue at Bulla,as discussed in the BETHELL journal.

Bob Blackwell is mentioned often in this history. I'd never heard of him until Sid Lloyd of Tullamarine (brother of George who wrote MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952)suggested that he might be able to supply more information about the Bulla area. What an understatement that was!

Buried in the Bulla cemetery (from Page B 26 DHOTAMA,under BEDFORD)are:
William Blackwell (1847-1929) and Elizabeth, nee Tebbs,(1859- 1930)-Bob's paternal grandparents;
Their son John (1881 -1945) and Elizabeth,nee Bedford (1885-1958)-Bob's parents.

(From page B.48 in DHOTAMA under BLACKWELL.)
The first of Bob's ancestors to reach the colony was Joseph Tebbs,who arrived at Hobson's Bay on 30-1-1852 aboard the Joshua, having bid farewell to his native Leicester. Later he was to marry Lucy Duffy from County Clare in Ireland,who arrived on 24-1-1855 aboard the Frederick. Their daughter, Elizabeth was born in 1859 and became Mrs William Blackwell. William was born in 1847 in Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania)and left home at the age of 17 to make his own way in the world.

William and Elizabeth Tebbs were married at St Mary's Church of England (on the south west corner of Woodlands.)# See below.

"In a letter,Bob Blackwell has supplied some details that he needed to check on.Joseph Tebbs was born in Leicestershire in 1827.His voyage out took 86 days. Lucy Duffy was born in County Clare in 1834. They were both employed by James McIntosh,Moonee Moonee Ponds*, Joseph as a laborer and bullock driver and Lucy as a housemaid.It was not very long after Lucy's arrival that they were wed at St Francis Catholic Church in Melbourne in 1856."
*It is possible that James McIntosh, who according to BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY had resigned from the Broadmeadows Road Board and LEFT THE DISTRICT, was leasing Nairn at the time that Joseph and Lucy met.
(P.2, Argus, 16-9-1865 re sale of Joseph Clarke's estate.)The advertisement states that Nairn was split into two farms, leased by Mr McIntosh (300 acres) and Mr Millar (450 acres.)

"Joseph's wages were 40 pounds per 6 months.After saving hard,he bought a dray and a couple of bullocks,with which he carted flour from Melbourne to Bendigo during the gold rush days.Joseph and Lucy's first child, Elizabeth,born in 1859,married William Blackwell at St Mary's on 21-8-1877#. John Blackwell was their eldest son and married Elizabeth Bedford,the second eldest daughter of William and Mary Bedford, at St Mary's on 8-11-1909."

As the information generated by Bob Blackwell occupies pages 48 to 66 of the B volume of DHOTAMA,it would take months for me to transcribe it all here. It includes the name and location of every farm in the Bulla area as far east as Mickleham Rd and countless anecdotes. Here are some snippets.

Ed Fanning of Sunnyside remembers Bob's father and his countless trips to Melbourne as a carrier.Showing that he has retained the picturesque lingo of the Irish,Ed said that John worked from "can't see" to "can't see".

Bob Blackell was a pupil at the Bulla School at the same time as Jim Hume,president of the Broadmeadows Historical Society circa 1990 when my research was firing on all 32 cylinders. Their teacher was Jim's dad and Bob,a lifelong advocate of organic farming, owed his expertise to "Scientific Mr Hume".

William Blackwell was working as a boundary rider on Nairn in 1881 when his son John,was born. John went to Greenvale school 890 from Dunhelen where William was now working for Pigdon. (The story of a return trip from Melbourne,which William punctuated with an ale or ten at Lavars' hotel,is told in my journal,JAMES PIGDON HAD A SENSE OF HUMOUR.) On the way home one day, while taking a short cut through John McKerchar's "Greenvale", John was demonstrating the reaction of a fellow pupil who howled and jumped after receiving a cane on the bottom. The demonstration ended abruptly (and fortunately!) when he landed on a snake-killing it instantly!

B.57. "Sid Lloyd, who introduced me to Bob Blackwell, said that among those who supplied music for the Greenvale dances were Bob's brother, John Joseph Blackwell on the accordian and Wally Flowers,the banjo man."

BOCKHOLT Percy. shearing shed (Melway 177 K5.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 25 March 1938 p 7 Article
.. 51 merino P E Bockholt Greenvale at 17 5 04. (P.7, Argus,25-3-1938.)

Bob Blackwell told me that by the time (Frank/T.M.?) Mitchell took over Woodlands,the shearing sheds there were not fit to use so all of his sheep would be taken across Somerton Rd to Percy Bockholt's shearing sheds. Percy had taken over James Musgrove's block on the north east corner of Oaklands and Somerton Rds.

(B.65, DHOTAMA. THE SHEARING DEPOT AND CUMBERLAND.)"Musgrove's foundry closed before 1930 but the family retained the property until Percy Bockholt bought it at about that time.He opened a shearing depot that was wind powered. A large number of belts and shafts to harness the power was a visual feature. Many young lads of the district such as Bob Blackwell and Sid Lloyd were grateful for the employment that the depot generated. Sid worked as a presser during the shearing season for two pounds ten shillings ($5)per week.

When I remarked that the busy Oaklands and Somerton roads would have been much quieter in those days, Bob replied that, in the shearing season, it was about as quiet as the M.C.G. on Grand Final day. Every year about 30 000 sheep were shorn,some from as far away as Clarkefield,and they all arrived on the hoof. The old shearing shed on Cumberland had fallen down and Frank and Violet Mitchell, who lived in the historic Woodlands homestead, were fortunate to have the shearing depot just across Somerton Rd for their 3000 sheep. Often sheep would be held on the side of the road for days because they had arrived wet."

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 5 February 1890 p 7 Article
.. Patrick Bourke, of Bulla, farmer. Causes of insolvency - .

Patrick would probably not have lost crown allotment 38 of section 1 Bulla Bulla because this was granted in the name of C.Bourke,most likely his wife Christine (nee Ross)and probably bought by Donald Ross who owned several blocks near the southern part of Blackwells lane.

The Court then proceeded to entertain applications for carriers' licenses. Messrs. Sturt, Curtain, and Drs. Eades, Tierney, and Lloyd were on the bench. The following licences were granted:-Charles Brand, Bulla ; John Brand, Deep Creek ; William Broadfoot, North Melbourne :etc.(P.6, Argus,30-5-1859.)

Fred Brand, farmer of Bulla, who married Elizabeth Bethell* had become insolvent by 1891. (P.11,Argus, 24-3-1891.)*BULLA PIONEER FAMILY CONNECTIONS FROM CEMETERY RECORDS AT START OF JOURNAL.

*, @,See ST JOHN'S HILL.(Melway 384 K5.)
BRANAGAN. On the 21st inst., at his residence, St.John's Hill, Deep Creek, Bulla, Mr. Thomas Branagan, aged fifty years. Much respected. (P.4, Argus, 22-4-1868.)

A member of the Branigan family came to Australia as an employee of William Pomeroy Greene who established Woodlands. He (probably Thomas,but I no longer have my IWS notes)was a groom in charge of Greene's expensive horses.His boss did not live long but the widow Anne,received grants in 1854 for 1030 acres east of Deep Creek
(16 (1)and(2) Bulla. While working here Thomas would have looked at land across the creek granted to Big Clarke and R.Tennant and determined to make it his one day.

When Tullamarine pioneer,Maurice Crotty arrived in Australia he worked for the Brannigans at Bulla before commencing a leased on his Tullamarine farm in 1860. The Brannigan family must have had a wide social network in Ireland with a Fitzsimons girl making St John's Hill her first refuge in the new land.
JOHN FITZSIMONS, native of Castle Pollard county Westmeath, Ireland, who was serving in the constabulary at Ballarat 14 months ago,-your sister has arrived in this colony, and is to be found at Mr. Thomas Brannigan's, Bulla, Deep Creek, near Melbourne. (P.1, Argus,24-12-1859.)

The Brannigans brothers were still on St John's Hill in 1886 despite a clearing sale in 1882 due to a dissolution of their partnership.The family was involved in the Oaklands Hunt Club from its formation in 1888 and if I remember correctly one of the brothers was a champion jockey.

What does Collon Park have to do with the Branigans?
The following shows how a property could be described as being in several localities. Stock reports describe Collon Park as being at Craigieburn,the death notice gives its location as Bulla and the advertisements state that it is at Yuroke. Collon Park was in the parish of Bulla, its western boundary at the end of Craigieburn Rd only a mile west of the parish boundary with Yuroke. Collon Park was part of the partly owned,partly leased St John's Hill farmed by Thomas Branigan in earlier days. It must have included 18 acres exclusive of 17A Bulla Bulla unless the acreage on the parish map was wrong.

BRANIGAN.---On the 8th November, at his brother's residence, "Collon Park," Bulla, Richard, eldest son of the late Thomas Branigan, aged 77 years. R.I.P. (Private interment Bulla cemetery.) (P.1, Argus,9-11-1923.)

Classified Advertising
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 21 December 1929 p 2 Advertising
... Plant, &c, As Follows: Mr. Denis Branigan's. Well-known COLLON PARK ESTATE, YUROKE, Comprising: 438 Acres 2 Roods 18 Perches, or Thereabouts, Being Crown Portion A, Section 17, at Bulla, Parish of (etc.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 18 January 1930 p 16 Article
... DEEDS OF ASSIGNMENT. The estate of Denis Branigan, of Collon Park, Yuroke, via Broadmeadows, dairy farmer, has been assigned in trust for creditors.

MONDAY'. JANUARY 20, "1930.
(Commencing al. 1, Properlv nt 3 p.m.)
On the Properly, COLLN PARK, YUROKE,
19 Mlles from Melbourne, 6 Miles Sunbury, and 8
Miles Craigieburn.
Implement, Plant, ice, ns follows:
YUROKE,' Comprising:
. 438 nrrcs 2 roods 18 porches or thereabout
being Crown portion A section 17, at Bulla,
lia] Wi of Bulla Billin, county of Bourke,
being tho whole ol the land comprised In
Certificate of Title entered In the Reglslcr
Book- vol. 3073, folio 614,442, mid being the
whole of the land comprised In Mortgage
No. 586,131. Tito tille to the ubovo property
Is under t he Transfer of Lnnd Act, and may
lie inspecled nt the oflirc of Blake nnd Rig-
gall, solicitor, 120 SVilliam sttcet, Mel-
bourne. (P.2, Argus, 28-12-1929.)


The Bulla Bridge.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 23 March 1861 p 5 Article
..., John Falvy* ; Deep Creek-road-repairs to Bulla bridge, 94,...
(*The son of Irish parents whose essay on the history of Bulla is quoted in Katheen Fanning's website stated that Mr Falvy made the new route near the Bulla bridge.)

BULLA. DISTRICT ROAD BOARD invite TENDERS until noon of Tuesday, tho 9th June, for CUTTING the Deep Creek Hill, north of bridge, township of Bulla. Every information obtained at the Board-office Inverness Hotel, near Bulla.
W. R. SUTHERLAND, Surveyor to the Board.(P.7,Argus,6-6-1863.)

John Falvy was obviously the successful tenderer for the above work which led to the discovery of several burials, according to I.W.S. He obviously changed his original estimate of how many workers he would need and the first advertisement was not cancelled.

WANTED, 50 STONEBREAKERS, Deep Creek road. Wood found. Apply on the works. John Falvy.

WANTED, 100 STONEBREAKERS, wood provided, on Deep Creek-road. Apply Falvy, on the works.

THE COUNCIL of the SHIRE of BULLA OFFER a PREMIUM of 25 for the best DESIGN, and specifications, for an Iron or a wooden BRIDGE over the Deep Creek at Bulla. The designs must be delivered at the Shire Office,Bulla, at or before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the 13th December, 1868. Further particulars may be obtained on application to
THOS.L.HARRIS, Secretary of the Shire of Bulla Bulla, Nov. l8,1868. (P.6, Argus,21-11-1868.)

SHIRE of BULLA.-TENDERS, addressed to the
President of the Bulla Shire Council, will be received till 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the 2nd of February,for the ERECTION of a stone BRIDGE over tho Deep Creek at Bulla. Tenders must be accompanied by a cash deposit equal to 6 per cent, on amount of tender. Plans, &c, at Shire Office, Bulla. The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.THOS. L. HARRIS, Secretary Shire of Bulla.Bulla, Jan. 20, I869. (P.3,Argus,26-1-1869.)

A new bridge over the Deep Creek at Bulla was the subject brought before tho Commissioner of Roads yesterday by a deputation from the shire council, consisting of Mr.Beattie (president), Mr. Harris* (shire engineer), and several councillors, attended by Mr. M. L. King, M.L.A., and Mr. Riddell, M.L.A. Mr. Harris opened the case. In 1863 the Government had handed over to the shire a stone bridge across the creek. It was then in a bad state, being of "loose and shingly" construction, but since then it had become worse and worse, till now it was useless. It could not be repaired, and even the stones, which might be useful for the new bridge were covered over with rubbish. The shire council were about to build a new stone bridge with four arches, at a cost of 3,000, but their funds being inadequate they asked for Government assistance, which had at one time been absolutely promised. Mr. Jones said that three designs for this new bridge were now in his office - one of stone, to cost 2,010 ; one of iron girders and stone piers, to cost 1,540 ; and one "on cloth," no material being specified, for 966. Were the last to be carried out, he could promise appreciable assistance ; but in view of such a sum as 3,000, he was afraid he could offer nothing considerable. The Government were only going to ask Parliament for 12,000 as assistance to works of this kind, and thus his hand was held. Should Parliament increase this vote he might then be more liberal. Mr. Riddell reminded the Commissioner that the Government had saved 9,000 last year by non-application of votes on behalf of these local bodies, and as everything in the political world last year was so unsettled, the Bulla Shire Council had foregone their claims. Mr. Jones pointed out that that circumstance could scarcely alter the case as it stood. Upon this ensued a discussion, which ended in Mr. Jones promising to do his best to get 1,000 for the purpose required. (P.5, middle of column 5,Argus,3-3-1869.)
(* See CASSIDY and HARRIS entries.)

The wikipedia entry for BULLA BRIDGE supplies some good information but its claim that the 1869 bridge replaced a timber bridge is wrong because of two pieces of evidence. Firstly the architectural drawings of Tulip Wright's bridge indicate that it was on the level of the top of the banks and that it was made using bricks (or squared stones of that size.)Secondly, as shown in bold type immediately above, the government (Central Roads Board) must have built a stone bridge prior to 1863. It is possible that the people who did the drawings mistook the pre 1863 bridge for Tulip's but it certainly rules out a timber bridge being there in 1868.

Many early bridges were built at the same level as the one shown in the drawings, such as the late 1840's one at Keilor. During a flood not only would the bridge be covered with strong-flowing water but also debris including huge tree trunks. This would block the flow so the water would go around the obstacle and gouge gullies at the approaches at both ends of the bridge. That is why there were so many contracts to repair approaches to bridges. Samuel Brees' 1854 bridge at Keilor was the first bridge there to be raised above the level of the banks. When Tulip's bridge was covered with water (or possibly before he built it and there was a causeway,probably meaning a ford)he operated a punt when the water level rose. I think it was Isaac Batey who described the details. Here's the wikipedia entry.

Bulla Bridge is a four span bluestone arched bridge over Deep Creek in the town of Bulla, north east of Melbourne. It was constructed in 1869 by McBurnie and Ramsden, for the Shire of Bulla to a design of Scottish-born engineer John C Climie and replaced a timber bridge built in about 1859. The bridge is 126 feet long and comprises four spans each of 27 feet.[1] It is associated with a c.1843 road cutting and early ford which was on the main road to the Victorian gold fields.[2]
The picturesque setting has attracted a number of artists and photographers including the woodcut by Eveline Syme in the 1930s, and numerous historic photographs.[3] [4]

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 5 January 1935 p 5 Article Illustrated
... THE BULLA BRIDGE, built by convict* labour in the early days, is one of the most substantial structures of its kind in Victoria. (*Let's see.)

Tulip Wright apparently neglected to erect fences on his bridge at Bulla (IWS called it a causeway *I/T)and a drunken woman drowned after falling overboard. (The Argus, Friday 24 November 1848. p 4.)
*Architectural drawings of Tulip's bridge,available on trove,show that it was a brick bridge, not a causeway,the roadway being level with the top of the banks.

BROADFOOT.See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.
Isaac Batey's father sold most of his sheep in 1851 and while rounding up strays became acquainted with Broadfoot of Fleetbank on Tullamarine Island. Isaac was unsure about the details of Fawkner's subdivision there while my months of researching titles information (see TULLAMARINE ISLAND),including the passing of the ownership of Fleetbank from Broadfoot to Dugald Stewart, had not revealed why this happened.

John P. Fawkner became possessed of a stretch of land on the Island, how many acres it is beyond me
to say. He subdivided his acquisition into farms, re-selling the same to diverse people, amongst whom Master O.
Daniel fails to catalogue Faithful, Bone or Boone, James Tate's folks*, Heagney*, Smith, Rhodes and Bedford. Besides these was Broadfoot, in partnership, I infer, with Dugald Stewart. Broadfoot was accidentally killed off a bullock dray, and afterwards the widow married Stewart.
(P.2, Sunbury News,27-8-1910.)

(*Paul Tate was not an original purchaser but arrived soon after, buying many blocks from those who were. Heagney had land south of Loemans road that later became part of BULLA PARK, but was not involved in Fawkner's section 10 land originally or later.)

This excerpt from the TULLAMARINE ISLAND entry shows that Broadfoot's given name was John and that Margaret Broadfoot and Margaret Stewart were one and the same. I make a lot of guesses and this one happened to be right.
18B FLEETBANK. This 192 acre allotment was granted to Kaye, Cay and Chapman for L230/8/- on 10-12-1850. Application 31187 contains the above information and then gives the second series index numbers for: John Broadfoot, Margaret Broadfoot, Margaret Stewart and Dugald Stewart. An examination of the indexes for these four names made no mention of 18B, although Dugald Stewart is mentioned as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church land at the north west corner of lot 14 in section 10. With this lack of evidence, *I am forced to guess that John Broadfoot bought 18B from the grantees, left it to wife Margaret in his will, that she remarried and that the land passed to her husband (or son), Dugald.(This guess is confirmed by Isaac Batey's memoirs!)

BRODIE-GRANT.-On the 1st May, at Bulla Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. L. M. Weir,William McKenzie, second son of David Brodie, "Harpsdale," Mickleham, to Mary Elizabeth (Cissie), second daughter of Angus Grant "Springbank", Greenvale. (P.9, Argus, 1-6-1901.)

Angus Grant was a son of John Grant of "Seafield", Tullamarine and Mary (nee McNab.) Angus was born in 1854.
(Jessie GRANT profile - Mundia). I know the farms along Somerton Road fairly well and there was no Springbank there, so Angus was probably leasing Springbank between Dench's Lane-across Mickleham Rd from Swain St-and Willowbank (now the Alanbrae Estate) from the Kennedy estate.

The Brodie family was associated with four properties near Bulla: Helensville, Katesville, Harpsdale and Dunhelen. The locations of the first two properties are vague to me at the moment. Harpsdale (Melway 385 E5), at the north eastern corner of the parish of Bulla Bulla, and Dunhelen, (Melway 386 A12),straddling Mickleham Rd in the parish of Yuroke to the east are both heritage-listed.

MR. STUBBS Is favoured with instructions to SUBMIT to PUBLIC COMPETITION, and sell by Auction, at his rooms,- 61 Collins-street, Melbourne, on Tuesday, the 9th day January, 1886," sale to commence at twelve o'clock precisely,
All those highly productive and very valuable estates known as
First-Dunhelen, of 5563 Acres, being Sections 11,12, 13, l6, 17. l8, 22, 23, and 26 etc., in the parish of Yuroke.
Secondly-Katesville, of 583 acres. Sec. 29, parish Bulla
Thirdly-Newgrove, of 632 acres, Sec. 17, parish Mickleham.
Imprimis.-Of tho numerous estates which Mr.Stubbs has ever had the pleasure of submitting to the operation of the hammer, none have surpassed Dunhelen for extensiveness, fertility of soil, beauty of situation, and proximity to Melbourne with its vastly increasing suburbs, the whole the property of G. S. Brodie, Esq., who only wishes to dispose of it In consequence of his leaving the colony.(etc.) (P.2, Argus,29-12-1865.)

RICHARD GIBSON and Co. have received Instructions from Mr.George Martin, as executor of the late George Sinclair Brodie, to LEASE by AUCTION, at Menzies' Hotel, Melbourne, on Monday,20th inst., for a period of five years, from the 1st January next,
The remainder of his Victorian properties, vis.:HELENSVILLE, KATESVILLE,And GUTHRIE'S PADDOCK,Containing 1424 acres,Situated on the Emu Creek, a permanent stream, close to Sunbury. They are all fenced. Permanently watered by the Emu Creek, to which they have extensive frontages, and a considerable portion is rich agricultural land.
There is a commodious comfortable cottage, with all necessary outhouses.
The property known as the FIVE MILE PADDOCK. Containing 1255 acres.This is situate within five miles of Sunbury, is all Substantially fenced, and is permanently watered by springs and waterholes.
(P.3, Argus,16-12-1886.)

KATESVILLE is described above as 583 acres in section 29 Bulla. It was actually section 20 (20A of 195 acres and 20B of 391 acres, a total of 586 acres; there was no section 29!) Exact details of the location of Katesville are given in the ANDERSON entry re James Anderson who had been in occupation.

HELENSVILLE was most likely 24 (1) of 306 acres 2 roods and 3 perches,granted to R.Brodie on 4-10-1854. If so,that accounts for 306+ 586 acres, leaving Guthrie's paddock of about 532 acres in the 1886 advertisement. For the location of the Guthrie grants,see the GUTHRIE entry.

There is no exact match but it would seem that GUTHRIE'S PADDOCK was a combination of 22(4)of 135.3.10 and, south of it, 23(2) of 384.0.37, both being granted to A. and J.Guthrie on 4-10-1854. This gives a total of about 520 acres. Guthrie's Paddock could also have been due north of Richard Brodie's grant, section 14 of 503 acres,granted to A. and J. Guthrie on 28-10-1852 but because of the later purchase date I believe this was the Guthries' pre-emptive right, "Togarf?"

KATESVILLE. 20b- 176 K4 north to H-K3; 20a-176 G-K 1-2 and 177 A2.
HELENSVILLE. Daameeli 383 F8. North of the quarry. West boundary was a closed road leaving Sunbury Rd opposite Shepherds Lane bearing STRAIGHT to the middle of 383 E8,then north west to cross Emu Creek at the left side of 383 E7.
GUTHRIE'S PADDOCK.23 (2)- bounded by the closed road (opposite Shepherds Lane,Sunbury Road (1170 metres), Melbourne-Lancefield Rd (929 metres)and a northern boundary of 1048 metres to the said creek crossing at the left side of 383 E7. 22 (4) Fronting the west side of Emu Creek and Melbourne-Lancefield Rd to Gellies Rd. Or maybe section 14,503 acres- fronting the north/east side of Emu Creek from 383 G8 to the top of 383 E4,with 165 Gellies Rd indicating the north east corner.

Trove will supply plenty of genealogical information but for a family history that has plenty of flesh instead of a mere skeleton a trove search for "Isaac Batey, Brodie" will supply heaps of anecdotes:
Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 8 July 1893 p 3 Article
... RICHARD SINGLAIR BRODIE CHAPTER VII [BY ISAAC BATEY]. Brodie had a cousin named George, willi ... I twecnt over to see' Brodie, and Uoung imi.l erous enqumiiries,.. to..; us: Lii:i exprission, I ... renieumber, was my answer save that my father went ,i t the s'ale. Sohe ( id, chimed in Brodie, to ... 1038 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 16 January 1904 p 4 Article
... THE FAR-OFF HAS-BEEN CHAPTER XIV. ISAAC BATEY. BRODIE. PT'ERt XLV. I!IC|Atb D SINCItR IItODIL,. ... ' it to extent of I?o sovereigns. It tlere was anything that. Brodie sternly mot his face against it ... quarrel between the two. muet was never made up, never theless Brodie. though I doin't stIppose he would ... 1864 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 26 December 1903 p 4 Article
... THE FAR-OFF -OFF HAS-BEEN CHAPTER ISAAO BATEY. CLAPTER XIV. RICHARD SINcLAIR BRODIE. BY ISAAC BATEY. to Mr. Richard Sinclair Brodie, some may imagine miay iniugine that the author of three rough ... all this. We will hark hack to Mr. Brodie, who, despite his uncontrollable outbursts of temper. coin ... 1326 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 9 January 1904 p 4 Article
... * THE FAR-OFF HAS-BEEN BRODIE. By ISAAC BATEY. Naturally he RicIi Rln srNcearI inoiDluc. Naturully ... a quarrel Brodie 'had with black .Tim Starkie, a half-aate aboriginal horse breaker from thie sister ... to live, whilst. lorry, as decent a fellow as ever wore boote, wna well primed. Brodie opened fire ... 1234 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 23 January 1904 p 4 Article
... THE FAR-OFF HAS-BEEN CHAPTER ISAAC h.?l'rEY. CHAI' !'PIER XIV. RICHARD SINCLAIR BRODIE. BATEY. It is a wonder that the agent provided ed even the luxury of a hearse, but I suppose, it was the most ... excused, seeing he was to hold another inllquest oni the 19th, Brodie was eartel to Sunbury. As soon as ... 1793 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 20 February 1904 p 4 Article
...R. BRODIE. (Continued.) BY ISAAC BATEY. Duff began giving bacon away, and Hek, it was, said, finding it out, sent him packing but before the offender padded padlded the hoof Brodie compelled t tfim to Intn out ... feillow, the owile of the HInsupshire thtcles cur ncrted him. Sautoe unay t hink Brodie twas unduly harsh ... 1774 words
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Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 12 December 1903 p 4 Article
... THE FAR-OFF HAS-BEEN BY ISAAC BATEY. - CHAPTER XIII. TO PORT FAIRY IN 1845 AND RED STONE HILL IN 1846. BATEY. It is enough to say at present that Mr. Baley had frequently seen Neville's Cross, set ... Brodie--or, otherwise put, I Batey was a safe cure when this singular man was off colour. However, ... 1315 words

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 3 March 1905 p 7 Article
...bsp; TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS. Sir, - My father settled in the Sunbury dis ... , in Tjsmanin. Tasmania. - Yours, ISAAC BATEY. Red Stone Hill, Sunbury, Feb. 28. ... Brodie, who came form Tasmania in 1836. Mr. Brodie landed at WIlliamstown, and, by his ... 470 words
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Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 15 July 1893 p 3 Article
... RICHARD SINCLAIR BRODIE. [BY ISAAC JIAT'Yj1. - CHAPTER BATEY]. Looking up from the newspaper I was ... wept ike a child, but I rather think- when Brodie departed Mr Batey did,not hohohr his old friend's ... catch.". Those years, Brodie went on, Purves had a very fine thoroughbred y stud horse named ... 1477 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 16 December 1905 p 3 Article
... ADIEU TO THE RED STONE HILL (Continued.) (BY ISAAC BATEY.) (Continued.) With reference to the ... to some. of it with sheep till about 1856. Before.that, and after, Batey. widi Brodie,. ... years, at a rental of 100 per annum ; Batey after three years to have the option of buying at 5 ... 3039 words

Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 22 April 1893 p 3 Article
... GENERAL, [BY ISAAC BATEY], CHAPTER III. Mother Edwards, Jackson's cook, when ... sent down his man with a note couched nearly as follows :-"Dear Brodie,-Do come up to my place as I ... favour the company. Another time Mr Brodie with two others dropped down on the squire of ... 1747 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 9 December 1905 p 4 Article
... L'ADIEU. (BY ISAAC BATEY.) .) Farewell to the old Red Stone Hill, In years gone bye dirge tree ... of occupation, Mr. Batey shifted a set of sheep hurdles every day, attended to the lambing, the shearing, and other details connected with station work. Mrs. Batey cooked for the shearers, and the ... 2248 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 21 November 1903 p 4 Article
... THE FAR - OFF HAS- BEEN By ISAAC BATEY. CHAPTER XIII. TO PORT FAIRY IN 1845 AND RED STONE HILL 1846. (Continued.) As concerns my father, in '48, being free from station drudgery, he began to visit his neighbours, most especially Mr. Richard Spencer Brodie, ... 1682 words
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Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 14 September 1901 p 3 Article
... TWO MEN OF THE TIMES THAT WERE. IV. [CONTINUED.] BATEY. WHAT [CONTINUE) :j..: 1WHrA year the ... poverty-stricken.' Brodie in his note to Batey wrote very snecringly of Page, whose letter boars a ... down to .the late Mr. Brodie asking if he woul I bo kind enough to assist him starting a corn ... 1130 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 2 July 1904 p 4 Article
... THE FAR-OFF - OFF HAS-BEEN B-fBy ISAAC BATEY. CHAPTER XVIII. THE OLD SQUATTING LIFE. BATEY. In former chapters it was stated that Fenton was the manager of the 'dirty Scotch company,' as Brodie ... John Page taking 15' one night with it rat trap in Jack son's storeroom. As our neighbour Brodie ... 2839 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 10 August 1901 p 3 Article
... TWO MEN OF THE TIMES THAT WERE. Br 18AAi BATEY. II. [CONTINUED.] BATEY. Mr. John Page was really ... late Mr. Richard Sinclair Brodie, who was a newsminonger onaliridged in that lie had all the tattle ... brothers gave ns a hand wit the killing. In 1852, Mr. Batey being at the Diggings with Mr. Page andd ... 1092 words

Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 31 August 1901 p 3 Article
... 'I TWO MEN OF THE TIMES S THAT WERE. 'k - BY ISAAC BATEY. III. [CooNTINou'n.] ISAAC BATEY. WITH regard r'collect that jisf after'thl diggings b'riltoeniuthe seiit a a. n after bring John Page ... art of man. Jolhn Evans stated that the Pages often noted the good Samaritan to Brodie and Jackson ... 1397 words
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Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 24 June 1893 p 3 Article
... 1 RICHARD SINCLAIR BRODIE. [11 ISAACn-,5 ]i. ,It . ChAPTER BATEY]. My brother, after the usual ... re-building the. church, .'Mr Malcolm. " ' Oh, replied Malcolm,, when I pro)mised that money,fM-r Brodie, I ... tumbler at Lewis's head. That's true, of course. ir Brodie, for Marshal Ney, as you. term my ... 1029 words

Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 27 May 1893 p 3 Article
... RICHARD SINCLAIR BRODIE, CHAPTER 1. [BY ISAAC BATEY]. As Sunbury now possesses-to use a st ... of " Wild Jack, " who was punted across the styx years ago. Brodie, when in good trin was greatly ... often that I never could forget th m. Richard Sinclair Brodie, on his mother's side, was con nected ... 1133 words

Isaac Batey obviously admired Richard Brodie greatly and he was disgusted by the way Brodie's body was RUSHED AWAY with absolutely no sign of respect after his sad death. (P.4, Sunbury News,23-1-1904.)

BROOKVILLE. See RYAN. (17B, Bulla Bulla of 440 acres, Melway 385A 2,3 east to Deep Creek. Frontage to the west side of Konagaderra Rd started 3900 links (780 metres) north of Craigieburn Rd and continued north for half a mile (400 metres.)
THE Friends of Mr. THOMAS RYAN are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late father to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral to move from his residence, Brookville Farm, Bulla, THIS DAY, at 8 o'clock, passing Oakland Junction, Deep Creek road, about 10, and through Flemington about half-past 12 o'clock.(P.8, Argus, 28-8-1875.)

BULLA PARK (Melway 3 H1.) (11A,Tullamarine and most of 11B.)
Messrs Hoban Bros. of 360 Bourke street, report having effected the following sales:- On account of Mr.R.S.Whiting,his property at Bulla known as Bulla Park containing 852 acres to Messrs. McLeod and Anderson of Diggers Rest. (P.11, Argus,24-3-1915.) I have been told that Bulla Park was 11A, parish of Tullamarine, consisting of 333 acres enclosed by the angle of Loemans Rd but title documents show that Whiting owned land in
11B south of Loemans Rd (524 acres.)See TULLAMARINE ISLAND.

BURTON.-On the 24th February, at the residence of his daughter, Shire-hall, Bulla, William Henry Burton, formerly of Ballarat, dearly beloved father of Mrs. A. F. Daniel, aged 73 years.(P.1,Argus,26-2-1906.)

DANIEL-BURTON. On the 22nd ult., at the residence of the bride's parents, Thorncliffe, Howard-street, Ballarat, by the Rev. T. R. Cairns, Augustine Franklin Daniel, C.E., to Emily Sophia, daughter of W. H. Burton, Esq., of Ballarat. (P.1, Argus, 16-5-1896.)
Either I.W.S. or the Daniel family history mentioned bridge building far afield (as I recall after 20 years) and this may have taken A.F.Daniel to Ballarat. As a Burton child attended the National School in Oaklands Rd,it is possible that the Burtons were old neighbours of the Daniel and Waylett families on Tulip Wright's section 3.

I am relying on a 20 year old memory of Bulla rate records showing that Malachi Cahill was assessed on property, probably on section 1 Bulla, on which Martin Cahill had previously been assessed, in assuming that Malachi's mother's maiden name was Mary McAuliffe.

CAHILL-On April 11, at his residence, Station street, Sunbury, Malachi Cahill, dearly loved son of the late Martin and Mary Cahill, and loving brother of Catherine(deceased), Thomas (deceased),Martin, Nora, and Mary, aged 81 years. -Requiescat in pace.(P.12, Argus,14-4-1855.)

I can find no Cahill/Bulla connection on trove before the 1890's. Had they come from Keilor (Gumm's Corner)or Sunbury (where John Cahill was a bootmaker before buying the Farmers'Arms, which he later replaced with another bluestone hotel that he named the Ball Court Hotel)? If any Cahill researchers would like any of the extensive information (John's origins, Martin and Martin Jnr. as councillors etc.)and maps about Cahill land at Keilor or Main Road East (east of Deep Creek),send me a private message with your email address and I'll attach the file for C.1-99 of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND to my reply by email.

254 CAHILL Catherine Alice 60Y 00/00/1872 11/03/1933 12/03/1933 R.C. 5 12 Daughter of Martin Cahill & Mary McAuliffe. Died in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia.
255 CAHILL Malachi 84Y 00/00/1870 11/04/1955 13/04/1955 R.C. 5 22 Son of Martin Cahill & Mary McAuliffe. Born and died in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia.
256 CAHILL Martin 74Y 00/00/1837 27/12/1911 29/12/1911 R.C. 5 11 Son of Martin Cahill & Mary McAuliffe. Died in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.
257 CAHILL Martin 95Y 00/00/1874 22/10/1969 24/10/1969 R.C. 5 23 Son of Malachi Cahill & Honora Ryan. Died in Fitzroy South, Victoria, Australia.
258 CAHILL Mary 95Y 00/00/1929 00/11/1934 03/11/1934 R.C. 5 11 Daughter of Thomas McAuliffe & Mary Keiley. Died in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. Name not recorded on grave.
259 CAHILL Mary Francis 88Y 00/00/1876 13/06/1965 16/06/1965 R.C. 5 10 Daughter of Martin Cahill & Mary McAuliffe. Born in Bulla, died in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.
260 CAHILL Norah Ellen 93Y 00/00/1878 00/03/1972 30/03/1972 R.C. 5 10 Daughter of Martin Cahill & Mary McAuliffe. Born in Bulla, died in Essendon, Victoria, Australia. Name not recorded on grave.
261 CAHILL Thomas Andrew 73Y 00/00/1874 25/09/1947 27/09/1947 R.C. 5 12 Son of Martin Cahill & Mary McAuliffe. Died in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
262 CAHILL William Frost 67Y 18/07/1923 24/06/1990 28/06/1991 R.C. 23 24 Son of William Cahill. Born in Carlton, Victoria, Australia.
263 CAHILL (nee ?) Eileen 62Y 23/06/1926 19/09/1988 21/09/1988 R.C. 23 24 Parents unknown - wife of William Frost Cahill.
264 CAHILL (nee DOLAN) Mary 72Y 00/00/1873 03/07/1946 08/07/1946 R.C. 5 23 Daughter of Bernard Dolan & Mary Kelly. Born in Bulla, died in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia.

CAIRNBRAE. (Melway 384 B-E1, E10.) (7AB, Bulla Bulla,307 acres plus closed road.) DHOTAMA.
In 1914-5, William Michie was assessed on 308 acres and a closed road; 7B, once part of Nairn, consisted of 130 acres and 7A to the south, through which Wildwood Rd made its final descent to the Martin Dillon bridge, consisted of 177 acres, the closed road separating them. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.

CALDOW. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding and the Caldow/Michie connection.

DIED. On the 26th inst., at Tobernaroy, Bulla Bulla,Deep Creek, Mary, the beloved wife of John Cameron, aged 42 years. (P.4,Argus, 27-9-1854.)

It is highly likely that Tobernaroy was section 11, Bulla Bulla, granted to J.Cameron on 1-5-1849. This property was later owned by Robert McDougall, a renowned breeder of Shorthorn cattle who favoured the Booth strain bred by Major Booth on a farm called Warlaby in the old country; McDougall named section 11 as Warlaby.

It is likely that John was the Mr Cameron who was a patron of the National School (see SCHOOLS)in 1855. Names of some of the other patrons and the pupils indicate that this school was in Oaklands Rd (on Warlaby according to Visions and Realisations.)

UNFOUNDED CHARGE.-Elias Smith was brought up, charged with stealing a letter, the property of tho Postmaster-General. It appeared that the prisoner had been sent by one Alexander Cameron to tho Post-office at Bulla Bulla to inquire for and to obtain a letter, which the latter expected from New Zealand. The postmaster handed him a letter apparently so addressed, and he duly conveyed it to Mr. Cameron, who had sent him for it. On Mr. Cameron opening the letter, he found it was addressed to a Mrs Cameron, and to avoid any bother about it, as there
was nothing of any value in it except an explanation from the writer as to the cause of not enclosing any money, Mr. Cameron burned it. It seemed, however, that when the postmaster at Bulla questioned the latter about it, he said he had returned it to the prisoner, to avoid any bother about what he considered a very trumpery
affair, and nothing more than an unimportant mistake. The letter was, in fact, addressed to Mrs. Alexander Cameron, and this had not been noticed before the letter was opened. These circumstances were now proved in evidence ; and the prisoner, against whom there was no case whatever, was discharged. (P.6,Argus, 4-9-1862.)


There was a sitting of the Divorce Court on Saturday to try Cassidy v. Cassidy and Harris. Petitioner was a schoolmaster at Bulla, and was married about 11 years ago. The co-respondent was engineer to tho shire council of that place, and was also a married man. In August last Cassidy, his wife, and Harris were in Melbourne, stopping at Cleal's Hotel. Cassidy and his wife slept in the same room, but in different beds, Mrs. Cassidy's
being nearest the door. During the night Mr. Cassidy was awoke by heavy breathing in the adjacent bed, and, jumping up, found Harris in it. Ho commenced to pummel him, but was at last separated from him by the landlord. Harris and Mrs. Cassidy were ejected from the hotel, and next day went to New Zealand as Mr. and Mrs. Moran. As Harris, however, had embezzled money belonging to tho shire council, he was brought back and sent to Pentridge. Neither Harris nor Mrs. Cassidy made any defence ; but Mrs.Cassidy was present in court. The marriage was declared dissolved.
(P.5, column 3,Argus, 15-5-1871.)

John Cassidy had been the first teacher at Seafield National School and was followed by Samuel Lazarus whose wife Fanny Lazarus, seems to have been a Cassidy. See my journal BURYING AN ABORIGINAL TROOPER AND RAISING LAZARUS.

Ben Chaffey certainly didn't build the Woodlands Homestead but he continued the horsey connection with the property started by William Pomeroy Greene (who did bring the pre-fabricated house and his groom, Thomas Branigan),and such daring riders as his future son-in-law, William Stawell and Ralph Boldrewood,the author of Robbery Under Arms.Well before Ben's tenure, Woodlands consisted only of 100 acres,the remaining 540 acres being part of Cumberland during William Coghill's, and later Alex McCracken's,ownership of the latter. (Broadmeadows and Bulla rate records.)David Milburn of Keilor is officially recognised as the pioneer of irrigation in Victoria but the scheme developed by Ben's father and uncle was on a much greater scale.

DEATH OF MR. B.CHAFFEY, Leading Turf Figure.
One of the most widely known personalities on the Australian Turf, and one of its most capable administrators, Mr. Benjamin Chaffey, chairman of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club, died at his home,Woodlands, Oaklands Junction, yesterday afternoon. Mr. Chaffey had been in ill health for some time.

A son of the late Mr. George Chaffey, he was born at Kingston, Canada, in 1878. He was brought to Australia in
1886 by his parents, and, with his uncle,Mr. W. B. Chaffey, who afterwards became Mayor of Mildura, the family settled in that town. Mr. G. Chaffey and Mr.W. B. Chaffey were the pioneers of irrigation in Victoria. Mr. B. Chaffey soon became interested in sheep, and it was not long before he acquired property. The first station he bought was Murrara, but he purchased many others in later years.

Mr. Chaffey married Miss Cowra Crozier, a sister of Mrs. Arthur Crozier and of Mrs. Hurtle* Pegler, and a member of a leading pastoral family. In the years of the war invaluable patriotic work was done by Mr. and Mrs. Chaffey. Mr.Chaffey also assisted greatly in the repatriation of returned soldiers immediately after the war.
Mr. Chaffey was chairman of directors of United Distillers Pty. Ltd., a director of Goldsbrough, Mort, and Co. Ltd., and managing director of Manfred Pastoral Company.

He was a member of the Australian Club and many racing clubs. As a young man Mr. Chaffey developed a fondness for the thoroughbred racehorse, and later he had a great deal of success on the Turf. He owned horses from 1890 onwards, but probably the first important race which he won was the Adelaide Grand National Hurdle with
Stagefright in 1920. He owned another useful Jumper in Percolator, and raced Rawdon with success before selling him to the late Mr. A. Miller, for whom he won the Grand National Hurdle Race. In 1922 Whittier, owned by Mr. Chaffey, ran second in the Caulfield Guineas, and he followed that performance by winning the Caulfield Cup a week later. Whittier repeated his cup victory in 1925, and Manfred was successful in 1928. Whittier and
Manfred were Victoria Derby winners in 1922 and 1925 respectively. The V.R.C. St. Leger was won by Mr. Chaffey with Caserta in 1923, and Accarak won the Australian Cup in 1924. Ninbela won the V.R.C. Oaks Stakes in 1927, and a year later Burnaby won the Adelaide St.Leger.

Mr. Chaffey was keenly interested in the conduct of racing, and on the retirement of Mr. James Grice in 1930 he was elected chairman of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club. In the last few years his health declined, and he was not able to maintain a full interest in his own horses. He was the owner, however, of Aldershot, a promising two-year-old, at present leased to T. Byrnes.

A man of considerable vision, Mr. Chaffey was popular with many friends and acquaintances. Not liking life in the city, he built a large house at Woodlands (sic), with a view of the Dandenong Ranges, in whichhe lived for many years. Mr. Chaffey has left a widow and a married daughter, Mrs. Albert Campbell, also of Woodlands.
The funeral of Mr. Chaffey at the Bulla Cemetery this morning will be private.

Loss to Turf
The chairman of the Victoria Racing Club (Mr. H. Alan Currie) said last night that news of Mr. Chaffey's death
had come to him as a great shock. "We feel that the Turf has lost one of its best administrators," Mr. Currie said. "During the time of his chairmanship of the V.A.T.C. he always co-operated with the V.R.C. n any movements for the improvement of racing generally, and his advice was always of the greatest value."
(P.10, Argus, 4-3-1937.)


CLARK.See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.
Clark, Alister (18641949)
by H. E. Rundle
This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, (MUP), 1981

Alister Clark (1864-1949), rosarian and sportsman, was born on 26 January 1864 at Brighton, Victoria, second son of Walter Clark and his second wife Annie, ne Cooper. Walter Clark, born in Argyllshire, Scotland, in 1803, arrived in Sydney on 23 January 1838 in the Minerva, sponsored by Rev. J. D. Lang. He became a partner with Sir William Macleay in Kerarbury station on the Murrumbidgee River, and made money out of stock during the gold rush. He overlanded stock to Melbourne, took up land at Bulla and built Glenara in 1857.

After Walter Clark was killed at Glenara on 18 March 1873, Alister and his brother and sisters were cared for by a kinsman, John Kerr Clark. Alister was educated in Hobart, at Sydney Grammar School (1877-78) and later at Loretto School in Scotland under the care of relatives. In 1883 he entered Jesus College, Cambridge (B.A., 1886); he was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple on 6 November 1885. He acquired in these years a lifelong interest in plants and flowers.

Clark returned to Australia after graduating and in 1892 for 18,375 he bought Glenara, then 1030 acres (417 ha), from his father's estate. On the ship travelling back from England he had met Edith Mary, daughter of wealthy New Zealander Robert Heaton Rhodes, and they were married at St Mary's Church, Christchurch, New Zealand, on 9 July 1888. They had no children. They maintained a gracious way of life at Glenara where Clark divided his interests between sport and his garden, which he developed as a place of great charm and beauty and as a vast nursery for the propagation of roses and daffodils.

A fine horseman, Clark served as master of Oaklands Hunt Club in 1901-08. He was chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club from its foundation in 1917. Although never very wealthy, he raced a few steeplechasers until 1907, with modest success. The Alister Clark Stakes is his memorial at Moonee Valley. He played polo in Melbourne and New Zealand which for many years he visited annually with his wife. He was also a keen golfer, having been introduced to the game at Musselburgh, Scotland.

Clark was best known as a rosarian. He was a foundation member of the National Rose Society of Victoria in 1900 and served as its president. He put great effort and skill into developing new varieties, and his 'Lorraine Lee', 'Black Boy', 'Sunny South', 'Nancy Hayward' and many others were grown throughout Australia; they were highly regarded in the United States of America. He supplied his new varieties without charge to State rose societies for propagation and sale. He won many awards but his greatest triumph was the 1936 Dean Hole Memorial Medal of the National Rose Society (England). His rose garden survives at Glenara and a selection of his roses grows in a memorial garden in Blessington Street, St Kilda.

Clark contributed also to the development of new species of daffodils. In 1948 he received the Peter Barr Memorial Cup from the Royal Horticultural Society (England), of which he was a fellow, and vice-president in 1944-48. He believed his pink daffodil to be the world's first.

Clark was a Bulla shire-councillor for many years until 1910, and served as president several times. He was a trustee of Bulla Presbyterian Church. Very handsome, he won people with his great charm, and he had many friends. At the same time his failings were easily recognized. He was totally impractical. Money meant little to him and he never seriously applied himself to any productive business activity. But this allowed him to grace his long era in a way which would scarcely be possible in a later generation. Survived by his wife, he died at Glenara on 20 January 1949 and was buried in Bulla cemetery, leaving an estate valued for probate at 22,073.

Select Bibliography
Australia and New Zealand Rose Annual, 1949
Daffodil and Tulip Year Book (Lond), 1949
Table Talk (Melbourne), 30 Oct 1930
Clark family papers (privately held).
Citation details
H. E. Rundle, 'Clark, Alister (18641949)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 November 2013.
This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, (MUP), 1981

N.B. The author of the above would have been Eric Rundle or his son. Eric Rundle died after a fall from a horse. If I remember correctly, D.F.Cameron-Kennedy stated in THE OAKLANDS HUNT that he was Master of Hounds. The Rundles owned Glenara and Mrs Rundle was still there circa 1990 when I called in to discuss history and received a cordial welcome. Google RUNDLE,GLENARA to find the article about the Rundles who bought Glenara in 1957. (The Age, P.17, 29-4-1971.)

CLARK See PEERS. estate, lily green
CLARK.On the 19th inst., at his residence, Glenara, Bulla, Walter Clark, Esq., from injury sustained by a fall from his buggy, aged 69. (P.4, Argus,27-3-1873.)

Walter Clark was a generous, sympathetic man if one of Isaac Batey's anecdotes is any indication.
I cannot say if the Coghill's were Crown squatting tenants in 1846, but this I know, that they had a station in the interior. The eldest son, George, who was well thought of, ran a boiling-down establishment on the Deep Creek. He was in later days killed or died from the effects of a cab accident in Melbourne. His section of lend was mortgaged, no doubt, up to the eyes, for when it was put up for sale and purchased by that grand old man, the late Mr. Walter Clark of Glenara, there was not one penny left to Coghill's widow.
Mr. Clark made her a present of 50.

Old Coghill*, whom I knew well by sight, and who has been already alluded to, by the rumors afloat was the essence of a tyrannical curmudgeon, for he kept his daughters in such utter seclusion that they had no chance of getting married. If this report had a foundation in fact, the old fellow's ideas must have run on the lines of economy, for daughters held in parental servitude came cheaper by far than hired girls.(P.4, Sunbury News, 31-3-1903.) *This would be William Coghill of Cumberland.

There are many family notices on trove concerning the Clarks of Glenara.

The remains of the late Mr Walter Clark, of Glenara, Deep Creek, were buried in the Presbyterian portion of the Melbourne General Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. They were followed to the grave by a large cortege,comprising many members of Parliament and old colonists. Messrs Walter Clark and Allister Clark (sons of the deceased), John Clark (his nephew), Buchanan, McBride, S.Seddon, T Seddon, and John Dougharty, acted as pall bearers. Services were conducted at the house at Bulla lately occupied by deceased, by the Rev Dr Cairns, and at
the cemetery by the Rev I Hetherington. (P.4, Argus,24-3-1873.)

CLARKE W.J.T. (Big). the battery,peninsula


COFFEY.-On the 29th inst., at The Oaks, Keilor, the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. George Dodd, Miss Anastatia Coffey, aged 35 years. R.I.P. (P.1, Argus,30-1-1880.)

THE Friends of Mr. GEORGE DODD are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late sister-in-law, Miss Anastatia Coffey, to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral will move from his residence, The Oaks, Keilor, THIS DAY,etc. ( The Argus, Saturday 31 January 1880 p 12.)

N.B. George Dodd had married Mary Coffey. [PDF]All Brimbank Data - Brimbank City. George was 30 when he arrived as his death notice shows but may have lied about his age, as many did, so he would be eligible for the bounty (a discounted fare) as his age was obviously given as 25 in shipping records. (See Keilor Hotel extract.)

DODD -On the 2nd inst, at his residence, The Oaks, Keilor, Mr George Dodd aged 74 years, a colonist
of 44 years. Respected by all who knew him. (P.1, Argus, 3-6-1884.)

History of the Keilor Hotel

George Dodd arrived in Australia in 1840 aboard the sailing ship Andromache. The colony was 5 years old with a population of just 5000 people. He travelled with his mother, three brothers and four sisters. He was 25 years old and single, a stonemason from King's County Ireland.

He became head quarryman supplying stone to build the first Princess bridge, that bridge was demolished in 1891 (the year of George's death) to make way for the current Princess bridge. He scoured the colony to find a suitable quarry and ended up in Keilor. The quarry is still operating today (160 years later) and naturally he built the first stone house in Keilor. He raised money and oversaw the building in stone of St Augustine's Church in Keilor.

Much as I would like to pursue a possible link between the Keilor and Bulla families,there just isn't time. The fact that Anastasia was buried at Melbourne rather than Bulla argues against a link.

Thomas Coffey, a resident of Bulla for thirty years, a man who had attained the patriarchal age of 76 years, anticipated the natural course of nature by resorting to suicide. -From what I learn he must have been determinedly bent upon the successful accomplishment of his purpose, as he had bound his legs with rope, and thrown himself face downwards in comparatively shallow water.Deceased was in comfortable circumstances.
(P.3, Bacchus Marsh Express, 7-3-1885.)

Another old resident has passed away. Mrs Coffey*, relict of the late Thomas Coffey, died at her residence last Sunday morning, after a brief illness. Deceased was 75 years of age and a resident of Bulla for 45 years. She had been an invalid for the last eight years. She was a native of Clare, Ireland, and leaves one married daughter*, who resides in Avenel, her son Tom, the well-known horse trainer, having died some five years ago. The remains were interred in the Bulla Cemetery last Tuesday.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 20 June 1896 p 3 Article.)

COFFEY. On the 14th inst., at her residence, Bulla, Anne*, widow of the late Thomas Coffey, and beloved mother of Mrs. W. B. Gadd*, of Avenel, aged 75 years. (P.1,Argus, 16-6-1896.)

COGHILL.See CLARK entry re Walter Clark's generosity to Mrs George Coghill.
WILLIAM COGHILL by Steve Pentreath
Captain William Coghill, came to New South Wales on the Mangles in 1824. William and his brother John
were both retired Master Mariners. William and his two brothers were some of the first overlanders to Port
Phillip in 1837, bringing 2000 sheep from the Murrumbidgee early in 1838 in the company of John Hepburn.
They had land at Piangil when the Beveridges selected land at Tyntynder, .
The Coghills also took up land at Glendaruel and Glendonald near Clunes in April 1838, the licenses for these
properties and Coghills Creek were issued in August 1838. In 1844 William occupied Moonee Ponds and
Glencairne, Tullamarine. The Burra and Piangil runs were managed by Byerley until the Beveridges took over
the run in June 1860, just before William Coghill died. When Andrew Beveridge was fatally speared by the
aboriginals in a dispute, it was to Coghills property that John Ryan, Beveridges station hand, ran to get a horse
and gun. F.J. Brerley was the station hand at the Coghill property, and he and two station hands were able to
identify to the police and help capture the aboriginals. Williams brother George applied for a run of 20,000
acres at Hattah Lakes around 1847 and named it Mournpool. Labour was hard to keep in the Port Phillip district
because of isolation. In 1846 William Coghill, A.M Campbell and G.C Curlewis were amongst those who
formed the Immigration Society to encourage labourers to the area.. In 1855 Arthur Moore, manager of
Coghills Piangil station, tried to stop H and J Talbots plan to operate a punt at Tooleybuc due to Moores
concern of injury to his stock.
In December 1854, Terrick Terrick East was held by Simson and David John Coghill where they grew beef
and sheep, then in 1856 by Coghill and Albert Brodribb. William Coghill, whose land Cumberland Estate
near Moonee Ponds, was 880 acres, retired there in 1849. He died there on 19th July 1860 at the age of 76 years
and was buried at the Old Melbourne Cemetery. He had three sons, William, David and George. It is uncertain
when the homestead was built, but there certainly was a residence there when Elizabeth Pentreath came out in
1849 to work for William Coghill. The ruins of the house are now part of the Woodlands Historic Park
Melways 178 C12.
From: History of the Shire of Swan Hill These Verdant Plains Michael Sharland
Echuca a Centenary History Tyntynder Alice Cerruty
History of Ballarat - W.B. Withers Coghills Creek Primary School- D Pym
Red Gums & Riders Dept of Conservation and Resources
([PDF]6 - RootsWebâ
Captain William Coghill, came to New South Wales on the Mangles in 1824. William and his ... William Coghill, whose land Cumberland Estate near Moonee ...)

Both Bulla and Broadmeadows Townships have a Coghill Street; the latter township is now part of Westmeadows. The family owned Glencairn which was within the shire of Bulla and Cumberland was in the shire of Broadmeadows. Information about these early pioneers will be given in these farm entries. The Bulla street is named after George of Glencairn and and the Westmeadows street after William of Cumberland.

Family Notices
The Melbourne Argus (Vic. : 1846 - 1848) Tuesday 16 November 1847 p 2 Family Notices
... MARRIED, At Melbourne, on Thursday, the 11th instant, by the Rev. Mr Hetherington, George Coghill, Esq., Glencairn, to Joan Waldie, daughter of the late George Waldie, Esq , Merchant, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 5 January 1853 p 4 Family Notices
DIED At Glencairn, on Friday, 31st ult, William, the infant son of George Coghill, aged four years ... 127 words

COGHILL.-- On the 21st inst., at Morton's Hotel,Bourke-street, George Coghill, Esq., of Glencairn, Deep Creek.
(P.4, Argus, 22-3-1864.)

Messrs. Gemmell, M'Caul, and Co. sold at their rooms, this day, tho Glencairn property, on the estate
of the late Mr. Geo. Coghill, comprising 704a. 1r. 2p., for 6 per acre, buildings, &c, included, making a
total of 3,071 0s. 3d. for lot. (P.4, Argus,7-9-1864.)

Between Deep Creek and the line of Oaklands Rd at the northern extent of the parish of Tullamarine were section 17A of 485 acres granted to Alexander Kennedy,south of that,17B, of 448 acres granted to George Coghill on 15-12-1848,and south to the line of Mansfields Rd,13A of 492 acres granted to George Coghill and John Pascoe Fawkner. Fawkner and Coghill partitioned 13A on 28-9-1852,the northern 246 acres becoming part of Glencairn and the southern 246 acres lots 1-29 of Fawkner's land Co-operative subdivision. (Volume U folio 187 re partition.)

Given that William Coghill of Cumberland (probably George's father) had given him the part of 16 Tullamarine west of Bulla Rd on 7-7-1848(Volume G folio 169),Glencairn should have consisted of 448+246+ 80? acres,a total of 774 acres,possibly 784 acres. George had mortgaged the section 16 land and the rest of Glencairn on 9-6-1856
(Volume 38 folio 70.) It seems that he had lost the section 16 land (Melway 3H-G1) to that mortgagee or another.

COLDHIGHAM LODGE/COLDINGHAM LODGE.. See DICKINS/DICKENS. (The former is the correct spelling of the surname and the farm name.)
Melway 176 E9 (central point); north west corner near 195 Bulla-Diggers Rest Rd.
Section 6,parish of Holden, consisting of 541 acres granted to A.Simms. It was bounded on the north by an eastern continuation of the line of the road from the Diggers Rest hotel to Dickins Corner. This boundary continued east to Jacksons Creek, the eastern and northern boundary and the western boundary was a creek flowing south-south-east into Jacksons Creek at 176 C10.

Isaac Batey proves Bob Blackwell's explanation of the location of Coldhigham Lodge although he states that John Dickins bought it in 1854, perhaps 1851 in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS was a typesetter's misinterpretation or my transcription error.
Three, or perhaps four years before
the big sale, Sims bought on speculation
what is now the Misses Dickins'
Coldhigham Lodge Estate. Mr. John
Dickins stated that that he rode up to look
at the place in 1854, when, finding the
creek flooded, he scanned the ground
from the opposite bank. However, he
purchased the block, paying, if memory
is faithful, 5 per acre for it; but when
Sims bought from tile crown, as there
was little or no competition, the
chances are that he got it for 1/ per
acre. (P.2, Sunbury News,27-8-1910.)



On the 9th inst., at his own residence, the Constitution Hotel, Deep Creek, Bulla Bulla, Mr. Daniel Cooper, formerly of Stafford, England. Staffordshire papers please copy.(P.4,Argus,13-4-1857.)

Daniel's widow, Sabina,invested some of the hotel's profits in allotments on the other side of Jacksons Creek.

County of Bourke, parish of Buttlejorrk. Upset price, 8 per acre.
Lot 12.-3r. 37 2-10p., 10 the lot. John Eadie. Lot 13.-2r. 32p., 7 5s. the lot. Thomas Horley.
Lot 14.-2r. 32p., 6 5s. the lot. Sabina Cooper. Lot 15.-2r. 32p., 6 15s. the lot. Sabina Cooper.

THE Friends of the late Mrs. SABINA COOPER (relict of tho late Mr. Daniel Cooper) are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral to move from her late residence, Constitution Hotel, Bulla Bulla, THIS DAY, at 11 o'clock a.m., passing through Flemington about half-past 2 p.m. (P.8, Argus, 30-7-1872.) Strangely there does not seem to be a death notice.

SUNBURY. The death has occurred of Mrs. Michael Fanning, Powlett street, in the house in which her father and mother (Mr. and Mrs.J. Hogan) had lived and died before her. Mrs.Fanning had resided here for 63 years, having
come to Sunbury when 11 years of age. She was born in Flinders street, Melbourne, in 1842. She saw Burke and Wills, the famous explorers, when they camped near Bell's Constitution Hotel, on the Bulla road, and she used to relate how she saw Burke mounted in imposing style on hiswhite charger. She also saw King, the only survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition, passing through Sunbury by rail on his return journey.
(P.4, Argus, 6-2-1917.)

The Constitution Hotel, at Bulla, near Sunbury, was entered and robbed on the night of the 18th July, by three men, in a most daring manner. They went into the hotel about nine o'clock, and called for some ale, which they paid for. One of them then presented a double barrelled pistol at the landlord, a Mr. Crawford,and desired him, if he did not want to be shot, to hand over his money. They then tied both the landlord and his wife hand and foot, the servant girl, and every one else in the house, and proceeded to search it. A boy made his escape,
and gave information to tho police, who were soon on the spot, but not before the robbers had made off. They took away with them several bank notes and a large quantity of silver. The servant girl was also robbed of 12.
(P.4,Argus, 20-7-1861.)

I believe that the Constitution Hotel operated under the name of the JUNCTION HOTEL in the 1870's. W.Wilson was the publican when the hotel burnt down and Richard Bell,publican lived close enough to be involved. A certain Bulla parish map and Bulla rates show that Bell owned Craig and O'Grady's grant, crown allotment 2,section 25 Bulla Bulla,directly opposite the Dunsford Track,the turn off to Lancefield just before Goona Warra.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 9 June 1876 p 7 Article
... FIRE AT BULLA BULLA. THE INQUEST. . An inquiry was held at Sunbury yesterday, before Mr. Candler, the district coroner, into the cause of a fire which occurred at the Junction Hotel, Bulla Bulla, on the morning of the 14th February. Mr. F. Stephen appeared on behalf of Mr. William Wilson, ...


(Melway 384 A 9-11,D10 C/A 6 (2) and 177 B-E 1-2 C/A 5B,Bulla Bulla.)

Messrs Powers,Rutherford and Co report having sold by auction, at their sale-rooms, 48 William Street on Thursday, 20th inst., by order of the executors of the late David Patullo, the Craigbank Estate, close to
Bulla on the Deep Creek. The property was sold in two lots, the homestead block, containing 417a, Or. 38p., at 12 per acre, and the other, containing 183a. lr. 15p., at 8 per acre, Mr. Henry Howeth Patullo being the purchaser. (P.8, Argus, 28-2-1891.)

POWERS, RUTHERFORD and Co hove rocoived Instructions from the excutera of the loto D Patullo to SELL by
PUBI IO AUCTION on irlday, 27th November, 1691, on tho ground, nubdivided as undcr,
A splendid block containing 640 acres of rich grazing and agricultural land well watered by the Deep Creek, to which it has a frontago of a mile, and olosc to the proposed railway and the township of Bulla
The following are particulars of the subdivision -
All that piece of land, containing 139 acres 2 roods 4 perches, or thereabouts, being parts of Crown Allotment 2, Section 6 and Portion A, Section 7, parish of Bulla Bulla counlj of Bourke
IOT 2 All that (uceo of land oontalnlng 282 acres 1 rood 32 perches or thereabouts, part of said Allotment, Section 6.
All that piece of land containing 178 acres 2 roods 17 porohoa oi thereabouts part of said Portion A,8eotton7.
Tilla propertj was selected bj the late Mr D Patullo ov er 80 j ears go, and he lived on it up to the time of his death, a fact which speaks for itself. (P.3, Argus, 26-11-1891.)

Containing 590 Acres of the Richest Grazing and Agricultural Land In the District
POWERS, RUTHERFORD and Co have received instructions from the executors in the estate of the late D.Patullo to call for TENDERS for the LEASE for a period of five years The CRAIGBANK ESTATE,Situated at Bulla And comprising 596 acres or thereabouts of rich agricultural and grazing land being part of Crown Allotment 2 of Section 6 and Crown portlon A of Section 7 parish of Bulla Bulla and county of Bourke.
Tenders will be received for the property In one or two lots as follows -
(a) House paddock and adjoining paddock containing four hundred and twenty two acres
(b) Paddock containing one hundred and seventy four acres
This property was selected by the late Mr D.Patullo over 30 years ago and he lived on it up to
the time of his death-a fact which speaks for itself. (etc.)
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 24 December 1891 p 2 Advertising.)



Ploughing up Sovoreigns.
THE following extraordinary paragraph appears in the Lancefield Examincer,from the Bulla district, Victoria:-
" Mr.Thomas Crinnion, farmer, of Bulla, informs us that it frequently occurs, whilst his land is being ploughed, that sovereigns are turned up from a considerable depth. Mr. Crinnion has been on the farm for 17 years, and during that period has obtained a large quantity of current coin in gold."
(Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) Wednesday 14 April 1880 p 2 Article.)

I hereby declare Mr THOMAS CRINNION duly RE-ELECTED Councillor for the East Riding of the Shire of Bulla, no other candidate having been nominated.MAURICE M'AULIFFE, Returning Officer. Bulla, July 31,1878.
(P.8, Argus, 1-8-1878.)

The article below is an interview with 63 year old cricketer,Mr M. Crinnion who describes his first game of cricket with Sir William Clarke's team in 1876 which led to the formation of a club called The Wildwood. His father later bought a hay and chaff business,(perhaps with the sovereigns mentioned above.)
Weekly Times (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Saturday 7 December 1918 p 21 Article.

Mr James Crinnion, of 'Yuroke,' Greenvale, an old resident and a well known and popular farmer, died on
Saturday last and was interred in the Bulla Cemetery on Monday. He was an uncle of Messrs. Michael and Patrick
Crinnion, the old established chaff merchants, of South st., Ascot Vale. (P.2, Sunbury News, 9-4-1910.)
The above makes it likely that the cricketer was Michael and that he and Patrick were sons of Thomas.

Thomas and James were obviously brothers. The former's property during his time as a councillor in the east ward of Bulla Shire could not have been farther east than fronting the east side of Oaklands Rd while James' property needed to be only a mile east of this road to be in the parish of Yuroke. Without rate records,I may still eventually find the locations of each.However it has been found that both brothers leased a property called THORNGROVE. They had a clearing sale when the lease finished in 1887.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 27 January 1887 p 5 Article.)

This death notice seems to confirm that Michael and James of the South Street hay and chaff store were indeed sons of Thomas and Mary Ann and also specifies a property name, CROW'S (sic) HILL.

CRlNNION. - On the 17th September, at Mount St. Erin's, Patrick, 3rd eldest son of the late Thomas and Mary Ann Crinnion, of Crow's Hill, Mickleham, brother of Michael, Thomas, George, Mrs.D. Branigan, Mrs. J. Langtry, Ellen, late James and Andrew. R.I.P. (Interred privately, Bulla Cemetery, l8th inst.) (P.17, Argus,20-9-1919.)

THORNGROVE. (Leased by Thomas and James Crinnion until 1887.)
Messrs. Campbell and Sons, Kirk's Bazaar, report having sold, on account of Messrs. W. C. Hearn and Thomas Wragge, trustees in the estate of the late James Hearn, their farm, situate at Somerton, and known as the Thorngrove Farm, and containing 338 acres. Mr. John Hearn was the purchaser, at a satisfactory price.
(P.4, Argus, 18-2-1892.)

Thorngrove,of 338 acres was 4J,Yuroke, granted to William John Turner (Big) Clarke (who according to Lenore Frost was James Hearn's father in law and died at Hearn's "Roseneath" in Woodland St,Essendon.) It was immediately south,across Somerton Rd from Roxburgh Park and is today's Meadow Heights with Tarcoola Ave indicating its south east corner.

Mickleham Farm.
Campbell and Sons will sell, on Monday, 18th inst., at 12 noon, at Kirk's Bazaar, Melbourne, Miss E. R. Crinnion's Crow's Hill farm, at Mickleham. The farm comprises 192 acres of splendid land, 3 miles from Craigieburn station. The property is sub-divided into six paddocks, and the improvements include a 6-roomed W.B. house,etc. (The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 7 October 1915 Edition: Morning. p 2 Article.)

Crowe's Hill was obviously 20C, Yuroke, of 191 acres 0 roods 38 perches, one of two blocks adjoining Harpsdale's eastern boundary which were granted to John Crowe. With a frontage of 868 acres to the west side of Mickleham Rd south from the bend in Melway 385 H2, this farm is roughly indicated by 385 F-G 3-4.

I have been unable to establish the location of Thomas Crinnion's farm in the shire of Bulla but I suspect that it may have been part of Big Clarke's grant near John'shill Farm (Branigan's St John's Hill.) I have found no sale notice for James Crinnion's "Yuroke" to indicate its location.

*Thomas Crinnion's involvement with the National School No. 42 (see SCHOOLS) had started by 1868 and his involvement with the Bulla Shire was in the 1870's. Crowe's Hill had been farmed in 1860 by a Mr McPherson and had been the residence of Jessie Sheppard before Thomas Crinnion moved to that farm,apparently during the 1880's.

The Mary Ann Crinnion, whose details from Neil Mansfield's Bulla Cemetery Register appear below, would be Dennis Brannigan's wife.

203 BRANIGAN (nee CRINNION) Mary Ann 86Y 00/00/1862 29/01/1948 30/01/1948 R.C. 11 1B Daughter of Thomas Crinnion & Mary Ann Faulkner. Born in Sunbury, died in Pascoe Vale, Victoria, Australia.

I don't know whether George Crinnion, who had quite a large farm in Reynards Rd,Pascoe Vale, was related to Thomas and James (of "Yuroke"); if he was, this might explain her death at Pascoe Vale.

CROSBIE-COLEMAN -On the 25th October, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn, by the Very Rev. J. J. O'Dwyer, S.J., assisted by the Rev. F. Keogh S.J., Bernard M. Crosbie, of Glen Loeman, Bulla, second son of
Mr. W. B. Crosbie, of Kew, to Julia Pauline (Lily), the third daughter of Mr. John Coleman, of Dromin, Cork, Ireland, and niece of Mrs. M. Allan, Linda crescent, Hawthorn.(P.13, Argus, 2-12-1916.)



At Twelve O'clock.
Beautiful Freehold Property,
Moonee Ponds,
Handsome villa Residence and 1301 Acres of Land.
To Capitalists In Search of First-class Suburban Property.
GEMMELL, TUCKETT, and Co. have received Instructions to SELL by AUCTION, at their rooms, 40 Collins-street west, on Friday, December ?,at twelve o'clock, Cumberland Estate, on the Moonee Ponds, 12 miles from Melbourne, containing 1304a. 3r. lp., partly bounded by tho Deep Creek and Bulla roads, at Oaklands Junction, and intersected by the Moonee Ponds, which b]???????hore????? contain an abundant supply of water in the driest season. About 700 acres are well wooded. The whole is divided into three paddocks by substantial post-and-rail fencing.

The buildings, erected only six years ago, are a handsome villa residence of eight large and well
proportioned rooms, substantially built of bluestone ; a building adjoining, also of bluestone, divided into
storeroom, pantry, kitchen, laundry, and servants' room ; huts, stable, &c., of wood.There is a garden well stocked with both fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs, &c., fowlhouse, stockyard.

There are 1103 acres of the land let for twelve months for grazing purposes. This very desirable property is bounded by the beautiful estates of the late Hon. Donald Kennedy, of Dundonald, and Andrew Sutherland, Esq., of Woodlands.
Particulars as to title can be obtained from Mr.Wyburn, solicitor, 40 Ellzabeth-street.

The reason for the timing of the sale become obvious.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 8 June 1867 p 8 Family Notices
Funeral Notices. FRIENDS are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. COGHILL (relict of the late William Coghill, Esq.),to move from her late residence, Cumberland, Moonee Ponds,THIS DAY, (Saturday), at 9, and pass across the Flemington-bridge about 12 ....
N.B. MOONEE PONDS (earlier,Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds) meant NEAR THE MOONEE PONDS CREEK, not the suburb.
Woodlands, and Stewarton (Gladstone Park) were also described as being at Moonee Ponds.)

William had died in 1860. His wife's name was Christian!

Frederick William Dallemore, of Bulla Bulla, stockholder. No schedule filed. Causes of insolvency:-Losses of various kinds, and pressure by a creditor. (New Insolvents. P.5, Argus, 26-5-1856.)And that's the total information on trove although the case of Dallemore v the Queen (where Dallemore appealed unsuccessfully against part of his run being declared a common)might have involved Frederick William.

Was this the correct spelling of his surname? F.W.Dallimore brought an action against Fenton who continued to occupy a run called Knighton in 1864 after Dallimore had bought it. In testimony,Dallimore mentioned another run called Lalbert that he'd had in the 1850's but which was only a winter run.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 12 June 1865 p 6 Article.)

Had Dallimore leased land in the 1850's from the Bateys or Brodies with access to Jackson,Emu or Deep Creek to sustain his flock in the drier months or perhaps to serve as a "depot" or holding paddock where his sheep could regain condition before hoofing it to market?

Also in 1865, F.W.Dallimore of Lexton had impounded a bull.
(IMPOUNDINGS. The Ballarat Star, Friday 29 December 1865 p 4.)

Now for the big question: was F.W.Dallimore the same person as Frederick William Dallemore of Bulla Bulla? I'd tried asking the only person likely to tell me but I'd given the name as Dallemore and Dallymore and Isaac Batey remained mute. As soon as I gave the name as Dallimore, Isaac spoke thus:
To come to men who first acquired land on that part of the Emu Creek east of Sunbury with the ultimate view
of cultivating the soil or following dairying, we may count Messrs. Wm.Kirby and Michael Coolahan. As cultivators of produce for sale, I opine that Mr. Dallimore who rented what should have been Headlam's section, was the first in the field.(P.4, Sunbury News, 6-6-1903.)

DALLIMORE.The correct spelling. See DALLEMORE. buckley's vendetta against john, a.f.'s description of konagaderrer, hunt club-kennels at narbonne

DAVIS. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.

Bulla was first known as Deep Creek but this was only the second name for the road leading to it,which was first called Mt Macedon or Macedon road.

DICKINS' CORNER. A ninety degree turn in the Bulla Diggers Rest Road at Melway 176 D7, now made more of a curve although the original corner is still shown in my 1999 edition. The Holden Parish map shows the road turning north to cross Jacksons Creek at the south east corner of John Reddan's 16(1)and a point on the north boundary of Coldhigham Lodge about 520 metres east of its western boundary, (a creek, flowing south-south-east into Jacksons Creek at 176 C 10, which separated it from KENNETH MCKENZIE'S GRANTED PART OF OAKBANK.)

DICKINS/ DICKENS.See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding. See ALSTON.
This surname has been so often written as Dickens that both versions appear in the entry heading; the correct spelling is Dickins*. The same confusion occurred re the spelling of John Dickins' farm so it had been listed as COLDHIGHAM LODGE/ COLDINGHAM LODGE,the former* being the correct spelling and the latter appearing in Harry Peck's MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN.
(*Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 14 March 1923 p 1 Family Notices
... years. DICKINS.-On the 12th March, at Coldhigham Lodge, Bulla, Stephen, dearly beloved husband of Ellen, loving father of Elsie and Anastasia (Mrs. T. Pelly). R.I.P. DICKINS.-On the 12th March, at Coldhigham lodge Bulla, Stephen, second son of the late John Dickins, loved brother of Catherine and ..)

DICKINS, John, Bulla,is a native of Northampton shire, England who landed in Melbourne in May 1840, being then twenty eight years of age.He first worked for a year at the butchering trade*** and then started slaughtering on his own account at Batman's Hill*, and carried on the business for fourteen years. In 1851 he purchased a homestead of 541 acres at Bulla,which he called Cold Higham Lodge and cultivated 100 acres for six or seven years,but since that time has devoted himself solely to grazing. He was married in 1843 to Miss Catherine Maloney and has a family (living) of three sons and four daughters. Mr Dickins was a member of the local shire council when it was proclaimed in 1886** and retained the position for several years.

* The site of Spencer St (now Southern Cross) Station.

** Probably a typo or my transcription error. It was the Bulla Road Board and 1862 according to young Oswald Daniel. (A meeting was called on 23rd October, 1862, at the Bridge Inn for the purpose of forming a Road Board District. Mr James Macintosh was in the chair. The first "Council" was formed and elected by a show of hands at the meeting ; it consisted of Messrs Walter Clark, Michael Loeman, Martin Batey, James Macintosh, William Bethell,Thomas Branigan, David Patulla (sic), Dugald Stewart, and John Dickins. -P.2, Sunbury News,4-6-1910.)

*** Was Frederick Piggott just a fellow butcher,or was there a closer connection?
IN the SUPREME COURT of the COLONY of VICTORIA: In its Probate Jurisdiction - In the Matter of the Will of FREDERICK PIGGOTT, late of Williamstown, in the Colony of Victoria, Butcher, Deceased. - Notice is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof,application will be made to the Supreme Court in its Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE, of the LAST WILL and TESTAMENT of the above-named Frederick Piggott be granted to John Dickins, of Bulla Bulla, in the colony of Victoria, farmer, the sole
executor named in and appointed thereby.
Dated this twentieth day of January, 1870 WILLIAM CUDDY, 84 Chaucery-lane, Melbourne,proctor for the said John Dickins.(P.7, Argus, 21-1-1876.)

A google search for Coldhigham Lodge produced the following.
JOHN DICKINS first slaughterman in Port Phillip Colony
DICKINS John 1812-1899.
John Dickins born on 27 May 1812 at Rothersthorpe England, and died on 30 October 1899, at Bulla Victoria. Australia. John, with his parents and brother Stephen moved to COLD HIGHAM LODGE, Pattishall via Towcester, (photo below right) Northamptonshire England, from Rothersthorpe on approximately 18 March 1814.

John and Margaret (Rice) Dickins (John's parents) farmed on their property at Pattishall during their lifetime, until approximately 1854. On 18 October 1828, John Dickins (the son) became an apprentice to James Phipps, Butcher, of Northamptonshire, for the period of 8 years. John's father had to pay James Phipps the sum of thirty five pounds for his apprenticeship.
At the end of the year 1839, John decided to migrate to Australia. He came on the sailing vessel 'China' and arrived in Melbourne Australia on 1 May 1840. The voyage taking approximately six months.

On the journey John acted as the ship's butcher. After arriving in Melbourne he took a position as a slaughterman at the abattoir (then on the Yarra River, where the Gas Works were later built). John was the first master slaughterman in Melbourne having slaughtered the first cattle at Fisherman's Bend. After 12 months at this occupation he opened his own slaughter house, on the salt water river. Cattle were herded by drovers down from northern New South Wales and Queensland, to his slaughter house. On the 24 April 1842 he married a widow, Catherine Maloney (previous married name O'Brien). Catherine had come out to Australia on the same vessel as John. After their marriage they lived firstly on the salt water river, near their slaughter house, and then later, John bought 2 acres of land and they built a 2 storey home on this land, at Phillipstown (now Union Street Brunswick). They lived there for some years before selling it to a market gardener. On 19 June 1852* John purchased 541 acres (more or less) which, when surveyed on 22 April 1895 was found to be 646 acres, 1 rod, 7 perches. in the Parish of Holden for the sum of 3000 pounds from Alexander Sim. The Agents for Mr. Sim were Messrs. Mickle and Bakewell.

(*This obviously came from a title document so 1851 and 1854 are both wrong.)

John cultivated a portion of this land for a few years, but afterwards devoted himself solely to grazing. He was a Member of the Bulla Shire Council and retained his seat for several years. John resided on his farm 'Coldhigham Lodge' Bulla up until his death on 30 October 1899. John is buried in the Bulla Cemetery. John Dickins also owned 227 and 229 Latrobe Street Melbourne, and an acre of land behind the Melbourne General Post Office. He sold this acre of land before he died, but he left Coldhigham Lodge, the Dickins farm and 227 and 229 Latrobe Street Melbourne to Catherine and Ellen, his two daughters who had helped him run his farm during his life time. Information in this story supplied by Manie Kathleen Holmes to Veronica Maude Bates.

Harry Peck seemed to know hundreds of farm names in Victoria and interstate and painted the most detailed word pictures of a huge number of pioneers. With such an eye for detail, I believe the substitution of two letters in John Dickins' farm name was the fault of a typesetter rather than Harry.
Fortunately Harry Peck gives a wonderful pen picture of John Dickins on page 123 of his MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN, written in 1942.

John Dickins of Coldingham (sic) Lodge,Bulla, had snow-white hair and was a kind and gentle man. He supplied Newmarket with pigs and calves from his dairy farm. He also fattened bullocks and every week for years,carted his home-made butter to a big grocer's shop in South Melbourne which took all his output. Always dressed as a well-to-do English farmer of the period with a white bell topper,clean-shaven face and fashionable wide collar of whiskers from ear to ear,John Dickins,temperate in all things and tough in constitution, recovered from a serious bout of pneumonia at over 80,resumed his activities and lived to well over 90*. (Harry also mentioned that Des Moore was the current owner,i.e. 1942,of the farm.)

*Harry was no genealogist but which family historian would not forgive him in view of such "meat on the bone" information. My DHOTAMA information following needs to be checked against Neil Mansfield's Bulla Cemetery Register because some of the grave inscriptions had to viewed from several angles to even guess what was carved on the stone. I recorded: John Dickins, who died on 30-10-1899 aged 88 and Catherine who died in 1891 aged 74, are buried in the Roman Catholic section of Bulla Cemetery with other family members (Row 4,plots 3-7?)

John Dickins was listed twice in Bailliere's 1868 directory (Dickins/Dickens) as was Ralph Dickson (sic)/Dixon.

This Moonee Ponds doctor was usually called upon when there was a medical emergency to the north, such as when Colin Williams' head was split open at Tullamarine State School in a playground accident between the resignation of Jessie Rowe and the arrival of Alec Rasmussen. He bought "Sherwood" and used irrigation to turn the farm into a showpiece.

Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 16 April 1914 p 3 Article

DILLON history board,kathy's website
Longtime,no write,but I haven't forgotten dear old Bulla and its pioneers. One would assume that Martin Dillon would have drowned near Willowbank (formerly David Patullo's Craigbank) on Wildwood Rd or the Martin Dillon bridge on that road. Not so. Somewhere in comments I have mentioned his grant in the parish of Holden. It was crown allotment 6 of section 5,Holden, consisting of 86 acres 1 rood 23 perches and granted on 13-1-1876. Google HOLDEN, COUNTY OF BOURKE,select the first map and look at the bottom right hand corner of the map.

Martin's grant was in Melway 3 C4 just west of the Organ Pipes Park picnic area. Harriet Sharp (nee Faithfull)was Martin's eastern neighbour on crown allotment 7A and owned land on Tullamarine Island south west of the junction of Loemans and Coopers Rd,which she called the "Old Farm" after she bought the Holden land on 1-12-1875. Harriet used to get from one side of Jacksons Creek to the other via a ford thought to have been used by Hume and Hovell in 1924. If anyone wants to know the exact location of the ford, I will look it up in my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF TULLAMARINE. It was definitely within the confines of Organ Pipes National Park.

The ford and farm may not have been near Tullamarine Island but on the way to Sunbury. I will not delete the above because it contains useful information. It could also be right if the O'Briens owned or leased land in Tullamarine such as Barbiston. I can't clearly recall if there was a Fox/O'Brien family connection and I no longer have my rates transcriptions.

Two things worry me about the location of the ford. There were many fords on both creeks, and on Jacksons Creek there was the ford between Batey's Redstone Hill and the Page Brothers' Glencoe, and Paul Tate's ford between the east end of McLeods Rd in Holden and his Pleasant Vale on Tullamarine Island as well as the one that Harriet Sharp and (possibly) Hume and Hovell used.

The two things are, firstly the proximity of C.Honan (whom I associate with the Sunbury Rd area) to the ford, and secondly this piece from the article:
"The deceased's hat was found about five chains down the stream and next morning the carcase of the horse, was washed to O'Brien's ford,...."

The O'Briens had two properties of which I'm aware, Craigllachie and Glencoe. Craigllachie was east of Loemans Rd and fronted Deep Creek just north of the ford connecting with Mansfields Rd in Tullamarine. They had inherited their "Glencoe" from John Daly,the grantee; it was just east of the Page "Glencoe" pre-emptive right and O'Brien's Ford was most likely the Batey/Page ford whose location was within the Holden Flora and Fauna Reserve in Melway 352 J2.

Presuming that Jacksons Creek has never flowed AWAY from the bay, this means that Martin Dillon's farm and the ford from which Martin Dillon was swept to his death was farther west than O'Brien's ford- towards Sunbury. Could this ford,and Martin Dillon's farm, have been on section 26 Bulla Bulla, on the Sunbury side of Redstone Hill Rd, granted to Michael Loeman and John Rankin?

Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 30 June 1900 p 2 Article
Quite a shock was received in Sunbury and in fact right through the district when the news was received of the accident that deprived that popular and highly esteemed old pioneer farmer, Mr.Martin Dillon, sen., of his life on Saturday evening last. It appears that Mr.Dillon and an employee, named Johnston, crossed Jacksons-creek at a ford where it runs through the former's property, to bring a calf over the stream.
Having secured the calf on the front of the horse, a heavy draught, both mounted and attempted to return. The bottom of the ford is composed of loose rocks,and on these the horse stumbled. Both dismounted, and unfastening the calf left it to its fate.

Again mounting an effort was made to finish the crossing, but the horse stumbled and fell, precipitating both riders into the stream. Johnston was washed over the ford and up against a large boulder to which he clung with great tenacity, an act which saved his life. While in his perilous position he saw Mr. Dillon being swept past by the current with his arms extended over his head, and this is the last that was seen
of him.

Mr. C. Honan, who lives not far distant from the ford, and having seen the calf across the creek, decided at dusk to put it on the other side. He approached the ford with this intention, and there saw Johnston in his dangerous position. Hurrying to his house he procured a rope which he threw to Johnston,who could just manage to fasten it round himself and was then dragged ashore.He was almost speechless from excitement and exposure, and could give no coherent account of the accident. He became unconscious almost immediately, in which state he remained for several hours, being taken to Mr. Honan's house.

Although the accident took place at five o'clock, owing to their absence from the homestead, Mr. Dillon's family did not learn the painful news until ten o'clock, The matter was immediately reported to Constable M'Loughlin, but at such a late hour it was impossible to do anything that night. A strange part of the occurrence was the fact that although the water was only three feet high at the ford at the time of the accident, the current was strong enough to carry the horse away, and this after Mr.
Dillon and his man had stood in the stream to unfasten the calf. The deceased's hat was found about five chains down the stream and next morning the carcase of the horse, was washed to O'Brien's ford, from where it was subsequently carried right away by a further rise in the creek.

On Sunday a local party dragged the creek for a considerable distance, but owing to the strong current and the improvised means at their disposal the night closed without any success attending their efforts. On Monday a contingent from Sunbury increased the search party,but although they were materially assisted with a supply of dragging appliances from Rupertswood and a boat from Mr Hall, which enabled the centre of the stream to be operated upon, the day's labors were again disappointing.

The Essendon and Broadmeadows police were requested by Constable M'Laughlin to institute dragging parties north and south of Keilor on Tuesday, on which day six
men in the boat and about a hundred on both banks continued the search in the
vicinity of the accident. The current was not nearly so strong, the creek had
gone down about five feet. About three miles of the creek were thoroughly dragged, but the search was again painfully fruitless.

On a request from Constable M'Laughlin, Sir Rupert Clarke further supplied a boat, which was used on Wednesday over the part of the creek previously dragged, as a daughter of Mr. Dillon's had a dream that her father's body would be found in a certain spot.Dynamite charges were also exploded in several deep holes by Messrs. J. Duncan and Batey, but without success. On Thursday what are known as Dickens'
holes were dragged, and yesterday operations were continued, but up to the time
of going to press no recovery had been made, On Thursday the creek again rose, and Sir Rupert Clarke's boat, which was working in a narrow portion of the creek, had to be removed from the stream on account of the strong current.

Amongst those who have worked very hard and lent great assistance in the search were: Messrs, J. Duncan, C.M'Kenzie, J. White, M. O'Brien, T.O'Brien, J. Cahill, C. Honan, J. Phelan, M. O'Brien, J. Cahill jun., M. Leyden, J. Scannell, Fannings (2), Reddan (2),Mi'Leod, J. Murphy, Fuller, G. Gillon,M. Allen, C. Taylor, Bell (2),Byrne, Forbes (2). Mr. Hall also sent a man besides lending his boat, and Sir Rupert Clarke's assistance helped materially.Constable M'Loughlin has worked like
a Trojan in conducting the search party, and has almost knocked himself up.

The Dillon family thoughtfully provided luncheon each day, and a like kindly act
was performed by the Misses Dickens. The deceased gentleman, who was about 70 years of age, was one of the pioneer farmers of the district having settled here nearly 40 years ago. He took little or no interest in public affairs, but was, nevertheless, very popular and highly esteemed. He leaves a wife and family of eight, four daughters and four sons, who are almost worn out with the suspense and anxiety of the search. Mr. Wm. Dillon, the second youngest son, is ex-president and a councillor of the Bulla Shire. Deceased's farming operations were very successful, and he was a large land owner, so that his family is well provided for.

DEATH. CONDON.-On 11th April, at Beech Forest,Colac, Catherine, beloved wife of the late Patrick Condon, late of Bulla, also sister of B. Dolan, Bulla, and of late Mrs. Thos. Gaynor, aged 55 years. R.I.P.
(P.2, Bacchus Marsh Express, 14-4-1900.)

SULLIVAN.-On the 2nd October, at the residence of his parents, 331 Flemington road, North Melbourne. Michael, the dearly beloved eldest son of James and Margaret Sullivan, aged 25 years, also the beloved brother of Mrs. B. Dolan*, of Bulla, and Mrs. W. J. Cox, North Melbourne. May his soul rest in peace.
(P.2,North Melbourne Advertiser, 9-10-1891.)
*As Bernard Dolan married Mary Kelly, (see BULLA PIONEER FAMILY CONNECTIONS at start of journal) I presume that Miss Sullivan had married their son (perhaps also named Bernard.)

Before Messrs. Millar & Twomey, J'.P. Bernard Dolan, formerly a resident of Bulla, but at present at Leongatha, sued his son James Dolan, of Oaklands Junction, for the recovery of 17, representing the use and occupation of 6 acres of land at Bulla, from December,1904, till April, 1907.(etc.) (P.3, Sunbury News,13-6-1908.)

Properties Sold. Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co. report having sold on behalf of Miss Dolan, lots 14 and
15, at Bulla, containing 100 acres, to Messrs. Gilligan Bros.; (P.2, Flemington Spectator,25-2-1915.)

The death is announced of Miss Catherine Dolan, eldest daughter of Mr. B. Dolan, of Bulla. The deceased
lady was 43 years of age, and her remains were interred in the Bulla Cemetery.
(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 3 February 1916 Edition: Morning. p 3 Article.)

A Will.Kate Dolan, late of Bulla, spinster, who died on 24th January last, left by will dated 6th January, 1916, estate value 1850 realty and 2485 personalty to her sister. (P.3,Gisborne Gazette,17-3-1916.)

DOLAN.-On the 3rd February, 1921, at Colac, Bernard, dearly beloved husband of Bridget* Dolan, and loving father of Mary (Mrs. Cahill,Bulla), William, Elizabeth, Margaret, Lillian, Ellen. Michael, Patrick, Cecilia, Alice, Bernard*, and Veronica Dolan, and affectionate uncle of John and William Condon, of Kawarren, aged 76 years.
Requiescat in pace. (P.13, Argus, 5-2-1921.)

DOLAN.-On May 10, at her late residence, 374 Murray street. Colac, Bridget, relict of the late Bernard Dolan, late of Bulla, aged 86 years. -Requiescat In peace.(P.24,Argus,11-5-1946.)

inquest was beld yesterday at Sunbury, upon tbo
body of a child which was found on the 26th ult.
in the Deep Creek, near Bulla. Readers may re
member the particulars of a melancholy case of
drowning which occurred at tho beginning of last
July, when a woman named Ellen Doran was
drowned in the Deep Creek with her two children,
while walking from Oaklands to visit her parents at
the Industrial Schools, Sunbury. Her body was re
covered a week afterwards; but although no doubt
was entertained that her children had shared the
same fate, the protracted search which was made
failed to lead to the discovery of their bodies. On
Wednesday list Samuel Gale, farming manager for
Mr Tait, found a child's boot on the side of the creek,
about a mile below where Mrs Doran had been
f ormerly discovered. Knowing the circumstances
of the case, and that the bodies of tbo children
were still missing, he searched about the place, and
succeeded in finding the body of a child, which was
subsequently recognised by John Doran, the hus
band of the deceased woman, as one of his children.
The child was aged four and a half years; the other
one, still missing, was a girl aged two years. The
jury returned a verdict to the effect that there was
no evidence to show how the deceased boy came by
his death.-Argus, 2nd October. (P.3,The Ballarat Star, 3-10-1866.)


See BALBETHAN. Walter Clark probably named the property after his son Alister, who was a world famous breeder of roses and the Chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club from its formation until his death many years later.

DUNBLANE.Heritage-listed house in Sunbury built for Peter Eadie and designed by his famous son.

I.W.S. stated that the Lancefield road leaving Sunbury Rd just east of Goonawarra was known as the Dunsford track. It was obviously so-called because it was blazed by an early squatter near Lancefield. Like most squatters,he would have been a young man. It's fairly obvious how the bride and groom met.

APPLICATIONS for Leases received at the Superintendent's Office during the period commencing the 1st of
March, and ending the 6th of April,1848.
W H Dunsford.... Lancefield. (P.1, The Melbourne Argus,25-4-1848. 2nd quarter of last column.)

No. 74
William Henry Dunsford Name of Run-Lancefield Estimated area-50,000 acres
Estimated grazing capabilities-12,000 sheep.
Commencing at a point of the Maincreek, marked by a ploughed furrow running SW past the Melbourne Hill on the
N side to the junction of another ploughed furrow ; then by an imaginary line bearing SW for two-thirds of the distance to the boundary creek, and bounded on or towards the S and E by James Cain's run, then by a line running Westerly to Dryden's waterhole ; then continuing the course of the boundary creek to the junction of the main creek, and striking into an imaginary line from the junction of the creeks, and following the centre of the three spurs to the top of the main range, and bounded on or towards the SW by Mr. Peter's run, then by the top of the range running northerly and then easterly to the third gully from the summit of Mount William and bounded onor towards the north by part of Simmon's and Mollison's runs, then by a line of marked trees from the said gully to the main creek, bearing Southerly then by the course of the creek to the ploughed furrow or commencing point, and bounded on or towards the east by James Cain's run.(P.1, Argus, 29-9-1848.)

On the 9th instant, at St. Peter's Church, Melbourne,by the Rev. D. Newham, W.H. Dunsford, Esq., of Lancefield,
Mount Macedon, eldest son of Captain Dunsford, of Ashley Court, Tiverton, Devon, to Ellen Ann, only daughter of Mr. John Bear, of Collingwood, Melbourne.(P.6,Launceston Examiner, 22-8-1849.)

THE MURDER CASEJames Rawson, the man remanded upon a charge of attempting to murder one George Bethel, a hutkeeper in the service of Messrs. Bear and Dunsford, Mount Macedon, was again brought before the District
Bench, yesterday, consisting of Major Firebrace and Mr. Payne. The deposition of Bethel was read over to the prisoner, from which it appeared that, during an altercation, the latter deliberately discharged a musket at the former, the contents of which took effect in the right arm, which rendered amputation necessary. The prisoner had been brought into the presence of Bethel, at the Hospital, and identified as the person who fired the shot. Rawson, who most solemnly denies his guilt, was remanded till Tuesday next, when it is expected Bethel will be able to attend.(P.2,Argus, 20-7-1849.)

I wonder if this was George,the brother of John, William and Edmund Bethell,who turned up at Bulla after William's death. Although a shooting that occurred near Mt Macedon doesn't seem to have much to do with the Bulla area, two people who gave evidence in favour of James Rawson probably did.

Mr Bond, overseer to Mr Dunsford , who on the evening of the 21st of June, saw the altercation between the prisoner and the prosecutor when the latter struck the former on the ? twice ; prisoner was a quiet, and the prosecutor a passionate man.

Mr W. H. Dunsford stated the prisoner had been five years and a half in his employ and was a quiet inoffensive man ; the prosecutor after he came out of the hospital, said, " if he could get a shot at Rawson he should be satisfied." Bethel bore the character of being a passionate man.

Mr. William Wright also gave the prisoner good character for nine years as a sober, industrious, quiet man. The prosecutor had been a crussy old crab ever since witness knew him, about fourteen years.

Bond (John, William?)may have been the settler just east of Woodlands on Machell's early subdivision, after whom Bond's Lane was named. Dunsford obviously passed through Bulla on his way to Lancefield. It is likely that he had been there for at least five and a half years.How would William Wright have known Bethel for 14 years? Isaac Batey wrote about Captain Wright being at the (Corinella) prisoner settlement on Westernport as if he expected everyone to know whom he meant.Was this Tulip Wright? Did George Bethel spend time there during his 12 years in Her Majesty's service? (The prosecutor, George Bethel, an old man,described himself us having formerly been in Her Majesty's service for 12 years as an Artillery driver, and was present at the death of Sir John
Moore ; ho was now a poor laborer and earned his living the best way he could.)
P.2, Argus, 18-9-1849.)

The Eadie family was one of Sunbury's more prominent pioneering families. See IWS. The death notice of the father of Ben Eadie's founder, John Eadie, gives a clue to the family's origins.
EADIE. On the 10th March, at the farm, Netherton,Blockford, Petershire, Scotland, John Eadie,farmer, father of John Eadie, Sunbury, 91 years. (P.1, Argus, 12-5-1888.)

There is extensive information about family members in the Eadie family tree but there is some information missing. There is no detail about the parents of Jane Rankin who married Peter Eadie, and Platypus Bob Eadie, son of John Eadie is not included. See:
EADIE Family Tree Matches - Family Name Search Results - Mundia

The death of Mr John Eadie, late proprietor of 'Ben Eadie,' though not altogether unexpected, caused a deep
feeling of sorrow throughout the community with which he had been identified for so many years. The deceased gentleman had been very ill for some time,but inasmuch as he was occasionally to be seen out of doors, it was hardly expected that the last seizure would be so sudden. Life finally departed at 5 a.m. on Sunday last, at 'Dunblane,' the residence of Mrs. Eadie, aunt of the deceased, where he had been nursed with the most affectionate care and attention by his cousins, the Misses Eadie.

The late Mr. Eadie was of a quiet, retiring disposition, though not by any means a recluse ; and whilst never spending his sails to catch the idle winds of popularity, he always possessed the deepest respect and esteem of all who knew him. He seemed during his quiet and comparatively uneventful life to prefer the sincere friendship of a few kindred spirits to the empty applause of the crowd. But unto him that hath shall be given, and John Eadie's integrity and loveable nature won him the esteem and confidence of many outside his own circle of friends. He was never intended by nature for public life, and though on one occasion he yielded to the solicitations of friends and allowed himself to be nominated for a seat at the council board, it is most probable that he was not very sorry to see himself outvoted.

As the secretary of the Sunbury Presbyterian Church for many years, Mr. Eadie showed himself possessed of sound tact and ability, and fully deserved the encomiums and the beautiful testimonial he received on the occasion of his departure. He was the eldest, son of Mr. John Eadie, sen., the original proprietor of 'Ben Eadie,' who died many years ago, and the late Mrs. Eadie, who was killed through a buggy accident in 1897. There is now but one* member of the family surviving-Mr.W.A.Eadie, brother of the deceased.
(*Out of sight, out of mind. What about Platypus Bob?)

About four years ago the deceased left Sunbury for the city, where he engaged in commercial pursuits, the estate being leased by Mr. A. G. Shaw. A touch of pathos is added to the sad event by the fact that Mr. Eadie was engaged to be married*, and intended shortly to return and settle on his patrimonial estate. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon. The Rev. W. Goyen conducted an impressive service at the house, and the oak coffin, covered with beautiful wreaths, was then placed in the hearse, which was followed by three mourning
coaches and a long line of vehicles and horsemen. Among the chief mourners were Messrs. Wm. A.Eadie, Robt. Eadie, sen., John Eadie, and the Messrs. Eadie of 'Dunblane.' The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. W. Goyen, who also gave a short but eloquent address. The mortuary arrangements were entrusted to
Mr. Sleight. (P.3,Sunbury News, 19-3-1904.)
*Obviously to Miss Davey to whom he left his whole estate. John's brother, William Aitken Eadie was left nothing and challenged John's will, as shown below.

The above was only 45.His aunt was Jane Eadie. EADIE.On the 13th March, at the residence of his aunt, Mrs. Jane Eadie, "Dunblane," Sunbury,John, the eldest son of the late John and Margaret Eadie, of "Ben Eadie," Sunbury, aged 45 years. (P.1, Argus, 14-3-1904.)

John Eadie Snr's wife Margaret had died in 1897 in a terrible accident. See:
Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 6 March 1897 p 3 Article.

William Aitken Eadie,her son, was also to die in a road accident.
EADIE-On the 28th November (result of a motor accident) at North Yass NSW, William Aitken loved second son of the late John and Margaret Eadie, of Ben Eadie, Sunbury. (P.23, Argus, 4-12-1937.)

The hearing of the motion for probate of the will of John Eadie, late of Coburg,farmer, was continued before the Chief Justice yesterday. The application is being made by Miss Nellie Davey, who is the executrix and sole beneficiary, and is being opposed by the only* brother of the testator,the grounds of the opposition being alleged mental incapacity and imbecility of the deceased and undue influence. Mr. McArthur and Mr. Morley (instructed by Messrs.Madden and Butler) appeared for the executrix; and Messrs. Purves, K.C., H. Barrett,
and Schutt (instructed by Mr C. T. McFarlane) for the caveator.

William Aitken Eadie, cross-examined by Mr. McArthur, said: - I promised my mother on her death-bed not to sell the property "Ben Eadie." but I afterwards suggested that it should be sold, because a good price was offered. I owned racing ponies for years. In 1903 I wrote to testator for money, but it was my own. In May of that year "Ben Eadie" was divided, and I was to receive 450 and some land as my share. Of this 69 was still owing. I
have assigned it to my solicitor.Mr. McArthur.-As regards the costs in the case, I suppose it is a case of "Heads I win, tails we lose":- You are a barrister and ought to know.

Annie Aitken, residing with her husband at Walsh-street, Coburg, examined by Mr.Barrett said:- The testator took his seizure of October last at my house, and during his subsequent illness he was never right for an
hour at a time. He was always talking rubbish and failed to recognise me at times, mistaking me for Miss Davey, and addressing me as Nellie. Miss Davey used to say to him, "Don't you know me; don't you know Nellie?" Sometimes he would smile and answer, but at other times he would not. Once he referred to some asparagus I gave him as chiffon, and another time he called spinach fish. He would try to read the paper upside down until I put
it right for him, and once talked about catching fish for breakfast in the creek at Sunbury. That was after the will was made. He also said, during the same week,that he would put on his regimentals and go to the war.

Cross-examined by Mr. McArthur.-Testator was at first received as a guest at my house, but afterwards he was charged 10 a week, and while he was ill 2 a week.I sent in a bill charging for his board and residence. Miss Davey was idling about my house making love. (Laughter.) She never made a meal for testator. I did not say that she was trying to get him to make a will in her favour, but it looked like it. Mr McArthur.- Well, why did you allow her to idle about? (A pause.) That is too big a conundrum?- No answer.

Nellie Aitken, daughter of the last witness, examined by Mr. Schutt, said:- I recollect testator being taken seriously ill on October 4. He had not been well for a long time, and had twice complained of being particularly ill. I saw him in bed on three occasions. The first time he appeared to be unconscious. I stood at the door the first time Miss Davey went in. There was no conversation; testator did not give any sign of knowing Miss Davey. I am sure he did not kiss her then. The second time I was in the room he appeared to be unconscious though his eyes were open. I think that the third occasion on which I saw him was after the will was made. I went to the bedside and said,'Hullo Jack" but he took no notice. His eyes were open. He got up a few days before Cup Day. I saw him every day after that until he left the house. He was very,very weak, and seemed ridiculous on many occasions. He was frequently reading the paper upside down. I would take it out of his hands and turn it up but when I next saw him he would have it upside down again. I said, "You are a card, Jack, reading the paper upside down." He would only smile. I once said to him, "Jack, you were up at Sunbury when you were in bed; do you remember?" He said, "No,Nell, I don't" Miss Davey told me once, "Jack was right off this morning. He thought he was up at Sunbury catching fish. He must think we're married." She also told me at breakfast once, and said, "Jack's so silly again. He's raving." She frequently used the word raving. She
said, "It's all Nellie Aitken this morning. He thinks I'm you." That was the morning before the will was made. Miss Davey finished up by saying, ' He's not at all clear, so we'd better not send for the lawyers."
We often joked about it. I said if Jack had been allowed to make a will that day he would have put me in instead. I heard him whistling in his room, and Miss Davey said it was a most unheard of thing. He had never whistled or sung in his life. Miss Davey said to me once,"Don't you think Jack's affairs should be settled up. It would be a fearful shame for Will to get it all and squander it." I said, "Perhaps, there are others who have been kinder to him than Will." The day after the will was made, or the sameevening, Miss Davey said to me, "Jack's settled his affairs about Sunbury, but he has other shares that he doesn't seem to mention." I said, "Perhaps it would be as well not to worry him. He seems to have had enough." At lunch-time, on the day before the will was made, Miss Davey said, "I must try and clear Jack, so that he can see the lawyer to-morrow." When the lawyer's clerk asked Miss Davey to leave the room while the will was being made, she said to me, 'It's like the cheek of the man to turn me out." I said that interested parties were not usually allowed to stay in the room when wills were being made.

Cross-examined by Mr M'Arthur,- I did not hear distinctly that the will was in Miss Davey's favour until after testator's death.I did not say to Miss Davey, when the making of the will was discussed, that it should
be made in her favour. Mr. M'Arthur.- Do you think so now?-I haven't quite decided. (Laughter) You are waiting until after this case is over, I suppose. I hope you will agree withus?-I might (Laughter)

John Eadie contractor, of Richmond, examined by Mr. Schutt, said:-I am a cousin of the testator, and was brought up with him. He used to take fits from 24 years ago until 12 years ago. He took wine to excess, and had bottles all over the place. He had wine everywhere. We couldn't keep him from it. His father threatened to
knock in the vats, and let the wine run down the creek. Before Will Eadie went to the war, they agreed to make wills in each other's favour. I saw testator frequently before his seizure on October 4. He said he had been bad. After his seizure, I went to Aitken's house, and Miss Davey said to me, "Jack's bad, and raving. The doctor says that nobody can see him." I saw a lady come out of his room, and Miss Davey said, "She is a professional nurse. we are asking her advice." I left without seeing him.Three nights later I saw testator. He did not recognise me or anybody. It was no use speaking to him. I left the house with Miss Davey, and came to Melbourne on the tram with her. She said that testator was either sleeping or raving the whole time, and, when
I told her I had been trying to find Will Eadie to let him know, she said, "He'll not see Jack if I'm there." I told her that he used to take fits, and she replied, "That is the first I heard of it." She said he was
raving, and on her saying something about marriage, I said,"Surely you wouldn't marry a man in that state. He's not in his right senses. It wouldn't be legal." The next time I called, testator did not know me, but on the following occasion I thought he recognised me. On one occasion at a euchre party he was going to sleep, and Miss Davey, who was playing at the same table, had to punch him and dig him in the ribs to keep him awake. (Laughter )

Cross-examined by M. M'Arthur.- She was scruffing him and pulling him about to keep him awake. (Laughter)
Must have been a rough-and-tumble kind of euchre party?-For him. (Laughter) Witness (continuing) -I have no interestin this case. I lent "Bill" Eadie 16 a few days after the testator died. I suppose he wanted it for the case. I have agreed to lend him 9 more if he wants it. When the case was first entered into, I said to Shaw it would be a pity to see the place cut up, and asked, would it not be better for you to mediate? I suggested he should see Miss Davey, and said I would use any influence I had with William Eadie. I said
otherwise there would be nothing left.
Mr. M'Arthur.-Is it not a fact that nothing was said about marriage till the Friday after you say the conversation took place between you and Miss Davey?-She may have been rehearsing it. Had you not taken a drop too much on that occasion? Come now? Witness - Certainly not-not that I know of. (Laughter) Perhaps you don't know?- I never had a drop too much in my life. (Laughter) ah, you mean you never had more than you wanted? (Laughter).-I could always take another one. (Laughter)

Henry Frederick Boyle, in giving evidence, said:-I am connected by marriage with the Eadies, and knew testator well for 32 years. I saw him in a fit at Christmas, 1875 or 1876. I saw him have six or seven fits at Sunbury on Christmas Days. I once asked testator why he would not buy his brother's share, or sell his own, and he said
he could not. He had promised his mother to look after Will, and would never see him want. I said he was foolish, and he replied "I cannot go behind my promise." When I saw him during his illness, he appeared to
be wandering in his mind. The hearing of the case was not concluded when the Court rose.
(P.7, Argus, 25-8-1904.)

When the case continued the judge's decision was mainly influenced by unbiased witnesses.Miss Davies and John had been engaged for many years.A DISPUTED WILL. ALLEGED TESTAMENTARY INCAPACITY. THE WILL UPHELD.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 26 August 1904 p 7 Article.

In the natural order of things, the links which bind our township to the past,and maintain, in a sense, the associations of the early days of the colony, must be broken one by one, and have their places taken by memories and records of other days. Inexorable Time will not stay his hand, and the present generation must bow to the decree that severs them from the pioneers and workers whom, nevertheless, they honour as the men who have done so much to build up the country which is soon to be a federated commonwealth. The old sturdy British stock is of necessity disappearing, but the great debt we owe it will, we confidently hope,remain, to be acknowledged by generations yet unborn. A week ago there was still living-though his days were then numbered-Sunbury's chief pioneer,who forty years ago looked upon the site of the township, with which he was to
be identified for more than half the allotted span of life, and for which he was destined to do so much. MR. PETER EADIE'S name has been so intimately associated with the annals of Sunbury for the last four decades that it is very difficult to realise that he is no longer amongst us, but has passed away to the bourne from which no traveller returns.'

His shrewd, kindly face will long be missed, not only by his large circle of personal friends, but also by his numerous acquaintances of more recent date, and many will be the stories told of his genial humour, his keenness of repartee, the alert intelligence with which he could debate a controversial point, the courage
he always displayed in the expression of his views, and the generous and unfailing hospitality which he has made proverbial of Dunblane.

On Monday, a little after the noonday hour, Mr. Eadie breathed his last, with the members of his sorrowing family grouped around his bed-all save one*, who is away in South Africa serving his country in the field.
Mr. Eadie's last moments were thus soothed and brightened by the presence of so much solicitude and love, and he was conscious of it to the last. And so our oldest resident passed quietly and peacefully away.
(*Peter who enlisted in New Zealand; see below.)

The history of Mr. Eadie's residence in Sunbury is so bound up with the history of Sunbury itself that we can do no more than attempt an outline here. It is forty years since Mr. Eadie first set foot in Sunbury, and his first work here was to help in the erection of the mill at Ben Eadie, which was for many years worked by his brother, the late Mr. John Eadie. Mr. Eadie was a mason by trade. When the mill was completed, he went to Bendigo, and for a time he traded with waggons on the road between Bendigo and Sunbury. It was three
years after his first arrival here that he settled down, married,and built a bluestone store, in which he carried on a grocery business. Mrs. Eadie was a Miss Rankin. It is a singular coincidence that Mr. Eadie's death occurred on the anniversary of the day on which he settled in Sunbury. Later on he moved to his present place of business in Macedon-street.

In those days there was no regular place of worship, but Mr. Eadie , who might be called the father of the
Presbyterian Church in Sunbury, worked hard in the interest of church advancement, and always gave staunch and
generous support to his denomination.Mr. Eadie became a member of the Bulla Shire Council soon after settling here,and represented Sunbury and district for 21 years. During the early part of his municipal life a great deal of useful and important work was done; of which the present generation are now reaping the benefit, and it may be said that the most beneficial and lasting portion of the improvements effected was due to the efforts
of Mr. Eadie, who certainly appears to have been one of the most progressive and energetic members of the Council at that time. To his untiring advocacy we owe the fine bluestone bridge that spans Jackson's Creek at the end of Macedon street, and to his credit also must be placed the planting of those fine elms, now putting on their spring garments of tender green once more, that grace our sidewalks and help to beautify the town
ship. The roads likewise received Mr.Eadie's attention ; and altogether, it may be affirmed that few municipal councillors have done such sterling work in their time as Mr. Eadie. But he did not confine himself to council work.

In conjunction with his brother, Mr. John Eadie, he helped to found our present Mechanics' Institute, of which he was a trustee up to the time of his death, besides filling the position of President for many consecutive years, Mr. Eadie was also a member of the local Board of Advice and a trustee of the Sunbury Cemetery and he held the office of electoral registrar.

In earlier days he was more intimately associated with religious work, and those who may have observed his
kindiness and sympathy towards children will not be surprised to learn that he formerly acted as superintendent of the Sunday-school. Though in his latter years he left to others the more active portion of church work, he was still a member of the board of management at his death, and we can easily imagine that the counsel of so old a churchman would be highly valued by the other elders. In politics,Mr. Eadie was a staunch and consistent Liberal.

The deceased gentleman can hardly be said to have died at an advanced age- yet 66 years of useful life are more than is vouchsafed to the majority of men. It is thought that a cold which Mr. Eadie contracted about two years ago, and which clung to him, may have been the determining cause of his death. As intimated above, he died with his large family around him, his mind being apparently clear and calm to the last. The only member absent was his eldest son Peter, who is on active service in South Africa. There were present four sons and five daughters,with their mother-the Rev. L.M.Weir being also present.

The funeral on Wednesday was one of the most largely attended that we have seen in Sunbury, the cortege, led by the hearse and two mourning coaches, being composed chiefly of carriages. The Rev.L. M.Weir officiated at the grave, and the wreaths were very beautiful. (P.2, Sunbury News, 6-10-1900.)

John Rankin was a pioneer of Kensington,living at the corner of Rankins Rd (originally called Princes Street) and Macaulay Road. It is possible that John Rankin was responsible for the suburb's name. The Rankin family apparently passed on the title, Earl of Kensington.
The Rankin family were English nobility. In the early 19th century, the head of the family held title as the Earl of Kensington, a title that dated from the 12th century.(Rankin family - TemeraireWiki -

RANKIN - On the 4th inst, at Kensington, Jane, the beloved wife of John Rankin, in her 74th year. (P.1,Argus, 5-7-1880.)

EADIE--RANKIN.--On tho 24th inst., at Roseneath- cottage, Kensington, by the Rev. A.D. Kininmont, Union Church, North Melbourne, Peter Eadie, Esq., merchant, Sunbury, to Jane, second daughter of John Rankin, Esq., Kensington. (P.4,Argus,25-2-1864.)

Peter named his first-born son in the traditional way, the second given name being the mother's maiden name but the boy did not share his later siblings'longevity.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 1 March 1865 p 4 Family Notices
EADIE.-On the 22nd ult., at Kensington, Mrs. Peter Eadie of a son.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 19 November 1866 p 4 Family Notices
DEATHS. EADIE.-On tho 16th inst., at Sunbury, of croup, In his twenty-first month, John Rankin, only son of Mr. Peter Eadie.

The article below details some of the descendants of Peter Eadie still living in Dunblane 64 years after its construction but it is likely that money was tight when they first moved in, causing a sibling,Peter,to seek opportunities in New Zealand in his trade as a bricklayer. (AtoJs Online Appendix to the Journals of the House of ...) i.e.NEW ZEALAND CONTINGENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA: NOMINAL ROLL OF NINTH CONTINGENT AND DETAILS FOR SEVENTH CONTINGENT.Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1902 Session I, H-06a.
Ninth Contingent:
8019. Peter Eadie, Bricklayer, Invercargill,NEXT OF KIN-Mother,Mrs Jane Eadie, Sunbury, Victoria; Friend,Walter Crowder, Bluff. (This was Peter and Jane's son,Peter.From Eadie Family tree:
Peter Eadie 1875 - 1960 Born: Sunbury Victoria Australia Died: Sunbury Victoria Australia.)

Alice, 90, cooks im a house where...The family age is 575 years. PHOTO.Here are five of the Eadie family (L. to R.) William, 80, Agnes, 86, Peter, 82, Harold, 74, and Herbert, 79, at their Sunbury home yesterday. Not many brothers and sisters can say their tally of years adds up to 575, but that is the record of the old
established Eadie family, of Sunbury.

When an Argus reporter called at the Eadie's old stone homestead yesterday, 86-year-old Agnes was busily making
beds and dusting the home. She bustled around and introduced her brothers and sisters, who live in Sunbury.
FIRST CAME HAROLD, 74, THEN HERBERT, 79, WILLIAM, 80, PETER, 82, and ALICE, 90.Ethel, 84, was not there. She is married and lives at Moonee Ponds.William is also married and lives across the road from the old homestead.

"The girls and boys" posed for a photo in the old-fashioned Victorian living-room with the family pictures around the walls. Ninety-year-old Alice
is not in the picture at the left - she was bustling in the kitchen preparing dinner. "I've never liked having my picture taken and I'm not going to start having it taken now," she said, putting the vegetables on the big
wood stove.

There since birth The Eadie family have lived in Sunbury all their lives. Their father, Mr. Peter Eadie, settled in Sunbury more than 100 years ago and with two brothers set up a flour mill and later a bakery
business. Mr. Eadie lived to 66 and Mrs. Eadie until she was 87.The Eadie "boys" retired from the bakery
business 12 years ago, and now they look after their three-acre property.At night the brothers and sisters all crowd around their television set, which they consider the best thing since Bell invented the telephone. None of them goes to bed before ll p.m. And their secret of long life? Being well clothed and well fed.
(P.7, Argus,9-1-1957.)

On evidence from the entry so far, and one item to come,the three original brothers were John, Peter and Robert?

GOODE-EADIE -On the 30th ult, at the residence of the bride's uncle, Sunbury, by the Rev. Hugh M'Kail, Joseph Pym, third son of Joseph Goode, of Melbourne, to Margaret Aitken, eldest daughter of Robert Eadie, of Sunbury.(P.1, Argus, 7-4-1877.) The father of the bride could not possibly have been platypus Robert,who was only 14 years old at this time and must have been John and Peter's brother. The Eadie family tree shows that Robert Eadie was John and Peter's brother (Robert Eadie 12 Sep 1831 - 1907 Born: Dunblane Perthsire Scotland
Died: Melbourne Victoria Australia), that he had two children,both dying very young, with Margaret (Smith) whom he married in Scotland (whose date of death is unknown). It is likely that Robert remarried and that Margaret was a child of this marriage.

ROBERT EADIE.(Son of John!)
As previously stated, Mr Robert Eadie will take possession of the hotel and grocery business, the property of
Mr Peter Eadie, in Macedon-street,Sunbury, on Thursday next. Mr R.Eadie is well-known and much liked in
sporting circles. Here is what the Richmond Guardian says of him:-Mr Robert Eadie, of Punt-road, well and
favorably known in cricketing and social circles in Richmond, is about to leave this district for Sunbury, where he will enter into business at the Commercial Hotel and store. -We feel sure Mr Eadie's numerous friends will agree with us in saying that that gentleman's many good qualities, combined with an adaptability for business, will be appreciated by the people of Sunbury, and tend towards success in his new undertaking. We wish Mr and Mrs Eadie every prosperity in their new sphere.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 27 May 1893 p 2 Article.)

It was not long before Robert left for South Africa,to be joined by his wife and child as soon as he became established. Although he had been back in Sunbury for a little over three years, the journalist was obviously one of his many fans. FOR SOUTH AFRICA. DEPARTURE OF MR. AND MRS. ROBERT EADIE.
Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 19 September 1896 p 2 Article.

Robert was using his mining expertise in the Transvaal within a very short time but had not forgotten Sunbury, his article in that area's paper describing in minute detail a way of life that probably echoed civilised Sunbury's distant past.
Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 11 September 1897 p 3 Article
... A TRANSVAAL CONCERT. MR. ROBERT EADIE, late of the Commercial Hotel, Sunbury, sends us from the Transvaal the following racy account of a 'smoke concert,' held in the Recreation Hall of a coal mining settlement, the occasion being

In 1940, Robert was back in South Africa* but by 1943 he was at Healesville,with M.B.E. after his name, and provided the local paper with an exclusive, his personal insight into Gandhi**.A few more like Robert and the apartheid regime might have been avoided. Nelson Mandela may have seen his people's human rights achieved much earlier.
*The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 10 August 1940 p 9 Article.
**I Once Met Gandhi (Specially written for "The Healesville Guardian")
Healesville Guardian (Lilydale, Vic. : 1942 - 1954) Saturday 6 March 1943 p 1 Article
... i Once Met Gandhi By Robert Eadie, M.B.E.

SPEAKING of platypuses, the world's first "platypussary" was built by Robert Eadie, who was born at Sunbury, Victoria in 1863, spent much of his life in South Africa and returned to Australia in his late fifties to become the first honorary curator of the Healesville Sanctuary. While there he became the first man to catch and tamed a platypus, which he named, Splash, and,he designed,and built the platypussary for Splash, who
eventually died of old age. This bit of esotcrica comes from R. Brasch's Even More Permanent Addresses:
Even More Australians Down Under (Collins Australia, 345pp, $14.95), a fascinating survey of graves and
tombstones around Australia and the people they honour (as well as a few "Australians down under abroad").
(The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 23 December 1989 p 19 Article Illustrated.)

Splash the Platypus & Robert Eadie Robert Eadie
Robert Eadie
Robert Eadie M.B.E. (photo)
During July 1863, Robert Eadie, a colourful and very interesting character was born in Sunbury, Victoria,
Robert Eadie was educated at both State and Technical Schools and thereafter completed his engineering studies to become a highly respected mining engineer.
Robert Eadie, a skilled craftsman and ardent cricketer travelled widely and in 1896 emigrated to South Africa together with his wife, Eliza (nee Coverlid) . They had two daughters Amy and Alice Maud. Robert Eadie spent a large part of his working life in South Africa and during this time he became a colliery owner and was later in 1914 elected Mayor of Witbank in the Transvaal. He held this position for a period of seven years until 1922.
During the Boer War, Robert Eadie was a prominent figure, helping to hide Winston Churchill and ensure his safe return to the British lines and being acquainted with figures like Mahatma Ghandi. His wife (Eliza), supported him in whatever work he undertook and also toiled tirelessly with an army of women workers for the Red Cross during the Boer War. On the soldiers return from the war, Eliza Eadie was presented with a gold medal, suitably inscribed.
Most significant, was Robert Eadies contribution to our environment. It seems incredible to think that as far back as 1899 he was so aware of the preservation of our flora and fauna, which today plays such an important part in our lives. Along with Paul Kruger, he was also instrumental in the establishment of the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.
During 1922 Robert and Eliza Eadie returned to Australia, settling in Healesville Victoria, where he continued his work as a conservationist, a notable achievement being the first person ever to keep and tame a platypus. To be the first to accomplish such or in fact almost anything, bestows distinction
Splash the platypus was reared and tamed in the first platypussary in the world, which was built by Robert Eadie himself. During the four years of Splashs life he had 13 000 visitors and Robert Eadies work in this direction won world fame. Eadie was able to gather various information on this amazing animal and gained recognition as an authority on the platypus.
When Splash died of old age, condolences were received from conservationists all over the world. After his death, Splash occupied a prominent place in the Institute of Anatomy.
In 1935 Eadie established a monument to his great work by writing and publishing a book Australias most Amazing Animal with Sidelights on Splash.
Not only was Robert Eadie well known for his part he played in the taming of the platypus, but also as a pioneer of the Healesville Sanctuary where he was appointed Honorary Curator in 1932 and continued to fulfil that role until 1937. He was dedicated and committed to what he believed in and enjoyed all that the natural world held around him. He was personally responsible for the construction of the Old Kiosk which later became a public shelter area alongside Badger Creek. Robert Eadie and David Fleay as designers, builders and handymen, provided shelter for the animals from the wealth of the bush around them.
He retired from his position in 1937 and was entertained at a farewell dinner given in his honour at the Hotel Gracedale by the shire president, councillors and members of the Sir Colin McKenzie Sanctuary committee. Robert Eadies brilliant career, his remarkable work in the foundation days of the sanctuary and his historical research on Splash the platypus were extolled by the various speakers.
Mr Eadie retired with a statement of his philosophy, the words of Cecil John Rhodes, So much to do, so little time.
Robert Eadie, a man of courage and integrity who was decorated with an MBE for his services to the community, died, aged 86 years, at his home Glen Eadie in Healesville in 1949.
Many prominent leaders of the Australian community attended his funeral to pay him their last respects he so much deserved (quoted from Brasch (1989) Even More Permanent Addresses, Collins Australia/Sydney).
Robert Eadies granddaughter, Marion Key, resides in South Africa, where her children, Liza-Jane, Phillip and Gordon and their respective families have also settled. Marion has liaised with the Healesville Sanctuary over the years, providing them with invaluable information on both Robert Eadie and Splash., the platypus.
It is interesting to note that Robert Eadies grandson, Robert Eadie Barlow, emigrated from South Africa in 1978 and resides with his wife, Dorothy at The Gap in Brisbane, Australia. Their four children, Judy, Douglas, Alison and Richard and their spouses and families all reside in the Brisbane area.
Robert and Dorothy have visited Healesville Sanctuary on numerous occasions over the years. Very recently they visited the Sanctuary, together with their daughters, Judy Crouch and Alison Barlow, liaising with Kevin Mason, in an effort to rekindle the work carried out by the late Robert Eadie. They have recently donated a plaque to Healesville Sanctuary in remembrance of Robert Eadie and his contribution to wild life and in particular, the platypus.
Judy Crouch (Robert Eadies great granddaughter) of Brisbane has been responsible for collating this information and her son Ryan and daughter Debra have contributed significantly to the creation of the web site.

Robert Eadie was a brother of John and William Aitken Eadie. He was not involved in contesting his brother's will in 1904 because he was in South Africa and obviously doing very well.

Victorian's Two Achievements.
MELBOURNE, Friday. Mr. Robert Eadie, of Healesville, who died to-day at 86, had two claims to distinction.He was the first man to keep a platypus alive in captivity. He helped Winston Churchill to escape from the Boers during the South African War.Born at Sunbury, Mr. Eadie went to South Africa and became a colliery owner at Vcreeniging,Transvaal.

When the South African war broke out, Mr. Eadie remained at Vereeniging and became a British intelligence officer. He was a member of the party which smuggled Churchill away from the Boers at Vcreeniging,hid him in a mine and returned him to the British lines.

On his return to Australia, after 26 years at Vcreeniging, Mr. Eadie became interested in the habits of the platypus, and developed the "platypussery," which simulated the conditions under which the platypus lived.He helped to develop the Sir Colin Mackenzie Sanctuary, of which he was honorary curator.
(The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 11 June 1949 p 4 Article.)

Mr Robert Eadie, MBE, former honorary curator of the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary,Healesville, and famed as the first man successfully to keep-a platypus in captivity, died at Healesville, yesterday after a long illness, aged 85.
Born at Sunbury, Mr Eadie was associated for 26 years with the coalmining industry as a mining engineer, and colliery owner. For some years he lived in South Africa, where he was prominent in public life. Upon his return to Australia 25* years ago he settled at Healesville, and was appointed honorary curator of the sanctuary, a post he held for several years. The platypus "Splash," which he kept in a special enclosure,
lived for more "than four years, and attracted 12,000 visitors from all over the world. Mr Eadie also wrote a book on The Life and Habits of the Platypus.

He is survived by a married daughter, who is living in the Transvaal, South Africa. The funeral will take place at Healesville Cemetery today.(P.6, Argus, 11-6-1949.)

*This would mean about 1922, the year claimed for Robert's return to Australia in the website:
Splash the Platypus & Robert Eadie Robert Eadie. This would mean that Robert was in South Africa in 1940 as a visitor, primarily to see his married daughter who was living in the Transvaal, as stated immediately above.

Robert Eadie

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Birth 10 Jul 1863 Sunbury, Victoria
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Father John Eadie
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Family 1 Eliza Jane Coverlid, b. 30 Mar 1859, 246 Church St., Richmond, Victoria
1. Amy Rebecca Margaret Eadie, b. 10 Mar 1887
2. Alice Maude Eadie, b. 20 Oct 1899, Orange Free State, South Africa
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Confirmation that John,Peter and Robert were indeed the three brothers who emigrated and were pioneers of Sunbury comes from their sister's death notice.
FOTHERINGHAM. On December 24, at Stirling, Scotland, Janet Eadie, relict of the late John Fotheringham, contractor, dearly loved mother of Arthur Fotheringham C.E. Public Works Department. Perth, and sister
of the late John, Peter and Robert Eadie, of Melbourne, Sunbury and Sydney respectively. By cable. Melbourne and Sydney papers please copy. The West Australian, Wednesday 30 December 1925, p 1 Family Notices

DUNBLANE? (Yes. A real estate website,with a great slide-show, shows that despite Dunblane's address,38-40 Jackson St,the house faces Brook St.)
Mr Peter Eadie, who has been in business at Sunbury for the past thirty years, has leased his hotel and grocery
establishment in Macedon-street, and purposes in future leading a comparatively retired life. He has built a
commodious house on an elevated spot in Brook-street, where he is now residing with his esteemed wife and
family. We have been shown over the building, and truthfully the design reflects great credit on the architecture of Mr Robert Eadie. It contains 13 rooms, all completely and elaborately furnished, the drawing-room being the room par excellence, and a splendid view of the township is obtainable from its windows. The dining-room is nicely and comfortably arranged, as also are five beautiful enamel-walled bedrooms.

At the rear of the house a stable of the best order is in course of erection, and a lawn and flower garden is being skilfully prepared in the front portion. The whole is characteristic of comfort, and we trust Mr and Mrs Eadie will be long spared to enjoy its luxurious provisions.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 24 June 1893 p 2 Article.)


EVANS George.
Do a trove search for "Bulla, bridge" and what do you get?

Victoria's Oldest Homestead By H. W. L. SCHUCHARD
THE PEOPLING OF THE PASTURES in the areas that used the settlement on the Yarra as a focal point followed closely on Melbourne's establishment, and while George Evans,
John Aitken, and the Jackson Bros ventured northward in one stream, parties from the north penetrated so far southward that the two streams met among the pleasant hills between Sunbury and Gisborne. Thus these hills take pride of place in the pastoral and agricultural development of the state.

The spearhead of the penetration from the north was represented by Henry Howey's Redstone Hill camp a little to the north-west of the present site of Sunbury. He reached the spot in November, 1836, and in the beginning of 1837 took up a run which he called Cairn Hill, on the site of old Gisborne. The forefront of the inroad from Melbourne was meanwhile established by George Evans on Jackson's Creek, the pioneer giving the name Emu Bottom to his run, the native name of the district being Buttlejork*.

Emu and Jackson Creeks feed Deep Creek, and Deep Creek runs into the Maribyrnong at the well-known bridge on the Bulla rd. It was on this system of richly grassed waterways that both the Murray overlanders and the Port Phillip pioneers chose to set up their household goods.

GEORGE EVANS began to build his residence and farm buildings on Emu Creek, choosing for his material the Silurian stone richly pebbled with quartz particles, which is to be found along the banks of this and the neighbouring creeks. He began these buildings in the spring of 1836, and it should be a matter of more general knowledge and interest that much of the original structures, particularly the stone walling, still remain as the core of the attractive homestead and surrounding buildings shown in the picture.

George Evans lived long enough to see the beginning of the northern rush of the gold era, and must have congratulated himself at having chosen a spot tucked away in the fold of the hills, just far enough from the stream of gold-seekers to ensure immunity from trouble, and while Mt Alexander rd became the chief highway of the fortune hunters of every part of the globe he kept on tilling his little portion of the green
earth, seeing to it that the pastures were not quite neglected in the face of the new allurements.

He died late in 1852, but the property remained in the hands of his family until the beginning of this century his granddaughters eventually selling out to General Clark, who effected many improvements while in occupation. Mr H. L. Webb, who came from the Narre Warren district, ultimately acquired the property about 15 years ago
altering the name to Holly Green after the paternal acres of his earlier occupation.
He at once began to develop both homestead and pastures, and the property is now in line with the best modern dairy farm standards. By a system of trial and error Mr Webb experiments with selected grasses and stock before settling down to the Ayrshire herd, which now grazes on the new-old fields about the creek borders.

He has added considerably to the old buildings, besides restoring here and there with a hand always regardful of the retention of everything of historic interest in the old work, and, though they now have all the features of a model dairy farmer's
home, with underground storage tank and silos in reinforced concrete and a complete water supply system from a windmill on the creek bank, the steps of development, covering just 100 years this month of grace, are plainly traceable to an intelligent observer.
The station homestead on the Upper Maribyrnong. Early portion was built by George Evans in 1836. (P.4s, Argus,14-7-1945.)

*One source (BULLA BULLA by I.W.S. or THE SHIRE THAT TOOK OFF by Grant Aldous) stated that Buttlejork meant a flock of wild turkeys. Had the early settlers seen goona warra (black swans) or emus and assumed they were turkeys? (Most likely emus, given the name of Emu Creek.)

The author seems to have forgotten about Tullamarine Island, Deep Creek winding for five miles south of the Bulla bridge on the eastern boundary of the "island" before joining Jackson's Creek.

The Fanning family must just about hold the record for the longest residence on a Victorian property,that is Sunnyside, on the south corner of Diggers Rest and Loemans Rds on Tullamarine Island. The family also owned Emu Flat, 6(1) Bulla Bulla, of 346 acres 2 roods granted to W.Fannan (sic)on 7-6-1855, and indicated roughly by Melway 383 H-J 8(south half)-12.

Google "fanning family history, kathleen" to get Kathleen Fanning's fantastic history. A heritage assessment on Sunnyside can be viewed by googling "Sunnyside & Outbuidings - Victorian Heritage Database".

William Fanning made a grisly discovery near Emu Flat. He found something in a flour sack that had sunk to the bed of Emu Creek (whose name is given below as in the newspaper report.)

On Thursday, the district coroner commenced an inquiry into the cause of death of an infant child, whose body was found on Sunday last, in the Emeu Creek, It appeared that the child was placed in the water, dead or living, very shortly after its birth and from the circumstance that the body was tied in a bag, in which some stones were put, no doubt could be entertained that the person who threw it into the creek had intended
to conceal the fact of its existence. Some suspicion attached to a woman who had been living as servant at an out-farm belonging to Mr. Fanning, a farmer, at Bulla.

The following evidence was taken on Thursday :
William Fanning stated that on Sunday afternoon he was on his farm, and walking near the Emeu Creek, when he saw a bag in the water. Got it out, and thought, from the bad smell, it contained human remains. Did not open it, but sent information to the sergeant of police, who came and took it, opening it in witness's presence.
The place where the body was found was about two miles from witness's residence. Knew Johanna Doyle, a servant in witness's employment up to about two months back. Sent her away because he did not want her any longer.
She was not living at witness's own farm-home. There was no woman then living at the out-farm, where she was.

Mr. James Mc'Intyre, surgeon, made a postmortem examination of deceased female infant, now shown to the jury. Found the body in a bag. It was the body of a full-grown female child. There were no external marks of violence
that witness could discover. The umbilical cord was absent, and there was no after-birth in the bag. Believed the lungs had been fully inflated. Found air in them, and did not think the air was the result of decomposition. The brain was absent, the scalp was gone, and the parietal bones were open. Witness thought the ohild had been dead from a month to six weeks. Could not say what the stomach contained, it was so much

At this stage of the case, tho coroner adjourned until the next day, when the following additional evidence was given :
Sergeant Nolan, stationed at Sunbury, stated that on the evening of the 6th inst. he received information that a sack, supposed to contain the remains of a child, had been found by Mr. Fanning, a farmer, at Bulla. Went to the place, and Mr. Fanning gave witness possession of the bag containing the child shown to the jury. Opened
the bag in his presence, and found a child wrapped up in a small piece of cotton and dress lining.
The body was in an advanced state of decomposition, There were two stones in the sack. In consequence of information received, arrested Johanna Doyle, now present, and brought her from Lancefield. Examined her dresses, but could not find anything to correspond with the material the child was wrapped in.

William Fanning, on being re-examined, stated that the woman now present, Johanna Doyle, was in witness's employ about two years and a half. She lived the whole time at an out-farm,about two miles from witness's own homestead. She was in the habit of coming over to witness's house occasionally. Witness discharged her
because a man would better do the work she did -for no other reason. Did not observe any change in her figure about the time of discharging her. The place where the bag was found was about seventy or eighty yards from the hut in which she lived. The nearest house, except witness's was about a mile from the spot. The creek had been running this year, and was running now. The bag was not floating -it was sunk in the water, and resting on the bottom of the creek, in about four or five feet of clear water. The stream was sometimes verynpowerful in the creek, and the bag might have been carried along, notwithstanding there were a few stones in it. It was an old flour-bag, and there were similar bags kept on the farm, but none of them, nor was this, marked. Had no reason to suspect Johanna Doyle was in the family-way when she left witness's service, or before. A black boy, an aboriginal native, lived at the hut with Johanna Doyle, but no other male lived there.

Catherine Fanning, wife of the last witness, had known Johanna Doyle three or four years, during the last two years and a half of which she had been in witness's service. Believed she was a married woman, and that her husband had gone to Ireland three years before. She was in the habit of coming to witness's house once or
twice in the month. She was discharged because it required a man to go after the cattle. On one occasion witness said to her she seemed to be in the family way, and her answer was that she would be very sorry. Did not observe any difference in her size when witness discharged her. She occasionally complained of being delicate, but she never said she was in the family-way. After she left, witness was at the hut where Doyle had lived before she took her clothes away. Did not see any signs of blood about the place.

Neither of those two last witnesses gave evidence in a willing manner ; and the coroner was obliged to remind the woman that he had the power to commit to gaol any person who withheld evidence, or who gave evidence in an equivocating manner.

John Fanning, a young man, son of William Fanning knew Johanna Doyle, but never heard anything about her having been in the family way, or that she had the dropsy. Knew nothing about either the birth or the death of the
deceased child.

Mary Fanning, a young woman, daughter of William Fanning. -Knew Johanna Doyle had been ill for some time, but did not know what was the matter with her. She was able to go about as usual. Knew nothing whatever about the death of the infant found in the bag.

Tommy, an aboriginal native, belonging to the Darling tribe, gave evidence that he had been living in Mr. Fanning's employ for the last four years. Knew Mrs. Doyle, and lived at the outfarm in the hut with her. Witness minded the cows, and she minded the paddock and cooked the food. She slept in a back room with
her two children. Witness slept over the dairy. One day, about a fortnight before she left, she asked witness for a drink of water. Went into the room and she was sitting on the bed. She did not complain of pain, and witness never heard her groaning with pain at any time. Never saw any signs of a child, and Mrs. Doyle was
never laid up for a day, She always got the meals regularly. She was vomiting the day witness gave her the drink of water. She was faint. Never saw any signs of blood about the place.

Mr. Mc'Intyre, being recalled, stated the child might have been dead for two months, but it was impossible to state precisely. A woman might go about her work after being delivered of a child without its being suspected. Could not state what was the cause of the death of the child.

The jury returned a verdict as follows :-" That the body was found dead, in a corn-sack, on the 5th of October, in the Emeu Creek ; but there was not sufficient evidence to show who was the mother of the child, or how deceased came by her death." (P.6, Argus, 11-10-1862.)

Kathleen Fanning says:
January 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm
Hi xxx,
My cousin Teresa forwarded this article about the dead baby to me. I have a post that includes your info and some more. It seems probable that William Fanning was having an affair with Johanna Doyle who lived on his property and may well have had several children by her. I was contacted by a descendant of this Johanna Doyle some time ago. Her ancestor gave her father as William Fanning and mother as Johanna!! Unfortunately this woman didnt ever contact me again. I tried searching records for Johanna Doyle to no avail. So the trail went cold! much to my disappointment. So who did the corrections on Trove. If it was Teresa then this is my cousin.
Also please tell me more about Jack Fanning and the Gippsland Gift. Where did you find this?

The F volume of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND has been forwarded to Kathleen and hopefully she can use the photos in the newspaper articles included in the FANNING entry. It was Bob Blackwell who told me about Jack Fanning and the Gippsland Gift.


FLEETBANK. (18B, Tullamarine,192 acres; Melway 176 F-J 11-12 west of Loemans Rd between the two bends.)


The three most severe floods at Keilor were in 1906, 1916 and 1974.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 13 September 1906 p 8 Article.
All three creeks were flooded(Jacksons, Deep and Emu)destroying fences and forcing some residents to vacate their houses. The Sunbury water supply pipe over Gisborne Creek was badly damaged.

The flood of water rushing past Mr. Coghills station at the head of the Moonee Ponds*, 15 miles from town,
was equal in width to the Goulburn carrying in its current, stacks of hay, huts, hurdles, &c. It is reported that a shepherd in the employment of Mr. Richard Brodie, of the Deep Creek, was drowned while endeavouring to save his flock of sheep. A dray, loaded with wool, the property of John Aitken, Esq., of Mount Aitken, is sup-
posed to have been swept away with the flood while on the road to Melbourne**, several bales of the wool have been recovered, but the unfortunate driver is missing. Messrs. Jackson and Evans, settlers on Jackson's Creek, have been sufferers to a great extent, having lost a large number of sheep. The latter gentleman, up to yesterday, estimated his loss at 500 head, exclusive of a considerable number which he expects will eventually die from exposure to the weather.(P.2, Argus,30-11-1849.)

*Probably "Cumberland",as Glencairne, the southern part of Walter Clark's Glenara, would have been described as being on the Deep Creek.
**There was no track equivalent to the course of the Calder Highway when John Aitken settled on Mt Aitken west of Sunbury. Bulla Rd was surveyed in 1847 but was probably not yet made.At first Aitken probably crossed the Saltwater at Grimes'1803 ford (Melway 27 C9 at the end of Rhonda St)or maybe Solomon's pre 1855 ford at the end of North Rd, after travelling west along Braybrook road (Buckley St.)As Aitken bought section 8, Doutta Galla
(either side of the horseshoe bend where the Maribyrnong makes its closest approach to Buckley St) on 12-8-1846***,he seems to have been still taking this route and the dray was probably swept off one of the two fords mentioned.
***P.2,The Melbourne Argus, 14-8-1846.


THE Friends of the Rev. WILLIAM FRASER, of Bulla, Deep Creek, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his daughter Jessie to the place of interment, the New Cemetery, Melbourne. The funeral to leave Deep Creek at 11 o'clock a.m., and pass Flemington about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 1859.
HENRY ALLISON, undertaker, Howard-street, North Melbourne.(P.8,Argus,6-12-1859.)


Friendly Societies Hotel Bulla, Charles Anderson to Arthur E. Dovey. (P.4,Argus,14-3-1933.)

The Licensing Court has approved of the transfer of the following hotel licencees: -
Friendly Societies Hotel, Bulla, Arthur Dovey to Catherine Naef; (P.4, Argus, 27-6-1933.)

Hotel Licence Transfers The following transfers and changes in respect of hotel licences in Victoria have been
approved by the Licensing Court: METROPOLITAN........
Change of Name of Licenced Premises
Friendly Societies Hotel Bulla to Hotel Bulla Bulla. (P.18, Argus,24-2-1949.)

Publican left 91,709.
George Thomas Moyle, of Bay st., Port Melbourne, former owner of the Friendly Societies Hotel at Bulla and
the Donnybrook Springs Hotel, Donnybrook, left estate valued for probate at 91,709.He died on May 14 this
year. The Friendly Societies Hotel was valued at 26,000, and the Donnybrook Springs Hotel at 22,000.
He bequeathed his estate to his widow, family and friends. (P.7, Argus,4-11-1954.)

FROST road board


GILLIGAN.@. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.
GILLIGAN. On the 13th November (suddenly), at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. M.Reddan, Tullamarine, Annie, the dearly beloved wife of Martin, and loving mother of Thomas, Augustine, Margaret (Mrs. Reddan),
Elizabeth (Mrs. M. Haire), Annie (Mrs. M.Dillon), Martin, Susan (Mrs. D. Kelly), Gertrude (Mrs. H. Morrow), John, Evelyn (Mrs.Duggan), James and Mona. Requiescat in pace. (P.1, Argus, 14-11-1924.)
Michael Reddan's property was Brightview on the north side of Sharps Rd, Tullamarine and west of the present Fisher Grove houses which indicate the westernmost extent of "Dalkeith".

Thomas and Augustine Gilligan owned Camp Hill (now the suburb of Gowanbrae) for many years,probably having bought the property from the estate of Hay Lonie (who had owned Lochton which was near the Gilligan property at Oaklands Junction. They sold Camp Hill just before the clearing sale in 1913. (P.4, Argus, 1-3-1913,top of 5th column.)

The Gilligan family seems to have have come from the Gisborne area* when the Glenara estate was sold. This is mentioned in a recent comment (January 2014)under the journal which discusses Donald Junor's wedding at William Michie's Cairnbrae. Thomas and Augustine Gilligan were on Camp Hill (now Gowanbrae) at Tullamarine for some time between Hay Lonie and Morgan until about 1913 and this may have prompted the move south of Michael Reddan who had married a Gilligan girl and lived near the Johnsons of Glendewar, at Brightview (west of Fisher Grove, Tullamarine), James Sharp's Hillside (Barrie Rd, Tullamarine area)and finally John Grant's old Seafield at Melway 4 H 6-7 to 5 A7,part 6 and 8.

(*A court case and other trove results show that some Gilligans were in Victoria in the 1850's, one being Martin Gilligan, a schoolteacher in Emerald Hill. Austin** Gilligan who had 200 acres at Gisborne(probably near Milletts Rd)and 18 acres at Rochford* in 1875, was sued successfully for breach of promise by Miss Wilson of Gisborne. A John Gilligan had land at Rochford too. Thomas who farmed Camp Hill died at Gisborne so there was a strong connection between the Gisborne and Bulla families. One known Gilligan farm at Gisborne was "Morella" (P.12, Argus, 6-9-1939, Kearns-Gilligan wedding.)
(*Apparently near Brandy Creek and selected in early 1874.)(**The name given in the report of Donald Junor's wedding may have been right re Austin Gilligan being a guest.)

John Gilligan's death notice shows the relationship between the Gisborne and Bulla families.
GILLIGAN. -On the 17th May, 1919, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. J. Barry, Gisborne, John, the dearly beloved husband of the late Catherine Gilligan, and loving father of Thomas, Austin, and Mrs. J. Barry, loved brother of Austin and Martin Gilligan, of Bulla, aged 76 years. A native of County Clare, Ireland. (Interred privately in the Melbourne General Ceme-tery on the l9th May.) (P.1, Argus, 20-5-1919.)

John and Jim Gilligan stayed at Bulla where they were on section 8, part of Peter Young's old Nairn between Oaklands Rd and St Johns Hill Lane; west of the latter lived their neighbour, William Michie, on Cairnbrae. Bob Blackwell's anecdote about the Ralstons and their creamery* indicates that the Gilligans' workers knocked off before nightfall and it's a fair bet that John and his bachelor brother headed for the Inverness Hotel for a drink on occasions. John was a daredevil whose feat of riding his horse up the pub's staircase was known for miles around. An article on trove which I chanced upon years ago, and have never been able to find since, stated that Jim had been driving his jinker home from the Inverness and had stopped for some reason when the horse for some reason was spooked and injured him. He never recovered and died some days later. Jim had removed the top rail to exit his farm and somebody replaced it. Jumping the fence in the dark on his way home from the Inverness,John could not see this and was killed.(This article may never be found again either.)

(*I've never had any reason to doubt Bob Blackwell's anecdotes. I was searching for trove articles about the Gilligans when I found this.By the way, Mrs Ralston's workers, some of them sailors who'd deserted their ships, moaned that the Gilligans had beaten them re knocking off work as the sun sank below the western horizon and Mrs Ralston replied, "Never mind, we'll beat them starting in the morning!")

A surprise party of about fifty journeyed to the residence of Mr Gilligan last week and spent an enjoyable evening.
A site for the creamery, which it is proposed to establish here, has at last been fixed upon, it being decided to erect it on Mr Ralston's property on the Oaklands Road, for which tenders were let last week, and as it is in the centre of a large dairying population it ought to be a success.

(P.3, Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser, 4-8-1894.) search.

The Argus Wednesday 17 August 1938 p 10 Family Notices
GILLIGAN.-On the 15th August, at St. Vincent's Hospital, James Joseph Gilligan, dearly loved son of the late Martin and Annie Gilligan, of Oaklands Junction, loving brother of Thomas Elizabeth

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 4 December 1936 p 1 Family Notices
. GILLIGAN. -On the 2nd December (suddenly at Oaklands Junction, John Lawrence the dearly beloved husband of Margaret Rose Gilligan.

The above death notices were copied from an email to Arun Chandu (see journal)with information to help his thesis. My email also mentions that the maiden name of Annie Gilligan was Hughes.

Reddan, Tullamarine, Annie, the dearly beloved wife of Martin, and loving mother of Thomas, Augustine, Margaret (Mrs. Reddan), Elizabeth (Mrs. M. Haire), Annie (Mrs. M.Dillon), Martin, Susan (Mrs. D. Kelly), Gertrude (Mrs. H. Morrow), John, Evelyn (Mrs.Duggan), James and Mona. Requiescat in pace.(P.1, Argus, 14-11-1924.)

GILLIGAN.-On June 22. at Gisborne,Thomas Leo*, late First A.I.F.. dearly beloved son of the late Martin and
Annie Gilligan, of Bulla, loving brother of Johanna (dec.), Gus*,(dec.). Maggie (Mrs. M. Reddan, dec.) Lizzie (Mrs. M. Haire), Annie (Mrs. M. Dillon, dec.). Martin*, Mary (dec.), Susan (Mrs. D. Kelly), Gertie
(Mrs. H. Morrow), John *(dec.),Evelyn (Mrs. M. Duggan). Jim *(dec.), and Mona (Mrs. L. M. Lloyd),brother-in-law of Matt, loved uncle of Tom, Doug, and Mary Duggan, aged 73 years. R.I P.(P.2, Argus, 26-6-1948.)

*Are there any Gilligans left to write the family history? Thomas must have been a bachelor.Hopefully Martin junior had a son to carry on the surname.


(From page G.28, DHOTAMA.)
Richard Edward Gilsenan was born in Lancashire, England and came to the colony with his parents in 1853 at the age of 6. His father taught school in Lancashire and in the colony at Moonee Ponds, Avoca and Murchison. Mr R.E.Gilsenan took charge of his first school at Nattie Yallock about 14 years ago and has since taught in various districts , being appointed to Bulla about three years ago. He was married to Miss Harriet Wilkins of Avoca in 1876 and has a family of three sons and three daughters. (V&I.M. 1888.)

R.E.Gilsenan is shown as the purchaser,from the Crown,of crown allotment 10 of section 11 in the township of Bulla. Section 11 is bounded by Greene St (now the end of Somerton Rd), Bourke St, Rawdon St and High St (Bulla Rd)with c/a 10 fronting the west side of Rawdon St with (probably) a 20 metre frontage to High and Bourke Sts.

In 1914, Harold Davis Gilsenan,also a teacher, was assessed as the owner and occupier.

Richard Edward Gilsenan had moved to the Eltham area and by 1917 was a justice of the peace in the shire of Eltham.(Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser and Diamond Creek Valley Advocate (Vic. : 1917 - 1922) Friday 12 October 1917 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Article.)

GILSENAN-CORNALL -On the 31st March at St. Andrew's Church, Middle Brighton by the Rev. Canon Hancock, M.A.,
Frederick Henry, youngest son of the late Richard Edward Gilsenan and Mrs. Gilsenan late of "Rosebank", Eltham to Margaret May (Maude) eldest daughter of Mr. James Cornall, 24 Loller street, Middle Brighton (late of Korumburra) and of the late Mrs. James Cornall. Present address, "Brynteg", Lower Plenty.
(P.11, Argus,5-5-1923.)

One of R.E.'s schools after Bulla was Trentham. He had probably been near Eltham when he bought "Rosebank." I wonder if he and Harriet were travelling home to Eltham every weekend in 1904,which was a very busy year. In 1901, R.Gilsenan was playing cricket for Trentham so some weekends were obviously spent at Trentham.

BAKERGILSENAN.On the 11th June, at the residence of the bride's parents, "Rosebank," Eltham, Christopher John Baker, of Glenferrie, to Harriet May Gilsenan, second daughter of R.E. Gilsenan, state school, Trentham.
(P.9,Argus, 16-9-1904.)

The family obviously lived at Trentham during R.E.'s time there. The Watsons had a very original name for their Trentham farm!

WATSONGILSENAN.On the 16th March, 1904, at the residence of the bride's parents, "Rosebank," Eltham, by the Rev. W. H. Cooper, M.A., Alexander, youngest son of Mrs. D. Watson, sen., "The Farm," Trentham to Catherine Emma, (Katie) eldest daughter of Richard E. Gilsenan, head teacher state school, Trentham.
(P.9, Argus,16-4-1904.) (See also Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record (Vic. : 1902 - 1917) Friday 25 March 1904 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Family Notices for article about the wedding.)

BROWN.- On the 4th May, at Brunswick, Jessie Martha, the dearly beloved wife of John L. Brown, A.I.F., and loving daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Gilsenan, "Rosebank," Eltham, aged 27 years.
(P.1,Argus, 6-6-1916.)

St. John's Church of England, Heidelberg was prettily decorated on April 2, when Mr. H. Blackman, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Blackman, of Malvern, was united in the bonds of holy matrimony to Miss Ruth E. Gilsenan, a daughter of the late Richard Gilsenan and Mrs. Gilsenan, of Trentham, and formerly of Eltham. The bride, who
was given away by her brother-in law, Mr. Alex. Watson, of Trentham, looked charming in a gown of white
georgette and lace, uneven hemline. She wore a wreath and veil and carried a bouquet of white cactus dahlias
and pale pink carnations. The bridesmaids were Miss Ina Watson and Miss Nessie Baker (nieces of the bride), and were both attired in lemon lace with uneven hemline, large bows of lemon tulle in hair, and carried bouquets of lemon gladioli and delphiniums.

Little Joan Tilley (niece of the bride) looked pretty as a flower girl in pink. Mr. Arnold Blackman (brother of the, bridegroom) and Mr.George Gilsenan (nephew of the bride) acted as groomsmen. About seventy guests attended the breakfast and reception at Goodall St., Hawthorn, where the customary toasts were honored and the best of
wishes extended to the happy couple, who left on a honeymoon tour of three weeks. They intend to settle in Glen Iris. (P.4,Advertiser (Hurstbridge), 9-5-1930.)

Richard Edward had transferred to Trentham State School by 1893, when he was playing cricket for Trentham. George Gilsenan also played for Trentham and was involved in an un-named organisation which held half-yearly elections.

R.E.'s father had taught at Avoca,which explains how Richard had met Harriet Wilkins. It might also explain why the name Gilsenan was associated with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade*.
(*The Argus, Saturday 22 September 1917 p 13 Family Notices
GILSENAN. -On the 5th September, at North Fitzroy Fire Station, to Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Gilsenan.)

Mr George Wilkins, of Homebush Lower, eldest brother of Mr J. T.Wilkins, former chief officer of the
Metropolitan Fire Brigade
, is 85 today, and when Mr Harry Wilkins, of Avoca, the third brother, turns
81 shortly, the three will have an aggregate of 240 years. Mr J. T.Wilkins, who is 74, lives in Melbourne.
(P.2, Argus,4-5-1942.)

The above three brothers were probably siblings of Harriet as shown by the wedding report below which also indicates a relationship between R.E.Gilsenan and J.Gilsenan of Gippsland (and therefore another teacher in the Gilsenan family who died in Gippsland.)

Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record (Vic. : 1902 - 1917) Friday 25 March 1904 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Family Notices. (the marriage of Miss Catherine Emma Gilsenan, oldest daughter of Mr. Richard E. Gilsenan,
head teacher, State school, Trentham,with Mr. Alexander Watson, youngest son of Mrs. D, Watson, of "The Farm," Trentham.)

In conclusion,a full list of Richard and Harriet's children.
BAKER.On May 26, at Heidelberg, Harriet May, second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Gilsenan,formerly of Eltham, and loved sister of Catherine (Mrs. Watson), George(deceased), Harold* (deceased), Jessie(deceased), Ruth (Mrs. Blackman),Fred (deceased), and Grace (Mrs.Tilley). (P.14, Argus,28-5-1949.)
*As a reminder that this journal is actually about Bulla, Harold was probably the Harold Davis* Gilsenan who was assessed on the half acre block at Bulla granted to Richard Edward Gilsenan. (*Harold Davies Gilsenan.)

I'd forgotten to try Google. See the website:
Jessie Martha Gilsenan profile - Mundia.


At Two O 'Clock in tho Afternoon. At Menzies' Hotel, Bourke street West, Melbourne.
To Capitalists, Farmers, Dairymen, Stud Breeders, speculators, and Others,
Within 12.5 to 15 Miles of the City and Six Miles of Sunbury Railway Station, Comprising 4079 ACRES of FREEHOLD LAND, subdivided to Suit Purchasers, FAMILY RESIDENCE, With 830 Acres, FARMS, From 30 to 442 Acres Each, of Rich Soil.Magnificent Views. Unquestionably One of the most Valuable Estates In Victoria.

DOUGHARTY, SON, and PARKER, conjointly with C. J. and T Ham have been instructed by Messrs. Cottee, Clark and Hammond, tho trustees in estate of the late Walter Clark, Esq , of Glenara, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, as above.

The Glenara Estate comprises 4079 acres of freehold land, all under Torrens Act, 12.5 miles from Melbourne, and six miles from Sunbury Railway station, and surrounded by the properties of Mr C. B. Fisher (Woodlands and Cumberland) the late Mr Robt. McDougall (Arundel and Warlaby) Mr F.B. Hann(Dunhelen), and Mr Michael Loeman (Glen Loeman) and close to the township of Bulla Bulla. A direct line of railway from Melbourne is marked
through tho property. It is in reality a place unsurpassed in Victoria.

With the homestead will be sold 830 acres, subdivided into convenient paddocks, comprising the cultivation fields and a large proportion of equally rich land fit for the plough.This compact estate has a frontage of two miles to the main road, and an equal frontage to the Deep Creek, a river sufficiently large to form the boundary fence of the property, and which constitutes a feature of great beauty in the landscape.

The GRASS LANDS, which are covered with rich sward, are picturesque in the extreme, and nicely timbered, and the timber on the land is alone an item of considerable importance.
The MANSION HOUSE, surrounded by the garden and grounds situated on the side of the high though gently sloping bank of the river, and which is approached by an avenue of over half a mile, leaving tho road at a picturesque
lodge of stone, is surrounded by deep verandahs partially hidden by flowering creepers, and contains 14 rooms, exclusive of bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, servants' rooms, and offices, forming the most lovely house in the continent.The stabling for room and structure, could scarcely be surpassed, there being quite a number of
loose boxes. There is also a training track near at hand. Two cottages stand in tho stable yards, which, with
laundry, coach houses, pigsties, and milking sheds, complete a gentleman's country residence. About a mile distant stand a spacious woolshed and eight-roomed stone Cottage, situated in the Glencairn paddock, which is famed throughout the district for its fattening qualities.Glenara is admirably suited for a STUD FARM, and with the rapid extension of the city, and the projected railway, cannot fail to prove a sound investment the home portion being large enough for subdivision.

The remainder of the land has been subdivided Into FARMS of SUITABLE ACREAGE,a great part of which is rich volcanic soil ready for the plough the balance being admirably suited for dairy purposes, or for raising valuable stock.

Tho INVERESS HOTEL,situated at Oaklands Junction, and doing a good business, will be sold with one acre of land. The tenure of the present tenant expires on the 31st December,1887.

WOODSIDE, with 442 ACRES, situated higher up the Deep Creek, and with a frontage to it forms a compact estate which cannot fail to recommend itself as a country residence or dairy farm.The richness and charms of Glenara are so great as to BAFFLE DESCRIPTION and the auctioneers confidently invite tho closest inspection.
TERMS One fourth cash, balance at one, two three, four, five years bearing interest at the rate of five per cent, per annum, payable half yearly.

Plans of the property and further particulars may be had on application at the rooms of the auctioneers,
and Mr Walter J Clark (son of the late proprietor)will arrange to show visitors over the estate. A conveyance will meet the train leaving Melbourne at 10 20 a.m , and reaching Essendon at 10 40 a.m , on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and returning in the afternoon, for the convenience of those wishing to inspect.
(P.3, Argus,30-7-1887.)

An excellent article during Alister Clark's tenure gives excellent description of the property and mentions a pictorial article in another paper.
('GLENARA.' Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 28 October 1905 p 2 Article.)

See the COGHILL entry in this journal.

I needed to check that part of Cumberland was not included in the following. That property was not sold until after the death of William Coghill's widow in 1867. See CUMBERLAND in my journal: Farms near TULLAMARINE: SPRING FARM, CUMBERLAND, PASCOE VILLA, ARUNDEL, ABERFELDIE, BIG CLARKE,(VIC., AUST.)

Messrs. Gemmell, M'Caul, and Co. sold at their rooms, this day, the Glencairn property, on the estate of the late Mr. Geo. Coghill, comprising 794a. Ir. 2p., for 6 per acre, buildings, &c, included, making a total of 3,971 6s. 3d. for lot. (P.4, Argus, 7-9-1864.)

I am willing to bet that this property was actually GLENARA. This would be the way an Irish accent would have rendered Glenara! There is no report of a property of such a name in the vicinity of Oaklands Junction.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 19 June 1924 p 7 Article Illustrated
... STUDIES IN THE HUNTING FIELD. Oaklands Hounds met yesterday at the Inverness Hotel, Oaklands Junction. Incidents in the field were:-No. 1-Mr. D. Faulkner Jumping into the Mount Alexander road. No. 2-Mr. A. Sturrock clearing the timber in the woolshed paddock, Glen Eira (sic).

GLENSIDE. Richard Bell. See BATEY.
Glenside was probably finish

GOYEN Rev. William. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.

GRANT John .
Living on Seafield at the south corner of McNabs and Grants Rds, Tullamarine, John Grant was a Keilor ratepayer by 20 metres,the width of Grants Lane. A Keilor councillor for many years, he would still have been much involved in the social life of Bulla and most likely attended Presbyterian services at Bulla. Malcolm Ritchie was his nearest neighbour, the driveway of Aucholzie being a continuation of the shire boundary (Grants Lane.) The Ritchies also owned Gowrie Park, across Grants Lane from Seafield and the heart of the airport today. Gowrie Park and part of Aucholzie were in the shire of Bulla.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 30 January 1880 p 1 Family Notices
Marriages. GRANT-RITCHIE.-On the 28th inst., at Aucholzie, by Rev. Hugh McKail, Angus Francis Grant, Yarra- wonga, son of John Grant, Esq., Seafield, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Malcolm Ritchie, Esq., Aucholzie, Tullamarine.

MARDEN.-On the 13th April, at her residence, "ALMA" Marysville street. South St Kilda.Catherine, relict of the late John Marden, and dearly loved mother of Charles, Alfred, William, Dr. Marden (Sydney), and Mrs. W.F. Grant
(Bulla), in her 80th year a colonist of 53 years.

GREENE* st mary's rawdon


Extract from my journal JOHN THOMAS SMITH AND HIS ELECTORS. The Guthries were early occupants of Glengyle. This was the early name of Arundel near Keilor and as there were no rates at the time,it is unclear whether they were leasing the whole of section 1 Tullamarine or a portion. (7-11-2013.)
My suspicion of a connection with the Bulla area also proved to be correct so I'll go one step further and suggest that there was some sort of connection between the Guthries and Peter Young of Nairn, who will be discussed later. Alexander Guthrie Young, a colonist of 52 years died in 1891 at the age of 59.
(The Argus 9-12-1891 p.1) Alexander Guthrie obviously moved from Glengyle to the Bulla area. Mrs Alexander Guthrie gave birth to a son at Bulla Bulla, Deep Creek on 1-5-1859.(A.3-5-1859 p.4.)
Alexander Guthrie died at Togarf, Sunbury at the age of 70 on 27-11-1880. (A. 29-11-1880 P.1 and 8.) Togarf was obviously a farm and his widow, Ann, exhibited her Ayrshires with success at many shows. She died at Murtoa at the age of 80. (A. 27-9-1901 p.1.)
Postscript. Having obtained a map of Bulla Bulla parish, I can state that A& J. Guthrie's grants, issued in October of the years stated, consisted of section 14 (1852,503 acres), 22, part 4 (1854,135 acres 3 roods 10 perches) and 23 part 2 (1854, 384 acres 37 perches.) As I no longer have my Bulla rates transcriptions, I have no idea whether his farm (Togarf)remained this size.These grants were in the area shown on Melway map 383. I would imagine that they had been squatters before alienation and that section 14 was the homestead block and pre-emptive right. Section 14 was bounded by Southern Plains Rd, the line of Gellies Rd continued south almost to Emu Creek, and this creek on the south and west. A now-closed road, leaving Sunbury Rd opposite the east boundary of Craig and O' Grady's grant (Shepherds Lane), crossed Emu Creek in the east side of 383 D7, and travelled through the grant to the west end of Southern Plains Rd. This would have to be the private road to Daameeli; this property is on Richard Brodie's grant, 24(1). This road was the eastern boundary of 23 (2) and Emu Creek was the eastern boundary of 22 (4). The former fronted Sunbury Rd, the latter Gellies Rd and both Lancefield Rd.The tributary shown in Melway 383 B-D7 was about 100 metres (5mm on the map)north of the boundary between the two allotments.

TORGARF. (postscript, 29-12-2013.)
(N.B. This has not been corrected on trove due to its slowness of response with edits. Copy from here.)
To Gentlemen Cultivators, Yeomen, Practical Agriculturists, and Dairy Farmers,
Two Very Productive and very Highly prized Dairy and Agricultural Farms, Part of sections 14 and 22-the Torgarf Estate-of Bulla Bulla, Bounded by Emu Creek, and situate within a Mile of the Sunbury Railway Station, this side of Melbourne,
MR STUBBS is favoured with instructions, received from the proprietor (the original grantee) to sell by PUBLIC AUCTION, at his rooms, 81 Collins street, on Friday, the 9th September, at twelve o'clock precisely,
Two remarkably fine farms, viz -
Lot 1, 100 acres
Note -it has two and a half miles frontage to Emu Creek, and is stated to be unequalled in the richness of its pasture for dairy produce. It is well timbered.
Lot 2, 270 acres
With immediate possession. On this farm is erected an excellent five roomed family house, kitchen, servant- room, And The finest dairy In the colony, 24ft long, 18ft wide, and 10ft high, stone built, slate roof, cemented floor,and the whole of the walls plastered.
The reputation of this dairy farm is only to be mentioned to ensure a severe competition from the public sale. It might be made productive indeed at all ends, if it can be possible to make any farm so. Fresh butter, eggs, poultry, and lamb-mutton are not only extravagantly dear in Melbourne, but always in demand. The convenience of railway transit for marketable purposes Is the certainty of a ready money trade within so short a distance from the city If a man cannot make a 270-acre farm answer with such an opening before him, and flattering prospects at hand,it is in vain to invite him to put his right shoulder forward. Further improvements comprise 25 acres
under cultivation, men's huts, stock yard, fowl house and piggery. The remainder of the estate is beautifully undulating, all maiden soil, and of the richest quality. Terms etc.(P.3, Argus, 13-8-1864.)

Finally, although my memory is not too hot about what you say to Jan if things don't seem fair, it is pretty reliable concerning local history. I stated earlier that I had vague memories of seeing "Glenn and Guthrie" somewhere. Joseph Dubois returned my material yesterday and while looking for something else I found it!
In the Annals of Tullamarine (a large part of "Tullamarine: Before The Jetport").
1863. (After mentioning that James Sharp was leasing 40 acres of Chandos from J.C.Riddell and was to move to Hillside four years later.)Broadmeadows' rate records list the following Tullamarine residents east of Bulla Rd from the present bridge to Nash's Lane:
H.J.Brown and Glenn & Guthrie (Camp Hill), E.Dunn (Viewpoint), J.Maconochie (Stewarton)Love and Sharp as above, C &J.Nash (Fairview), W.Wright (Sunnyside), R.Beaman (Broombank), J.Foster, T.Anderson, R.Mitchell, T.Wright, P.Kettle, J.Gawley, J.Wright, J.Hendry (store, later P.O. too), C.Evans (shop.)

