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TALK ON CHANGE. "I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you." SHAKSPEARE. "Quamquam ridentem dicere verum, Quid vetat?"HORACE.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 5 January 1884 p 17 Article

And the talk is of Dusky Joe, who owns the pleasure boat from Rosebud, and who plays seven musical instruments.


CRICHTON - SHAND. On the 24th September, at St. Peter's, Mornington, by the Rev. Thos. Quinton, Hugh, youngest son of Mr. John Crichton, Glenlee, Dromana, late of Ayrshire, Scotland, to Ellen, second daughter of Mr. Alexander Shand. Wannaeue. (P.182, Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers,3-11-1875.)

I found this while I was researching Finsbury estate, Dromana which I found while researching Railway estate, Dromana which came to mind while I was researching agitation for railways on the peninsula. I wanted to record the above marriage notice in case I never found it again; I've corrected the digitisation in the article but not the summary. Thus this very short journal.

The late Ray Cairns told me of several family relationships before I turned my voice recorder on,so they probably didn't make it into my transcript: TALKING HISTORY WITH RAY CAIRNS. He told me that a Crichton had married a Shand and that a Barker had married a Shand.

Glenlee fronted the west side of Boneo Rd between Browns Rd and Limestone Rd and the Shands were obviously near Shands Rd, quite some distance apart. However John Crichton's family had also bought John Lovie's grants north of Glenlee and received grants for bush paddocks near Main Ridge, one of which is now bisected by Valleyview Lane (Melway 254 H,2-4)and John would earlier have ridden east to visit his good friend, Thomas Ormiston Martin, who appointed John as one of his executors.

Thus Hugh and Ellen most likely met in the vicinity of Main Creek which the Shand and Martin properties fronted. Alexander's farm straddled Main Creek and was in the parishes of Wannaeue and Flinders.

There is much information about the Shands and Crichtons in my other journals including a very long report of the marriage of another of Alexander Shand's daughters.
N.B. As in many early ratebooks the Glenlee family's surname was written as Crighton in the family notices!
Glenlee was a heck of a long way from Dromana but the steamer destination was often tacked onto Red Hill, Main Ridge, Rosebud give some indication of their locality.


I have read bits and pieces of your journals and find them fascinating. I am trying to ascertain where the farms of John Crighton and Henry Parker exactly were along Saltwater. I believe John Crighton was born at sea however on his marriage certificate (1880) to Rebecca Rachel Parker, both state their places of birth as Keilor, Vic. Rebecca's birth place is registered as Saltwater (b.1859).

I'm wondering with your knowledge of the areas, if you could help me find the locations please? Any information would be of great interest and much appreciated.

No longer having access to my rates transcriptions, I cannot be certain, but I don't remember either family being assessed in the oldest records available circa 1989 (Keilor 1868, Broadmeadows 1863.)I had , however, seen the name, Crighton.

The boundaries of section 22 are indicated by: Thomas St/Barrie Rd, Sharps Rd, Nomad Rd. and the Fraser/ King St. midline. Information regarding its occupants comes mainly from Keilor Shires rate records except for lots B and D, which were in Broadmeadows Shire.
ALLOTMENT F of 147 acres between Fraser St. and Parer Rd., was granted to early squatters, A.Wright and J.& T.Crighton in 1848 and in 1868 it was being farmed by John Commons. Its eastern boundary was the same as for allotment E.
ALLOTMENT E consisted of 128 acres and extended north to Moore Rd. In 1868 it is likely that Sam.Mansfield had lot E as well as his 56 acres in section 16 and 87 acres in 22c as another property of 130 acres is listed. At the turn of the century, Robert G.Stevenson was leasing lot F, part of St Johns between Bulla Rd and Treadwell Rd (Wirraway and Nomad Rds.), lot E (which was mistakenly called lot G) and a few small blocks between Bulla Rd. and a now-closed road*. This gave him a total of 329 acres.
(* This road left Bulla Rd. at Webb St. to run to the corner of English St. and Nomad Rd., the n.w. corner of section 16. The 1860 survey map shows this road finishing at the north boundary of 17B. It may have been the original road to the Springs or the old Macedon Rd,which title deeds show to have cut, respectively, though section 15 and section 21.)
Rupert Percy Steele was leasing Niddrie and a memo reveals that Steele had taken over lot F and Maurice Quinlan lot E plus the s.w. corner of St. Johns.
ALLOTMENT C, between Moore St. and Dromana Ave., granted to J.P.Fawkner, was occupied in 1868 by: Sam. Mansfield 87 acres, J.B.Howse 17 acres and Catherine Howse 9 acres and licenced house.

Maps cannot be pasted.
ALLOTMENT A of 87 acres, was granted to W.Hall according to the parish map.
On 25-9-1851, Joseph Hall mortgaged it to Charles Payne for 100 pounds and Payne
reconveyed it to Hall on 13-1-1853 (N 614 and T 654). On 10-7-1877, it was sold to James Sharp.
It is advisable to read section 21 regarding James Sharps Hillside at this point.
It is unclear who had lot A in 1868 but in 1889, J & A. McNab were leasing 187 acres
from G.W.Taylor (Hillside including 22A apart from Sharps 8 acre homestead block).
By 1992 James Sharp seems to have used G.W.Taylors forfeited payments on Hillside
to extend his farm. At this time, Thomas Nash had begun a lease on 294 acres of the
expanded 302 acre Hillside.
This continued into the next century. Nash was followed by P.R.Johnson before 1913.
The Thomas Family bought Hillside in about 1940 and called it Carinya Park.
Thomas St in Airport West is near the s.e. corner of James Sharps original 133 acres
of section 21.
In the mid-1950s Joe Thomas sold lot A to Caterpillar.