One last thing. Applications for occupation licences were invited on page 1 of The Argus of 11-6-1847.The various parcels of land were numbered but no location was given other than parishes. Alexander Guthrie had leased 640 acres in Will Will Rook for the previous two years. I checked the parish map on the internet, but there were no dates for the issue of grants. Then I remembered that Joseph had returned my material. According to "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History" only two grants were not issued in 1838. They were sections 5 and 2. Alexander Gibb purchased section 5 in 1848 after leasing the 640 acres for some time (Page 20) so Alexander could only have been leasing Box Forest, granted to John Pascoe Fawkner in 1850 (on behalf of his co-operative.) This square mile, bounded by the Northern Golf Club, Hilton St/ Box Forest Rd, the cemetery and Boundary Rd is now named after a Broadmeadows Shire Councillor, circa 1927, Cr Rupert Hadfield.

Now in possession of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND, I have discovered that there was an entry in Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT (1888)for Alexander Guthrie's widow.

GUTHRIE Mrs Ann, Bulla,
is a native of Inverness, Scotland and the widow of the late Mr Alexander Guthrie who came to Sydney, N.S.W. in 1838 and to Melbourne in 1839. He resided at Campbellfield, Keilor and Broadmeadows until 1856 when he bought land at Bulla and in 1857 married Ann McLean the present widow who now carries on grazing and dairy farming on the property. Mr Guthrie, who was a member of the shire council for a number of years, died in 1880 leaving a family of two sons and two daughters.

The occupants of Camp Hill at Tullamarine were Robert Glen and Samuel Guthrie. (G.120 DHOTAMA.)
by itellya on 2012-03-22 20:11:28
Much of the Guthrie land was sold to the Leydens (west of Emu Creek), J.J.Gellie, and Brodie (east of Emu Creek) according to an amended parish of Bulla map (circa 1890).Bulla's ratebook of 1882-3 shows that Ann and Alan John Guthrie were leasing land with a nett annual value of 88 pounds from the Leydens. This was probably "Togarf".It would seem that Alexander and Ann's two sons were James and Alan John. (G.120 DHOTAMA.)

This was a petition by Mark Cassidy for a dissolution of his marriage with Elizabeth Cassidy, on the ground of her adultery with Thomas Lascelles Harris. Mr. Lawes appeared for the petitioner.No appearance for the respondent or co- respondent.
The petitioner and respondent were married ???? March, I860, at Bulla Bulla, by the Rev. Mr. Stair. The petitioner is now 44, tho respondent 29 years of age, and there have been two children. The co-respondent (Harris)was engineer to the Bulla Shire Council. He is a married man with a family. Cassidy first knew of his wife's misconduct by finding her with Harris at Cleal's Hotel in August last. After the discovery, Harris and Mrs. Cassidy went to New Zealand under the name of Mr. and Mrs. Moran. Harris was brought back under a warrant for embezzlement, and is now serving a sentence at Pentridge.
Mark Cassidy deposed that in August, 1870, his wife and Harris came to Melbourne to see the poultry show. He came after them, as he had business at the Education Office. They stopped at Cleal's Hotel, in which he and his family had been in the habit of stopping when they were in Melbourne. They went to the opera in the evening, and on their return Mrs. Cassidy went to bed. Harris and he went out for a walk. When they returned they had a glass of brandy and water, remained up talking with the landlord, and then witness went to bed.
The room had two beds. He did not sleep in the same bed with his wife. She preferred sleeping by herself, that she might have a comfortable night's rest, as she had been kept awake the preceding night by the baby. Her
bed was nearest the door. After he had been in bed about an hour, he was awoken by heavy breathing. He started up, and said, "Are you ill!" She said "No." The breathing still continued, and he said " Who have you got with you ?" She said, "What do you mean? Who could it be? Go to sleep." He still heard the breathing, and at last got up, and groped about in the dark. Found a man in the bed. Caught him by the beard,and a scuffle took place. The landlord brought a light, and he discovered that it was Harris. Harris then got away,and into his own room, the door of which he locked. Mr. Cleal then turned Harris and Mrs. Cassidy out of the house.Never had any suspicion till then of his wife, but had since ascertained that she had been unfaithful with Harris six years before this. Never saw her again till yesterday morning. Harris and his wife had always been friendly with his family. His wife was now in court.

Jacob Cleal, publican, said that at about 3 o'clock on the 5th August the waiter woke him up telling him there was a row in the house. Went to Cassidy's room, and found Cassidy and Harris fighting in the passage. Cassidy had the water-jug in his hand, which he was going to smash over Harris's head, when the witness caught him by the arm. Harris went to his room, and Cassidy said that scoundrel has been in bed with my wife. Mrs. Cassidy could not be found then, but it was afterwards ascertained she had run into Harris's room. Turned Harris
and Mrs. Cassidy out of the house. Next day received a note from Harris about taking away his luggage.

Elizabeth Priest, stewardess of tho s.s. Tararua, said that the persons represented by two photographs handed to her (those of Harris and Mrs. Cassidy) went to New Zealand in August last under the names of Mr. and Mrs. Moran. They occupied the same berth.

The Court granted a decree for dissolution of marriage, with costs against Harris.(P.7, Argus,15-5-1871.)

Sir,-Many men will not profit by the experience of others, and some even will not by that of their own, and into the ranks of the latter seem to fall the members of shire
councils in particular. It is now only seven years since the Local Government Act became law, and those who have taken an interest in such matters will recollect how, from time to time, have been recorded in the
public prints the defalcations of the officers of various local bodies, and notably, within this last week or so, that of Mr. T. L. Harris, of Bulla, who has vanished with, it is said, 650 of the funds of that shire. It can't be supposed that the officers of shire councils or district road boards are less honest than the
generality of men. We must, therefore, look for the evil in another direction which, I have no hesitation in saying, exists in the parsimonious cheeseparing policy of tho shire councils themselves, and to the foolish,
dangerous, and, to a professional man, degrading practice of thrusting, for thesake of economy, which is imaginary, all the offices into the hands of one man. I will take the case of Bulla, which will illustrate what
exists in many districts at present. The annual revenue is about -1,500. They appointed a professional man as engineer, and attached to that office that of clerk, treasurer, valuer,collector, and dog-tax collector, and gave him the munificent sum of 250 per annum.

Under circumstances like these, it has been,and is, a wonder to those acquainted with such matters that there have not been many more defaulters. They tempt a man, on one hand, by allowing a large sum of money to pass through his hands without check ; and on the other, they place him in the worst possible position to resist that temptation ; and those who put a man in that situation deserve to be made to feel the weight of their own folly, although, in the instance of Bulla unfortunately, it will most likely be the Guarantee Society that will
have the piper to pay. To me it is surprising that those societies will undertake the risks incurred in guaranteeing officers holding the combined offices of a local body.
In the Amended Local Government Act,(etc.)(P.24-9-1870.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 14 October 1870 p 6 Article.


During John O'Shannassy's early political career he adorned the magisterial roll with some real specimen J.'sP., amongst which was the late John Heagney, of Tullamarine Island, Old Jack had too much good sense to go to be sworn in, but whenever he absorbed a few exhiliators he'd declare I'm John Heagney, J.P. One day Brodie said to me, I had some fine fun out of old John not long since. He came to me pretty well refreshed, and
having ripened him with more liquor, I said, Mr Heagney, as you are a magistrate, will you oblige me in
signing your name at the bottom of those blank sheets of paper.- I have`some legal forms to go through, and if
you sign your name it will save me a deal of trouble. At my leisure I will fill the papers in. Supplying him with writing materials, he worked away signing sheet after sheet, John Heagney,J.P. His autograph is no great shakes at the best of times, but in the present instance it looked as if flies dipped in ink had crawled over the paper. (Isaac Batey recounting a Richard Sinclair Brodie anecdote,Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 15 July 1893 p 3 Article.)


William Hamilton Henderson of "Bellfield", Bulla Bulla, was resident in the parish by 1856 when he wrote a letter condemning the leniency of the insolvency system which allowed debtors to obtain certificates of discharge too easily and suggesting the Scottish system be adopted. (P.6,Argus,8-8-1856.)




See my journal about the Inverness Hotel and Its Penny Pole.See KENNEDY. See MELVILLE.

In 1860 the Burke and Wills expedition passed through Bulla, their second camp being at a small water hole, traces of which are to be seen behind the gorse bushes opposite the Inverness Hotel, which was then kept by
Mr Melville. (12 year old Oswald Daniel's History of Bulla, P.2, Sunbury News, 4-6-1910.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 4 September 1867 p 5 Article
... NEW INSOLVENTS. James Munro M'Kenzie, of the Inverness Hotel, Bulla, publican. (P.5,Argus,4-9-1867.)


JENKINS John.See Alston. William Alston (Gilbert Alston's nephew) and John Jenkins were apprenticed to Gilbert Alston at Bulla;by 1880 they were following their trade as blacksmiths at Mornington and donated a prize for the inaugural ploughing match there. Beryl Patullo of the Friends of Will Will Rook Cemetery alerted me that Martha and other members of the Alston family were buried in a Patullo grave at Will Will Rook (Melway 7 B9). I sent Beryl's information and the wedding notice of William Alston and Jane Patullo to Val Wilson of the Mornington Historical Society and faster than an echo came the following response from Val (who has produced a fantastic website about many of the pioneers buried in the Mornington Cemetery) re the Jenkins family.

Hi xxx,
Thanks for the email, I have actually met Beryl Patullo, I was out at the cemetery and she was there looking for Jane Alston (Patullo) grave.

xxx I would love a copy of the Firth letter, young James Firth was John Jenkins cousin, Johns mother was a Firth.

Of interest John Jenkins arrived in the Bulla/ Campbellfied area with his parents Adam and Mary (nee Campbell), his sister Margaret (who married a McLellan) and his other sister Catherine who was with her husband John Campbell. It was after John Campbell died that the family came onto Mornington.

But the Campbell name suggests to me that they had family connections in the area prior to arriving.

On the 8th inst,, at the residence of the Rev. A. M.Ramsay, Melbourne, Charles Jesse, of Richmond, to
Emily King, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Downes Taylor, of London. (P.4,Argus, 11-8-1857.)

On the 10th inst., at Bulla, on the Deep Creek, the wife of Mr. Charles Jesse, of a daughter.
(P.5, Argus, 15-9-1858.)

Was this the same Charles Jesse?
Charles Jesse, of Gipps street, East Melbourne, gentleman, who died on May 20, left by will dated June 6, 1911, real estate valued at 730, and personal property valued at 2,747, to his daughter.(P.10, Argus, 21-6-1915.)

It is likely that Charles was a mounted constable stationed at Bulla in 1858,rather than a digger travelling with a pregnant wife. He had just been appointed as inspector of slaughterhouses in the police district of Bourke in 1862. (P. 5, Argus,9-8-1862.)

Senior-constable Charles Jesse, now stationed in Sale, deposed that in May, 1862, he was stationed at Queenstown*. (P.6, Argus,29-12-1865.) *Somewhere near Eltham.

FOR Sale, Johnshill Farm, Deep Creek, Bulla Bulla, presently occupied by Mr.Robert Massie, measuring 227.5 acres. For further particulars apply to John Sloan, ninth door west of the Travellers' Rest, Nicholson street, Collingwood. 32 mar 1.(P.6,Argus,1-3-1854.)

JOHNSTON argus wilson

JUNOR. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.
JUNOR-On the 26th December at her residence, Fleetbank, Bulla, Jessie, the dearly beloved wife of Donald Junor and youngest daughter of the late Dugald Stewart, aged 54 years. At rest. (P.1, Argus, 27-12-1919.)

Tho Gazette of yesterday contains an application by Henry Steel Shaw and others, forming the " Victoria Kaolin Company," for a lease of seventeen acres two roods of land-"kaolin,porcelain clay, combined with crystals"- situate on the Deep Creek, Bulla Bulla, for a period of twenty-one years. (P.5,Argus,16-11-1861.)


KELLY.On the 23rd February, at her residence, North Pole road*, Keilor, Catherine Kelly (late of Friendly Society Hotel, Bulla), relict of the late Michael Kelly, aged 73 years. A colonist of 51 years. R.I.P.
((P.1,Argus, 24-2-1910.)
*North Pole Rd was Milleara Rd south to Buckley St and was farmland in 1910,mainly occupied (on both sides) by the Dodds and Delaheys, so there could be a family connection. James Fitzpatrick was just south of Buckley St and was related to the Crottys of Broomfield (south of the western end of Sharps Rd, Tullamarine )so Catherine may also have been living with him. Fitzpatrick had been on land near Dunhelen before moving south and it is possible that the three families had attended mass together (at St Augustines,Keilor or at Mary Daniel's "Narbonne"-near Daniel Rd off Oaklands Rd) before the catholic church was built at Bulla.

A magisterial inquiry, touching the death of Michael Kelly, proprietor of the Forresters' Arms Hotel, Bulla, who died suddenly on Wednesday on the road to Melbourne, was held yesterday morning at his residence, before Mr M'Mahon,J.P.

Catherine Kelly deposed :--I am wife to deceased, residing at Bulla. On Wednesday, 28th ult., deceased proceeded to Melbourne to market, as he has been accustomed to do for a number of years, and returned that evening at 7 o'clock. He appeared to have been drinking,, but was not intoxicated. He went to bed about 10 o'clock, and next morning (Thursday) rose as usual. He had a few drinks of whiskey during the day, and one drink that night. For a few days prior to the 28th ult. he had been drinking pretty heavy, but since the
30th ult. he had no strong drink to my knowledge. On Friday and Saturday he appeared well. On Sunday he signed
the pledge. On Tuesday morning, about 8 o'clock, he took a fit of retching, and after that ate a hearty breakfast. Subsequent to this he went about his work as usual. At midday he partook of a cup of tea only, and at 3 or 4 o'clock went to his bedroom, and laid himself down to rest, An hour or so after I gave him a drink of water, The household retired to bed at 11 o'clock that night; when he was in bed apparently all right. Before
he laid down in the night one of my daughters informed me he had taken turpentine. I asked him why he took
the turpentine, and he replied, " After that fit of retching I had a severe pain across the heart, and felt chilly, and rubbed a little of it into my chest, and took a few drops inwardly."

As I am in the middle of two other journals (MICKLEHAM,DROMANA), I do not have time to correct the digitisation for the whole article. Other witnesses were Michael's daughter, Mary Anne,Jeremiah Murphy who worked for Michael, and Frank Daniel(possibly the shire secretary by then),who boarded at Michael's hotel; Frank had leased part of Gowrie Park in partnership with the Kelly boys in the 1880's according to I.W.Symonds.

The verdict returned was that deceased met his death from the effects of an overdose of turpentine.: self- administered, as medicine. Universal regret is expressed at the sudden demise of Mr Kelly. who was much respected in the district. The funeral will take place at 1 o'clock to-day.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 8 July 1893 p 3 Article)

KENNEDY Alexander and Henry.
See INVERNESS HOTEL. See my journal about the Inverness Hotel and Its Penny Pole.

TO LET, For such a term of years as may be agreed on,with immediate possession,ABOUT 500 acres of excellent land, situate within 16 miles of Melbourne, and immediately adjoining the rising township of Bulla Bulla, on the Deep Creek, The land is abundantly supplied with excellent water, having a frontage of half a mile to the Deep Creek, and has also a plentiful supply of timber for all purposes. There are about 350 acres enclosed
with a substantial three-rail fence, the greater part of which is admirably adapted for cultivation.
For further particulars apply to Henry Kennedy, Robert Burns Hotel, Melbourne ; or to Alexander Kennedy, Loddon River. (P.2, Argus,13-3-1852.)

The land being advertised was crown allotment 17A,Tullamarine, consisting of 485 acres and granted to Alexander Kennedy on 11-5-1849. The north west corner is indicated by Melway 177 A9,the south west corner by the top
half of 177 C11,the north east by 177 H10 and south east by 177 H 12 (west of the line of Oaklands Rd continued south.) Alexander's son,Henry, was probably running the Robbie Burns Hotel and later ran the Inverness* Hotel at 177 H11. Alexander had a run near the Guildford Plateau on the present highway between Castlemaine and Daylesford.

At the Inverness Hotel, Bulla Bulla, on 21st instant,Margaret MacKay, the beloved wife of Mr. Alexander
Kennedy, of the Boughyard Station, Upper Loddon, much and justly regretted.(P.4,Argus,26-9-1853.)

On the 4th inst., at Bulla-Bulla, Mr. Henry Kennedy,of the Inverness Hotel, aged 27 years.
(P.4, Argus, 8-12-1853.)

(*The earliest reference to the Inverness Hotel found on trove was on page 6 of The Argus of 2-3-1853.
Henry Kennedy made an application for a new licence, for the Inverness Hotel, Bulla Bulla. This was under the heading of COUNTY OF BOURKE QUARTERLY LICENSING DAY. Above this was more information about licences which showed that the licence for the Robert Burns Inn in Lonsdale St was transferred from Henry Kennedy to Ewen McKinnon.)

In 1852,people were taking timber from two properties in the area, c/a17A and Cameron's grant; Robert McDougall, who later purchased the latter,naming it after Major Booth's "Warlaby" in the old country, inserted an advertisement warning them not to do so. In about 1856, Walter Clark bought 17A to establish "Glenara" and added George Cogill's Glencairn to the south.


MAN BURNED TO DEATH. House Destroyed at Bulla.
Noticing the reflection of flames in the windows of a house occupied by John Lawlor, at Bulla, about half-past 8 o'clock last night, two neighbours, knowing that Lawlor, who was aged 71 years, was in the building, which was constructed partly of weatherboard and partly of stone, went to his assistance. When they forced an
entrance, practically the whole of the house was destroyed, and on the remains of a bed, in one of the rooms, the body of Lawlor was found. (P.11, Argus, 1-4-1926.)

John Lawlor was a tenderer for road maintenance contracts and had another money-making scheme.
From John Lawlor, Bulla, asking permission to cart kaolin from the east side of the Bulla Hill. He would pay
by weighbridge every month.-Held over to next meeting. (P.4, Flemington Spectator, 19-8-1915.)

From the Bulla Cemetery Register.
1141 LAWLOR J St. 00/00/1879 00/08/1879 31/08/1879 R.C. 2 2 Parents unknown.
1142 LAWLOR John 67Y 00/00/1818 15/03/1875 15/03/1875 R.C. 2 1 Son of Daniel Lawlor & Catherine Bergin. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland.
1143 LAWLOR John 75Y 00/00/1850 00/04/1926 03/04/1926 R.C. 2 2 Son of John Lawlor & Mary Unknown. Died in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia.
1144 LAWLOR John James 85Y 00/00/1883 00/03/1968 13/03/1968 R.C. 2 2 Son of John Lawlor & Mary Piert. Born in Bulla, died in St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
1145 LAWLOR Martin Joseph 94Y 00/00/1884 18/07/1979 23/07/1979 R.C. 19 7 Son of John Lawlor & Mary Peart. Born in Bulla, died in Greenvale, Victoria, Australia.
1146 LAWLOR Mary 54Y 00/00/1854 00/10/1908 06/10/1908 R.C. 2 1 Daughter of John Piert & Margaret Whelan. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
1147 LAWLOR Thomas Augustus 64Y 00/00/1886 00/07/1951 17/07/1951 R.C. 7 22 Son of John Lawlor & Mary Piert. Born in Bulla, died in Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
1148 LAWLOR (nee PIERT) Mary 48Y 00/00/1827 00/06/1875 16/06/1875 R.C. 2 1 Daughter of Patrick Piert & Catherine Waters. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland.

On the 25th ult., at the house of Mr Boreham,Campbellfield, by the Rev. P. Gunn, Samuel Lazarus,Esq., Master of the Deep Creek Schools, Bulla, son of J. G. Lazarus, Esq., of Liverpool, to Fanny, youngest daughter of the late Captain F. Cassidy, of H. M. 60th Regiment. Liverpool and Derby papers, please copy.
(P.4, Argus, 5-1-1859.)


LOCHTON.(Crown allotment 5A,Bulla Bulla,of 354 acres,granted to W.M.Hunter on 25-8-1848. North west corner of Somerton and Wildwood Rds with a frontage on the former to Deep Creek and the latter to the St John's Lane junction.)

COUNTRY MILL.-To LET, by Tender, the ESTATE of the late W. M. Hunter, known as Lockton, in the parish of Bulla Bulla, 10 miles from Melbourne,containing 360 acres, with superior bluestone residence, several cottages, and all necessary farm buildings. The highest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.
(P.8,Argus, 4-1-1860.)

Sale by Public Auction of Improved Farm, Containing 354 Acres, with Stone House and Stone Outbuildings, known as LOOHTON, Now and for Many Years Occupied by Messrs. Millar Brothers.
By Order of Miss Margaret Jane Campbell Hunter, Residing in Scotland.
ALFRED BLISS has been favoured with instructions from Miss Hunter to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the room,32 Collins-street west, on Monday, September 9, at twelve o'clock,
That valuable and important farming and agricultural property known as LOCHTON, being Section 5, Portion A, parish of Bulla, on the Deep Creek, containing 354 ACRES, now let to Messrs. Millar Brothers until April
next at the low yearly rental of 120.
The LAND has a large frontage to tho Deep Creek, is not far from tho well-known Glenara Estate. A large portion of tho richest chocolate soil is under crop, and more of tho same could be added; the remainder grazing ground.
The IMPROVEMENTS consist of a most substantially-built STONE COTTAGE,containing hall, five rooms, kitchen, store rooms, and verandah, with four other stone rooms outside, stone stable, slate roofs, garden in front.
On the creek, the stonework and chimney of old flour-mill, with floors and joists, and two small old stone cottages, all of which could be utilised in tho erection of new buildings. The whole would form a splendid property for anyone desirous of following farming and grazing pursuits a few miles from Melbourne, in a charming and picturesque locality.
I Miss Hunter by the last mail sent Instructions to realise the whole of her Victorian properties, of which
this is one. (P.2, Argus,27-8-1878.)

Hunter had apparently built the mill in 1856. See BAIN. Circa 1990,the 130+ year old homestead was owned by descendants of that pioneering Bulla family,the Reddans. I hope it has heritage protection. Let's see.

Rowan Crowe is doing a fantastic job recalling our heritage. He has compiled a fantastic collection of photographs that answer the question:"What did it look like?" I googled Lochton homestead, Bulla and the first result (Lochton Steam Mill - Bulla, Victoria, Australia. [PHOTO]â) was the first result,a great 1970 photo of Hunter's mill.

National Trust Database - Search Results - Victorian Heritage ...â

225 Wildwood Road, BULLA, HUME CITY
File Number
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B3842 Lochton
B3842 Lochton
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Statement of Significance
The Lochton homestead is of Local architectural and historical significance as a rare and relatively intact example of the Colonial Georgian style of homestead design in the area and for its association with the first owner of the property, William Morrison Hunter, a Scot who came to the colony in the early 1840's.
Until recently possessed of a high degree of integrity, the homestead- while simple in form - is architecturally quite sophisticated in its scale and detailing. It is made typical for the area by its bluestone construction, the use of hand-made bricks for the internal walls and its intact, slate-lined roof.
Its elevated location considerably enhances the homestead and its immediate surroundings and the homestead formsa discernable element in the vista from neighbouring properties.
The existence of the ruins of the former Lochton flour mill, on the flats near the Deep Creek, adds to the interpretive value of the entire property.
Classified: 05/08/1996
Residential buildings (private)
Homestead building

The Lochton homestead, at least 153 years old, has not received any greater protection,the 2013 report being merely a repeat of the above. Both have photos of the bluestone treasure.
Victorian Heritage Database place details - 20/10/2013â

STOP PRESS. The Lochton Homestead was most likely built during 1850 so it is currently 163 years old and there can't be many homesteads in Victoria that are older.
DESIRABLE Country Residence to be let,with immediate possession, the dwellinghouse recently erected for William M. Hunter,"Esq., at his property on tho Deep Creek, near the Bridge Inn, 16 miles, from Melbourne, together with 270 acres of grass land, substantially enclosed.
Tho house which is built of stone, is commodious, and well adapted for a family residence, having been finished in a superior manner.
There are a Garden and Outhouses contiguous to the dwelling-house, and there is an abundant supply of water in the Deep Creek, to which the property has a frontage.
For further particulars apply to W. M. Bell, Esq., merchant, Melbourne, or to DANIEL MACKENZIE. Craigie Burn, Kinlochewe, Dec. 1850. (P.3, Argus,1-1-1851.)

See my journal:HAY LONIE, OF PRESTON, CAMPBELLFIELD, TULLAMARINE, BULLA AND KILMORE, VIC., AUST. (and Peter Young.) Hay Lonie was the owner of "Lochton" for a considerable time.

See comment of 2014-09-03 20:29:24. about the banquet thrown for Harry Looney in Sunbury in 1899.

In the comment, I speculated that Harry Looney was in India to care for army horses but he obviously accompanied Sir Rupert Clarke to ride his racehorses and probably to ensure their good health. He was probably the only Bulla boy to ride a winner in India.
SIR RUPERT CLARKE, as we learn from the ' Madras Times,' has been entering some of his Australian horses at race meetings in India. On the 10th ult., at the Madras October Meeting, the veteran horseman, Mr. H. Looney, of Sunbury, steered Sir Rupert's 'g . aus. g.' Sid, 10.7, to victory in the Farewell Plate, a half-mile handicap. ( Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 19 November 1898 p 2 Article)

In view of the fact that the grantee at Bulla, Henry Looney, seems to have died by 1889* and that his son was called a veteran rider in 1898, it is unclear whether Bulla Shire's Inspector of nuisances and road ranger was the much-applauded Harry or his son. Common sense would seem to support the ranger's version of events.
SUNBURY, Monday. - At the police court, before Mr. C. Goldsmith, P.M., A.F.Boardman, a well-known amateur rider, proceeded against Henry Michael Looney, road-ranger for the Bulla Shire, on a charge of assault. The charge arose over the road ranger taking Boardman's cow, which was tethered in the recreation-reserve, to the
pound. A cross case was brought by Looney, who admitted striking Boardman, but contended that Boardman went to strike him first. Mr. Goldsmith dismissed the cross summons, and fined Looney 30/, with 1/3/0 costs.

It would be unlikely that the Sunbury News carried any glowing testimonials about Harry Looney following this incident because Boardman was the proprietor. Boardman was not content with the 30/- fine and took the ranger to the County Court seeking 99 pounds damages. This article supplies much more detail such as the involvement of Looney's son who was leading the cow away. AFFRAY AT SUNBURY. 5 DAMAGES, BUT NO COSTS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 14 August 1909 p 16 Article

(*THE Friends of the late Mr. HENRY LOONEY, of Sunbury, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his beloved wife to the place of interment, the St. Kilda Cemetery. The funeral will leave the Spencer-street Railway Station on Friday morning, 3rd inst., on arrival of 10.55 train from Sunbury.
JOHN DALEY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. Telephone 827.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 2 May 1889 p 1 Family Notices.)

LOONEY. - On the 22nd September, at private hospital, East Melbourne, Henry Michael Looney, late of Evans street, Sunbury, veterinary surgeon, beloved father of Henry, Thomas and Clive, and the late Lincoln*. late of A.I.F. (P.1, Argus,23-9-1930.)

Lincoln LOONEY
Regimental number 3562
Place of birth Sunbury, Victoria
School Catholic School, Sunbury, Victoria
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Chauffeur
Address Evans Street, Sunbury, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 26
Next of kin Father, Henry Looney, Evans Street, Sunbury, Victoria
Previous military service Attached to Tasmania Light Horse over one year with Major Robertson in Ammand.
Enlistment date 16 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 16 August 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 23rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/40/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 58th Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 15 July 1916
Place of death or wounding France
Age at death 27.4
Age at death from cemetery records 28
Place of burial Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 101), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial 166
Miscellaneous information from
cemetery records Parents: Henry and Lizzie LOONEY, The Cottage, Sunbury, Victoria
Other details
War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Lincoln was not the lad's only given name; his first name was actually Pat. The origin of his third name is mystifying and no wonder he didn't want to use it. If you google Lincoln Looney you'll find it.

Family Tree Circles' Tonkin has recorded that Harry Mitchell Looney married Lizzie Chapman in 1881 in a journal about Looney marriages in Victoria from 1854. It is possible that the marriage index suffered from a transcription error because a few websites declare that Harry Michael Looney married Lizzie Chapman, although they have no further detail. I have not yet found a wedding notice on trove.

Perhaps Rupertwood might supply the missing details. Looney's diary has been quoted in the story of a romance that was born at the same time as the ASHES!

Morphy's Room - Rupertswood Mansion

This room was originally a servants room, named after Florence Morphy, music teacher to the Clarke Children. Florence Rose Morphy was the daughter, and seventh child, of John Stephen Morphy, the Police Magistrate at Beechworth. Her mother was originally Elizabeth Anne Styles. Florence was born in Havelock Road, Beechworth on 25th August 1860. Her father died on 13th July, before her birth. Like many Irishmen he claimed to have royal blood. Mrs Morphy moved to Hawthorn and Florence went to school in Melbourne. The girl had musical talents which were sufficient to enable her to obtain the post of music teacher to the children at Rupertswood. Her first recorded appearance in Sunbury was on 4th December 1879 when Looney wrote in his diary: Carriage to 1 p.m. train, Miss Morphy came by it Looneys next mention was on 13th July 1881, when; Miss Morphy went for a carriage drive along Vineyard Lane This singled her out from the staff, who were supposed to walk to and from the railway station. At best they might get a lift in a buggy driven by one of the grooms. Miss Stickelberger the governess never attained carriage status. It seems that Florence accompanied the family to Europe on the 1881-1882 tour, but her name is not on the ships passenger lists. Journalists later reported that she first met Ivo Bligh on the Peshawur voyage to Australia. The two would have seen much of each other when the English cricketers stayed at Rupertswood in 1882-1883. They had reached a secret understanding before Bligh left for England. Florence was an attractive and graceful young lady, but his family position made the marriage a difficult one. He was the second son, born 1859, of the sixth Earl of Darnley, born 1827. His elder brother, born in 1851, was still single and seemed unlikely to marry, so that Ivo was his heir to the earldom and the magnificent mansion and estate of Cobham Hall in Kent. Normally a younger son had some freedom of choice in marriage, but in this case it seemed likely that Ivo would succeed to the title, which complicated matters. He returned to Cobham Hall to seek his parents consent to his wedding to an obscure colonial music governess.
(I have taken the liberty of correcting the two spelling errors and inserting the missing word.)

Harry Looney Room - Rupertswood Mansion

This room was originally a servants bedroom and is dedicated to Harry Looney, William Clarkes right-hand man. Young Rupert Clarke celebrated his third birthday at Sunbury on 16th March, 1868. The date was remarkable for the arrival of Harry Looney, aged 22, in Sunbury. Henry Michael Looney was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1846. He migrated to Port Phillip District with his parents and three older brothers two years later and they settled on a small farm at Bulla, on the road between Melbourne and Sunbury, where two more children, Tom and Lizzie, were born. All the family were noted for their handsome bearing and the boys became first-class athletes. William met the children when he was elected to the Bulla Education Board. The two older boys, Murt and John, left Bulla in order to take up a farm at Tocumwal, in the Riverina. Dan* was employed by William to look after Maritimo in St.Kilda. Lizzie went to work with the Bowling family in Toorak, training to be a ladies maid. Harry and his younger brother Tom came to work for William at his Sunbury cottage. Harry was already an experienced horseman, a keen boxer, and a good runner and footballer. He was also a first-class shot and took great pride in his physical fitness. He began work in the stables as a groom and as assistant coachman to Andrew Thompson. He soon impressed William as a very capable young man and he developed into a trusted employee who was to serve the family for over thirty years. After Sir Williams death, Harry joined Melbourne University as a student and in three years he was a fully qualified veterinary surgeon. He practised his profession at Rupertswood and in the Sunbury district. It was Looneys boast that for 30 years anyone of nobility who visited Australia rode with Sir William or Lady Janet in the carriage he drove. Archbishop Carr, after a break-neck drive with Lady Janet from Sunbury Station to Rupertswood, asked who the wonderful driver was. Lady Janets reply was; Australias most remarkable Australian and a kingdom could not buy him out of our employ Harry Looney died on 22nd September, 1930.

*The Looney diary referred to above was written by Dan Looney (caretaker of Maritimo) who was Harry Michael Looney's brother,not his son, as shown by H.M.Looney's death notice of 1930 (above). The author of the thesis about Lady Janet Clarke (a Snodgrass Cotton product) thought that the head groomsman at Rupertswood was the head of the family described immediately above re the Harry Looney Room.

Janet Lady Clarke - DRO - Deakin University

After reloading her coal supplies at Colombo, on the evening of the 16 October the
ship sailed for Melbourne. Dan Looney, the son* of the head groomsman at
Rupertswood, had joined the family in London with his charge, Ernest Clarke.
journal recounted the drama, later reported in national and international newspapers,
which unfolded around nine oclock that night:

Figure 15 Excerpt from Dan Looneys journal, 1882

[We] had a collision with a sailing ship. Her lights were seen about 5 minutes before.
She is a three-masted vessel and struck her amid ships and just happened to hit the
gangway close by the bar on the starboard side coming about five feet into our ship. I
was standing looking at her forward and the cook said for Gods sake get astern. I ran
with him to the stern of the ship we just passed her as he was shrieking. I kept going
and it was lucky for me I did as she swept the whole bulwarks along with her as she
drifted aft.
There was nothing to be heard but the crashing of timber and our vessel (etc.)

But wait,there's more! (Google search for "Looney, Rupertwood" continued.

Full dress jacket with cap lines : Quartermaster-Sergeant H ...
PHOTO OF JACKET. The cap line held headwear to the jacket while mounted.

Worn by Quartermaster-Sergeant (QMS) Harry Looney. The cap lines were always worn on the jacket and attached to the headdress when required to prevent the loss of helmet or forage cap while on horseback. QMS Looney was born circa 1847 and entered the service of Sir William Clarke, a Victorian landowner, in 1868. He became head coachman at Rupertswood, the Clarke family residence in Sunbury, Victoria, and Sir William's trusted retainer. In 1884 Sir William fostered a militia corps called the Victorian Nordenfeldt Battery, also known as the Rupertswood Battery or the Sunbury Regiment of the Victorian Horse Artillery. Looney was appointed as the battery's first sergeant and 12 1/2 years later was promoted to the rank of quartermaster-sergeant. He served with the battery until it was disbanded in June 1897, shortly after the death of Sir William. During his period of service Looney won numerous military contest medals and awards. He was also part of the Rupertswood contingent which competed in a Royal Military Tournament in England in 1893, where his team came second in the riding and jumping section of the competition. At the age of 60 he qualified as a veterinary surgeon. This jacket and other memorabilia was displayed in the waiting room of his surgery in Sunbury, Victoria. Looney died in 1930. Although there is no maker's label in the jacket, it may have been made in the United Kingdom by the Royal Clothing Factory at Pimlico. The materials used in this jacket are similar to those described in jackets made at Pimlico in 'The Galloping Guns' by Lindsay C. Cox, p.126.

More spin than a Warnie wrong 'un - Cricket - Sport - smh ... Sport Cricket

Australians grew up thinking the origin of the Ashes urn was plain for all to see. But there's more to it than meets the eye, reports Robert Wainwright.

Held together by a steel bolt, its fine cracks glued, patched and repainted, cricket's most cherished trophy is an unlikely sporting icon perched on a stand 80 years younger than the tiny Ashes urn that celebrates supremacy of bat and ball between Australia and the old dart. It's even topped with homemade neck and handles to make it look like something it's not.

The urn was made not as a mantelpiece trophy but a simple 11cm, roughly hewn terracotta souvenir perfume or oil bottle, probably bought from a market stall on the docks of Rome or Athens.

The modest appearance and beginnings are at odds with the love story that surrounds its creation, driven by two women who married above their stations and became prominent in society in colonial Australia and Victorian England.

Historians argue the imperfections enhance it; the flaws and lines, accidents and arguments match the evolution, rows and triumphs of the Ashes series themselves.

The mysteries of the urn, which has sat in the museum at Lord's since 1953, are still being explored.

Much is still supposition but as preparations were finalised for the Lord's Test this week, the urn's chief protector, the archivist and historian Glenys Williams, revealed she is now much more confident of the sequence of events which led to its presentation to the English captain Ivo Bligh during the summer of 1882-83 after the mock obituary declaring the death of English cricket.

"It's a matter of what makes sense, I suppose. Some of the earlier versions of the story didn't add up because people weren't in the places they were said to be. The presentation couldn't have happened in Sydney, for example."

Despite years of popular belief that three Melbourne women presented the urn in Sydney after England won the three-Test series 2-1, the presentation was in Melbourne. The urn was the idea of Lady Janet Clarke, wife of Sir William Clarke, who owned the Rupertswood Estate at Sunbury, (near???) where Melbourne's Tullamarine airport now stands and such a cricket tragic that he had a rail line built between his home and the MCG.

The urn may have been presented not once but twice, the first as a pre-series joke by Lady Clarke after a Christmas Eve picnic match between the English and a team of Rupertswood workers, and the second, again at Rupertswood, in the weeks after the three Tests.

There were several witnesses to a presentation after the picnic game, and descendants of one estate worker - the head coachman, Harry Looney - recently confirmed Looney was asked to burn a bail. But the Ashes were probably initially presented to Bligh in a larger urn which witnesses say sat on the mantelpiece at Rupertswood.

H.Looney was recorded on a parish of Bulla Bulla map (not available online)as the grantee of crown allotment 6 of section 9 in Bulla Township. This half acre block was on the south side of High St (Bulla Rd) about 40 metres west of opposite the Bulla Hotel Motel. But this was not the farm. In 1914-5,Patrick Mallon was leasing 10 acres in section 1, parish of Bulla from H.M.LOONEY. This same parish map showed that H.Looney was the grantee of crown allotment 35 of section 1. Its frontage to Blackwells Lane is roughly indicated by number 125 and it extended halfway to Wildwood Rd.

Luckily online maps do show the purchasers in section 1 with H.M.Looney having received the crown allotment 35 grant(title)on 30-7-1880. I wonder if this was the Clarke right hand man (or his father who would have held a lease from the crown for many years.) The online map also shows section 9 of Bulla Township; the hotel/motel is on section 10. Google "Bulla,County of Bourke" to get the map and then click on View.



MCAULIFFE-WOULF.-On the 7th inst., at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn, by the Rev. Edward Nolan, S. J., Maurice M'Auliffe, of Bulla, Deep Creek, farmer, to Alice Mary, eldest daughter of Florence and Bridget Woulf.(P.27, The Australasian, 13-1-1872.)

McAULIFFE.-On the 11th December, at the residence of her brother, Wildwood, Bulla, Catherine, the dearly loved sister of Maurice McAuliffe and Mrs. Martin Cahill*, aged 90 years. R.I.P. (A colonist of 61 years.)
(P.1, Argus,12-12-1910.) (*Mary?)

McAULIFFE - On the 3rd December, at Deep Creek, Wildwood, Bulla, Thomas, dearly beloved brother of Maurice McAuliffe, accidentally killed, aged 72. R.I.P. (P.1, Argus, 4-12-1906.)

McAULIFFE.-On the 25th November, at his residence, "Wildwood," Bulla, Maurice, the dearly beloved husband of Alice McAuliffe, and dearly loved father of Mary, Bridget, and Thomas McAuliffe, aged 70 years. R.I.P.
(P.1, Argus,26-11-1913.)



The McDougalls also bought Warlaby, section 11 of the parish of Bulla Bulla (Melway 384 J8.)They probably owned it by 1888* when the first meeting of the Oaklands Hunt followed a trail from Warlaby laid by Farquhar McRae (not McCrae but possibly related)who was in charge of the hunters on "Glenara". "Warlaby",640 acres or a square mile, extended north to a western extension of Craigieburn Rd, which separated it from the Brannigans' St Johns. Due east of Warlaby was "Oaklands" which gave Oaklands Rd its name and north of that farm was Harpdale whose beautiful homestead (circa 1992) still bore the Brodie name set in tiles.
Warlaby was the home of Robert McDougall's son, Alexander (Sandy) who married Sandy Smith's daughter and moved to Western Australia in the early 1900's. Sandy Smith owned a mansion, Coilsfield, which was demolished to build the Essendon Hospital; he had earlier farmed near the Aitken Estate. (Sources:Victoria and Its Metropolis; Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History" Andrew Lemon; Keilor rates; "The Stopover That Stayed" Grant Aldous; Doutta galla parish map, Bulla rates and parish map, Bob Blackwell re farm names; "The Oaklands Hunt" D.F.Cameron-Kennedy; "Bulla Bulla" I.W.Symonds; various essendon histories; videotaped visit to Jack Simmie's Harpsdale; "Early Landowners: Parish of Doutta Galla" Ray Gibb; K.B.Keeley's architectural thesis on Arundel.)

The remains of the late Mr. Robert McDougall who died at Ellora Moonee Ponds on Saturday last were buried yesterday in the Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral service was read by the Rev. H. McKail of Bulla, the deceased being interred in the Presbyterian division, immediately in the rear of the grave of the late
James McPherson Grant. Amongst those who attended the funeral were nearly all the members of the council of the National Agricultural Society of Victoria, of which body the late Mr McDougall was a few years since an
active member. Many residents of the Keilor district, where Mr. McDougall had lived for some 15 years past, also took part in the last rites. The pall bearers were all relatives of the deceased, amongst them being his only son Mr. A McDougall; his father-in-law, Mr. E. Rankin, of Ascotvale; and his sons-in-law, Messrs. A. Cameron and A. Smith.

The late Mr. McDougall was born on the 16th April 1813 on a cold sheep farm at the foot of Shiechallion, in the parish of Fortingall, Perthshire. The first 17 years of his life were spent on the farm, and then he removed to the western isles of Inverness and Ross, where he remained for six years. At that time the immense fishing capabilities of the seas in which these isle are situated were unknown, save to a few sportsmen.

Here Mr. McDougall, who was an enthusiastic fisherman spent his time pleasantly enough fish and other hunting.
In 1836 he sailed for Canada, and for three years lived on the Huron Track, a new settlement. He did not take to Canadian life, and returned to his native land. Finding that many of his acquaintances had, during his absence departed for Australia, he decided to follow their example, and emigrate.

After a 16 weeks voyage, he landed in Port Phillip in November 1841. He found the pastoral interest in a very depressed condition, owing to the sudden and great depreciation in the value of both live stock and wool. Soon after landing Mr. McDougall undertook the management of the herd of cattle kept by Messrs. T. and S. Learmonth
at Ercioldoune. Like most Highlanders he was an expert manager of cattle, and in 1848 he commenced cattle-breeding on his own account, renting a portion of the Glenroy estate from the late D. Kennedy, and his first stock were a dozen well-bred heifers, which he bought from Messrs. Gardiner and Fletcher, of Mooroolbark.

The prosperity consequent upon the discovery of gold in Victoria gave him the opportunity he had looked for,
and in 1853 he went to Tasmania, and bought the two Auroras, mother and daughter, from the late Mr. Theodore Bartley of Launceston, whose stock were from the Van Diemen's Land Company eight very fine cows,and from these are descended the finest animals in the Arundel herd.

From Cona, Mr.McDougall removed to a property near Essendon, which he rented from the late Mr. Aitken, who came to the colonies in the same vessel as Mr. McDougall. Another fellow passenger was the late Mr. David McLaws, of Tower-hill, near Koroit, and it is a notable thing that several of the passengers by this ship, who came to Australia equipped with little more than stout hearts and willing hands, all became successful colonists,
and died wealthy. About 16 years ago Mr.McDougall purchased the Arundel estate from the late Mr. Edward Wilson, and he resided there till a few days before his death.

The story of his life from 1853 is a record of the stud herd he founded; a herd that is favourably known to cattle-breeders throughout the wide bounds of Australia. When the prospect looked darkest for the owners of
cattle, Mr. McDougall never relaxed in his efforts to improve his herd by the importation of the best blood he could secure in the old country. In 1859, Mr. McDougall visited England, and purchased some stud bulls, but in this, as well as several other shipments, he had more or less misfortune through high-priced animals dying on the passage to the colonies.

He was in England a second time in 1870, when he bought from Mr. T.C. Booth, of Warlaby, the white bull Field Marshall Booth, then a calf, and Major Booth, both of which sires proved of immense value in the Arundel herd. His last importation was in 1883*, when he brought out the Farewell bull Sir Roderick, which soon after arrival took champion prize at the National Agricultural Society's show in Melbourne.
* First show at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds site.

Mr. McDougall was a thoroughly skilled stock breeder, and had made a careful study of the subject for the greater portion of his life. He had great knowledge and experience, and on all matters relating to cattle breeding he held strong opinions, which in public controversy he was apt to urge with more force of language than those opposed to him liked.

For over 40 years of his life his best efforts were given to improve the breed of cattle in his adopted country, and owing to his energy, skill and great judgement he achieved a great success. For a short time Mr. McDougall sat in the Victorian Parliament, but politics were not to his taste, and it is as a breeder of stud shorthorns that for many a year to come the name of Robert McDougall will be familiar 'as a household word' with the breeders of high-class cattle in Australia. For many months past Mr. McDougall has been in failing health. He was in his 75th year, and leaves a widow and six children, one son and five daughters, to mourn their loss. (P.9, Argus, 29-6-1887.)


McKENZIEof Oakbank, Diggers Rest, stalwarts of Bulla Presbyterian Church. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.


Messrs Hoban Bros. of 360 Bourke street, report having effected the following sales:- On account of Mr.R.S.Whiting,his property at Bulla known as Bulla Park containing 852 acres to Messrs.McLeod and Anderson of Diggers Rest. (P.11, Argus,24-3-1915.)

I was involved in the naming of McCrae Boulevard at Green Gully between Keilor and St Albans (Melway 14 E 6-8.)
It may be possible that at the time I was unaware of the correct spelling but I don't think so. I have alerted Brimbank Council to the error. In THE OAKLANDS HUNT, D.F.Cameron-Kennedy stated that the first activity of the Oaklands Hunt at its foundation in 1888 was a paper trail laid from Warlaby by Farquhar Mc (Rae/Crae, don't remember which)who was in charge of the hunters owned by ---- and Davis who were leasing Glenara (and the rest of the Glenara Estate, as shown by rate records.)

William John Mansfield was the son of John Mansfield, who bought the Melbourne Airport terminal area from John Carre Riddell (Volume 106 folio 595). William John married Catherine McRae and his sister,Eliza, married Duncan McCrae. Catherine and Duncan (born at Tullamarine 1872)were children of Duncan McRae and Flora (nee Patterson) and the above Farquhar McRae could have been a brother or uncle.(P.59, THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY.)

By 1906 some of William John Mansfield's in-laws had moved to a farm at Green Gully where the Boulevard is now located and Mansfield was taking a horse to them. The partly completed Arundel bridge had been washed away so Bertrams Ford had to be used. William John and his son,William John drowned, bringing sorrow to the Mansfield and McRae families and the boy's mother, Catherine (nee McRae) would have been heartbroken.

Feb 1, 2012 - DEATH AT BERTRAM'S FORD. They were leading a horse that they'd sold to McRae. Who lived near St Albans, over Keilor way; Will Mansfield ...

MALLON Arthur.
Arthur Mallon's biography is on page 431 of Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS (1888), which is available for perusal in many municipal libraries. For those who cannot access it, I have these details and a map showing Arthur, Francis and Patrick's property at Bulla(obtained from rate records)on page M 13-14 of my DHOTAMA. If this information is required send me a private message requesting same,along with your email address and I will attach the M file to an email to you. Part of Somerton Rd,north of section 1 Bulla Bulla, between Wildwood and Oaklands Rds,was shown as Mallons Rd.

A very old pioneer of the Bulla district,named Mr Arthur Mallon died yesterday from Bright's disease, after about a fortnight's illness, at the age of 60 years. Mr Mallon was a member of the East Riding of the Shire of Bulla and universal regret is expressed at his sudden demise.(P.6, Argus,24-7-1893.)

Robert Massie was not only a parent of one or more children at the Bulla Bulla National School,he was also a big wheel in the area as shown by the following. He was also obviously on the property later taken over and beatified by Thomas Branigan who called it St. John's Hill. I thought JOHNSHILL FARM (advertised in that entry) might have been a typesetter's error but it would seem to have been the original name, which may have come from the second given name of Big Clarke,the grantee, whose given names were William John Turner.

TENDERS are required for the erection of a National School in the Parish of Bulla Bulla ; apply to the Secretary of the Board of National Education, Melbourne where plans and specifications can be seen : or the undersigned,
Secretary Local Patrons, Johnshill, Bulla Bulla.(P.8,Argus,9-4-1853.)


When the Bulla Road Board was established its meeting were held in the Inverness Hotel where its office was located. As the INVERNESS HOTEL entry explains, a rival publican was frosty about the idea of providing a free room to the road board and Mr Melville came to the rescue.

He wasn't around for long and now we know why. Had he lived in New Zealand previously?

MELVILLE.-On the 5th March, at Hamilton-drive,Glasgow, Mr. Francis Melville, late of Deep Creek,Bulla, aged eighty-four years. Now Zealand papers please copy.(P.4,Argus, 6-1-1866.)

MICHIE(mickey)See CAIRNBRAE. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.

MILLAR Robert. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.


Although the Muldownie family seems to have been resident in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows),the name being on its war memorial if I remember correctly, I'm sure the postie's friends in the Bulla of bygone days would not mind his inclusion here.
Bulla-Broadmeadows Mail Contractor.
The residents of the Bulla, Oaklands and Tullamarine districts will have cause to regret the termination, at the end of this month, of Mr. James Muldowney's contract with the Postal authorities for the conveyance of His Majesty's mails to and from Bulla, and Broadmeadows. Mr. Muldowney has, at all times during his contract, been
very regular in his running, which was very pleasing to the residents of the districts above mentioned, also he has been most obliging and courteous at all times, responding willingly to the smallest request, for which all his friends desire to publicly acknowledge their indebtedness.
(P.2, Flemington Spectator,28-6-1917.)


I think the last available Bulla Shire ratebook available at Sunbury before the shire was jeffed was from about 1920 so the Munsters were the last occupants of Lochton that I recorded.
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 18 October 1920 p 1 Family Notices
...istina, aged 47 years. MUNSTER.-On the 16th October (suddenly), at Bulla, Harold Rodier, dearly loved second surviving son of E. F. and E. C. Munster, Lochton, Bulla, 26 years.

F.Munster was doing his bit raising money for the Patriotic Fund in 1914 while Kathleen was winning first prize for her ferns and best dressed doll. E.F.Munster was complaining about the roads near Bulla in 1916. The Oaklands Hunt was still calling Lochton Munster's in 1926.

Aaron Crawford was indicted for the wilful murder of Harry Smith at the Deep Creek, on the 23rd of October last. The prisoner pleaded not guilty. Edward Howe, residing at Mr Wright's,sworn-I recollect 31st October; about two miles from Mr Wright's house, on Headlam's Creek, whither I proceeded by Mr Wright's orders, I found a dead body which I brought to Mr Wright.ETC. (Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate (Vic. : 1845 - 1847) Saturday 21 November 1846 p 2 Article.)

MURPHY, Jeremiah.
Jeremiah who worked for Michael Kelly at Bulla, was a witness at the inquest into Michael's death.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 8 July 1893 p 3 Article)


James. phone, name,implements,MANSFIELD CONNECTION
-This is to notify that JAMES MUSGROVE, of Greenvale, machinist, has APPLIED for LETTERS PATENT for the said invention, and that I have appointed Tuesday, the 12th day of April, 1887, at eleven a.m. , at the Patent office, Melbourne, to hear the said application, and all objections thereto. All persons objecting to the grant of such application must leave notice thereof in writing at the said office, on or before the 8th of April, or they will not be heard.
Dated this 23rd day of March, 1887. H. J. WRIXON, Attorney-General. (P.10,Argus,24-3-1887.)

James Musgrove, of Bulla, near Melbourne, for whom James McEwan and Co , of Elizabeth street, are agents, shows in the Victorian court a simple and cheap form of seed sower for broadcast work. It is intended to be fixed at the back of a light cart and to be driven by a continuous chain, which takes its motion from the wheel of the cart by means of simple catches fixed on the spokes. The seed is placed in a hopper, at the bottom of which is a crescent shaped opening whose delivery can be regulated; the seed falls through this into a hollow central chamber with three hollow radiating arms. This is kept rotating by the endless chain, so that the grain is sent flying out through the arms. This machine is also perfectly adapted for scattering dry bone dust-a disagreeable job when done by hand. (P.59S, Argus, 23-10-1888.)

Mr James Musgrove, who was the patentee of agricultural implements registered as "Victory ' patents, died last week at the age of 75 years. Apart from his business interests Mr Musgrove was a keen photographic enthusiast, and gave a great deal of useful service during his long connection with the Victorian Amateur Photographic Association, Electricity, Xray experiments and drawing ranked among his pastimes. He planned and erected a windmill-unique of its kind- for the purpose of generating electricity for lighting purposes. He leaves a
daughter and three sons; his wife died a few years ago. At the burial in the Bulla Cemetery the service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. G W. Ratten, a personal friend. (P.10,Argus,4-7-1923, PERSONAL.)

Gee,that saves me typing a lot of Bob Blackwell's information from DHOTAMA, but there's more!!!!!!!!!!!
"By 1882, Thomas Musgrove had property in Bulla Shire's Oaklands and Green Gully subdivision with nett annual values of 30 and 20 pounds, and John Musgrove property with a nett annual value of 4 pounds.In 1914, James Musgrove paid rates on a factory, house and land in the same subdivision.
Bob Blackwell told me that James Musgrove produced in this factory the best seed drills one could buy as well as hay drays. He was also apparently one of the first to manufacture a mechanical reaper.
(Keilor Centenary Celebrations 1850-1950, P.8.) Martins's Corner was in Arabin Street and through to Kennedy Street on portion of which the residence of Mrs Pascoe now stands,was in either wheat or oat crop and was taken off by Mr Musgrove of Greenvale who used the first reaper ever used to take off a standing crop.
The foundry was at the (north east) corner of Oaklands and Somerton Rds and remained there until Bob was about 14, circa 1930. James Musgrove was a man of many talents.He built the house which still stands (circa 1990) within the Ponderosa Zoo. A keen photographer, he used the room at the top of the house to develop his prints. He also manufactured his own telephone system to link the house to the foundry which was 50 yards away.
This was years before anyone in the district had a phone.
As befitting a man who manufactured what were reputed to be the best seed drill in the land,James Musgrove was a most meticulous man. Two of his employees were Mr.Richards,father of Cr.H.C. Richards A.M. of Wildwood Park, and Archie Cameron.Let any of his workers call the latter Archie and James would immediately issue a reprimand. If anyone was christened James,Thomas, Samuel or Archibald,that was exactly how he was to be addressed!"

Neil Mansfield and I are cousins but as many times removed as a Bedouin's tent. We are linked through the Musgrove family. The following comes from Neil's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY.
P. 141.Edith Norma Mansfield born 17-3-1895 to Henry David Mansfield and Frances Anne (Bethell)married Albert Charles Musgrove on 25-6-1919.

Albert was the great grandson of John Musgrove, born about 1794,who married Jane Webber in about 1816. Their son, Thomas, born about 1818, married Eliza Scott in about 1843. Their nine known children were,in order of birth, William, James, Henry, Mary Jane, John Albert, Charles, George, Ellen and Elizabeth.

John Albert married Emma Jane Standen and their son,Albert Charles Musgrove, was born on 29-8-1891. In 1883, my great grandfather, John Cock, married Mary Jane, sister of the meticulous James (both in bold type above.)

James Musgrove was born in about 1848 in Somerset and married Alice Doble on 15-8-1888 in the same church in which I tied the knot,Castlemaine's Church of England, Christ Church. Alice had been born at Ravenswood in 1868 to James Doble and Harriet (Thayer.) James and Alice had four children,in order of birth,Evelyn Eliza, Aubrey James,Leonard Thomas and Clarence John.

NAIRN.Crown allotment 8 Bulla Bulla,640 acres,granted to Peter Young on 26-11-1848; Melway 384 F-J 12 north to the end of St Johns Rd,c/a 7B of 100 acres,granted to Peter Young on 18-9-1851,bounded on the south by the private access in 384 C-E12 and north to a point about opposite 110 St Johns Rd. See YOUNG.

COUNTRY PROPERTY to be LET by TENDER, the ESTATE of the late John Clark, known as NAIRN, situate in the parish of Bulla Bulla, about 17 miles from Melbourne, Section 8 and Allotment B of Section 7.
Lot 1, comprising 470 acres, part of Section 8 and the whole of Allotment B of Section 7, with dwelling house and necessary farm-buildings.
Lot 2,comprising 282.5 acres, part of Section 8, with dwelling house, dairy, and necessary farm-buildings.
Lot 3, comprising 20 acres, part of Section 8, of which 8 acres is an orchard, stocked with all kinds of fruit
trees, and the residue a grass paddock, with cottage thereon. Full particulars may be obtained (etc.)
(P.1,Argus, 24-12-1859.)
MCKENZIE.See the website: Place: Oakbank Outbuildings - Hume City Councilâ



NOONAN. -On the 3rd October, 1923, at his residence, Pine Villa, Oakland Junction, Bulla, Patrick, the dearly beloved husband of the late Ellen Noonan, and loving father of the late Margaret, aged 84 years. Native of County Cork, Ireland. (P.1, Argus, 5-10-1923.)

See the website: Place: Oakbank Outbuildings - Hume City Councilâ

Kenneth McKenzie established Oakbank and the family was heavily involved in the running of the Bulla Presbyterian Church for yonks. Kenneth's son,Charles wrote a centenary history of the church in 1959 and his son, Jack, gave me a guided tour of the historic church circa 1990.




OLIVER. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.

OVERPOSTLE.12B,Tullamarine and part of 11B,if I remember correctly. Melway 3 K3J6 east to Deep Creek.
See TULLAMARINE ISLAND. Three prominent owners were Peter,Ritchie and Gilbertson the butcher,the last two also owning Aucholzie across Deep Creek.


PATTISON @. C/A 2D,Yuroke, 376 acres, later Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan" and Bob Jefferies'.
(Melway 178 K 1-11, east boundary a southern continuation of the reservoir west boundary. South boundary is Dench's lane, across Mickleham Rd from Swain St.)

The death has occurred of Mr. James Patullo, aged 85 years, a native of Bulla. He leaves six daughters and three sons.(P.11, Argus, 6-12-1927.) Not all of David Patullo's sons finished up at Somerton.

ALSTON-PATULLO. -On the 20th inst., at the residence of the bride's mother, Craigbank, Bulla, William
Alston, blacksmith, to Jane Patullo, both of Bulla. Edinburgh papers please copy.
(P.1, Argus,24-1-1876.)

PEERS William.
Alister Clark owed much of his success as an internationally acclaimed breeder of roses to his gardener,William Peers, but had to go it alone when William won a lottery and retired. (IWS.)

THE AUSTRALASIAN in its Horticultural Notes states that the finest exhibit of roses seen perhaps this season were shown at the Sunbury Horticultural Society's Show, held on the 17th Nov.,by Mr. W. Peers, of Glenara, Bulla. Some of the blooms were marvels of perfection, and the stands were pronounced by competent judges to be even superiorto any recently exhibited at Brighton or elsewhere. The prize for the champion rose in the show was won by Comtesse de Nadaillac, shown by Mr. Peers. In the amateur class, Mr. R. J. M'Dougall was placed first with a Moman Cochet. (Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 1 December 1900 p 3 Article.)


PHELAN. -The Friends of the late Mr MICHAEL J.PHELAN are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Bulla Cemetery. The funeral will leave his late residence, "Dunalister," Oaklands Junction Bulla, To-morrow (Saturday, 28th September) at 2:30 p.m. (P.1, Argus,27-9-1918.)


PLEASANT VALE. Melway 176 C11. Much of section 10, Tullamarine. Paul Tate was not an original purchaser in J.P.Fawkner's original subdivision but within a decade had bought many of the original blocks.The Pleasant Vale homestead was at the end of Cooper Rd. The Tullamarine Island entry cannot show the map taken from a title document, showing the extent of Pleasant Vale. If descendants would like a copy of the file with maps,send me a private message. Paul's grant in the parish of Holden is described in a comment. For a while he also owned land south of Loemans Rd.

On the 26th ult., at Bulla National Schools, Mrs. B.Popplewell, of a son.(P.4, Argus,1-9-1856.)

Deep Creek, December 12th, 1848.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 December 1848 p 1 Article- William Wright.

CHRISTOPHER COFFEY,Poundkeeper. IMPOUNDED at Deep Creek Pound,ETC. March 18th, 1849.

PRENDERGAST.See PENDER. See article at the end of the BRODIE entry (in bold type) in which Isaac Batey mentions William Pender/ Prendergast operating the Constitution Hotel.See BULLA PIONEER FAMILY CONNECTIONS FROM BULLA CEMETERY RECORDS at the start of the journal.William Prendergast was charged with stealing twice, a bullock from Coghill of Woodlands (part of the Cumberland Estate)in 1855 and a horse he seems to have purchased from the actual thief on the Oaklands road (which explains the Ryan-Pendergast marriage because a Ryan owned land near St Johns Hill on Oaklands Rd,as shown on a later version of the Bulla parish map that should be available from the Age Library at Broadmeadows.)

Isaac Batey reveals that William was known as Flash (in the same way as Robin Hood's giant was called LITTLE John.)The next paragraph concerns William's unfair dismissal of his governess (who had probably been teaching the future Mrs Ryan) but as I'm not going to dob on Flash,you'll have to read the article!

It had reference to the washing of the sheep, and judging by the style in which Mrs. Flintoff said it should be done, one would think sheep had to be rubbed like greasy dishcloths or ' Flash ' Pender's singlet.

This individual was no relation of an old identity* of this region-in fact, the names were not the same, for the one here, when his was given in full, was Pendergast.
It is going off the track to speak of Flash Pender, now dead ; yet there is one good enough to tell about him. A groom in his employ, in the old diction of Riverina, having ' dressed the knots off him,' a lawsuit ensued, to wit, Pender versus Currycomb, and counsel for defendant requested Pender to show his arm where the groom had damaged it. Rolling up his sleeve, the man of the long robe noticed that the singlet was the reverse of clean whereupon he cried "What a dirty shirt !' and Pender replied, 'No, it's not ; I've only had it on for six weeks.'
(P.4, Sunbury News, 4-11-1903.)
* Isaac was referring to the man who was given Brodie's half dead sheep during the drought of 1851 and if I remember IWS correctly,grazed them along the Dunsford Track,which became known as Pender's Run. (IWS must not have seen this article because he thought that Flash was the roadside grazier.)

RAILWAY ROUTES tulla or keilor


John Rankin of Roseneath Cottage at the corner of Rankins Rd and Macaulay Road in Kensington became the father -in -law of Robert McDougall in 1853 and Peter Eadie in 1864. My experience with family connections shows that in most cases the bride and groom had at some stage been neighbours. Sometimes a carrier might meet his future bride further afield as in the case of Dromana's Nelson Rudduck and lads in wartime training camps/granted soldier settlement after the war, or who tried their luck in Western Australia during the 1890's depression provided the major exceptions to the rule.

Did Robert and Peter meet the Rankin girls in Melbourne or in the parish of Bulla? There's a good chance it was the latter. In 1849,Robert McDougall was still on Cona in the Glenroy Estate but seemed very familiar with Bulla and its residents,lodging notices warning people not to take timber from Alexander Kennedy's property (which later became part of Walter Clark's Glenara) and John Cameron's section 11(which Robert later bought and named Warlaby.)Four years later Robert married Miss Rankin.

Crown allotment 2 of section 26,parish of Bulla was granted to J.Rankin on 4-10-1854. Consisting of 264 acres 0 roods 35 perches, 26(2) was west of Redstone Hill Rd with a road frontage of 354 metres but a frontage to Jacksons Creek of about 1400 metre, the north western corner being where Jacksons Ck.goes from 382 G9 into G8.

James Forbes Rankin, a farmer at Jacksons Creek, Bulla, became insolvent in 1868 while he was almost certainly farming this land but he was hardly likely to be the grantee. He was among the first children born in Victoria according to Isaac Batey and in 1854 was still a minor. Was John Rankin the grantee?*

Sir, "The Argus" of last Saturday once and for all, in my opinion, settles the question as to who is our oldest surviving colonist in giving the palm to Mrs. Creswick. I would suggest that it would be interesting to ascertain who is the oldest native-born. There are three that I have knowledge of who could top the record, viz., Messrs. John Wood Fleming, James Forbes Rankin, and Scarborough. It was held long years ago that these were the first children born in Victoria. Nevertheless, if things could be looked up at the time of their
appearance we might find two or three more. Yours, &c., ISAAC BATEY. Drouin, Dec. 30.(P.9, Argus,1-1-1908.)

RANKIN.On the 5th June, at his residence, Racecourse road, Newmarket, James Forbes Rankin, beloved husband of Jessie Stuart. (Interred private family burying ground, Brighton Cemetery.) Born in Melbourne 1838.
(P.13, Argus,17-6-1916.)

John Rankin and his wife both seem to have died in 1880 but their children are not listed in the death notices.
Peter Eadie's first-born son who died young had the given names John Rankin.

*Trove has a photo of a John Rankin who arrived in Victoria in 1838,the year in which James Forbes Rankin was born. There is surprisingly little information on trove about John Rankin of Kensington but I knew if anyone had mentioned him,it would have been Isaac Batey. Isaac's father knew John Rankin personally and was given some information about a certain Geordie during a particular conversation. James Forbes Rankin and the Batey boys were involved in the start of the Redstone Hill "gold rush". ( Gold in loose quartz was first discovered on a Sunday in 1865. J. R.,S. F, and T. Batey, in company with J. F. Rankin, began napping quartz,when to to their surprise it was seen to contain gold. No time was lost in making a search, when, without the least trouble, the reef was found, cropping up to within a few inches of the surface. P.2, Sunbury news, 17-10-1910.)

And as to the grantee of 26(2):

but as regards the acquisition of Glenloman, all that can be stated with certainty is that he (Michael Loeman)possessed it in 1854. That year, in October, there was a general Crown land sale. The names of those who
purchased what had formed Red Stone Hill(Run) were as follows:- Thomas Grant,Martin Batey, Richard Sinclair Brodie, Alexander Guthrie, Craig and O'Grady, John Rankin and Michael Loeman, who got the lot close to Sunbury, at present owned by Mr. Wilfred Johnston.(P.2,Sunbury News, 27-8-1910.)

John Rankin was a pioneer of Melbourne having arrived in 1838 and being No 67 in ----'s photographic montage of the colony's pioneers from the 1870's. Yet so little was written about him! He lived at Kensington and obtained a Crown Grant between Batey's Redstone Hill and Sunbury, but where did the money come from? His son-in-law, Robert McDougall answered this question.
Sir,-The " oldest inhabitant " is at last gone. John M'Laren, better known to the forefathers of your now overgrown hamlet 40 years ago by the name of Waterloo Jack, died last month in Melbourne-a city of which he had been in a fitful manner one of the founders-at tho patriarchal age of over 90 years. Jack, who was born in Glasgowin 1790, was descended from a family of "Hieland bodies," and as was customary in his youthful days with the boys of that war-like nation, took to the army as soon as he was eligible for enlistment. He fought manfully, among other places at Waterloo, deriving thence his cognomen through life, as well as a small pension, by reason of his having been " sore wounded i' the right leg through," as he himself used to describe it. An enviable pensioner he therefore returned to his native country, and after a period of 15 or 16 years,bracing himself up the while with " caller air "and a little "mountain dew" to boot, for a fresh expedition, he set sail for Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, as the tight little island was then called, under the auspices of the late Mr. John Brown, of Como, and of the late Mr. Thomas Napier, of Essendon.

Some half a dozen of years after landing in Hobart, Jack found his way to Melbourne in the employ of Mr. John Rankin, our pioneer builder*, and he helped to found your city, while as yet Berry was a bairn. Jack, during his second childhood, often expressed a sincere wish that something should be said one day of his death in The Argus, not ignoring the fact that ho fought at Waterloo.
Will you. Sir, kindly tolerate " the short and simple annals of the poor." I am &c.,
Arundel, Aug. 2. Arundel,R.McD. (P.7,Argus, 6-8-1881.)

*I'm not sure whether it was George Evans, Thomas Jennings (after whom Jennings St off Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds was named)or Thomas Napier who was actually the settlement's pioneer builder,but at least we now know how John Rankin made his dough!

John Rankin Presbyterian resident Subscriber to build school 1 Mar 1839
John Rankin bricklayer wife Jean son James Forbes born 29 Sep 1838 baptised 14 Nov 1838 by Rev James Forbes Presbyterian
John Rankin - Rankin and Jean christened James Forbes 1838, Jean 1840, Joanna 1843, Jannett 1847 died
Directory 1847 builder La Trobe street
J Rankin, on 10 June 1840 purchased a town allotment - source Port Phillip Herald 12 June 1840
John Rankin, Jury enpannelled 11 May, p3 - 14 May 1842 Melbourne Times
John Rankin, The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 19 May 1843 in jury to hear civil case for 18 May
John Rankin, House La Trobe St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Burke Ward
John Rankin, one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
John Rankin, 106 signed in support of Rev Peter Gunn published in The Melbourne Weekly Courier on Saturday 10th August 1844
John Rankin, jury to hear a criminal case. Source - Melbourne Courier 28 July 1845
(Edward Rand - Reocitiesâ
Pioneers featured are Edward Rand. ... John Rankin, Jury enpannelled 11 May, p3 - 14 May 1842 Melbourne Times John Rankin, The Port Phillip Herald Fri, ...)

[REDDAN holden, tulla, lochton
See comment of 2014-05-06 09:51:47 re Michael Reddan's grandson (Markham) drowning in Jacksons Creek.


RICHARDSMUSGROVE.On the 17th inst., at Fitzroy, by the Rev. N. Kinsman, George Joseph,second youngest son of William Richards, of Kerrisdale, to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Thomas Musgrove, of Greenvale, Oaklands Junction.(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 26 November 1887 p 1 Family Notices.)

RICHARDS. On the 15th inst., at his residence, King Parrot Creek, of inflamation of the lungs, William Richards, formerly of Bulla Bulla, aged 62 years.(P.1, Argus,18-2-1889.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 23 April 1891 p 1 Family Notices
...bsp; RICHARDS - On the 22nd inst, at her residence, Kerris dale, Elizabeth, relict of the late William Richards, of Kerrisdale, formerly of Greenvale, Bulla, aged 54 years

RICHARDS. On the 19th inst., at her residence,Summerleigh, Kerrisdale, the wife of William Richards of a son.
RICHARDS. On the 27th inst., at her residence, Summerleigh, Kerrisdale, Ellen, the dearly beloved wife
of William Richards, and second eldest daughter of Thomas Musgrove, Greenvale, aged 28 years.
(P.1,Argus, 29-3-1889.)

RIDDELL John Carre. See ROADS.
Riddell would have had at the back of his mind that his Camieston Estate,(between today's Melrose Drive and Mickleham Rd from the Derby St corner to the road (Mercers?) which goes from the freeway to the taxi holding area in the Airport) would become a white elephant if the decision (see bold type below) was carried out.

Mr. RIDDELL rose to ask the President of the Central Road Board certain questions relative to the road to the goldfields, and said that the inhabitants of the district lying between Essendon and Bulla Bulla were anxious to form a District Road Trust, and were quite willing to assess themselves to any reasonable amount to assist in carrying out the improvements of the road through that locality. But if the road was simply to be viewed as a parish road, it would be utterly useless for the inhabitants to do anything, for the traffic upon that road was, he believed, much greater than upon any other road in the colony, and without receiving considerable assistance from the Central Road Board, it would be impossible to put tho road in a proper state of repair. He therefore begged to ask:
1, Upon what recommendation or official report was the line of road from Essendon to Gisborne, via Keilor,
determined, in preference to that via Bulla Bulla ?
2. Is it the intention of the Board to put in repair, at an early period, that portion of the road between Essendon and Bulla Bulla, that line being, for eight months of the year, preferred by the digging population, and having been by them completely cut up, and rendered impassable, to the great injury of the agriculturists in that neighborhood ?

Mr FRANCIS MURPHY (President of the Central Road Board) said, with respect to the first question, that the road had been determined upon last year, under the advice of the then Colonial Engineer (Mr.Brees), who had recommended that the Keilor-road should be adopted in preference to the road by the Deep Creek, it being a better natural line of road, and one which would involve less expense in its construction. The present engineers were also in favor of the road via Keilor for the same reasons. The portion of the road alluded to in the second question, had been under repair for some time, but it was such a very bad road that it was impossible to effect much improvement in it, except at a very considerable expense. He was informed that the Deep Creek road was one of the worst roads in the neighborhood of Melbourne, always excepting a place which was
facetiously called a road, viz. -Simpson's-road.(etc.) (P.4,Argus,17-9-1853.)


John Shorten requested information about Malcolm Ritchie and his wife (nee Gray)and what a reply.

Hi anyone

Looking for anyone with connection or information on Malcolm RITCHIE and Jane GRAY of Keilor /Bulla. Have details of marriage 1856 MRC 2674.

John Shorten

Re: RITCHIE Malcolm and GRAY Jane - Keilor/Bulla
maggiemartin111 (View posts)
Posted: 23 Dec 2008 12:50PM
Classification: Query
Tracked the following:
Malcolm Ritchie
Born 1829 circa
Died 1913 Keilor Vic reg no 5906 aged 84 yrs (father & mother unknown)
Married 1856 Vic reg no 2674
Jane Gray (Grey)
Born 1830 circa
Died 1913 Keilor Vic reg no 9864 aged 83 yrs (father Donald Gray, mother Jane Ritchie)
1 Elizabeth Ritchie
Born 1857 Deep Creek Vic reg no 5566
Died 1930 Footscray Vic reg no 5260 aged 73 yrs
Married 1880 Vic reg no 6181
Spouse Angus Francis Grant
Born 1855 circa
Died 1925 Footscray Vic reg no 1503 aged 70 yrs (father John Grant, mother Mary Mcnab)
1 Ethel Jane Grant
Born 1881 Wang Vic reg no 6181
2 Mary Elizabeth Grant
Born 1882 circa
Died 1958 Footscray Vic reg no 5719 aged 76 yrs
Spouse William McKenzie Brodie
Born 1878 circa
Died 1951 Footscray Vic reg no 12651 aged 73 yrs (father David Brodie, mother Fanny Kelly)
1 Alexander McKenzie Brodie
Born 1901 circa
Died 1969 Park Vic reg no 26951 aged 68 yrs
2 George Sydenham Brodie
Born 1910 circa
Died 1921 Melbourne East Vic reg no 14944 aged 11 yrs
2 Maxwell Keith Brodie
Born 1924 circa
Died 1949 F Field Vic reg no 9534 aged 25 yrs
3 Malcolm Francis Grant
Born 1886 circa Bundalong Vic
Died 1939 Fitzroy Vic reg no 2466 aged 53 yrs
Married 1912 Vic reg no 4556
Spouse Mary Catherine Whelan
Born 1888 circa
Died 1962 Park Vic reg no 788 aged 74 yrs (father Daniel Whelan, mother Catherine McKeown)
1 Malcolm Francis Grant
Born 1913 Footscray Vic reg no 12523
Died 1973 park Vic reg no 17283 aged 60 yrs
Married 1938 Vic reg no 14583
Spouse Lillian Mary Borthwick
4 Margaret Helen Grant
Born 1888 circa Bendigo Vic
Died 1974 Pasc Vic reg no 28857 aged 86 yrs
Married 1911 Vic reg no 6924
Spouse Edward Joseph Landers
Born 1886 circa
Died 1948 Essedon Vic reg no 10363 aged 72 yrs (father Martin Landers, mother Catherine Brown)
1 Eileen Margaret Landers
Born 1912 Richmond Vic reg no 15044
2 Frances Elizabeth Landers
Born 1925 circa
Died 1931 C Hill Vic reg no 4632 aged 6 yrs
2 Jean Ritchie
Born 1859 circa Vic
Died 1940 West Footscray Vic reg no 4730 aged 81 yrs
3 Anne Ritchie
Born 1862 Tullamarin Vic reg no 6898
Died 1927 Sunshine Vic reg no 12560 aged 66 yrs
Married 1899 Vic reg no 3373
Spouse Farquhar McRae
1 Florence Annie McRae
Born 1900 Essedon vic reg no 10745
Died 1967 Sunb vic reg no 10252 aged 67 yrs
2 Malcolm Ritchie McRae
Born 1902 Bulla-Tullamarin Vic reg no 1259
Married 1935 Vic reg no 5096
Spouse Eileen Nellie Darmody
3 Jean McRae
Born 1904 Bulla Vic reg no 1245
4 Malcolm Ritchie
Born 1864 Keilor Vic reg no 8469
Died 1949 Pentoville Vic reg no 902 aged 85 yrs
5 John Ritchie
Born 1865 Tullamarin Vic reg no 20665
Died 1946 West Footscray Vic reg no 7508 aged 80 yrs
6 James Ritchie
Born 1868 circa Vic
Died 1879 Tullamarin Vic reg no 9839 aged 11 yrs
7 Alexander Ritchie
Born 1871 Bulla Vic reg no 1098
Died 1956 Footscray Vic reg no 9009 aged 86 yrs
8 Charles Ritchie
Born 1874 Bulla Vic reg no 950
Died 1941 R Park Vic reg no 11293 aged 68 yrs
9 William Ritchie
Born 1876 Bulla Vic reg no 14254
Died 1881 Bulla Vic reg no 6693 aged 5 yrs
(RITCHIE Malcolm and GRAY Jane - Keilor/Bulla - General - Family ...)

The Ritchie family paid rates in two neighbouring shires, Keilor and Bulla,in one case on the same farm, Aucholzie; this will be explained later. As well as Aucholzie,the family owned land in the Maribyrnong riding of Keilor Shire near Keilor Road RAILWAY Station which explains (or will)the use of Sydenham as a given name.

When the Sydenham Historical Society folded,its material went to the Keilor society and I was lucky enough to see some of their newsletters. One dealt with the station and if I remember correctly,it was renamed after an aristocrat. Wikipedia does not mention this.
The Post Office opened on 26 August 1861.[2] A railway station, known as Keilor Road, was opened in 1859 and renamed Sydenham on 1 April 1887.[3] (3=The Colac Herald, Friday 25 March 1887, Change of name of a railway station.)

The Ritchies owned Aucholzie (in both shires),Gowrie Park (most of the operational area of Melbourne Airport) and Overpostle on Tullamarine Island,the last two being entirely in the shire of Bulla. The locations of these three farms on Melway are, roughly: Aucholzie (4 D5,homestead), Gowrie Park (4 K4, centre) and Overpostle (3 K4.) The Ritchie children would almost certainly have attended Seafield School on the south side of Grants Lane on John Grant's "Seafield." Grants Lane,the boundary between Bulla and Keilor shires, met McNabs Rd at the very bottom of 4 G5 and the school was right near the runway where 4 J6 and K6 meet and a quarter of the way south to JK7.

Between the continuation of the shire boundary to Deep Creek and the line of the present John Bassett Rd were lots 63 to 80 of John Pascoe Fawkner's Land Co-operative subdivision. Apart from John Mansfield's block fronting McNabs Rd,none of the other blocks' purchasers have been noted in rate records,so they must have sold their blocks,most of which would have become the part of Aucholzie on which the shire of Bulla levied rates.

2ND VICTORIA BANK---------Malcolm's mum?

Donald Gray,mentioned in the above genealogy,purchased lots 15 (in the Deep Creek horseshoe bend in 4 A2) to 19 which extended east into 4 D4,fronting the north side of Mansfields Rd. Wally Mansfield told me that the climb up from Deep Creek was called Gray's Hill. At one stage David Mansfield and Malcolm Ritchie were anxious to buy a block with a Deep Creek frontage and I think it must have been lot 80 bought through the co-operative by Arthur Thomas, because this would give Malcolm direct access to Overpostle from Aucholzie without having to cross both creeks in 4 B5. The one thing that Ritchie didn't want was for Mansfield to be the successful bidder. When Wally told me the story,I found it such a giggle that I just had to write a poem about it.

Malcolm Ritchie
Malcolm Ritchie and David Mansfield, neighbouring farmers in Tullamarine, were bitter rivals. David once disguised himself as a swaggie and outbid Ritchie for some prime river frontage land that came up for sale. As long as David Mansfield didn't outbid him for the land, Ritchie was content to concede the bid to a derelict stranger. He was furious however when the true identity of this derelict was revealed. The poem below commemorates this incident and was composed by xxx. It is featured in his book Before the Jetport, written in 1998. xxx has compiled several histories of the Tullamarine and Bulla districts. He is connected to the Mansfield family through the Cock name, Rays great grandfather being John Cock, whose fifth wife was Mary Jane Musgrove, the sister of John Albert Musgrove, the father-in-law of Edith Norma Mansfield, the daughter of Henry David Mansfield. Here is xxxs poem:

A river frontage came up for sale
Near Aucholzies in Deep Creeks vale.
Malcolm Ritchie determined this prize to win;
Ill outbid Mansfield! he swore with a grin.

When the auction began, the bidding was keen
But David Mansfield was nowhere seen;
Soon Ritchie had all his opponents licked
Apart from a swagman most derelict.

Ritchie bid with cunning stealth.
This ragged fool cant have much wealth,
He thought, It wont be long,
And Ill snap this land up for a song!

The question then came, Are you all done?
Has Malcolm Ritchie this prize land won?
But the strangers hand was raised again
And a hush came over the assembled men.

The swaggies bids, forever higher,
Saw Ritchies iron resolve expire;
From the stranger then, the last bid came.
The propertys yours sir! Whats your name?

All faces turned to this ill-clad bloke,
Waiting expectantly until he spoke.
Ritchies anger was scarce concealed,
His blood flow stopped, he almost keeled,
As a lift of the hat, the strangers face revealed
And everyone gasped, Its David Mansfield!

30 Jan 1880 - Family Notices - Troveâ
Hugh McKail, Angus Francis Grant, Yarrawonga, son of John Grant, Esq., Seafield, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Malcolm Ritchie, Esq., Aucholzie, ...
02 Oct 1856 - Family Notices - Troveâ
John Reid, Mr. Malcolm Ritchie, Aucholzie, Keilor, to Miss Jane Gray, daughter of Mr. Donald Gray, Bellno, Deep Creek. On the 1st inst., by the Rev.


There was no such property. It was actually "Roseleigh" whose historic homestead still stands on the south side of Mansfields Rd in Tullamarine. The use of Oaklands Junction to describe its location seems ridiculous but as the actual junction was not far from the north end of the north-south runway on Melbourne Airport, a walk through Gowrie Park would soon see young Wally Mansfield arrive at the Inverness Hotel to sell his rabbits.

MANSFIELD. On the 7th August, at his parents'residence, "Rosebergh," (sic) Oaklands Junction,Lawrence Roy, third eldest dearly beloved son of Ernest and Gladys Mansfield, aged 10 years and 11 months.


The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 16 August 1875 p 6 Article
... BULLA (Shire).-Mr. Donald Ross has been elected president for the ensuing year.

On account of Mr. D. Ross, his splendid farm. Consisting of 148 ACRES of really first-class land, situate at
Bulla Bulla, about 14 miles from Melbourne ; securely fenced and subdivided. It has a stone house of five rooms, dairy, store, and outhouses, eight-stall stable, underground tank, &c. The land is at present all under crop, which the purchaser will have the option of taking at a valuation. The hay grown on this farm is noted for its quality, and commands best market rates.(P.2, Argus,2-11-1885.) SPECIFY LOCATION!!!!!!!!!!!!

HEAGNEY.- On the 9th inst., at her residence, Nelson-Hotel, Malop-street, Geelong, Alexandrina, the beloved wife of James Heagney*, and fourth daughter of Donald and Johanna Ross, of Bulla, aged 27 years.
(P.1, Argus,10-9-1890.)
*Extract from TULLAMARINE ISLAND entry.
Bullas ratebook of 1882-3 shows that Katherine and James Heagney (probably the widow and son of John, whod owned 11B) were leasing a property (N.A.V. 48 pounds), which was almost certainly Craigllachie.