Family historians must be very careful regarding parish maps. Updates were often produced, particularly during the boom decade of the 1880's. There are two maps of the parish of Doutta Galla available online and neither is the one showing the date on which the grant for 22F was issued. This map was among the material that I gave to the Hume Library system when I left Tullamarine. I have no further information about the location of the Crighton farm. I would presume that the grantees were relatives, friends or business associates. This is not necessarily so though. George Coghill(squatter) and John Pascoe Fawkner (avowed enemy of squatters) jointly received the grant for 13A, Tullamarine, the northern part becoming part of Glencairne soon afterwards and the southern half, part of Fawkner's subdivision straddling Mansfields Rd.

Allotment F of section 22 may have been the pre-emptive right and Wright and the Crightons may have held a depasturing licence from the Crown for all of section 22, and perhaps adjoining land, prior to 1848. This could be checked by entering the surnames and depasturing licence on trove.

The Parkers could have been longtime friends of the Crightons living on 22F. If they had their own farm, there were only certain areas of the parish of Doutta Galla where it could have been.
Angela Evans' website BIRTHS REGISTERED IN THE KEILOR DISTRICT (from 1851)lists Margaret Parker born in Doutta Galla in 1863 . Her parents were given as Henry Parker and Mary Rogerson . Aha!, I thought, I'll just refer to my BLAIRS OF ESSENDON journal and find exactly where John Dick's land was. However ROOTSWEB WORLD CONNECT makes it clear that the mother's maiden name was actually Rogers, not Rogerson. This website, which gives Margaret's birth as 1864 ,has two other bits of information about the children of Henry Parker and Ann Rogers that interest me. Mary Ann married James Patullo (also detailed in PATILLO FAMILY), and Sarah's second given name was Beale, suggesting a relationship by marriage to the family of John Beale of Shelton.

Jessica is not listed as a child of Henry and Mary so she may have been their niece. Just as James and Thomas were grantees of 22F, the Parker brothers may have settled together.

I would suggest three areas in the parish of Doutta Galla where the Parkers may have settled.
1. Section 16, bounded by English St, Carnarvon Rd, Woodlands St, Keilor Rd and TreadwellSt-Nomad Rd which almost adjoins the Crighton's 22F.They may have been leasing land from the Crown and then from David Mairs.
2. Crown Allotment B of section 11, bounded by Clarks Rd, Rachelle Rd, Buckley St and North Pole (Milleara) Rd. Much of this became John Beale's "Shelton" but was another J.P.Fawkner subdivision (circa 1850) aimed at helping his beloved yoeman farmers to obtain freeholds.References to Saltwater River would make this location more likely than number 1.
3. Land between St Augustines and the river, leasing from David Mairs or others.

See the Patullo journal.

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CJ. And T. HAM are instructed by Mr. W.Cripps to SELL, as above,
Land, comprising 101 acres 1 rood 4 perches,being Sections 18.A1 and 30C, parish of Wannaeue, having a frontage to the Cape Schanck-road, at Wannaeue, Mornington*, within four miles of Dromana. The extension of the railway to Schnapper Point must tend to benefit of this land. Title Crown grant.
(* Mornington means county of Mornington, a huge area including the peninsula, part of Gippsland and north at least as far as Mordialloc.)

Land being portion of Crown Allotment 8, parish of Moorooduc, having a frontage of 180ft. to Tanti-road by a depth of 133ft.(P.2, Argus, 5-6-1886.)

I am not sure whether the Tanti Rd land was being sold for Mr Cripps as well, but just in case: Crown allotment 8, Moorooduc of 92 acres 1 rood and 5 perches and bounded by Barkly St, Beleura Hill Rd, Nepean Highway and Tanti Creek, was granted to A.B.Balcombe.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 1 December 1877 p 2 Advertising
CJ. and T. HAM havo received Instructions from. tho executor and executrix of the estate ol thelate A. B. Balcombe, Esq , to SELL by PUBLICAUOIION, at tboir rooms, 46 Swanston street, on Thursday, 13 h December, at twolvo o'clock, the undermentioned properties, viz.: (only two pasted!)

3.All that piece of land, being Section No. 8,Moorooduc, 92 ACRES 1 ROOD 5 PERCHES,nearly opposite tho Tanti Hotel, having frontages to tho main road and two Government roads; gently undulating land, well timbered,
and securely fenced.

5.Part of subdivision of Section 4 and 5, Moorooduc, fronting the main road, two allotments,each containing about half an acre. (This means sections 4 and 5 of the Township of Mornington,between Tanti Rd and Tanti Creek separated by Strattons Lane and consisting of about 11 and 6 acres respectively.)

I believe the Tanti Rd block being sold by Ham in 1886 was on sections 4 and 5 of the township, not crown allotment 8, Moorooduc.

Just the other day I came across Cripps' grant (30C)in reference to a land department clerk accidentally confusing crown allotment 18 Wannaeue with crown allotment 18 Wannaeue and describing it as 159 acres instead of 150 acres (to which it was later amended.)If that confuses you, it will help you to understand the clerk's confusion. Cripps' land was in and near c/a 18, section B and c/a 18, section A was between Jetty Rd and Ninth Avenue building blocks. The parish map shows no boundary between section A and B, but I believe that Section A was north and north west of Cape Schanck Rd, formerly the Tootgarook Run, and section B was on the other side,being the former Arthurs Seat Run.

This journal would never have happened if steve74 had not sent me an email reporting a blue between John Cripps and Back Road Bob Cairns. This and another case involving Robert Henry Adams will be included in my future journal STORIES FROM THE ROSEBUD DISTRICT but a sneak peek can be obtained in the following:
South Bourke and Mornington Journal 18th October 1882 P.3;
South Bourke & mornington Journal 15th November 1882 p.3.