I regret having to record the death of Mrs Donald Ross, who passed away at her residence last Sunday, after a brief illness. Deceased, who was a native of Scotland and 68 years of age, was a resident of Bulla for about 40 years, and was much respected. Her remains were interred in the Bulla-Cemetery last Tuesday, the funeral being largely attended. The burial service was read by the Rev J. H. Marshall, B.A.
( Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 30 November 1895 p 3 Article.)

It is stated that Mr. N. Sonenberg has been engaged for the defence of Colin Campbell Ross, who is now in the Melbourne Gaol, under remand, on a charge of having murdered Alma Tirtschke on December 30. Mrs. Ross lives with her four sons in a double-fronted weatherboard dwelling on Ballarat-road, Maidstone, about a mile and
a half from the Footscray station. At the back are extensive cinder-surfaced yards, stables, and outhouses. Open land, belonging to the family, adjoins the dwelling premises, and on the land a trotter and a pony, owned by one of the sons and by Mrs. Ross, respectively, graze.

Mrs. Ross has been a widow for 22 years. Her husband was Mr. Thomas Ross, son of Mr. Donald Ross, of Bulla and Sunbury. The last-mentioned was a friend of Sir William Clarke, while his son, Thomas, father of Colin Campbell Ross, was well known to the members of the Clarke family. The mother of one of the detectives engaged on the investigation of the death of Alma Tirtschke went to school with Mr Thomas Ross.

At the age of 11, Colin Ross left school and began work at the local quarries. By trade he is still a quarryman, and it is stated that when he was working at Veal's quarries at Brooklyn he was one of the best "jumper-men" ever seen there. Ross continued to work at his trade until 1914. It is reported that he worked diligently, and was of thrifty habits. The home was shared by the mother and all the brothers, who contributed to a common purse.

After the declaration of war in August 1914, the eldest son, Donald, enlisted, and in the earliest campaign left the Peninsula as one of the survivors of Lone Pine. Later, he served with distinction in Palestine. In
1914 Colin Ross went to Sydney, and remained there for about 15 months. While there he was operated on for appendicitis, and on returning to his home at Maidstone sought new employment as a quarryman. He found, however, that in consequence of his operation he was unable to perform heavy manual work at the quarries. He
then tried lighter work in two or three different spheres.

Two years ago Colin Ross became manager of the Donnybrook Hotel, and it was during that time that he was advised to buy the wine cafe in the Eastern Arcade. He paid more than 400 for the business, including license, stock, and furniture. It is stated that this money had been saved by him over many years while he was working as a quarryman and as the manager of the Donnybrook business. Colin-Ross. (Picture.)
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 17 January 1922 p 7 Article Illustrated.)

It was rumoured that the Clarkes had paid for the defence of Colin Ross but Sir Rupert Clarke denied this and the claims of a Clarke-Ross acquaintance.
(General News MONEY FOR ROSS CASE. The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954) Tuesday 2 May 1922 p 7 Article.)

Eric peninsula?

JOHN (widow v. shire-wildwood rd),MARTIN (insolvent)

The district coroner, on the 2nd inst., held an inquest at Bulla, Deep Creek, on the body of Patrick Ryan, a quarryman, aged 30 years. Deceased and his mates were raising a large block of stone, when one of the sheer
legs used in the work fell upon deceased's head. Blood issued from his mouth and nostrils, and he died immediately. The men were all sober. A verdict of accidental death was returned. (P.6,Argus, 4-4-1872.)

At Half-past Two O'clock. At SCOTT'S HOTEL, MELBOURNE. EXECUTORS' SALE. In the Estate of THOMAS RYAN. Deceased.
IA. FAIRBAIRN and Co. and A. E. GIBSON and Co. have received Instructions to OFFER by AUCTION, as above, the PROPERTY known as BROOKVILLE, Situated at Oaklands Junction. In the centre of a flourishing and popular district, 20 miles from city and markets, and about 5 miles west from Craigieburn, on the Deep Creek,
and surrounded by the well-known Warlaby, Dunalister, Glenara, and Woodlands estates,and adjacent to the Oaklands Hunt Club kennels.
BROOKVILLE contains 406 acres 2 roods, being Crown Allotment B. section 17, parish Bulla Bulla, county of Bourke. The country is of sound volcanic nature, well adapted for dairying and mixed farming, permanently watered by the Deep Creek, also spring and dam, having a bluestone dwelling of 4 rooms, stable, and barn erected thereon, served by excellent roads and enjoying a good social and sporting atmosphere.
The auctioneers submit BROOKVILLE us a sound, accessible property, and buyers are Invited
to Inspect and attend the sale with confidence, as the executors have definitely decided to wind up the
estate. TITLE. CERTIFICATE. (P.4, Argus, 13-3-1937.)

Scannell - Pioneers in Victoria

Pioneer Families in Victoria
Mmax, Bertil and me in Sweden
Say thanks to Elizabeth Janson, Home, Scadden or Schoberg

Families featured
Laurence Scannell, James Scarf, Charles Scates, Heinrick Scharffenorth,
Charles Henry Scheele, Charles Schmedje, George Ambrose Schneider, Jacob Schneider,

Cornelius Scannell

Margaret Hussey 24 and Rose Hussey 22 came Jan 1863 on the Marco Polo
Thomas Edmund Thomas wed Margaret Hussey

Cornelius Scannell wed 1865 #1736 to (Mary) Rose Hussey, and lived at Bulla
8 children 1. Anastatia Scannell 1866 #965
2. Mary Rose Scannell 1867 #13349
3. Margaret Scannell 1869 #14003
4. Michael Thomas Scannell 1871 #7562 - 1873 #10146 lived 2 years
5. Hanorah Scannell 1873 #7805
6. Eliza Jane Scannell 1875 #7487
7. Teresa Scannell 1877 #16301 - 1880 #436 lived 3 years
8. Cornelius Michael Scannell 1879 - 1880 #438 lived 1 year
1. Annie Scannell wed 1882 #5336 to James Dillon from Co Tipperary, - called Anastasia Scannell when son Cornelius Martin Dillon was registered 1886 #27066, lived at Bulla-Tullamarine
4 Children 1. Cornelius Martin Dillon 1886 #27066
2. Rosanna Dillon 1889 #10172 - 1971 #7991 aged 81
3. Alice Mary Dillon 1892 #20736
4. Jno Jas Dillon 1895 #1479
2. Rosanna Dillon 1890 - 1971 #7991 aged 81 wed 1916 #963 to Owen Geary 1880 #17605, 3 children
3. Margaret Ellen Scannell 1866 #24922 wed 1893 #4420 to William John Merritt 1869 #9328, 2 Children
5. Hannorah Scannell 1871 #27306 wed 1893 #687 to Alfred Merrit/ Merritt 1870 #23559, 2 Children

From Cathy on Monday, 27 December, 2010
Hi Elizabeth,
Today I came across your site with information about Laurence Scannell and his wife Mary Collier. Mary Collier is the niece of my great, great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Jackson. Elizabeth is the sister of Margaret Jackson who married Laurence Collier.

Unfortunately I think you have confused the marriages of the Scannell children.
Annie Maria Scannell born 1863 did not marry. She died unmarried on 18.4.1938. Vic Death #3060.
Her death is recorded in the Argus newspaper on 19.4.1938. SCANNELL - On the 18th April at Alfred Hospital, Annie Maria, eldest daughter of the late Lawrence and Mary Scannell, late of Merriang, dearly loved sister of Daniel (deceased), Thomas, Maggie (Mrs. Barrow), Nora (Mrs. Box), Elizabeth (Mrs. Franklin), Mary, Gertie (Mrs. Anderson) and Lawrence, aged 73 years.

Margaret Ellen Scannell born 1866, married John William Barrow in 1903 in Victoria #2694. She is referred to as Maggie in the death notice for Annie Maria.
The Margaret Scannell who married William John Merritt is the daughter of Cornelius Scannell and his wife Rose Hussey and she was born in 1869 in Bulla #14003. She died 1949 Margt Merritt d/o Cornelius Scannell & Mary Rose Hussey, Froy, aged 79, #3832

Hanorah Scannell born 1871 married Walter John Box in 1903 in Victoria #712. Her marriage is recorded in the Argus dated 11.4.1903. BOX - SCANNELL On the 7th January at St. Peter and Pauls RC Church, by the Rev Father Collins, Walter John, second son of Alfred John and Annie Box, late of Brighton, to Nora Amelia, third daughter of the late Lawrence and Mary Scannell of Merriang Victoria.
The Hanorah Scannell who married Alfred Merritt in 1893 is the daughter of Cornelius Scannell and Rose Hussey and she was born in 1873 in Bulla #7805. She died 1955 Honora Merritt d/o Corne Scannell & Mary Hussey, Rich, 82, #7069.
I hope this helps with your research. Regards, Cathy, Reading, Melbourne, Victoria

A daughter of Mr Scannells was married on Wednesday to Mr Merritt, of Melbourne.(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 30 September 1893 p 3 Article.)

Present.-.-Crs Michie (president).Starkie, Anderson, Gilclhrist, and Cumming.
From Department of Public Works asking for executors' names in estate of late Rose Scannel (sic), also names of persons at present in occupation of land previously occupied by deceased, as there was 5 year's rent due on the unused road abutting on the land.-The secretary said there was no one in occupation, and the executors had not made any move to prove the estate. There was five year's shire rates due. (P.3, Sunbury News,25-6-1910.)

Cornelius seems to have been awarded tenders for road maintenance as well as being a carrier. The loss of his dray, as reported below, would have been most inconvenient. Normally, a man in the situation below would leave his eldest son to mind such a precious cargo but Cornelius did not have much luck producing a male heir,as shown by the above genealogy.

A most singular robbery occurred at Carlton at 5 o'clock yesterday evening. A farmer named Cornelius Scannell, who resides at Bulla, purchased three 18 gal. casks of beer. These were placed on a dray in the street, in
front of the Carlton Brewery, and Mr. Scannell asked one of tho men who were standing about in the vicinity to hold the horse whilst he made some final arrangements in the brewery. The temptation of having so much beer in their control appears to have been too much for the men and when Mr. Scannell came out of the brewery he found that the horse, dray,beer, and men had all disappeared. After making a fruitless search he reported the matter to the police, and they found that the men had been seen driving off in the dray in the direction of North Carlton. It is believed that they would not go far before testing the brew, and the police, therefore, have every hope of effecting their speedy capture. (P.12, Argus, 31-12-1887.)

The death is announced of Mrs. Dillon,wife of Mr. James Dillon, formerly of Bulla, and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Scannell, of Bulla. The remains were interred in Bulla Cemetery.
(P.3,Flemington Spectator, 28-3-1918.)

SCANNELL.On the 18th August, at the residence of his son-in-law, W. Moor, No. 1 Bank-street, South Melbourne, Cornelius Scannell, of Bulla,aged 60 years. (P.1, Argus, 19-8-1902.)

OBITUARY.-We regret to record the death, on Monday last, of Mr. Cornelius Scannell, an old resident of Bulla, at the age of 60. Deceased died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. W. Moore, of South Melbourne.
(P.2, Sunbury News, 23-8-1902.)

The correct spelling was Moore. William Moore married the sixth child of Cornelius and Rose,Eliza Jane, born in 1875. One of their children was buried at Bulla so I must thank Neil Mansfield for the following information from his Bulla Cemetery Index. Neil has mistakenly stated that Rose (born 1842)* was the daughter of Cornelius rather than his wife, but rest assured that this will soon be fixed.* (See Scannell entries below.) There are no Merritts buried at Bulla.

(*Genealogical information pasted into my journal indicates that Mary Rose Hussey married Cornelius Scannell in 1865 (when she would have been about 23.) Cornelius died in 1902 and Mary Rose seems to had been on struggle street not being able to pay her rates from about 1905.

Mary Rose, the second daughter of Cornelius and Rose, was born in 1867, not 1842 as stated in the cemetery register, so the comment should be something like: Nee Hussey, widow of Cornelius Scannell. You could mention her sister and the Marco Polo. ROSE MUST HAVE BEEN BORN IN 1841 unless the age given below is only an estimate. (see ship record.)

Many thanks for your correction - I will make the necessary alterations to the cemetery register.
Hope you and family are all well, Neil Mansfield.)

1479 MOORE Mary Veronica 85Y 10/06/1906 03/07/1991 09/07/1991 R.C. 25 14 Daughter of William Moore & Eliza Scannell. Born in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
(The numbers in italics refer to row and lot in the Roman Catholic section.)

1886 SCANNEL Mary Rose 67Y 00/00/1842 00/11/1909 22/11/1909 R.C. 1 3 *Daughter of Cornelius Scannell & Mary Reilly. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
1887 SCANNELL Cornelius 58Y 00/00/1844 00/08/1902 20/08/1902 R.C. 1 4 Son of Michael Scannell & Anastasia Calman. Died in Melbourne South, Victoria, Australia. VEI death registration has incorrect surname of 'SCANLON'.
1888 SCANNELL Cornelius Michael 1Y 00/00/1879 00/00/1880 00/00/1880 R.C. 1 4 Son of Cornelius Scannell & Mary Rose Hussey. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
1889 SCANNELL Mary Ann 51Y 00/00/1839 00/01/1890 22/01/1890 R.C. 1 5 Daughter of Michael Scannell & Anastasia Callanan. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
1890 SCANNELL Michael 2Y 00/00/1872 00/00/1873 00/00/1873 R.C. 1 4 Son of Cornelius Scannell & Mary Rose Hussey. Born in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
1891 SCANNELL Theresa 3Y 00/00/1877 00/00/1880 00/00/1880 R.C. 1 4 Daughter of Cornelius Scannell & Mary Rose Hussey. Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Mr Henry Stevenson reports the sale of Scannell's farm at Bulla to Mr Ralston at 11 pounds per acre.
(P.8, Argus,13-6-1885.)

STRAYED from Bulla, Two 2-year-old HEIFERS-One a roan,branded S on milking rump ; the other a red, no brand, Reward. Mrs. Scannell, Bulla.(P.3,14-9-1907.)

THE most appalling fatality ever known by the oldest inhabitants of Bulla occurred on Monday afternoon last. From one of the principal witnesses at the magisterial inquiry held by Mr McMahon at Bulla, on Tuesday, we learn that at about 3 p.m. on Monday, Mrs Hillary and Mary Lawlor, a girl about 11 years of age, went in the Deep Creek to bathe, just below Mr Scannell's house.(etc.)
(P.3, Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser,9-2-1895.)

Based on the fact that Scannell's farm was bought by Mr Ralston,I believe that the farm was crown allotment 19 of section 1 Bulla Bulla granted to J.McNamara on 27-12-1876. This 10 acre block was at the south west corner of Oaklands and Somerton Rds, to which it had frontages of 99 metres and 455 metres respectively. J.Ralston was granted crown allotments 18 and 17, in 1880 and 1877 respectively and I understood from Bob Blackwell's road tour that the Ralston land went north to Somerton Rd. The Gilligans lived on the north side of Somerton Rd.

(*I've never had any reason to doubt Bob Blackwell's anecdotes. I was searching for trove articles about the Gilligans when I found this.By the way, Mrs Ralston's workers, some of them sailors who'd deserted their ships, moaned that the Gilligans had beaten them re knocking off work as the sun sank below the western horizon and Mrs Ralston replied, "Never mind, we'll beat them starting in the morning!")

A surprise party of about fifty journeyed to the residence of Mr Gilligan last week and spent an enjoyable evening.
A site for the creamery, which it is proposed to establish here, has at last been fixed upon, it being decided to erect it on Mr Ralston's property on the Oaklands Road, for which tenders were let last week, and as it is in the centre of a large dairying population it ought to be a success.
(P.3, Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser, 4-8-1894.) search.

The first clue is that it overlooked Deep Creek as mentioned in the 1895 article about the drowning of Mrs Hillary and her daughter. Before I left Tullamarine I had a Bulla Parish map showing grantees in the Bulla Township and Bulla rates transcriptions. None of the Bulla parish maps available online provide information about the owners of township blocks. My DHOTAMA (completed up to the M and MC volumes)contained details from these. I no longer have it but John Shorten has provided me with files containing the 2500 handwritten pages and countless newspaper cuttings.

T.Hillary was the grantee of crown allotments 5 and 6 of section 2 and lot 1 of section 3. In 1914-15,John Hillary paid rates on lots 5 and 6 of section 2 so it's fairly safe to assume the house was on those blocks.The other block fronted the east side of Trap St just north of the creek. Lots 5 and 6 were on the south side of Quartz St, which was supposed to run west to the creek from where it is presently closed,to provide access to section 1 (north) and section 2 (south) properties which were all in the horseshoe bend in Melway 177 A 5. Another participant in the rescues was Lawlor who had what I assume was suburban crown allotment 3 opposite the corner of the Sunbury road and Loemans Rd (Tullamarine Island road.) I believe that the Scannell house was very near the Hillary house.

vision and realisation

An examination of the pupils attending the Bulla Bulla National School was held on Thursday, the 13th current, when the following patrons were present :-Rawdon Greene,Esq. (chairman) ; Messrs. Cameron, Murray, Forsyth, Patullo, Brannagan, and Massie(secretary). The Rev. Mr. Chapman, of Broadmeadows, was also present, and assisted at the examination.
The prizes awarded (some of which were handsome and valuable) were given by the patrons.,
They were awarded as follows : FIRST CLASS.-READING, SPELLING, &c.
Boys.-1st prize, Walter Knight. 2nd do., Archibald Forsyth.
Girls.-1st do., Jessie Robertson. 2nd do., Euphemia Murray.
Boys.-1st prize, Arthur Pattison. 2nd do., Andrew Pattison.
Girls.-1st do., Juliet Mackintosh. 2nd do., Mary Ann Livingstone.
Boys.-1st prize, Richard Brannagan. 2nd do., John Fawkner
Girls.-1st do., Agnes Robertson. 2nd do., Mary A. Livingstone. 3rd do., Mary Massie.
Boys.-1st prize, Duncan Cameron. 2nd do., Alexander Nicholson.
Girls.-1st do., Isabella Williamson. 2nd do., Emily Hunt.
Boys.-1st prize, James Patullo. 2nd do., William Williamson.
Girls.-1st do., Eliza Mackintosh. 2nd do., Hannah Burton.
Boys.-1st prize, Alexander Nicholson. . Girls.-1st do., Margaret Massie
Boys.-1st prize, Alexander Nicholson. 2nd do., Charles Mackintosh.
Boys.-1st prize, Peter Patullo. 2nd do., James Patullo. 3rd do., William Lyons.
Girls.-1st do., Eliza M'lntosh. 2nd do., Margaret Massie.
General Improvement.-Eliza Massie. Good Behavior.-Charles Mackintosh.
Plain.-Juliet Mackintosh. Sampler.-1st. Margaret Massie. 2nd, Marion Murray. Crochet.-Agnes Robertson.
The handsome prize given by the Editor of the Argus was awarded to Alexander Nicholson, as the most meritorious boy. A beautiful work-box was presented to Mary Massie for general proficiency.

Books are to be given next week to the unsuccessful candidates, as an incentive to future exertion.
After the examination, the master, Mr.Popplewell, was addressed by the Chairman of Patrons, who expressed himself highly pleased with the progress of the pupils generally during Mr. Popplewell's short term amongst them. The Rev. Mr. Chapman also expressed himself to the same effect. The samples of wool work, crotchet, and
plain sewing, reflected much credit both on the mistress and pupils. The children after the examination (which
occupied six hours) were regaled with an abundance of tea,cake, and fruit, presented by the ladies of the patrons, and Miss A. Mackintosh.

On the whole the examination reflected the highest credit to the master as a teacher, he having been only about six months in his present situation. The number of children on the books is fifty-seven, and they are increasing weekly.R. MASSIE, Secretary to Patrons. (P.6, Argus, 15-12-1855.)

Where was this school? The attendance of the Pattison children indicates that it was nowhere near the village of Bulla. They lived on the the south east corner of Somerton and Mickleham roads, the northern part later becoming Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan" on which the shopping centre and the new Greenvale school with the OLD number (890) now stand.

Extract from the Peter Young extract in this journal.
"Vision and Realisation", the Victorian Education Department history of 1972, mentioned an early school on the McDougalls' "Warlaby" (probably named Oaklands) in a declivity; this may have been a mistaken reference to Peter's school unless another was built on Warlaby later. My memory from reading the book 20 years ago is dim but I think it mentioned two schools with different National School numbers.

SHARP. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.


STAPLETON. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.

STEEL (STEELE?) See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.

STEWART. See FLEETBANK, JUNOR, ANDERSON, TULLAMARINE ISLAND.See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.
The denominational school referred to was probably the Tullamarine Island School which opened in 1859.

WANTED, a MASTER for tho DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOL at Tullamarine. Applicants must be qualified to pass the Board. A married man preferred. Address Mr. Dugald Stewart, Bulla Post office. (P.1, Argus, 8-10-1858.)

It is likely that this was the .3 acre site at the north west corner of lot 14 on section 10. This was conveyed into the trust of J.P.Fawkner, Henry Langlands, David Smith and Dugald Stewart on 15-10-1855 (70277).

WANTED, a MASTER for tho DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOL at Tullamarine. Applicants must be qualified to pass the Board. A married man preferred. Address Mr. Dugald Stewart, Bulla Post office.(P.1, Argus, 8-8-1858.)

STEWART.On the 13th August (suddenly), at "Fleet Bank " Bulla, Margaret, relict of the late Dugald Stewart aged 84 years. (P.1, Argus, 16-8-1904.)

STEWART-On the 29th January, at Dungorm, Tatura, John, son of the late Dugald and Margaret Stewart, Fleet Bank, Bulla, aged 68 years. (P.1, Argus, 31-1-1922.)


Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 22 April 1868 p 4 Family Notices
... DEATHS. BRANAGAN. -On the 21st inst., at his residence, St. John's Hill, Deep Creek, Bulla, Mr. Thomas Branagan, aged fifty years. Much respected.

Attention is directed to a clearing sale of sheep, cattle and horses to be held at St.John's Hill Bulla. by Messrs Stratford Strettle and Co., on Monday next. (P.3, Gippsland Times,16-10-1882.)

At St John's Hill,
14 Miles from Melbourne
To Close Partnership Accounts
STRATFORD STRETTLE and Co have received
Instructlons from Messrs. Branigan Bros., who are
dissolving partnership
TION, at St John's Hill, Bulla, 14 miles from Mel
bourne, on Monday, 23rd October, 1882, at twelve
o'clock noon,
350 four and five year old bullocks, bred on the
50 three year old bullocks
80 cows, principally three and four years old, by
Gipsy Boy, Gambetta, Duke of Connaught, and
other well bred bulls
50 well bred heifers.
All the cattle are in good condition, and a number
of the cows are in full milk.
6 heavy draught mares, all young, good workers,
and in splendid condition
15 saddle and light harness horses, and a few suit-
able for India
2 draught horses, Prince and Star, 4yrs old, up to
any trial
Bay filly, 2 yrs old, by Aconite, dam Kaled
Grey mare, by Snowden
Black gelding, 5 yrs, by Kettledrum
Bay mare, 4 yrs, by The Steward
Grey colt, by The Steward
Bay mare, 6 yrs old, in foal to Primero (imported)
The thoroughbred stallion Victorian
The hurdle racer Foreman,
The galloway Ladylike,
1300 slx and eight tooth merino wethers, bred in
Riverina, shorn last October. Splendid woolled
sheep, and in good condition.
Terms at sale.
Luncheon provided.
Cabs will leave the auctioneers' office at ten o'clock
on the morning of sale.(P.10,Argus,19-10-1882.)

On Account of Messrs. Brannigan Bros,,
Their well Known property, ST. JOHN'S HILL, BULLA, Situate about two miles from the Inverness, l8 miles from Melbourne, and three miles from Sunbury Railway Station, adjoining tho properties of Robert M'Dougall, Esq., Warlaby,and Sir W. J. Clarke, Bart , Wildwood, This property, consisting of 227 acres of rich black
soil, cannot be surpassed for a stud farm, grazing, or agricultural purposes. It has a mile frontage to the
Deep Creek, consisting of rich flats, well suited for laying down in lucerne or other English grasses.
The Improvements consist of a six-roomed dwelling house and all necessary outbuildings.
Also, on Account of same owners,
consisting of 2,000 acres, situate within 12 miles of Numurkah.This property is well fenced and subdivided, and
has a six-roomed house and outbuildings thereon. 160 acres are now under crop.This country is all in one block, and has splendid carrying capabilities, being equal to anything in the North Eastern district.
(P.2, Argus,2-11-1885.)

Not having my Bulla Rates transcriptions any more,I can only guess where the 227 acres owned by the Brannigans was located. I gained the impression from Bob Blackwell, Jack Simmie of Harpsdale, and possibly IWS and George Lloyd's Mickleham Road 1920-1952,that St Johns Hill was on the western side of the start of Konagaderra Rd and separated from Warlaby by D.C.A.Lane (western continuation of Craigieburn Rd.) Obviously the "Brannigan Paddocks" consisted of all 860 acres 2 roods 30 perches of section 16, Bulla and the extra 440 acres might have been part of Anne Greene's section 16. The 227 acre freehold could have been the western quarter of 17A and B.(*See below,20-10-1923.)

The friends of the late Mrs JOHANNA BRANIGAN (relict of the late Mr Thomas Branigan) are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment Bulla Cemetery. The funeral will leave her late residence, St
John's Hill, Bulla, on Thursday, 23rd inst, at 12 o'clock.
JOHN DALEY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. (P.1, Argus,22-7-1885.)

Probate of Johanna's will was granted to Alexander Stratford Strettle. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 18 July 1889 p 7 Advertising.)

*It would seem that neither St Johns Hill nor the Strathmerton property were sold and that Dennis farmed the former and Thomas the latter. Dennis was an East Riding councillor for the Shire of Bulla. It seems that the sale of the 1310 acres by Keast in 1922 fell through; perhaps Schlapp could not obtain a loan or had unforeseen financial difficulties. The 20-10-1923 advertisement gives the location of the 1310 acres.

Mr.W.S.Keast, stock and station agent, Queen's House, Melbourne,reports having sold,on behalf of the owner, 1310 acres of land, known as Brannigan's paddocks, situated on the Deep Creek,near Bulla.
It consists chiefly of good grazing and agricultural land,with a frontage to the Deep Creek of about
one mile, fenced and subdivided into numerous paddocks. The purchaser was Mr.H.H.Schlapp, of Waratah, Donnybrook.(P.6, Argus,22-12-1922.)

YOUNGHUSBAND LIMITED and MACARTHUR and MACLEOD (In conjunction) have received instructions to OFFER at PUBLIC AUCTION, That splendid property, containing 1310 acres being Crown allotment 1 and part 2, Section 3 , Parish Bolinda and Allotments 1 and 2, Section 16, Parish Bulla Bulla formerly in the occupation of Mr Dennis
Branigan. (P.5,Argus, 20-10-1923.)

CHURCH OF ENGLAND, BULLA BULLA.-The foundation-stone of the new Episcopal church at Bulla Bulla was laid by Mrs. Greene (the donor of the land on which the building is to be erected) on Friday last. Bishop Perry pre-
sided at the ceremony. The church is to have a nave, transept, and chancel, in the early English period of architecture, with a tower; anti spire at the north-west angle, which will form the principal entrance to the building. The portions at present in course of erection are the nave, tower, and spire, and the whole is being executed in blue stone procured in the neighborhood, and carted to the site free of charge by the settlers in the district. (P.5,Argus,28-7-1858.)

SUMNER. See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.


SUNNYSIDE.19B, Bulla Bulla,of 119 acres granted to W.Fanning on 29-1-1852,indicated by Melway 176 G-H 6 ((south of road)and 7(northern half.)

William Taylor seems to have been a stock and station agent as well as a grazier.


The part of the parish between Jacksons Creek and Deep Creek was known as Tullamarine Island. I.W.Symonds says that the aforesaid part of the Bulla-Diggers Rest road indicated the islands northern extent but Ed. Fanning of Sunnyside believes that Emu Creek may have been the northern limit, thus almost surrounding the island with water. Bullas rates only included residents south of Sunbury Rd in the Tullamarine Island Subdivision.

As with his other subdivisions, J.P.Fawkner headed a co-operative to obtain the grant for section 10 (3,D/2), which contains Lightwood Gully and Cooper Rd. The only buyer of the 45 (at least) blocks linked to entries in the Bulla ratebook of 1882-3 was William Bedford. He was probably the William Bedford who built the swing bridge from the island to the Bulla School (possibly following the second and final closure of Tullamarine Island School 619 on 31-8- 1882). The ratebook records that Catherine Bedford had land with a nett annual value of 26 pounds. (Location shown later.)

Surprisingly absent from the buyers of section 10 lots were the Tates whose land (N.A.V. 177 pounds in 1882) probably included many of the sections 448 acres. George Randall may have had part of the section near the famous basalt organ pipes. In Keilor Pioneers: Dead Men Do Tell Tales excellent detail about the Tates is presented; I will not repeat it here but I wish to refer to two points.
Firstly the family was on section 10 by at least 1859 when James was born. The second point is that their property was known from the first as Pleasant Vale, with Cooper Rd being the driveway to the homestead, according to Ed. Fanning. The estate which James bought at Diggers Rest after marrying Elizabeth Milburn was merely an extension of Pleasant Vale across Jacksons Creek, in McLeods Rd near the Holden school where James had been educated.

Shire of Bulla rate records indicate that among the pioneers of Tullamarine Island were: Michael Loeman (grantee of Glenloeman) the Fannings (Sunnyside; much detail in Bulla Bulla by I.W.Symonds.), Randalls, Bedfords, Junors, Grants (Craigllachie), Skews, Dugald and Margaret Stewart, Elizabeth Ramsden (leasing Glenloeman in 1902) and Malcolm Ritchie and W.D.Peter of Overpostle.
The map of Tullamarine Island farms on the next page has been compiled largely from information supplied by the late Bob Blackwell who was a grandson of bridge- builder Bedford. Information about Donald Junors Fleetbank came from Ed.Fanning who confirmed Bobs locations.

(I might be able to attach this and other maps to an email if you send me a private message with your email address.)

The Bedfords have had Fleetbank for over half a century. Harry Bedford used to work on Glenloeman for the Crosbies and then the Powells. His son, Henry still owns Fleetbank but lives on his 60 acre Troopers Bend north east of the Bulla bridge. Growing up on Fleetbank, he used to work for Billy McLeod on Bulla Park from the age of 11, about 1950, during his holidays. McLeod bought Bulla Park for L8/10/- per acre, about the same price that Gilbertsons paid for Overpostle. Henry said that the Clarkes were on Deep Valley for as long as he could remember until about 10 years ago. Clarke of Pips Chips fame gave this new name to the Sharp familys Craigllachie and used the property for Romney Marsh sheep and trotting horses.

This had not been researched but Judy Sloggett changed all that. She is a descendant of the Faithfulls, who were pioneering farmers on the island; a fact not revealed by rate records as those for almost the first 20 years are no longer available. As usual when the Broadmeadows Historical Society refers somebody to me, Judy has supplied much information so I thought it only right that I should endure more weight lifting, eye strain and writers cramp to reward her contribution. I have retained my original summary of the Islands history so that the following can be contrasted with it.

This 448 acre section was bought by John Pascoe Fawkner, as chairman of the Victoria Cooperative Freehold Land Investment Society, with money paid in by those who wanted to buy land. Upon the conveyance of each members land an additional 10 shillings was paid to Fawkner. The 10/- payment, probably to cover stamp duty, was also paid on conveyance of Fawkners land at East Keilor, in sections 13 and 7 in the parish of Tullamarine and at Hadfield and Coburg.
Fawkners land was generally broken into lots of about 6 acres, probably to make it possible for even the poorest yoeman farmer to own his own land. However the lots must have proved too small and they were to become consolidated into large farms such as Shelton at East Keilor, Glenalice in section 13 and Loves dairy in section 7.
Memorials concerning section 10 land rarely mention lot numbers; only those for Boone and the Presbyterian church land do so.

Andrew Lemon mentions the above school on P. 38 of his Broadmeadows history but assumes that it was two miles west of Broadmeadows. It is likely that this was the .3 acre site at the north west corner of lot 14 on section 10. This was conveyed into the trust of J.P.Fawkner, Henry Langlands, David Smith and Dugald Stewart on 15-10-1855 (70277). Rev. Reids argument that the parish was intersected by creeks (always flooded in the rainy season) makes me believe that he was talking about Tullamarine Island rather than the area near John Grants Seafield where a school also commenced in 1959. Tullamarine Island School 619 operated 1-7-1859 to 30-4-1865 and 3-12-1875 to 31-8-1882. (2nd period probably on the site i.e. Bulla Park mentioned by I.W.Symonds.)

The land bought from Fawkner by the following is shown in the section 10 subdivision map.
(Ditto-private message.)


The lot numbers as shown above were unknown until I was trying to establish the locations of farms owned by the Tates and Randalls. Luckily a plan of Fawkners subdivision of section 10 was included in the sketch of title for Application 12224 (by Paul Tate in 1879.)
The plan showed that Fawkners index did not include details about the sale of three lots, unless I missed the entries in my transcription.

Joll(e)ys purchase of lot 35 was probably not memorialized until 1880 when Letitia Roy Smith (Davids wife) applied for title, stating that she bought it from Henry Jolley for 90 pounds on 26-3-1856 (Application 13198).
It is obvious that the purchase of lot 33 was never memorialized. Some proof of the purchase must have been provided in application 13537.
In superimposing the lots onto Melway maps 176 and 3, I have used the dimensions given in memorials but I have had to show with a dotted line that the south- west corner of lot 42 was at the bend in the river.

(Ditto-private message.)

Allotment B of section 5 in Holden was granted to Paul Tate and the other executors of the will of C. Rhodes. Ed Fanning does not believe that it became part of Pleasant Vale. Paul Tate probably gained title to lots 35 and 27. (Details about Paul's grant in the parish of Holden are given in the comment about Jacksons Creek straddlers of -- November, 2013.)

George Randall also bought lots 11-15 from Thomas Fraser on 20-11-1861 for 325 pounds (112 484). It is likely that Randall also bought lots 10 and 16 from Fraser. Ed Fanning says that the 108 acres that Alf Randall had after Hall had bought this section 10 farm was in the western quarter of 11B.
William Bedford sold the southern half of lot 34 to David Smith for 40 pounds on 12-3-1861 (6 827). He had bought lot 3 from Boone for 10 shillings on 3-4-1855 and lot 2 from Collins on 12-3-1856 for 112 pounds. He later added lot 1, purchased from John Jones for 129 pounds on 25-1-1867 (Application 26569).
Henry Ernest Hall applied for title to lot 4 (Application 27053) and then Harriet Sharps old farm and lot 6 in 1891. Application 40141 shows Hall in possession of lots 1-13 (all the section 10 land south of the line of Loemans Rd) as well as lots 14 and 16. Ratebooks (1902, 1915) show that he owned 106 acres.
John Heagney bought 11B from the grantees but by 1882 Katherine and James Heagney were reduced to leasing Craigllachie from the OBriens. Paul Tate had the western half of 11B and the Ritchies had the eastern half.

Abraham Hodgkinson was the 3rd mate on the Royal Consort which left for Australia on 9-11-1843 and arrived on 18-2-1844. He was paid L8/19/6 for his duties, which indicates that he did not jump ship as many sailors did a decade later during the gold rush. On board as passengers were Thomas Faithfull 37, his wife Mary Ann 39, and their children: Harriet Ruby 19, Sarah Amelia 17, Henry 14, Jane 11, Moses 8, William 4 and Thomas 2. The Faithfull family must have soon arrived in this area for when their eighth and last child, Anne, was born on 9-6-1846 the birth was registered at Bulla.
Now it seems that Abraham Hogkinson, about 31 during the voyage out, was using his time off duty for more than sleeping. A certain 19 year old lass had caught his eye and he was to marry Harriet on 10-2-1850. Abraham was to live only nine years after his marriage but fathered eight children because he started early! Did they elope? The registrations of his childrens births indicate his whereabouts before buying land on Tullamarine Island:
Ester b. Moonee Ponds* & d. Melbourne 1845, Maria b. Gippsland 1848, William b. Keilor 1849, Marian b.1851 and Sarah b.1853 at Jordans Creek (up Castlemaine way), Thomas b.1855 Tullamarine, Harriet b.1857 Flemington (may have needed special medical care for the birth), Abraham b.1860 Tullamarine (d.1861.)
(Moonee Ponds could have indicated that he was working for Loeman on Moreland, Robertson on La Rose or Fawkner on Belle Vue Park, leasing part of 23 Doutta Galla, working for Kenny on Camp Hill, McDougall etc on Glenroy, Peter McCracken on Stewarton, Coghill on Cumberland, Dewar on Glendewar, Greene on Woodland or Firebrace on Melford Station, i.e. anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek! Several historians have made the mistake of assuming that Moonee Ponds meant the present suburb.)
Anyhow, getting back to Abrahams farm. On 25-2-54, Abraham bought Edward Popes allotment for 150 pounds (12 981). For an amount that was not entered in the memorial, he then purchased the neighbouring allotment from Frederick Anthony Thies on 4-5-1855. I have not been able to find the conveyance of John Beasleys allotment, but Abe obviously owned this by 1-9-1855, when he mortgaged all three allotments to J.H.Brooke for 100 pounds (30 384).
On 30-7-1858, Abraham conveyed Beasleys lot and the eastern part of Thiess lot (which is not part of the Organ Pipes Park) to Henry Mildenhall for 125 pounds (66 695). Mildenhall became the husband of Sarah Amelia Faithfull, the sister of Abrahams wife, Harriet. Abraham Hodgkinson died on 2-12-1859. In 1862, his widow married William Skill Sharp but Harriet again became a widow when William died on 4-8-1870.
On 15-7-1879, Thomas Hodgkinson conveyed Popes purchase and the western half of the lot originally bought by Thies (both now part of the park) to his mother Harriet Sharp for 140 pounds. (282 230). The memorial indicates that the title was converted (to Torrens?) in 1890 so details of further conveyance cannot be obtained for free.
Harriet Sharp died on 24-12-1885. Her will of 17-12-1885 left the old farm (lot 7 and the western half of lot 8) to her daughter Amy Ann Sharpe and East End Farm, her present homestead (allotment 7A of section 5 in Holden) to her son, John Sharpe. Thomas Hodgkinson was appointed as Amys trustee until she turned 21.John Sharpe, her sole executor, specified on 31-3-1886 that the Holden farm consisted of 36 99/160 acres and the old farm of about 31 acres. (See 11A re spouses of Harriets kids.)
David Smith purchased lot 36 in section 10 from Fawkner. He later acquired the nearby lots originally purchased by Burrell (1854), Cozens (55), Bedford (61) and William Jolly (67). His wife Letitia Roy Smith bought Henry Jollys lot 35 on 26-3-1856. David was one of the four trustees for the Presbyterian land on lot 14.David also owned John Byrnes old farm of about 150 acres (between Overpostle and the westernmost quarter of 11B) from 1862 until he sold it to Paul Tate on 18-3-1876. Letitia sold about 12 acres to speculator, Aaron Waxman, on 17-12-1879.
Allotment A of section 11 was known to Bob Blackwell as Bulla Park. Its southern boundary, along Loemans Rd, is given in documents as 80 chains (a mile) but Melway shows it as 85 chains. This could be because the original survey was wrong or because Loemans Rd was moved 5 chains to the east at a later time. Its western boundary was 62.25 chains and its eastern boundary extended 40 chains north along Loemans Rd to the bend.
Thomas Faithfull bought the 333 acres from the grantees (Cay, Chapman and Kaye) for 1665 pounds on 26-7-1852. (21 821) On 10-9-1854, Thomas conveyed the eastern half of the allotment to his son, Moses, for L832/10/-. Its southern boundary went west 45 chains from the south east corner to compensate for the eastern boundary being only half a mile. (21 822)
Thomas kept the western half, which had a southern boundary of only 35 chains but its western boundary extended 62.25 chains north to the Saltwater River. He mortgaged it to Catherine McKinnon for 200 pounds on 16-5-1855 (26 587) and to John Catto for 200 pounds on 23-5-1857. (49 256) Moses mortgaged his portion to McKinnon for 200 pounds on 20-5-1857. (49 258)
Several of Thomas Faithfulls children married people who were or became residents on or near Tullamarine Island. The first, Harriet Ruby, married Abraham Hodgkinson on 10-2-1850, probably as the result of a Love Boat romance. Abraham was 3rd mate on the Royal Escort, on which the Faithfulls sailed to Australia in 1853-4, and must have made an impression on the 19 year old Harriet. Sarah Amelia married Henry Mildenhall who bought land from Abe Hodgkinson. Ann married David Mansfield of Glenalice just west of Deep Creek. The third daughter, Jane, married George Nicholls .
Henry Mildenhall is called Harry in title documents so it is possible that George Nicholls was the R.G.Nichols who bought lot 6 on section 10 for 120 pounds on 23-8-1854 and sold it to William Sharp(Harriets second husband) for only 60 pounds on 29-6-1865.(16 196 and 159 339)
Ann McArthur, who married William Faithfull, may have been a daughter of Peter McArthur, the grantee of the 338 acre Glenarthur, which is now covered by the western half of the Greenvale Reservoir. Two of Harriets children, Thomas and Harriet Hodgkinson married locals:Harriet Bedford (lots 1-3 section 10) and Alexander Robb (lots 49-51 on 13B, east bank of Deep Creek.)

Thomas and Moses seemed to have lived in the same house according to the ordnance map of about 1910. The only house on 11A, it was approached from the north eastern corner and from a point on the southern boundary about 54 chains west from the south east corner. (See map on page 12.)
Both Thomas and Moses mortgaged their portions to the Land Mortgage Bank of Victoria. Thomas was apparently unable to repay and this bank sold his portion to John Skuse on 11-4-1871 (209 779). Moses land was reconveyed to him but on 4-12-1873, he sold it to John Skuse for 400 pounds. John Skuse conveyed Thomass portion to William Henry Croker (347 776) and it is likely that Croker also bought Moses portion.
Croker acquired land south of Loemans Rd as well. It is likely that Bulla Park passed from Croker to Whiting, who died on 17-6-1929. Croker later owned Woodlands in Oaklands Rd near Bulla and his near neighbour there, W.D.Peter of Dunalister, bought Overpostle on the Island.
It is likely that the 333 acre Bulla Park was part of the 658 acres of Robert Selmon Whiting in 1902 and Duncan & George McLeod & John Anderson in 1914. It was definitely part of Thorntons 760 acres in 1922. Billy McLeod apparently bought the farm from Thornton in the 1950s.

On 26-7-1853, the grantees (Kaye, Cay and Chapman) sold 11B of 624 acres to John Heagney for 1872 pounds. The nature of the transaction was Releases to Uses (3 865). (Heagney was already farming the land, having taken out a seven year lease on 5-5-1851. John was to pay a rent of 3/6 per acre plus 2/6 per acre that was cultivated (N 110).

Application 9064 shows that 11 B was split into three by boundaries running north-south.
The portion that became part of Overpostle had a Loemans Rd frontage that ran 4000 links (1/2 mile or 800 metres) west from the roads right angle bend. John Heagney died on 1-10-1875 and left, in his will of 28-5-1875, 172 acres (on which dwelling and buildings stood) of the 324 acres to his daughter, Margaret, and the remainder to his 14 year old son, Edward. As a search of John, James and Malcolm Ritchies affairs revealed no insolvencies as at 1-6-1877, I presume that the Ritchies bought the property soon afterwards. (Application 10134) On 10-2-1876 Margaret McCrae (probably living on Glenara and wife of Farquhar) sold her half part of 324 acres to Edward for 860 pounds (255 559)

The next 1850 links (370 metres) frontage was sold to John Byrnes by John Heagney on 13-7-1854 for 450 pounds (14 421). Byrnes mortgaged it to John Miller (80 836) and must have been battling as Miller conveyed it to David Smith on 1-4-1862 (150 628).
David Smith was an original purchaser in Fawkners subdivision of section 10.
Smith sold this portion to Paul Tate on 18-3-1876 but the conveyance was not registered.

The westernmost 2150 links (430 metres) of 11Bs Loemans Rd frontage was that of the part that John Heagney sold (application and release) to Michael Heagney for 450 pounds on 13-7-1854 (14 420). On 2-5-1864, Michael Heagney sold it to Paul Tate for 900 pounds (138 819).
In the wild atmosphere of land speculation in 1888, W.H.Croker bought this farm from Paul Tate on 18-5-1888 (this was not registered with the Supreme Court until 22-5-90)
for 3400 pounds (362 430). Croker swapped it with Robert Selmon Whiting for other land (374 150) and, on 16-6-1915, Whiting sold it to George McKenzie McLeod, William McLeod and J.S.G.Anderson.

Consisting of 300 acres, this was also granted to Kaye, Cay and Chapman. On 15-11-1852, they conveyed it to John, James and Malcolm Ritchie for 1500 pounds. The Ritchies also owned Aucholzie and Gowrie Park, just east of Deep Creek.

Tulla/Peninsula links-The Chapmans who established Sea Winds on Arthurs Seat, Tommy Loft, Burrell, Thomas Napier and Percy Hurren are among the names that research has uncovered in both areas.1-5-2011.

12 A Craigllachie (pronounced craig el ockie) or Deep Valley.
My Tullamarine Parish map gives the names of grantees and the dates on which grants were issued. Surprisingly, I could find no mention of E.F.N.Clarke in the first series index. I had wondered about the year of issue, 36, but concluded that he was related to W.J.T.Clarke and had claimed pre-emptive right on land he had occupied in 1836. While I was talking with Henry Bedford about his time growing up on Fleetbank, I asked about occupancy of Craigllachie and his reply (that the Clarkes had been there for as long as he could remember) started me thinking. Was 36 actually 1936? I dug out a Tullamarine parish map given to me by Gary Vines of the Living Museum of the West. Apart from being handwritten rather than typed and not giving dates, it seemed at a glance identical to mine. I accepted Garys kind offer because it showed the locations of four squatters buildings: Sherrits hut on Glenloeman, and the stations of Hunter on Arundel, Downie on Glendewar and Hall on Stewarton. It said the grantee of 12 A was John Daly. The spelling (as in the case of John Pascoe Fawker for section 7) was wrong but the information was correct.
*In her Broadmeadows History Kit, S.OCallaghan states on page 17 that Arrott (Arnott?) and Daly were bakers in Broadmeadows Township. This was probably the same J.Daly (sic?) who was granted 5H of the parish of Yuroke, of 366 acres. Today 5H in Meadow Heights and Coolaroo is indicated by the southern Norval Ave corner (south west cnr), a point 180 metres west of the weighbridge in Maffra St (south east cnr) and the east-west parts of Lightwood Cres. and Paringa Blvd (north). Presuming that the baker had bought both grants, it is reasonable to suppose that both were used to grow wheat.
That grown in Yuroke would have been milled on the site of the Pipeworks Market (Melway 7, J/10), and that grown on Craigllachie would have been sent to the mill on Lochton (Mel.111, D/4) The latter mill was opened in 1856 by Lochtons grantee, Capt. William Morrison Hunter. It was taken over in the same year by Bell Bros. with Straughans and D.R.Bain as millers. The mill was later owned by W.B.Gadd, who closed it in 1861. (Bulla Bulla P.50). That Craigllachie might be suitable for wheat growing is indicated by the fact that Michael Loeman cultivated a good deal of Glenloeman from 1850 until 1863. (Gadds mill closed 1861!)
John Daleys daughter, Mary, married Michael OBrien. This may have been the Michael OBrien who was leasing a house in the Strathmore area from G.Urquhart in 1863. (Broadmeadows rates.)
On 16-3-1869, John Daley conveyed Craigllachie to Michael OBrien and his wife Mary:
In consideration of the natural love and affection which the said John Daley hath for his daughter, the said Mary OBrien, and for the said Michael OBrien and for divers other consideration thereunto moving.

(* See Heritage study re the Glencoe Homestead and the Diggers Rest Primary School newsletter article about John Daly, the O'Briens and the homestead in comments. As they lived on Glencoe, they leased Craigllachie to the Heagneys.)

Bullas ratebook of 1882-3 shows that Katherine and James Heagney (probably the widow and son of John, whod owned 11B) were leasing a property (N.A.V. 48 pounds), which was almost certainly Craigllachie. I do not intend to pursue title any more on this property. The Grants seem to have been on it by 1897. Symonds states on P. 52 of Bulla Bulla that Robert Grant of Craigellachie received a special mention for vegetables at the first Bulla Show of 1-5-1897.
In 1914-5 William Fraser Grant*, whose occupation was given as Inspector of Works, was listed as the owner and occupier of 140 acres and a closed road of 5 acres (which used to join Loemans Rd and Mansfield Rd). By 1922-3, Craigllachies owner was Eric L.Grant, with other details being the same except that 140 had become 138.
As seems obvious, it was on 3-9-1936 that E.F.N.Clarke (of Pips Chips fame) bought Craigllachie and renamed it Deep Valley.

(*Grant had been on the property for some time. David Mansfield had claimed that Grant had closed the road from his place to Sunbury (i.e. between Melway 4 A4 and 3 J2.
BULLA SHIRE COUNCIL. Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 22 August 1903 p 2 Article.)

18B FLEETBANK. This 192 acre allotment was granted to Kaye, Cay and Chapman for L230/8/- on 10-12-1850. Application 31187 contains the above information and then gives the second series index numbers for: John Broadfoot, Margaret Broadfoot, Margaret Stewart and Dugald Stewart. An examination of the indexes for these four names made no mention of 18B, although Dugald Stewart is mentioned as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church land at the north west corner of lot 14 in section 10. With this lack of evidence, *I am forced to guess that John Broadfoot bought 18B from the grantees, left it to wife Margaret in his will, that she remarried and that the land passed to her husband (or son), Dugald.(This guess is confirmed by Isaac Batey's memoirs!)

*John P. Fawkner became possessed of a stretch of land on the Island, how many acres it is. beyond me to say. He subdivided his acquisition into farms, re-selling the same to diverse people, amongst whom Master O.Daniel fails to catalogue Faithful, Bone or Boone, James Tate's folks, Heagney,Smith, Rhodes and Bedford. Besides these was Broadfoot, in partnership, I infer, with Dugald Stewart. Broadfoot was accidentally killed off a bullock dray, and afterwards the widow married Stewart. (P.2, Sunbury News, 27-8-1910.)

The Bulla directory of 1868 lists William Bedford, John Daly, Thomas Faithfull, William and John Fanning, John and Edward Heagney, Michael and Phillip Loeman, William Randall, William Sharp, David Smith and Paul Tate. Therefore all the farms on Tullamarine Island are accounted for except two- 12B and Fleetbank. The Ritchies, who owned 12B, were listed under Tullamarine. Dougald Stewart, farmer, was listed under Bulla as well, so it is reasonable to assume that he was on Fleetbank by that time. Dugald Stewart was, with David Smith, a trustee of Presbyterian land (Tullamarine Island School site on n/w corner of lot 14, section 10) from 15-10-1858 (V.70 folio 277) and one of the founders of the Bulla Presbyterian Church in 1859. (Bulla Bulla P.58.)
The earliest ratebook available (1879) does not show that he owned other land and in 1882-3, his land in the Tullamarine Island Subdivision had a N.A.V. of 65 pounds and was almost certainly Fleetbank.
In 1914-5, Donald Junor was assessed on 201 acres, which-despite the extra nine acres- is known to have been Fleetbank.
As mentioned previously, the Bedfords have owned Fleetbank for about 60 years.

18 A, 18 C (and 20A Bulla) Glenloeman.
These Crown Allotments, consisting of 88, 412 and 94 acres respectively made up the 594 acres of Glenloeman. Loeman bought 18A and C on 10-12-1850, a date on which Kaye, Cay and Chapman and several other grantees in Tullamarine acquired their grants.
Detailed information about Michael Loeman can be found on P. 429 of Victoria and its Metopolis (A.Sutherland) and details of the ownership of Glenloeman on page 54 of Bulla Bulla (I.W.Symonds).
Part of Glenloeman was purchased by Alister Clark of Glenara to protect his privacy. The 1914-5 rates show that William Gerald and Bernard Michael Crosbie still had the whole 594 acres of Glenloeman but by 1922-3 Alister and Edith Clarke had 106 acres of 18C and Bernard Crosbie had 478 acres (I think the rate collector meant 488). Michael Loeman was a great mate of John Kernan, which accounts for Loeman St in Strathmore. Loeman St in Essendon is probably due to Michaels grant of a township allotment bisected by Kiora St. The bridge in Moreland Rd was called Loemans Bridge in honour of Michael who managed and then farmed on Dr McCraes Moreland Estate for many years before settling on Glenloeman.

Alice Pryor, nee Wood, grew up in William Bethells bluestone general store and post office in Bulla Township. Her memories of the island date back to the latter 1920s. She remembered the Papworths living in the Craigllachie homestead. The Papworth children, Hector, Thelma and Keith went to the Bulla school with Alice. Other Island youngsters that she knew well were Lexi and Rory McLeod of Bulla Park and John, Pauline and Mary Crosbie of Glenloeman. Alice has vague recollections of ruins on Bulla Park near the Tullamarine Island School site described by I.W.Symonds.

Henry Bedford gave the following detail about the farms.

PLEASANT VALE. The Tates had their orchard in the creek valley on the east bank. The farm was owned by Mashford for most of the 1950s. Charlie Clymo bought it in about 1958 and later sold to Fred Bassett. Cappie Dale bought the island portion of Pleasant Vale and used it for about a decade as a pig farm. Gallea continued with pigs and still owns it. An old ruin was on Cooper Rd before the Pleasant Vale Homestead.

BULLA PARK. The 1922 ratebook recorded that Stephen and Eileen May Theinton had 760 acres in sections 11 and 10 Tullamarine. My transcription of the West Riding assessments was selective but I assumed that these weirdly named people owned Bulla Park. Henry Bedford recalls people named Thornton selling Bulla Park to Billy McLeod. Billy used it, till about 1960, to graze sheep and grow oats and barley. McLeods also still owned the 150 acre paddock on 11B which adjoined Overpostles western boundary.

OVERPOSTLE. Gilbertsons, who also owned Aucholzie (across Deep Creek), would often hold 15000 sheep on Overpostle during the Christmas break at their slaughterhouse. Henry Bedford would bring his truck loaded with hay every day to feed them. The Gilbertsons slaughtermen earned weekend bonus money by digging out rocks on Overpostle; a good indication that this farm had never been ploughed.

GLENLOEMAN. Henry remembers only sheep and cattle here so it seems that Michael Loeman made the right decision in the 1860s (giving up wheat growing.) Alister Clarks 106 acres was resold to Glenloeman but locals still know the land as Clarks paddock.

ALBIE EWART owned land on both sides of Jacksons Creek near the organ pipes for some time around 1950.His 200 acres on the south side was connected to his island land by a ford. (This land had probably been Harriet Sharpe's. The ford was possibly the one that Hume and Hovell are thought to have used in 1824.)

I believe that the map from which this portion comes is an Army Ordnance map from about 1910. The dating is based on known time lines relating to the Oakland Hunt Club kennels near Daniels Rd and Franklins Hotel in Broadmeadows Township.
(Ditto-private message.)

Tullamarine Island.
1. Fannings Sunnyside. 2. Glenloeman. 3. Craigllachie 4. Overpostle
5. Randall 6. Randall? 7. Tate 8. Bulla Park (two tracks to one house) See next page.
Parish of Holden.
9. East End Farm (formerly Harriet Sharps) 10. Caroline Chisholms shelter at Robertsons. 11.Tates second Pleasant Vale 12. Dickins Coldingham Lodge
13. Holden School 14. Reddan, Holden View.

*Caroline Chisholms shelter on Keilor Plains was the third from Melbourne, the first two being at Essendon and Keilor.
*Holden school 3346 opened at the end of McLeods Rd on 7-11-1900 with the Tate, Randall, Kelly, Byrne and McLeod families well represented. Its first teacher, Jessie T.Rowe, stayed until 1903 (at which time she moved to Tullamarines school at the corner of Bulla Rd and Conders Lane and married Frank Wright of Strathconnan.) It closed at the end of 1917, reopened later and finally closed on 28-5-1938. Vision and Realisation..
*The Holden View homestead was built on allotment 5 of section 16, granted to John Reddan on 17-1-1876. Michael Reddans grant (lot 1,14-2-1876) was across the road, from Dickins Corner up to the bend to the north east. By 1946-7 Margaret and Evelyn Reddans Holden View consisted of 264 acres, all the land between Dickins Corner and the bridge but lots 2 and 3, which are etched above.
*See Victoria and Its Metropolis and page 123 of Memoirs of a Stockman regarding John Dickins. As well as describing Dickins superbly, Harry Peck mentioned that Des Moore was owner of the property by 1942. In 1879,John, Stephen and William Dickins were recorded as the farms occupiers.

(Photo from real estate advertisement.)

*David Patullo received the grant for allotment 2 of section 6 in the parish of Bulla on 4-10-1854. He called this 463. 25 acre property Craigbank. (Melway 384, bridge to Glenwood drive including Willowbank and A/11.) In 1863, in the Patullos Lane area of Somerton, William, James and C.Patullo had farms with nett annul values of 84, 64 and 36 pounds respectfully. In 1900 James had 242 acres and William 412 acres. (The Craigbank, later Willow Bank, homestead must be shown on the map.)

My Titles Office research yielded good results but any further efforts there would only yield an ounce of information per hour so I returned to the old Bulla Shire office at Sunbury. To my delight, the first Bulla Roads Board rate books had surfaced. The first years records listed ratepayers by parish and it was not till October 1865 that Tullamarine Island ratepayers were grouped together. In 1863 and 1864, Alexander Robb (just across Deep Creek from Overpostle) was listed as Robert Alexander(s). He was not listed in 1865 and it was probably his prime creek frontage that the disguised David Mansfield bought despite Malcolm Ritchies fervent desire to own it.(See poem.) Despite the Robb family seemingly leaving the district, Alexander Robb (son of the above or of James Robb) was later to marry Harriet Hodgkinson (born to Abraham and Harriet in 1857).
Major findings were:
1. William Speary seems to have been a genuine farmer rather than a speculator. In 1863, he was the owner and occupier of land having a nett annual value of 30 pounds. This situation continued in 1864 and 1865. This land probably consisted of section 10 lots 21, 32, 37, 38-45, bought from Anne Boone on 8-11-1862 (122 784). On 29-3-1876, William Speary sold lots 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33 and 37 to 45 to Paul Tate.
In 122 784, Speary was described as a publican of Tullamarine. His hotel could have been the Beech Tree (sect. 6) or the Lady of the Lake (sect.3); it is known that the Quinlans Junction (sect. 3) was not yet built and no evidence exists that the Howse familys Travellers Rest on 22c Doutta Galla was built by 1862. By 1867 William Speary was leasing his land, whose N.A.V. had fallen to 28 pounds, to William (Creech?) By October 1873, David Ferrier was farming this land but the space for the owners name was blank. Ferrier was also leasing land (N.A.V. 18 pounds) from Paul Tate. The first parcel would have been about 77 acres so it probably consisted of the 12 lots that Speary sold to Paul Tate in 1876 (most lots being about 6 acres). The second parcel would have been about 49 acres, perhaps lots 26, 18, 17, 19, 20, 15. David Ferrier married Marion, the fourth child of Abraham and Harriet Hodgkinson.
William Sharp already owned land on the island before R.G.Nichols sold him lot 6 of section 10 in 1865. In 1863 and 1864, William Sharp had a farm (N.A.V. 12 pounds) and George Nichols had one (N.A.V. 10 pounds). By October 1865, William Sharps farm had a nett annual value of 22 pounds (add em up) and George Nichols name was no longer listed. George Nicholls married Jane Faithfull. My guess is that William Sharps original block was lot 5.
Dugald Stewart was the owner and occupier of Fleetbank by 1863. Its N.A.V. changed little over the years, being 66 pounds in 1863 and 65 pounds 20 years on. In 1865, 1867 and 1873, Dugald Stewart was leasing Moses Faithfulls eastern half of Bulla Park, whose N.A.V. dropped from 52 pounds in 1863 and 1865 to 40 in 1867. Had cropping without rotation depleted the soil?

John Skuse also seems to have been a genuine farmer. He was listed as the owner and occupier of Thomas Faithfulls western half of Bulla Park (N.A.V. 55 pounds) in 1873 and although called John Skews in 1882-3, was still farming it with his son, Edward, having added Moses portion to make the N.A.V. 96 pounds.

David Smiths farm had a N.A.V. of 80 pounds in 1863 and 1865 but it had fallen to 75 in 1867.By October 1873, Paul Tate was obviously started to use some of Smiths land and was paying L2/5/0 of Smiths rate bill of L3/15/0.

The Ritchies farm in 1863 had a N.A.V of 120 pounds. This was 12B, which retained its value until 1882 at least. By October 1873, they owned another parcel that was not John and Edward Heagneys eastern 324 acre half of 11B. Nor was it George Randalls farm, whose value had dropped from 40 pounds (1863, 4, 5) to 36 pounds in 1867 and 1873. This extra land seems to have dropped onto the island from outer space!

In 1878, the rate collector was similarly confused. The Ritchies were assessed on land with the N.A.V. of 44+136+136+120 pounds. The 1882-3 rates clarify things, i.e. 136 pounds ( eastern 324 acres of 11B) + 120 pounds (12B). What the above muddle seems to indicate is that in 1873 the Ritchies may have started leasing the Heagneys 324 acres with a view to buying it and that the need for clear title threw a spanner in the works, causing the rate collector to assess the same land twice and call 136 just 36. As I suspected from application 10134, the Ritchies must have bought the 11B portion of Overpostle in 1877-8.

John and Edward Heagneys 324 eastern half of 11B had a N.A.V. of 125 pounds from 1863 to 1873. By 1878 it had increased slightly in value (136 pounds) but that didnt help Edward Heagney who was now leasing land (N.A.V. 35 pounds) from David Smith.



WARLABY.(Section 11, Bulla Bulla; Melway 384 J8-homestead.)
See the heritage study:
[PDF] Place: Warlaby - Hume City Councilâ
Warlaby is of State level heritage significance for the evidence of its use as a ..... that the Bulla property was named Warlaby after the Booths' stud, probably to ...

The study stated that not much was known about Maurice Quinlan. See my journal about him. Maurice was a bookmaker and for a time lived in James Robertson Jnr.'s Aberfeldie mansion that gave the suburb its name. According to one of my informants,probably Bob Blackwell,Quinlan's son became an Australian boxing champion.

The name, Warlaby, came from the stud of Booth who developed the Booth strain of shorthorns of which Robert McDougall was the prime breeder in Victoria and probably Australia. This brought him into conflict with Niel Black (grantee of the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park and Western District squatter) and Henry Stephenson of "Niddrie" who favoured the Bates strain.

The heritage study states that Isaac Batey gave John Cameron's name for Warlaby as -- but death notices indicate that the original name was "Tobernaroy".
DIED. On the 26th inst., at Tobernaroy, Bulla Bulla, Deep Creek, Mary, the beloved wife of John Cameron, aged 42 years.(P.4, Argus,27-9-1854.)

This is the only bit of the journal NAMES IN A LIST etc. that will be reproduced because James Waylett managed to live in Bulla for 56 years without getting his name in the papers up until he applied for a pension at the age of 95!

Christopher Islip attended to apply for an old-age pension on behalf of Jas.Waylett, of Oaklands. The applicant, it was stated, had now reached his 95th year, and could not leave his room. He had known him for more than 30 years to be a resident of Victoria, and could endorse every statement made by him in the pension claim. He was living at his house, and his wife was attending to him.

Constable Walsh said that this man was a very old and respected resident. He was informed he arrived here in 1852, and since then lived at Oaklands, where he followed the calling of a gardener. He made provision for his old age, and so was always industrious and thrifty. He was being well and kindly looked after.

Mr. Richards, of Greenvale, attended in person, and desired to inform the commissioner that the applicant was receiving 2s. a week rent from a house and garden in which he held a life interest.
He thought it right that that should be known.

The commissioner said the claim seemed a meritorious one, and all the papers would be sent to the Pensions
office for determination.-- Essendon Gazette. (P.3,Sunbury News,13-7-1908.)

James Waylett did get his name in the paper two years later when 12 year old Oswald Daniel's history essay was published in the Sunbury News. I thought James would be on the same section as Chris Islip (the one containing the cemetery) which was alienated much later than 1852; hence I doubted that James had been in the area since 1852. It seems he had! The section that Oswald referred to (section 3) was on the north east corner of Oaklands and Somerton Rds. Oswald's family had been neighbours of James Waylett for over half a century. Bob Blackwell told me while we were at Musgrove's corner that the father of Councillor Richards had worked for James Musgrove and owned the next block east. The Daniel family owned Narbonne near Daniel Rd.
The section extending from Musgrove's corner to the late Andrew Carroll's was owned by Mr William Wright, who cut it up and sold it about the year 1852, Messrs Musgrove, Johnson, Daniel, Carroll, Tulloch and Waylett were among the original purchasers. (P.2, Sunbury News, 4-6-1910.)

Strangely a "Waylett,Bulla" search on trove brings up both results but Waylett is not in the summary for either,let alone highlighted as search terms usually are. I had only discovered the pension application while investigating the previous case: Dolan v Dolan.

A City of Hume heritage study names the mud brick house at 1100 Somerton Rd as Waylett's Cottage.

WEIR.See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.
The remains of the late Rev. L. M. Weir, formerly minister of the Presbyterian Church at Bulla, who died at Point Lonsdale on Tuesday, were interred at the Bulla Cemetery yesterday in the presence of a large number of his friends. The service at the house was conducted by the Right Rev. Andrew Hardie, moderator of the General Assembly, and in the church and at the grave by the Revs. Dr. Rentoul, A.Stewart, W.M.M. Alexander,
W.D. Fairburn, J. T. Robertson, and the moderator, who spoke in terms of high appreciation of the character and work of the deceased gentleman.

Mr. Weir was born in Glasgow in 1845, and studied at the university of that city. He came to Victoria in 1877,
and having completed his course at Ormond College, was inducted to the ministerial charge of the church in Simpson's-road(now Abbotsford) in 1881. In 1884 he left for Glasgow, where he accepted the pastorate of the Blochairn church, and four years later he returned to Melbourne. His subsequent pastorates were at Maryborough,
Abbotsford and Bulla. Mrs. Weir has survived her husband. (P.15,Argus,22-11-1902.)


Messrs Hoban Bros. of 360 Bourke street, report having effected the following sales:- On account of Mr.R.S.Whiting,his property at Bulla known as Bulla Park containing 852 acres to Messrs.McLeod and Anderson of Diggers Rest. (P.11, Argus,24-3-1915.)

Crown allotment 1, section 13, parish of Bulla Bulla, consisting of 381 acres 1 rood 5 perches,granted to D.McAuliffe on 4-10-1854. Melway 383 K5 is a central point.The south west corner was the Gellies Rd bend in 385H6, the southern boundary an eastern extension of Gellies Rd to Deep Creek and the farm extended 4000 links (800 metres) to the north, halfway to the Gellies/Wildwood Rd corner.

Having seen several references to Clarke's Wildwood Estate in City of Hume heritage studies,I wondered if it was near the McAuliffes' "Wildwood." Can we find out where it was?

Messrs. Powers, Rutherford, and Co, report the sale, by private contract, of Wildwood, a freehold estate, comprising about 4,000 acres,fenced and improved, near Sunbury railway station, to the Honourable W. J. T. Clarke,M.L.C., at satisfactory price and terms.(P.4, Argus,5-10-1869.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 2 June 1874 p 4 Article
... meeting will be held, by permission of Mr. W. J. Clarke, at Wildwood, a few miles beyond Sunbury, the special train landing passengers within a very short distance of tho starting-place.

THIS DAY, To be Sold at Scott's Hotel VALUABLE PROPERTY At Bulla By Order of tho Mortgagees
To Syndicates, Land Companies, and Others
PRATT, KINCAID and Co are Instructed to SELL by AUCTION, at Scott's Hotel, Collins street, on Tuesday, 15th May, at three o'clock, Superior FREEHOLD ESTATE, 510 Acres, on the Deep Creek, Bulla being part of Crown
Allotment 1 Section 16 parish of Bulla Bulla and Crown Allotment A Section 4, parish of Bolinda
, county of Bourke, lately known as Feehan's Farm.
The property adjoins Sir W. J. Clarke's Wildwood Estate, and is within five miles of Sunbury railway station, and about l8 miles from Melbourne.(P.3, Argus,15-5-1888.)

On Account of Messrs. Brannigan Bros,Their well Known property, ST. JOHN'S HILL, BULLA, Situate about two miles from the Inverness, l8 miles from Melbourne, and three miles from Sunbury Railway Station, adjoining tho pro-
perties of Robert M'Dougall, Esq., Warlaby,and Sir W. J. Clarke, Bart , Wildwood,
(P.2, Argus,2-11-1885.)

IMPORTED PRIZE BULLS will serve Cows this season at Woodlands: "Prince Oscar," prize bull, at seven guineas: Exhibition," prize bull, at five guineas. "lonzo," will serve cows at Wildwood, at four guineas.(etc.)
Rawdon F.Greene. AH,HA!! SPECIFY LOCATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The surveyor's tools of trade were the chain (20 metres long, containing 100 links 20cm in length), and the compass. Because their north was magnetic north, government roads such as Broadmeadows Rd and Sharps Rd do not run respectively quite north-south and east-west on Melway (which uses true north as the basis of its maps.) Dimensions given on parish maps are almost always in links, so , for example, 975 links would be 9 chains and 75 links or 9x20 metres plus three quarters of 20 metres=180 metres +15 metres=195 metres. This is the method I use to determine the road frontages that I often give for farms.
N.B. 40 perches= 1 rood; 4 roods= 1 acre. An acre was often 1 chain x 10 chains (1 chain X 1 furrow-long or furlong=20 metres x 200 metres.) A square mile (80 x 80 chains) was 640 acres.

Google Bulla Bulla, County of Bourke to get an online parish map,and your protractor, and become an amateur surveyor to follow this "surveyor speak" and the course of Wildwood Road as described on page 6 of The Argus on 18-10-1855. Why the gully near the Martin Dillon bridge would be named lighthouse gully has me stumped.

Due to technical problems,not being able to get the article and the digitised text at the same time, the digitisation on trove was not corrected,the whole article being transcribed.

The following are the particulars respecting a new road proposed to be made by the Central Road Board through the parish of Bulla Bulla:-
The road commences at a point on a public road (dividing sections 4 and 8 from 5 and 7) 41 chains from the south west corner of section 4,bearing west 36 degrees 25 minutes north 52 chains; thence west 37 degrees 45 minutes south, down Lighthouse Gully 17 chains 60 links; thence west 11 degrees 10 minutes north 7 chains (10?) links; thence west 45 degrees 56 minutes north 21 chains 10 links passing through the property of Mr John Moore Cole Airey; thence west 45 degrees 56 minutes 6 chains 50 links; thence north 87 degrees 50 minutes east crossing the Deep Creek at the ford,22 chains 20 links; thence north 15 degrees 58 minutes west 16 chains 50 links; thence north 59 degrees (58?) minutes west 19 chains 20 links; thence west 19 degrees 20 minutes north 14 chains 60 links; thence due north 22 chains 60 links passing through the property of David Patulla (Patullo),joining the road at the south side of section (13?). The quantity of land required to be taken for the proposed road is twenty acres three perches (20.01875 acres) and the cost of effecting the said work is to be defrayed by the petitioners applying for the road.Persons considering their interests affected by the road must signify their objections within forty days of the first publication of the notice in the Government Gazette.

Bulla Farm Sold.
The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 1 April 1915 Edition: Morning. p 1 Article
... Bulla Farm Sold. Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Company report having sold, on behalf of Mr. Jas.Williamson, his farm, situated on the Deep Creek at Bulla, and containing 317 acres, to Mrs. Rose H. Gardiner.

Place: Willow Bank Place No.- 201
(Formerly Craig Bank)
Type: Dwelling
Location: 400 Wildwood Road, Wildwood
Critical Date(s): Bluestone outbuilding constructed c.mid-1850s. Weatherboard homestead
constructed c.mid-1850s and possibly renovated in c.late1890s.
Historic Theme(s): 'The Land: Producing', 'Social and Civic Life'
Previous Heritage Registration(s): None.
Recommended Level of Significance: Local.
Statement of Significance:
The Willow Bank (originally Craig Bank) weatherboard homestead and the bluestone
outbuilding, erected from the mid-1850s, is of regional significance as an outstanding example
of a relatively intact 1850s small homestead complex; for its superb setting; and for its
association with David Patullo, who was prominent in the early years of local government, and
together with his large family, well-known in the district through the nineteenth century. Later,
it was associated with the Dillon family, who were also well-known in the district and active in
local government.
The weatherboard homestead is a significant as a scarce, substantial, and intact example
of its style in the study area. The outbuilding, apparently a dwelling of some sort at some stage,
is also notable for its substantial intactness as well as for its well executed bluestone
construction. Small, with a distinctive roof, and typically large chimney, it presents as an
archetypal mid nineteenth century bluestone building.
The buildings are set amongst river gums on a knoll beside on an alluvial flat overlooking
Deep Creek. They form a vista for motorists rounding a bend of the Wildwood Road, and
constitute an integral component of the Deep Creek cultural landscape, which is of outstanding
The weatherboard homestead is situated atop a small hill that slopes down to the Deep
Creek giving it an attractive vantage point looking south across the creek. The house itself is
square and has a large hipped roof, almost pyramidal in shape, which is punctuated by two brick
chimneys. The roof continues over the verandah on all four sides. The edge of the roof over the
verandah is supported by turned timber posts and features a simple timber valance. The floor
plan to the house consists of a number of rooms on each side of a central corridor. There are
double-hung windows to all sides of the house, each sash with two panes.
The rectangular outbuilding to the north of the main house is constructed of undressed
bluestone, roughly squared and laid in courses. It is about 10.5m x 4m in size. Internally it has
two separate rooms, each with a window and a door on the front, or south, side. One large
timber lintel, probably of local gum, spans the adjacent doorways. The western room has a
large external bluestone and brick chimney while the eastern room has a splayed window on the
opposite wall to the door. The ground to the front of the building is paved with bricks, some of
which appear to be handmade and include 'Allison's patent' bricks. The hipped roof, as well as
the roof to the homestead, was probably once clad with shingles but is now sheeted with
corrugated iron.
The land on which the former Craig Bank homestead and bluestone outbuilding are
located - Allotment 2 of Section 6 in the Parish of Bulla Bulla - was purchased from the Crown
in October 1854 by a David Patullo.1
David Patullo was born in Scotland in 1817 and arrived in Melbourne in December 1841.
His first employment was for four years as a shepherd for John Rigg at Donnybrook, or
Kalkallo. He then bought 12 acres of land and a team of bullocks, taking up teaming and
farming for the next two years. For six years after this he farmed on a larger scale on 165 acres
of rented land, and then 'went to the diggings with but little success'.2
In 1854 Patullo returned to farming and settled on his newly acquired 463 acres of land in
Allotment 2 of Section 6, which he called Craig Bank. He had married an Agnes Paton shortly
before leaving Scotland and by 1854 they had some eight children. By 1888 they had had
eighteen children of whom eleven were still alive.3
David Patullo was prominent in local government in the early years of the district's
establishment as a Road Board and then as a Shire. He was a member of the Road Board in
1864 and was on the first Bulla Shire Council in 1866. He remained a member of the Council
for the next few years.4
Over the years Patullo primarily grazed cattle and produced hay on his land, which by
1863 encompassed 640 acres. This included the 463 acres of his original Crown grant, which
was bordered on the east by the Deep Creek, as well as the 177 acres of Allotment A of Section
7 on the other side of the Deep Creek, which he appears to have purchased at an early date from
the original grantee, a J.Murphy. By 1863 and into the late 1880s he also leased another 319
acres from a Captain J.M.C.Airey. This was Allotment B of Section 5, which was adjacent to
Section 7.5
Patullo died in May 1890 and a list of his assets, as required for Probate, noted that on
Allotment 2 of Section 6 there was a 'hardwood' house containing seven rooms, stables, a wash
house and mens huts, all of which were described as being built of various materials and 'all
over 30 years old'.6 This would date the construction of the bluestone structure, which was
possibly a 'mens hut', as being in the mid-1850s, shortly after Patullo acquired the land. The
date of the weatherboard homestead is not so certain. While Patullo, with such a large family,
had a substantial seven roomed weatherboard building, the present building may have been
reconstructed or enlarged later, perhaps around the turn of the century.
In 1892, about two years after David Patullo's death, his sons Peter and James sold the
property to a Martin Dillon, who by then appears to have also acquired Captain Airey's land.
The Dillon family - Martin Sr., Martin Jr., Michael and William - worked about 850 acres until
the turn of the century, which coincides with the death of Martin Dillon Sr. in June 1900.
Before then, however, Martin Dillon Sr. had taken up residence with his wife, Honora, on a
farm called Clonpett, which encompassed the 217 acres of Allotment 2 of Section 27 in the
Parish of Bulla Bulla and fronted the Bulla-Sunbury Road.7
The present weatherboard house is thought by the Dillon family to have been built in the
late 1890s or early 1900s. Prior to that one of the Dillon daughters, a small girl at the time,
remembers living in the whitewashed stone dwelling (the current building), which had a timber
attachment housing washtubs. It may have been only temporary accommodation, during rebuilding
of the main weatherboard house. When the family moved into 'the new house' they
acquired a piano, which became a great fixture.8
The area around the river at the bridge attracted excursionists at least from the time of the
late nineteenth century. The Dillons came to know a few families from Melbourne suburbs
who camped and fished there each year. The girls would bake for the visitors, and on the
Sunday evening the campers would be invited into the Dillon home for a sing around the piano.9
The site near the bridge is known as the Martin Dillon Reserve. William Dillon was Shire
President in 1897-98.10
From 1900 on the former Craig Bank property, which the Dillons had renamed Willow
Bank, was some 415 acres in size (the rest appears to have been sold) and was worked by
Martin Dillon Jr. only.11 He lived at the property until his death at the age of 59 in December
By 1971 the Willow Bank property had been substantially reduced in size by the
subdivision and sale of much of the northern portion of the original Crown allotment.13
It is recommended that Willowbank including trees be included in the Heritage Overlay
of the Hume Planning Scheme.
(Place: Willow Bank - Hume City Councilâ)

WILSON.See COMMENT of 2014-01-14 11:39:56. re the Junor-Stewart wedding.


WRIGHT Tulip.sir, grant

Post Office opened 1st January 1854
The naming of the suburb of Flemington* has been a subject for debate for over 100 years. Back in 1908 there
were differences of opinion by men, including some who had been involved in its origins; but the general
consensus was, even then, that the racecourse preceded the village.

A couple of months after a grudge match was held on the course between two men on their mares, the first
official race was held on a warm 3rd March, 1840, between two two-year-old colts. There were several
other races over the first three-day meet, and the marshal of the course was William Tulip Wright, the first
postmaster for Bulla. (P.17, State of Victoria Early Postal Cancels (and History) Illustrated, Section III: January to August 1854.)

Late Rains. The effects of the incessant rains experienced throughout the Province for the past two months, are sufficiently apparent by the present condition of the town, while the usual crossing places through the country were, from the swollen state of the rivers,rendered totally impassable. The water was for some days level with the bridge lately built by Mr. Wright at the Deep Creek, but for which the progress of all
drays on the road would have been arrested. (The Australian, Tuesday 27 August 1844, p 4 Article.)

On the 12th instant, at the Deep Creek, Mrs. Wright of a son. (P.2, Melb. Argus, 18-1-1848.)

Accident.It was rumoured in Melbourne yesterday that Mr W. Wright of the Deep Creek, had been thrown from his gig and killed, but from enquiries instituted it appears the extent of his injuries consisted in a broken rib and a few bruises on the side. (P.2, Argus, 6-3-1849.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 20 April 1849 p 4 Article
... William Wright, Bridge Inn, Deep Creek.

THE Friends of the late Mrs. MARY ANN WRIGHT (relict of the late Mr. William Wright) are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, in the Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral procession to move from her late residence, Deep Creek Inn, Bulla, this day,Saturday, September 11, at 9, and pass the
Flemington Bridge about half-past 12 o'clock. JOHN SLEIGHT, undertaker, 71 Collins-street east.
(P.8,Argus, 11-9-1858.)

WRIGHT. - On the 23rd inst., at the Junction Hotel,St. Kilda, Anthony William, oldest son of the late
William Wright, of the Deep Creek, Bulla, aged nineteen years.(P.4,Argus,24-1-1866.)

THE Friends of the late WILLIAM WRIGHT, Deep Creek, Bulla, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late elder son, Anthony William, to the place of Interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral to move from the Junction Hotel, St.Kilda, on Thursday, the 25 inst., at 11 o'clock a.m. J. STEWART, undertaker.
(P.8, Argus, 24-1-1866.)

YOUNG Peter.
In "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History", Andrew Lemon mentioned George Langhorne conducting Free Presbyterian services at Peter Young's Nairn and how the United Presbyterians had caused problems. Andrew's source was obviously Peter Young's letter published on page 4 of The Argus of 19-2-1851.
Here are the headlines about Peter Young. He was a very proud Scot with a good knowledge of the "land o' cakes" and a love of poetry. He was on the front foot when situations needed correcting. He was a stalwart of the Free Presbyterians and a member of the Order of Oddfellows, working hard to advance the former and defending the latter group from unjustified criticism. Above all he was an expert farmer, and I mean an EXPERT. He seems to have moved to Clyde Park, Westernport before his death.

As I have the Bulla Bulla map now I'll tell you about Nairn before I detail the trove articles. See Melway map 384. Peter Young received the grant for Section 8 (a square mile/ 640 acres) on 26-11-1848. He added the 130 acre 7B on the other side of St John's Lane on 18-9-1851. (St John's lane led to the Brannigans' "St John's Hill", not heaven!) The William Inglis and Son thoroughbred horse sales complex is in the south east corner of section 8 and the end of the public section of St Johns Rd indicates its north western corner. Allotment B of section 7 is between St Johns Rd and Deep Creek; the southern boundary was the now closed road in C-E 12 and the northern boundary is indicated by 110 St Johns Rd.

While reading Isaac Batey's fascinating historical articles in the Sunbury newspaper, I half-noticed his reference to a Mr Young being ( a squatter?) near Essendon in the early days (probably 1847.)This could have been Peter Young. I will start with an advertisement that Peter placed in The Argus (as I thought, soon after arriving), which outlines his past.He was actually in Victoria by 1842!
All items are from The Argus unless otherwise specified: 1846-8 was the Melbourne Argus.

24-9-1847 page 2. Peter announced that he was setting up as an auctioneer and commission agent. He said that he had been land steward for the Marquis of Breadalbane (in Scotland), an experimental farmer and land steward for A. Speirs, the M.P. for Richmond (Tasmania), superintendent of the Government Domain farm in Van Dieman's Land and latterly superintendent of J. and W. Macarthur's stations. Peter must have arrived in Melbourne by 1846 or very early 1847. A letter he wrote to the Port Phillip Gazette was republished in the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (12-6-1847 page 4.) There had been an outbreak of black leg in young cattle near Port Fairy,to which no solution had been found,and Peter wrote from the Crown Hotel outlining his method that had worked so successfully in New South Wales in the winter of 1837. He had been in charge of 8000 cattle and the sudden death of cattle 20 miles away was put down to snake bites until Peter arrived and diagnosed black leg after dissecting a carcass.

27-1-1847 page 1-2. Peter made a toast at the Robbie Burns Festival that was a virtual history of Scotland and occupied 4 1/2 columns of The Argus.

28-5-1847 page 2. SEYMOUR. Preparations are being made for the sale to be conducted by Mr Peter Young on the 24th. This was to be the first ever in the township.Peter was auctioning well before the advertisement appeared.

1-6-1847 page 2. An excited report of the sale was given. The correspondent told of Peter's plans for regular sales.

3-8-1847 page 2. A DANGEROUS NUISANCE. At the close of business at the Police Office on Saturday, Mr Peter Young informed the Mayor of the cattle, horses, pigs and goats in Latrobe St West and no constable ever being seen to control this. The Chief Constable, who had earlier ignored Peter's complaints, was huffy but the Mayor instructed him to send two constables and impound these animals.

30-11-1847. The Seymour correspondent understood that Peter had intended to conduct quarterly sale but none (bar the first) had come off yet.

20-4-1849 page 4. Peter complained that he hadn't been getting his Argus or Patriot.He was now on Nairn.

19-4-1850 page 3, column 4. FOR SALE. Seed wheat and potatoes of a very superior quality grown from seed of last year's crop at Warrnambool. On sale by the undersigned, Peter Young, Nairn, Deep Creek.

27-4-1850 page 2. BIRTH. At Nairn, parish of Bulla Bulla on the 25th, Mrs Peter Young of a daughter.

8-1-1851 page 2.(Original correspondence to the Mt Macedon paper.) Peter said that up until the end of 1850 mail had been picked up at Mr Wright's Bridge Inn but the mail run to Mt Macedon now went through Keilor. (This is of interest because it seems that Tulip Wright did start the Lincolnshire Hotel's construction during 1851. Donohue applied for the Bridge Inn licence in 1851 but his application was postponed because of the filthy state of the Bridge Inn. (See THE HOTELS NEAR TULLAMARINE journal.) It may have been because Tulip had left, abandoning his hotel, that the route was changed.)Peter complained that 500 residents near Bulla now had to pick up their mail from Melbourne or Gisborne, stating that only about 5 people lived on the new route between Keilor and The Gap. (He was talking about William Taylor of Overnewton, James Robertson of Upper Keilor,possibly the Page Brothers of Glencoe-I'll have to ask Isaac Batey if they were still there; their drinking might have seen them off by 1851, and one or two others.) P.S. Edward Page advertised the homestead block in 1859. (The Argus 27-6-1859 page 2, column 2.)

10-2-1851 page 2. Peter hasn't given up. He now accuses two magistrates of using undue influence to change the mail run. One magistrate was certainly William Taylor; I'm not sure if Robertson was a J.P. too. His son, James, was and another son, Francis, was a member of parliament.

19-2-1851 page 4.Peter wrote a letter about Langhorne teaching Sunday School at theschoolhouse on Nairn on Sunday mornings and conducting Free Presbyterian services in the afternoon and how the United Presbyterians
were interfering with their fund-raising for a church for Broadmeadows and Deep Creek (Westmeadows and Bulla.)
"Vision and Realisation", the Victorian Education Department history of 1972, mentioned an early school on the McDougalls' "Warlaby" (probably named Oaklands) in a declivity; this may have been a mistaken reference to Peter's school unless another was built on Warlaby later. My memory from reading the book 20 years ago is dim but I think it mentioned two schools with different National School numbers.

31-5-1851 page 2. Another farming problem had arisen, smut in wheat. As everyone would know, when crops are affected, prices rise. Think bananas! Due to his innovative ideas and experience, Peter had worked out a solution and he could have cashed in big-time. He had put down 140 acres of wheat at Nairn the previous year and not one head of smutted wheat had grown due to his treatment of the grain before planting that he had developed 17 years earlier. Peter was not going to keep this a secret and let his colleague suffer. Could you imagine Coles giving Woolworths a helping hand?

25-6-1852. Peter wrote a letter headed "To Improve Crops by Pollen" which showed that he had a thorough grasp of the history of the development of the various types of wheat.

11-8-1852 page 6.Peter Young of Nairn requested permission from those who had donated money for the church in the parish of Bulla (not enough to proceed) to hand it over to the National School, whose establishment had been resolved at a meeting he'd recently chaired.

The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston) 3-11-1852 page 722 (no kidding!) As Peter McCracken , the President of the Port Phillip Farmers' Society was absent (due to the drowning of his young son, William, in the Moonee Ponds Creek near the bottom of Pascoe St, Westmeadows; see McCracken below), Peter Young of Nairn took the chair, filling it most capably, at the function to honour David Duncan's service to the organisation. (See the WILLIAM THOMPSON AND DAVID DUNCAN journal.)

6-3-1868 page 2. Evan McIntosh was holding a clearing sale at Nairn, his lease having expired. Peter may have moved to Westernport but he also could have been conducting a business in Melbourne.

6-5-1895 page 1. H.W.Shepherd married Susan, the daughter of the late Mr Peter Young Esquire of Melbourne and Clyde Park, Westernport.

While trove is a fantastic resource, it does not distinguish between the surname Young and the opposite of old, which led to many wasted hours. I did not find any other family notices or references to Clyde Park, Westernport apart from the 1895 marriage of his daughter.

I tried googling YOUNG with CLYDE, BERWICK and WESTERNPORT, the last named combination reminding me of a discovery I made at the P.R.O.V. (See SQUATTERS IN THE WESTERNPORT DISTRICT journal.)

A website headed FREDERICK XAVIER TO ARTHUR ZOUCH has the following information.
The Melbourne Times of 23-4-1842 recorded that Peter Young had been granted a publican's licence for the "Bushman" in Sydney Road.The Port Phillip of 21-4-1843 shows that the hotel, once again described as being on Sydney Road was now called the Sugar Loaf Inn. The same paper, on 27-4-1844,stated that Peter had been granted his licence but the hotel was again called the Bushman.
(An alphabetical listing of squatters and their runs, from correspondence with the Governor, which is a different website, lists Peter Young of the Sugar Loaf Run.) Given Peter's purchase of land in Seymour at the first sales, his conducting the first sales in the township and the fact that Sugarloaf Creek intersects the Hume Highway in Seymour, it is reasonable to assume that the hotel was at Seymour and not in modern-day Carlton, Brunswick (or Plenty, Pascoeville near the Young Queen Inn, or Tullamarine near the Lady of the Lake- routes more likely to be called Sydney Road in the early 1840's.)
Rev. Peter Gunn, who became the minister at the Campbellfield's historic Scots Church (Melway 7 H6), had visited the Golburn (River?) area and Peter was among a large number who signed a letter of encouragement and contributed 50 pounds to support his ministry; another signatory was from Sunday Creek, which joins Sugarloaf Creek.(Port Phillip Herald 1-10-1844.)

Peter Young and Elizabeth christened John William in 1843.
Peter Young purchased allotments at the first sale of blocks at Seymour. (Melbourne Weekly Courier 23-3-1844.)
Peter Young was one of 469 voters who qualified by freehold in Seymour in the list of electors in the District of Bourke (Melbourne Courier 8-8-1845.)Peter Young was listed in the (1847?) Port Phillip directory as a settler, Seymour, Sydney Rd.

The website also lists newspaper reports showing that Peter Young was given depasturing licences in July 1843 and October 1844 in the Westernport District.Ah hah, I thought, perhaps Peter had been on Clyde Farm, Westernport before he went to Bulla. Then I remembered my search for a grant (or licence) that Captain Adams of Rosebud was supposed to have been given in about 1841. All such matters were dealt with in Sydney and the Public Records office gave me an index of correspondence. As Peninsula pioneers were referred to as late as 1888 in "Victoria and Its Metropolis" as being in the Westernport District, I concentrated on those entries.

Imagine my surprise to find Barker's Mt Alexander Run (near Castlemaine) described as being in the Westernport District! In view of what has been mentioned before, Peter Young's depasturing licences were almost certainly near Seymour.

Still none the wiser,about when Peter left Nairn, I returned to Trove and tried "Nairn, Bulla, Young, 1850-1867".
Argus 18-4-1853 page 12. Peter was offering Nairn for sale by private contract. He had probably only been there for about five years but how much he had accomplished! The advertisement describes the property in great detail, including the waterfall.For the sale of his furniture, library, stock, vehicles and so on, Peter employed prominent auctioneer, Dalmahoy Campbell (much discussed by Harry Peck in his "Memoirs of a Stockman.) (See Argus 20-5-1853 page 9.)

Argus 4-6-1853 page 8, column 1. Peter offered an incredible variety of grape vine cuttings for sale.

Joseph Clarke of "Goolpala", Saltwater River (Probably the future "Rupertswood")might have bought all of Peter's property north of Melbourne.The Argus of 16-9-1865 reported, on page 2, the sale of the late Joseph's estate: lot 1. Nairn; lot 2.About 9 acres of portions 29 and 30 Doutta Galla near the racecourse (the future showgrounds site near Clarke Ave, Melway 28 F11); lots 3-9. original allotments in the Township of Seymour. N.B. Clarke may have bought the showgrounds land from the grantee, Pearson, who had sold 4 acres to John and David Charles Ricketts in 1851.

The advertisement states that Nairn was split into two farms, leased by Mr McIntosh (300 acres) and Mr Millar (450 acres.) Part of Nairn was to become William Michie's "Cairnbrae". It also stated that Peter had framed the economy of Nairn upon sure principles and described the orchards and so on. In 1860, W.C.Howie had been on Nairn and placed a notice about a black pig that had strayed into his paddock (The Argus 30-6-1860 page 8, last column.)

As we know that Peter was an auctioneer, he may have been a partner of the firm of Young and Timbury,which advertised the sale of the cargo of a ship in The Argus of 18-5-1860 (page 2, bottom of column 4.)
A George Young, from Tasmania was a pioneer near Dromana and might have been related to Peter. (See "A Dreamtime of Dromana".)Peter was certainly not related to Frankston pioneer, Mark Young, who was a Roman Catholic.
As Clyde is near Berwick, J.Young and James Grant Young (Argus 11-7-1883 page 5 and 10-10-1867 page 6 column 3) may have been related, although Mark Young was involved in the Dandenong area before moving to Frankston and they might have been related to him instead.


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Despite breaking my promise to concentrate on the dictionary history almost immediately (MORNINGTON DISTRICT JOTTINGS), here we go. I'm sure I'll be finished before any of these volumes are because there's always a new discovery. Just for example,I wrote everything I knew about William Lockhart of Tullamarine in 1989,last year, while researching Mornington Peninsula history, I discovered that his 198 acre property at Tullamarine was called Springburn and a few weeks ago, I was contacted by one of his descendants.

I have discovered in the past that if there are too many names in the surname list, some of them tend to disappear when I update the journal. As there are many names to be featured in this dictionary history, I will continue from where I left off in many volumes so that each will have a reasonable number of names in the surname list. If pioneers have already been discussed in the original dictionary history journal,they will be mentioned in the volumes,referring readers to the original journal (with the symbols ##.) As I list new names, they will be followed by a note for my use so I can locate the source(s) when I start on that entry. It will take a year just to list all the names, farm names, happenings etc. but I will be researching and writing about one family per night at the same time,so please be patient.
















BOWRING.##(Joseph Bowering Rhodes Pde BAFH)

The Brady family was probably more associated with Rosebud in later days but was certainly connected with the early days of Red Hill. In THE RED HILL, Sheila Skidmore stated that Mr Brady was the first preacher at Red Hill and that four Brady children were enrolled when Red Hill State School opened on 1-1-1874 on James Wiseman's block, near the end of Arkwells Lane. The preacher and father of the four students was most likely Obadiah Brady. I just happened to know that the Brady homestead farm was called Mount Evergreen but I did not know when they first settled there; it was much earlier than I had thought.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 24 September 1891 p 1 Family Notices
BRADY On the 23rd inst., at Mount Evergreen, Dromana, Eliza, relict of the late Obadiah Brady,

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 12 January 1888 p 1 Family Notices
... move from his late residence, Mount Evergreen, Dromana, To-morrow (Friday, January 13), at 2 o ... THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully invited to follow his re ... 979 words

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The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 10 October 1887 p 1 Family Notices
...sting-place, the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his residence, Mount Evergreen, ... Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully ... 845 words (funeral of his only daughter.)

Mount Evergreen was a fair way from the Red Hill School but it was further to Dromana and the Boneo school (at Blacks Camp between Boneo and Cape Schanck or possibly still on Anderson's Barragunda), and the Rosebud school opened a decade later. Mount Evergreen consisted of 121 acres 2 roods and 39 perches, being crown allotment 21C, section B, parish of Wannaeue, fronting the east side of Main Creek Rd (Melway,171 K9-10 to 190 B 9-10.) Mount Evergreen*, granted to W.J.Brady on 24-11-1893 was later, along with Randall's Hindhope in Rosebud, a venue for a sexy working holiday for a certain Rajah! (*See P.4, Mornington Standard 18-1-1902 and P. 2, 13-9-1900 re Hindhope.)
The Brady bunchprobably rode cross-country to get to school. W.J.Brady and Obadiah W.Brady were likely to have been two of the 1874 students.
Family Notices
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 11 November 1897 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Family Notices
... Marriage. BRADY--HEAD.-On Tuesday, 2nd No- vember, 1897, at Dalkeith Park, Mount Martha, by Rev. Thos. Kane, Obadiah W. Brady, second son of the late Obadiah Brady, of Mount Evergreen, Rosebud, to Mary Elizabeth Rosetta Head, eldest daughter of Alfred Head, Esq., Fern Valley, Red Hill. ... 45 words
Alf Head was leasing Dalkeith at that time. See my Red Hill in 1906 journal.

On 11-8-1899,W.J.Brady was also granted 79 acres (10D, Wannaeue) fronting McPhersons Lane and the east side of Baldrys Rd extending about three quarters of the way to Splitters Creek. He had earlier(1890 and 1891) been granted 6B and 6A, a total of 235 acres fronting Hyslops Rd, the south side of Browns Rd and west side of Greens Rd, and extending south to the Greens Bush boundary.

Travelling between those properties along Old Main Creek Rd (of which MacPherson Lane was a part)to Mount Evergreen, he probably often saw young Rose who lived on a farm bounded by the south end of Roberts Rd (the right angle bend) and Main Creek,crown allotment 1C, section A, parish of Flinders, consisting of 46 acres 3roods and 8 perches and granted to C.Roberts on 21-7-1890. Gee, I wonder if that's how Roberts Rd got its name! Bet you can't guess what Rose's surname was.

I don"t know enough about the Brady or Roberts genealogy to know whether it was W.J.Brady who married Rose, but it was certainly William Brady. Now,where are my ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD notes?

I recalled something that Isobel Morseby had said in ROSEBUD:FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA so I grabbed those notes too. P.36. "Mr Roberts, the first postmaster (at Rosebud), used to check the time on his watch by the sun on the Rosebud beach every day at noon." This was probably John Roberts who was granted 18A2 Wannaeue of 58 acres (Melway 170 F10 and fronting Grassland Rd)on 1-2-1908.

Peter Wilson wrote quite a bit about Rose Brady on page 26 of ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.In 1908, the Roberts family built a shop on the site of Peebles which they opened as a post office. Their daughter, Rose, who married William Brady, a Main Ridge farmer, acted as the postmistress until 1913, when they moved back to the farm (and the store was sold to Elsie James P.36.)When William died young, Rose moved to a house in Spray St; she was the organist and a mainstay of the Rosebud Methodist Church (now a medical centre in the Rosebud Fishing Village, on a block donated by Dromana's Nelson Rudduck.)

Peter said that the Roberts family had come from Ballarat and was probably not aware of the Main Ridge connection. If (John?) Roberts was from Main Ridge, why had he left the farm? The answer would be twofold. As the late Ray Cairns told me (ten days after scoring his last century), most farms were subsistence farming only, with plenty of food from the vegetable patch, orchard, dairy, chooks, underground mutton etc., with mum doing a lot of preserving to ensure year-round supply and cutting the unworn parts of dad's clothes to make the kids' apparel. Finding a market for Maroolaba chaff was impossible once they lost the contact with Stringer's Store at Sorrento.

For most farmers the only way to earn cash was to find work off the farm, maintaining roads for the shire, supplying timber, working at a sawmill etc. As Ray said,nobody wanted to work for farmers because they had no money. Those nearer the Heads could earn cash in the lime burning trade,and later supplying ti tree for Melbourne bakers' ovens, Dromana had its guest houses (McKeown,Chapman etc.), Alf Head supplied fruit and veg. for the Sorrento holidaymakers, and Red hill's fruitgrowers, despite the transport difficulties, had a ready market for their produce. But they were the exceptions.

The second reason for many leaving the family farm was the depression of the 1890's. Many farmers had to mortgage their properties; in 1900, W.J.Brady was leasing Mount Evergreen from Wyndham. Others just walked away. Many of their farms were snapped up for a song from financial institutions by the man after whom Browns Rd was named. The first of the Holmes family still in Red Hill left his Mallee farm and was working on the Railways when he met Miss Sheehan, John and Thomas Chapman tried their luck in Western Australia,John taking his wife, Edith (nee Sheehan)who returned to Red Hill when he died, and Henry Falby Gomm of Somerville also went to W.A., establishing a pioneering dynasty.

Rose Roberts' father may have found job opportunities in Ballarat where gold mining was still probably in operation and supporting other enterprises, such as stores. He must have done well to build a store and buy land in 1908,a time when the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong was almost broke. John Roberts was in Rosebud by
1902, seemingly having already built the post office and Miss Roberts,probably Rose, was already playing the organ and on the way to the altar.

From J. Roberts, Rosebud, requesting council to make the approach to the Rosebud Post Office.-Engineer was instructed to have the work done. (Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 7 June 1902 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article)

Miss Roberts, who has since coming to the district been an indefatigable worker in connection with church, (Sunday)school and Band of Hope, being about to leave for the purpose of entering the married state was presented by Mr Watsford, who acted on behalf of the members of the congregation and others, with a parcel of cutlery. Mr Rudduck, acting for the parents of the scholars, presented Miss Roberts with a clock. Miss Roberts personally thanked one and all for the gifts and said her work had been a joy and her residence amongst them would never be forgotten. Singing and prayer concluded a happy meeting.(Rosebud Sunday School Anniversary i.e. Methodist (Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 30 August 1902 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Article.)

William John Brady was the Rosebud agent from whom the Mornington Standard could be purchased, so he must have been operating from some sort of store. Mount Evergreen was a bit far away for the average reader.
AUTHORISED AGENTS: The following is a list of our authorised agents, from whom the above paper may be obtained, and who will also receive orders for advertisements :RosEBUD.-Mr. W. J. Brady etc.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 19 September 1895 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Advertising.)

When asked why he described the Sunday School at Rosebud as Methodist, itellya said that it was on land donated by a Methodist, namely Nelson Rudduck, and in a building used as the Methodist church for ages before the Pressies built their church in one day not far west of the school. And what did the said Nelson Rudduck have to say about the matter?

A CORRECTION, TO THE EDITOR. SIR,-In the report of the Rosebud Sunday School Anniversary, which appeared in your last issue, it is represented as a " Methodist" school. This is incorrect, as the school is undenom - national, the Victorian Sunday school lessons and Sankey's hymns being used, but no catechism.-Yours, &c., NELSON RUDDUCK. Superintendent. Dromana, 21/7/03.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 25 July 1903 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Article.)

I had a feeling that Isobel Moresby mentioned the year 1900 in connection with John Roberts even though I made no note of it. My memory seems to be correct.

ROSEBUD. The Sunday School anniversary was celebrated on Sunday and Monday the 5th and 6th inst. On Sunday Messrs Moyle and Rudduck conducted the services, and on Monday the public meeting was presided over by Mr J. Roberts, addresses being given by Messrs Moyle and Buchan, Mr Moyle sang a solo and the prizes were distributed to the children. From the report given by the superintendent (Mr Rudduck) it appears that a teacher is needed to take the place of Mr W. Chapman (the late superintendent, who has removed to Melbourne.) There are 3 teachers and 29 scholars with an average attendance of 24.3; the income has more than met the expenditure; and the utmost good will exists between all connected with the school. Votes of thanks were given to Miss Roberts for training the children for the singing; to Messrs Wickham, B. Holloway. W. Chapman and the committee of the Mechanics' for services rendered, also to the chairman, speaker, and decorators.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 16 August 1900 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article.)

W.J. Brady served as secretary of the Rosebud Mechanics' Hall and of the committee formed at a meeting called by Sidney Smith Crispo at Boneo re growing sugar beet. The whole family was involved with the Red Hill Band of Hope, as were the Head and Roberts families. If members of these families were madly in love with each other, I guess there was method(ist) in their madness.


Watson Bryan "was supposed to have been a deserter from the British army, who, to cover his tracks allegedly reversed his name from Bryan Watson." (P.147, A Dreamtime of Dromana.) Confusingly Colin gives his name on page 74 as John Bryan. He spent his time at Dromana "working on the timber." When Mary Ann McLear moved to Maryfield in 1860, John moved onto Mary's leased farm on the Survey, The Willow.This was halfway between the coast and the highway and halfway between Dunns and Sheepwash Creek, about the north end of the Dromana Holiday Village near the drive-in.The springs at The Willow were henceforth known as Bryan's Springs.

The track through the Common was known as Bryan's Cutting. John Bryan cut piles,slabs, sleepers, beams and firewood, much of his work done in a saw-pit. He married a Miss Mitchell, whose family were early settlers in the district and (among?) their children were Tom, Matthew, Dunlop and George. Dunlop died in Dromana aged in his 80's in the 1950's. Some of his brothers moved to the Otways.

Melbourne Brindle's fabulous map of Dromana shows Bryan's Cutting (Holmes' motor buggy used to chug up here) and it is clearly the Hillcrest Quarry Rd(Melway 159 J8-9.) The map,available for purchase at the Dromana Museum, also shows the "path to Arthurs Seat & tower(past Bryans.)" This walking path followed the western boundary of Gracefield due south from where Bryan's cutting approaches the boundary near Sayvon Court (the site of the Brindles' "Sunnyside" homestead.)

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 28 January 1936 p 1 Family Notices
Bryan- On the 23rd January at Warragul, George, eldest son of late J and M Bryan, Dromana, loved brother Margaret (W.A. ) Dun Í ... 2363 words

Matthew was a handy billiards player and captained Dromana's footy team in the match against Mornington in 1893.(P.4, Mornington Standard, 8-6-1893.) Tom narrowly won a Dromana Chess Club tournament in 1897. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 28-10-1897.) George and Matthew represented Dromana in cricket and one of them was a handy bowler.(P.3,Mornington Standard, 13-12-1894.) Matthew once top-scored with 7 runs!

Getting back to Red Hill, in 1879, John Moore, an inspector of works was assessed on 33 acres in the parish of Kangerong. This was part of the Red Hill Township and on the north east side of White Hill Rd fronting 149 metres of Harrisons Rd and 209 metres of McIlroy Rd. George Sherwood was granted 172 acres, east of Eatons Cutting Rd and south of the eastern third of Tumbywood Rd, on 9-2-1876. The Holmes family later bought this property and called it the Lookout Paddock;today it contains the Lookout Hill Circuit Walk and Holmes Road Reserve. In 1877, Moore got John Bryan to put up a fence but it was not according to specification so Sherwood took over. Bryan sued Moore for money owed and Sherwood sued Bryan.
(P.3, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 12-12-1877.)





CALDWELL. (Grantees.)##
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 10 March 1864 p 4 Family Notices
... BIRTHS. CALDWELL.-On the 4th inst., at Dromana-hill, Dromana, the wife of Robert Caldwell, Esq., of a daughter. ...

CALDWELL Rev. James.
Joseph McIlroy was married in the Dromana Mechanics' Institute on Wednesday 20-9-1877 by the Rev. James Caldwell. (P.17,The Red Hill.) The venue was necessary because Dromana's first church, the Union Church shared by several denominations, was built by Henry William Ault in 1879. (P.116, A Dreamtime of Dromana.)

Rev.James Caldwell was from Mornington and may have visited Dromana many times to conduct services and probably received a cordial welcome each time, unlike a certain Catholic priest who had come from Mornington and did a certain thing to a young man at Scurfield's Hotel. The minister lost three sons in the drowning tragedy that occurred after a football match at Mordialloc only 18 months after the death of his wife.

THE VICTORIAN BOATING DISASTER. The Search for the Bodies. Melbourne, May 23.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 24 May 1892 p 5 Article
... immediately after the acci dent in order to gain greater freedom of motion. The three Messrs. Caldwell were the sons of the Rev. James Caldwell, Presbyterian minister of Mornington, who lost fais wife about .

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 16 December 1901 p 1 Family Notices
.... MAHRIAGE». MARRIAGES. MORTON-SINGLETON.-On the 3rd December, at "Glenholm," Dromana, by the Rev. James Caldwell of Mornington, assisted by Mr W. Buchan, of Dromana, William Morton, of Boogardie, W ... nbsp; granddaughter of Walter Gibson, of "Glenholm," Dromana.

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 16 November 1907 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... In Memoriam. THE REV JAMES CALDWELL. The death of the Rev. James Caldwell, of "Glenbank", Mornington, ... a short service, conducted by the Rev. D. A, MacDougall, assisted by the Rev. James Murray, the ... greatly to the regret, of all who knew him. The Rev. gentleman was broad-minded, and generous







Turn right into Albert Street
18. St Andrews Church - 51 Barkly Street
Church - Barkly Street

This building had significant heritage to the area but unfortunately in the 1980's was been turned into a retail precinct. The church was built in 1867 by William Grover using bricks supplied by Thomas Allchin from his local brickworks. The church trustees were John Barrett, Alex Morrison, John Connell and James Butchart owner of Beleura. Reverend Caldwell came to Mornington in 1874 and commenced a long tenure with the church and town, being one of the more influential citizens. In 1979 the Mornington Historic Society applied to the National trust to preserve the church. The National Trust failed to find the building significnat on a Statewide basis. In 1984 the church was convereted to a restaurant.

It might seem strange to start an entry in a Red Hill history with a piece of Mornington History. But members of the Connell family lived in Red Hill and at least one still does. The following has been pasted from the original Red Hill Dictionary History journal so that I can ensure that I'm not repeating myself without constantly swapping between two journals.


James Connell received the grant for allotment 12 near the boundary with Kangerong and Bittern parishes. It was possibly Anthony or James whose rates on 50 acres and a hut in Dromana were paid for him by Wilson at the deathknock on 20-1-1865. The rate collector didnt know much. As well as not knowing the given names of Connell and Wilson, he didnt realize that the name Dromana only applied to land west of McCulloch St.
Colin McLear tells us the following. The Connells were tenants on Jamiesons Special Survey in 1851 or shortly thereafter. (Anthony Connells block was probably near the one later occupied by Henry Wilson.) A descendant of Anthonys was a silent partner of Jack Rudduck in Mornington Station in the Kimberleys in the 1950s. Mornington Station was near Fitzroy Crossing 300 miles inland from Derby.
The Connell and White children were among the pupils of a school that operated near the Hickinbotham Winery site in the early 1850s. This school may have closed when the teachers wife died or because two private schools had been opened in Dromana by Quinan and Nicholson. Its closure was probably the impetus for the establishment of a school in Moorooduc.
Anthony Connell was obviously the forerunner of the Connell family in the area. He received the grants for allotments 27 and 29, totaling 337 acres, all or part of which became the rifle range.
In 1910, James Connell, a farmer of Mornington, was leasing 238 acres (lots 3-6 of Bruces) and James Connell, a farmer of Tuerong, was leasing 230 acres (lots 1,2 of Bruces.) This land was just south of Ellerina Rd in the parish of Kangerong. I presume that would be James senior and James junior. Bruces was the northern section of the Survey fronting the Sea Lane, which is now called Bruce Rd, and is the boundary between Kangerong and Moorooduc parishes.

Anthony Connell's grants in the parish of Moorooduc, crown allotments 29 and 27, with a frontage of 1680 metres on the east side of Three Chain Road (Old Moorooduc Rd) from opposite No. 235 to opposite the Vineyard Lane corner (the south boundary of the Tuerong pre-emptive right)consisted of nearly 338 acres and had a Balnarring Rd frontage of 310 metres at the north east corner.(Melway 151 J8 to 152 A-B 6.) In 1873 Anthony was granted C.A. 11A bounded by Gillett Rd on the north, which is now the Tuerong Reserve.(152 C6.) When the property was sold, Connells were the auctioneers.

On 17-7-1886,James Connell was granted crown allotment 12,section A, parish of Balnarring, consisting of 177 acres 2roods and 25 perches. This had frontages to Balnarring and Derril Rd. It is very difficult to be exact about its location on Melway because the creeks shown on the parish map do not appear on Melway map 152. Derril Rd is the boundary between the parishes of Moorooduc and Bittern and the road meeting the midpoint of the eastern boundary of c/a 12,being in Bittern, is not named on the Moorooduc map. It is, however, certainly Hodgins Rd. The eastern boundary was 2926 links (585 metres), so using my Melway (not superpages) map, I can state with certainty that the north east corner was latitudinally in the middle of 152 G8,just north-east of where Derril Rd(northbound) curves to deviate around the reservoir.The south east corner is at the top right corner of 152 F 10. The north and south boundaries have to be parallel with Foxey's Rd and the driveway to Donistoun Park (152 D9) could be just within its south west corner.

A Connell family living in Red Hill in the 1890's must have lost their rabbit's foot. Firstly their little girl was badly burnt as a result of her brother playing with matches (Mornington Standard 18-4-1895 page 2) and then Mr Connell was in hospital receiving treatment for his eyes by the end of 1896(M.S. 24-12-1896, P.3.)
Two young Davey girls of Marysville, Frankston (Davey's Bay)had collected donations as a Christmas present for the distressed family and the donations were to be forwarded on to Mr (H.P.)Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill.
The family was referred to in the first article as living near Red Hill so perhaps they were near Merricks North and Forest Lodge. As Henry Pearce Davies was involved as secretary of the Balnarring sports committee (My DISCOVERING DAVEY journal)it is possible that this family was in the parish of Bittern where J.(John?) Connell had a grant across Balnarring Rd from Anthony's. My journal also reveals that the hospitalised father was William Connell.(Mornington Standard 12-11-1896 P.3 and 10-12-1896 P.3.)

POSTSCRIPT, 22-4-2013. Mrs Trevor Connell, a descendant of Red hill pioneers, Joseph and Mary Ann Simpson, told me today that Connells lived on Eatons Cutting Rd. Most of the land along this road (7 and 7A, Kangerong) was not alienated until the 1900's so perhaps William Connell was leasing 8 acres from the Crown.

Cr Davies asked the council to provide some relief for the family and H.P.Davey pointed out that the father had previously been unable to work for six months before his eyesight problems emerged and the large family, with the oldest child only 15, was living on bread and water. (Mornington Standard 17-12-1896 P.3, F&K SHIRE.)

Evelyn Connell, daughter of Mrs Connell of Red Hill, died on 24 April, 1910 from pneumonia at the age of 19 and was buried at Mornington Cemetery. She was one of a set of triplets. (Mornington and Dromana Standard 30-4-1910 P.2.) Miss R.Connell was a member of the Red Hill Literary ans Social Club, rendering items along with Charles and Mrs Thiele, Tom Sandilants' wife, H.McIlroy, W.Simpson and Mr Prosser (sic).(Mornington Standard 29-8-1903 p.3.)

In 1900, William Connell was assessed on 8 acres Kangerong. The man who first appealed for help for William's family, A.E.Bennett, was living on Kent Orchard at the time. Kent Orchard, later occupied by the Huntleys was on Kentucky Rd (Melway 191 H 1.)

Although no details were given, Evelyn Mary (Evie) Connell who died on 11-12-1900 might have been the mother of Evelyn (above) and thus Mrs Connell of Red Hill and William's wife.

POSTSCRIPT 23-4-2013. Dot Watt's information shows that the parents of the unfortunate triplet, Evelyn,who died in 1910 were William and Rebecca (nee Bidgood.)

Today (22-4-2013) Mrs Trevor Connell provided me with Connell genealogical information compiled by Dot Watt nee Connell without the aid of a computer. I will later speak with Dot. A member of the Balnarring Historical Society has written a book about Lou Connell who was the other competitor in the formation of the legend of Foxey's Hangout. There are two or so books,including Mary Karney's THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBAREL,that give much detail about the contest and the unfortunate Jackson.

Henry Connell married Isabella (Topham?)in 1803.(Marriage licence bonds book for the diocese of Cork and Ross in Dublin Public Records Office.)

Parents of Anthony and Simon Connell arrived as bounty passengers on 30-9-1840 on the ship "Himalaya". Anthony was engaged by E.E.Manuel Esq. for 3 years. He was listed as a labourer in one section but in the list of all unmarried men he was listed as a baker. Anthony bought land on 3-10-1855,lots 46 and 48,Parish of Moorooduc,for one pound per acre.Lots 46 and 48 were shown in reports of land sale (P.R.O.code V.P.R.S.80, UNIT 4)but lot 46 was section 27. Lot 48 was section 29.

Simon Connell appears in the Port Phillip directory of 1847 as a farmer, Strathallan,Darebin Creek.

(Simon may have been leasing from Malcolm McLean, who later advertised three 220 acre farms to let on Strathallan. McLean later offered a paddock on the Strathallan Estate near the Darebin Creek, on the Upper Plenty road to the Victorian Agricultural Society at a reasonable price.(P.6, Argus, 1-5-1871.) It's a fair bet that Strathallan Rd (Melway 20 C7)and Latrobe University are on the Strathallan Estate. If Simon was there long enough he would have been a neighbour of John Brock,an early Bulla squatter whose run was absorbed into Big Clarke's Special Survey and moved to the Bundoora area by 1851 when his wife, Jane, died; Brock called his estate (north of Strathallan)Janefield.

It's a fair chance that Simon saw John McLear killed outside the Plough Inn, Bundoora's first hotel, on Boxing Day,1849. John's widow, Mary Ann,possibly his groom,William Marshall, and Anthony Connell were to become tenants on Jamieson's Special Survey not much longer than a year later. John had been leasing land from a Mr Green since 1846, possibly near Greensborough Rd,east of Strathallan.)

The Electoral Roll Victoria 1856-57 Mornington Division.
Name and Surname of Voter No.515-Connell, Anthony.
Place of Abode and description. Mt Martha, farmer.
Nature of Qualification. Freehold.
Description or Qualification. Land, Mt Martha.

Simon Connell, No.516, Mt Martha, Farmer, Freehold,Mt Martha.

Anthony Connell, born 1802, County Cork,Ireland; died 4-5-1895, Moorooduc, Reg. No. 7767.
Buried 6-5-1895, Mornington Cemetery, Pres.16. Lived Tuerong at time of death with son, James Connell.
Farmer, General Debility.

Married 21-3-1869, Reg. No. 1179.
Mary Ann Phair,born 23-7-1827, Hobart, Tasmania.
Died 31-3-1910 aged 82 years. Buried 2-4-1910, Booroondara Cemetery, Kew, Pres.B 3909 with daughter, Elizabeth Jackson.

Simon Connell,buried 28-5-1878, aged 66 years. Typhoid Pneumonia, Farmer,lived Bittern.
(Information from George Connell) Plot No. C/E 125.
Also buried in Pres. 16 (with Anthony):
James, 1 day old March 1901;
Evelyn 19 years, 26-4-1910, father-William,mother Rebecca, nee Bidgood.(Info.from James Connell.)-One of the triplets!

James Connell, b.15-8-1854, Moorooduc,d.10-6-1926, buried 12-6-1926 C/E 324, Mornington Cemetery; his parents were Anthony and Mary Ann Connell.
Jane Ann Young, b.14-2-1856, Moorooduc, d.20-8-1938 aged 82 years, Mornington,buried 22-8-1938 with James; her parents were George Young and his first wife Jane (nee Wilson.)
James Connell and Jane Ann Young married in 1880 (Reg. No. 865.
Their children were:
1.Anthony Edward Young Connell b. 2-9-1876, Schnapper Point (Mornington), d. 12-1-1891 aged 14 years, buried 14-1-1891, Mornington Cemetery Pres. 15 with uncle and uncle John and Ellen. Killed by rock fall at quarry.
(Possibly near Gillett Rd, now a park.)
2. James Thomas Young Connell b.8-6-1878 Schnapper Point.
3. John George Connell b.13-8-1880 (Reg. No. 25262)Schnapper Point, married 20-8-1908 (Bella Hooper?)
4. William Charles Connell b.25-8-1882,Schnapper point (Reg. No.25815), d. Western Australia, married 10-5-1911 at Onslow near Ashburton, W.A. to Ellen Mary Taylor. Which one died in 1947?
5. Albert Ernest Connell b. 16-3-1884 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. 12875), d. ?-7;1948 aged 64 years at the old post office at Mornington from a heart attack after riding a push bike to work from Dunns Rd. Buried 29-7-1948 at Mornington Cemetery, Meth.113. He married May Elizabeth Thorne b.1891/2 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. B.C.7003?)and died in May 1942 from a heart attack aged 52 while she was knitting at her home, Condale Cottage in Dunns Rd. She was buried on 25-5-1942 C/E 350.
Albert remarried to Gladys someone and they had no issue.
6.Mary Ann Eleanor Connell b.3-7-1888 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. 22073 1837-1888 pioneers' Index), d.22-2 1971 aged 85 years, buried Fawkner Cemetery. Married Mathew Mooney in 1910.
7. David Louis Connell b.16-1-1891 Schnapper Point, d.9-4-1968 at Mornington aged 78* from lung cancer, buried 10-4 1968 at Mornington Cemetery C/E 361, (aged 77 in cemetery records.)Married 16-6-1915 at St Peter's Church of England, Mornington (Marriage Certificate No. 782)to Ida Ellis (Ellice)Turner b.23-2-1899 Bittern, d.16-7-1930 aged 31 years,buried 18-7-1930, C/E (339/361?)
8.Charlotte Jessie Connell b.1894 Schnapper Point, d.17-2-1984 aged 89, cremated at Fawkner Cemetery. Married Alex. Simpson.
9.Elsie Florence Connell b.1895 Schnapper Point. Married James (McNaulty?

N.B. See my new journal WARNING:PLACE OF BIRTH. None of the children might have actually been born in Mornington.

Ida Ellis (Ellice) Turner, who married David Louis Connell, the seventh child of James Connell, was probably the child of R.Turner, a Justice of the Peace at Bittern by 1881 and Ellen, who was complaining about drainage in 1885. R.Turner received the grants for crown allotments 29, 28A and 28B, parish of Bittern,the last-named on 17-8-1876. Comprising almost 348 acres, these fronted the east side of Loders Rd, Graydens Rd and Hodgins Rd.J.Turner,possibly Ida's brother, was granted crown allotment 51 and 48 directly across Hodgins Rd and also fronting Turners Rd and Stumpy Gully Rd. The parts of Loders and Turners Rds (the same roadway with a name change at Hodgins Rd)and all the Turner grants are now part of the Devilbend and Bittern Reservoirs. No wonder Ellen had a problem with drainage! I wonder if there was a family connection between the Turners and the family of Smith Ellis in the parish of Flinders.

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 31 August 1907 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... belonging., to Mr. A. Downward' t. Prd' last week and four other head belonging to Mr. Messrs J. Connell, Turner, and Vale of Mornington, a Government In spector, Mr, Curlewts visited tho district. The,

Vale's Dalkeith was near the Nepean and Moorooduc Highway Junction(Melway 151 C8). The Connell grants south of the Tuerong pre-emptive right,(29 and 27 Moorooduc), fronted the east side of Old Moorooduc Rd from a point opposite No.235 to the Vineyard Lane corner. Anthony was also granted 11A, across Balnarring Rd, now the Tuerong Reserve and fronting Gillett Rd(151 K7 and 152 B6.)The Turner land was at Melway 153 B4-10, about a mile and a half east across the Devilbend Creek valley(no reservoir then!)It's easy to track the killer dogs and also to see how the Connell and Turners would have been well acquainted.

David Louis Connell was known as Lou and once commented that the site of the Devil Bend Reservoir was Connell Country, not because they owned it but because they,Lou in particular, spent so much time there shooting foxes and trapping rabbits. Lou is a third of the legend of Foxey's Hangout, the part aboriginal Tasmanian, Phillip Jackson, being his fellow competitor and Gary Downward the scorekeeper. American servicemen were fascinated by the site during W.W.2.

The following comes from the DISCOVER MORNINGTON PENINSULA website (which has several photos.)
Fascinating Historical Facts - Mornington Peninsula
Foxey's Hangout
Corner Balnarring & Tubbarubba Roads Merricks North

Foxey's Hangout
The old gum tree known as Foxey's Hangout

Foxey's Hangout is located at the corner of Balnarring and Tubbarubba Roads. The corner has been known as Foxey's Hangout since the late 1930's. The name was coined by neighbouring property owners when two trappers, Phillip (Jack) Johnson and Lou Connell used a conspicuous gum tree at this junction to separately display their catches. Johnson, a Tasmanian, came to live in the area in 1936. He made a living working for a local landowner, Herb Downward trapping foxes, for which a bounty was paid. Friendly rivalry sprang up between him and Connell as to who caught the most foxes. Garry Downward, another local, checked the tree each day to adjudicate. The winner was announced at the end of each year.

Foxey's Hangout in the late 1930's
Foxey's Hangout in the late 1930's

This site became a local curiosity and landmark. Jack continued to hang foxes from this tree until his untimely murder in 1946. Friends and neighbours later revived the custom and maintained the site. The hanging practice gradually died out over the years.

Today both Jack Johnson and the old gum tree have passed on but the stories refuse to die. The tree branches are adorned with sheet metal fox profiles as symbols of the real fox carcasses, which hung there in the 1930's. 'Foxey's Hangout' is now recognised as an historic site on the Mornington Peninsula.

FOXEY'S HANGOUT and THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBAREL give much detail about Jackson but the August 2011 issue of the Balnarring and District Historical Society newsletter (which prompted my MELBA and SALTBUSH BILL journals) does the same regarding Lou. This is a summary only.

The article states that Lou's parents were James Connell and Jane Ann Wilson but his father had married Jane Ann Young (whose parents were George Young and his first wife, Jane Wilson.)SEE DOT WATT'S INFORMATION.

The location of Anthony Connell's grants c/a 27 and 29 is described very accurately, correctly calling Old Moorooduc Rd "Three Chain Road", its official name for almost a century. The other grants are not mentioned.

Lou was born in 1891,just days after "Anthony Connell, 14, eldest son of Mr James Connell of 3 chain road, was crushed to death in Bittern Quarry." Lou was shearing for the Oswins when he was about 16; later he and his older brother, John, were quarry workers and were involved in an accident at Turner's Quarry near Tuerong."

(FOUND IT!!! A serious accident occurred at Turner's Quarry, near Teurong, on Wednesday. Messrs. John and Louis Connell were engaged in blowing out stone,a hole had been drilled, and three pounds of blasting powder put in, when an accident happened with the fuse. The fuse ignited the powder while they were standing over the hole. Both had a narrow escape from being blown to pieces, and they received injuries to face, arms, and body. Dr. Hornabrok attended to the sufferers.-P.2, Mornington Standard, 2-2-1907.)



Joseph McIlroy's diary (P.18, The Red Hill) states that on 21-5-1878 he went to see Mrs Counsel through the ranges. This could have been Mrs Richard Counsel on the 250 acre "Gracefield" or Mrs Charles B. Counsel on 454 acres Kangerong owned by Richard (1979 Kangerong rates.) Gracefield (Melway 159 H9 to Pindara Rd)probably would have been reached via Bryan's Cutting which was just east of Gracefield (See BRYAN entry.) Part of Charles Counsel's 454 acres would have been crown allotment 21A of 121 acres,granted to C.Counsel on 27-6-1876. It was on the north side of McIlroys Rd (Melway 161D10-12.) The rest of his land probably consisted of Robert Coxon Young's 21B to the east and 20 A and B to the west giving him a McIlroys Rd frontage from Bowring Rd to (nearly)80 McIlroys Rd, the east corner of 21B being that of the northern section of the park.

Family Notices
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Thursday 10 May 1883 p 1 Family Notices
... Montana " COUNSEL-MORRIS -April 9, 1883, at Hawthorn, Victoria, by the Rev. E. Nolan, S.J., Charles B. Counsel, Dromana, youngest son of Richard Counsel, Emerald Hill (late chief draughtsman Crown Lands), to Kate Louise, youngest daughter of the late Captain James Morris, of Hobart, ... 163 words

The Counsels were involved in Dromana more than Red Hill but Joseph's visit in 1878 shows that Red Hill residents had much social contact outside their mountainous abode, despite the often dangerous roads.


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My 2500 page DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND was designed to enable family historians to quickly locate any information I might have about their families. Alexander Sutherland had done the same thing a century earlier in his VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT (1888) but inclusion in his book depended on whether you ordered a copy.
On reaching the part of my summary of Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL that concerned the Great War, I tried to find out why Charlie Trewin enlisted at Charlton. In the process, I found out much about the Trewin family; too much to include in the summary. In trying to work out where I would include this information, ease of accessing that particular information (perhaps by a descendant of Yuille and Bess Wilson) was considered, and a new journal with surnames, organisations, farm names etc in alphabetical order seemed the best option.

A year after a name refers to rate records from which the name came. The addition of Bal. indicates that the assessment was in the parish of Balnarring, south of Athurs Seat Rd. Names will be listed firstly from the last assessment available on microfiche, 1919-20 with other names added from earlier assessments and sources such as Hec Hanson's MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN. The area I have included in my definition of Red Hill extends west to Purves Rd, north to Boundary Rd (and Dromana-Bittern Rd east of Moats Corner), east to properties fronting Red Hill Rd and south to the limits of Melway maps 171, 190 and 191. This journal will take years to grow, so visit it now and again to see if details of your family have been added. I hope I don't miss anyone!

MOAL refers to Hec Hanson's MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN, which contains many anecdotes concerning Red Hill.
ADOD refers to Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.


ADAMS Robert Henry.

In 1873, Robert Henry Adams, son of Captain Henry Everest Adams of Rosebud, married Mary Jane, daughter of William Hopcraft who had immigrated from Poorpastures in the old country. Mary Jane, who described herself as a gentlewoman on the marriage certificate, was not impressed by her father in law's drinking (of his Vivyan Vineyard product) and refused to live in the same house. Robert's choice of another abode, crown allotment 69A, Balnarring would have been influenced by Mary Jane as it was sandwiched between William Hopcraft's grants (70 A and B, Balnarring, across Tucks Rd) and John Hopcraft's grant (27B1Wannaeue, across the Mornington-Flinders Rd.) Robert Anderson signed his application for 69A (a bit over 94 acres) before Robert Anderson J.P. of Barragunda on 15-12-1877.

Robert's selection was bounded by Tucks Rd and Mornington Flinders Rd from their junction to a southern boundary indicated by that of the Ten Minutes by Tractor Wine Co.continued to Tucks Rd. (Melway 190 E11.) Robert persuaded the Captain to vacate Hopetoun House (which stood roughly where the car wash is situated on the west corner of Wattle Place, Rosebud) and the old salt moved to South Melbourne to live with friends. Robert was probably back at Hopetoun House by December 1881 when he was granted the licence for 44 acres on the north side of Hove Rd later granted to J.Bayford. Crown Allotment 69A Balnarring was granted to M.Byrne. (Sources: Documents and family legend supplied by Robert Henry Adams' grandson, Harvey Marshall.)

ADCOCK 1919.

The 1919-20 Assessments show that L. Adcock of Red Hill was the occupant of 42 acres and buildings being part of 20C Wannaeue. Crown Allotment 20C, granted to W.Johnstone on 19-7-1902 and consisting of 130 acres, is bounded by Roberts, Mornington-Flinders and Shands Rds (Melway 190 D12.) Robert H. Johnstone had retained 38 acres of the grant and Mrs Mary Cleave of Red Hill, had 24 acres, pt 20C (no parish mentioned!)

(The Argus, 31-3-1923, p.1.) ADCOCK (nee Elsie Osler) On the 15th March, at Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, to Mr and Mrs L.F.Adcock, "Ashburnham", Main Ridge, Red Hill, -a daughter, Alwyn Amy (Caesarian birth.)


R.Addicott of Red Hill was assessed on 25 acres, part Crown Allotment 13B, Kangerong. This allotment, granted to Margaret Davies and probably consisting of about 70 acres, is now occupied by the Kindilan Society (Melway 191 A4.)


by Colin McLear, available for purchase from the Dromana Historical Society, has photos etc of the following, regarding Red Hill. Page numbers are given.
27. Jamieson's Special Survey re Tassell, Marshall, Griffith. 35. Griffith. 37. McLear bullock team. 49.McKeown's and Chapman's guest houses in Dromana. 63. Nelson Rudduck. 64. Nelson Rudduck and wife.
71. Griffith. 73. Arkwell's packing shed. 76. Lookout Tower (old lighthouse) on Arthurs Seat.78. William Moat.
86. James and Catherine McKeown. 87. Gracefield homestead in 1964. 87. Beautiful Eva McKeown. 97 and 102. Geo. McLear. 104. James McLear and Alice (nee Prossor.) 120. Frank Moat. 121. Dr Weld. 147. Will (Pop) Littlejohn. 157 Julia and James Clydesdale. 160 Nelson Rudduck, W.J.Mcilroy and Henry Ault.

ANDREW 1919.

M.H.Andrew of Red Hill was assessed on 45 acres and buildings, part crown allotment 12B, Kangerong. Granted to J.Arkwell and consisting of 71.5 acres, this allotment, between Arkwells Lane and Andrews Lane, extends as far north as the Red Hill Recreation Reserve.


The death of Mr Appleyard at Red Hill was reported under the heading of SORRENTO on page 10 of the Argus of 30-9-1927. The correspondent reported that he was an old resident of Sorrento and that he and his late wife had conducted a drapery business there for many years.The Flinders ratebook of 1919-20 shows that Thomas Appleyard of Sorrento was assessed on 197 acres, part crown allotments 19 and 20, Kangerong. The 1910-11 records describe him as a draper of Sorrento and showed that he was assessed on 313 acres. In 1900 he'd been assessed on 546 acres.

Strangely, it would seem, Appleyard was not mentioned in Colin McLear's "A Dreamtime of Dromana". But I think I know why. He would have been as popular around the locality as the local who bid against the Griffith family for their historic homestead block when the Clarkes' share of the survey was sold in 1907. I found reference to a letter he wrote to council in August 1898 stating that he had opened up the road at his property and asking for it to be repaired. I thought it strange that the council decided to take no action and wondered what opening up the road meant. Then I found that the draper had (probably in February) fenced off the road, which led to a water reserve and had ordered off anyone trying to use the road. No wonder the shire treated his request with disdain!

The parish map is hard to read but part of his land may have been issued in 1889. I've also noticed that he had land between Dromana Secondary College and the junction of Harrisons and White Hill Rds. Counting this land, his grants totalled 429 acres. It is almost certain that Thomas had blocked the top of Harrisons Rd and deprived Red Hill residents of access to the water reserve which was probably on the east side of Harrisons Rd where a creek crossed into Moat's grant.

It is certain that Thomas was on that land by 4-5-1892 when the Argus reported on page 3 that George Howat had sold 493 merino wethers for T.Appleyard of Dromana. William John Brady of Mount Evergreen took him to court in 1896 on a charge of sheep stealing but Brady's barrister was not available and the case was adjourned. Appleyard researchers can chase that one up; this is supposed to be a couple of sentences, not a book!It is possible that Appleyard was leasing W.A.Blair's or Hearn's land near Mt Evergreen at the time.

Where had he been previously? Welshpool, Sorrento, Richmond, Fitzroy? I think he might have been at Melway 151 B8. George Howat sold 10 bullocks for Simmons and T.Appleyard of "Dalkeith Park" (Argus 9-3-1882 page 10) and a later sale in the 1880's shows that Howat sold 3000 merino wethers for Alf Downward of Mornington and 1000 for Thomas Appleyard of Dalkeith Park. The latter sale makes it likely that I'm talking about the correct Dalkeith. As these were the only sales conducted by Howat on that day, it is likely that both consignments had been taken to Nelbourne together. I can't remember whether Watson had bought Hearn's grants at that stage but Dalkeith seemed to be chiefly occupied by lessees, such as Alfred Head before Vale bought it later on circa 1890.(Vale's daughter became Mrs Jackson; hence Jackson's Hill at the start of the Mornington turn off.) Appleyard was not the only one to move from Moorooduc parish to Kangerong to acquire a freehold, the Counsel boys did too.

Other trove articles lead me to believe that the late wife of Thomas was Eliza and that Lily was managing the drapery business.It seems obvious that Thomas was a grazier rather than an orchardist as one of his distant ancestors seems to have been.


Much biographical and genealogical detail about John and Hannah Arkwell can be found on page 11 of Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL, which can be purchased at the old shire hall museum at Dromana (Sunday afternoons.)

The article AROUND RED HILL on page 2 of the 30-8-1902 issue of the Mornington Standard states that the 20 acre Arkwell orchard was well laid out and trimmed. Their late father had been the pioneer in the growing of strawberries of which there were 9 acres growing. The sons were doing well supplying flowers for Melbourne florists.

John Arkwell was granted the northern half of his land (12A, Kangerong), on 5-4-1862 and 12B in March 1870. The Red Hill Recreation Reserve is the western half of 12 B. Each allotment consisted of 71 acres 2 roods and 4 perches so the total area of his grants was 143 acres, not 144. John's land was bounded by Arkwells Lane (to its junction with White Hill Rd), a northern boundary heading due east and Andrews Lane (See ANDREW.)

In 1864, the rate collector assessed John Arkwell, the owner, on a 4 roomed house and "land", 3 acres of which was cultivated. By 1865, John was occupying 144 acres (12B as well.) Details were the same in 1879. In 1900, brothers, Herbert, Percy and Walter Arkwell were assessed on 144 acres. In 1910-11, Robert and Percy Arkwell were assessed on 144 acres. By 1919, 45 acres of 12B was occupied by M.H.Andrew; Herbert and Percy Arkwell only being assessed on 25 acres of 12B.The rate collector, blithely unaware that I'd be going through his records with a fine-tooth comb and in a frenzy because of the explosion in the number of ratepayers, had tacked two entries at the end of the riding: W.(Mc?)Roberts (having just moved from Main Ridge to Red Hill) 30 acres, part 12A, and Ewen Forest, Red Hill, 22.5 acres and buildings, part -A.) Thus only 122.5 acres of the 143 acres in 12A,B had been accounted for. Had some of the land been lost to banks? Sheila Skidmore states that 6 acres (of 12B) were purchased from the Arkwells in 1917-8. In his brief history of Red Hill, W.J.Holmes stated that this was called Arkwell's Bush and described the community effort to clear the trees, some of which Bob White carried to Rosebud for sale as firewood.

All Mornington Standard:
6-5-1905 p.5. W.Arkwell donated bulbs for Dromana State School's prize-winning garden.
5-12-1903 p.5. One of the Arkwells was selected in a combined team to play Port Melbourne at Frankston.
9-9-1905 p.5. W.Arkwell was captain of the Red Hill Rifle Club.
18-6-1896 p.2. W.Arkwell was on a Mornington/Red Hill committee to organise autumn and spring shows.
3-9-1896 p.3. Mr Arkwell,Wesleyan lay preacher, was a busy man on Sundays. On the following Sunday he took the Dromana service at 11a.m. and the Red Hill service at 3p.m.

Mornington and Dromana Standard 4-3-1911 p.2. James Connell had pinched Herbert Arkwell's bike.

Argus 24-3-1898 p.6. Ernest Edward Arkwell was kicked in the face while attending a horse on Saturday 22nd. Suffering multiple fractures he was operated on at the Alfred Hospital but was still in a critical condition.


I don't like loose ends and the idea for this entry came to me today while I was researching for the RINGROSE entry in an effort to find a connection between Bryan Ringrose of Smythedale and Brian Ringrose of 18B Kangerong at Red Hill. I want you to imagine that you are a rate collector in the 1860's. How would you list your ratepayers?
If you were a small shopkeeper and allowed credit to your regular customers, the logical way to list them would be alphabetically so you could find their record quickly. This is the method used for the Kangerong Road Board and from the end of the 1860's by the Flinders Road Board. When they merged to form the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong whose first assessment was made in 1875, the same method was continued. All the shires (Keilor, Broadmeadows and Bulla) in my previous area of research used geographic listings. It was nearly as quick to locate a ratepayer's name if you knew where they lived and the visualised route you took as you listed them.
To compare the ease of the two methods, imagine a task of listing the residents in your street of a dozen houses where all the neighbours know each other. Wouldn't it be easier to imagine a walk up one side of the street and down the other? If somebody moved out, you would cross out their names and write the names of their replacements, whichever method was used (geographical or alphabetical.) But the next year, if you used alphabetical, the newcomers would have to be written in the correct alphabetical position. And if the newcomer was only leasing for a year, the original name would have to be written in its correct alphabetical position the next time.
Now imagine that the street was a few miles long. If the owner had leased his house to five or so families over a decade, you probably wouldn't remember which house had been occupied by them all. And that is exactly what happened with the Ringrose grant, 18B Kangerong. In geographical listing, the properties would be listed in the same order every year. If a crown allotment was subdivided, acreage for the various settlers could be checked by ensuring that they add up to the total acreage of the crown allotment, although this was rarely done.( A 46 acre block at Tullamarine was called 64 acres for almost a century before it was purchased for the airport!) The only advantage to me with the alphabetical listings is that if the previous occupant's name is written in its correct place, crossed out and replaced with the new occupant's name, this indicates that the latter had probably arrived only a few months before the date of the assessments. (See RINGROSE entry.)

Assessment mistakes. While researching Shand, Huntley, Bennett farms near Craig Avon Lane, I discovered one of the best howlers I've ever seen. In 1897-8, Alfred Ernest Bennett was assessed on 250 acres, specified as being 14A and 79A, Balnarring. (They total 250 acres 1 rood and 6 perches but that's close enough.) In 1898-9, Alfred and H.P.Bennett were also assessed on 352 acres leased from J.H.Aylwin. In 1900-1 Alfred was assessed on the 352 and 250 acres, the former occupied by John Shand. In 1901-2 John Shand was leasing the 352 acres again and it was specified as being 79AB and 78B1. This was also close enough to the correct total: 353 acres and 13 perches.

Have you spotted the howler? Crown allotment 79A was counted as part of the 250 acres and also part of the 352 acres. Poor Alfred Ernest was paying rates on the same 128.5 acre allotment twice while he was residing on Kent Orchard (79B)! He would have been given an account for his rates, which would have been a tenth of the Nett Annual Value, and as the value of land was so low, an additional 128 acres would not make much difference. In 1904-5, William Oswin was leasing Alfed's house and surrounding 7 acres (N.A.V.10 pounds) but the N.A.V. of the 115 acres of 79A was only five pounds more. Alfred's rates on the 115 acres would have been only ten shillings for the year.


Extract from Dromana,Rosebud and Miles Around on Trove.
THE AULTS AND THE METHODIST CHURCH. Henry William Ault seems to have been a lay preacher in the Methodist Church. He was listed in Wises Dromana trades directory of 1895 as a carpenter. He had lived for many years in Lakes Entrance when he died on 14-11-1934, having remained a stalwart of the church. (Gippsland Times 19-11-1934 page 1.) Harry Ault of Sale had an important task as an engineer in W.W.2. H.J. Ault moved to Mile End in South Australia and named his house Dromana.
Henry William Ault was, by 1875, leasing Joseph Pitchers grant, 72B, Balnarring, of 140 acres 1 rood and 37 perches, at Red Hill. By 1887 he appears to have purchased the block, fronting the east side of Mornington-Flinders Rd (Melway 190 E-F5) and now occupied by Mock Orchards. The end of Pardalote Rise indicates its south east corner. (Balnarring parish map, Flinders and Kangerong Shire rates.)
The Dromana Methodist church was built by Brother Ault in May and June 1878 and Henry was an original trustee, along with Rev. Lindsay, John Coles, Edward Barker, Alexander Shand, C.D.Gunson and William McIlroy. (A Dreamtime of Dromana page 124.) Shands, McIlroy and Barkers Rds indicate where three of these trustees lived, and Coles was probably from Minto near Westernport. Brother Crichton had been on the building committee; he probably lived at Glen Lee (Melway 252 K1) but also had bush paddocks nearer to Main Ridge. (See map on page 10.) Nelson Rudduck of Dromana, who was soon to become a stalwart of the church, and J.S.Rudduck (his wife) received a grant of 100 acres (170 J9-10)between Kinwendy Rd and Duells Rd in 1888.
The Rev. Watford pointed out that many of the people in the mountains earned a living by splitting timber but could not get their produce to Dromana because of impassable roads. In view of the Shands, Barkers, McIlroys, Crichtons, Rudducks and Aults living south of this impassable barrier,and other families such as the Hopcrafts (Melway 190 D7 and F9) so opposed to drink that they must have been Methodists*, a church was probably also built at Main Ridge. The Flinders Heritage Study discusses a former Methodist manse being built in Palmerston Ave by Nelson Rudduck for the Main Ridge minister, it is likely that its occupant conducted services at Dromana too.
*Robert Adams wife, a Hopcraft, refused to live at Hopetoun House at Adams Corner (Wattle Place) because of Captain Adams drinking.


The first available assessments, of 8-6-1869, for the Balnarring Division of the Flinders Road District, list the following pioneers near Red Hill.James and Martin Byrne, 134 and 129 acres; Thomas Bullock 59 acres; Hamilton Allen 115 acres; George Wilson 32 acres; Edward Grey 53 acres; William Bayne 2059 acres- some leased by James R.Thomson; William Hopcraft 89 acres; Alfred Head 130 acres; James Pitcher 140 acres; {b]Hill Hillas 40 acres; James McEwan(McKeown)165 acres; Robert Wighton 243 acres and Alex Wighton 319 acres; James McConnell 135 acres; John Oswin 375 acres; Edward Stanley 160 acres; John Caldwell 225 acres; William Gibson 190 acres; George Sherwood 128 acres; James Davey 249 acres; James White (Whyte in Balnarring Byways)160 acres; Thomas Cahill 137 acres; James McCormack 175 acres; John Baldry 145 acres; William Bayne 197 acres; Michael Byrne 151 acres; Robert Kennedy 102 acres and Patrick Kennedy 30 acres; Henry Tuck 970 acres; Charles Graves 382 acres; John Richard and John Snr Barker 3481 acres; Robert Anderson 1967 acres leased from Howitt.

COMMENTS. It is possible that Thomas Cahill and James McCormack were former neighbours near today's Keilor Park. Thomas Cahill was on Gumm's Corner and Edward Cahill had 180 acres south of Broomfield if my memory is correct and Maurice Crotty of "Broomfield"(Melway 15 E4) married a McCormack girl. According to Glen Cotchen, a Crotty family historian, the McCormacks leased a 44 acre farm from George Annand south of the east end of Annandale Rd and called it Chesterfield.

The land held by the pioneers will be described by crown allotment and Melway location unless they are likely to have a separate entry.
BYRNE (Several crown allotments east and west of Byrne Rd at Melway 256 F7. M.Byrne was later granted the land that Robert Henry Adams had held on licence at the north end of Tucks Rd.); BULLOCK (CA 69B,Nepean Estate and T'Gallant Wineries at 190 E-F 10-11); ALLEN ( Surname on parish map is Allan,CA50A,B, 190 G 11-12); GREY (Surname on parish map is Gray, CA 67 A,B, 190 J 11-12); WILSON (CA 66A 255 J1); BAYNE (Much land along Shoreham Rd.); PITCHER (72B, 190 E-F 6, later bought by Henry Ault.) WIGHTON (CA 84, 50, 49 between the line of Tonkins Rd and Merricks Township.) OSWIN (CA 55A,B at 162 A-B12 and 192 A-B1 and CA ? of 63 acres north of Craig Avon Rd, 161 J 9-10); STANLEY (a few miles along Stanley Rd.) CALDWELL- see CALDWELL entry; GIBSON-see GIBSON entry. SHERWOOD (CA 79B, 191 H-J1) DAVEY(CA14A and 55A at 161 J 11-12 and K 10-11.) WHYTE (Location of homestead and the accident causing the death of James are described in Balnarring Byways.)
BALDRY KENNEDY TUCK ANDERSON.It is likely that all four were in the parish of Flinders, between Fingal and Balnarring.

BARKER David 1919.

(See COMMENTS after the journal.)
In 1919 David Barker of Main Creek had just replaced William Shand as the occupant of 19B, section B, Wannaeue. Consisting of just over 105.5 acres and granted to A.Shand on 4-10 18(82?), this crown allotment was at the south corner of Old Main Creek Rd and Shands Rd with Main Creek forming its eastern boundary.(Melway 171 J-K12.)

The Barkers followed Maurice Meyrick on the old Boniyong run and had purchased the pre-emptive right bounded by Limestone, Boneo and Browns Rds, and a southern extension of Grasslands Rd. By 1900,the executors of Mrs S.Barker were assessed on 922 acres including the P.R. and sections 1 and 6C, Fingal and by 1910 the pre-emptive right had been subdivided and occupied by such as Flinders grazier, Andrew Buchanan. Ray Cairns knew of no connection between the Barkers of Main Creek and Boneo but it is possible that there was one; Mentiplay lads from Flinders finished up as bakers at Rosebud and Rye, the latter playing footy for Rye in its first season, 1946. The Davey family of Frankston is another example of a family that expanded into other areas. There is much information about the Barkers of Boneo in Lime Land Leisure. Barkers Rd (254 H2) recalls the Main Ridge pioneers.

Many members of the Barker family were buried in the Flinders Cemetery.

Conclusive proof that the same family owned the Boneo and (parish of )Flinders properties was found at the start of the 1897-8 rates where the big landholdings of the Barkers, Robert Anderson, David Mairs etc had been typed up and placed in the rate book. The rate collector was apparently unaware that "executrix" was the feminine of executor. John Barker, executrix (sic) of the late Susannah Barker, was assessed on the Boniyong pre-emptive right in Wannaeue, the Cape Schanck pre-emptive right in (the parish of) Flinders and crown allotments 2 and 6 in Fingal.

BARRETT 1919 Bal.

Mrs E.Barratt of "Arran" Mornington, was assessed on 208 acres , crown allotment 76A and some gibberish, Balnarring. C.A.76A, consisting of 104 acres and granted to W.Bayne now contains Webb St and Allorn Cherry and Russell Rds. It is likely that the gibberish was meant to be 76B, also 104 acres granted to W.Bayne, accessed by the southern end of Webb St and Russell Rd.

BENNETT A.E. ( 28,29W and 10A K.)

A.E.Bennett of Kent Orchard, on Kentucky Rd, brought the plight of Red Hill's Connell family to the public's attention in letters to the editor; see the CONNELL entry.

An article on page 3 of the Mornington Standard's issue of 5-5-1898 gives excellent detail of how Bennett had utilised his four years of study at the Government's School of Horticulture to improve on the orchard that had been planted on Kent Orchard by a previous owner, probably the grantee in about 1878. Any descendants of Mr Bennett writing a family history will find fantastic detail in this article about the variety of apples, spaces between trees, the use of maize between rows, types of soil, measures to protect the fruit during picking and storage etc.

A.E.Bennett was obviously skilled in the use of the saw and axe and was considering entering these events at the Dromana Show (Mornington Standard 15-12-1898 page 3.) In the following year he offered the Dromana Agricultural and Horticultural Society a gold medal as a prize for export apples and the committee was so impressed with it that they intended to show it off at the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Show. (M.S. 2-3-1899 P.2.)

It seems that A.E.Bennett had leased H.E.Moor's* residence on Balcomb's (sic)Hill near Mornington and was leasing Kent Orchard to Cr W.Oswin of Balnarring**.(M.S. 11-2-1905 page 2, Personal.)

It is strange to find that the trustees of A.E.Bennett, (with W.W.Bennett named) were assessed on land near Main Creek in 1900. Perhaps the A.E.Bennett that was moving to Mornington was A.E.Bennett Junior. Wrong! See the BENNETT-COOKE wedding notice below. The assessment probably should have been on the trustees of William B.Bennett, namely A.E. and W.W.Bennett.

(*Henry Erskine Moors was appointed Shire Secretary, Engineer, Rate Collector and Valuer of the Flinders and Kangerong Shire on 26-3-1898.**The rate record shows that W.Oswin was leasing only the Seven Oaks Farm homestead on 7 acres in 1904-5 while Bennett was assessed on the 115 acres.

This is sheer speculation but A.E.Bennett might have been responsible for the name of Kentucky Rd. On page 4 of The Clarence and Richmond Examiner of 31-7-1897, it is reported that Mr Archibald E. Bennett of Kentucky who had just entered the service of the Commercial Bank, was to become the ledger keeper at Grafton, N.S.W. He would not have been our A.E.Bennett but he could have been a cousin. Kentucky Road's name might also have a connection with Peter Shand's "Kentucky" at Merricks North. Peter, who married John Huntley Jnr's widow, Mary, visited the U.S.A. and one of the Huntley girls was a reporter there according to Bill Huntley. Percy Huntley later owned Kent Orchard and may have applied the name of his mother's homestead to the road.

In 1900, the A.E.Bennett(sic) trustees were assessed on 644 acres in the parish of Wannaeue. It seems that he had 29A and 28AB totalling 626 acres which is all that land between Main Creek and Mornington-Flinders Rds for the length of William Rd.(Melway 191 A-D 2-6.) I wonder if the name of William Rd was bestowed to honour A.E.Bennett's father, William.B.Bennett. who had died before Alf's wedding in 1902. The assessment probably should have been on the trustees of William B.Bennett, namely A.E. and W.W.Bennett.

Sheila Skidmore, in discussing efforts to get a railway to Red Hill on page 51 of THE RED HILL, mentions a meeting at the first schoolhouse in 1899 at which A.Bennett was elected secretary of the new railway league.This was probably A.E.Bennett.

I am treading cautiously here because Red Hill was a name that applied to many places other than "Red Hill: Beauty by the Bay".
The Argus 23-12-1902 page 1. Marriages. BENNETT-COOKE. Alfred Ernest Bennett of Seven Oaks Farm, Red Hill, eighth son of the late William B.Bennett of South Yarra married Isabel May Cooke who hailed from Tasmania. A possible connection with William Rd, just over Mornington-Flinders Rd from W.H.Blakeley's land! The announcement must have been somewhat delayed because Personal Pars on page 2 of the Mornington Standard of 22-11-1902 mentioned that Mr A.E.Bennett had arrived at his residence "Seven Oaks Farm" a few days ago with his bride and was tendered a musical evening by his many friends.

I'm no longer walking on ice but now I have to find out where "Seven Oaks" was. The wife of A.E.Bennett of Seven Oaks, Red Hill,(i.e. Isabel May) gave birth to a son at Mornington on August 3. (Argus 8-8-1903 P.9.)

I have not found where Seven Oaks was but it was occupied by James and Elizabeth Hinds by 1915 when their son Will was killed in action in Egypt.(Argus, 26-10-1915 page 1.) When I discover the location of the farm, it will be written only in the SEVEN OAKS entry.

CHARLES BENNETT of St Kilda was assessed on 172 acres of crown allotment 10 Kangerong in 1910-11. He may have been a brother of Alfred Ernest Bennett and the C.H.Bennett who had 36 acres of Cooma, 13 Balnarring in 1901-2.

BENNETT IN THE RATE BOOKS. The following was transcribed in an effort to establish the locations of Kent Orchard, Seven Oaks Farm and James Hinds' Seven Oaks.
1897-8. Alfred Ernest Bennett owned 250 acres, 14A and 79A Balnarring.(Occupier K.Parker.) I chose this year to start my research because the article about Kent Orchard was written in May 1898. BENNETT WAS FIRST ASSESSED IN 18__-__.
1898-9. A.E.Bennett and H.P.Bennett were occupying the same 250 acres, owned by A.E.Bennett, and Alfred Ernest Bennett was leasing 352 from J.H.Aylwin. As explained in the ASSESSMENTS entry, Alfred was paying rates twice on 79A as its 115 acres were added to 14A to make up the 250 acres and to 79B and 78B1 to make up the 352 acres.
1899-1900. Alfred and {b]Henry P.Bennett were assessed on 352? acres and 250 acres, both owned by Alf.
1900-1. This must have been when The Bennetts went overseas as mentioned by Bill Huntley. John (Peter) Shand was leasing the whole 602* acres from A.E.Bennett. John Shand was the second husband of Bill Huntley's grand-mother, Mary Huntley. (*487 acres if 79A is not counted twice!)
1901-2. Alf still owned both parcels but since he was occupying the 250 acres and John Shand the 250 acres, I wonder who actually was occupying 79A. Henry Erskine Moors realised there was something that didn't make sense about the 352 acre total from the specified 79AB, 78B1, hence his question mark; the problem was that 79A was part of the 250 acres and also part of the 352 acres.
1902-3. The same as above but we now know who were on 79A or "Seven Oaks Farm" in November, 1902: Alfred Ernest Bennett and the former Miss Isabel May Cooke. I wonder whether they had met during the "Season" in London in 1900-1. The rate collector still hadn't worked out whether 79A was part of the 250 or 352 acres and to make matters worse, he assessed William W.Bennett on 14A Balnarring of 121 acres. Bill Huntley has told me that 79A of 128 acres was definitely Seven Oaks Farm. Crown allotment 14A, which later became Huntley/Shand land, consisted of 121 acres and with Seven Oaks Farm made up the 250 acre total, so both Alfred and William were paying rates on 14A! C.H.Bennett, perhaps one of Alf's seven brothers, had 36 acres on Cooma, 13,Balnarring which was on the north west corner of Tubbarubba and Bittern-Dromana Rd.

Robert H.Morris, from Penbroke in Wales, had 121 acres that he called Pembroke, across Tubbarubba Rd from 13A, the grant of his father-in-law, Edward Jones of Spring Farm and Penbank at Moorooduc. Robert and his wife lived at one stage on the block now occupied by Penbank School (Melway 146 G6.) Pembroke Drive, in Somerville, may owe its name to Robert's place of origin because his sister-in-law, Mrs Unthank, another of the Jones girls, had the orchard there before the Bullens.
1903-4. A.E.Bennett was assessed only on Seven Oaks Farm, a house on 10 acres (N.A.V. 10 pounds) and 115 acres (N.A.V.15 pounds) on 79 A Balnarring. This crown allotment consisted of about 128.6 acres so the land only assessment should have been on 118 acres. William W.Bennett was assessed on 14A of 121 acres. C.H.Bennett was recently replaced by Archibald McGregor Lennox on the 36 acres of 13 Balnarring.
1904-5. As reported in the newspaper article, Alfred had leased his farm to Cr W.Oswin but Oswin was only assessed on the house and seven acres and Alfred on 115 acres (a total of 122 acres instead of 128!) John (Peter) Shand was now assessed on 14A, which eventually became John Shand's "Kentucky" and Percy Huntley's "Rosslyn".
1905-6. A.E.Bennett was assessed on 115 acres 79A, Balnarring.

SEVEN OAKS FARM. 79A Balnarring,128.6 acres, Melway 161 J pt11,12 and left half of K12, bounded by Craig Avon Lane (N) and Red Hill Rd (W).
KENT ORCHARD, 79B Balnarring, 128.6 acres, Melway 191 H- (left half of) K 1 and (top half of) 2, fronting Red Hill Rd from just north of the Kentucky Rd corner to the north boundary of the Port Phillip Estate Winery.
78B1, 95 acres, Melway H/K (bottom half of) 2 following the boundaries of the southern extension of the Port Phillip Winery to Stanleys Rd, frontage of 330 metres to Stanley Rd with No. 96 being near its midpoint.
14A Balnarring,(Later Kentucky and Rosslyn, both homesteads still there at 214 and 212 Bittern-Dromana Rd), Melway 161 K 10-11 north of Bittern-Dromana Rd with the south west corner at the bend in Craig Avon Lane.

The name of Junction Rd, which leads from the north end of Red Hill Rd (Melway 161 H 12) seems strange because it does not lead to a junction. There is a junction of Red Hill and Dromana -Bittern Rds at the aforementioned location but this came much later than the original junction which no longer exists. The junction of the road from Dromana to Bittern and Bulldog Creek Rd was at Melway 161 J7. Myers Rd was named after a latish pioneer about whom there is considerable detail in Charles Hollinshed's LIME LAND LEISURE. It would not surprise me to find a reference in about 1880 to a tender for roadworks on the Bittern Dromana road near the Firths' properties; that is on Myers Rd east of Tubbarubba Rd. Myers Rd is shown on the Kangerong and Balnarring parish maps and I believe that is was part of the original route from Dromana and Bittern; it leads straight to the Bittern station.

The part of this route between Melway 161 D6 and 161 J 7 no longer exists, the same situation applying to Bulldog Creek Rd south of Wallaces Rd. The land near these two portions of closed road was probably reserved from alienation by the Crown at the request of many locals, being the site of the Tubbarubba diggings. Bernard Eaton was probably the last to conduct large-scale gold mining here from the late 1880's and it is possible that the Government, almost bankrupt because of the 1890's depression, decided to sell this diggings land, Alfred and Caroline Downward buying much of it.

The Clydesdale, Moat and Peatey lads would have tramped along this now-closed road every day to work at Eaton's mine but by 1900 there would have only been a few fossickers left. The road was probably deplorable and the Dunns Creek crossing may have been too difficult to bridge so at about that time Dunns Creek Rd was diverted along the west bank of Dunns Creek to Melway 165 F9 and then headed south east to the bottom of G9, where it ran east with a short turn to the north east as it met Junction Rd just south of No 8 Junction Rd. From there, travellers would turn right to continue eastward along Craig Avon Lane.

Land fronting the new road on the west side was sold to William Joseph McIlroy(whose diary supplied much information for Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL)in 1902 and Caroline Downward on the east side in 1905. Caroline's 118 acres 1 rood 12 perches (called 120 acres in rate records)had a frontage to the closed road of 1475 metres and a similar frontage to the new road. Andrew Fritsch and Charles A Fritsch had land fronting Junction Rd north and south of the new road.

There must have been complaints about the detour south along Junction Rd to Craig Avon Lane and in about 1920 the road was deviated southward from 161 F9 taking its present course along the east bank of Dunns Creek and turning to the north east at Junction Corner to meet the old route at 161 J11. The Balnarring parish map is labelled "C.R.B. 1920 30A (probably Crown allotment) and C70704" on the portion of new road east of Red Hill Rd.

Who was responsible for the new (1920) road? None other than Red Hill identity, William Calder, chairman of the C.R.B.The realignment of Red Hill Rd at Melway 191 C6, in 1921, was probably also the work of William Calder; the original course was along Station St.


G.M.Black of Emerald Nurseries, Upper Packenham was assessed on 747 acres, lot 15, part lot 14 special survey. Lot 14, consisting of 532.875 acres now contains Wallaby Downs (Melway 161 H5) and across Wallaces Rd was section 15, consisting of nearly 354.5 acres between Bulldog Ck and Bulldog Ck Rd.
(Source: Subdivision map of the Clarke Estate in 1907 transposed onto Melway.)


Sheila Skidmore gives much detail about William Henry Blakeley in THE RED HILL. He was from Sheffield so it was no surprise that he became a saw maker. Sheila mentions a ship that he purchased in partnership with Captain Moore to carry firewood to Melbourne and return with supplies; it was wrecked when it was swept back onto sandbanks a long way offshore after setting sail from Dromana in a strong northerly. (See MOORE entry.)

As mentioned in my journal THE RED HILL, William Henry Blakeley had his premises in Melbourne at 115 Lonsdale St. Sheila Skidmore mentions that William Henry Blakeley bought and extended the post office, adding a bakery that was probably never used. This work was said to have been carried out for the benefit of his son-in-law, George Cousins. Having seen the name written elsewhere as Cussens, I searched and found the following Silver Wedding notice.
Cussons-Blakeley. On 15 June 1892 at the Methodist Church, Kew, George F.Cussons, only son of George Cussons, Stockport, England to Martha, third daughter of W.H.Blakeley, "Ecclesall?", Elphin grove, Glenferrie. Present address: Commercial bank of Australia, Wycheproof. (Argus 23-6-1917 page 11.) I had gained the impression, from page 23 of THE RED HILL that George and Martha had been married in the late 1870's.Perhaps Blakeley did not buy the post office and extend it until about 1890.

William Henry Blakeley died at his residence, 19 Clarke St, St Kilda on 24-4-1921. His wife's name was Annie and their children were Jenny, Lizzie, Martha, Emily, Florrie, Leslie, Grace and Willie. (Argus 26-4-1921 P 1.) One of the girls must have married Mr Scott. Emily, the fourth daughter who died on 9-4-1955, did not marry but was the fond aunt of Beryl and Tim Scott of 6 Palmerston St, Camberwell. The great coincidence was that Daisy Maria Jarman who lived only 605 metres south of the Blakely land, died on exactly the same day and her death notice was in the same paper.

Sheila states that William Henry Blakely purchased his land from the grantee, R.H.Holding, in 1870. Sheila also stated that Richard Holding was the first teacher at the Red Hill State School in 1873 but only lasted for a short time. Crown Allotment 72A,of 140.5 acres, which was granted to Holding on 20-2-1865, is indicated by the Consolidated School site plus Melway 190 E-F 4. In 1919, William Henry Blakeley (115 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)retained only 80 acres, Thomas Chapman being assessed on the other 60 acres.

The assessments of 29-7-1889 show that William Henry Blakeley was occupying 775 acres in the parish of Wannaeue, that is west of the Mornington-Flinders Road.

Notice is hereby given that William Henry Blakeley and William Hartley have entered into a partnership as sawmakers and ironmongers and the business will be carried on at 116 Russell St under the style of "W.H.Blakeley and Hartley." Dated this 30th day of April, 1878. (Argus 1878 page 8.)

Blakeley did not purchase the Holding grant in 1870 unless the Flinders District Road Board rate collector was way behind the times. I have known rate collectors to be a little slow to change details, such as to record that somebody was leasing from the Crown after the land had been granted. However Robert Henry Holding was assessed on 72A of 140 acres in the assessments of 7-6-1870, 8-6-1871, 11-5-1872 and 14-6-1873. In the assessment of 13-6-1874, William Henry Blakely (sic) was said to be leasing the 140 acres from Joseph Blakely. I think the rate collector made a mistake regarding the owner; he was probably thinking of Joseph Pitcher, the grantee of 72B, also 140 acres, adjoining Blakeley's land on the south.This was the last year of the Road Board as it combined with the Kangerong Road Board to form the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong.

The Shire's first assessments on 2-10-1875 recorded William Henry Blakeley as the owner and occupier and stated that there were two houses on the property. Henry Ault was leasing Joseph Pitcher's grant to the south.

Hec Hanson was born on 14-2-1913 and when he was about six (I'd say nearly 7 because of the 1919-20 rates) 69 acres of 70B Balnarring at the top end of Tucks Rd was sold to the Lessings from Carrum along with what I presume was William Hopcraft's beautiful old two storey homestead with cherry trees along one side and apple trees along the other. Hec's dad, Alf, had another house built on 20 acres on the north side of the property by Littlejohn the builder, and while this was done the Hansons lived in a house on W.H.Blakeley's property.

I quote Hec."We had to walk to school (from the Tucks Rd property) and did so through the back of Jarman's property. There were plenty of "teddy bears" (koalas)around in those days, especially up on W.H.Blakeley's land." We can visualise Hec's walks to school following the opening of the new school on 16-9-1920. Hec's house was at Melway 150 F9, now the Maritime Estate. The new site was bought from W.A.Holmes and Keith Holmes tells me that it was at 190 H4. The Church of England bought the school at auction on 1-6-1955 and named it St George's.Join the dots!


John Bowring Journeaux was a grantee of land in the northern part of Balnarring parish. He was probably a descendant of the families of Messrs Bowring and Journeaux of Collingwood who had manufactured some tobacco by blending locally grown and imported product.(Argus 29-11-1864 page 5.) This Mr Bowring was most likely Joseph Paul Bowring who was described as a baker of Wellington St, Collingwood in his wedding announcement (Argus 11-1-1854 page 4.) He became a magistrate and Collingwood councillor. A very interesting coincidence is that a Mr Fritsch was a fellow Collingwood councillor at about the time that Joseph died. As you will see the Fritsch name appears as an entry in this history.

John Journeaux who was a warehouseman (owner, not worker) in Swanston St, and most likely the grantee, was convicted of forgery, the victim apparently being William McIlroy of Dromana, and sentenced to two years jail. (South Bourke and Mornington Journal 12-2-1879 page 2.) Joseph Paul Bowring died at the relatively early age of 54 at his residence, 58 Wellington St, Collingwood.(Illustrated Australian News 12-3-1881.)Joseph Paul Bowring was a man the Red Hill Bowrings would be pleased to claim as an ancestor; he was certainly the type of boss any worker would want. (Argus 2-6-1860 page 5-Letter: The Journeymen Bakers.)