The Government road heading south from Rosebud, and known as Jetty Rd, originally continued south past Limestone Rd into the parish of Fingal, the haunt of graziers. Past the junction of Cape Schanck and Jetty Rd
(hence in Section B Wannaeue) the road was named Grasslands Road but the part between this point and Drum Drum Alloc Creek is now closed.

William Cripps was granted c/a 18A1,section B Wannaeue on 7-10-1878. On 1-10-1884 he was granted 30C, adjoining it to the north. The total area of the two blocks was 102 acres 0 roods and 20 perches. Adjoining 30G (the present Amberley Caravan Park), Cripps' land is indicated by Melway 170 F 7-9.

John Cripps was the member of the family brought before the court by Robert Cairns in 1882,but it was actually William. The judge allowed the case to proceed. The court report shows that William had sons named William Thomas and Albert. The Adams case seems to indicate that there was a third son named Joseph. The first case shows that William Cripps, who had a licence to cut timber from crown land, made a track through (what was to become) Back Road Bob's selection in about 1870.

Just fishing here: could William Cripps have moved to Gippsland, as so many peninsula pioneers did, and been an ancestor of Winsome Cripps, a female athlete of the 1950's whose name is lodged in my memory with those of Marlene Matthews, Shirley Strickland etc?
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 12 December 1896 p 10 Article
...; Joseph Cripps, allotment 7, 25 acres, Bowen Reserve, Toora; William Cripps, al- lotment 6, 20 acres, Bowen Reserve, Toora; Frederick C. Cripps, allotment 8, 26 acres, Bowen Reserve, Toora; George Cripps, allotment 10, 13 acres, Bowen Reserve, Toora;

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 20 December 1954 p 9 Family Notices
... misted by a long tulle veil. . A "snowstorm" of confetti greets Olympic runner, Miss Winsome Cripps, ... daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Cripps, of Toora, Victoria,

Approval of William Cripps' application for a lease on 18A1 was published on page 2094 of the Government Gazette of Friday, November 5, 1875. The date of the lease was 13-9-72 and he had to pay 5 pounds 8 shillings rent per year. Unlike most of the applicants there was no rent due.
(PDF, 4.1MB - Victoria Government Gazette‎)

After resorting to genealogy pages linking CRIPPS with Mornington, Dromana etc with no success, I realised that the closest postal town was Tootgarook (Rye) and tried that. This is definitely the right family. Children 1 and 4 were witnesses in the 1882 court cases. Children 4,6,7 and 10 were born in the Rosebud area between 1869 and 1886 when he was definitely at Rosebud. (He had made the track through Robert Cairns' future selection in about 1870. I don't know where the court reporter got John and Joseph from. Unfortunately my fondly-remembered athlete does not seem to be a descendant.

From: "Carolyn Harris" <[email protected]> (by way of "Rob Nelson, Perth WA" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: DPS-CHAT: Cripps research
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 07:34:24 +0800

Have been seeing quite a bit of queries about CRIPPS and wondered why it
sounded familiar. I did research for a friend years ago and that was one
of the surnames that she had. For any one who has Victorian CRIPPS this is
a cut down version of it.

William CRIPPS (1822 - 1898) {1861}
D. Geelong
Thirza WELLS(1840 - 1921)
D. Mordialloc

1. William Thomas CRIPPS (1861 - 1885)
D. Snapper Point
2. Jacob John CRIPPS (1864 - 1866)
B. Melbourne D. Melbourne
3. Eunice Ann CRIPPS (1866 - )
B. Brighton
4. Albert CRIPPS (1869 - )
B. Tootgarook
5. Alfred Walker CRIPPS (1870 - 1939)
D. Richmond
6. Minnie CRIPPS (1872 - )
B. Dromana
7. Georgina CRIPPS (1874 - ) {1896}
B. Dromana
8. Victor Emanuel CRIPPS (1878 - 1954)
B. St.Kilda M. St.Kilda D. Edithvale (marine engineer)
9. Lesl;ie CRIPPS (1878 - 1904) {1902}
B. St.Kilda D. Melbourne
10. Eva CRIPPS (1881 - 1925) {1907}
B. Dromana D. Werribee


Carolyn Harris - (Westoz) - Australia


It has not been determined how long William Cripps stayed in the area after the advertisement appeared in June 1886. He applied for a carrier licence in 1887, but along with that of Henry Prosser, his application was postponed.He must have been well known to John Cain (municipal representative since the Kangerong Road Board first sat in 1864)who in 1899 asked that improvements be made to the road between Cripps' and Blair's estates.
The latter (6oo acre) estate was at Melway 171 G-K8 and to the south, bounded by Purves and Main Creek Rds.

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Grace E. Caldwell's 1921 letter about Dame Nellie Melba's concert, which she organised when she was a girl soon after the Continental opened and Hughes was mine host, to raised funds to fence the Sorrento cemetery, might have been held in January 1885 when Helen Mitchell was a married woman, Mrs Armstrong, aged about 24.Either Grace was wrong to describe her as a girl at the time or there were two concerts, one in about 1876 and another in 1885. See my comment of 2014-12-27 19:39:52.

THE FOLLOWING PAR LED TO MY ASSUMPTION THAT NELLIE WAS ABOUT SIX WHEN SHE ORGANIZED THE SORRENTO CONCERT.It is now clear that her first public performance at the age of six,when a playmate saw her drawers,was at Richmond and that her performance at Sorrento to fence the cemetery was as Mrs Armstrong,hardly a girl as Grace Calder described her. Sydney Smith Crispo wrote much verse and conducted a one man show consisting of twenty versatile items that got rave reviews so "the man in the street" was taking a cheap shot at him.