Hopefully Red Hill's Eddie Bowring was not living at Chilwell, aged 21 in 1893. This Edward was charged with a stabbing in Geelong! (Argus 25-9-1893 page 6.) Edward Bowring, the father of Red Hill's Eddie Bowring lived in Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon and it is possible that an uncle had run the Coburg Electrical Service with a Mr Stubbs. Eddie must have arrived in Red Hill in about August 1901 as "Around Red Hill" on page 2 of the Mornington Standard of 30-8-1902 stated that he had been on his Village Settlement block for twelve months. Why was Thomas Harvey building a house on his block? The details of his crops are in the Village Settlement journal.

Eddie Bowring was no slouch as a cyclist. He had ridden his bike to Melbourne, probably to visit his parents in Essendon, and decided to "open her up" on the way back to Red Hill. He made it in just over three hours!
(Mornington Standard 26-4-1902 page 2.)

March 1903 was a busy month for Eddie. Firstly he was best man in the wedding of Fred Wheeler and Miss Goodman at Brunswick on Friday 6th and then he married Emily, the eldest daughter of Mr T.Harvey "Fernside" Red Hill on the 11th. Eddie was the eldest son of Edward of Essendon. His best man was Will Bowring, late of Red Hill and his groomsman was Mr E.Harvey. The bridesmaids were Sophie Harvey and Gertie Bowring. (Both items, M.S. 21-3-1903.)

George Higgens was a councillor and real estate agent, honoured by oldtimers who named a corner after him. I presume that his daughter, Edna, married(C?).H.Bowring of Red Hill. Their daughter, Aubrey Winifred, was born at the Bush Nursing Hospital, Dromana on 21 November. (Argus 29-11-1930 page 13.) In 1955, her parents,Mr and Mrs E.H.Bowring of "Heathfield", Red Hill announced her engagement to Walter Bruce Kells , from Alexandra. (Argus 14-2-1955 page 9.)

H.Bowring won a prize at the Red Hill Show in 1938. (Argus 27-10-1938 page 9.)

Was there a Dessie Bowring who married a Roberts from Main Ridge? (Births, Roberts, Argus 16-4-1921 page 11.)
H.P.PROSSER.74c? and d of 20 acres each fronting the west side of the southern half of Prossors Lane (190 J-K6.)
In 1902, Edward Bowring was assessed on 74C and the article said that Edward had been on the block for 12 months. He had planted 2 acres of orchard and also had 2 acres of strawberries as well as currants and raspberries. He'd been successful with summer vegetables. Thomas Harvey was building a 4 roomed house on the block (which was noted in the 1902 assessment, one of only four on the village settlement at that time, another being on 74D.)

Keith Holmes said that Edward Bowring was on the last block on the right but as Prossors Lane does not go to the south boundary of the village settlement as shown on the Balnarring parish map (because of an extremely steep slope), he could have been referring to 74C.

The 1919 assessments show that Henry P.PROSSOR was assessed on 74c as well as another 32 acres of settlement land. It appears that the rate collectors had finally discovered the correct spelling of the grantee's surname. And where was Edward Bowring? By 1910 he had moved to 18A Kangerong, 60 acres granted to Henry Dunn at the south corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rd. By 1919 he was on part 19 Kangerong slightly to the east and across McIlroys Rd, Bowring Rd being the east boundary of the 27 acre block.
Rates (in this shire) rarely had entries indicating the owners of land but it is likely that Edward was leasing in 1902 and 1910 but owned the 27 acres in crown allotment 19 (which must have included 8 acres of Red Hill township blocks, as mentioned by Sheila) at Melway 161 A 11.

Florrie Bowring married Herb Littlejohn . The first Littlejohns in the area were William Alfred and Frederick, sons of a convict who had settled in Brunswick after gaining his ticket of leave. They had land across the road from each other near Moat's Corner. After a while Fred moved to Coburg and William to Red Hill. William was a builder and was followed in this trade by his son, Fred, who married Florrie Bowring in 1935 but died at only 25.(Thelma Littlejohn, their daughter.)
Fred and William Littlejohn had lot 9 of 205 acres and lot 11 of 130 acres in 1919. Lot 9 is inside the curve of the Nepean Highway with the non-historic Bluestead Cottage at its north west corner (160 H3-4) and lot 11(160J-K 5) is north of Dunns Ck Rd to a point opposite No 665 with its frontage to the highway extending a little less than halfway to Wallaces Rd.

BROWN 1919.

In the 1919 assessments, Isaac W.Brown of Red Hill was listed as the occupant of 24 acres and buildings, part 9A and 20A, Wannaeue. This makes little sense to me because William G.C.Roberts of Main Creek had all 175 acres of 20A. Crown allotment 9A Wannaeue was part of 626 acres 1 rood and 20 perches in Wannaeue and Fingal granted to M.E.Capples according to the Wannaeue map and M.E.Green according to the Fingal map.

There is no mention of any other occupants of small blocks on 9A but I had seen small blocks specified as being on the Billingham Estate. Then I saw an assessment for (Florence?)A.Bellingham for 147 acres, part 9A,24B Wannaeue, lots 1, 4-8 and part 3.

Crown allotment 9A (Melway 254 E4 and D 5-6 roughly) was a battleaxe block of nearly 216 acres fronting Greens Rd, Limestone Rd and the same part of Baldrys Rd as the Main Ridge Equestrian Ground and Pony Club.It surrounded crown allotment 8 of 161 acres granted to John Baldry, in which the Baldry Circuit Walk follows the southern and western boundary before crossing the creek into 9A.

Crown allotment 24B of 145 acres, another battleaxe block with frontages to Whites Rd and Main Creek Rd, was granted to Nelson Rudduck. It is roughly indicated by Melway 171 J-K3 and K4. The Billingham Estate therefore consisted of 360 or 361 acres; as 147 acres remained unsold, 214 acres must have been occupied. Apart from Isaac Brown, the only other purchaser (*whose details I transcribed) was Robert G.White of Main Creek who had lot 9 of the Billingham Estate, consisting of 13 acres. (*The 1919-20 rate book is as long as the Bible and many estates were listed separately.)

BULLDOG CREEK RD. See Bittern-Dromana Rd entry.


(Standard, Frankston, 31-10-1946, p.4.) SILVER WEDDING. Mr and Mrs E.F.Buntrock have much pleasure in announcing the 25th anniversary of their wedding at Prahran on October 29, 1921. "Thuruna", Red Hill.


George Burston of Fitzroy had acquired a huge area near Red Hill by 1919. In the West Riding he had 368 acres of the Burrells' Arthurs Seat 640 acre pre-emptive right, and in the Central Riding (Dromana, Red Hill etc) he had 189 acres (part crown allotment 4 section 3 Kangerong), 80 acres (25C Wannaeue), 440 acres (part 28A, 28B Wannaeue). Crown allotments 28A and B Wannaeue comprised 295 acres so you can see how difficult it is to make sense of the assessments at times.These allotments were between Main Creek Rd and Mornington-Flinders Rd (Melway A-D 5-6.) 25C Wannaeue of 79.6 acres is on the south corner of Pindara Rd and Purves Rd (Melway 171 F-G1 and F2.) The Kangerong land was about two thirds of E.Calwell's 297 acre grant that is now housing near Devon St, Somerset Drive and Manna St and the Hillview Quarry (Melway 159 K 9-12.)

(Ernest, Robert, Robert G and Albert C.White between them were recorded as having three 53 acre blocks on 28A, which rings true because 28A consists of almost 159 acres. Therefore Burston did not have 28A and B.
The 440 acres of land was possibly part of the Arthurs Seat pre-emptive right.


In 1919, William Calder of Armadale was assessed on 591 acres in crown allotment 18A and part 17A Kangerong. This information is completely useless because 18A (apparently the homestead block of Henry Dunn's "Four Winds" at the south corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rds) consisted of 60 acres and the whole of 17A was only 77 acres. William was also assessed on 43 acres, 13C, Kangerong. (Bottom half of Melway A-B2 and top half of A-B3, bisected by the tributary labelled Dunns Creek. Nashs Lane runs to the midpoint of the southern boundary.) It seems obvious that much of the unexplained 591 acres was former McIlroy land as William John and James McIlroy had 1205 acres in 1910 but their descendants only had 644 acres in 1919.

Also in 1919, S.P.Calder had 12 acres, part 18B. The parish map seems to indicate that he was granted 18C of 22 acres west of Four Winds (east half of 161 A12), which with an unclear tied block made a total of 24 acres; the 12 acre block must have been 18D (the middle longitudinal third of Melway 190 K1)which was surrounded on the east and north by the battleaxe Ringrose grant.
The following is the start of William Calder's biography from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Calder, William (18601928)
by Roger J. Southern

William Calder (1860-1928), engineer, was born on 31 July 1860 at his father's sheep-farm at Lovell's Flat, Milton near Dunedin, New Zealand, only son of Arthur Calder and his wife Margaret Milne, ne Strachan. Calder was educated at the local school at Milton and the Otago Boys' High School in Dunedin in 1876-77. From 1881 he attended engineering lectures at Otago University before entering the New Zealand Government Survey Department as a cadet in October 1883; after five years practical training he passed the authorized surveyors' examination with credit in July 1888.

Later that year Calder came to Victoria and worked in private engineering and surveying firms. In October 1889 he became assistant town surveyor for the City of Footscray, and in July 1890 town engineer. At night he studied to gain certificates as municipal engineer (1890) and engineer of water-supply (1892). From December 1897 to March 1913, Calder was city engineer and building surveyor to the City of Prahran. Among his achievements were construction of, allegedly, the first asphalted carpet-road surface and the first refuse destructor in Australia, and the completion of a major drainage project.

By 1912 the appalling condition of Victoria's rural roads was a major concern to both farmers and motorists. That year a Country Roads Board was set up and Calder was appointed chairman, with W. T. B. McCormack and F. W. Fricke as the other members. In its first two years, the board travelled ceaselessly, inspecting a road system neglected by indigent municipalities since the building of the railways. A meticulous note-taker and enthusiastic photographer, Calder recorded the board's progress; his notes were transcribed and used as a basic reference for many years. Maps were published in 1914 and 1915 showing the roads selected for improvement. The board was endlessly tactful in receiving interest groups pressing for various improvements, while insisting on high standards of construction and financial control.

William Calder was Chairman of the C.R.B. until 1928, the year of his death. In 1929, "Four Winds" was sold by George Higgens.
(The Argus 29-10-1929 page 14.) RED HILL PROPERTY SOLD. Late Mr W.Calder's Home. The country home known as The Four Winds at Red Hill, which was the property of the late Mr William Calder, chairman of the Country Roads Board, has been purchased by Mr E.E.Thompson of Flete avenue, Malvern. The house is modern in design and construction, and has fine grounds, to the improvement of which Mr Calder devoted much of his leisure time. The sale was made through the agency of Mr George Higgens of Red Hill.

William Calder died at the home of his son-in-law (Mr Lewis)on 18th February, 1928.(Argus 20-2-1928, page 1.)
The Frankston and Somerville Standard reported on page 1 of its 11-1-1929 issue that the Melbourne to Mildura road via Bendigo formerly known as the North-western Highway was to be renamed the Calder Highway as a tribute to William Calder, who was a good friend of the peninsula (more). William did not spend all of his leisure time on the gardens at Four Winds. He was Chairman of the Red Hill Show Committee and unfortunately I haven't been able to locate a great article that I read over a year ago about the void that had been left by his death and how the other members of the committee had taken on extra workloads to ensure a successful show.

See the RAILWAY OPENING entry re William Calder.


The Caldwell name appears on many parish maps as far north as Somerville. This would indicate that the family had plenty of money, but this came to an end in 1891 due to the depression, and without any experience, the family planted an orchard at Somerville, with the trees far too close together. (Mornington Standard 2-7-1896 page 3.) I've forgotten the name of the nursery they established there (perhaps it's in my THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC journal) but I remember that they were the first to export fruit trees to China.

I this work, I will concentrate on the Caldwell grants in the parishes of Balnarring and Kangerong. John Caldwell was mentioned in the BALNARRING PIONEERS entry. He had 225 acres which could not be in the parish of Kangerong. He had 34A (almost 132 acres granted on 11-2-1876) and 35A(a bit over 94 acres granted on 4-4-1875, in the parish of Balnarring, which fronted the east side of Merricks Rd from Stanleys Rd to the Frankston-Flinders Rd (roughly Melway 192 E6 and F 7-9.) His frontage to the south side of Stanleys Rd was 883 metres and the southern boundary of 35A was only 170 metres along Frankston-Flinders Rd. As you can see, these two grants make up the 225 acres on which John was assessed on 8-6-1869.

In the parish of Kangerong, Robert Caldwell was granted 10 B of about 172 1/2 acres on 30-1-1868. This allotment is south of Tumbywood Rd (Melway 160 F-J 12)with an Arthurs Seat Rd frontage of only 214 metres east of Sheehans Rd.
E.Caldwell was granted Crown Allotment 4, section 3, consisting of almost 298 acres. Today this allotment consists of the Hillview Quarry land and a subdivision of Spencer Jackson's off Boundary Rd with streets named after counties and Jackson himself. (Melway 159 J-K 9-12.)Caldwell Rd (159 G 9-10), the west boundary of "Gracefield", honours the Caldwell family.
W.Caldwell was granted Crown Allotment 2 of section 2 of 167 acres. This allotment is bisected by Shergolds Lane and extends 200 metres on each side of this road.(Roughly F 6-9.) This member of the Caldwell clan was presumably about to leave the colony at the end of 1858 when the 167 acre allotment was advertised by Alexander Young and Co. with the title being a Crown grant.(Argus 31-12-1858 page 2, column 4.)


In the centre riding the Chambers and Steane Estate, whose address was in Melbourne, was assessed on 32 acres crown allotment (6?)D and 20 acres, part 29A, section B, Wannaeue. In the West Riding, Chambers and Steane were assessed on 84 acres, lots 29-33 and 39-47, part crown allotments 31C and 31D Wannaeue.

The 32 acre land is a mystery. I thought that it was probably in Crown allotment 6 of section 1 Kangerong,
with D being my abbreviation for Dromana, but Archibald Vine Shaw had 18 of its 37 acres.Section D (suburban blocks)is between Tower Rd and the chairlift line on the western boundary of Arthurs Seat State Park but no two allotments total 32 acres.

Crown allotment 29A, section B, Wannaeue, consisting of 331 acres and granted to Ben Hards, is bounded by Main Creek Rd, Arthurs Seat Rd and Mornington-Flinders Rd (Melway 190 B-D 3-4.)

Crown allotments 31 C and D , granted to Dromana pioneer, John Townsend, and consisting of 147 acres altogether, is bounded by Hove Rd, Bayview/Old Cape Schanck Rd, Waterfall Gully Rd and Rosebud Ave (Melway 170 G 4-5.)

CHAPMAN 1919 Bal.

Thomas Chapman, Red Hill, was assessed on 60 acres and buildings, part 9A and 72A, Balnarring. The only way I can make sense of 9A, is crown allotment 9 of section A, Dromana Township. Consisting of 2 roods (half an acre) this was on the west corner of Grant St and Latrobe Pde (Melway 159 E8.) CROWN ALLOTMENT 9 BALNARRING IS IN BITTERN NORTH!

Crown allotment 72A Balnarring was Robert Henry Holding's grant (Melway 190 E-F4) which became William Henry Blakeley's 140 acres and on which the Consolidated School is situated. In 1919, Blakeley had 80 acres and Thomas Chapman the rest.

Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA had much information about the Chapmans.
Thomas Chapman (1868-1941) was the second child of George Chapman, the founder of "Seawinds" on Arthurs Seat. The Dromana block was probably where George, who died in 1898, lived while he was hauling timber off Arthurs Seat in 1862 although he later bought land and built a house near James St or Thomas St in Dromana (Melway 159 H7.)
The triangle bounded by McCulloch St, Arthur St and Palmerstone Ave,Crown Allotment 1, Section 1 Kangerong, consisted of 43 acres.In 1910, Edith Chapman, farmer, Red Hill, was assessed on a lot on this triangle and I believe that the streets on it were named by, or in in honour of, the Chapmans. Thomas St could be named after Red Hill's Thomas,George St after his father or Dromana's blacksmith, and James St after younger brother James (1863-1953) who established Belmont Guest House in Dromana.
When Thomas was about 8, George moved to Arthurs Seat and cleared his selection over the years with the help of John (1866-1901), Thomas and James. John and James were lured by the gold rush of the 1890's in Western Australia, while James stayed on Sea Winds, and they established a water condensing enterprise in Kalgoorlie. Thomas returned to Red Hill, becoming an orchardist and serving as a councillor . When John died in Bunbury, his wife Edith, nee Sheehan returned with their little daughter to her family at Red Hill.
Thomas Chapmans youngest sister, Janet, born in 1877, lived with Thomas and Kate at Red Hill and later at Frankston.

There was an obituary for Mrs T.Chapman on page 4 of the Standard (Frankston) of 7-3-1941. She had died at her residence, Beach St, Frankston on March 1st.She and her husband were old residents of Red Hill and since moving to Frankston had been involved with the Presbyterian Church. She left behind her husband, two daughters and one son. (Thomas obviously died soon after if Colin McLear's details were right.) The pall bearers were Crs Rudduck and Higgins (sic*) and Messrs J.J.Griffiths, R.Holmes, J.Watson, E.Trewin. The funeral was at the Frankston Cemetery with Messrs E.Turner, V.C.Francis, E.Haig and C.J.Clarke as coffin bearers.(*George Higgens.)

Colin McLear's claim that Thomas became a councillor was correct (although the road board had become a shire by then!) The details of his election to fill the vacancy caused by Cr Nowlan's death were on page 2 of the 19-9-1908 issue of the Mornington and Dromana Standard.Despite (Andrew?) Buchanan gaining a huge majority at the Flinders booth, Thomas achieved landslides the other way at Red Hill and Dromana to win 109 to 91.
P.S. It was Andrew Buchanan that Thomas defeated.

Thomas was sometimes distracted from his orchard and council affairs by poultry matters such as his prize white leghorns (M&D Standard 29-9-1909 page 2.) Thomas died on December 21, 1941 and his obituary was on page 1 of the Standard (Frankston) of 2-1-1942. His son's name was Edgar. Pall bearers and coffin bearers are listed. The Turner, Francis and Haig families appear to have been close to Thomas and Kate.

Having seen that Mr Chapman often conducted Methodist services at Red Hill, I was puzzled about Thomas and Kate's association with the Presbyterian Church at Frankston until I found that the lay preacher was H.W.Chapman.

Thomas Chapman was heavily involved with the Dromana Literary Society (Mornington Standard 21-7-1892 page 2) and the Dromana and Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

CLEAVE 1919.

Mrs Mary Cleave, probably a widow, was assessed on 24 acres and buildings, part 20C, Wannaeue. (See ADCOCK.) See the SHEEHAN entry re Reg Sheehan's poem "In Memory of the Late Albert Cleave".

W.Cleave was a member of the Red Hill Rifle Club. (Mornington Standard 9-9-1905 p.5.)

CLEINE 1919 K & Bal.

Extract from Dromana, Rosebud and Miles Around on Trove.
In 1879, Charles Cleine was leasing 50 acres from the Crown. In 1900, Charles Cleine had 52 acres and Thomas Henry Cleine 45 acres, both in Kangerong. Karl Cleine had 30 acres at Red Hill, north of Perry Rd in 1919. One of the Cleine girls married Alec Clydesdale.

Extract from my journal THE RED HILL.
Charles, the first of the Cleine family came from Groningen, now part of Holland. He ran away from home at the age of 12 to avoid compulsory military training and retained his pacifist belief which caused arguments at Cleine's Corner between him and Mr (CHARLES?) White. He had a certificate for a donkey engine and worked for L.L.Smith building bridges. He married and had a large family. A little grave near the homestead site in the valley is marked by moss roses.

The 1919-20 assessments reveal the location of the Cleine land at that time. Karl had 30 acres and buildings, part of crown allotment 14A, Kangerong. This allotment, of 103 acres and granted to William McIlroy on 8-1-1889, was east of (and parallel to, and of 25% more depth than) the Kindilan Society land, with its south east corner on Mechanics Rd near the C.F.A. Fire Station. The properties of 50 or 52 acres and 45 acres must have been absorbed by 1919, so their locations cannot be determined.

A phone call to Keith Holmes revealed that Charles Cleine married Elizabeth, the daughter of the original McIlroy. Cleine's Corner is the corner of Arthurs Seat and Mechanics'* Rds. The moss covered grave and homestead were on crown allotment 14A, north of Cleine's Corner.
(* POSTSCRIPT.The sharp-eyed Sybil Cumming,grand daughter of Carl Cleine, spotted an error which has now been corrected. Thanks, Sybil.There will be much more detail about the Cleines and their descendants in RED HILL MEMOIRS POST 1940 after the Back to Red Hill on 22 March, 2015.)

The 50 acres earlier leased from the Crown may have been near the sites of the Two Bays Estate and Foxy's Hangout Wineries at Melway 190 J2. The state school and Mr Wiseman's blacksmith shop were near this location according to Keith. They would have been on crown allotment 18 Kangerong which seems to have been surveyed as suburban blocks in the original Red Hill Township. The Cleines were still in this area in 1902. Thomas Cleine had 8 acres of young orchard and extensive strawberry patches on his block, which was described as being opposite the state school and blacksmith shop and opposite the Arkwells. This orchard seems to have been across White Hill Rd from the winery site (on 10B Kangerong, granted to Robert Caldwell and seemingly subdivided by 1879.)

On our history tour, Bill Huntley told me of land the Cleines had near Fenton Hall at the north end of Merricks Rd; they also had a saw mill in the area.


The 1919-20 assessments show that Owen Clements had recently bought bought 45 acres and buildings, part crown allotment 26A, Kangerong, from Martha Clydesdale. It was actually the whole of 26A, granted to James Clydesdale, today situated between the Dromana-Red Hill boundary and Gibb Rd (which starts at the midpoint of the Bittern rd frontage.) Martha Clydesdale now had 20 acres in E.Caldwell's grant, crown allotment 4, section 3, Kangerong. (See the description of the location of E.Caldwell's grant under CALDWELL.)


Extract from Dromana, Rosebud and Miles Around on Trove.
CLYDESDALE (Extract from Peninsula Dictionary History.)
The above source gives the following details.
James Clydesdale was the son of William Clydesdale (born 1790 at Glasgow) and Janet (nee Muir, born 21-1-1794 at Gorbals.) Gorbals was probably close to Glasgow; both are in Lanarkshire. James whose first given name was William, according to his death certificate, was born on 1-11-1817 and died on 15-8-1902, the burial taking place three days later at Dromana Cemetery.
On 10-1-1850 in Melbourne, he married Julia (nee Cahill) who was born in 1831 at New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland. Julia outlived James by almost 8 years and died at Dromana on 4-8-1910. I hope Julia didnt aspire to an hourglass figure because she had 14 children in the first 23 years of their marriage. Dates and places of their childrens births and deaths are available on the website. (Google: Clydesdale kangerong).
They seem to have been in Melbourne until at least July 1852 and at Footscray in 1854 and 1855. Perhaps James was involved in George Spottiswoodes bluestone enterprises. (Spotswood was named after him.) If so, it would have been good practice for the gold mining that Bernard Eaton conducted near James grant three decades later.
From 1856 to 1859, James and Julia were probably living in a tent at Canvas Town at Emerald Hill (South Melbourne). The gold rush was in full swing and those lucky enough to own lodging houses could let rooms to the highest bidder. No matter how menial the work that James was doing, he would have been getting good pay. The high wages being demanded by workers outraged their pre- gold rush masters. Now they had to dress themselves, clean and cook or pay until it hurt. Luckily for the toffs the huge numbers returning from the diggings with empty pockets soon created a surplus of labour and the tables were turned.
James and Julia were at East Creek, Westernport when their first child, Jane Ann died on 11-6-1860 at 9 years and four months of age. They were probably at todays Merricks or Red Hill South, the Melway references for East Creek. They had previously lost Mary Ann, Margaret and William before they had taken their first steps.
By September they had moved to Mount Martha and James could have been leasing land. Hearn and Big Clarke had combined their land holdings to create the Mount Martha Sheep Station, Clarke having bought part of Jamiesons Special Survey. Henry Dunn had been leasing land from both Hearn and Jamieson in the late 1840s and by the time James arrived, Dunn had been replaced by Cottier, Griffith, Eaton, Peatey and others. James and Julia would become their neighbours.
The child whose birth on 4-9-1860 was registered at Mt Martha was given the name of Martha. Was this coincidence intentional? Lillie (Lily?) Eleanor was born in about 1862. Susan Peatey, a midwife and neighbour, delivered their tenth child, Emma, on 17-4-1864 at Jamiesons Special Survey. Susan recorded the fathers occupation as mariner and the mothers age as 27. (According to the website details, Julia should have been 33!) James was probably working for Peter Pidota who was fishing between jobs transporting timber about the bay.
The next child, George, was born on 20-8-1867 and died later that year. The remaining children were probably all born on the Survey although the last two were registered at Dromana.
They were:
Alice Maud Mary b.28-10-1868 JSS.
Henry John b. Nov. 1871, Dromana.
Alexander b. 1873, Dromana.
As well as Mary Ann, Margaret, William, Jane Ann, George and Thomas who all died young, Colin McLear did not mention any of the girls by name, only that one of them married Mr Davis of Red Hill. The husband might have been Frederick, Henry, James or Jonathan Davis who appear to be the sons of Jonathan Davis. The bride was possibly Lily (D.1931 at Dromana) as rate records indicate that Martha remained unmarried. However it might be that the death details of Catherine, or Alice Maud Mary are missing on the website because the researcher didnt know about Mr Davis.
The other girl, Emma Sophia, died in Hotham in 1900. I wonder if she married a son of Walter Gibsons brother, Thomas. James W. and Thomas Henry Gibson had land either side of Purves Rd at the end of Waterfall Gully Rd in 1900 but both lived in Melbourne; James at Carlton and Thomas at Northcote. By 1910, both were dairymen, James at North Melbourne (Hotham) and Thomas at Balwyn.
On 7-5-1884, James Clydesdale received the grant for lot 26A of Kangerong, consisting of 45 acres. (Melway 161 A7) He had selected this land prior to September 1879 when the rate collector called it 50 acres. On its western side was Alf Harrisons 63 acres with the 100 acre farm of George and Susan Peaty between Alf and Harrisons Rd. To the east of Clydesdales grant was land owned by McIlroy and Downward.
Within five years of receiving the title to his farm, James would probably been telling his sons, Harry and James how to dig rock as the three went off to work at Bernard Eatons gold mining operation about a mile to the east near Dunns Creek.
James Jnr married Martha Ellen, the daughter of Charles Dyson and their children were Bill (killed at Gallipoli), Bob,Harry, Jack and Kitty. Alec married Miss Cleine from Red Hill and lived in a cottage with bead-screened doors, on the corner of Heales and Hodgkinson St, Dromana. He was a longtime employee of the council forming and repairing the roads.
Among the members of the Dromana Sports Club in 1914 when it conducted a race meeting were W. Clydesdale, Harry Clydesdale, R. Clydesdale and Alec Clydesdale. In 1927 Bob, Alec and Harry Clydesdale were still committeemen. Jack Clydesdale was a member of the Dromana football team that won the 1939 premiership. Jimmy Clydesdale was a leg spinner not afraid to give the ball a bit of air in a purple patch for Dromana following WW2 and was a good half forward for the footy team at that time.
James Jnr and Martha lived in Lyndhurst in Pier St and raised their family there.
Photos of James and Julia Clydesdale are on P.157 of Dreamtime of Dromana which contains more family details.
My transcription of the 1864 and 1865 rates shows no entries for James Clydesdale. In 1864 he may have been living in the hut that Peter Pidota had for his workers near the Carrigg St corner. In 1865, he could have been living at Maryfield working for Mary Ann McLear. Later he and Julia had a house on the survey (Safety Beach) near Clyde St before moving to the Bittern Rd property. Postscript. James Clydesdale should have been assessed in 1864. See the birth deails for Emma given previously.
Rate assessments transcribed follow.
1879. James Clydesdale, farmer, 50 acres, Kangerong.
1900. James Clydesdale, 48 acres Kangerong.
1910. Alexander Clydesdale, labourer, Dromana, 48 acres and buildings, Kangerong.
James William Clydesdale, Dromana, one lot and buildings.
Martha Elizabeth Clydesdale, Dromana, 20 acres, part 4 of 3.
1920. Robert Clydesdale, Dromana, land and buildings, Pier St, part crown allotment 4, section 1
Harry Clydesdale, Dandenong, half acre, Pier St, ditto
Alexander Clydesdale, Dromana, half acre and buildings, section 14, Dromana.


James Connell received the grant for allotment 12 near the boundary with Kangerong and Bittern parishes. It was possibly Anthony or James whose rates on 50 acres and a hut in Dromana were paid for him by Wilson at the deathknock on 20-1-1865. The rate collector didnt know much. As well as not knowing the given names of Connell and Wilson, he didnt realize that the name Dromana only applied to land west of McCulloch St.
Colin McLear tells us the following. The Connells were tenants on Jamiesons Special Survey in 1851 or shortly thereafter. (Anthony Connells block was probably near the one later occupied by Henry Wilson.) A descendant of Anthonys was a silent partner of Jack Rudduck in Mornington Station in the Kimberleys in the 1950s. Mornington Station was near Fitzroy Crossing 300 miles inland from Derby.
The Connell and White children were among the pupils of a school that operated near the Hickinbotham Winery site in the early 1850s. This school may have closed when the teachers wife died or because two private schools had been opened in Dromana by Quinan and Nicholson. Its closure was probably the impetus for the establishment of a school in Moorooduc.
Anthony Connell was obviously the forerunner of the Connell family in the area. He received the grants for allotments 27 and 29, totaling 337 acres, all or part of which became the rifle range.
In 1910, James Connell, a farmer of Mornington, was leasing 238 acres (lots 3-6 of Bruces) and James Connell, a farmer of Tuerong, was leasing 230 acres (lots 1,2 of Bruces.) This land was just south of Ellerina Rd in the parish of Kangerong. I presume that would be James senior and James junior. Bruces was the northern section of the Survey fronting the Sea Lane, which is now called Bruce Rd, and is the boundary between Kangerong and Moorooduc parishes.

Anthony Connell's grants in the parish of Moorooduc, crown allotments 29 and 27, with a frontage of 1680 metres on the east side of Three Chain Road (Old Moorooduc Rd) from opposite No. 235 to opposite the Vineyard Lane corner (the south boundary of the Tuerong pre-emptive right)consisted of nearly 338 acres and had a Balnarring Rd frontage of 310 metres at the north east corner.(Melway 151 J8 to 152 A-B 6.) In 1873 Anthony was granted C.A. 11A bounded by Gillett Rd on the north, which is now the Tuerong Reserve.(152 C6.) When the property was sold, Connells were the auctioneers.

A Connell family living in Red Hill in the 1890's must have lost their rabbit's foot. Firstly their little girl was badly burnt as a result of her brother playing with matches (Mornington Standard 18-4-1895 page 2) and then Mr Connell was in hospital receiving treatment for his eyes by the end of 1896(M.S. 24-12-1896, P.3.)
Two young Davey girls of Marysville, Frankston (Davey's Bay)had collected donations as a Christmas present for the distressed family and the donations were to be forwarded on to Mr (H.P.)Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill.
The family was referred to in the first article as living near Red Hill so perhaps they were near Merricks North and Forest Lodge. As Henry Pearce Davies was involved as secretary of the Balnarring sports committee (My DISCOVERING DAVEY journal)it is possible that this family was in the parish of Bittern where J.(John?) Connell had a grant across Balnarring Rd from Anthony's. My journal also reveals that the hospitalised father was William Connell.(Mornington Standard 12-11-1896 P.3 and 10-12-1896 P.3.)

Cr Davies asked the council to provide some relief for the family and H.P.Davey pointed out that the father had previously been unable to work for six months before his eyesight problems emerged and the large family, with the oldest child only 15, was living on bread and water. (Mornington Standard 17-12-1896 P.3, F&K SHIRE.)

Evelyn Connell, daughter of Mrs Connell of Red Hill, died on 24 April, 1910 from pneumonia at the age of 19 and was buried at Mornington Cemetery. She was one of a set of triplets. (Mornington and Dromana Standard 30-4-1910 P.2.) Miss R.Connell was a member of the Red Hill Literary ans Social Club, rendering items along with Charles and Mrs Thiele, Tom Sandilants' wife, H.McIlroy, W.Simpson and Mr Prosser (sic).(Mornington Standard 29-8-1903 p.3.)

In 1900, William Connell was assessed on 8 acres Kangerong. The man who first appealed for help for William's family, A.E.Bennett, was living on Kent Orchard at the time. Kent Orchard, later owned by the Huntleys was on Kentucky Rd (Melway 191 H 1.)

Although no details were given, Evelyn Mary (Evie) Connell who died on 11-12-1900 might have been the mother of Evelyn (above) and thus Mrs Connell of Red Hill and William's wife.


The following councillors represented the area near Red Hill. This list was compiled from LIME LAND LEISURE (History of the Shire of Flinders) over a year ago so I have missed some names such as Cr (Andrew?) Haig (see RAILWAY OPENING entry.) Keith Desmond Holmes 1965-1973; John Baldry 1890-1901; John Caldwell 1875-6; Edmond James Callanan 1895-1903, John Davies 1894-1914; Arthur Ralph Ditterich 1961-4; Alf Downward 1888-93; (G.G.A?)Downward 1956-9; Herbert Downward 1916-9, Alf Head 1880-8; John Oswin 1887-9; William Oswin 1902-5; Robert Wighton 1875-6. Alf Downward sat for many years simultaneously on three Shire Councils (Flinders, Frankston and Hastings and Mornington, which had been formerly been the west riding of F&H.)
(See HOLLAND, CHAPMAN entries.)

CRAIG AVON LANE. See Bittern-Dromana Rd entry.


In 1879, Charles Daniel, farmer was leasing 60 acres from B.Ringrose. This was the same land, 18B Kangerong, on which Arthur E.Hill was assessed in 1900. (See HILL entry.) Charles may have been the pioneer of "Narbonne" in the Shire of Bulla, two of whose descendants were Shire Secretaries.


The first time I saw this name in ratebooks, I wondered if there was any connection with the Frankston pioneers. Tonight I have examined this possibility. Many websites about Frankston provide identical information about James Davey having a run south of Olivers Hill along the Daveys Bay coast and old man Davey (named as William on one site) building a house on Olivers Hill. Strangely I seem to be the first person to wonder if the two were related.They were, as shown by the Kessell family tree re the pedigree of Davey, Frankston Mornington. William, because of whom Olivers Hill was first named Old man Davey's Hill, was born in 1795 in Cornwall and was buried in lovely Frankston in 1880.(His father James, was buried in an obviously less lovely place called Mousehole, Cornwall!)
His son James, born in 1820, who married before leaving Cornwall, died on 13-7-1884 at Frankston. It might have been his grand daughters, Ethel 16 or Elsie 6, and Fanny 6, who were the Misses E. and F.Davey of Marysville, Frankston reported as having collected money for the destitute Connells of Red Hill. The really interesting thing is that the money was to be sent to Mr Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill. This was H.P.Davey who was the light and life of Red Hill for ten years before moving to St Kilda and working for Sands and McDougall in Melbourne.


Extract from my VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.
W.DAVIDSON. 74k of 17 acres opposite Centrepoint (north east quarter of Melway 191 A7.)

W.Davidson was assessed in 1902-3 (see 74i.), but the rate collector was confused.Unless my transcription was faulty, the Davidson block was not mentioned in "Around Red Hill" written in August, 1902. By 1919, 74K was occupied by Mrs Frances Edwards.
Mrs Davidson was "Dolly" Nash, who could not move one of her arm and always had it clad in a stocking.Mr Davidson's sister married a Cavanagh from Balnarring.(Keith Holmes.)

A very confused entry in the 1910-11 rates indicates that rates on a property were to be written off. The property, of 60 acres, 18A Kangerong, seems to have been leased by Jonathon Davis and to be the estate of William Davidson, care of Mrs Edwards of Red Hill. The land,on the south corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rd, had been granted to Henry Dunn and formed all or part of his "Four Winds". The block was almost square with its western boundary extending to a point opposite Tumbywood Rd.


Rate collectors often confused these two surnames.

Margaret Davies was the grantee of 13 A and B, Kangerong of 129 acres 3 roods and 31 perches, east of Andrews Lane, the Kindilan Society land being its eastern part and indicating the northern extent of her land. It seems to have been granted on 28-8-1877 but there is no mention of her in the 1879 rates.

In 1919, assessments were recorded in the centre riding for the following Red Hill residents.
Jonathon Davies, 28 acres and buildings, part crown allotment 19 Kangerong; Henry Davies, 42 acres and buildings, part C.A.10B, Kangerong; Frederick Davies, 33 acres, part C.A. 10B, Kangerong.
In 1910, the record shows basically the same Red Hill residents:
Frederick Davis, orchardist, 35 acres Kangerong; Henry Davis, labourer, 43 acres Kangerong; Mrs Fanny Davis, orchardist,4 acres and buildings; Jonathan Davis,orchardist, 28 acres Kangerong.
The 1900 assessment read: Frederick Davis 35 acres K; Henry Davis 43 acres K; James Davis 4 acres and building K; and Jonathan Davis 28 acres K.

One might safely assume that the family's surname was DAVIS but it's better to be safe than sorry.Jonathan Davis was recorded in the 1879 rates and thankfully the rate collector gave good detail, although property loctions were not given. Jonathan Davis, labourer, owned two properties. He owned and occupied 280 acres, Kangerong and James Davis, labourer, was renting a building and four acres, Kangerong from him. It is my guess that the 280 acres consisted of 10B, Kangerong of nearly 172 .5 acres (granted to Robert Caldwell who was not assessed) and 97 acres of Charles Golding's grant on the other(northern) side of Tumbywood Rd, Golding retaining only 130 of its 252.7 acres.

The family became involved in the community quickly, especially the Wesleyan congregation. Jonathan Davis was an original trustee of the church which was erected on land donated by James Wheeler near the post office in 1884. The first wedding to take place after the first service on 25-1-1885 was that of Jonathan Davis and Elizabeth Kemp. The first christening was that of their daughter, Henrietta Charlotte. (T.R.H. page 31.)

"Around Red Hill", an article which appeared on page 2 of the Mornington Standard of 30-8-1902, gives the following details about the Davis farms. Jonathan Davis had 40 acres facing the Port Phillip side with 6 acres of young (fruit) trees. He was also dairying on 60 acres leased from Mrs Strong.

(The 1900 assessments reveal that Mrs Maude Strong was leasing the 60 acre farm from trustees. This 60 acre farm may have been "Four Winds", Henry Dunn's grant at the south corner of McIlroys and White Hill Rds; it might have been purchased from the Strong executors by William Davidson, a Village Settlement pioneer who had died and whose rates were to be written off, the rate collector being unaware that Edward Bowring was assessed on the same property, 18A Kangerong. The only other 60 acre property in 1910 was Alf Harrison's and this was a mistake because 27B Kangerong on Dunns Creek Rd east of Harrisons Rd actually consisted of just over 63 acres. Maude Strong's 60 acre farm was not the Ringrose battleaxe grant (18B) south of the "Four Winds" grant, which was occupied in 1900 by Arthur E.Hill.)

The article stated that James Davis had 5 acres under fruit and that F. and H.Davis, who were between Mr Hill's and Arkwells' (hence about Melway 190 J1), were mainly growing potatoes, with a yield of 10 tons to the acre, but also maize, peas and strawberries.

A search for DAVIES, RED HILL revealed that there was a Davies family of Red Hill, but this was a very old property called Red Hill Farm near Woodend! A search for DAVIS, RED HILL confirmed that DAVIS was definitely the surname of these Red Hill pioneers. The end of 1904 was not a happy time for the family. Jonathan Davis had suffered from a serious illness for five months and was in a critical condition when the Red Hill residents organised a Jonathan Davis relief fund. (Mornington Standard 19-11-1904 page 5, 3-12-1904 page 2.)

It is my guess that James Davis was the father of Jonathan and that Mrs Fanny Davis was his mother.

Alfred Downward's land in the local area was mainly at Tubbarubba and there would be much information about him in books such as The Golden Plains of Tubbarubbarel. Despite his efforts at representing the residents of the peninsula, it is amazing how many of them thought his surname was Downard.

The following is verbatim from the Parliament of Victoria website.
Downward, Alfred

Born 1847 (Melbourne, Victoria)
Died 26 June 1930. (Mornington)
Parents: Edward and Elizabeth
Marriage: 1879 Hawthorn, Josephine Kerr; 1s. 2d.
Occupation: Grazier
Religion: Church of England
Education: Prahran and from 1855 Mornington

Career: Worked on father's sheep farm at Balnarring; from 1874 ran sheep on his own selection at Tubbar Rubba; took great interest in land settlement and development of the Peninsula. Member Flinders and Kangerong shire council for 25 years, president 1890-1892; also councillor and president Mornington shire.
House Electorate Start * End *
MLA Mornington October 1894 November 1929
Unseated and re-elected Jan 1895.
Other seats contested: Mornington 1877, 1886, 1889, 1892
Appointments: Minister Water Supply and minister Agric. 31 Oct 1908-8 Jan 1909; minister Mines, minister Forests, minister Public Health and vice-president Board Land & Works 29 Nov 1917-21 Mar 1918; president Board Land & Works, commissioner Crown Lands and Surveys and minister Immigration 18 Nov 1924-20 May 1927

The death occurred last night of Mr Alfred Downward, who represented Mornington in the Legislative Assembly for 35 years. He retired in October last year. Mr Downward, who was aged 83, held portfolios in three Ministries. He was a member of the Country Party.

Mr Downward became seriously ill following a chill he received when attending the funeral of the late Mr Henry Tuck, an old friend, at Flinders, last Saturday. The funeral will leave his residence, Redwood, Mornington, at half past 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon for Mornington Cemetery.

Mr Downward was the oldest member of the Legislative Assembly when he retired. On many occasions he successfully contested the Mornington seat against newcomers, and several times was returned unopposed. Before entering Parliament in 1894, Mr Downward took an active part in municipal affairs, and in one year was the President of both of the shires which covered the Peninsula at that time.

The article goes on to mention the three ministries were those of Tommy Bent, Bowser and Allan, that Alfred was a noted amateur rider in his youth and that the Deputy Leader, in expressing his regret, stated that much of the Peninsula's development was due to Alfred.

Alfed's residence in Mornington, Redwood, was so named because of a natural stand of Redwood Gums at the western end of Downward St. Pitt St and Downward St were named after two of Alfred's daughters, the last members of the family to live in Redwood, Mrs Pitt being a widow and Ivy Downward a spinster. There is much more detail about Redwood and Red Gum Flat(Melway 154 D2) near the end of my THE FEMALE DROVER:A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC. Joan Downward has the newspaper article about the Redwood Gums and much information about the Downward family's earlier involvement in Tasmania. (If you would like the extract from The Female Drover or to get in touch with Joan, send me a private message.)

Some of Alfred's land on the east side of Bulldog Creek Rd was formerly reserved from sale and was the site of the Tubbarubba diggings. Bulldog Creek Rd was supposed to run south to Myers Rd and was the eastern boundary of Jamieson's Special Survey. The northern 1000 acres of the Survey belonged to the family of John Bruce, son in law of Big Clarke who owned the rest. By 1900 Alfred and Caroline Downward were leasing much of the Clarke land and when it was sold circa 1907, they bought many of the lots. In 1910, as well as their land in the East Riding(parish of Balnarring), Alfred Downward owned 270 acres (lot 12 Clarke's) and Herbert Downward 120 acres (Clarke's) and 508 acres (lots 16, 17 Clarke's.)

Lot 12 was on the north side of Dromana-Bittern Rd with its south west corner over the road from number 665 and its north east corner at the bend in Wallaces Rd in Melway 161 C3. Lots 16 and 17, 508 acres 1 rood and 37 perches, were on the north side of Wallaces Rd and west of Bulldog Creek from 161 C-F 2 north to where an eastern extension of the south boundary of the Martha Cove waterway through McKenzies' Junction meets Bulldog Creek (north east corner of lot 16.) The north west corner of lot 17 is at the middle of the top of 151 C12.

The 1919-20 rates specify Herbert's 120 acres as being part 9A and 24,Kangerong and the 1910-11 rates(assessment number 114) specify that the 120 acre block was on "Clarke's".
The 1910 entry reads "Caroline Downward,owner C.Downward, 120 acres pt.9A,24 .. (the ditto under Clarke's in the previous entry.)

Here's a question for you. How can you make "Crown Allotment" look like 9A? The rate collector knew the answer. He wrote C/A but with a longer slash that he joined to the top of the C. It had me puzzled until I had been transcribing rate records for about two weeks in August 2010. However two years later I had forgotten his clever trick! I spent ages writing about lot 24 in Clarke's subdivision, including the fact that Caroline could only have owned 30 acres of it. But I couldn't account for 9A; and then the penny dropped!

It should have been read as "part crown allotment 24" and the dittos were a careless error. Thus I had wasted two hours. However, the rate collector's carelessness has led to the BITTERN-DROMANA RD entry and detail about the Downward land east of Bulldog Creek/Junction/Red Hill Rds. Details of Caroline (later Herbert's) 120 acres are given in the BITTERN-DROMANA RD entry.

The Golden Plains of Tubbarubbel gives detail of the names of the various farms and family members.

1900-1.(All in the parish of Balnarring, west of Balnarring Rd.)
Alf 716 acres, Caroline 176 acres, Emma 500 acres, Herbert (Maria crossed out)400 acres,
John Campbell Downward 22 Bal. 312 acres. (See below re J.C.D.)

1910-11. Alf 356 acres Bittern (east of Balnarring Rd), Alf 240 acres Balnarring, Herb 176 acres Balnarring, Emma 500 acres Balnarring.

J.C.D. There was a John Campbell associated with Dromana, circa 1861 and the building(with William Cottier) of the original Rye Hotel a few years later,and perhaps another ,or the same, who was a trustee of Mt Martha Park which was reserved for the Governor's mansion, and another or perhaps the same, who was still associated with the northern area of our shire circa 1890. Sorry I'm so vague but I'm not spending hours just on the off-chance that any of the above was connected with the second given name of John Campbell Downward.The connection could just have easily been the daughter of a pioneer in Tasmania. (A surname used as a child's second given name was usually its mother's maiden name.)

John Campbell Downward was granted crown allotment 22 Balnarring on the north east corner of Stanleys and Merricks Rds. Consisting of 312 acres 2 roods and 23 perches and granted on 23-9-1873, it is indicated by Melway 191 D-E 3-4. Its north west corner was opposite Kentucky Rd and its south east corner was near 40 Stanleys Rd.

There is some information about the Downward grants in the parish of Balnarring, east of Bulldog Creek Rd and the Survey, in my Red Hill Grantees journal. (Also about Alfred's disputed election but I forgot to give the source from Trove. Anyone interested could try these for starters. Argus 13-12-1894 page 6 and 30-11-1894 page 3 and Mornington Standard 20-11-1894 page 3.)

In the late 1930's the Downwards sold their Tubbarubba land, lot 1 (Glengala) and lots 2,3,7 and 8 to John Sherwin. (THE GOLDEN PLAINS TUBBARUBBAREL by Mary Karney.)


Colin McLear states that Abraham Griffith was a Quaker from Philadelphia and master of a whaler who settled on the Survey in 1855 and farmed with the Eaton brothers. His wife's name was Rebecca. She was the executrix of Watson Eaton and the grant for the 150 acre grant which he had selected before his death in 1877 (west of the Red Hill end of Eatons Cutting Rd)was issued in Rebecca's name.I will not repeat the information in "A Dreamtime of Dromana" unless the book cannot be borrowed by Eaton researchers and a request for it appears in comments. In 1865, Watson Eaton was leasing 210 acres of the Survey from Big Clarke. Who, and where, was his brother? He was probably a "Race Owner" at the goldfields, certainly in some year that I can't recall, at Creswick.
For the information of those unfamiliar with Victoria's gold mining areas, a race was a channel that carried water from a dam to where other material needed to be washed away (in a cradle etc), leaving the heavier gold, like large-scale panning. At Blackwood, surveys for races were done by a woman and the Byers back track follows an old race to O'Brien's Crossing.
Colin didn't know the name of Watson's brother, so naturally it did not appear in LIME LAND LEISURE (a copy of Colin's notes!) I did bother to find out. He was back in Dromana by 1888 as revealed by the trades directory: Bernard Eaton, gold miner, Dromana.The mine was of course at Tubbarubba and his former neighbours, now east of Moat's Corner, were working for him.
The Eaton legend, as revealed to Colin by Maude Eaton or perhaps his own family, has it that Watson had undertaken part of a medical degree before leaving America, but at an inquest he stated under oath that he had never been to university or received medical training. The memorial, now in the Dromana museum, shows that the lack of a piece of paper did not affect his expertise or his patients' appreciation. There may have been a third brother who came out and became a librarian in Melbourne. Benjamin Eaton,librarian, who appeared to be paying the rates of Maude Eaton (a spinster), may have been that brother's son.

EDWARDS 1919 Bal.

FIRST ANNUAL SHOW AT RED HILL. (Frankston and Somerville Standard 7-4-1922 page 3.) Make notes re Committee and lady helpers.

FOREST Ewen 1919. (FORREST?) As his name was inserted at the end of the assessments, this Red Hill resident must have arrived recently. He was assessed on 22.5 acres on ?A, possibly 12A, like W.McRoberts.

FRITSCH. (See Gotliebson.)

Andrew Fritsch was granted 24B, Kangerong of almost 103 acres and Charles Fritsch about 44.5 acres adjoining it on the south across a now-closed part of Dunns Creek Road that joined Myers Rd near the present No. 8 Myers Rd. Andrew's grant is indicated by Melway 161 G 8-9 and H 8. Charles Fritsch's grant's north east and south east corners are indicated by the locations of numbers 8 and 5 in Myers Rd.

Rate collectors had a spot of difficulty spelling the surname and in 1919 Edward Fitsch was assessed on 40 acres and buildings, part 24 Kangerong. In 1900, Charles Fritsch was assessed on 100 acres and buildings, Kangerong and 40 acres, Kangerong. In 1910, Edward Fritsch and the Freehold Assets Co. were assessed on 140 acres (total of the above) as well as some confusingly described land that included E.Caldwell's grant (Melway 159 K9 to the south boundary of the Hillcrest Quarry land.) The assessment refers to 390 acres, five sevenths of (3 written backwards)part 4 section 3 and 196 acres, part 4 section 3. Caldwell's grant, crown allotment 4 of section 3 Kangerong, consisted of 297.5 acres!

It is possible that the Fritsch and Bowring families had come from Collingwood where members of both families were on its council.

(Mornington and Dromana Standard, 4-3-1911, p. 2.) Mr E.Fritsch's five roomed house was destroyed by fire while he was at Sorrento.The year, 1911 was an eventful one for Edward Fritsch. His house burnt down and while he was squaring timber to rebuild it, he cut the calf on one leg to the bone, requiring nine stitches (MS 5-4-1911 p.4.) Edward Fritsch married Miss Warnecki (Sheila Skidmore spells it Warnecke) of Balnarring.

The wild dogs that attacked Mr Downward's sheep near Dunns Creek in 1909 must not have been aware of how good a shot E.Fritsch was with his rifle. Two of them were dispatched.(M.S. 22-6-1907 p.2. and Mornington and Dromana Standard 22-6-1907, p.2, Sorrento.) The woodchop at the Dromana Show in 1907 by the scratch man, Fritsch. (M.S. 23-3-1907, p.3.

The last rate record available on microfiche is 1919-20 so trove is invaluable for information after that time. Sheila Skidmore described how slow and late trains made the Red Hill producers turn to road transport. Mr E.C.Fritsch, Red hill fruitgrower, gave evidence in support of the application of E.W.Price and W.Milburn of Red Hill South to carry produce to Melbourne. (The Argus 18-11-1938, p.2.)

On 15-3-1937, E.l.Fritsch was granted 52B and 51D Balnarring, of 16 and 27 acres, which were northeast and southwest of a railway station just east of Tonkin Rd (Melway 191 K8 and 192 A8.) Today the Peninsula equestrian trail follows the western and southern boundaries of this land instead of cutting through it diagonally toward a spot about 57 metres from the south east corner.

GOBBLIEBSEN 1919 (Huntley worker scalded in bath, written as Gobblietsen.)

In 1919, Mrs Charlotte Gottliebsen was assessed on 100 acres and buildings, part Crown Allotment 24 Kangerong.
I am guessing that Charlotte was a widow and a descendant of Andrew William Fritsch, the grantee of 24B Kangerong, consisting of 103 acres 3 roods and 3 perched but called 100 acres when Charles Fritsch was assessed on it in 1900. C.A.24B fronted Myers Creek Rd from No.8 Myers Rd nearly to the Wallaby Downs entrance.

It is likely that Edward Gottliebsen who worked at Percy Huntley's Rosslyn just east of Craig Avon Rd.(Melway 161 K10-11) was related to Charlotte. The following appeared on page 18 of the 4-6-1925 under the heading: Red Hill. Edward Goleitsen, who is employed by Percy Huntley, orchardist, Red Hill, was preparing for ahot bath, when he fainted and his arm went into the boiling water. It was some time before he was found and his hand and portion of his arm were severely scalded. He was removed to the hospital. Bill Huntley said this happened on Rosslyn in a hut set aside for the victim's use.

J.Journeaux sold his grant, crown allotment 15 Balnarring to the Gottliebsons. This fronted Tubbarubba and Myers Rd (approximately Melway 161 K 7-9 to 162 B 8-9)and later One Chain Rd was built to give access to subdivision blocks. The now-closed section of road between Dunns Creek Rd and Myers Rd in Melway E-J 7 was called Gottliebsons Lane. Two Gottliebson sons married Fritsch sisters one of whom was due to give birth in 1907. (That was a pretty good guess I made above, wasn't it?) Mrs Gottliebson must have had Mrs Grayden lined up to be the midwife and a son had been delivered on 27-8-1907.
GIBSON 1919.
On 8-6-1869, the Flinders Road Board assessed William Gibson on 190 acres in the Balnarring Division. This was 78A Balnarring on the north corner of Stanleys and Red Hill Rds, of a bit over 190 acres.

Walter Gibson bought William Cottier's grants, C.A. 9 and 10 of section 1, Kangerong and established Glenholme. Extensive detail of Walter's arrival, landholdings and genealogy are available in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Walter had a brother named Thomas who died in late 1900. I read on trove that William Gibson had found a body on his brother Walter's property at Dromana.

Therefore, it is likely that two grantees of Wannaeue land in 1911, on either side of Purves Rd near Whites Rd, were at least related to Walter. Thomas Henry Gibson was granted, on 20-5-1911, 28A1 of nearly 70 acres and 28 F of 51 and a bit acres, north and south, respectively of Waterfall Gully Rd, a total of 121 1/4 acres.The land ran 360 metres north and 264 metres south from the corner of Waterfall Gully Rd.

J.W.Gibson was granted 24 Wannaeue of 114 acres 1 rood and 26 perches.It had a frontage to the east side of Purves Rd from Whites Rd to Wilson Rd.

Thomas Henry Gibson of Northcote was assessed on his 121 acres in 1900-1. By 1910 he was a milkman of Balwyn and by 1919, he was living at Canterbury (in Melbourne's east.) James William Gibson, dairyman of North Melbourne, was assessed on his 114 acres in 1910 and had recently moved to West Brunswick from North Melbourne in 1919 but now had a total of 320 acres, described as crown allotments 26, 26A, and 27. (Chapman's "Seawinds" which included allotment 27 of 128 acres bounded on the north and West by Seamists Rd. Melway page 170 C-E 1-3 roughly.)

In 1919,James William also had his grant of 114 acres but had added 33 acres of 25A, 89 acres (24C), and 147 acres (23A1 and 24D.) Lot 25A was Peter Watson's grant fronting Heath Lane (190 A 2-3) and Arthurs Seat Rd. Lot 24C was also a Peter Watson grant whose south west corner is at the right angle bend in Whites Rd (in 171 G4.) Both 23A1 (of 62 acres which had its north west corner at the right angle bend in Whites Rd) and 24D (of 84 acres at the north corner of Purves and Whites Rds) were granted to J.Bayne.

Also in 1919, L.M.Gibson of Coburg had 28 acres (part 27B1 Wannaeue), which was John Hopcraft's grant of nearly 86 acres, fronting the west side of Mornington-Flinders Rd at 190 D7-8.


GRAVES. Charles Graves was one of the tenants on Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach to Bulldog Creek Rd) after Henry Dunn's lease of the whole survey had ended in 1851. Mary Ann McLear was another tenant , calling her farm "The Willow". Graves became a hawker ( called Graves the tinker in George McLear's accounts book), buying merchandise in Melbourne and selling it all over the southern peninsula.George McLear often accompanied Charles and in about 1854 when they called on the Cairns family at Little Scotland (Melway 170 B10) one of the blonde boys was complaining, "Ae cunnae crruck a whee whup yet." In 1859, he bought Monahan's grant, directly over Pt Nepean Rd from the Dromana Drive-In and extending to Boundary Rd. After having it fenced by the Rhymers (after whom a street in Safety Beach is named), he sold it to Mary Ann McLear, his partner in the hawking business.Charles became a shopkeeper at Shoreham and somewhere in my transcriptions of rates, I have a note (completely unrelated to the information I was seeking) that Charles had about 200 acres in that area. There is much detail of the dates and prices re Charles buying and selling the property that became Maryfield in Colin McLear's "A Dreamtime Of Dromana". If anyone researching the Graves family cannot borrow the book,let me know in the comments space below, and I'll supply the details.


HAIG 1919. In 1919-20, Andrew William Haig was assessed on 122 acres and buildings, crown allotments 17A and 17B, Kangerong. In 1910 Andrew and William Haig, farmers of Red Hill, were assessed on 190 acres in Kangerong. The Haig family was not assessed in 1900 and the only property of 190 acres was occupied by Henry Davey; I presume that this was H.P.Davey and the property was "Forest Lodge." I also presume that Forest Lodge mainly consisted of 23A and 23B of 156 acres granted to J.Davey and located at Melway 160 F-G 10-11, fronting Junction Rd.

17A and B Kangerong, granted to Francis Windsor, and located between Melway 191 A-B 2 and McIlroys Rd with the western boundary being a extension of Andrews Lane and the eastern being an extension of the eastern boundary of the Kindilan Society land.Therefore Red Hill's first cricket pitch, first used on 27-1-1923 in a match against Main Ridge and laid out on the property of Andrew Haig in McIlroys Rd (The Red Hill) would have been located at about 209 McIlroys Rd.
E.Haig was a member of the team which won the premiership the following season, playing at the Recreation Reserve.
Janet Wiseman and Andrew Haig were among the earliest players for the Red Hill Tennis Club which first played at Wildwood (Melway 190 G5) and then the recreation reserve.

See the RAILWAY OPENING entry re Cr Haig.

HALL Herbert Alfred, Middle Brighton, 1919 Bal.
In 1919, Herbert Alfred Hall of Middle Brighton was assessed on 20 acres and buildings, 74B, Balnarring. 74B, known as "Glenbower" adjoined the Village settlement blocks on the west side of Prossors Lane and was directly
across Arthurs Seat Rd from the Recreation Reserve.
HANSON 1887, 1919 Bal, MOAL.

A.Harrison was granted 27D Kangerong, a battle axe block of 63 acres in (what seems from the microscopic and written-over script) to be 1910. The 1900 rates record that Alfred Harrison had 60 acres in the parish of Kangerong but as the owner column seems to have been blank in almost every assessment, it cannot be determined if he owned it or was leasing it from the Crown. In 1910 the details were the same and Alfred's occupation was recorded as "Labourer". In 1919, Mrs Mary Harrison of Dromana was assessed on 232 acres, crown allotments 7 and 7A. The rate collector was fond of using dittos but in this case had not written anything to specify the parish.

Luckily the Kangerong parish map shows Mary Harrison as the grantee of crown allotments 7 and 7A in that parish, which total 231 acres 2 roods and 21 perches. The grant seems to have been issued on 4-8-1937.

Alfred Harrison's grant fronted 290 metres of Dunns Creek Rd with its eastern boundary being the Dromana-Red Hill boundary and it had a 20 metre wide access to where Bald Hill Creek crosses Harrisons Rd near the north east corner of the Recreation Reserve at Melway 160 J 7.

Mary Harrison's grant adjoined that of George McLear (116 acres east of a southern extension of Collins Rd,which is now part of Arthurs Seat State Park)with crown allotment 7 going east to Eatons Cutting Rd and 7A continuing east to the part of Tumbywood Rd shown as a dotted line reaching Boundary Rd at the south east corner of Melway 160 E 9. Mary's land adjoined Watson Eaton's selection at the Dromana-Red Hill boundary (in Melway 190 C-E 1.)

On page 5 of the Frankston and Somerville Standard of 18-3-1933, Thomas Robert Carter of Footscray gave notice of an application to mine stone on 4.5 acres of crown allotments 7 and 7A Kangerong. It was Crown land occupied by Mary Harrison. I wonder if Thomas is still digging away with the help of his great grandchildren at Melway 160 D 12?

Marriage. WHITE-HARRISON. Ernest Victor (late A.I.F.)fourth son of Mr and Mrs Robert White of Main Creek and Emma Frances, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred harrison of Dromana were married at the Methodist Church in Dromana on March 21. Present address, "Roselands" Main Creek, Dromana. (Argus, 23-4-1921, page 13.)

A CARTER KILLED. A fatal accident occurred yesterday afternoon near Dromana.A lad named William Harrison, aged 16, was driving a load of gravel for a contractor of the Flinders and Kangerong Shire, when he slipped off, and the wheel passed over his head, causing instantaneous death. (Argus, 31-3-1904, page 6.)

C.H.Harrison of Dromana was listed as wounded on page 7 of the Argus of 27-8-1918. W.J.Harrison of Dromana was repoted as ill on page 22 of the 7-12-1918 issue.

Colin McLear's snake story. In closing his history, Colin told of how Mrs Harrison had chopped off her finger to stop the poison from a snake that bit her at the wood pile from killing her. The snake was discovered to have been a piece of barbed wire!

John McIlroy, son of W.J.McIlroy, and Miss Sophie Harvey were married at the Red Hill Methodist Church on Monday, 2nd October. The bridesmaids were Miss B.Purves (Main Creek), the bridegroom's sister, and Misses Lily and Muriel Harvey (both of Essendon and nieces of the bride.)W.McIlroy was best man and E.Harvey groomsman.
(Mornington Standard 7-10-1905 page 2.) Their engagement was mentioned in Personal Pars. on page 2 of the Mornington Standard of 22-11-1902.

Extract from my journal about the VILLAGE SETTLEMENT.
T.HARVEY.74h, 20 acres fronting Arthurs Seat Rd from the general store to the Mechanics Rd corner.

In August 1902, Mr Harvey of "Fernside" had a 9 acre orchard which was a model of neatness, 5 acres of strawberries and gooseberries, passionfruit bearing heavily and Japanese plums.

In 1902-3, F.Harvey was assessed on 74H. By 1919, 74H was occupied by Samuel L.Holland.

Keith Holmes recalls Ethram Harvey. Ethram may have been the son of Thomas Harvey, who was building a house on the block occupied by Edward Bowring in 1902 and was probably the grantee of 74h. Edward Bowring married a Harvey girl according to Keith Holmes, so he may have married the daughter of Thomas Harvey.

In the 1910-11 assessments, E.Harvey and Joseph Harvey, Red Hill farmers, were assessed on 213 acres (23b and 23b2 Wannaeue) and 144 acres (24 Wannaeue) respectively. It would seem fairly easy to locate these properties but the rate collector did not help much. James W.Gibson, the grantee, had 24 Wannaeue of 114 acres so Joseph Harvey could not have been there. E.Harvey's land was actually 23B (about 153.25 acres) and 23A (almost 60 acres), both granted to William Hillis. Access to 23A was via Wilson Rd at its south west corner and this allotment went north halfway to Whites Rd (roughly Melway 171 H6.) Crown allotment 23B was west of this, with frontages to Whites Rd and Main Creek Rd (roughly 171 J-K 5-6.)
Joseph Harvey might have had 24B, of 145 acres, granted to Nelson Rudduck of Dromana or 24D and 23A1 of a combined 146.7 acres but John and James Bayne, Shoreham graziers, still had their grant so Joseph must have had 24B. The north east corner of this strangely shaped allotment was in Heath Lane (the original end of Main Creek Rd) 70 metres from Arthurs Seat Rd and the road frontage continued south 227 metres to roughly the site of the Miceli Winery (Melway 190 A3.) There it met 24A of 50 acres, granted to J.Pierce but occupied by James McIlroy of Red Hill. which fronted Main Creek Rd and the eastern 425 metres of Whites Rd. Joseph's block fronted the next 425 metres of White's Rd, from which point the western boundary headed nor nor west to, roughly, the top left corner of Melway 171 J3.

Also in the 1919-20 assessments, T.J.Harvey of Healesville had 25 acres, part 25A, Wannaeue. Crown allotment 25A, granted to Peter Watson and consisting of almost 83 acres was on the south side of Arthurs Seat Rd(roughly Melway 171 J 1-2 , K2)and had a frontage to the northern 70 metres of Heath Lane; it was north of 24B which Joseph Harvey had occupied in 1910.

HEAD 1919 Bal.
Alfred Head was granted 71B, Balnarring, consisting of 116 acres 2 roods and 22 perches, on 5-5-1874.This allotment has a frontage of 1360 metres to the south side of Stony Creek Rd and 3346 metres to Mornington-Flinders Rd. On 26-5-1884, Alfred received the grant for 71A of 83 acres 1 rood and 18 perches on the north side of Stony Creek Rd and fronting Mornington-Flinders Rd, with frontages of 882 and 386 metres respectively.
The eastern and northern extents of the allotment are indicated by Pardalote Rise.

In 1919, Alfred Head seems to have been leasing 71B (116 acres) from the Jarmans. Norm Prossor (Sid Prossor's father and the son of Henry Prossor) had 43 acres of 71A and Wallace Jarman the remaining 40 acres. It is possible that Alfred Head in this case was Alfred Charles Head, only son of the 1874(or earlier) pioneer.

"Around Red Hill", the August 1902 article, referred to Alfred's property as Fern Valley*. Interestingly, it gives his name as A.C.Head so Charles was probably his second given name. Alfred had a 15 acre orchard but concentrated mainly on vegetables, mainly peas, beans and potatoes for which he finds a ready market at Sorrento in Summer. He also has success with his hay crops. (No doubt the hay went to Stringer's Store to be sold to cabbies who competed with Coppin's tranway for the Amphitheatre trade as well as conveying passengers along the White Road (Pt Nepean Rd) to Canterbury etc.) The Cairns of Maroolaba and the Pattersons of Final had this contract while they had a contact at the store, but Alfred may have had a more influential contract after whom Lentell Ave (Melway 157 A5) was named.
(* In his letter, in the capacity of Returning Officer, congratulating George McLear on his sixth successive election as F&K Shire auditor, Alfred gave his address as "Musk Creek". The two tributaries of Musk Creek start at Melway 190 F6 in the southern part of Joseph Pitcher's grant and join in Alf's 14A, flowing through Alf's 14B before emptying into Stony Creek on William Hopcraft's grant.

While researching THE FEMALE DROVER:A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC, I read in a heritage study that Alfred Head had leased Dalkeith Park (Melway 150 H8 to 151 C8), the farm later owned by Mr Vale whose daughter, Mrs Jackson, used the property for her equestrian event and race horses, hence Jackson's Hill climbing towards Range Rd from the Mornington turn off.

The Argus reports of sheep sales indicate that Head and Brady were occupying Dalkeith Park on 29-9-1897(P.7) and Alfred alone later (31-1-1900,P.5 and 5-8-1903, P. 8.) Why was Alfred in partnership with Brady? True, the Bradys' Mount Evergreen (Melway 190 A-B 9-10) was not far from Fern Valley (190 E-F 7-8 roughly) so they were neighbours. The Mornington Standard of 11-11-1897 has a marriage announcement on page 2 that explains the relationship between the two families.

Marriages. BRADY-HEAD. On Tuesday 2-11-1897 at Dalkeith Park, Mount Martha, Obadiah W.Brady, second son of the late Obadiah Brady of mount Evergreen, Rosebud, to Mary Elizabeth Rosetta, eldest daughter of Alfred head Esq., Fern valley, red hill.
And that contact at Stringer's Store (probably a highly valued customer, rather than an employee):
(Argus 7-12-1901, P.9.) Marriages. HEAD-LENTELL. on 19-11-1901 at St John's Church, Sorrento, Alfred Charles, only son of Alfred Head, Red Hill, Dromana, to Emma Mary, youngest daughter of James Lentell, Sorrento, late of Richmond.

Alfred Head was a councillor for the centre riding of the Flinders and Kangerong Shire by 1881 and was re-elected unopposed in 1886 (South Bourke and Mornington Journal 18-8-1886, P.3.) FULL DETAILS OF COUNCILLORS AND THEIR TERMS CAN BE FOUND IN LIME LAND LEISURE. Alfred was appointed to the Board of Advice for the centre riding of the Shire (Argus 11-7-1885 P.10.)

Alfred Head was one of the trustees of the Red Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church whose first services were held on 25-1-1885; interestingly, Nelson Rudduck was also a trustee. Sounds like a law-abiding, God-fearing, responsible man doesn't he? So I reckon the following might concern his only son, Alfred Charles.

(Mornington Standard 11-4-1908 page 2. LOCAL AND GENERAL. Dromana Court. At the last sitting before Messrs N (Nelson) Rudduck and G.(George) McLear J.P.'s, Mr Fulton, Shire Secretary, proceeded against Alfred Head of Red Hill for wilful damage to the road known as Eaton's Cutting by trailing timber or heavy material. Alfred was fined ten shillings and had to pay three pounds twelve shillings and sixpence in costs.

Two children from the Head family were enrolled at the State School when it opened in 1873 in the old schoolhouse at the end of Arkwells Lane.

HIGGENS 1919 Bal.

An article entitled "Around Red Hill" on page 2 of the Mornington Standard of 30-8-1902 described Mr Hill's property. Up the hill from the post office (710 White Hill Rd at Melway 160 K 12) was Mr Hill's property on about 12 acres on a well-situated slope with a 6 roomed hill was presently at St Kilda.

The 1900 rates reveal that Arthur E.Hill was assessed on 60 acres, 18B, Kangerong. This allotment of 59 acres 3 roods and 14 perches, granted to R. Ringrose, was bounded on the east and north by lines extending Andrews Lane and Tumbywood Rd until they meet. (Approximately Melway 190 K 1.) The 12 acre block in 1902 would have been a part of this 60 acre block.

See the end of the RINGROSE entry(rates information and comments.)

Extract from Dromana, Rosebud and Miles Around on Trove.
GOODBYE OLD FRIENDS. (Mornington Standard 19-9-1895 page 2.) A large crowd attended the funeral of Mr Hillis, an old resident of Red Hill. Mr C.Roberts of Main Creek, another old resident, also died recently.
William Hillis (referred to by Colin McLear as Hill which was possibly his nickname) whose surname was often written as Hillas, had Summer Hill at Main Creek north of Wilsons Rd and land adjacent to Henry Dunns Four Winds on the top of White Hill near the McIlroys Rd corner. (The Butcher, The Baker, The.)
Roberts Rd at Main Ridge follows the short cut the Shands took from their saw mill to Red Hill. (Keith Holmes.)

Sheila Skidmore stated on page 49 of THE RED HILL that Will Hinds was the first local enlistment in the Great War. She said that his family lived on a farm at Merricks. The death notices for Will (Argus 26-10-1915 page 1 and 30-10-1915 page 13) and his father James (Argus 22-8-1923 page 1) indicate that their farm was "Seven Oaks", Red Hill. The location of this farm, when discovered, will be written only in the SEVEN OAKS entry.

James Hind, the husband of Elizabeth Hinds of "Seven Oaks", Red Hill, and father of Rob, Will (died on active service), Jessie, Jim, Effie and Jean, died at the age of 66. As Will's death notice states, James and Elizabeth had come to "Seven Oaks" from Somerville. Will's grandfather was Robert Hind of Birregurra. Will's brother Rob wrote a nice verse in the notice of 30-10-1915.

The Hinds had not yet moved to Seven Oaks in 1906 and the children seem to have gone to a Presbyterian Sunday School at Mornington Junction(Baxter.) At a social celebrating the church's anniversary recitations were rendered by the pupils, including Robert, Will and James (although the reporter had the same trouble interpreting scribbled notes as I do and gave Hirons, Hines and Hinds for the surnames.) Mornington Standard 7-6-1906, page 2. It is possible that the family was at Frankston or Baxter before moving to Somerville as Robert Hinds appeared in a fundraising concert for the Frankston State School (M.S. 7-7-1906, page 2.)

A court case in which young Robert Hinds appeared as a witness reveals that Robert was living at Baxter and attending the local school. (M.S. 28-10-1905 page 6.)

James Hinds' "Seven Oaks" consisted of 26 acres, part 79A and part 80C Balnarring. 79A of 115 acres had been Alfred Ernest Bennett's "Seven Oaks Farm" but it was subdivided by the shire when it changed the route of the Bittern-Dromana Rd in Kangerong; it used to meet Junction Rd just north of Craig Avon Lane, which was part of the original route. "Seven Oaks" was north of the new intersection.
Bill Huntley told me that his father, Percy, whose Homestead "Rosslyn" (212 Bittern-Dromana Rd) was a stone's throw to the east, drove James Hinds to the Melbourne Hospital when he became ill.

Now that I have a Balnarring parish map that I can read, I have discovered that James Hinds was granted 80C Balnarring of 17 acres 1 rood and 34 perches on 16-9-1916. This land fronted 705 metres of Junction Rd, with its south west corner opposite No.10 Junction Rd,and is indicated by the top third of Melway 161 H-J9. Bill Huntley said that James definitely lived on the south corner of Craig Avon Lane in a cottage that had probably been built by A.E.Bennett. This still stands but has been extended. I asked Bill if the house was on 9 acres as the rate collector recorded a total of 26 acres in 79A and 80C (see above.) Bill is adamant that this cottage was on "about 28 acres" ; it was purchased later by Doug Cairns, a good friend of Bill and the later-to-be-famous young artist, Arthur Boyd, who started his career at 62 Rosebud Parade, Rosebud in 1936.

However it is possible that the house was originally on only seven acres and James Hinds added about 21 acres later. When A.E.Bennett leased his Seven Oaks Farm homestead, originally described as being on 10 acres,to Cr William Oswin in 1904-5, Oswin was assessed on a house and 7 acres.

Francis Hirst was leasing the Ringrose 60 acre grant in 1874. See the Arthur E.Hill entry for its location.

Sources have given the name of the first teacher at Red Hill State School as Richard Holding.
This would have come from Education Department records, so I have no reason to dispute it unless there was a transcription error. The grantee of 72A Balnarring seems to have been Robert Henry Holding (see BLAKELEY entry), so if the teacher's name was Richard, he must have been the grantee's son.

Cr S.Holland has been appointed Justice of the Peace at Red Hill.(Argus 31-1-1924 page 12 COUNTRY NEWS, Mornington.)
Norman Prossor married May Holmes, the daughter of William and Emily Holmes.(Sid Prosser, their son, and brother of Norma Bright.)

HOLMES.Source: Keith Holmes.
Keith believes that there were two completely different Holmes families associated with the Red Hill area but there could be some link back in the old country and extensive genealogical research would be needed to prove that there was no connection, as in the case of Henry William Wilson of Dromana and George Wilson of Shoreham Rd.
1.The Kangerong rates for 1864-5 and 1865-6 reveal that Holmes was assessed on 140 acres; he would have been occupying the land under licence from the Crown. The Kangerong parish map shows that J Holmes was granted lots 15 A and 15 B of 104.3.34 each (six perches, about the size of the cricket pitches area on the M.C.G., or 150 square metres, short of 105 acres.) It is likely that he had settled on one of these blocks and the rate collector had written 140 instead of 104. Once a mistake like this was made, it would be carried on for years, because rate collectors would basically copy the previous years details and make alterations if they received knowledge of a sale or new lessee.
15 A and B were at Melway 191 E-F 3 and extended south from the Kangerong Conservation Nature Reserve to Red Hill Rd with the south west corner being just north of Rosebank Cottage. The northern half appears to have been granted in the 1870s and the southern on, possibly, 3-7-1873. The northern half was granted to J.Holmes & Co. The 7-9-1867 assessments show that the other partner was Lawrence Weadson. Holmes is not recorded in the 1879-80 rates but it is pleasing to see that the rate collector now calls the original property 105 acres. It must have been at about this time that the first Holmes pioneers left Red Hill.
John Huntley, gardener, owned 105 acres in Kangerong. Keith Holmes confirmed that he was on land granted to J.Holmes. This was the southern half, which now includes the VINES OF RED HILL land. In 1900, Mrs Mary Huntley was assessed on the 105 acres; John had died and Mary was a widow. She was not assessed in 1910 and Keith Holmes explained why. Jack Shand, the son of Alex Shand of Main Ridge, married Mary and after living on the 105 acres for a while longer, Mary and Jack moved to Merricks North, where for some reason, Jack was then called Peter. Perhaps his second name was Peter and there was a cousin called Jack already living in the new location.
The northern half was being leased by gardener, William Kemp, from Wadesson and Holmes executors in 1879.Kemp received a grant of 100 acres on the east side of Bowrings Rd on 3-2-1904 and was occupying it by 1900, by which time 15 B seems to have passed to the Freehold Interest Co but was occupied by Carl Smith by 1910.

1 or 2 or neither. The O.T. dam (Melway 160 B 12) was built by the company that marketed Kia Ora products, and their on-site manager was a man named Holmes. They grew tomatoes and passionfruit. (P.178, A Dreamtime of Dromana.)

2.Keith Holmes recalled how the 1890s depression and a fire led to his family settling at Red Hill. His grandfather, William Alfred Holmes, was farming west of Horsham but hard times forced him off the farm and he found work as a carpenter with the Victorian Railways. The depression had probably resulted in one of the Sheehans also seeking work with the railways and at that time he was the stationmaster at Murtoa. John Sheehan owned land on the western side of Wisemans Deviation, (which led to the steep former end of White Hills Rd being called Sheehans Rd) and his sister, Emily, went to Murtoa to stay for a while with the station master who was thought to be their uncle.
While she was there, William happened to arrive at Murtoa to perform some work and it must have been love at first sight. It was probably not long before William made a trip to Red Hill and the altar. William possibly had no family ties where he was living; his brother, James Andrew Holmes was at Cavendish in the Western District. He had married a Miss Montgomery, a descendant of a convict who had settled nearby when he got his ticket of leave. When he was burnt out, James came to Red Hill and bought Parrys block in the village. This 19 acre block is west of the junction of Perrys (sic) Lane and Arthurs Seat Rd and extends just over halfway to Prossors Lane.

I had thought that Emily Sheehan's relative was the station master at Murtoa because he just happened to be posted there, but it is likely that he had been there for years. Sheila Skidmore tells how her great grandfather Sheehan had married in Adelaide and set off in his bullock dray (a wedding present) in search of land, eventually selecting land at Murtoa and staying there for 15 years before moving to Red Hill. It is possible a brother had made the trip with them or joined them later.

HOLMES & WEADSON (WADESSON?) WADESON! Somewhere in rate records not transcribed, while researching another pioneer, I must have seen something that left me with a suspicion that J.Holmes,grantee of 208 acres at Melway 191 E3, (with Vines of Red Hill at its s.w. corner and adjoining the Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve), was a Sorrento resident. Trove indicates that he was probably J.T.Holmes, the prime mover in an attempt to get a fish company going there and prominent in the move to get a railway to Sorrento. It is possible that his wife was Susannah whose handbag was lost on an "omnibus" in Melbourne and that William Holmes of Sorrento was his brother. There is not one mention of Laurence Weadson on trove.
The reason that Lawrence Weadson was not mentioned on trove is that his name was Lawrence Wadeson.
His death notice appeared on page 1 of the Argus on 10-5-1876. He died at his farm at Kangerong, aged 62, as a result of injuries received through his horse running away.

As stated in comments, John Holmes was a (market) gardener. He and Lawrence shared 15B Kangerong of whose 104 acres John had 50 acres in 1874.

Time for a confession. My name is Ray Gibb. I married Valerie Joan Howarth and Peter Warren of Rye, descendant of pioneering Harcourt orchardists, married her sister, Roslyn. Peter's EXPRESS BIN HIRE supplies the wheelie bins for the Red Hill Market. But what has this to do with the crime of the century?

The 1919-20 rates reveal that Thomas and James Henry Howarth of Bowden St, Castlemaine had 30 acres, part crown allotment 8 Kangerong. Crown allotment 8, of 116 acres 2 roods and 35 perches and granted to George McLear, is that part of Arthurs Seat State Park east of a southerly extension of Collins Rd (Melway 160 C11.) The 1917 assessment shows that they had recently moved from 6 Brady St, Richmond to Bowden St, Castlemaine.

In 1925, the Howarth brothers sold their 30 acres to Mr R.Steele of St Kilda. (Frankston and Somerville Standard, 21-1-1925 page 1 RED HILL.) It is likely that the 30 acre block was used partly as an apple and pear orchard. The proceeds no doubt helped to build James Howarth's heritage listed homestead at Faraday (Everything that's happening on my doorstep: Faraday, Victoria 3451.)The farm combined apple and pear orchards, sheep grazing and dairy farming.

Valerie and Roslyn's father was Jim Howarth, who used to ride his pushbike from Faraday to Castlemaine Tech. to develop the skills that saw him as a radio technician/operator in the Air Force and the prime mover in bringing television to Castlemaine. Jim's older brother, Rex, and younger brother, Lester (who was known as Joe) remained on the farm. The girls were Lorraine, Ailsa and June who married Roy Portwine, Russell ? and Dave Hoare respectively.

Rex married Iris McInnes from Bendigo. They had four daughters, the youngest of whom, Susan, was too young to attend school in 1972. The Faraday school only had six pupils in that year, all girls. In the mid 1960's The Faraday, Franklinford and Fryerstown schools used to combine for excursions to the city; Franklinford had a gender imbalance of the opposite extreme and was jokingly called Franklinford Boys' College.

Three of the girls at Faraday in 1972 were Robyn, Jillian and Denise Howarth. With their teacher and three schoolmates, they were kidnapped on 6-10-1972. (EMOTIONS RUN HIGH 30 YEARS AFTER CRIME OF THE CENTURY,which has a photo of the school. -GOOGLE " Faraday, Howarth.")

The saddest thing about my research is that, despite the claim that Harcourt was the centre of Australian apple-growing until Tasmania claimed the honour, there is no detail on the internet about the pioneers or when the industry started there.

Bill Huntley is 94 years old and today (3-9-2012), I had my first conversation with him. Here are some of the things he told me. The original Huntley, his great grandfather, emigrated from Kent to New South Wales in 1835. Not liking that very much he soon moved to Victoria and having a fair bit of money bought land at Brighton and (as the family legend has it) 208 acres at Red Hill.The land referred to is that detailed under HOLMES and WADESSON above and John Huntley senior must have held the land under a depasturing licence. The 1865 assessment states that Holmes had 140 acres but it would have actually been 104 acres being either 15A, containing Vines of Red Hill and Darling Park Vineyard and granted to J.Holmes or 15B, between there and the Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve, granted to Holmes and Co. It was more likely the former allotment. By 1879, John Huntley, gardener, owned the southern 104 acres, 15A, and William Kemp was leasing 15B from Holmes and Wadesson.

Mary Huntley married John Shand, who was called Peter to distinguish him from another John Shand. Bill told me that the Shands had moved away (to Gippsland etc) in about 1920 which would explain why David Barker had replaced William Shand on Alexander Shand's grant in 1919. (See BARKER.) As mentioned in itellya's DAVID MAIRS journal, David Taylor Mairs married Louise Huntley. David, known as Lee was a champion of the rifle and was employed by I.C.A. to demonstrate all over Australia how great their bullets were at killing clay pigeons.

As mentioned in the Mairs journal, Mairs Rd was probably the closed road between Disney St and Somers Rd, the northern end now called Pearce Rd. What is now called Somers Beach was originally known as Mairs Beach.

Coming from Kent, the Huntleys who established an orchard of about 40 acres on Kentucky Rd (Melway 191 H1)naturally called it Kent Orchard. Two Huntley houses still stand about 50 metres apart just east of Craig Avon Rd (Melway 161 J11; they are Rosslyn and Kentucky.