Tay Pay O'Connor, M.P., who has started a new journal in England, has just published a chapter of history of
Madame Melba, Australia's Queen of Song. By Nellie's own account she was an incorrigible child, and the only
thing in which she showed a reasonable interest was music. At the age of 6 she made her first appearance singing Shells of Ocean and Comin' Thro' the Rye, but on asking a playmate how she sang, the latter replied with scorn "Nelly Mitchell, I saw your drawers!"

Strange that the first public performance she gave was for the fence round a cemetery in our own district (at Sorrento). She saw the fence was in a dilapidated condition and determined on getting up a concert. She did the bill posting herself, and the result was a profit of £20. Perhaps Nellie's success in the world of song has inspired St Crispo to endeavor to make himself famous in poesy.(P.3,Argus,1-9-1898.)

MORE ABOUT MELBA was the title of another fascinating article in the Balnarring and District Historical Society newsletter of August 2011. It is about a concert that Melba gave at the Flinders Naval Depot. It was broadcast by 3LO but a crying baby and interference caused by the telegraph to Tasmania affected the quality.The stamp to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Melba's birth was designed by the great-great -granddaughter of Septimus Planck, Balnarring's first school master. Other details of the concert had obviously been given in a previous issue.

S.Planck,possibly the Balnarring teacher, Septimus, was granted crown allotment 104A of the parish of Bitten on 25-3-1876. The acreage is not recorded on the parish map but it had to be 95 acres 1 rood and 20 perches.It had a frontage of 706 metres to the south side of Myers Rd and today would be occupied by the Bluestone Lane Vineyard and,at the middle of the frontage, No 265 Myers Rd, (roughly Melway 163 B8.)

FLINDERS. Last Saturday morning, a very severe accident befell Eric, the 14 year old son of Mr Chas. Planck of the Telegraph Company.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 15-7-1905.)

A pleasant social gathering took place at Balnarring, on Tuesday evening last, the occasion being a complimentary farewell dinner to Mr S M Planck, head teacher of the Shoreham State School, he having been a teacher in the district for upwards of 11 y ears, and is, it is understood, about to be transferred to a school in a more populous locality, at Avenel. The chair was occupied by Mr Robert Wighton.
(P.9, Argus, 26-6-1883.)

RECOLLECTIONS. " To the Editor of "The Standard." Sir,-The football match, Frankston v Balnarring was a very pleasant game from the start to the finish. I am glad to see such good feeling between these teams, as it reminds me of old times, about 30 years ago, when we used to meet the Frankston cricketers, with either Ben Baxter or Johnny Box as captain of the F.C.C., and S. M. Planck skipper of the Balnarring team. We always had very pleasant meetings for years. Those were the good old days; and I hope the good feeling of last Satur-. day will always remain between those two football teams. I was glad to see our old friend,Mr B.Baxter, sen;, present but we miss a few of the old faces. I will say nothing about the young barrackers this time.
Yours etc.,. - - ROVER. Balnarring, 20 /7 /1910.(P.3,Mornington and Dromana Standard, 23-7-1910.)

Septimus may have left the district but the family remained for some time, with C.Planck acting as treasurer for the Flinders Mechanics' Institute and library.

Mornington and Dromana Standard (Vic. : 1908 - 1911) Saturday 12 June 1909 Edition: MORNING p 2 Article
... Valedictory. MESDAMES PLANCK AND SAVAGE, FLINDERS. Owing to the closing down of the Eastern Extension Cable Co's local branch at Flinders, Messrs Planck and Savage (who were on the cable staff) together with their wives and families, are leaving Flinders for the metropolis, where they intend mak ... 318 words


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Another thing, Dame Nellie Melba Queen of Song, gave her first concert in this the queen of watering places. The Continental Hotel had just been erected* (Hughes being mine host ) and Melba was here with her father. Walking one day they came across the grave of a member of the crew of a recent wreck and being told it was a cemetery which they were going through, the girl exclaimed, "And without a fence!" It was explained that it was probably owing to lack of funds that the cemetery was not closed in. She decided to give a concert, and wrote the placards herself being wise enough not to mention her own name for "singing in public makes a young girl bold" was the father's opinion who was then in ignorance of his daughter possessing "a singing voice." The concert was held, and a sum made that erected the fence that is still there, whilst today if Dame Melba repeated the performance, two people would have to occupy one chair, so great would be the enthusiasm to rehear her-
Sorrento, Sept. 26.
(P.10,Argus, 28-9-1921.) My apologies for not correcting the text in the first paragraph but you can see how much fun I had doing the relevant bit!

*The Continental Hotel was built in 1875 by Ocean Amphitheatre Co Ltd of which George Coppin was the Managing Director.( Continental Hotel - About‎).

Melba, Dame Nellie (18611931)
by Jim Davidson
Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), prima donna, was born Helen Porter Mitchell on 19 May 1861 at Richmond, Melbourne, eldest surviving of ten children of David Mitchell, building contractor, and his wife Isabella Ann, ne Dow. (Australian Dictionary of Biography.)

Mitchell, David (18291916)

by Joan Campbell

David Mitchell (1829-1916), builder, contractor and businessman, was born on 16 February 1829 in Forfarshire, Scotland, son of William Mitchell, tenant farmer, and his wife Anne. In 1846 he was apprenticed to a master mason and on completing his indenture sailed from Liverpool on 6 April 1852 in the Anna, arriving at Melbourne on 24 July.

Mitchell worked as a mason and saved money to build a shanty on a lot in Burnley Street, Richmond. Next year he visited Bendigo and near-by goldfields but returned to set up as a building contractor at his Richmond site, which became the centre of his business operations. In 1856 he married Isabella (b.1833), daughter of James Dow, an engineer at Langlands Iron Foundry, and built a new home, Doonside, to replace his shanty.

The next forty-five years saw his active and successful participation in a variety of business ventures. Work had been started in 1850 on rebuilding St Patrick's Cathedral, Eastern Hill, and in April 1856 Mitchell won the tender for the masonry work for 7760. By mid-1858 he had completed this work on the first stage of the building but it was then decided to demolish the existing structure and to start again with W. W. Wardell as architect.

By 1859 Mitchell had a factory for steam-made and pressed bricks at Burnley Street. In 1874 he became a shareholder in the Melbourne Builders' Lime and Cement Co., formed to break the monopoly of the Geelong limeburners. By 1878 he had bought Cave Hill farm at Lilydale and began working its limestone deposits, later also handling the distribution. In 1888 his extensive workshops at Richmond were destroyed by fire. He rebuilt the works and added two new ventures, the production of 'Adamant' plaster and in 1890, with R. D. Langley as a partner, a Portland cement factory at Burnley using materials from Lilydale.

In 1890 Mitchell formed a company to mine a channel and tunnel on the Yarra River at Pound Bend, Warrandyte, and employed gangs of Chinese to work three miles (4.8 km) of riverbed for gold. By 1894 he had cheese, butter, bacon, ham and soap factories at Cave Hill, housing them in a complex of well-designed brick buildings. In 1888 his dairy had operated the colony's first mechanical milking device. By 1900 he owned vineyards and wineries at Yeringberg, Coldstream and St Hubert's. He acquired several large stations in various districts, including the Bethanga estate on the upper Murray, Jancourt in the Western District, Gooramadda, Dueran, Barjarg and Colbinabbin, most of which were subdivided and sold.

Among his many large structures Mitchell built the Menzies Hotel in William Street (1857), the Paterson, Laing & Bruce warehouse, Flinders Lane (1871), Scots Church, Collins Street (1873-74), the Presbyterian Ladies' College, East Melbourne (1874), Prell's Buildings (1887), the Masonic Hall, Collins Street (1888), the Equitable Insurance Building (1893), the National Bank and the New Zealand Loan Co.'s wool and grain warehouses at Kensington. His grandest venture was the Exhibition Building, which employed 400 men and was opened in 1880. He retired from building in 1899 and concentrated on his other business interests.

Mitchell had given support to the eight-hour movement in 1856 but was not very active in public affairs. He was a member of the Council of the (Royal) Agricultural Society and of the Builders' and Contractors' Association. As a Presbyterian he was a long-time member of Scots Church choir. His musical interests included playing the violin at home and encouraging the talents of his daughter Helen, later Dame Nellie Melba, but even when she became world famous his natural reticence prevented him from openly praising her singing. Predeceased by his wife in 1881, he died on 25 March 1916. Of his ten children, he was survived by Frank, Charles and Ernest, Dame Nellie who travelled extensively after 1886, and three married daughters living in Melbourne.

A portrait is held by the David Mitchell Estate Ltd., and another by Hugh Ramsay is in the Castlemaine Art Gallery. (Australian Dictionary of Biography.)

P.226, MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMEN, Harry Peck (available online on trove, digitised newspapers and more.)
David Mitchells name so far has only cropped up incidentally
as the holder at different times of Yering, St. Huberts, Dairy, Killara
and Pendleside, but in reality David Mitchell for fully half a century
was the colossus of the Upper Yarra, standing head and shoulders
over all of the district in his multifarious transactions. He was also
widely known as the father of the world-famous Dame Nellie Melba,
herself born at Lilydale. F o r many years David Mitchell was a
member of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society and, as a
member of the works committee, was a host in himself, for be it
remembered that as the contractor he built both the Melbourne
Exhibition Building and the Equitable (now the Colonial Mutual
Assurance building) at the corner of Elizabeth and Collins streets.
Like his famous daughter he had a voice of silver, and sang for years
in the choir of Scots Church in Collins street. His speaking voice
was equally mellow and soft and his whole personality pleasant.
W earing the full beard of his day, slightly titian and early tinged
with silver, of medium height and weight, David Mitchell was ever
a man of easy approach, even for the most humble. He held a number
of stations, owning Jancourt near Camperdown, Dueran near
Mansfield, Bethanga Park and Gooramadda in the north-east, and
Colbinabbin near Rochester.

No doubt the great Cave Hill lime quarry on the boundary of
Lilydale township and still going strong after 80 years working, was
the foundation of his fortune and it is still worked by his trustees.
In connection with the lime quarry and works there are about 1000
acres of well-grassed lands and 50 to 60 years ago Mr. Mitchell sent
drafts of fat sheep and lambs fattened thereon regularly to
Newmarket by hoof, before the Lilydale railway was built. As is
generally known Dame Nellie Melba bought a property of about 1000
acres just beyond Coldstream some 10 years before her death, and
built thereon a fine home (Coombe Cottage), where her son Mr.
George Armstrong now resides. He has improved the property
considerably by top-dressing and has been a regular supplier of fat
bullocks to Newmarket.

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steve74 keeps feeding me info. so I might as well use it. So the Darley/(Sarah) Wilson connection goes back well before their time near Westernport shores! I've written plenty about the Darleys including the location of their grants in the parish of Flinders and the boy almost crippled by a boar who became a champion golfer and had one of the holes at the Flinders Golf Course named after him. (Flinders Golf Champ Dies; 72 . - Google News;
Flinders golf champ dies; 72 . Bill Darley, of Flinders, one of Victoria's best known golfers died in his sleep early yesterday, aged. He played his last round of ...