In the east riding assessments in 1919 (Assessment number 3001), Percy Huntley of Red Hill was assessed on 60 acres, part crown allotment 14A. This allotment of 121 acres 2 roods and 13 perches was granted to J.Davey and is fairly well indicated by Melway 161 K 10-11, with its south west corner being at the bend in Craig Avon Rd.Rosslyn and Kentucky homesteads are on this allotment and only about 50 metres apart.

Another phone conversation with Bill Huntley tonight made it clear that the east half of 14A was Rosslyn and the eastern half was Kentucky. Bill thinks that Kentucky's name came from Peter (i.e. John, who married John Huntley's widow)Shand, who visited America, or one of the Huntley girls who was a journalist there.
Kent Orchard was at Melway 191, J2 south of the bend in Kentucky Rd. Bill is going to take me for a history tour of Merricks North next week.

POSTSCRIPT. The tour revealed that the Kentucky homestead is now 214 Dromana-Bittern Rd and the Rosslyn homestead is number 212.

Bill also told me about William Huntley, son of John Huntley senior and brother of John Huntley Junior. William (or his wife) must have died young because Tommy Bent and Elizabeth (nee Huntley) adopted William's daughter, Ada; at the time they had no children but not long after, Elizabeth Hannah Bent was born (in 1866.)
(See BRIGHTON below.)

At this point, I should give you Bill's lineage. John Huntley and Catherine Evelyn (Hegarty) were his great grandparents, John Huntley and Mary (Hope) were his grandparents and Percy William Huntley was his father.

Bill talked about Dolly and (I think, as I was not making notes at the time) Trudy, which I took to be nicknames. I thought that I should do some genealogical research so I googled MAIRS, HUNTLEY. Bill's great grandfather appears to have been John Huntley who married Catherine Evelyn Hegarty and their only children listed were Elizabeth b. 1843 Melbourne and Rosina b. 1860 Brighton. This confirms Bill's claim of the early arrival in Victoria and that he bought land at Brighton.

It is unlikely that the Huntleys suddenly decided to be orchardists upon arrival at Port Phillip. When I googled Kent Orchard, I found websites from Kent in England where Dr Ian Huntley has a dental practice at Orchard House and R.K.Huntley is at Orchard Cottage! No doubt Catherine's husband had learnt all about orchards in Kent before he left.Brighton was a market gardening area with Somerville's Henry Gomm and his mate Tommy Bent being prominent exponents; no doubt there were many orchards there too. (See BRIGHTON below.)

No doubt John Huntley, who married Mary Hope, was a son of John and Catherine. Bill said that he moved to Red Hill when their house at Brighton was burnt down. John had died by 1900 because Mrs Mary Huntley was assessed on 105 acres (probably 15A.) The 1902-3 rates record that Misses Mabel, Louisa and Laura Huntley were assessed on 105 acres and buildings, Kangerong (e.g. 15A.) In 1910, John Shand who married (Mary? ) Huntley was farming 15A and Carl Smith had 15B.
John and Mary Huntley had the following children, all born at Brighton, possibly at Grandma Hope's place:
Gertrude Annie b.1874; Mabel b.1877; Louise b. 1879, Laura Sarah b.1881; Herbert John b.1883; Percy William b.1887. (Note: I had earlier named the boy born in 1883 Percy John instead of Herbert John.)
The pet names for Mary's children are given in the SHAND entry re John (Peter) Shand. One of them, Lyn, was apparently born after Perce and married Phil Vansuylen. Lou married D.Marsh. Gertrude must have been Sis.(P.S. No she wasn't! Mabel was Sis, according to Bill Huntley, who told me something

I couldn't work out where Mary Huntley came from until I googled SHAND, HUNTLEY.Keith Holmes had told me that Jack Shand, son of Alexander Shand, had married John Huntley's widow, Mary. (Mary had been a widow in 1900 when she was assessed on 15A but of course once she remarried her husband was assessed and she was once again a nobody in the chauvinistic custom of the day.

BRIGHTON. In an idle moment I googled HUNTLEY, BRIGHTON. W.T.Huntley was a councillor. W.Huntley and James Hope, gardener, Brighton were two of the directors of a Tommy Bent company which just happened to own land on the route the railway to Pascoe Vale would take. John Huntley senior was struck by a train at North Brighton station in 1883 when his impatience got the better of him and was badly injured; he was taken to the residence of his daughter, Mrs Bent. My guess that Mary Hope had met her beau at Brighton seems to be confirmed.

Could it be that John Huntley senior's daughter was married to the future Sir Thomas Bent, Premier of Victoria? She sure was! Sir Thomas Bent and Elizabeth Huntley (daughter of John Huntley and Catherine Evelyn Hegarty; b.1843, d. 1908) were the parents of Elizabeth Hannah Bent (1866-1947.) There was no record of John Huntley junior in the initial index but he was Elizabeth Huntley's brother (1847-1900)and therefore Tommy Bent's brother-in-law!

Elizabeth Huntley was obviously Tommy Bent's second wife and the second given name of their daughter, Elizabeth Hannah would seem to have been a tribute to Tommy's first wife, Hannah Hall.

Tommy faced huge debts circa 1892 and avoided bankruptcy by putting his assets in Elizabeth's name. He lost the seat of Brighton soon after and moved to Port Fairy to dairy farm, standing unsuccessfully for the seat of port Fairy in 1897. Returning to Melbourne in 1900 he was re-elected in the seat of Brighton in November, 1900. He was Premier of Victoria from 16-2-1904 until 8-1-1909.
(Wikipedia, which wrongly gives the name of the second spouse as Elizabeth Huntly.)

Herbert John, referred to as Jack in Mary Shand's death notice, moved across the Tasman Sea!

John Huntley (cricketer)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Huntley (born Herbert John Huntley, 4 November 1883 28 March 1944) was an Australian-born New Zealand cricketer who played for Otago. He was born in Brighton and died in Tuapeka.
Huntley made a single first-class appearance for the team, during the 1912-13 season, against Canterbury. From the lower order, he scored 8 runs in the first innings in which he batted, and 7 runs in the second.
Huntley took bowling figures of 0-27, as Otago lost the match by an innings margin.

After I did some more rate research today in order to establish the locations of A.E.Bennett's "Seven Oaks Farm" and James Hinds' "Seven Oaks", I rang Bill Huntley to confirm my conclusions. They were correct and Bill went on to supply more fascinating information about the Huntleys.

John (Peter) Shand was a surveyor and was often away for six months at a time surveying in Gippsland, so Mary (nee Hope, and previously John Huntley Junior's widow) would have run Kentucky with the help of her son, Percy, who lived next door on Rosslyn. The Shands moved away from Main Ridge in about 1920, as Bill told me earlier, but he added that they had land at Warragul,Agnes and Buffalo.

Gertrude Anne the oldest daughter of John Huntley and Mary (nee Hope) had the pet name of Annie. She was a talented artist and musician. She carried her piano on drays etc, teaching music all the way from Red Hill to Perth. Wheter she embarked upon reaching Perth or not, she spent most of her life in Europe and married a Spanish Count, going by the title of Countess Huntley- D'Argola (the last word being a guess at the spelling.)

Her sister, Mabel, most likely given her pet name of Sis by Annie, spent most of her life overseas too, working as a journalist in America and becoming a close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, descendant of Johannes Roosevelt, who did not have to change her surname when she married a descendant of Jacobus Roosevelt,Frankiln D. Roosevelt, who became President of the U.S.A.

Alfred Downward who established "Glengala" (Melway 162 F-G8) also owned land in Kangerong west of Junction Rd. When Alfred died in 1930, he left his land near Tubbarubba to his son, Herbert who habitually burnt off his Tubbarubba land every year. Often Percy Huntley and his sons, Arthur(killed in the war) and Bill would have to interrupt their fruit picking on "Rosslyn" to fight Herbert's out of control fires. (P.31 THE GOLDEN PLAINS TUBBARUBBAREL by Mary Karney.)

JARMAN 1919 Bal. (See HEAD.)
Daisy Maria, wife of the late Wallace Jarman, died at Devonia, Flinders Rd at the age of 79.The names of their children are given in the death notice. (Argus 11-4-1955 page 14.) It would seem that Wallace Jarman had bought Alfred Head's Fern Valley and called it Devonia. Sheila Skidmore said that early Church of England services in Red Hill were held primarily for the Jarmans at Devonia.

JONES Edward. See the end of the BENNETT entry.

Percy Huntley (Bill's dad), took James Hinds to the Melbourne Hospital when he became ill. Unfortunately James did not return home. (See HINDS and SEVEN OAKS entries.

LESSING. (Hanson, Alpine Chalet, truck, Carrum.)


Extract from my VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.
It is possible that Edward Bowring was related to John Bowring Journeaux, a grantee in Balnarring parish near Tubbarubba. Florrie Bowring married Herb Littlejohn . The first Littlejohns in the area were William Alfred and Frederick, sons of a convict who had settled in Brunswick after gaining his ticket of leave. They had land across the road from each other near Moat's Corner. After a while Fred moved to Coburg and William to Red Hill. William was a builder and was followed in this trade by his son, Herb, who married Florrie Bowring in 1935 but died at only 25.(Thelma Littlejohn, their daughter.)
Fred and William Littlejohn had lot 9 of 205 acres and lot 11 of 130 acres in 1919. Lot 9 is inside the curve of the Nepean Highway with the non-historic Bluestead Cottage at its north west corner (160 H3-4) and lot 11(160J-K 5) is north of Dunns Ck Rd to a point opposite No 665 with its frontage to the highway extending a little less than halfway to Wallaces Rd.

The Littlejohns were certainly in demand as builders. Jimmy Fenton, from whom Fenton Hall got its name, had them build a house on the south corner of One Chain and Tubbarubba Rds in 1918. They were bet a bottle of beer that they couldn't finish the framework in one day and of course they succeeded. (THE GOLDEN PLAINS TUBBARUBBAREL by Mary Karney.)

LOXTON (Edited extract from present pages 100-101 of "Peninsula Dictionary History".)
Sam Loxton (who recently died on 3-12-2011) was interviewed for an article about the famous underarm bowl incident on the last ball of a one-day international against New Zealand in 1981 (Sunday Herald Sun 30-1-2011.) Sam hadn't known how to respond to Greg Chappell's instruction to his brother, Trevor, to bowl such a (literally) low ball so he took Billy Sneddon's advice (as described above.) The article went on to say that, after delivering this spray to Greg, Sam left the ground and drove back to Red Hill where he lived.

S.L.Loxton became the owner of crown allotment 20B, no section, parish of Kangerong on 16-11-1939. Consisting of just over 106 acres, this block (indicated by Melway 161 B-C 10) was accessed via Bowrings Rd off McIlroy's Rd. S.L.Loxton, who was almost certainly Sam's father and known to Thelma Littlejohn's family as Sam, was a member of the committee of the Prahran Cricket Club from 1941 until his death in 1974. Sam Senior was an electrician but in 1956 he became the FIRST PRINCIPAL of the Melbourne Royal Arch. I presume that that would make him a Grand Master of a lodge, and this introduces another cricketing connection, as the first to occupy this position (in 1884) was the venerated Sir William John Clarke at whose "Rupertswood" at Sunbury the "Ashes" were created. There is also a Red Hill connection in that Sir William owned the Survey (Safety Beach to Bulldog Creek Rd) where many pioneers near Red Hill had made their start in the area (Henry Dunn, 1846-51, followed by the McLears, Watsons, Eatons, Clydesdales and so on.)

I will not provide details of Sam's sporting exploits here because they are available on wikipedia.

John McIlroy, son of W.J.McIlroy, married Sophie Harvey at Red Hill Methodist Church on Monday 2nd October. See full details at the start of the HARVEY entry. (Mornington Standard 7-10-1905 page 2.)


McKEOWN The McKeowns started out on 73 a and b Balnarring. EXTRACT FROM Peninsula Dictionary History. 73AB. (Lot 73A, was west of Stony Ck with its north east corner almost over the road from Sheehans Rd and extended east almost to Stony Ck. Lot 73B was between 73A and the Red Hill Village; the eastern boundary being over the road from the south east corner of the showgrounds.)
Granted to James McKeown, both 147.7 acre lots passed into the hands of the Sheehans. They comprised two farms, Wildwood (73A) and Glenbower (73B). Keith Holmes said that they were not of equal size and this was probably because the creek, east of the allotment boundary, was used as a border so that both farms had water access.
The McKeowns moved to Dromana and operated the Aringa Guest House, which must have been a decent size judging by the crowd which attended the At Home for Trooper E. McKeown in 1902.

WELCOME HOME TROOPER! (Mornington Standard 10-5-1902 page 2.) Trooper E. McKeown was escorted into town when he arrived home from the Boer War. There was then a reception in the hall, which was too small to hold the crowd. Among those present were returned troopers Allison and Purves. The McKeowns later held an At Home at Aringa attended by 72 people. During supper a surprise presentation was made to Mr F(rank?) Counsel for his cool -headedness, which prevented a tragedy. He was conveying the Caledonian Singers near the Red Hill cutting (Eatons?) when the bolt on the brake lever broke.

McLEAR 1919
McRAVEY Thomas 1863. In 1863, Thomas had 60 acres at Red Hill,of which he seemed to be the owner, and had cultivated one acre. He hasd later cultivated 3 acres but I cannot find my note concerning it.His name appears in the September 1864 assessments but I do not seem to have transcribed any details about him in the 1865 assessments.
Colin McLear, in A.D.O.D., reveals that Thomas was in the area by 1862 when his name appeared in George McLear's account book. In 1864, George had business dealings with James McRavey who must have been the brother or Son of Thomas. (The name is misprinted as McRary in the boo

McROBERTS W.1919. (Surname unclear; could be Roberts.) He seems to have recently moved to Red Hill from Main Creek,and settled on 30 acres of 12A, Kangerong.


Extract from my VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal. W.MARSHALL.74G, 19 acres at the east corner of Prossors Lane.

In August 1902, Mr Marshall was chiefly growing peaches and apricots,which did not seem to be as successful as the usual fruits. He was also growing vegetables and strawberries.(MS02)

At the Dromana Show in 1897, Mrs D.Marshall came second, behind Mr H.Prosser,a fellow Red Hill resident, in a category for vegetables. (MS 23-4-1897, P.3.)

In 1898, W.Marshall of Red Hill requested permission from the Flinders and Kangerong Shire to cut saplings in front of his property.(MS 29-9-1898, p.3.)

The largest strawberry patches were on the properties of J.McIlroy and J.Shand but those of W.J.McIlroy, Arkwell, Marshall and H.Prosser were fruiting heavily. (MS1-8-1903, p.3.)

Colin McLear says much about William Marshall in "A Dreamtime of Dromana". P. 27 William Marshall was an early tenant on Jamieson's Special Survey, living roughly near the intersection of Pickings Rd and Lansell Ave in Safety Beach. John and Mary Ann McLear had done well on the famous John Oxley's property at Cambden, N.S.W. and in 1846 moved to the River Plenty where they took up residence on the property of Mr Green, after whom Greensborough was probably named (and whose descendants might have owned Green's Bush near Red Hill.)

On Boxing Day,1849, John McLear, who had employed William Marshall as a groom for his horses, attended a race meeting, near the Plough Inn, Plenty, with William Marshall. John had won a bet but John Holland refused to pay up and tried to hit John with sticks and a whip, which William confiscated.One of Holland's mates hit the back of John's head and killed him. It would be likely that William would have accompanied the widow, Mary Ann, to Jamieson's Special Survey, especially if he had come with her from N.S.W.

William might have been already married upon their arrival in 1851 because he was one of a number of Survey tenants whose children attended a private school on the east side of the Nepean Highway about 400 metres north of Wallaces Rd (near the Hickinbotham of Dromana Winery.)

In 1863, he was leasing 70 acres from Big Clarke, which had shrunk to 60 acres in 1865, his house still of two rooms. His name does not appear in my transcription of the 1879 rates but I did not record assessments in Balnarring rates. Alex Marshall, the first postmaster in Red Hill in 1871 had been succeeded in this post by 1873 (see page 23 in summary.) It is possible that William, the groom and 1851 Survey tenant was born about 1825 and had sons named Alex and William in about 1850. This would have made Alex about 23 when he took on the post office and William about 40 when he bought 74G.

MOAT William 1863. By this first available assessment, William Moat had a house and 10 acres fenced. He received the grant (title) for about 60 acres on 13-5-1875.

MOORE Captain Billy. Sheila Skidmore stated that William Henry Blakeley and Captain Billy Moore purchased a two masted schooner named Fear Notto carry firewood from Dromana to Melbourne and return with provisions.The 1879-80 rates show that W.H.B.Moore, mariner, was assessed on one (house) lot and building, Dromana. John Moore, Inspector of Works, was assessed on 33 acres, Kangerong. The mariner was not granted a house block in Dromana Township (west of McCulloch St) and the inspector might have had the 34 acre crown allotment 3 of section A, Kangerong (less a one acre block on which Nelson Rudduck's Pier Store stood) on the west side of Pier St which ran from the beach road to Palmerstone Avenue.

MORRIS. See the end of the BENNETT entry.

MYERS 1919.

Extracts from my VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.

F.NASH was granted 74f, 19 acres south of Marshall's and 74(E1), south of 74f, containing 7 acres. Lot 74 E1 is now occupied by the house of Trevor Holmes whose cherry farm occupies part of Prossor's 74E to the south, the other part being owned by the Edwards family. Lot 74 F is indicated by the south east quarter of Melway 190 K5 and the north east quarter of K6.

In August, 1902, Mr Nash had 6 acres of the usual fruits and more cleared and ploughed. (MS02.)
The 1902-3 assessments show that F.Nash was assessed only on 74F and that 74E was vacant. Fred Nash must have bought 74 E1 of 6 acres 2 roods and 25 perches after this time and Henry Prossor his 12 acre share.

By the 1919 assessment Frederick Nash Snr was assessed on 8 acres (part 74E), 37 acres and buildings(74 F, 74G ) as well as 40 acres (lots 6 and 7,part crown allotments 73A, 73 B.) Mrs Emmie Nash was assessed on 20 acres (lot 5, part crown allotments 73A, 73B.) Frederick Nash Jnr was assessed on 25 acres, part 13B, Kangerong.

Crown allotments 73A and B, Balnarring, consisting of 107.5 acres each, were granted to James McKeown and became two farm of unequal size (according to Keith Holmes) named Glenbower, adjoining the Village Settlement, and Wildwood, adjoining William Henry Blakeley's 140 acres at a spot near the Sheehans Rd corner. Crown allotment 13B, Kangerong, consisting of about 70 acres, was granted to Margaret Davies and is now the Kindilan Society land east of Nashs Lane (Melway A 4-5.) The rest of 13B was occupied by Red Hill residents, R.Addicott and John E.Holland who both had 25 acre blocks.

W.MARSHALL was granted lot 74G of the Village Settlement, 19 acres at the east corner of Prossors Lane. By 1919 Frederick Nash senior owned 74G, which now houses the Greek church.

MYERS RD. See Bittern-Dromana Rd entry.

NEAVES George.
Extract from my VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.
G.NEAVES was granted 74j, 19 acres south of Parry's about opposite the Station Rd corner. (south east quarter of Melway 191 A 6 to corner of Arthurs Seat and Shoreham Rds.
In August 1902, Mr Neaves had 4 acres cultivated, mainly strawberries.

George Neaves was still on 74J in 1919. He had erected a building on it by 1902, according to that year's assessment. George's daughter, Eva, went to school with Ruth Holmes. (Keith Holmes.)

Extract from my VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.
T.S.PARRY. 74i, 20 acres south of Harvey's with its south east corner roughly across the road from the south boundary of the Red Hill South Community Reserve.(The south end of Perry Lane marks the mid point of the long frontage to Arthurs Seat Rd, stopping just short of the Shoreham Rd corner, with the block tapering to a western boundary in the middle of Melway 191 A6.)

In August 1902, Mr Parry had a two and a half orchard which had been planted in that year. The rate collector was a little confused in the 1902-3 assessments and had assessed Neaves on 74i (with Parry written above Neaves) and has assessed Davidson on 74J instead of 74K.

This block became "Kia Ora" a farm owned by a member of the Holmes clan (Keith Holmes.). The 1919 assessments seem to indicate that it had been bought by James Andrew Holmes; there was a house on the property which must have been built by Parry some time after 1902.

Should Perry Lane (191 B6) actually be Parry Lane?

Prossors Lane is named after Henry Prossor who bought several Village Settlement blocks on the west side of Prossors Lane as well as the southern 12 acres of lot E at the end of the eastern side. Sid Prossor told me that Henry had come to Red Hill from Boneo. The Wannaeue parish map shows that crown allotment 4 of section B, Wannaeue was granted to M.A.Prosser on 19-1-1916.Consisting of almost 319 acres, this land was bounded by Browns Rd on the north and Limestone Rd on the south and is indicated by Melway 170 H-J 12 and 253 H-J 1-3. The surname is spelled with the er ending but so is Henry's on the Balnarring parish map. Was M.A.Prossor Henry's brother?The 1919-20 assessments show that M.A.Prossor lived in Fitzroy and still had this land.

Extract from the VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.
H.P.PROSSER.74c? and d of 20 acres each fronting the west side of the second half of Prossors Lane. In 1902, Edward Bowring was assessed on 74C and the article said that Edward had been on the block for 12 months. He had planted 2 acres of orchard and also had 2 acres of strawberries as well as currants and raspberries. He'd been successful with summer vegetables. Thomas Harvey was building a 4 roomed house on the block (which was noted in the 1902 assessment, one of only four on the village settlement at that time, another being on 74D.)

Keith Holmes said that Edward Bowring was on the last block on the right but as Prossors Lane does not go to the south boundary of the village settlement as shown on the Balnarring parish map (because of an extremely steep slope), he could have been referring to 74C.

The 1919 assessments show that Henry P.PROSSOR was assessed on 74c as well as another 32 acres of settlement land. It appears that the rate collectors had finally discovered the correct spelling of the grantee's surname. And where was Edward Bowring? By 1910 he had moved to 18A Kangerong, 60 acres granted to Henry Dunn at the south corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rd. By 1919 he was on part 19 Kangerong slightly to the east and across McIlroys Rd, Bowring Rd being the east boundary of the 27 acre block.
Rates (in this shire) rarely had entries indicating the owners of land but it is likely that Edward was leasing in 1902 and 1910 but owned the 27 acres in crown allotment 19 (which must have included 8 acres of Red Hill township blocks, as mentioned by Sheila) at Melway 161 A11.

74D. Henry P. Prossor was assessed in 1902 on 40 acres on 74D, 74C obviously being leased to Edward Bowring. As mentioned previously Henry was assessed on 40 acres (74 E and 74C) and 12 acres (part 74E).C.A.74E was stated as being vacant in the 1902-3 rates and later was bought in two parts, the northern (74E1)of 7 acres by Fred Nash and the southern (74E) of 12 acres by Henry Percival Prossor. Therefore, the 40 acres consisted of 74D and 74C in 1919.
Also assessed in 1919 was Norman Prossor. He had 43 acres and building, part 71A1 Balnarring. This crown allotment, bounded on the west by Mornington- Flinders Rd, on the south by Stony Ck Rd, with its eastern boundary and northern extent indicated by Pardalote Dr, consisted of eighty three and a half acres so Norman's portion probably fronted Mornington- Flinders Rd with the western tributary and Musk Creek forming the eastern boundary; Musk Creek joins Stony Creek in 190 G9.One might ask why there was a 71A1 when there was no 71A. I believe that 71A was to be alienated in two parts, but the grantee, Alfred Head, bought both parts on 26-5-1882 after obtaining the grant for 71B,of 116 acres south of Stony Creek Rd, much earlier.

H.PROSSER.74(E), 12 acres at the end of Prossors Lane with the opposite boundary parallel with Shoreham Rd.
This land was still vacant in 1919, possibly because it was too steep. Fred Nash bought the northern 7 acres (74E1, now Trevor Holmes' Cherry farm) and Henry Prossor the southern 12 acres, part of which is now owned by the Edwards family, and about 8 acres (including the old homestead) by Trevor Holmes.
The name Prossor/Prosser means son of Roger, being a mutation from ap Prosser. (Prossor website accessed through Holmes genealogy website.) See 74 C and D for other Prossor details.

Norman Prossor married May Holmes, the daughter of William and Emily Holmes.(Sid Prossor, their son, and brother of Norma Bright.)
Henry Percival Prossor was at Boneo before he moved to Red Hill in about 1893. (Sid Prossor.)

Alexander Prossor was assessed on 49 acres and buildings, pt.73A Balnarring in 1919 (recently Charles William Ward.) This would have been on Glenbower to the west of the village settlements. W.A.Holmes had sold all but 149 acres of the 215 acres of Glenbower and Wildwood (73A and B). Norma Bright, Henry's grandaughter and Norm Prossor's daughter, told me that her Uncle Alexander was known as Harry.

Henry Percival Prossor was heavily involved in the operation of the coolstore. (See RAILWAY OPENING.)

Continuing Henry's habit of carrying off prizes at the Dromana Show (Mornington Standard 30-8-1902 page 2, Around Red Hill), Norm Prossor and Sons did well at the Red Hill Show in 1938. (Argus 27-10-1938 page 9.)

Norm Prossor's name seems to have been Percival Norman Prossor. His executors were Francis Claude Prossor, gentleman, of "Cooma", Commercial Rd, Mentone and Keith Bernard Ronald Prossor, orchardist of Red Hill. (Argus 9-2-1950, page 13, Legal notices.) The first executor seems to have been F.C.Prossor of Commercial Rd, Mentone whose elder son, Francis, was engaged to Joan Letts of Elsternwick. (Argus 8-18-1947 page 7.)

L.R.Prossor won many prizes at the Red Hill Show in 1955 and B.S.Prossor won a prize too. (Argus 28-3-1955 page 9, Fine Fruit at Red Hill.)

Fruit growers from all over the state assembled at Ringwood for a demonstration of fruit packing and some, including Henry Prossor, were photographed. (Argus 24-6-1925 page 17.)

PURVES. (Hanson, Sophie Harvey's bridesmaid etc.)

RAILWAY OPENING AT RED HILL. (Argus 3-12-1921, page 28.)
This detailed article adds a little to Sheila Skidmore'sdescription of the opening in THE RED HILL. The correct pronunciation of the pioneering name is recalled by the spelling of "Mowatt's" Corner. H.P,Prossor was the President of the Coolstore Co-operative Co. and S.Holland was its Secretary. Andrew Haig was a Flinders Shire councillor.William Calder, Chairman of the C.R.B., told the crowd how much had been spent on the roads.

RATTRAY James, 70A Bal. 1919. James Rattray had recently sold his 86 acres and buildings (70A, Balnarring) to Pezekian and Co. of Carlton, his name having been crossed out. Granted to William Hopcraft, the 89 acre allotment was between Mornington -Flinders Rd and Stony Creek with its north and east boundaries being the suburb boundary between Red Hill South and Main Ridge. The present Tucks Rd corner indicates its north west corner (having been deviated further north) and its south east corner was just north of the junction of Musk Creek and Stony Creek in Melway 190 G9.
Was W.Rattray, a Tasmanian who won the woodchop at the Red Hill Show in 1955 on his way to compete in Sydney, a descendant of James? (Argus 28-3-1955 page 9.)

RED HILL ENLISTMENTS. (Standard , Frankston, 5-7-1940 p.6.) Under this headline, it was stated that Red Hill had 13 officials and players who had enlisted for service. They were W.E.Craig, the President, Mt MacGregor, Vice President, Mr Manning, the goal umpire, and playersincluding Eric Pritchard, Stan White, R.Trewin, K and G.Skidmore, E.Salmon, C.White and P.Cleine. Young Cleine's father or uncle was a pacifist according to Shiela Skidmore and often argued with Charlie White during W.W.1 about the morality of warfare and I wonder if the team mate was Charlie's son.

As if Red Hill wasn't a common enough name, there was a visit by the Premier to the Red Hill Village Settlement in 1893 but this one was between Drouin and Longwarry. (Argus 26-12-1893 p.6.)
RIGBY 1919
RINGROSE 1865. The illegible writing in the 1865 assessments led to me transcribing this name as Ringrove. The pioneer had 60 acres. The name of Mrs Ringrose appeared in George McLear's account book in 1865.

The Ringrose family evidently settled on its 60 acre grant (whose location is described in the entry for Arthur E.HILL)in 1865 but the rate collector didn't know much about them and failed to provide an initial for the surname which I guessed was Ringrove. The assessment of 1868 records the occupant of the 60 acres (i.e. 18B Kangerong) as Brian Ringrose.

It seems that this pioneer had been much concerned in public affairs at Smythesdale before coming to Red Hill, that is if his given name was Briant! After finding that Mr Ringrose was forever moving and seconding this and that according to a Ballarat newspaper, The Star, I came across an article on page 3 of the 23-5-1863 issue, which stated that Mr Briant Ringrose was the manager of the Great Trend Co. An advertisement on page 4 of the 18-2-1862 issue of The Star shows that Bryan Ringrose was the manager of the Reliance Gold Mining Company whose operations were to be at Scarsdale; however, he was later taken to court for not paying calls on his shares. After the accident mentioned below, Ringrose was taken to Scarsdale.

Mr Ringrose had been one of 18 men proposed by a meeting in 1861 for the municipal election of seven members. Smythesdale had much interest in communal activity and an exhibition was planned. In an article about the planning committee, an interesting item found underground by Mr Bryan Ringrose was mentioned. (The Star 19-9-1861.) Mr Ringrose was a member of the local Turf Club (13-9-1862 page 1s),and on the committee of the cricket club (1-11-1860 page 2). He was a manager or shareholder at several gold mining companies such as the Great Trend, the Reliance, the Mount Bute (The Star 3-11-1862 page 4)and, one would think, finally, the Cape Clear, where Bryan found he no longer had a nose for business. (Sorry Bryan, I deserve punishment for that one!)

It would be fortunate if our Red Hill pioneer had spent his previous time at Ballarat rather than in Tasmania (as Trove demonstrates) but not so fortunate if our Briant/Bryan Ringrose had moved to another mining company by November 1863; if so,he no longer had a nose. (The Star 25-11-1863 page 2.) This explosion took place at
Sprindallah where Bryan Ringrose had applied for a mining lease in 1861 but then withdrawn his application (The Star 5-11-1861, page 3.)

It would seem that Bryan Ringrose decided that a quiet farming life was better suited to a man who had been disfigured and moved to Red Hill within a year of his accident. After the article of 25-11-1863, there was no more mention of Bryan Ringrose of Smythesdale!

There is not yet proof that the Smythedale pioneer was also the Red Hill pioneer. I have not even found a Brian/Bryan Ringrose in genealogy websites apart from one in New Zealand. I have asked the historical society which covers Smythesdale if they have any record of Bryan Ringrose being still in that area in 1865. (See end of RINGROSE entry!)

Today, I traced the Ringrose grant year by year and these are my findings.
All entries relate to 60 acres of land in Kangerong.
2-9-1865. 1-9-1866. 1-9-1867. Ringrose (surname only) was assessed on 60 acres, Kangerong, a house being first mentioned in 1867 but probably there all the time.
5-9-1868. The given name, Brian, is recorded for the first time . The house had one room.
4-9-1869. The given name was altered with a stroke (/) to turn i into y. The house is not mentioned.
3-9-1870. There are no assessment numbers but the person to be rated is recorded as Bryan Ringrose.
2-9-1871. No Ass. No. After Bryan Ringrose's name that of William Hillas (sic) is written in inverted commas, probably indicating that William Hillis was leasing the 60 acres. William Hillis was not assessed on any other land.
7-9-1872. No Ringrose. No assessment numbers. William Hillis was assessed on the 60 acres under H. One would assume that he had bought the land but with these rate collectors it is dangerous to assume anything.
6-9-1873. No Ass.No. Under H, William J.Hillis is crossed out and Francis Hirst is written above it. The owner's name, Ringrose, is not forgotten as it was in 1872.
5-9-1874, 2-10-1875, 15-9-1876. Under H, Francis Hirst was assessed each time with the owner being, respectively: Ringrose, Bryan Ringrose and Blank! Had it been sold this time?
14-9-1877. No listing under H (Hirst) or R (Ringrove). Look at every assessment in Centre Riding for 60 acres Kangerong or Ringrose in "Owner" column. Job Sherwood was leasing the 60 acres from B.Ringrose.
27-7-1878. Job Sherwood still leasing from B.Ringrose. N.A.V. was 14 pounds. (I hadn't checked it previously but I did notice it had been 10 pounds earlier on.)
24-7-1879. Nothing under S. Nothing under R. Look through all centre riding assessments. Under D, Charles Daniel was recorded as leasing from B.Ringrose.
31-7-1880, 30-7-1881. Nothing under D. Check whole of centre riding again for 60 ac K or Ringrose in owner column. The property had been forgotten (see ASSESSMENTS entry) and at the very end it was noted, without an assessment number, that what looked like John Gawin was leasing from B.Ringrose. The 1881 entry was clearly John Galvin and he was a labourer but the owner column was blank. Had Galvin bought 18B Kangerong?
29-7-1882, 21-7-1883.(A.N. 276 and 275/150, in shire, in riding.) Occupant column blank but Bryan Ringrose was listed as the owner in both years. The 83-4 rates were paid by Mr Ellis on 26-5-1884. I think we can assume that Ellis meant Hillis.
19-7-1884. (Nothing near previous assessment numbers.) Check whole riding for 60 acres K or Ringrose in owner column. (A.N. 110.) William Kemp, orchardist, was leasing from B.Ringrose.
20-7-1885. Not one Kangerong property of 60 acres was listed. No Ringrose in owner column. This looks like it!
17-7-1886. I wrote nothing so the result must have been the same as for 1885.
16-7-1887. Between Rudduck (157) and Segrave (158) but with no assessment number or occupier name, Ringrose was listed as the owner. The rates were paid by Hillas (sic.)
Blank July, 1888. A.N.28. Ringrose in owner column.
Blank July, 1889. No 60 acres Kangerong assessed. Had it been absorbed into a large landholding or had the rate collector forgotten the property again? Hardly any entries in the owner column and no sign of Ringrose.
Blank July 1990. No 60 acres Kangerong or Ringrose. A retrospective examination re William Hillis made sense of a baffling entry in 1891. In 1890, William Hillis was assessed on 273 acres in Wannaeue and Kangerong; to the left of this description, in tiny numerals, 60 was written above 213 (A.N. 98.) One would assume that this meant 60 acres in Wannaeue and 213 acres in Kangerong but as I said before, with these rate collectors don't assume anything.
William Hillis was granted 23A Wannaeue on 12-11-1888 and 23B Wannaeue on 10-12-1885. The first consisted of 59 acres 3 roods and 34 perches and is roughly indicated by Melway 171 H, part J-6. The second consisted of 153 acres o roods and 36 perches and is indicated by 171 pt.J, and K, 5-6. With 40 perches making a rood and 4 roods making an acre, the total of these two allotments is 213 acres and 30 perches. Therefore the 60 acre block was in Kangerong. Segrave's 60 acres were in Flinders and the only other 60 acre block, apart from Bryan Ringrose's 18B Kangerong, was Henry Dunn's "Four Winds" but this had become 233 acres years earlier.Therefore the land on which William Hillis was assessed in 1890 should read: 60 acres, 18B Kangerong and 213 acres, 23 AB Wannaeue.

Blank July, 1991. William Hillas (sic) was assessed on 60 acres Wannaeue and Kangerong. Perhaps William had mortgaged his grants or they may have been sequestered so he only had Bryan Ringrose's grant but because the rate collector wasn't sure whether the 60 or the 213 acre land was in Wannaeue, he kept the Wannaeue and Kangerong tag.

Blank July 1992. William Hillis could have had 60 acres Kangerong (preceded by an ink blot that looked a bit like a one or 160 acres.

If our Bryan Ringrose was disfigured and not often seen in public, it seems that William Hillis was one of his few friends. The following is being placed here rather than in the HILLIS entry so that it can be seen in context regarding the information from the rate books.

Bruce Bennett states on page 22 of THE BUTCHER THE BAKER THE:
William Hillas (sic) owned land on the corner of Wilsons and Main Creek Rd (i.e. 23 AB Wannaeue) and 27 acres on the top of White Hill including Watermill Farm. He was named as a butcher in the 1884 rates and appears to have been Red Hill's first butcher.

While reading an extract from Joseph McIlroy's diary on page 19 of Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL, where Joseph mentioned staying the night at Mr Hillis's place while bringing a steer back from Frankston on 9-3-1881, I was thinking of the Wannaeue land and presumed that for some reason he had travelled via Eaton's Cutting. Now it is pretty clear that he had travelled up White Hill Rd from Moat's Corner and stopped near the McIlroys Rd corner. William Hillis may have been leasing S.P.Calder's much later grant. He could not have been on Bryan's 18B because John Galvin seems to have been there from July 1880 to July 1882.

I received the following reply from Margaret Roberts, Research Officer of the Woady Yaloak Historical Society. Dear ---, I have searched through all our records and I have reached the same conclusion as you. The Brian Ringrose who was at Red Hill is most probably the same one who was at Smythesdale/Browns/Scarsdale in the early 1860's. Did you notice there was also a Joseph Ringrose here as well? A brother or father maybe as they were involved in many of the same mining ventures.

As you have surmised I have found no records of either of them after the accident. The two doctors who attended the victims, Drs Foster and Saengar were two of the best doctors in the area. Dr Foster was at Piggoreet and would have been the closest doctor to the accident whereas Dr Saengar was at Scarsdale and would have been the next closest. Poor Dr Saengar was murdered in September 1865 by a deranged man in Scarsdale. Please note that Smythesdale has an S in the middle. I noticed that in your article on him in the Red Hill article you omitted it. Good history though, congratulations.

Thanks Margaret for all your trouble. Sorry about the missing S which I have now remedied.


Nelson Rudduck was one of the trustees of the Red Hill Wesleyan Church whose first service was conducted on 25-1-1885.He resigned as trustee in 1920. (THE RED HILL pages 31, 32.)

Nelson's father, Sam, had purchased "Karadoc" in 1858 during one of several visits to Australia. Rudduck, Ruddock and Karadoc are variations of a word, thought to be Celtic in origin,which meant red- breast. Nelson himself arrived in Australia in 1868. His name may have been chosen because his father had been born in 1806 at the time the body of Horatio Nelson was being carried down the Thames to its final resting place.

Nelson was very heavily involved in the community, Methodist Church and the Rechabites; the Rosebud Fishing Village block on which Rosebud's Methodist Church remains as a medical centre was granted to Nelson Rudduck and the land for the Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital (opposite the BP garage and part of Karadoc) was donated by the family.His son, Ern, built a store at Rosebud and continued his father's involvement as a Flinders Shire Councillor and a pillar of the Methodist Church.Another son, Harry, farmed at Boneo.

H.B.Simon (known as Simon the Belgian, or Frenchman) lived on Boundary Rd (Hillview Community Reserve and to the south, about Melway 160 B 9-10) and as Nelson passed by one day he noticed that the pioneer was about to fall because he was sawing off a branch between where he was perched and a trunk. I won't tell you what happened but let's visualise why Nelson was travelling along Boundary Rd. I think he was making one of his regular trips via Eatons Cutting (160 E 9-12) to Main Creek Rd.

Nelson Rudduck was granted crown allotment 24B, Wannaeue of 145 acres on 31-5-1881. This land is indicated by Melway 171 J-K 3 and K4, its western boundary bearing 345 degrees 21 minutes. On 4-7-1888, 17B Wannaeue,of 100 acres, was granted to J.S.Rudduck. The grantee was Jane Sophia (nee Chapman), Nelson's wife. This land went from Duells Rd to Kinwendy Rd (170 J 9-11.) H.N.Rudduck (probably Henry Nelson, Harry) was granted crown allotment 23 Fingal on 13-2-1938. Consisting of 163 acres, this land is indicated by Melway 259 G 1-3 and H 1-2 being north of Long Point Rd and west of Mornington Peninsula National Park.

It would be reasonable to assume that those along Nelson's route would have known him well, even if they were not Methodists and drank like fish!
Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA has pages and pages of genealogical and biographical information about the Rudduck family.

SANDLANT. Extract from the VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.
C.A.74a was occupied by Tom Sandlant by 1902 but he was living elsewhere as there was no house on it.(FKR02) The block was heavily timbered but Tom had been busy clearing and planting four and a half acres of strawberries.(MS02) Robert Henry Holmes owned 74A by 1919.


The Sawyer family was mainly involved with the area north of Ellarina Rd in the parishes of Moorooduc and Bittern but Fred Sawyer had land near the Hopcrafts and there was a marital connection between the families.


The Argus of 29-7-1916 reported the death of Sarah Renouf, the widow of Amise Renouf of Frankston, who died on 15-7-1916 at her daughters residence in Dromana. She was 95 and a colonist of 68 years. Strangely all of her children had the surname Sawyer, indicating an earlier marriage. Two of her sons had moved to the vicinity of Neerim but another two were pioneers of the locality known as Moorooduc and a daughter married into a prominent Dromana pioneering family. Her children were: L. and H.Sawyer (at and near Neerim), J.Sawyer(Moorooduc), F.Sawyer (Bittern), Mrs John Hopcraft and Mrs Jonah Griffith.

But what do the Prossers have to do with the Renoufs and Sawyers?
I googled Sawyer-Prosser on Trove in the hope of finding some details of the marriage. There I found information posted by somebody who must be researching the Hodgkinson family. It so happened that Sarah Renouf had been born Sarah Prosser and had married Isaac Sawyer.

In 1879 Frederick Sawyer was leasing 142 acres in the parish of Wannaeue from the Crown. There were only three Crown allotments of this size and Professor Hearn already had two of them. This left only 21B of 142 acres 3 roods and 1 perch, granted to Alex. Shand Jun. on 1-6-1909. This land is fairly well indicated by Melway 190 D9 and C-D10.
And guess who had the land north of his. John Hopcraft. Guess who had 178 acres (70 A and B, Balnarring) to the north and east of the start of Tucks Rd. William Hopcraft! Directly across the road (69A Balnarring) was Robert Henry Adams, whose gentlewoman wife, a Hopcraft girl, refused to live at Hopetoun House with the ungentlemanly old sea salt, Captain Henry Everest Adams. Both Frederick and Robert did not extend their licences and their land was granted, respectively, to Shand and M.Byrne. The Hopcrafts moved further south later and the Hansons occupied Williams beautiful house and called it Alpine Chalet. (Sources: parish maps, rates, marriage certificate of Adams-Hopcraft, Adams family legend, Adams Corner Ray Gibb, Memoirs of a Larrikin Hec Hanson.)



This property was described as Seven Oaks Farm, Red Hill when A.E.Bennett married in the early years of the 20th century and as Seven Oaks, Red Hill by 1915 when James and Elizabeth Hinds were grieving the death of their son Willie in Egypt. I do not yet know its location.

SHAND 1919.

John(Peter) Shand married John Huntley Junior's widow Mary (nee Hope.) Apparently he was known as Peter and after being assessed on 15A Kangerong in 1910, it was operated by the Misses Huntley while Peter and Mary moved to Kentucky Orchard whose homestead still stands at 214 Bittern-Dromana Rd, just east of Craig Avon Lane. Although Keith Holmes(recently made a life member of the Dromana Historical Society)and Bill Huntley told me independently that John was known as Peter, Mary's death notice on page 13 of the Argus of 11-8-1917 (under SHAND)refers to her as the beloved wife of John Shand. Mary's children (all Huntleys) are referred to by their pet names: Annie, Sis, Lou (Mrs D.Marsh), Laura, Jack, Perce, and Lyn (Mrs Phil Van Buylen). {b] I'm almost certain that Lyn would have been Mrs Van Suylen because Mary Muir (a Vansuylen, who put me onto Bill Huntley in the first place) said she was related to Bill.

See the HUNTLEY entry regarding John's surveying in Gippsland and other Shands owning land at Warragul, Agnes and Buffalo in that area.

SHAW Major J.N., Barracks, Queenscliff, 1919 K&Bal


Standard, Frankston, 25-10-1945 p.2. Mrs R. Sheehan who broke her leg recently is expected home soon. If she was Reg's wife she was formerly Miss Shaw, teacher at the Red Hill school, according to Hec Hanson, and her first name was Ann according to Thelma Littlejohn or Keith Holmes. (I forget which.) Reg Sheehan was a decent poet as demonstrated by his poems, "In Memory of the late Albert Cleave" and "Reunion". (Frankston and Somerville Standard 8-2-1929 page 8.)


SIMON Henry Bernard 1863. Known as Simon the Belgian or Frenchman, Henry had 122 acres by the 1863 assessment.This probably included 3a and 3b of section 3 Kangerong (about 70 acres) fronting the north side of Boundary Rd that is now the part of Arthurs Seat State Park west of the line of Collins Rd (roughly Melway 160 A-B 10-12.) See ADOD for anecdotes.

Thomas John, 20 acres pt. 75 A,B. Bal. 1919.

Mr and Mrs W.Simpson were farewelled. Mr Simpson, who had been the teacher at Red Hill for five years, had been transferred to Newham, near Woodend. (Mornington Standard 7-10-19056 page 2.)
SMITH Carl Jaby 1919
SMITH James, Shoreham, 20 acres pt. 75 A,B 1919 Bal.

See the DAVIS entry re Jonathan Davis (in August 1902) dairying on 60 acres leased from (Maude) Strong who was obviously a widow by 1900. (Hopefully I will be able to find the location of this 60 acres which Mrs Maude Strong was leasing from trustees in 1900.)
TANNELL L., Footscray ( almost certainly Tassell . 1919 20 acres 75A,B Bal.
TAYLOR G.L., Merbein, 20 acres, 75A,B,Bal. 1919

THIELE. Extract from the VILLAGE SETTLEMENT journal.
C.THIELE. 74b, 20 acres south of Tassell's. (Bottom half of Melway 190 J-K 5 west of Prossors Lane.)
On Charles Thiel's block adjoining (Sandlant's), as well as 5 acres of orchard, strawberries, cape gooseberries, raspberries, wine berries and black currants had been planted. (MS02)Charles' 74B was one of four blocks on which a house had been erected in 1902. (FKR02)

The Ararat Advertiser of 24-4-1915 had this article on page 3.
Mr and Mrs Thiele, old residents of the Red Hill district, were driving towards Dromana on Sunday and it is believed that, when they were descending Eaton's Cutting from Red Hill to Dromana, the horse bolted. At a dangerous turn in the road, the wheel left the buggy and the occupants were thrown heavily to the ground, with the result that Mr Thiele's neck was broken and he died almost immediately. Mrs Thiele is now in a low condition, suffering from severe bruises and shock.

The death notice was on page 13 of The Argus on 24-4-1915.
THEILE (sic).On the 18th April (accidentally killed) at Red Hill, Charles August William , dearly beloved husband of Lena Thiele. (Interred 20 April at Dromana.)
This notice tells us Charles' full name and that of his wife but unfortunately does not reveal his age,
descendants, parents or siblings. There may have been no children."Old residents of Red Hill" in the above article could be a reference to age rather than time spent in the area.
There is a possibility that Charles was a descendant of Doncaster pioneer, Gottlieb Thiele, who planted the first orchard in that district in 1853. After arriving in 1849, Gottlieb set up as a tailor in Melbourne before spending time at several places including Red Hill .GOTCHA! These places were on the diggings and this red hill was near Castlemaine. (The Argus 8-5-1953, p.19; Box Hill-Doncaster Centenary. Their Gold grew on trees.) A photo of Gottlieb accompanies the article. With the area being so close to Melbourne, available land for orchards would have been snapped up quickly, so Gottlieb's descendants would have had to look elsewhere after a while, and no doubt the payment terms on the Red Hill Village Settlement would have been reasonable.

The assessments of 28-11-1914 show that the name of Thiele Charles had been written for assessment number 892. The surname had been crossed out and replaced with White. On 9-11-1915, Eden White, a Main Creek farmer, was assessed on 74b. By 1919, Herbert Alfred Hall of Middle Brighton was assessed on 74b.

Charles Thiele must have received a good education. He sang a ballad in I ntalian, accompanying himself on the guitar at a meeting of the Red Hill Literary and Social Club.Mornington and Dromana Standard 29-8-1903 page 4.)

TREWIN 1919 Bal

Standard, Frankston, 4-10-1945, p.1. The M.P.S.L. eh? Was this soccer? Harry Trewin is pictured being presented with a trophy for the best and fairest in the MPSL. Further investigation revealed that it was footy. Doug Dyall, the M.P.N.F.L. historian told me that it was the Mornington Peninsula Social League which operated during the war to raise funds towards the war effort. Judy Patching, famous Olympics administrator, who played in Rosebud's first premiership in 1933 before serving 14 years in the navy, was one of the players.
The Courier-Mail, Brisbane 6-8-1953 p.2. Harry Trewin was obviously as good at critical reading and Arithmetic as he was at footy. His letter headed Fast Ferry pointed out a journalist's lack of mathematical understanding. The interesting thing was why Harry was reading a Queensland paper. Perhaps he had trained there.
Horsham Times 5-5-1953 p.2. BYERS-LANGLEY. Harry Trewin of Red Hill was the brother-in-law of the bridesgroom Donald William Byers of Kew.
The Argus 25-11-1942 p.2. Sergeant Robert Clifford Trewin, aged 25, was killed in action on November 3 in Egypt. He was the eldest son of Edgar and Margaret Trewin of Red Hill and the brother of Bess (Mrs Wilson), Marjory and Harry.
Standard, Frankston, 25-10-1945 p.2. RED HILL. Mr and Mrs Yuille Wilson have twin daughters. Mrs Wilson's parents, Mr and Mrs E.Trewin have had three grand-daughters in the past month,as Mrs C.White also had a daughter. (Mrs Wilson was Bess so Mrs White must have been Marjory.)

Standard, Frankston, 25-4-1946 p.8. Harry was not the only good footballer in the family. L.Trewin had been granted a clearance from Carlton to Red Hill. M.W.Mannix was also cleared from Richmond to Red Hill. The Mannix family was one of many which fished at Flinders in season before moving permanently from Queenscliff. (Lime Land Leisure.)

WARD Charles William (replaced by Alex Prossor recently on 49 acres of 73A Bal.) 1919

WAR SERVICES HOME DEPARTMENT. A.H.Lewis was assessed on 100 acres on crown allotment 20, Kangerong, his postal address being care of the Commonwealth Bank, Melbourne. Some of this land was probably the old Red Hill Township near the intersection of White Hill and McIlroy Rds where the Kangerong parish map shows a maze of tiny blocks west of Bowring Rd.

WALKER Ernest F., Main Creek, 14 acres and building, pt. 25a, W. 1919
WATSON E.M., 37 Epsom Rd, Kensington, former McIlroy land, 1919
WATSON H.G., Dromana, 233 acres and building (northern part of Appleyard's grant.) 1919

Argus 3-6-1897 p.1. James Wheeler, husband of Elizabeth Wheeler had died at the age of 51. A patient sufferer at rest.
WHEAT? Mrs Lavinia, Windsor, 25 acres 25b,W, 25 acres pt. 18a K. 1919
WHITE 1919(20b,W etc)
See HARRISON entry re White-Harrison marriage and "Roselands".

WILSON James 1919
YEATES (YATES) F.R., Buckley Park, Essendon, 135 acres, lots 1,2,3,12 pt. 75A,B 1919.Bal.It is possible that this man was related to (David?) Yates, the owner of the Racecourse Hotel in Keilor Village, who had a racecourse behind the hotel now partly occupied by the present primary school. Buckley Park was a farm of about half a square mile on the east side of Hoffmans Rd, Essendon (to about Hedderwick St) that had been granted to William Hoffman who named it Butzbach. This man might have been leasing it from the Croft family.

Allotment 21B, parish of Kangerong was granted to R.C.Young. Consisting of a bit over 121 acres, this allotment fronted the north side of McIlroys Rd but its south east corner followed Dunns Creek, adjoining crown allotment 22H, which is that part of the Kangerong Nature Conservation reserve north of McIlroys Rd. The northern extent of the allotment is indicated by Melway 161 E10.
Henry Coxon Young was assessed on a 5 roomed house and 12 acres, Red Hill, in 1863 but on 3-9-1864, Robert Coxon Young was assessed on a 5 roomed house and 21 acres. By 1865, the rate collector had worked out that the 5 roomed house was on 121 acres and T.Coxon Young was assessed.
In 1879 there was no assessment on any member of the family and no mention of a 121 acre property in Kangerong.

In 1853, Robert Coxon Young, architect, was living in a brick cottage in Geelong. (Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer 27-12-1853 p.7.) Another item on trove (to be completed soon) seems to indicate that Robert ran for the office of surveyor there. By 1860 the architect had become an attourney!
Messrs James and John Charles Young have commenced business as importers and general merchants, such business to be carried out by their authorised attourney, Mr Robert Coxon Young, at 49 Elizabeth St South, Melbourne.(The Argus 31-8-1860 p.8.) The business did not last long. It was probably not long afterwards that Robert bought allotment 21B from the Crown. If I am asked to do so in comments, I could do some more rates research regarding the Young family's tenure on the land.

By 1876, Robert Coxon Young, who had formerly been the surveyor at Ballarat East, was appointed Town Clerk there.
(The Argus 19-2-1876 p.8. Ballarat.) Catherine, the youngest daughter of the late Robert Coxon Young C.E., died on 30 May, 1901 in Ballarat. (The Argus 31-5-1901 p.1.) Catherine's father was dead but the name continued.
Robert Coxon Young was the only son of James Young (see 1860)and died at 356 St Kilda St Brighton in 1944. (The Argus 8-9-1944 p.2.)

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John was a pioneer of the Tootgarook area that I'm sure nobody knew about. The only thing I knew about him was that he was not Lord (or Baron) Clyde's brother but that in 1869,it was assumed by the press that he would inherit the prize money won by Colin Campbell,who was born Colin M'Liver. The surname was actually McLiver but often appeared in newspapers with the apostrophe. He must have been related in some way to Baron Clyde whose father's name was John McLiver. The following is my attempt to provide details about John before and after the widespread publicity in 1869 but I can't guarantee that all references are to the same person.

DAVID HOWELL and Thomas B. Young will hear of imports I have by sending their address to John M'Liver, Williamstown Post Office.(P.1, Argus, 5-10-1853.)

Sir,- Allow us to draw your attention to proceedings that took place at the Police Court,Swanston-street, this afternoon. We attended there to obtain a form of application for a carrier's licence, when a police officer
informed us there were no printed forms to be had. We were leaving, when a carrier, Edward Rowland, of Preston, came out to get change to pay for a form the police officer had written out for him at a charge of 2s. 6d. We told Edward Rowland the charge was only 1s. He stated to the officer the charge was only 1s, when the
officer said; "You may go and get one where you can." We then applied at tho office on tho left hand side of the entrance, and there obtained the printed forms at 1s. each.
We are, Sir, your humble servants, JNO. MARRIOTT,JOHN M'LIVER. 251 Elizabeth-street, Melbourne.
(P.6, Argus, 23-5-1859.)

FOR SALE, a young HORSE, three years old, from Van Dieman's Land. John M'Liver, Armstrong's Stables.
(P.8, Argus, 20-6-1859.)

FOUR-ROOMED verandah COTTAGE, newly built, quarter-acre garden, to LET, at Benevolent Asylum, foot Spencer-Street, rent low. John M'Liver,251 Elizabeth-street.(P.1, Argus, 24-9-1859.)

Contract Accepted. â Extras on John M'Liver's contract, No. 817 of 1860, for fencing batteries at Sandridge, ã20, John M'Liver. (P.5,The Age, 7-11-1860.)

...; Sydney and Heathcote roads, erection of mile-posts,ã24, John M'Liver; Melbourne district, erection
of mile-posts, ã43 15s., John M'Liver ; (P.5,Argus,26-1-1861.)

erection of mile-posts, ã52 8s, John M'Liver. Melbourne to Ballaarat :(P.7,The Age, 1-1-1862.)

Mr John M'Liver entered a protest against the selection , Ellen Cecil of lots 4 of sec. 2, and 1 2 of sec. 8, she being under age. (P.25,Leader, 6-4-1867.)

M'LIVER-MAHONY.-On thE 4th ult., at St. Francis',John M'Liver, Kingston, Canada West, to Mary Mahony, Killcommon, Tipperary, Ireland. (P.4,Argus, 3-3-1868.)

The Herald of Saturday states:â"At the present moment a tiller of the soil is about to proceed to Europe to enforce his claim as next of kin to the late Lord Clyde, better known as Sir Colin Campbell. M'Liver, the free selector on Boneo, in the district of Tootgarook, who for some time has been, content to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow, bursts suddenly upon us as the heir-presumptive to the son of Mr John M'Liver, of Glasgow, and; who entered the army as Ensign Campbell in 1808, and who in 1858 was created a peer by the title of Lord Clyde. From what we hear it seems probable that the Australian M'Liver, who until now has been satisfied with the benefits conferred upon him under the 42nd clause of the Land Act, will be able to substantiate his claim to the accumulated prize-money of the hero of Chillianwallah; Alma, and Lucknow.
(P.2s, The Ballarat Star, 30-8-1869.)

Richard Dwyer, a somewhat elderly man, was charged with having stolen a ãl note from the dwellinghouse of John
M'Liver, residing near Dromana. He had taken the money during the absence of the prosecutor from his house, and concealed it in his necktie, where it was found upon his being arrested. The note was fully identified by the prosecutor. The prisoner was convicted and sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment. (P.4, Argus, 2-3-1870.)

Letters received-; From Mr..E. M. T. O'Halloran, solicitor,Queen-street, Melbourne forwarding a second application on behalf of Mr. John M'Liver for payment of ã283 3s 6d., balance due for work and labour, and intimating that unless the amount with costs was paid within one week proceedings would be instituted against the council.-Cr. Johnston explained that M'Liver had entered into a contract to complete certain work for a
certain sum; the work had not been completed to the satisfaction of the borough inspector, and fresh tenders haIl been invited at his (M'Liver's) risk. He moved that the balance of the contract, less the amount paid to the Second contractor, be paid to Mr. M'Liver. (ST KILDA COUNCIL.The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1866 - 1888) Saturday 23 December 1871 p 3 Article)

John M'Liver, farmer, of Villiers-street, Hotham. Causes of insolvency : High rent and bad crops. Liabilities, ã92 5s.; assets, ã51 ; deficiency, ã41 5s.(P.3,The Age,22-9-1875.)

Tbe following forfeited lands will be open
for selection on and after Friday, Nov. 19 Wanraue-John McLiver, 140 acres.

Friday, 6th October.(Before Judge Noel.) Certificates (of discharge from insolvency)were granted to ...; John M'Liver,Hotham, farmer;etc. (P.6, The Age, 7-10-1876.)

Benalla, 9th December.â .. Shepparton. llth December.â John M'Liver, 192a.,Arcadia.(P.9, Leader,6-12-1884.)

At the Hawthorn Court on Tuesday, before Messrs. Walsh (chairman), Wallis(mayor),Harbison, Nichol, and Stackpole, a man named John M'Liver was charged with assaulting Ann M'Ewen and trespassing on her premises. He was also sued for ã12 rent. According to the complainant's story, the defendant, who resided formerly at Malvern, came to her house at Glen Iris, and asked permission to place cattle in her paddock for a fortnight, promising to pay ã12. He made proposals to lease her farm, but on referring to her landlord's agents she was refused permission to sub-let. Defendant had meanwhile taken up his abode with her. When requested to leave he not only refused to do so, but broke into the house, assaulted thecomplainant, and turned her furniture out.

In cross-examination by Mr. Gillott for the defence, Mrs. M'Ewen swore that she did not put her mark to a document produced, which proported to be a receipt for a payment by M'Liver on account of improvements purchased from her, and which it was represented would alter the aspect of the case.The point-blank denial of the complainant resulted in the case being adjourned, in order to allow of a witness being brought who, it
was alleged, saw her make her mark upon it. (P.10,Argus,1-4-1885.)

IMPOUNDED at Williamstown, June 10th, 1886, by John M'Liver. Trespass, ld. each.N.B.John was not the poundkeeper. (P.3, Williamstown Chronicle,19-6-1886.)

Discovering DAVEY of Frankston AND Red Hill and Jamieson's Special Survey, Victoria, Australia.

I know that I haven't finished listing the Kangerong grantees and their allotments etc, etc but I'm sort of like a dog with a bone when there's a mystery to solve. And I've solved it. I suggested a link between H.P.Davey (at Forest Lodge, Red Hill) who urged donations for the destitute family of William Connell and the two Davey girls of "Marysville" Frankston but I don't need to suggest any more, and boy, have I found some good stuff!
I do not intend starting to use my trusty left index finger on all of this now, it being nearly 1 a.m. Here's the proof of the connection between Frankston and Red Hill.
(Mornington Standard, 4-11-1911, page 3.) James Davey Esq., a resident of long standing in Frankston, died in Melbourne last Friday (this article would have been written on Friday 3rd). He had suffered a long time from illness and had seemed to recover but.. (I'll leave it for you to find out and post it as a comment.)By the way this is not verbatim.He had resided at St Kilda for the last two years. He was born at Gardiners Creek but lived the greater part of his life at Davey's Bay. He was the second eldest son of James Davey, after whom Davey's Bay was named. For some time the deceased gentleman lived at Red Hill but the greater part of his life was spent at "Marysville" , Davey's Bay, built by his father in 1851. Its slate and timber came from Tasmania and it was the mansion of the district. It was dismantled by A.H.Sargood (probably after John A. and James Davey were ejected by court order at the end of February, 1909.)
He had four daughters and six sons, all of whom moved away apart from Len who is a Mt Eliza Resident.

Before I present information from trove and rate books, I think we had better inspect the family tree, starting with the grandfather of the above, William, old man Davey, after whom Olivers Hill was originally named. William's father, James, was buried in a mousehole! I'll give details of this mousehole tomorrow.
APOLOGY. THE MOUSEHOLE WAS WHERE WILLIAM'S FATHER DIED, NOT WHERE HE WAS BURIED. I WAS SO BUSY THINKING OF MY LITTLE JOKE THAT I CONFUSED THE DETAILS! There is a Melbourne in Victoria and a Melbourne in the U.S.A. There is a Mousehole in Cornwall. It is 3.1 miles south of Penzance. The google map of Mousehole shows that is quite close to Paul which features often in the Davey genealogy.

The following genealogy comes from the Kessell family tree:pedigree of Davey of Frankston, Mornington. There is another website about the Davey family on www.gencircles but I couldn't be bothered with more passwords; however I extracted valuable information from the summary, as follows, detailing the names of the Davey runs and explaining why Mornington is mentioned.
Many Frankston websites mention Davey's Bay and land between Frankston and Mornington but do not give the names.
"In 1840, James Davey took up the Cannanuke pastoral run and Cannanuke Inn near Frankston." (It is possible that the Frankston websites' date of 1846 is a mis-reading of almost illegible writing or that 1840 should be 1846.) "He also had the Ballanrong run, four miles west of Hastings from 1846 until 1851."
Bruce Bennett has reproduced a map of runs south of Frankston in "The Butcher, The Baker, The". One thing that I remember clearly is that no boundary was drawn between Tuerong and Archibald Yuille's Ballanrong. Tuerong stretched south to Merricks Beach between Coolart and Tuck's Mantons Creek and it is likely that the northern boundary of the run, as for the pre-emptive right,was the line of Tuerong Rd. Ballanrong probably went north to Boundary Road (Canadian Bay Rd.) The Ballanrong pre-emptive right was bounded by Racecourse, Bungower, Three Chain (Moorooduc) and Tyabb Rds. The Chechingurk run (Balcombe's The Briars) was west of Ballanrong to the beach and Yan-ti-cran probably stretched along the coast from Sunnyside Rd to the Cannanuke run centred along Davey's Bay.
Historic Dams: Family C-32 (a thoroughbred website) states that William C.Yuille sold Ballanrong and Rockbank in 1852-3 and Yuille's biography says that he bought Ballanrong in 1851 and sold it to his cousin Archibald. Valda Cole provided Graeme Butler with data for the Hastings District Heritage Study,Volume 2 (page 7)about the lessees of Ballanrong: Meyrick (of Coolart)1840, Gorringe 1841-5, Jasper Davey 1845-51, W.C.Yuille 1851, Archie Yuille 1852-7 when lease ended. (In 1858, T.J.Sumner of Stony Park, Melway 30 B8, bought the Ballanrong P.R. while Archie bought land to the west between Tyabb Rd and Tanti Ck, and to the north, bounded by Balcombes Ck/ Wooralla Dr to the roundabout, the line of Wynnstay Rd, Moorooduc Rd and Bungower Rd west to the creek. Another buyer of part of the Ballanrong run was William Robertson, through whose Tanti Park Sheep Station Robertson Dr. now runs.)
The above raises two questions. 1. Was Jasper a nickname or did Valda misread almost-illegible type? 2. Why did the Daveys leave Ballanrong?
I can think of two possible answers to the second question. The period 1943-51 was not a good time for squatters. The depression was as bad as that of the 1890's. The banks would not lend money and graziers could not sell their cattle and sheep. Bruce Bennett details how many Peninsula graziers slaughtered most of their stock and boiled them down for tallow. Raleigh (Maribyrnong) and Coghill (Bulla) established boiling down works and the payment of 5 shillings per sheep helped some squatters to struggle through the slump. The funniest thing is that a squatter, on the run that gave Monageeta (near Mt Macedon) its name, whose ruin was prevented by his estate at Melway 16 H6 being in his wife's name, became the greatest opponent of the squatters.Who's going to be first to put his name in the comments space? Davey might have been close to becoming insolvent.This possibility is increased by the property being mostly used by W.C.Yuille as a thoroughbred stud, rather than for grazing.
The second possibility is that the property was associated with a family tragedy and that daily reminders were too much to bear. Rebecca, daughter of Mr and Mrs Furze, died at Ballanrong on 28-5-1851. Why was that a Davey family tragedy? She was the wife of Old Man (William) Davey and mother of James Davey! It seems that the Daveys shared their time between the two runs, living in fairly basic dwellings and that Ballanrong was Rebecca's favourite place. William and James probably retained the run until her death, but disposed of it shortly afterwards.It seems unlikely that the sale was forced by financial circumstances because James built the mansion, Marysville, in 1851 according to the obituary of James Davey of Frankston and Red Hill.

GENEALOGY. It seems that I don't need to present much Davey genealogy as it is all available on the web. Many of the descendants of the James Davey who died in Mousehole went to South Australia. His son William (Old Man Davey) and accompanying family seem to have spent time near Gardiners Creek before moving south.
If you google JAMES WILLIAM DAVEY, the first listing will be janilye's journal on Family Tree Circles. The writing on his mother's death certificate must have been hard to read and nobody seems to be sure what was the place of death of Rebecca (nee Furze); janilye made the logical assumption that it was Balnarring, the only current place name that bears any resemblance to Ballanrong. She has provided much information regarding the ships that carried Old man Davey (William)and his relations to Australia and where they settled. She also has a picture of the Davey house in Cornwall.
As mentioned before, PEDIGREE OF DAVEY, FRANKSTON, MORNINGTON has extensive genealogical detail, although full details are not available about every family member.
Many descendants of the Davey family have posted in a conversation on Genforum. This will come up first if you google DAVEY, CORNWALL, FRANKSTON.
My immediate task is to find if there is any relationship between Henry Pearce Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill and the Frankston Daveys. WATCH THIS SPACE!
Janilye said that H.P.Davey did not seem to be related to the Frankston Daveys and there seems to be no direct relationship.He was apparently born in South Melbourne in 1879 to Mary Ann (nee Pearce) and Thomas James Davey . This is interesting because there seems to be a strong connection between old man Davey's relations who went to South Australia and the Pearce family. His name was Henry Pearce Davey and he married Vivienne Eva Jeannie Thompson on 2-9-1908. The marriage notice is on page 11 of the Argus of 12-9-1908. The strange thing is that a Thomas James Davey born in Bristol in 1844, who came to Australia in 1857, started as a storekeeper at Sale but became an accountant and Lord Mayor of Melbourne 1911-12 and 1912-13, and married three times, had a son called Mr H.P.Davey from his first marriage to a Miss Davis of Tasmania.

My inspection of rate records this morning aimed to locate the properties of H.P. and James Davey at Red Hill. We already know the time of Henry's departure from Red Hill and that he had been there for about ten years (I hope I've told you!)

I discovered that Henry had 190 acres, Kangerong. J.Davey was granted 22 A and B of 78 and a bit acres each. The parish map gives no indication of when these were issued.The western border of this land is that of the Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve extended north onto Melway map 161 and south to a point where it would meet a line (parallel with the south boundary of the reserve) drawn north west from the bend in Red Hill Rd just north of Darling Park Wines. The north east corner was 120 metres north of the Craig Avon Lane corner. How the rate collector arrived at 190 acres is a mystery. I thought that he had 44 acres to the north of Forest Lodge as well (200 acre total minus now-closed road), but the 1900 rates show that Charles Fritsch had this as well as his other grant, almost 103 acres to the north and fronting Myers Rd from 8 Myers Rd to the Wallaby Downs entrance.Robert Coxon Young's grant of 121 acres to the west of Forest Lodge was not separately assessed and my best guess is that Henry, or J.Davey, had bought 34 acres and the McIlroys (who now had almost 300 acres more than they were granted)had bought the other 87 acres. This 190 acre property was definitely Forest Lodge according to Keith Holmes, who said it was the first property on the right as you entered McIlroys Rd from Red Hill Rd and that the Haigs had owned it later. Strangely Bertram John Davey had land at the south west corner of Jamieson's Special Survey, not far north of Forest Lodge.

James Davey was leasing 160 acres Wannaeue from the Crown by 1875.By 1882, he had only 158 and a bit acres, probably because of road making. Between the time that the 1886-7 and the 1887-8 assessments were prepared, he had become the owner.In 1896-7, James Davey was recorded as the owner of 158 1/2 acres Wannaeue.This was blatantly incorrect! In 1896-7, James Davey, farmer, Frankston, was recorded as owner and occupier of 28a Wannaeue, the only property in the Riding of that size. In 1900-1 and the next year Watts and Stephens, executors of the Davey Estate were assessed on 28a Wannaeue. Where was 28a? It was between Main Creek Rd and Willian Rd, with its north west corner opposite Whites Rd and the south east corner near the end of William Rd. This Wannaeue map also contains the information that James Davey obtained title to the 158 acre 2 rood 7 perch property on 5-9-1878. (It took quite a while for the rate collector to become aware of this, didn't it!)

The family connections entry in my Peninsula District History seeks to explain how the bride and groom met.
Sometimes they had been schoolmates but in a high number of cases they were near neighbours.This is such a case. James Davey (1845-1911), grandson of Old Man Davey and 2nd son of James Davey (depasturing licence for Ballanrong and Cannanuke after whom Davey's Bay was named), married Mary Ann Hillis/ Hillas in Melbourne in 1871, according to Janilye.And where did Mary Ann live? On the other side of Main Creek Rd on 23b Wannaeue who noth and south boundaries were a western extension of those of 28a.William Hillis received the grant for 23b on 10-12-1885 and gained title to 23a on 12-11-1888. The latter block, 480x 500 metres and containing almost 60 acres, could be accessed from Purves Rd via Wilson Rd at its south west corner.
Hill Hillas (as Colin McLear calls him) married James McKeown's sister, Mary, in Ireland and arrived in Red Hill in 1855. (P. 86 A Dreamtime of Dromana.)

It could be dangerous to state emphatically that any Davey who appeared in the Frankston and Red Hill areas was totally unrelated to the Daveys of Frankston. Henry Pearce Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill was the son of Thomas Henry Davey, born in Bristol, which is 275 km from Mousehole. It could be that T.H.'s father had originally lived near Mousehole but had fled to escape arrest for smuggling.The Davey and Pearce families had a connection in South Australia.
Another case is that of Bertram John Davey who had 446 acres and buildings, lot 13 and part 14, survey, Kangerong in 1919-20. He was the Managing Director of Edwin Davey and Sons, flour millers and seems to have come from near Burra in South Australia. Lots 13 and 14 in the subdivision sale of the estate of Sir William J.Clarke in 1907 are indicated by Melway F-K 4-6, not far north of lots 23a and b Kangerong and not far from John Oswin's Newstead near Tubbarubba, where Henry Pearce Davey spent a holiday about five years after he had left Forest Lodge.
Henry Pearce Davey was involved at Balnarring where he was a very efficient Secretary of the committee that ran the Sports (athletics etc.) Mary Karney, the author of "The Golden Plains Tabbarubbarel" tells me that the Davey family settled in Balnarring in the 1860's alongside the Oswins and Buckleys etc. (Part of Balnarring Rd was originally called Buckley Rd.) Perhaps J.Davey, who was granted Forest Lodge, was a member of the Balnarring family, brother of Henry Pearce Davey and father of James Davey who found the coral encrusted coal a mile inland near Warrawee. (Wrong, see below!)
Keith Holmes told me that Forest Lodge was the first property on the right when you turned into McIlroys Rd from Red Hill Rd, confirming my description of its location.
The Cannanuke Inn was established by local pastoralist, John Davey,in the 1840's and was the only substantial building when Permien surveyed the township of Frankston, according to the Frankston City Council website. Its site, 1R Plowman St, is heritage listed. Georgiana McCrae of the Arthur's Seat run described Davey's Inn as flea-riddled and spent a sleepless night there on the way to Melbourne. When young George McLear took a fresh horse to Frankston for Charles Graves ( who was due to return soon from Melbourne with goods to hawk all over the Southern Peninsula), he made his way home on foot rather than share Georgiana's problem. Was this the inn that Frank Stone's father ran?

I'M OFF TO THE DROMANA MUSEUM TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE DAVEY FAMILY OF BALNARRING! What a fizzer! It was the Davies family that pioneered in the Balnarring parish. There is good family history in the museum, bound in a green cover. Keith Holmes was at the museum and when I pointed to Davies, Red Hill, in my rates transcriptions, he told me that the surname was actually Davis.

I've now been able to confirm that James Davey (the second son described on page 5) was the grantee of the crown allotments detailed below. A curious thing is that Henry Pearce Davey (son of Thomas James Davey from his first marriage to Miss Davis of Hobart) was a subsequent owner of Forest Lodge. Thomas James Davey was born in Bristol in 1844 and came to Victoria in 1857, starting as a storekeeper in Sale. In 1891 he was elected a Lonsdale Ward councillor and became Lord Mayor of Melbourne in 1910-11 and 1911-12.

Henry Pearce Davey also offered one pound per acre to buy block 55 (242acres) of the Clarke Estate but his offer was knocked back.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 27-4-1907.) To save Davey researchers a lot of frustration, I must point out that there is no lot 55 on Land Plan 4916 (The Clarke Estate.) The lots are numbered 1 to 54 with lots 25 to 54 mainly consisting of 5 acres along the Safety Beach coast.No lot consisted of 242 acres.

I can only guess that H.P.Davey was offering to buy part of lot 14 of 532 acres 3 roods and 32 perches, part of which is now Wallaby Downs (Melway 161 H5.) Lot 14 was about a mile north along Junction Rd from James Davey's grants in the parishes of Kangerong and Balnarring. H.P.Davey was apparently a friend of the Oswins of "Newstead" which was just east of James Davey's grant that became "Seven Oaks", and spent a holiday with them after he had moved to St Kilda.

Davey St, Dromana (Melway J-K 7) on Spencer Jackson's Panoramic Estate (1927), was probably named by Spencer, and suggested by the Dysons who had a keen interest in the area's history, to honour James Davey.

James Davey's grants near Red Hill.
Kangerong 23 a, b 158 161 F-J 10-11 "Forest Lodge". Bisected by DunnsCk Rd.
Balnarring 14a 121 161 K 10, 11 (Gr.20-1-1874) Became Kentucky&Rosslyn.
Balnarring 79a 128 161 J 11,12. Became A.E.Bennett's "Seven Oaks".
Wannaeue 28a 158 190 pt.A, B 5,6 (Gr. 5-9-1878) Later Bullocky Bob White's.

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I came across this notice while researching Joseph Trotman and can only conclude that this body was formed as a result of Edmund Dunn's stand against the Melbourne Hunt.

My apologies for not correcting the digitisation. I will be making a few observations about some of the members listed below.

PAGE 3, ARGUS,4-8-1869.

Membors of the Council :
Robert M'Dougal, JP., Archibald M'Launn
Chairman Thomas Argus
Joslah Mitchell J. F. Boodie
Alexander Gibb, J P. William Anketoll, J P.,
Edmund Dunn | Honorary Secretary.
B. B Stevenson, J P.
Standing Counsel-The lion. Georgo Higinbotham,
Belicltor-O. B. Dickinson, Esq.
Members enrolled in Batch A :
Robert M'Dougal, Essendon and Keilor.
Joslah Mitchell, Royal Park Farm, Molbourne
Alexander Gibb, Campbellfield.
Edmund Dunn, Tullamarine.
J, F. Boadlo, Prospect-hill, Bundoora.
Kobert Jones, Box Forest, Will Will Rook.
Thomas Vaughan, Glenroy, Will Will Rook.
Thomas Saunders, Camena, Pentridge
James Banks, Moonco Fonds.
Joseph M'Intyro, .Moonco Ponds.
Richard Davis, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
William Richards, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
John Sadlier, Campbellfield, Woolert
Malcolm Ritchie, Gowrie Park Tullamarine.
JameB Robertson, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
William Smytho, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
John Tonkin, Somerton, Woolert
Thomas Bookless, Somerton, Yuroke
John Laldlay, Oaklands, Koilbundoora.
JfimtB Fox, Gatosido, Koilbundoora.
P. M'Forlan, Uppor Springfield, Koilbundoora.
1 Robert White, Floraville, Koilbundoora.
, George Cooper, Nonics Bank, Buudoora.
John Hamilton, Strathallan, Bundoora.
Willam Jones, Janefield, Kcllbundoora.
T. Crlghton, Prospect Tarm, Bundoora.
Joseph James, Brighton Nursery, South Brighton.
John Jolly, Gains hall, Bundoora.
James Jolly, Gains hall, Bundoora.
Joseph Mitchinson, Kilmorld Farm, Bundoora.
John M'Kinmie, Violet Form, Bundoora
Thomas Nixon, Springfield, Janefield.
John Creighton, Grcon-hill, Bundoora.
John Mann, Overton, Bundeera.
E. \\ y o tt, Hamsteod, Koilbundoora.
Thomas Dungate, Greon bank, Bundoora.
Jumes Sparke, Bundoora.
Hugh Henderson, Strathallan, Bundoora.
Francis Bell, Pentridge
Thomas Dunstan, Newlands, Pcntridgo,
W. J Vincent, Nowlands, Pentridge
William Oliver, Nowlands, Pentridge.
John Harris, Newlands, Pentridge
Calob Dunstan, Nowlands, Pontriuzo
John Roberts, Nowlands, Pontrigo.
Thomas Endersbco, Newlands, Pentridge
Torrcncc Dunn, Bollngbrooke, Pentridge.
Thomas Singleton, Boliugbrooko, Pentildgo,
William Ritchie, Moro'and rood, Pentridge
John Carron, Sydnoy-road, Pentrldgo.
Isaac Summons, Bell streot oast. Pentridge
Alcxnndor Camoron, Moreland-road, Pentridge
William Anketell, Allan bank, Peutrldge.
Robert Farrington, Moonee Ponds, Peutrldgo.
David Patullo, Craig bank, Bulla Bulla.
George Summcrvlllo, Campbellfield, Will Will
Jahn M'Kircher, Yuroko, Broadmeadows.
Alex. Lamont, Summer-hill, Morang.
Alex M'Lean, Society's Paddock, Northcote
John Cooper, Preston.
Jumes Burrow e, Greensborough.
John Marshnll, Thorton, Preatou.
Wm Scotlar.d, Greensborough.
Ucmv Lane, Gnrwoll, Preston.
Jos. B. Watson; Rosallo Farm. '
, Robert Hobson, Ulm nile, Heidelberg.
1 Messrs Watson nncl Patterson, Northcote.
Robert Blearer, Janefield,
William Cockell).
i Janies Woodmason, Cardlnor's Creek road.
Job Smith, Thornbury.
Edward Kdsell, Roso vale, Brighton.
Junes M'Meiknn and Co.
Samuel Mansfield, Tullamarine.
Jumes Sharp, Doutta Galla,
J, Trotman, Yuroko.
William Dewar,Tullamarine.
Thomas Dutton, Will Will Hook.
I James Robertson, Yuroko.
1 John Morgan, Koilbundoora.
i Alexander Young, Koilbundoora,
I ThomaB Argus, Kcllbundoora. .
1 Hay Lonio, Glonros, Campbellfield.
James Robertson, Aberfeldy, Moonco Ponds.
Mrs, E, Smith, Norwood, Doutta Galla,
Archibald M'Laurln, Frogmore, Oaulfiold.
William M-Millan, Brighton.
Themas Napier, Moonee Ponds, Essendon.
John W. Lobb, Brunswick.
John Grant, Seafield, Tullamarine
Donald M'ltao, Warlaby. Bulla Bulla.
i William KisBOck, Essendon.
! Janies Robertson, La Rose, Pentridge
I Thomas Oliver, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
I William Canning, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
1 Ooorge Shanks, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
I Thomas SbonkB, Glenroy, Will Will Rook.
I John Jukes, Box Forest, Will Will Rook.
Notice is hereby given, that all horsemen, whether under the pretence of hunting or otherwise, found
trespassing on the freeholds or leaseholds of the abovementioned Individuals after this notice, will be
prosecuted according to law.

In addition to the subscriptions of the members
enrolled In Batch A during the month of July, a con-
siderable sum of money was received, as donations,
frfcm parties warmly approving of the objects for
which the lcoguo has been instituted.
T Signed, by order of the oouficil,
ROBERT M'DOUGAL, Chairman. '
i WILLIAM ANKETELL, Don. Becretary.

My main aim here is to give a rough indication of the farms occupied by the pioneers within about 5 kilometres of Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows south of Kenny St.) This rough indication might be near the centre of the property or the co-ordinate in which the homestead name is shown. Except for properties along Pascoe Vale Rd near Broadmeadows Station, precise boundaries of farms can be provided if requested. Some genealogical information is also provided.


Robert McDougall had leased part of the Glenroy Estate (between today's Oak Park and Camp Rd), which he called "Cona", for about a decade before leasing (John) Aitken's Estate,section 8 Doutta Galla, between Cannes Ave. and Beatrice Ave on the south side of Buckley St (Melway 27 H4.) Sandy Smith of "Norwood" adjoining its north west corner,married his daughter whom he would have met during the decade or so that Robert spent here before buying Edward Wilson's Arundel (Melway 4 G11)near Keilor. Robert also bought Warlaby (Melway 384 J8.) See Victoria and its Metropolis.

The Port Phillip Farmers' Society and the Acclimatisation Society shared an interest in improving agriculture and eventually the government established a model farm near Oak St (Melway 29 C11) where various crops and methods could be trialled. I have written extensively about this but I have no idea in which journal*.

ALEXANDER GIBB. See James Robertson,Campbellfield.
Alexander Gibb was a builder and built his Meadowbank homestead (Glenlitta Ave. at Melway 7 D10). His brother James,a blacksmith, and James Robertson of Gowrie Park, had both married Coupar girls, making Alex. a brother in Law of James Robertson, for whom Alex. built the Gowrie Park homestead between Meadowbank and Box Forest near the Merlyston Creek. Both Houses are still standing. See BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY p.18 for photos of both homesteads. Alexander gave his son Alex.the second given name of Coupar and Gibb Reserve (Melway 7 A4)is named in honour of the municipal service given by both. Andrew Lemon was wrong in stating that James Robertson of Gowrie Park was a Keilor farmer. (See James Robertson of Campbellfield, Aberfeldy and La Rose.)
Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank, fronting Campbellfield road (now Camp Rd) was the northern half (320 acres)of section 5 Will Will Rook,the southern half, fronting today's Hilton St, being James Robertson's Gowrie/Gowrie Park.