This information is in my SARAH WILSON journal,courtesy of Petronella Wilson's fantastic book.

Jamieson's Special Survey was the Safety Beach area, extending east to the line of Bulldog Creek Rd.

Hi xxx,
Its a shame this article is so hard to read but still interesting.

Mornington & Dromana Standard 16th January 1909 Page 4

Mrs Annie Darley, relict of the late Mr. Jonathon Darley (who died in the year 1873) passed away at Flinders S..- December last. The deceased, who was in her 91styear ai the time of her death, had led a wonderfully active life right up to the last. The late Mrs Darleyemigrated to Tasmania with her husband and chil- dren in the ship Sir Charles Napier, in the year 1843. Conditions of life, both on board ship and in the island colony, were at that time very rough and ready, and involved a considerable amount of hardship on the part of the early colonisers. Upon arrival in Tas- mania, Mr Darleyv took up land at New Norfolk, where he engaged in farming and fruitgrowg pursuits, and had the distinction of being the first hop grower in that district, which has now gained such notoriety for its extensive hop gardens. Being such early settlers and pioneers , Mr and Mrs Darley came into contact with many of the best known people connected with the colonisation of the island. The famous Sir John Franklin, then Governor of Tasmaniia, was in their house previous to his leaving the coluny to embark on the ill-fated Arctic exploration, in which he lost his life. Mrs Darley often had visits from Messrs O'Brien, McManus and O'Mara, the famous Irish patriots. As her husband was local representative of the company owning the bridge across the Derwent at New Norfolk, and the house was si- tuated only a short, distance from the toll gates, she was in touch with the traffic along one of the principal thoroughfares of Tasmania. In 1853, when such glowing accounts were heard of the pogress of Victoria, the Darleys disposed of their interests in the island colony, and crossed the straits to the new land of promise. Soon after Mr Darley went to Dro- mana with his wife and family, as'a lessee from the late Mr W. J. T. Clarke (grandfather of Sir Rupert Clarke), of a portion of Jamieson's Special Survey. This was before the Peninsula was properly surveyed and laid out for settlement. Many persons interested in the early historyof Vic- toria will remmember that Jamieson's Special Survey, which afterwards passed into the hands of Mr Clarke, was one of the areas originally sur- veyed and granted under special con- ditions before the lands of the colony were cut up and alienated from the Crown subsquent to the undisputed reign of the old time squatter. Mr Darley went in for extensive farming operations on his section of "The Sur vey," as Jamieson's old grant is still locally known. Dromana was then in its infancy, and Schnapper Point was the post town. In addition to farming Mr Darley also had several crafts ply- ing between Dromana and Melbourne with timber. After seven strenuous yeas at Dromana, Mrs Darley Was ??????????????????????? Flinders as a tenant of the late Mr John Barker. The vicinity of the township of Flinders was then a dense forest. The Darleys farm, which was then known as "The Round Hill Farm," included "The Pinnacles " and a good bit of adjacent. and around the present Cape Shank road, the house being situated at Double Ceek. Mrs Darley also resided for a time at "The Cups,'" near Boneo, where her husband leased some land from Mr Barker for dairying purposes. For a great many years before her death Mrs Darley had been living in the Flinders township, and had therefore the distinction of being a very early settler and resident of the Peninsula of 55 years standing. She could also claim to have been an Australian colonist of 65 years. Of her family, some of whom were born in Tasmania and others in Victoria, three are now surviving. These are Messrs Thos. and Wm. Darley, and Mrs Beecher, all of Flinders, with whom much sympathy is felt in their sad be- reavement. The body was interred in the Flinders general cemetery on the 23rd ultimo, a large number of resi- dents following deceased to her last resting place.

Do you know anything on the Darley Family? Annie Darley married to Jonathon Darley and I just found a Mrs S. E. Darley married to John Darley (Both of Flinders) Both die within a year of each other

22nd February 1908, Mornington Standard
FLINDERS. Very much regret will be felt by her numerous friends in all parts of the Peninsula at the death of Mrs. S. E. Darley, relict of the late Mr. John Darley, which occurred at her late residence, "The Rest,"' Flinders, lastTuesday morning, after a long and painful illness. The deceased lady, who had attained an advanced age, was extremely active, and took a keen interest in anything pertaining to the good of the district until shortly before her death. She was of a very chari- table and kindly disposition, and will be much missed by the residents of Flinders. Any charitable or other useful local movement had her finan- cial assistance and earnest help in other ways if she were not also the actual originator. She took a special interest in the children, who had many picnics and other enjoyments through her kindness and generosity. When the news of her death was received,the flag at the state school was hoisted half-mast, and general expressions of regret were heard on all sides. After the death of her husband some years ago, Mrs. Darley built the villa near the Flinders township known as "The Rest," where she has since resided with her daughter (Mrs. Falkingham) and granddaughter (Miss Martin). Mrs. T. Holland, wife of Mr. T. Holland, of "Mitford," Flinders, is also a grand- daughter of the deceased lady. In all her good services to Flinders of late years, she has been assisted by Mrs. Falkingham and Mr. and Mrs. Hol- land. The remains were interred in the North Brighton cemetery last Thursdasy and a large number of residents assembled at "The Rest" at 8 o'clock, when the body was removed, to pay their last respects to one who had won the esteem of all who knew her.

Regards Steve

ME:Not really,genealogy does my head in; that's why I do LOCAL history. Thanks for this. I'll add it to the DARLEY journal.

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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 perche, 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-ve perchs, 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 ghtpeichcs, 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 ls.

8d. the lot.

Lot 25. Seveuty-threo acres two roods nino pe 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 pe 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 percho, 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, lobert 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 - Vicnet‎
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 ...‎) 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
Text last corrected on 29 July 2012 by anonymous

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 - RootsWeb‎
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.

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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]‎) was the first result,a great 1970 photo of Hunter's mill.

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

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 - 20/10/2013‎

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 Council‎



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 Council‎

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 - Reocities‎
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 - Trove‎
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 - Trove‎
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.
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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.

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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.
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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 Council‎
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 Council‎)

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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Entries for the following pioneers in the parish of Wannaeue have already been written in my journal PIONEERS OF THE PARISH OF WANNAEUE, MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC., AUST. and will not be repeated here. This earlier journal has a link for the parish map provided by janilye in comment 1 so that boundaries of properties, for which only a Melway reference is given here, can be more accurately determined. I have listed the pioneers about whom I've already written in the other journal here so that I don't have to remember to refer you to the Wannaeue journal in each individual entry. (WEST TO EAST) PURVES, SULLIVAN, BLAIR W.A., PAGE, WHITE G., STENNIKEN, TRUEMAN, ROWLEY,RUSSELL, WILLIAMS, CRISPO, LOVIE, FORD, CRIPPS (Back Road Bob Cairns and Robert Henry Adams re trespass), ROBERTS.

Fairly extensive details of members of pioneering Dromana families buried in Dromana cemetery (and some that are not) are given in my journal CHRONOLOGY OF BURIALS (FROM TROVE) AT DROMANA CEMETERY , VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA WITH BIOGS OF DECEASED. There are too many to list here and I cannot undertake to mention in entries below that the family is discussed in the chronology.

N.B. References are made to my posts in a Facebook history group. These posts will be either copied into the journal or become separate family tree circles journals. Pioneers near Somerville are discussed fairly extensively in my journal SOMERVILLE AND ITS PIONEERS and may not be included in this journal.

About counties and parishes.
Although I will be providing Melway references for the pioneers' grants,some boundaries cannot be indicated because Melway has true north and parish maps have magnetic north. Thus original N-S Government roads run from 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock in Melway and both side and back boundaries of crown allotments are also diagonal, not following the grid (letters and numbers.) By the way, Melway (except in Key and touring maps) has a scale of 1mm to a chain and 8cm to a mile.

How far north the county of Bourke extends has not been determined but my research into David Mairs showed that it included the parish of Blackwood between Ballan and Trentham. It included land on the other side of the Yarra as far south as the Mordialloc Creek where it adjoined the county of Mornington. When the Mornington Standard was established, many readers objected to it being named after just one town, but the publishers pointed out that the name derived from the county which included its entire circulation area, the whole peninsula and farther east.(See map in the COUNTY OF MORNINGTON, VICTORIA wikipedia entry.)

ADAMS Henry Everest.
(Much detail is included here because it is available nowhere else except in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook, accessed in late 2010.)
Henry Everest Adams was born at Ramsgate, Kent, in 1816 and christened at Gravesend, Kent on 11-12-1818. Family folklore held that he was the son of Lord Vivian but the connection with this aristocrat, resulting in the use of Vivian as a given name and a slight variation, Vivyan, to name the vineyard, more likely involved the conveying of supplied to aid Lord Vivian's military campaigns.
Having become a ship's captain, on one of his visits to England Henry Everest Adams "married" Miss May of Kent, known to some relatives as Polly.(A descendant's account, no doubt recounting what she had been told.)
Captain Adams' year of arrival in Rosebud is very uncertain but beyond doubt his family can claim to be the oldest residents of Rosebud. It appears that for services rendered, he was given a lease by the N.S.W.government of crown allotment 20, Wannaeue,between Adams Creek (The Avenue) and the line of Parkmore Ave. backing onto today's freeway, which had been earmarked as a future village of Wannaeue, part of which was alienated much later in 1870. All of this land south of South Road was bought by the captain and his son, Robert Henry, perhaps as a sort of pre-emptive right. By 1864 the captain had bought crown allotment 19 of 191 acres between Parkmore Rd and Adams Avenue from his good friend Isaac White, who had probably selected the land in the early 1850's as a dummy for the captain. In that first alphabetical assessment of the Kangerong Road Board his name appeared first in Kangerong, Wannaeue and Nepean. (Message me if you want the exact acreage and location of his properties.)
With no banks in the area, Captain Adams helped residents who needed a loan.
In August 1878 gave a loan of 128 pounds and 9 shillings to William Edwards, farmer of Dromana, that was to be repaid with interest on 30-6-1880. On 3-5-1880 he gave Rosebud fisherman, Antonio Bosina, a loan of 20 pounds, security being the latter's fishing boat, Lily.
Robert Henry Adams married Mary Jane Hopcraft ( "gentlewoman" given as her occupation) in 1873, his age stated as 28 and hers as 19. Robert was born at Swan River (Perth) in about 1846 so this part of the marriage certificate seems reasonably accurate. It is certain that Robert fudged the details of his parents' marriage because they were actually married in St James Cathedral, Melbourne in 1855!
Soon, Robert's wife was refusing to live with the Captain any longer. The family folklore is that he insisted in giving his children a taste of the produce of his Vivyan Vineyard, which was on crown allotment 17, along with an extensive orchard. On 15-2-1875, Robert obtained a crown lease of the 19 acre part 6A of crown allotment 20 and on 1-12-1881 he was issued a licence to occupy 44 acres which had to be 32D Wannaeue (Melway 171 A3.)
But on 15-12-1877, Robert was applying to occupy the surveyed crown allotment 69 section A, Balnarring (Melway 190 E9-10) which just happened to be between the Balnarring grants of her father, William, and the Wannaeue grant of her brother, John. Here they were safely away from the Captain's terrible influence. A few years later, Captain Adams sold his 36 acres just downhill from today's Pindara Rd and moved to South Melbourne to live with his friends, the Mullens, allowing Robert and Mary to move into Hopetoun House.
The births of several children were registered at Tootgarook. This should not be taken as an indication that Robert had moved there. Dromana would have seemed the logical place to register the births, being closer, but perhaps Robert had some reason to do it at Rye. Perhaps he had burnt lime on his father's 56 acres at 157 C12 as a boy and used the task as an opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Henry Vivian Adams born 1874 (registered at Dromana), married Sarah Ann Heaton Morgan at Mornington in 1897. Their first child, Myrtle Vivian Annie was the mother of Harvey Marshall.
Mary Emma was born in 1876 (Dromana) and died the same year.
Eva Helen Mary , born 1877 Dromana, married Andrew Dunk in 1902.
Emma Flora, b. 1880 Dromana, married George Freeman in 1903 at Dromana.
Mary Jane was born 1882 at Dromana and married Thomas Hall.
Births all registered at Tootgarook.
Mary Helen b.1884 married Ernest Lester Harvey in 1907.
Robert William b.1886 married a Pain girl, then a Hall girl.
Sarah Mabel Adams b.1889, known as Mabel, married Keith McGregor.
Edith Rosa b.1891 married William Reeves in 1914.
The Adams family engaged in many occupations on their Rosebud land as well as farming and running a guest house named after the Governor, Lord Hopetoun who often stayed there. There was a blacksmith's forge and a brick kiln; Robert Henry Adams donating 10 000 bricks used in the construction of St Mark's Angican Church, Dromana. Robert Henry's occupation was given as one time as tanner and this could have been why Wattle Rd got its name, although wattle stripping probably started much earlier, in the 1850's.
From about 1905, relationships soured between Robert Henry Adams and Back Road Bob Cairns of Fernvilla on the opposite side of the road to Cape Schanck (the freeway.) I refer to the animosity as SHOVEL TROUBLE AT ROSEBUD because it was started by R.Cains diverting stormwater into R.H.Adams land , flooding it, and the latter's response flooding the "Hobson's Flat road". It culminated in an assault with shovel charge being laid against R.H.Adams by Back Road Bob and his son, Godfrey.