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Although it is a quarter of a century since I transcribed Broadmeadows rate records,I remember the Jones family being among the few residents at Box Forest. This square mile, section 2 Will Will Rook (Melway 17 D4), was one of many parcels in Melbourne's north west granted to John Pascoe Fawkner. A great supporter of the yoeman farmer,he formed a land co-operative to enable the little man to buy a block of about 6 or seven acres. Many blocks were purchased by speculators however and in most of his subdivisions, blocks were consolidated by such as Paul Tate on Tullamarine Island, the Mansfields and Ritchies between McNabs Rd and Deep Creek,the Loves near Bulla Rd; the same happened at Box Forest.

Box Forest is between the Northern Golf Club and Fawkner Cemetery with Hilton St and Boundary Rd forming the north and south boundaries,the latter being the boundary between the parishes of Will Will Rook and Jika Jika to the south.

JONES.On the 25th inst., at Box Forest, Isabella,the beloved wife of Mr. William Jones, and daughter of Mr. George Sommerville, of Warrnambool, after a long and painful illness.(P.4, Argus,26-6-1861.)

George Somerville was back to his old stomping ground by 1869 and was one of the above members.

In 1849 George Sommerville built a property on Sydney Road in what is now Coburg (but was then known as Dry Creek, which was also known as Pentridge) and wanted to get a license to run it as a hotel. The license was refused but at the same time James Parslowe had the license of the Young Queen Hotel on Old Sydney Road at Pascoevale after the previous license holder, William Smith, was convicted of manslaughter in July 1847.

In October 1849 James Parslowe moved his license for the Young Queen Hotel at Pascoevale to George Sommerville's property in Coburg. Then in December 1849 the Young Queen Hotel license was transferred to George Sommerville from James Parslowe.

At the same license hearing on 5 December 1849, William Smith was again granted a license for the original Young Queen Hotel on Old Sydney Road at Pascoevale. So this meant that by the beginning of 1850 there were 2 Young Queen Hotels, one on Sydney Road Pentridge (Coburg) run by George Sommerville and one on Old Sydney Road Pascoevale ran by William Smith.
(1167 Sydney Rd, Coburg : Buildings and Architecture - Page 2 ... ... Buildings and Architecture)

The following members of the Somerville family are buried at the Will Will Rook Cemetery.

Only one member of the Jones family is recorded in the records and was obviously not a child of William and Isabella; perhaps Robert Jones was her father.

It is possible that this man was the same Thomas Vaughan who was fined for driving across a footpath in Melbourne in 1849. The Thomas Vaughan who died at (Corinella?)in 1884 could also have been the tenant on Glenroy who supported the election of his landlord,Donald Kennedy in 1856.The following notice is only included because the uncle,Robert Jones, might have been the Box Forest resident of 1869. It's a long shot!

VAUGHAN. In sorrowful remembrance of my father,Thomas Vaughan, who died at Cornella, June 19th,1884; also, of my uncle, Robert Jones, died June 28th, 1885; and my aunt Jane Jones, died July 1st, 1885, at Elizabeth-street, Melbourne. (Inserted by A. P. Vaughan.) (P.1, Argus, 2-7-1888.)

Another possible lead is an ANZAC born in North Melbourne to Thomas and Emily Vaughan of 37 Barwise St.

VAUGHAN. - On the 8th August, killed in action,at Gallipoli, Gunner Stanley Paul Vaughan, the beloved son of Thomas B. and Emily Vaughan, Salisbury Villa, Barwise street, North Melbourne, and brother of Willie, Isla, and Hazel;aged 21 years. (P.13,Argus,30-10-1915.)

Here's a third possible lead to the Thomas Vaughan of 1869.


Lillian was probably the daughter of Herbert Vaughan of 101 acres at the south corner of Bulla Rd and Grants Rd
(Melway 5 C7) that had been Spier's and Bill Ellis later called "Ecclesfield".I have found no link between Thomas and Herbert but the similarity between Lily and Lilian is interesting. William could be a brother of Thomas of 1869 and the Thomas Vaughan born in roughly 1847 could be a son of William or Thomas.

T.Vaughan, Broadmeadows won second prize for three year old entire horse in the Port Phillip Farmers' Show in 1865. (P.6, Argus,13-10-1865.)

This seems to be a definite! It looks as if lost Vaughan as a surname and gained Vaughan as an address!

MIDDLETON-VAUGHAN.-On the 4th inst., by licence, at St. Paul's Church, Broadmeadows, near Melbourne, by the Rev. J. B. Stair, James Philpott Middleton, of Vaughan, late of London, to Harriet,eldest daughter of Thomas Vaughan, Esq., of Broadmeadows, late of Kent. (P.2,Argus,16-9-1865.)

Thanks to Beryl Patullo for correcting this text too.

A meeting of the farmers bringing hay and other produce to the Melbourne market was held yesterday, at the Paddington Hotel,Eastern Market. It was well attended, and Mr.Kirk was voted to the chair. The following resolutions were carried unanimously :
Proposed by Mr. DUTTON, and seconded by Mr. BOND- "That the Melbourne Corporation be petitioned to reduce tho market dues, and weighing of hay and other produce, by one-half; and that Messrs. Cochran, Jones, Dunn,Dewar, Kernan, Loman, Grant, Trotman,Laurence, Kirk, and Dutton be nominated to wait upon the corporation in reference to the above."
Proposed by Mr. VAUGHAN, and seconded by Mr. KIRK "That the Flemington Town Council and Broadmeadows Road Board be applied to to reduce the tolls at Flemington and Deep Creek to the same rate as charged at
the St. Kilda toll-gate (viz., 6d. per dray),and that Messrs. Carson, Darmody, Loeman,Kernan, Sommers, Trotman, Kirk, Gibb,Somerville, Bond, Smith, Dewar, John McKerchar, A. McNab, - Whelan, and T.Smith be appointed to wait on the said bodies on the subject." (P.5, Argus,2-7-1867.)

In ploughing contests of 1877 and 1878,T.Vaughan was described as a resident of Campbellfield.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 June 1877 p 3 Article
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 25 May 1878 p 8 Article

A bit of a mystery, our Mr Thomas Vaughan! Time to give up.

At this time Malcolm Ritchie was involved in three properties,Gowrie Park (Melway 4 K4),Aucholzie (4 D5) and Overpostle (3 K4). Malcolm married a daughter of Donald Gray of Bellno (horseshoe bend in 4 A2 and east to about gate 11 on the north side of Mansfields Rd) and his daughter married James Robertson Jnr of Upper Keilor (2 K7) and Aberfeldie.

James Robertson's farm, the southern half (320 acres)of section 5, Will Will Rook,fronted Hilton St and was known as Gowrie or Gowrie Park. It should not be confused with the 560 acre majority of section 14 Tullamarine (Thompson and Duncan, Ritchie, James Lane) that contains much of Melbourne Airport. It adjoined Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank to the north and Fawkner's Box Forest to the south. The Gowrie railway station (Melway 17G1) is actually east of Gowrie, whose south east corner is occupied by the Fairleigh St houses. No link with James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton)has been found but the later was more likely linked to the Gowrie Robertsons than those on Upper Keilor/Aberfeldie or La Rose/ Trinifour.

James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton in 1868) and John Robertson (Craigieburn area 1880's) might have been related to James Robertson of Gowrie. The author of the following seems to know the names of the latter's children.

Ann Coupar - Electric Scotland

Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (R)
Robertson, James and Ann

On 4 June 1841 James Robertson and his wife Ann, nee Coupar, stood together on the deck of the emigrant ship INDIA and watched as Greenock, the Scottish port from which they had embarked, receded into the distance. The couple had been married in Errol, Perthshire on 9 February 1839. Their two months' old baby, Agnes, born on 5 April 1841, travelled with them as did Ann's sister Betsy and her husband Alexander Gibb.

The description of the horrendous voyage of the 'India' cannot be better told than by visiting the INDIA website at : [note the few paragraphs on James and Ann Robertson on this site.]

Once you have read that let me tell you something of these amazing pioneers, my G G Grandparents.

The Robertson and Coupar families were natives of Errol, Perthshire, a village close to the Firth of Tay and below a range of hills known as the Carse of Gowrie.

James Robertson was the eldest son of James Robertson, blacksmith, and his wife Helen Sandeman who were married at Errol on 21 June 1807. James was born in 1808. There were eight other children.

Ann Coupar, James' wife, was christened in Perth on 11 December 1814 and her parents were John and Ann Coupar (sometimes Mary Ann) who were married in 1808. Other Coupar children were born in Errol, which was probably Ann's birthplace.

In 1854 a tombstone was erected in the Errol graveyard two years after Helen Robertson nee Sandeman died in 1852. Her sons 'James, John and Alexander Robertson, now in Australia' were responsible, and it reads:

"To the memory of their father James Robertson, late blacksmith in Errol who died 4th August 1845 aged 64 years and their mother Helen Sandeman who died 9th April 1852 aged 58 years. Also their four sisters - Mary who died in infancy, Jane who died 22nd July 1842 aged 30 years. Elizabeth, 24th February 1847 aged 37 years. Catherine 6th March 1853, aged 33 years."

Engraved below this at a later time was engraved the words 'The above Alexr. Robertson died in N.S.Wales 10th Oct. 1873 aged 46 years.' (It is still there, check it out if your in the area.)

At the time James left Scotland in 1841 both his parents and the three sisters mentioned were alive, and it is easy to imagine how cut off he and his brothers John and Alexander 'now in Australia' must have felt when they learnt of their deaths.

It seems likely that James was the first of the brothers to emigrate. His brother John - born in Errol in 1823 - married Margaret Stewart in Dundee in 1851 and followed suit in the next couple of years. He was also a blacksmith. Alexander, born at Errol in 1827, remained unmarried. His date of emigration is unknown but he became a mining engineer at the Young goldfields in New South Wales, and was killed in 1873 after falling down a mine shaft. (Not an uncommon accident in the black of night and after a few pots.)

In Australia at last Robertson and Gibb became partners as blacksmith and wheelwright respectively 10 miles north of Melbourne on the Sydney Road. (A wise move as all travellers, then as now, know that the first ten miles are the most testing for the newly arrived and if things are going to go wrong with the horse and cart it'll happen in the first few miles out.)

The partnership prospered and by 1848 they were able to purchase 640 acres of land nearby. They divided the land and both built 'grand' homes in the Scottish style. James called his home GOWRIE PARK and Gibb called his Meadowbank. (Memories of back home?)

Initially the land was the runt of the group of plots that originally were ignored when they were offered for sale in 1842 but these hardy gentlemen and their wives managed to clear the land and begin their farming. The men carried on with the smithy which was just as well as the Gold Rush started in 1851. Because of this James was able to build the very substantial bluestone home that still stands to this day.

James ran the farm with his children till 1872 when he leased the property because he was becoming too old for the work and the eight children were obviously not keen in inheriting the tradition.

Ann died of dysentery in 1872 at the age of 58 years.
What a life. What a woman!
James finally succumbed in 1888 aged 80 years. At the time of his death his assets were 46,434 pounds!!!!


If there are persons out there who, having read these accounts, believe they are related to the Robertson, Sandeman and Coupar families of Errol I would be interested to hear from them. There is so much more to tell of the Robertson's of Gowrie Park, Victoria, Austalia.
Conact me at [email protected]

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*James had moved to Albert Park.
ROBERTSON. On the 28th inst., at Sunnyside, Waggarandall**, the residence of his son-in-law, Mr.James Moodie, James Robertson, late of Gowrie-park, Campbellfield, and No. 6 Bridport-street, Albert-park, aged 80 years. A colonist of 47 years.
(**Waggarandall is on the Benalla-Tocumwal road and south west of Tungamah.)

THE Friends of the late JAMES ROBERTSON,Esq. (late of Gowrie-park, and also of No. 6 Bridport-street, Albert-park) are most respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Campbellfield General Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from the Broadmeadows railway station, to-morrow (Tuesday, the
31st), at 2 o'clock punctually. (P.1,Argus,1888.)

***Mary Betsy Ann's last journey was a long one!

ROBERTSON The friends of the late JAMES ROBERTSON, of "Gowrie-park," Campbellfield are respectfully requested to follow the remains of his youngest daughter Mary to the place of interment, the Campbellfield Cemetery.
The funeral will leave the residence of her sister,Mrs D Stewart,"Marroo," Dandenong, on Thursday 14th inst,, at 9.15 a.m., for Dandenong railway station, to proceed by the 10.10 a.m. train. Melbourne friends can join 12.10 p.m. train at Flinders Street station, arriving at Campbellfield about 1 p.m. Return train leaves Campbellfield at 5.19 p.m. (P.1, Argus, 13-3-1901- also death notice.)
JAMES GARNER Undertaker Dandenong.

ROBERTSON.On the 4th November, at Athol, Kendal street, Coburg (suddenly), John Coupar Robertson, the beloved husband of Kate Robertson, and loving father of Norman, the Rev.J. K. Robertson (North Melbourne), Ernest
(New Hebrides), Douglas, Amy (Mrs. A. C.McAdam), Kate Kirkland (Mrs. V. Duncan), Muriel, Melrose, Nancy, Agnes, and Jean ; eldest son of the late James Robertson, Gowrie Park,Campbellfield, in his 79th year; a Presbyterian home missionary for 25 years. (P.17,Argus, 10-11-1923.)

ROBERTSON. -On the 4th November at "Athol," Kendall street, Coburg, John Coupar, dearly loved husband of Kate Robertson, eldest son of the late James Robertson, of "Gowrie Park," Campbellfield, in his 79th year. (Interred privately Coburg Cemetery, Monday, November 5.) (P.1, Argus, 6-11-1923.)

It can be assumed with fair certainty that D.J.Robertson, who had established a property called "Gowrie Park" at Bena in Gippsland, was a brother of John Coupar Robertson. His severely ill wife Mary (nee Law)was obviously being cared for by her sister-in-law, Mrs D Stewart,"Marroo," Dandenong.

ROBERTSON.On the 2[...] mber, at the resi-.~-»"Trí'»ef'r>yv41Ttvr - it-tt«r.i<*M»f»,rav-'«m-iAfiV;1
"Maroo," Dandenong, Mary (nee Law), the beloved wife of D. J. Robertson, of Gowrie-park, Bena, South Gippsland, after a severe illness.(P.1, Argus, 29-11-1910.)

Another brother was Alexander.
ROBERTSON. On the 24th June at Gowrie 2 Louisa Street Brunswick, Alexander, son of the late James Robertson of Gowrie Park,Campbellfield, aged 83 years.
The friends of ALEXANDER ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the New Melbourne Cemetery.The funeral will leave the residence of his nephew(Mr Norman Robertson), Gowrie, No 2 Louisa street, Brunswick East, THIS DAY (Tuesday June 25th) at 3.30 pm. (Both P.1, Argus,25-6-1935.)

G.66. Broadmeadows rate records reveal the following occupants of Gowrie Park.
1863. James Robertson,320 acres, "Gowrie Park", (net annual value 144 pounds- as for Gibb's.)
1879-80. No 320 acre property at Campbellfield but a James Robertson had 217 acres at Somerton.
1899-1900. Thomas B.C.Robinson* leasing 317 acres, "Gowrie" at Campbellfield from James Robertson.(P.S.Perhaps the farm was leased in two parts,the house on 3 acres and the remaining 317 acres for grazing.) James Robertson of Somerton had two parcels,of 44 and 180 acres at SOMERTON.
1920-1. Robert Lewis**,trainer,owns the 317 acre "Gowrie."

P.S.*ROBISON (nee Pye)-On the 5th January, at Brunswick, the wife of T. C. Robison, 'Gowrie,'Campbellfield- a son. (P.1, Argus,8-1-1908.)
**It seems that,like Jim Pike (see KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS), Robert Lewis combined riding and training.
Lewis and the Derby.
R. Lewis has a remarkable riding record in the Victorian Derby, having piloted seven winners. He won on Maltster in 1900, Hautvilliers in 1901, Sylvanite in 1904,Alawa in 1908, Wolowa in 1912, Carlita in 1914, and Furious last year. (P.6, Argus,3-11-1922.)

James Robertson and his wife are buried next to the Gibbs in the easternmost row at the Will Will Rook Cemetery. There is another Robertson plot on the other side of the recently (2014) restored grave of John Murray Peck and family.(P.S. I seem to have transcribed the death of James Robertson on 20-1-1901 at the age of 75. Could this be a brother of John Coupar, Alexander and D.C.Robertson of Bena?)

G.18-20 The GIBB entry in DHOTAMA, information supplied by Deidre Farfor, a descendant of the unrelated Robertson family of Upper Keilor which Andrew Lemon (BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY) thought was involved with Alexander Gibb at Campbellfield (i.e. James Robertson,a Keilor farmer.) Compare her story with that supplied by Alex. Robertson at the start of this entry. If there are any mistakes, they result from my misinterpretation of Deidre's notes.

Alexander Gibb arrived in 1841 aboard the Grindley with his wife, Betsy, after a traumatic voyage.They had left Greenoch in the India but it caught fire near Rio de Janiero. James Robertson and his wife, Ann (nee Coupar),who were married at Errol in Perthshire in 1839,also arrived on the Grindley in 1841,their daughter,Ann being only 3 months old when they commenced the voyage.

James Gibb's wife, Betsy was a sister of James Robertson's wife, Ann (nee Coupar.) James Gibb's wife, Betsy was a sister of James Robertson's wife, Ann (nee Coupar.)


Thomas Bookless had been at North Melbourne in 1861, probably operating a carrying business but by 1869 was leasing a farm on the new Sydney road 13 miles from Melbourne. This would have been near Patullo's Rd which I think was called the Thirteen Mile Lane By 1871, his lease had ended and he had a clearing sale which indicated that his Clydesdales were of good pedigree and that he milked seven cows.(P.2, Argus,28-2-1871.)

Thomas and his brother (John?) obviously knew a thing or two about farming but in 1868,their profit went up in flames. George Bookless of Somerton had won a prize at the National Show of Stock and Implements at Castlemaine in 1865 for the best draught horse, any age.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 17 November 1865 p 5 Article)
T.and J.Bookless had won second prize in the same category in the Port Phillip Farmers' Society Show just a month earlier.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 13 October 1865 p 6 Article)

The district coroner held an inquest at Somerton, on Friday, as to the origin of a fire which destroyed two haystacks on the farm of Messrs. Bookless Brothers on the morning of the 8th inst. The stacks contained oaten hay, and one of them, consisting of 300 tons of hay two years old, was valued at about £1,800 ;the other, containing 200 tons of last year's hay, was valued at about £1,000. They were both utterly destroyed, and as they were not insured, the whole of the loss fell on the owners. The stacks were all right at ten o'clock on the previous night, but were found in flames at half-past four the next morning. There seemed to be no means of explaining how the fire could have arisen accidentally,and a match-box, from which only one or two matches had been taken, and which was picked up near the stacks after tho fire, suggested a different origin. The jury found that there was no evidence to show how the fire originated, but they believed that it had been wilfully caused. (P.5, Argus,27-4-1868.)

BOOKLESS.--In memory of my mother, Mary Bookless, who died at Parkville October 21,1902, aged 68 years; also her infant daughter, who died at Somerton, October 21, 1866, aged 10 months. A.C.
(P.1, Argus,21-10-1903.)

Thomas Bookless probably returned to the city and was supporting George Coppin in Melbourne Province in 1889. The death notice of Mary,his wife, reveals that they had moved to Drouin. Mary must have been staying with her daughter (A.C.) at Parkville.

BOOKLESS.-On the 21st October, at 86 Gatehouse-street, Parkville, Mary, the beloved wife of Thomas Bookless, of Drouin, Gippsland, aged 68 years. (P.1, Argus,22-10-1902.)

BOOKLESS.-On the 10th September, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. M. Crinnion, 20 South-street, Ascotvale, Thomas, the beloved father of Mrs. M. Crinnion, aged 75 years.(P.1, Argus,12-9-1910.)(TEXT CORRECTED BY BEZZA2*!)

It is possible that Mrs M.Crinnion was the A.C. of Gatehouse St in the "in Memory" notice of 1903.If I remember correctly the Crinnion brothers took over William Eastwood's hay and corn store on the north side of South St between East St and Mt Alexander Rd. Much more about the Crinnions in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA or SOME FARMS IN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS or perhaps both. Priscilla Crinnion of South St still fondly remembered her grandparents,Thomas and Mary Bookless in 1923. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 10 September 1923 p 1 Family Notices)

(*Bezza2 and Elaine Brogan are stalwarts of the Friends of the Will Will Rook Cemetery. This reminds me of one of the few surviving gravestones 25 years ago. It was easy to read but made me sad. Thomas and Mary's daughter,Mary Jane,who married Phillip BELTON, and as a widow died accidentally in 1941 is buried at Carlton.(P.4,Argus,8-10-1941.) Someone has saved me having to transcribe the Will Will Rook gravestone. 1866, 1867 and 1868 is what made me sad.

R1 G1

FRANCIS BELL., Pentridge.
In BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, which I haven't seen for over 20 years, Richard Broome stated that Bell St.was so-named because of Bell Manor, which I seem to recall was built by a Mr Bell*. The house is said to be built in 1867, at which time Francis was living at Pentridge (soon to be renamed Coburg)but I have found no connection between Francis and the house. Perhaps locals later started referring to Bannockburn House as Bell manor.

*My memory sometimes leads me astray but it's pretty reliable. This is from the City of Moreland Thematic History 2010, page 36.
Bell Street
Coburgs Bell Street emerged as an east-west road
along a property boundary, and can be seen on Hams
map of 1853.95 The boundary became a road reservation
by 1855, as shown on a map of this date published by
de Gruchy, and was gazetted in 1857. 96 Originally known
as the Heidelberg and Pentridge Road, it was five miles
from Melbourne and stretched five miles between the
village reserves of Heidelberg and Pentridge. Its name
derived from Francis Bell, a local pioneer who lived on a
property called Bell Manor. The road initially served little
transport purpose, particularly at its western end at the
Moonee Ponds Creek escarpment, which it was extended
to in 1861 after land was donated by landowner James
Robertson.97 However, it had no connection across the
creek until 1960 when it was extended to Pascoe Vale
Road. Earlier commuters would turn off Bell Street at its
intersection with Melville Road and travel down Reynard
Street to cross the creek at La Rose Bridge, a timber
bridge erected in 1862.98

Francis was involved with many projects in early Melbourne. See my journal:

FERGUSON-On the 4th May at Bell Manor Coburg, James Ferguson, aged 67 years. (P.9, Argus, 4-5-1900.)

Francis Bell was the engineer for the private railway to Essendon and the advertisement contains a letter from him concerning the course it would take.

To he incorporated by Act of Parliament, limiting the liability of Shareholders.
Capital, £60,000,(With power to increase to £200,000,)In 5,000 Shares of £10 each. Deposit, 6s. per Share.
Provisional Directors : '
P. Phelan, Esq., M.L.A., Chairman. Chas, Bradshaw, Esq. John 0. King, Esq.John Brown, Esq. P. M'Cracken, Esq.
John Dinwoodie, Esq. Thomas Napier, Esq. Hugh Glass, Esq. W.H.Tuckett, Esq. Rawdon Greene, Esq. Wm. Yuille, Esq. George Holmes, Esq. E, B. Wight, Esq. Wm, Hoffman, Esq.
Bankers :The Colonial Bank of Australasia.
Solicitor :Frederick John Coote, Esq.
Engineer :Francis Bell, Esq.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 15 November 1858 p 8 Advertising)

BELL. On the 27th inst., at Hawthorne, the wife of Francis Bell, Esq., C.E., of a son.(P.4,Argus,29-6-1859.)
BRUCE.On the 11th January, on board the London,Mr. Allan Bruce, of Mount-park, Greenock, Scotland, and brother of Mr. Alexander Bruce, Toorak,and Mrs. Francis Bell, Bannockburn-house, Pentridge. (P.4,Argus,20-3-1866.)
BELL.-On the 21st Inst., at Bannockburn House,Pentridge, Mrs. Francis Bell of a son.(P.4, Argus,23-4-1867.)

David Patullo started off near Donnybrook and must have been close to being the first Victorian to find gold. Much information about Craigbank can be found in the WILLOWBANK entry in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal. Craigbank was crown allotment 2,section 6,parish of Bulla Bulla,David's homestead being at Melway 384 C10. David also owned "Airey's" (177 B-E 1-2). His sons dispersed to many parts but some to the area near Patullo's Lane east of Ruthvenfield (Roxburgh Park.) David might have bought Craigbank with the proceeds of the yellow stuff that all his mates laughed at. See VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS. Beryl Patullo,one of the stalwart Friends of Will Will Rook Cemetery is helping me to locate William Canning's 200 acres at Somerton in 1863 by pinpointing the locations of some early buildings:"Two frontages to the New Sydney road, bounded on the north by the National School and Methodist Chapel ; on the south by the Royal Mail and Somerton Hotels".

The land at the north west corner of today's Somerton and Mickleham Rds was jointly granted to John and Donald McKerchar. John's farm (178 G4) was the western portion which he called "Greenvale." He was the prime mover in getting what became State School 890. There was already a Yuroke school so it was decided to name the school after John's farm. The new Greenvale school on Hughie Williamson's Dunvegan (178 K 8-9)retains the original number. Donald called his farm,which fronted Mickleham Rd to the first slight bend in the middle of 178 K3, "Greenan". The boundary between Greenvale and Greenan was opposite the original eastern boundary of the school ground, exactly 5 chains (100 metres) east of the section Rd corner. (Anyone care to check this outrageous claim with a trundle wheel?) The south west corner of John's "Greenvale" was 7790 links (1558 metres) west of Mickleham Rd.
GREENVALE: LINKS WITH THE PAST by Annette Davis (now Ferguson)gives much information about the McKerchar family. Donald married a McNab girl and no doubt received a descendant of Oakbank Annie (prized Ayrshire cow) as a wedding present. The Greenvale book has now been published and should be available from local libraries.

Samuel Mansfield's land in 1869 was probably the middle 52 acre portion (east part of Melway 15 J2) of what was known to all Tullamarine pioneering families as Mansfield's Triangle (bounded by today's Broadmeadows Rd, Melrose Drive and Caterpillar Drive/Sharps Rd.) Sam eventually bought the 11 acres owned by Edmund Bale (roughly the area north of Sycamore Ave)and the southern 26 acres whose north east corner is where the Ring Road crosses Melrose Drive. (Measurements from land title memorials.) Sam's homestead was on the site of the telecom building in Melrose Drive just north of the Carol Grove corner.

Section 21 Doutta Galla was bounded by a southern extension of the line of Broadmeadows Rd, an eastern extension of the line of Keilor Park's Spence St,a line from Collinson St to the northern end of Fosters Rd(now Keilor Park Drive) and Sharps Rd. This square mile and section 3 Tullamarine due north were granted to William Foster. In 1860, Maurice Crotty started leasing 21 D.G.and in 1867 his wife (nee McCormack) wrote that part of their farm had been sold. The buyer was James Sharp,who in 1863 had been leasing land,probably part of "Chandos". (Broadmeadows Rates.)

James Sharp called his farm "Hillside" and he and his wife lived there until their deaths. As they grew older,they leased most of the land to farmers such as Michael Reddan (circa 1928 when the Albion-Jacana line was being built-source: Joe Crotty), and George Dalley (source: MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952,George Lloyd.)

SHARP. On the 6th December, at his late residence, "Hillside," Tullamarine, James Sharp,beloved husband of Mary Sharp, aged 87 years. A colonist of 63 years. (P.1, Argus,7-12-1916.)

SHARP -On the 14?th April, at her residence, "Hillside Tullamarine, Mary Sharp, relict of the late James Sharp, aged 93? years.(P.1, Argus,8-4-1920.)

In about 1943, R.S.(Joe or "Butcher") Thomas and his wife Edie moved onto Hillside and Joe renovated and extended the homestead,using granite from James Sharp's kitchen to erect gate pillars at the entrance of the farm which they called Carinya Park,the name emblazoned on the iron gates. They became prime movers of the Tullamarine Progress Association with Walter Murphy, (following Alec Rasmussen's retirement as secretary after 30 years) and ran picture shows in their barn to raise money for a Tullamarine hall (which due to Leo Dineen's negotiating skills was eventually built on the Leo Dineen Reserve at Spring St.) Edie played a vital role in getting a kindergarten for Tullamarine. Cake stalls and Gala Days raised good money but the paper drives were the real money spinners. Without Noel Grist's furniture truck and Edie's hayband (twine) they would have been impossible.

A family tragedy occurred in 1947. Joe and Edie were so distraught that somebody else must have submitted the three death notices; somebody who didn't know the correct spelling of Sharps Rd and the little tyke's name. An obituary in a Footcray area* paper, which mentioned Barrie's little (saddlex)jockey cap and whip being buried with him, got it right however.

(*OBITUARY Master Barrie Raymond Thomas
Sunshine Advocate (Vic. : 1924 - 1954) Friday 21 November 1947 p 1 Article)

Barrie Road (15 H3 to G5) gives a good indication of the 133 acres that James Sharp purchased in 1867 except that the plans for Airport Drive stopped it going to the southern boundary (an extension west of the Victory/ Halsey St midline.) Thomas St was probably later part of the eastern boundary of Carinya Park.

THOMAS.-On November 16 at his parents' residence, Sharpes road, Tullamarine,Barry Raymond, dearly loved youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Thomas, and loved brother of Cecil, aged 4 years and 7 months. -A little sufferer, in God's care.

The heritage study examined in the second journal correctly states that William and Kezia Trotman were original purchasers, as members of John Pascoe Fawkner's land cooperative of land in 13A Tullamarine (roughly just south of the east west runway in Melway 4 G3) but, WRONGLY, that the family moved to Springvale. They moved "SPRINGFIELD" on the north east corner of Somerton and Mickleham Rds,just across the latter road from Donald McKerchar's "Greenan".

TROTMAN.---On the 5th inst., at his residence, Springfield Farm, Broadmeadows, Enoch, second son of the late William Trotman, of Bulla Bulla aged twenty-six. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.

By March,1872,Joseph Trotman was farming "Glenarthur", the next property east,which is now the western half of the Greenvale Reservoir. It's an each way bet whether Joseph Trotman's property in 1869 was Springfield or Glenarthur. In my efforts to determine which one Joseph was on in 1869,I've found proof of a theory that I've held for three years about James Hearn of "Thorngrove" and James Hearn of Mt Martha so the search has been abandoned.

From Page D43 of my DHOTAMA.
By 1888 when VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS was published, William Dewar had retired to Essendon. A native of Aberdeen, he worked for Riddell and Hamilton at Gisborne for three years after arriving in 1841 before renting land near Broadmeadows and then buying Glendewar. He was a Bulla Shire councillor for six years and after 41 years near Broadmeadows had retired a year and a half ago.

Riddell and Hamilton advertised their Camieston Estate at Tullamarine in the early 1850's and William bought Glendewar, which comprised much of the 713 acre section 15 Tullamarine, other portions being bought by John Mansfield (80 acres now occupied by the Melbourne Airport terminal building), William Peter (the northern 123 acres of his "Chandos" and a total of 103 acres in William Love's wedge shaped purchase adjoining Glendewar and Charles Nash's "Fairview" across Victoria St (to Wright St) (Melway 5 F-G, 6-7 roughly.)

William's original purchase (volume 46 folio 466) consisted of 377 acres 2 roods and 6 perches so he later added about another 27 acres. The farm was between Bulla Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek, with its north west corner at about Melway 5C3 and its south east corner being at the middle of the bottom of 5 E7 and about 80% of the Cleanaway tip being within its north east corner.

James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton in 1868) and John Robertson (Craigieburn area 1880's) might have been related to James Robertson of Gowrie. See the Craigieburn Historical Interest Group's page:
1800's Craigieburn's.htm

Yvonne Kernan or some of the other members of the group may be able to supply further details.

Robertson, James
b. 1827 Kinross Shire Scotland
d. 20 Jan 1901 Campbellfield Victoria
Gender: Male
Father: Robertson, John
Mother: Miller, Janet
Marriage: 1866
Spouse: Langford, Elizabeth
Robertson, John Thomas
Robertson, Janet Annie
Robertson, Alexander William
Robertson, Elizabeth Emma
Robertson, James Charles
Robertson, Walter Horatio
Robertson, Florence Adeline
Robertson, Frederick Langford
Robertson, Victoria May
Robertson, Albert Victor
Marriage: 1854
Spouse: Langford, Sarah
b. 1837 Hyde Cheshire England
d. 11 Feb 1861 Ballarat Victoria
Gender: Female
Father: Langford, Samuel
Mother: Brown, Mary Ann
Robertson, Mary Jane Ann
Robertson, Janet
(Genealogy Data Page 1872 (Family Pages)

LANGFORD.On the 29th inst., at the residence of his son-in-law Mr James Robertson, Somerton, Thomas the beloved husband of Grace Langford, late postmaster of Loddonvale, aged 82 years. A colonist of 48 years.
(P.1, Argus, 30-1-1890.)

THE Friends of Mr. JAMES ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late beloved father in law Mr. Thomas Langford, to the place of interment, the Campbellfield Cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence Somerton TOMORROW (Friday the 31st inst) at 1 o'clock. (As above.)

LANGFORD.In loving remembrance of our dear mother, Grace Langford, who died on 14th November, 1893 at Loddon-vale. (Inserted by Elizabeth Robertson and Emma Manson.) (P.1, Argus,15-11-1899.)

Beryl Patullo told me, "Both Thomas & Grace Langford are buried in WWR. also their daughter Elizabeth and husband James Robertson who had "Kinross" Craigieburn parents unknown on death reg. Elizabeth first married a Blennergassett age 15yrs abt he died 1860 and she married Robertson 1866 #2767.wwr info also mentions Gowrie Park John Thomas the JP was their son. died Essendon."

ZIEBELL-ROBERTSON-On the 14th November,at the residence of the brides parents by the Rev. G. Carson, Charles E B Ziebell, son of the late C. Ziebell of Somerton to Janet Annie(Queenie) eldest daughter ofJames Robertson
of Kinross, Craigieburn. (P.1, Argus, 10-1-1901.)

ROBERTSON.In loving memory of James Robertson, who died at "Kinross," Craigieburn, 20th January, 1901. (Inserted by his wife and family.) P.1, Argus, 20-1-1905.

CLIFFROBERTSON.On the 10th September, at Craigieburn, by the Rev. J. McNeilage, Herbert James, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff, of "Yarborough," Craigieburn, to Victoria May, youngest daughter of Mrs. Robertson and the late James Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn.(P.1, Argus,12-11-1913.)

RORERTSON-PEARSON.-On the 10th April, 1910,at Presbyterian Church, Coburg, by the Rev. John Mathew, M.A., B.D , James Charles Robertson, son of the late James Robertson and Mrs.Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn, to Ethel
Agnes, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.Pearson, of Campbellfield.(P.13, Argus,24-5-1919.)

UNRESERVED CLEARING SALE, At "KINROSS," CRAIGIEBURN. By Order of Mr.J. T. Robertson, Executor of James Robertson, Deceased. ADAMSON,STRETTLE, AND CO. PTY. LTD. having sold the property, will SELL by AUCTION,
as above, All the dairy cattle, horses, machinery, working-plant, mid. furniture. Detailed particulars will appear in next Saturday's issue. (P.4, Argus, 4-10-1919.)

ROBERTSON.On the 20th February, at private hospital, East Melbourne, John Thomas Robertson, J.P., eldest son of the late James and Elizabeth Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn, and loving brother of E.E., J.C., and E.A., A.V., and M. (Interred privately Will Will Rook Cemetery, Campbellfield, on 22nd.) A patient sufferer at rest.
ROBERTSON.A loving tribute to the memory of our esteemed friend, John Thomas Robertson,J.P., late of "Kinross," Craigieburn, who passed peacefully away at private hospital, East Melbourne, on February 20. Mr. and Mrs. J. W.Pearson and family, Essendon. (P.13, Argus,26-2-1921.)

ROBERTSON.-On October 31, at East Malvern, Elizabeth Emma (Cis), loved daughter of the late James and Elizabeth
Robertson, loving sister of John (deceased),Will (deceased), Annie (Mrs. Ziebell), Charlie,Vic, (Mrs. Cliff), Florrie, and Bert, late of Kinross, Craigieburn. -A patient sufferer. (P.2, Argus, 14-11-1942.)

AUCTION KINROSS CRAIGIEBURN Mon April 2 on the property at 11 o clock a/c Mr R.J.Condon ATTRACTIVE & WELL
IMPROVED FARM , 222 AC. Good home, sheds, stables and trotting track. (P.24, Argus, 24-3-1951.)

The evidence below perfectly illustrates the exact land that Hay Lonie was occupying in 1871 and presumably in 1869 when he joined the League. That is,if you are looking at the sale plan for the Glenroy Estate in 1874 which can be seen on page 78 of BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY. I will continue my explanation of the locations of Hay's two parcels of land after Mr Lawes' description of the affected farms below. Note that Pascoe Vale Rd was still being called the Sydney-road two decades after the new Sydney road was extended past the Pentridge Gaol. All the farms described were on the east side of Pascoe Vale Rd.

(Peter McCracken,) Cross-examined by Mr. Webb.-The 50 per cent, for compulsory taking was the verdict of a jury, which was given for a lump sum, but he understood that the agreement, as he had stated it, had been come to beforehand. Regarded the present value of Lonie's farm in the Glenroy estate as higher than that of Cochrane's farm, though the latter was nearer Melbourne, because of the convenience of access.

(Evander McIver said he) Would allow 35s. per acre as compensation for severance in Cochrane's and Shanks' farms, 17s.per acre in Lonie's farm in the Glenroy estate, and £1 per acre in the Ruthven estate.
(P.6, Argus, 18-7-1871.)

Mr Lawes gave a far better idea of the location of the various farms:
The two estates consisted of four blocks, all fronting the Sydney-road. The first and nearest to Melbourne was of 664* acres, let to Mr.Cochrane ; the next was of 358 acres,, let to Mr. Stranks, and the next was of 390
acres, let to Mr. Lonie. This completed the Glenroy Estate, and next but one to it further northward (the intervening block being in other hands) was the Ruthven Estate of 402 acres, also let to Mr. Lonie.
(P.7,Argus, 13-7-1871.)

The first farm (lots 4 and 5), with Rhodes Pde. as its southern boundary, was occupied by M.J.C.Cochrane and totalled 599 acres 0 roods 31 perches. Mr Lawes' estimate of 664 acres was too high, about 620 acres being more realistic because only about 15 acres was required for the railway or cut off by it.

Lot 3, Bayview Farm of 344 acres 3 roods and 6 perches ,was occupied by Thomas Stranks and had also been overestimated by Mr Lawes because the line and cut-off area would only amount to six acres,making the original farm 350 acres,not 358.

Lot 2, Pasture Hill Farm, of 383 acres was being leased by John Kerr in 1874,Hay Lonie probably having moved to the farm (somewhere near Thorngrove if I remember correctly)mentioned in the journal I wrote about him. Kerr bought Pasture Hill and Bayview Farm at the sale. Mr Lawes' estimate was fairly close this time.

Hay Lonie's farm on the Glenroy Estate was thus from Bicknell Court/Bindi St north to Camp Rd.

Across Camp Rd was section 11 Will Will Rook. Both the road and railway line veer sharply to the right and 746 metres to the north meet the western boundary of section 11 which they follow due magnetic north. Alexander Gibb was granted 11A which shares the Camp Rd frontage with the Will Will Rook cemetery. Both went north 2000 links (400 metres) to the back fence line of blocks on the north side of Kitchener St.

North of this line was LOT 1, 11B, Will Will Rook,Angus and George C.Cameron's RUTHVEN ESTATE. (Donald Cameron called his grant which comprised most of Roxburgh Park "Stony Field" but the family renamed it Ruthvenfield before Thomas Brunton gave it the present name. Be careful not to confuse the Camerons' RUTHVEN with their RUTHVENFIELD.)The Ruthven estate consisted of 403 acres so Mr Lawes was one acre under this time. This was Hay Lonie's second farm and it extended north to a line joining the Phillip St/ Koroit Ave midline to the northwest corner of the Northcorp Industry Park.

Hay Lonie was primarily a dairy farmer so his main concern would have been that the hunters might traumatise the cows,affecting their milk production, and trample fodder crops. He later purchased Camp Hill at Tullamarine and Lochton at Bulla which he owned for some time before moving much farther north.

The writer of the article about the origins of the names of Melbourne's suburbs has done a good job but I will be adding information about some of the suburbs.
James Robertson bought Crown land in the area in 1845 and called his home by the Scottish name Aberfeldie, which later became the name of the suburb.

James Robertson (one of three unrelated pioneers before 1850 with that name at Campbellfield, Pascoe Vale South and Keilor),established "Upper Keilor" whose homestead remains near the Keilor Public Golf Course. When he died, his son, James, inherited the land near the Maribyrnong River, known as "Spring Hill" which had been leased for some time by Dugald McPhail who organised the area's first Presbyterian services there. Another son, Francis, inherited land north of Braybrook road (Buckley St) on the west side of McCracken St and adjoining Hoffman's Butzbach, calling it Mar Lodge. James Jnr. stayed on at Upper Keilor until his mother died and then built the mansion that gave Aberfeldie its name.

I thought that my information about James Robertson Jnr not moving to Aberfeldie until after his mother, Margaret Robertson, died was wrong when I read Rosslyn's information about her dying at Essendon, but the birth notice below demonstrates that she had died at the Mar Lodge residence of her bachelor son, Francis. Mar Lodge fronted Keilor Rd and Buckley St, including all McCracken St and Hedderwick house blocks.Mar Lodge was named* by Francis Robertson, not the McCrackens who later owned Mar Lodge and set up a golf course on it.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) Wednesday 17 March 1886 p 8 Article
... residence,.Mar-lodge, Essendon, on Thursday, after a long and painful illness)

I'm not sure if I am asking the right question but I wondered if anyone had
access to the Wills Index for Victoria. I am wanting to obtain file numbers
for the following people who may have had wills:

James Robertson, died 16 October 1853, of Upper Keilor.
Margaret Robertson died 17 November 1869 Essendon.

I realise these aren't goldfielders but they are possible parents for my
ancestor who is.


THE Friends of the late Mrs. MARGARET ROBERTSON, relict of the late James Robertson,Esq , of Keilor, are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery.The funeral will leave tho residence of her son, the Hon. F. Robertson, Essendon, on Saturday, 20th inst,at 2 o'clock p m.
(P.8, Argus, 19-11-1869.)

Mr. James Robertson, one of the oldest of the squatting pioneers, died at his residence, The Grange, South Yarra, on Tuesday and was buried in the Melbourne Cemetery yesterday. In accordance with the request of the deceased the funeral was a quiet one, and was attended only by relatives and a few of the oldest friends
of the family. The Rev. Dr. Marshall, of Scots Church, assisted by the Rev J. M'Crae, of the Toorak Presbyterian Church, read the burial service.

Mr. Robertson was born in Glen Muir, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1819,and was consequently 76 years of age at his death. In February, 1841, he arrived in the colony in the company of his parents,and his sister and two brothers. The family settled at Upper Keilor, and commenced sheep farming on a large scale.The freehold of the Upper Keilor Estate was subsequently acquired from the Government, and Mr. Robertson held it at the time
of his death. After living many years at Upper Keilor the family removed to Aberfeldie, Essendon, where 183 acres were acquired at £5 an acre, then deemed an extravagant price. Mr. Robertson's father was confident of the ultimate value of the property, and his judgment was justified in 1887, when it was disposed of for £55,000, or a shade over £3OO an acre.

Mr. Robertson was a partner at one time with Mr. Robert Landale in the Moulamein Station, New South Wales, and after selling out of that purchased the Bullarook station, in the Upper Wimmera district, on the fringe of the mallee. In 1860 he became part owner of the Janera and Wapweelah stations on the Darling River, New South Wales, and his interest in them was held to the last.

Mr.Robertson revisited his birthplace in 1887, and again in 1893. He never took a public interest in politics, though repeatedly urged to allow himself to be nominated for a seat in the Legislative Council. In municipal affairs, however, he always displayed keen appreciation, and for over 20 years he occupied a seat in the
Keilor Shire Council. A first class judge of stock, his opinion was much valued at agricultural shows, where he was usually one of the judges, and amongst municipal councillors, the honorary magistracy, and the fast thinning ranks of the squatting pioneers he will be much missed. Mr. Robertson leaves a widow and eight children. (P.3, Argus, 13-6-1895.)

Further investigation of the build year of James Robertson Jnr's "Aberfeldie" mansion is necessary to determine if he was residing in it by August,1869. However it makes sense that he was living on "Spring Hill",perhaps in an old house that Dugald McPhail had earlier occupied while leasing the property. This would allow him to visit his mother, on Mar Lodge just across Buckley St, regularly rather than making a much longer trip from Upper Keilor. Therefore it was "Spring Hill" that was being threatened by the Melbourne Hunt's activities, not Upper Keilor (which I have never seen mentioned in the countless hunt reports that I have read.)

The following seems to indicate that the mansion had been built by 1869.

An important sale of pure short-horn cattle will be held at 12 o'clock to-day, by Messrs. R.Goldsbrough and Co., at Mr. Jas. Robertson's estate, Aberfeldie, near Essendon, that gentleman having decided to sell his well-known herd. (P.4,Argus,19-11-1869.)

This was not a clearing sale. James was now into merinos and apparently breeding as he had several rams. He was most upset when a sheep dog pup went missing. It seems that James' spelling of his property name was Aberfeldy.

STOLEN, from Aberfeldy, Essendon, a black-and-tanned sheep PUP, about 10 months old. £5 reward on conviction of the thief ; or £1 on recovery of the dog. James Robertson, Aberfeldy, Essendon. (P.7, Argus, 8-11-1871.)

Melway 27 E-G 3-4, adjoining Aitken's Estate, (rented by Robert McDougall, whose daughter Sandy Smith married), at a line extending Cannes Avenue to Buckley St.

SMITHMcDOUGALL.On the 24th inst., at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. Hugh M'Kail, Bulla, Alexander Smith, of the firm of King and Cunningham, stock and station agents, Melbourne, to Jeannie, second daughter of Robert McDougall, J.P , of Arundel, Keilor.(P.1, Argus,29-11-1881.)

Section 9 was south of Buckley St./Rimcross Dr., west of Cannes Ave./Riverview St. and north of Clarendon St.
Lot A, west of North Rd. and consisting of 176 acres, was granted to P.OBrien who had the adjoining southern 1/3 of 11A. In 1868 he had 283 acres, the 176 in 9a and 106 in 11a. In 1900, James Fitzpatrick was leasing the same land but it was called 282 acres.
Lot B, between Buckley St. and Thackeray Quadrant and running east from North Rd. to Cannes Ave, consisted of 222 acres and was granted to I.Davis (Sic), W.ONeil and W. Robinson on 27-6-1849. The first-named grantee was Isaac Davies, according to Angela Evans, and I wonder if Davis St. has been incorrectly named because of a spelling mistake on Doutta Galla parish maps. The three men split lot B into thirds: i.e.
Vol.L folio 4. Isaac Davies became owner of the 74 acres that, with the adjoining land on Fawkners grant, became Norwood. Its southern boundary was due east from the intersection of Military Rd and North Rd.
Vol.L f.6. William ONeill became the owner of 74 acres between a line just north of Charmaine Ave, and Thackeray Quadrant.
Vol. 174 f.208 of 16-10-1867, in which William Robinson the elder gave his 74 acres to William Robinson the younger, gives the dimensions used to establish the boundaries of Norwood to the north and ONeils land to the south. William Jnr. leased the 74 acres to Thomas Smith of Norwood (V. 221f.175) and later sold it to C.B.Fisher (V.299 f.427.) Adjoining the south boundary of Norwood, this land went south to a line due west from the Mountain View Ave/ Doyle St corner.

In 1868 James Staples was leasing 75 acres from William ONeil of Horseshoe Bend. Davies had died on 10-6-1862 after establishing Norwood on 73 acres of 9B and 13 acres of 11B south of Roberts St. His widow leased Norwood to Thomas Smith for 15 years and moved to Ballarat Rd. but by 1868 Thomas had died too. Widow Smith had 100 acres and I believe that she had four blocks on 11B to account for the other 27 acres, two in addition to the two that Isaac Davies had bought. Two blocks were leased.

In 1868 James Staples was leasing 75 acres from William ONeil of Horseshoe Bend. Davies had died on 10-6-1862 after establishing Norwood on 73 acres of 9B and 13 acres of 11B south of Roberts St. His widow leased Norwood to Thomas Smith for 15 years and moved to Ballarat Rd. but by 1868 Thomas had died too. Widow Smith had 100 acres and I believe that she had four blocks on 11B to account for the other 27 acres, two in addition to the two that Isaac Davies had bought. Two blocks were leased.

Extract from my AIRPORT WEST journal,probably taken from the Niddrie Wikipedia entry.

Between 1843 and 1851, the Scottish settler, Thomas Napier (1802-1881) purchased the Keilor Road land covering Niddrie and Airport West. In 1869, Napier sold this 249-acre (1.01 km2) land to Henry Stevenson (1810-1893). By 1871, Stevenson had built a house he named Niddrie, after his birthplace of Niddrie, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. After his death in 1893 the property was transferred to his wife Elizabeth who sold it to Patrick Morgan eight years later.

"Niddrie" was bounded by the Grange Rd/Bowes Ave. midline, Fraser St(inclusive), Nomad Rd/ Treadwell St and Keilor Rd (Melway maps 15K/16B 7-10.) As Napier did not sell the land until 1869, when the League's notice was published, its fences and crops might have been damaged but Thomas Napier did not live on this land. His house "Rosebank" was on 100 acres, bought from E.J.Brewster much earlier, bounded by Carnarvon Rd, Glenbervie/Upland Rd, the Moonee Ponds Creek and Woodland St in present day Strathmore. Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek (the eastern boundary of Rosebank.)

The Oaklands Hunt, established 1888, referred to the area near the Bulla Rd,Keilor Rd, Woodland St junction as Essendon Crossroads and started many of their hunts from there. The Melbourne Hunt would have known the locality as Bendigo Corner and would have hunted in the area,passing through Thomas's grant and "Rosebank".

The following was found while I was trying to discover whether Thomas Napier was leasing his grant or using it himself. If I remember correctly,the Keilor Road Board assessed him on it in 1868. I have never seen mention of Thomas Napier Junior in the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry,other countless articles or even the family history on the internet. It has nothing to do with the Melbourne Hunt but I will include it here anyway.

An inquest was held on Tuesday, by Mr Candler, on the body of the young man who committed suicide on Monday afternoon, in the Government Paddock at Kew. The deceased was identified by Mr. Thomas Caldwell, merchant, as Thomas Napier, son of Mr. T. Napier, of Essendon. Deceased he said had been ailing for some time, and was in a state of weakness and general debility, and witness believed that he sometimes suffered from disease of the brain. He was always in a state of melancholy and low-spirited, and was nearly always reading. He had been heard to say that he wished that he was dead, but witness did not know that he had ever threatened
suicide. He rode into town on Saturday and possibly this was too great an exertion in his weak condition. The remainder of the evidence, respecting the hearing of the shot, the discovery of the body, calling in of a
surgeon, &c, was but a repetition of what has been previously given in this journal. The evidence of Dr. Ralph, the medical man called to see deceased after he was discovered in the paddock, contained a statement of his belief that the unfortunate young man was of unsound mind. The jury found that he committed suicide while
labouring under unsoundness of mind.
(P.4, Argus,31-1-1867.)

I'll let you discover what the funeral notice said. There was no death notice.
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 30 January 1867 p 8 Family Notices
... Friends of THOMAS NAPIER, Esq., of Essendon, are invited to attend tho funeral of his late son, Thomas

Seafield (Melway 4 H 1-2 to 5 A7, bounded by McNabs Rd,Grants Rd and an extension of the line of Barbiston Rd to the east.
Seafield River Frontage (Melway 4 F8 roughly.)

From page G 71-2 of DHOTAMA.
John Grant was a native of Inverness,Scotland who landed in Sydney in October, 1838. Moving to Melbourne in 1839,he rented land at Campbellfield* for eleven years.Then purchasing Seafield,he commenced to breed Ayrshires with which he won many prizes including the Championship Cup at the West Bourke Agricultural Show shortly before 1888. Seafield consisted of 400 acres (the northern half of section 8 Tullamarine and the Seafield River Frontage of 80 acres at the south corner of McNabs and Barbiston Rd. He also had an estate with a one and a half mile frontage to the Murray River.

He was married in 1846 to Miss Mary McNab of Perthshire and in 1888 had two sons and four daughters, and had served on the Keilor Shire Council for 19 years.(VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS,1888.)

(*On Pages 57-60 of BULLA BULLA, I.W.Symonds stated that John Grant was credited with being the first to plough over an extensive tract of Victorian soil. Land was purchased for the Bulla Presbyterian Church on 19-2-1870 in the names of John Grant of Seafield, Walter Clark of Glenara and David Patullo of Craigbank.

The McNab brothers had the southern half of section 8 and imported Oakland Annie, the first Ayrshire cow brought into Australia. Their herd was renowned as the best in Australia and was the basis of Tasmania's Ayrshire herd. Despite this and a dual marital relationship, the Grant family challenged their in-laws' claim to the title of the best Ayrshire breeders.

Warlaby was section 11, Bulla Bulla, Melway 384 G6 (north west), 384 F 9 (south west), 384 J8 (homestead.)

Granted to D.Cameron, Warlaby was later purchased by Robert McDougall who was well acquainted with the Bulla area while still at Glenroy. His son Alexander (Sandy) was assessed on Warlaby for some years before moving to Western Australia in about 1900. Donald McCrae would have been leasing Warlaby in 1869 and ironically, Farquhar McRae, possibly his son, organised a paper trail starting from Warlaby,following which the Oaklands Hunt Club was formed in 1888. The Oaklands Hunt had many local farmers as members and showed far greater respect for fences, crops and stock than the Melbourne Hunt had done.

Farquhar was at the time in charge of the hunters on Glenara for two related families who, following the death of Walter Clark in 1873, were leasing not only Glenara, but also the extensive Glenara Estate up Oaklands Rd. Unfortunately, I remember only one of the partners mentioned in D.F.Cameron -Kennedy's THE OAKLANDS HUNT. Trove should help.
RUSSELL-On the 23rd Inst at Glenara, Arthur Melbourne, son of John Russell, aged four months.(P.1, Argus,28-11-1878.)
DAVIS. - On the 15th inst., at Glenara, Bulla, Gladys Georgena, youngest daughter of Chas. Percy Davis,
aged one year. (P.1, Argus,17-10-1879.)

Yep that's right,Farquhar was in charge of the hunting horses owned by Russell and Davis.

Page 53 of Neil Mansfield's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY indicates that Duncan McCrae, possibly Donald's brother,had been at Newham near Woodend in 1868 and 1872. Two of Duncan's children married members of the Mansfield family which lived south of Glenara. Duncan's son, Duncan, born in 1872, married a sister of William John Mansfield who married Catherine McRae,born in 1868. It must have been Duncan Jnr. who moved to Green Gully between Keilor and St Albans prior to a terrible tragedy.

Bertram's Ford had been for about half a century,the most direct access from Tullamarine to Keilor and the McRaes needed a horse. William John Mansfield and his young namesake son (who lived on the 80 acre triangle on which the Melbourne Airport terminal building is located) and Willy's mate,young Hill (who lived on Danby Farm near the east end of the east-west runway)were in a jinker leading this horse,whose reins young Hill was holding.A partly constructed bridge near the ford had been swept away by a flood earlier in 1906 so they had to use the ford. William John Snr. and Jnr. drowned but young Hill was dragged ashore by the led horse. Further genealogical detail for William John Mansfield's widow is available.

As I was involved in the naming of McCrae Boulevard (Melway 14 E 6-8) it is disappointing that some bureaucrat got the spelling of the name wrong.

William Kissock's North Park would have been near the site of Alexander McCracken's North Park mansion which is the St Columbans Mission Priests Residence, 69 Woodland St, Essendon North, VIC 3041

The area between Glass St and Woodland St,Essendon was divided into suburban blocks and called Hawstead. Thus William Kissock's "North Park" might have consisted of only J.T.Smith's grant,crown allotment 6 of 7 acres 0 roods and 33 perches but it might have also included Smith's other grant, crown allotment 24 of 5a. 0r. 19p., directly across Five mile Creek and fronting Glass St. There seemed in 1865 to be only four houses near Woodlands St when the late Lewis Clarke's "Roseneath", just east of the water reserve (today's Woodlands Park) and near Salmon St (named after a later owner)was put up for sale, the other three being Hector??? Napier's on the north side,Dr Pearce's neat cottage and William Kissock's house past Napier St.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 17 August 1865 p 2 Advertising)

I presume Hector was Theodore Napier so the advertisement was referring to Theodore's "Magdala" near Madala Avenue and across Woodland St from Roseneath, rather than Thomas Napier's original "Rosebank" house which was near G.P.Barber's later Rosebank mansion still standing in Rosebank Avenue.

The Essendon Conservation Study (circa 1980's) stated that William Kissock was an early leaseholder from the Crown in the parish of Tullamarine but it was actually John Kissock, according to the Argus circa 1847. John Kissock's wife died later in the Strathbogie area.

William Kissock and Thomas Kissock both sat on the jury in the Supreme Court in the case of a stabbing that had taken place in Benalla. I would assume that they were related and that William arrived with Thomas, whose memoirs were published in 1896.(FIFTY YEARS AGO. AN EARLY COLONIST'S RECOLLECTIONS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 5 June 1896 p 5 Article)

William Kissock was made a partner of Dalmahoy Campbell & Co. in 1855.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 25 January 1855 p 6 Advertising)

KISSOCK. On the 14th ult., at Waratah, New Town,Tasmania, the Hon. Alexander Kissock, aged fifty seven, brother of Mr William Kissock, of the firm of Dalmakoy Campbell and Co., of this city.
(The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic. : 1864 - 1867) Saturday 23 June 1866 p 16 Family Notices)

THE Friends of the late WILLIAM KISSOCK, Esq.(late of the firm of Messrs. Dalmahoy Campbell and Co.), are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral procession is appointed to move from his late residence, North-park, Essendon, on Thursday, the 17th inst., at half-past 12 o'clock. (P.8,Argus,15-11-1870.)

Crown allotment 141, Jika Jika, consisting of 270 acres was granted to Arundel Wright. It was bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek on the west, 1500 metres of Bell St on the north, Rose St Melway 29 D1) on the east and Reynard Rd on the south. The homestead, known in heritage studies as Wentworth House is a beautiful bluestone house on the north corner of Mitchell Pde. and Le Cateau St (Melway 29 A1.)


What is significant?
Wentworth House at Pascoe Vale, known as La Rose during the nineteenth century, was built from c1842 for Dr Farquhar McCrae. He was the brother-in-law of Georgiana McCrae, who made several references to Farquhar and La Rose in her diaries. Farquar had migrated from Scotland in 1839 with his mother, wife, sisters and children, and moved to La Rose in 1842. He was from the Scottish gentry, and was immediately successful in the colony, becoming a magistrate and the director of several companies and a bank, and was prominent in early colonial society. He got into financial difficulties during the depression of the early 1840s, and in about 1845 moved to Sydney, where he practised medicine. During this time the property was leased and farmed by Coiler Robertson, who purchased it in 1852, after McCrae?s death. It passed in the mid 1850s to James Robertson (probably Coiler?s son), a partner with Robert and Peter McCracken in one of Melbourne?s most successful brewery companies. The property of more than a hundred hectares remained intact until 1899, after which it was progressively subdivided, after 1920 by the War Service Homes Commissioner. The house is now on about an acre. It was renamed Wentworth House between 1908 and 1911.
(Wentworth House (Heritage Listed Location) : On My Doorstep)

Dr Farquhar McCrae was granted land bisected by Moreland Rd and called it Moreland after his uncle's plantation in Jamaica but left this in the management of Michael Loeman who leased it for a decade or so before becoming a Bulla pioneer. McCrae was not an honourable man and failed to repay a loan given him by his brother Andrew, leaving Andrew and Georgiana in dire straits. He also dudded John Foster over a run near Dandenong* and Alphbetical Foster challenged to a duel,leading to his hasty departure for Sydney. Before this he had become about the third owner of crown allotment 141 and is believed to have had the core of Wentworth House built.
(*Streets in Dandenong are named after both men.)

Peter McCracken married Coiler Robertson's daughter, Grace,and they lived at Stewarton, Moonee Ponds (the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park) 1846-1855 and then at their Kensington dairy between Kensington Rd an eastern boundary indicated by the Bellair St/Arden St corner until their Ardmillan mansion was built on the uphill side of Smith's Lane (about 35-7 Ardmillan Rd. Peter had to sell "Ardmillan" in about 1870 because of losses incurred by the failed private railway to Essendon. By that time their son, Coiler, had fallen for Margaret, the daughter of James Robertson Jnr of Aberfeldie which adjoined Ardmillan's west boundary. They married and built Earlesbrae Hall in Leslie St,Essendon but had to sell it and it is now part of the Lowther Hall school.(Thus the McCrackens had two unrelated James Robertsons as in-laws!)

Grace's brother, James, was a 17 year old brewer when the family arrived and it was he who was probably responsible for the rapid rise of the McCracken Brewery. Coiler and James were also responsible for the construction of most of Wentworth House on La Rose.

Coiler and Peter McCracken had bought a crown allotment near the Moonee Ponds/ Essendon boundary and partitioned it, Peter's Ardmillan being the southern portion and Coiler's the north. Coiler was close to insolvency so he sold his portion at a bargain price to his son, James,who later built "Trinfour" which still stands on the south side of Park St just east of the railway gates.

Thomas John Oliver's farm seems to have consisted of 46 acres (unless lots 1 and 2 which sold for L750* were also part of the farm) and was located 10 miles from Melbourne on the east side of Sydney Rd.

W.S.Keast, stock and station agent, Queen's House, Queen street, Melbourne reports having submitted to public auction at Scott's Hotel on Thursday, in the estate of the late T.J. Oliver,the property comprising 46 acres, situated about half a mile from Campbellfield and 10 miles from Melbourne, together with the homestead and outbuildings,having a frontage to the Merri Creek. There was a large attendance and spirited bidding.The property realised L8500. l Ile al«n uprtrH har hu; fiolil lotn 1 Jnd l \A hil. nllotimnU or lund onbldtuj. r«ad for A.710 Ulai wUv i.9 l\i\
(P.18, Argus, 10-9-1923.)


OLIVER. On the 11th September, at his residence,34 De Carl street, Coburg, Thomas John, loving father of Annie, Sarah, Tom, Mill, Gert., Hersey, Ada and John, aged 82 years, late of Boomahnoomoonah and Campbellfield, colonist for 75 years (Privately interred 13th.) Yarrawonga papers please copy.(P.1, Argus,18-9-1922.)

OLIVER-BAKER. -On the 14th inst., at the Presbyterian Church, Campbellfield, by the Rev. J. Manby, Alfred Oliver, youngest son of T Oliver, Esq , to Emily Jane Baker, second daughter of T. Baker, Esq , both of Campbellfield. (P.1, Argus, 16-10-1879.)

This was another version of the above which reveals the residence of the fathers of the bride and groom; perhaps the Thomas Oliver who joined the League in 1869 was a brother of Alfred and Emily was the sister of Thomas Baker*, one of the biggest dairy farmers in the area from Bakers Rd., North Coburg to Somerton.

OLIVER-BAKER- On tho 14th inst., at the Presbyterian Church, Campbellfield, by the Rev. J.Mamby, Alfred Oliver, youngest son of T. Oliver, of Bedfordshire England, to Emily Jane Baker, second daughter of T. Baker, of West Coker, Somersetshire,England. P.1, Argus,31-10-1879.)

OLIVER. - On January 4,Mary Ethel, eldest daughter of the late Alfred and Emily Oliver, of Campbellfield, and loved sister of Rosetta (Mrs. Robertson), Percival,Elizabeth (Mrs. Boardman), Adelaide. Alfred, Wyndham, and
Harrie. -At rest.(P.17, Argus, 6-1-1955.)

McMAHON -On the 15th May (suddenly) at her residence 38 Campbell street, Bentleigh, Mary? Annie beloved wife of William Henry, loving mother of Colin, David and Alma, loved sister of Mrs Ruse (Cobram) Tom Oliver,Oaklands?, NSW, eldest daughter of the late J Oliver of Campbellfield and Yarrawonga aged 58 years. Loved by all.
(P.1, Argus, 17-5-1934.)

There is an entry for Thomas Oliver in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS.

Transcribed from Page C 32 of my handwritten DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (circa 1990.)
Three members of the Canning family were recorded (at that time) as being buried in the Will Will Rook cemetery. William Canning buried 19-7-1904,Lucy Canning 14-1-1905 at 82 and Alice Jane buried on 13-2-1875.

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William Canning was a native of Berkshire, England who arrived in Melbourne in 1842 and went to Campbellfield a few months later. In 1853 he purchased some land there.In 1888 he had 215 acres (note- Highclere Farm) on which he was farming ( opposed to grazing)and had seven sons and five daughter,all living. (See Victoria and Its Metropolis.)

In 1893 William resigned as Secretary of the Will Will Rook Cemetery Trust, after 30 years in that capacity, because he was leaving the district. (P.97, BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)William and Lucy had obviously returned before their deaths, most likely with Walter. They were probably on Highclere Farm before 1875 when Alice died.


In 1899-1900,Walter M.Canning was assessed on 214 acres at Campbellfield,which was probably the 213 acres that
William had occupied in 1879-80 (at which time Thomas Canning seemed to have been leasing 325 acres,possibly John Watt's grant at the east corner of Pascoe Vale and Somerton Rds.)

HARDING - CANNING - On the 9th ult., at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. T. W. Cameron,
William, only son of the late Mr Edward Harding, of Brunswick, to Alice Jane, youngest daughter of Mr William Canning, Highclere, Campbellfield.(P.1, Argus, 8-4-1882.)

On page 32 of DHOTAMA, I had speculated that Hiclere Farm, based on acreage and location, was the property later occupied by H.Maltzahns in 1920. My guesses are not made lightly so my guess about the farm being at about Melway 7 G6 might have been right too. Let's see.*

MALTZAHN.-In loving memory of our dear brothers. Charles, who passed away at Nicholson street. Coburg, August IS, 1913; and Henry, at "Highclere," Campbellfield, August 4, 1921.(P.1,Argus,18-8-1921.)

Dulcie Mooney, married woman,and Francis William Mooney, turner and fitter, both of Campbellfield,have applied to bring the land described below under this act, and the Commissioner cf Titles has directed notice thereof to be advertised in the "Argus," and has appointed fourteen days from such advertisement after which time the land may be brought under the act unless a caveat is lodged forbidding the same.
Dated the 21st day of February,1955.
Part of Crown portion 13, parish of Will Will Rook, county of Bourke. Commencing at a point on the east boundary of Hume Highway 68 feet 9.5 inches, 1040 feet 10 inches and 1130 feet 7 inches southerly from the southern boundary of Barrys road; thence by lines easterly 280 feet, southerly 132 feet, a fence westerly 294
feet ll inches, and a fence partly along Hume Highway northerly 133 feet 9.5 inches to the commencing
Granting this application will affect Certificate of Title, vol. 7672 fol. 174; in the name of ALAN
MCPHERSON MALTZAHN and LOUIS HENRY MALTZAHN. as shown on a plan at the Titles Office.(P.16, Argus, 24-2-1955.)

The above property had its northwestern corner 2238+ feet south of the eastern corner of Hume Highway and Barry Rd, about 746 yards or 34 chains. It would seem that the block described was being excised from the former Highclere Farm and was near the Fordson Rd corner (Melway 7 F6). But this cannot be correct. As highlighted above,this block was part of section 13 Will Will Rook and Fordson Rd is just within the parish of Yuroke. The boundary between the two parishes is a line joining Swain St (Melway 178 J12)to a point in Melway 7 K2 where the Hume Freeway crosses Merri Creek,on the way forming the northern boundary of Northcorp Industrial Park and the Nestle factory across the highway from the historic Scots Church. The parish boundary is 41 chains south of Barry Rd.

A.and L.Maltzahn seemed to have been heavily into haygrowing judging by what was on offer in their clearing sale(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 28 August 1954 p 23 column 1), however,once petrol rationing ended after W.W.2, that was the end for hay growing. Sadly no advertisement for the sale of their farm can be found to pinpoint the location of Highclere Farm. I have amended my guess of 7 G6 to 7 G7.

William Canning was involved in the Somerton area by 1863 and seemingly involved with Thomas Ormiston Martin a grantee of much land in the parishes of Fingal and Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula; the latter apparently occupying the farm described.

SOMERTON, Sydney-road, 200a, (good agricultural and grazing LAND for SALE, 14 miles from town. Two frontages to the New Sydney road, bounded on the north by the National School and Methodist Chapel ; on the south by the Royal Mail and Somerton Hotels, and on the east by a never failing supply of running water. Subdivided into five convenient paddocks. 40a. have been under cultivation. The improvements consist of four-roomed weatherboard men's hut, dairy, milking shed, piggery, and commodious barn 60ft. by 20ft. All fenced in.There is a first rate self-sown crop on the ground ; also four acres of rye-grass. This property presents an
opportunity not often met with of securing a comfortable home within an hour's drive from town.Immediate possession. Title unexceptionable. Mr. WILLIAM CANNING, farmer, Campbellfield;or Mr. T. O. Martin, on the ground. (P.8,Argus,4-12-1863.)

I (believex) AM CERTAIN this should be Thomas STRANKS*. In 1874 a Mr Stranks was the occupier of lot 3 of the Glenroy Estate,Bayview Farm, consisting of nearly 345 acres,between about Hilton St and Bindi St. (See plan on P. 78 of BEOADMEADOWS;A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 21 July 1871 p 7 Article
... three farms (Cochrane's, Stranks's, and Lonie's) in tho Glenroy Estate, and two in tho Ruthven Estate ... tho old road which led to tho gateway. Tho crossing in Stranks's farm was in the same position as ... )

I'm guessing that the 1869 and 1874 residents on Glenroy were the same and that he moved to Brunswick.

STRANKS. On the 29th ult., at her late residence,Barkly-street. Brunswick, Esther, the dearly beloved
wife of Thomas Stranks, and mother of George and Nathaniel Stranks, Brunswick, in her 77th year. Her
end was peace.(P.1, Argus, 1-1-1889.) N.B.Nathaniel was a long-time Brunswick councillor.

THE Friends of Mr. HENRY JUKES are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late wife to the place of Interment, Campbellfield Cemetery, The funeral to move from hiss residence, Box Forest,Sydney road,THIS DAY (Friday), 19th instant, at half-past 1 o'clock p m. (P.8, Argus, 19-11-1869.)

As Box Forest was west of The Fawkner Cemetery and the north eastern railway,it might seem strange to describe it as being on Sydney road. Obviously the cemetery was not yet established and the railway was not extended from Essendon until about 1872.

Family members must have purchased land in the break up of the Campbell Estate near Jukes Rd (17 G1.)

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Considering that Douglas Picking probably helped to maintain tourism in Dromana after the days of the steamers,it is amazing that the only mention of his fauna park in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA was in relation to a fire described on page 146.

The local police would not allow fire fighters into what old-timers know as Russell's. This had been the site of American Marine manoeuvres in preparation for later Pacific island landings....much live ammunition had been lying in the paddocks. We local children had thought we had collected most of it,but in the face of the firefront,what we had missed was exploding, posing a serious risk to life and limb,hence the police ban. We therefore took ourselves on to Paterson's (sic) opposite Picking's Fauna Park,where with support from Australian troops from Balcombe we battled the fire there.

As rate records and the subdivision plan of Clarke's Estate on the Survey show, "Patterson's" was lots 18 and 19 of the Clarke Estate,286 acres north of Wallaces Rd (known to old-timers as Patterson's Lane), east of Pt Nepean Rd, and indicated by Melway 160 K2, part 1, 161A-B1,2,part 3, 151 B12,west third of C12. Pickings Lane is across Pt Nepean Rd from the south west corner of Patterson's and it is possible that Douglas built Bluestone Cottage (Mel. 160 G2)at the north west corner of lot 9, the old Griffith family homestead block.

To confirm or repudiate this, I will have to find a two or three year old email I sent to the shire Heritage Planning Officer, Simon Lloyd, when I was in the midst of trying to save the heritage of Rosebud and Dromana. Found it!
9/17/11 to Simon
While assembling Safety Beach information from trove, it suddenly occurred to me that Bluestone Homestead might have been a pioneer's home.( Located at the end of Pickings Rd (Melway 160 D2) it might have had a connection with D.Picking's peacock farm/fauna park.)
It requires no investigation as the only item of historical interest is the builder, Hanson, a descendant of Hec Hanson's grandfather who arrived in Balnarring in 1887.It was built in about 1980.
This was run by the owner as Bluestone Homestead cottages, which is still on the internet but has not operated as a bed and breakfast for some years. This information comes from the owner.
I suggest that this house be listed with a status "of little interest" with its only links to history being through the builder's pioneering family and the use of a material (bluestone) that had not been much used for over a century. With this information recorded, much precious assessment time will be saved in case somebody (like me) thinks the house has significance.

The following shows that Douglas had land on both sides of Pt Nepean Rd,perhaps including Godfrey Ralph Patterson's lots 18 and 19 and land farther east through which the creeks flow.

From where did D.Picking come?
Where was his Fauna Park exactly?
Where was his grant near Red Hill?
The answers to these questions disappeared when I lost my internet connection and had to reboot my computer to regain it. Wisely I had copied it but unwisely I didn't paste it into a word file and lost the lot.

When I saw yesterday's Southern Peninsula News (24-3-2015) the first question was answered. What part of Frankston? Long Island according to Doug's wedding notice. Pickings Road and Lane give an indication of the
location of Doug's 1000 acres on the survey, fronting Pt Nepean Rd. The creeks named seem to indicate that his land was near Tubbarubba. Doug's 2.125 acre grant (28C Kangerong) near Red Hill was between White Hill Rd and Old White Hill Rd west of Melbourne Water's Dromana Reservoir.

Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Wednesday 18 October 1922 p 2 Article
... . Pick-ing, of Long Island, Frankston, and brother to Mesdames J. L. Pratt and J. B. Jolly, of Frankston.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 14 August 1933 p 10 Article.


Douglas Picking,his wife Beatrice and, presumably, his second wife, were buried at the Mornington cemetery.
1247 PICKING Douglas Robert 6/7/1971 72 Drom
1247 PICKING Beartice DeCardi 5/6/1956 56 nee Phillips*, Morn
3145 PICKING Lily b1908 d1996 Nee Moses

The wedding of Mr. Douglas Picking, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Picking, of Long Island, Frankston, and brother to Mesdames J. L. Pratt and J. B. Jolly, of Frankston, and Miss Beatrice Phillips, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs W. A. Phillips, of Glenhuntly, took place recently at St.Agnes' Church, Glenhuntly. Canon Langley officiated. The bride was frocked in ivory satin with beaded georgette, side panels, and carried a pink and white bouquet. Mrs. Picking, senr., was attired in nigger* brown velour, and Mrs. Phillips, sen.wore blade charmeuse. (P.2,Frankston and Somerville Standard, 18-10-1922.)
*No journalist would dare write that apt description of colour today!

PICKING.-On June 5, at Mornington, Beatrice De Cardi Picking,darling wife of Douglas Picking,Fauna Parks, Dromana, aged 56 years. -Those glorious years we had together, dearest. You know I will always love you sweetheart mine. (Doug.)
PICKING.-On June 5. at Mornington, Beatrice De Cardi Picking, the devoted wife, a brave and loving mother of Robert, Douglas(U.S.A.), Bruce, Marianne (Mrs.J. Cameron-Begg), and Warwick,mother-in-law of Molly and Cam,
grandmother of John, Lynette,Juanita, Ann, Jeanie (U.S.A.) and Warwick.
PICKING.-On June 5, at Mornington, Beatrice de Cardi Picking, loved mother of Bruce and Val.
(P.12, Argus,6-6-1956.)

Mr Robert T. Picking
Mr Robert Thomas Picking, who died at Frankston on Friday last, was on the staff of Lamson, Paragon Ltd for about 40 years. He retired about 12 years ago. Mr Picking, who was in his 84th year, is survived by a son, Mr Douglas Picking, of Dromana, and two daughters, Mrs J. L.Pratt and Mrs J. B Jolly, of Frankston.
(P.6, Argus, 18-2-1947.)

Mr Douglas Picking, now residing at Dromana, still has at heart the success of the Frankston New Year's Day sports, hence Portsea, Rosebud,Dromana and Mornington are displaying widely the programmes in connection with Frankston's big New Year's Gala Day.

Mr. R.T. Picking has posted New Year's Day sports programmes in business windows in many towns of the State, from the seaside town of Queenscliff to far distant Mildura, and this effort on behalf of the well known traveller serves to at least advertise Frankston in the inland towns of the State.
(P.3, Frankston and Somerville Standard,30-11-1923.)

Doug's son flew the coop. Does the Dromana R.S.L.Branch know about Robert and Doug junior.
PICKING-DWYER. âOn October 23, at St.Andrew's Church of England, Summer Hill, Sydney, by Archdeacon Bidwell, Amelia Mary, only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Dwyer, of Dulwich Hill and Tamworth, to Robert William Leith Picking (R.A.A.F. returned), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Picking, of Fauna Parks, Dromana, Victoria.(P.2,Argus, 20-11-1943.)

Water birds, such as young Doug, were also involved in aviculture! Both Robert and Doug Junior had Leith as a given name so I suspect this was the maiden name of R.T.'s wife.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Picking were the recipients of good news this week,when a letter was received from their
son, Douglas, from New-York. Almost in the same mail, they received a letter from a lady in East Africa, who had entertained Douglas whilst his boat was in port there. Doug. is in the Merchant Navy, and his parents had not heard from him for two years. His brother, Bob, who is in the RAAF, and has seen active service, is at present in Dromana with his young wife.(P.4 Standard,Frankston,16-3-1944.)

(P.23,The Australasian, 8-10-1932.)
N.B. It was the boy's father's success (retold 100 years later in the Southern Peninsula News) with his old English sheepdog, Frankston Lorna Doone,that led to this journal.

Val,one of the article I found last night was a photo of several Mornington Shire councillors at the fauna park
with Mr Kirton. That's what I've been looking for.(Picking, Dromana search on trove.)I'd better get back to my Memories of Red Hill journal or I'll be lynched.

Val Wilson, whose fabulous research into the pioneers buried in this cemetery can be found on the website below, has been informed about the Douglas Picking story in an email containing the part in italics above.
Pioneer Graves in the Mornington Cemetery
Here Mrs Valerie Wilson of Mornington & District Historical Society, documents the known details of a selection of pioneers and early settlers now resting in the ...

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Who's Doug Bachli?
Sport Australia Hall of Fame - Athlete Members
Bachli MBE, Mr Douglas, Golf, 1987. Baker, Mr Reginald 'Snowy', Boxing, Rugby Union, Diving, Swimming, Polo, 1985. Bannerman, Mr Charles, Cricket, 1986.

The rough location of the Patron Park Stud was discovered during my research for the HERITAGE WALK, ROSEBUD journal. As the stud was actually in Dromana but my HERITAGE WALK,DROMANA journal deals with sites on or near the Esplanade, I thought a new journal was the best idea.

The Rosebud journal gives much information about the Bachli family under the ROSEBUD HOTEL entry. Both Rosebud and Dromana had their share of famous people and we Rosebud residents are willing to share Doug with Dromana.

The Bachli family seems to have been involved in the hospitality industry for some time before Doug's father, John Phillip (Phil)took on Rosebud's long- awaited hotel in 1941. Frank (probably Doug's great uncle) ran a hotel at Ararat pre 1916, Doug's father had a hotel at Shepparton before moving to Canberra in the mid 1930's,probably to look after his father, William, and run Brassey House for him. After leaving Rosebud,Doug, three years after his marriage to Dorothy and living in Surrey Hills, took on a hotel in Melbourne in 1956.

Phil and Doug were passionate about the Sport of Kings but I have found no evidence of their involvement in this pursuit before their arrival in Rosebud. Their horses certainly competed after this time at Canberra and no doubt the opportunity was taken to meet old friends still living there.

While the Patron Park Stud was being established, Doug was probably running the hotel and helping Phil to erect stables, fencing etc. on the 48 acre stud whenever he could so the footy ground across the road from the Rosebud Hotel was probably instrumental in honing the skills that won him the 1954 British Amateur Championship. Along with this and his service in W.W.2 (see comment under the ROSEBUD journal), Doug spent precious little time on golf courses in the first half of the 1940's.

Trove searches for the location of the stud involved many fruitless hours and the following was discovered in a google search for PATRON PARK STUD,DROMANA. Of course Harbison Rd had to be Harrisons Rd. The stud was probably being sold by the Doody family which had bought it from Doug; they had another stud at Diggers Rest.

"patron Park" .Harbison .Road Dromana Stud .Farm, Freehold.

PAGE 14, THE AGE, JUNE 10, 1964.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18,at 2:30 p.m., on the Property
Firstly to be offered in one lot of approx.48 acres but if not sold to be offered in two lots.
COMPRISING: (1)36 acres 3 roods 33 perches approx.; (2) 12 acres approx.
LOT 1 (a) Delightful 6 roomed weatherboard dwelling with 3 roomed S.C. flat. Together with all floor coverings,light fittings, and shades, blinds and drapes.
(b) Complete stud farm consisting of 10 divided agistment paddocks,loose boxes,State Rivers water connected to each paddock,Saddling yards, stables, feed sheds &c.
LOT 2 is a vacant lot of land divided into approx.four paddocks with State Rivers water connected to each paddock.
Terms 10%deposit,balance 60 days.
For inspection and prior offers,please contact:
Phone 24 6681 or 28 Chester St,Oakleigh. 569 0661.

The actual location of the 48 acres is yet to be pinpointed. A possible Doody descendant at Sunbury or Doug's son,Paul, might be able to help me. What is of interest is that no training track was mentioned. My guess is that the stud was close to Melway 160 H-J 7-8 where 117 acres,DROMANA RACECOURSE was gazetted in 1872.

*pdf 525kB - Golf Society of Australia
Mar 10, 2000 - Vale - Douglas William Bachli - (1922 - 2000). The Golf Society of Australia lost ... of his son Paul, âI have lost my heroâ - we have all lost a hero.

There was only one Bachli in White Pages for the whole of Melbourne. He was Doug's son but he had never seen Patron Park Stud. However,he gave me the mobile number of Doug's youngest son,Paul. I rang Paul but there was no answer and I left a message. Paul rang back first thing this morning. He knew where it was and spoke of black gates and the new name of Palimino Stud. He said the stud was near the Tech.School. As I drove north past the school, there was no sign of black gates. When I reached the north end of the recreation reserve with the subdivision of the Moat family's grants on my left,I knew it was time to turn around. That was when I saw the sign: PALiMINO STUD. It was 59 Harrisons Rd. Then I saw a Californian Bungalow with a four wheel drive in front of it but no driveway. This had to be the delightful weatherboard house of 1964 but I had to drive past it to the black gates with Palimino Stud wrought upon them.

As I walked up the driveway two pairs of eyes watched me warily. I introduced myself and explained my purpose to the older pair of eyes which filled with enthusiasm. Their owner showed me the stables (feed room,tack room,stalls with sliding doors which still slide beautifully and the concrete pad outside the feed room on which stood a silo which fed the feedboxes. Then he escorted me through the self contained three roomed flat attached to the north east corner of the house,and told me that the foundations of the six roomed weatherboard house had been compressed when somebody had substituted heavy terra cotta tiles for corrugated iron. The house, flat and stabling were all on five acres with grapevines on a paddock behind them. There is a lane on the north side of the house along which feed could probably be carried to each of the specified 10 agistment paddocks but Patron Park probably also extended to the south as well as east.

As we walked toward the black gates, I asked the owner his name and how to spell the surname. It was Frank Hilli* and I knew immediately why he hadn't been to the BACK TO RED HILL reunion on March 22, 2015. He mentioned the old passion fruit factory in Harrisons Rd and I told him about Barry Wright's photo of it in my MEMORIES OF RED HILL,POST 1940 journal. He told me it was now the Whispering Vines Cafe,done up beautifully with brick cladding and it certainly does look great,up the long drive from the impressive brick entrance (TOLLEO ESTATE?)

*There was a four day Hilli/ Cleine reunion on the same weekend that I only found out about after the hall had been booked and the date of the BACK TO RED HILL was publicised.

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