ADAMS James Smith.
James Smith Adams - Pioneer Graves in the Mornington ...…/Adams.../Adams-family.shtml

Antonio Albress was a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula in ...…...

My summary of William's biography in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS.
P. 390.
ALLISON, William. Born 1861 Mornington. Spent 2 years running a small vessel between Mornington and Melbourne, eight and a half years as a blacksmith, then drove the Mornington-Dromana coach until some time ago when he married and took to conducting the Arthurs Seat Hotel, the property of his wife.

Comment. After her husband's death, Catherine Wainwright applied to have the hotel licence transferred to her but as she was the executrix, there was no need to do so. The next year the same woman was running the hotel but now her name was Catherine Allison. There was also a Boag-Wainwright marriage and the two grandmothers of a young Wainwright lad who died circa 1910 were Mrs Allison and Mrs Boag.

Alfred Jones was one of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay near Mt Eliza its name. When the firewood business became less lucrative because of increased competition, he leased land at Baxter's Flat before buying land in the parish of Tyabb to establish his farm of this name.

At Twelve O'Clock
Six Miles from Frankston
G.A.BYRNE has received instructions from Alfred Jones, Esq , to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION at his residence, as above, The whole of the Almond Bush Stud, Consisting of
50 useful well bred carriage and light harness horses about 30 unbroken, three and four years old, by L L
and Moonbeam, also 50 fat crossbred sheep and a pure bred bull.
Luncheon provided. Terms Cash.
G.A.Byrne, Main street, Mornington
N B -Train leaves Prince s bridge for Frankston 7 .30 a.m.(P.3, Argus, 24-1-1883.)

Almond Bush St., Somerville (Melway 107 J12) led to the farm, whose use is indicated by the items in the clearance sale. Alfred's grants were c/a 5 of 221a. 0r. 37p. bounded by the diagonal section of Lower Somerville Rd, Baxter-Tooradin Rd and Ingersoll Rd, and c/a 5A of 48 acres, being the parts of Melway 107J 7-8 on the south west side of Lower Somerville Rd.

Peggy Gage told me that her family later had Alfred's property.

Red Hill's football ground and today's Lindenderry at Red Hill are located on part of John Arkwell's grants, 12AB, Kangerong, whose north west corner was where Arkwells Lane met White Hill Rd at the top of Melway 190J2.

When Heredford-born John Arkwell arrived in 1854, Hannah was only nineteen;
Hannah (nee Lewis) had pushed the future King's pram for the Queen.
Emily, Alice and Walter B. were born while John ran a plant nursery
On the site where Abbotford nuns later said their Rosary. (1)

John bought his Red Hill grants between Arkwells and Andrews Lane
In 1862, and while clearing for an orchard never did complain.
He was the pioneer in the growing of Red Hill's famed strawberries;
Flower-growing also becoming an Arkwell expertise.(2)

Ern, Herb, Clara and Percy were born at Red Hill (1)
And with their older siblings worked with a will.
Their 20 acre orchard was well-kept, probably the best,(2)
And the growing of blooms would allow little rest.

By 1900 John had finished his duty,
And left Red Hill of mountainous beauty.
And Hannah,his longtime mate,
Administered John's estate.

South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 28 February 1900 Edition: WEEKLY. p 2 Article
Letters of administration have been granted in the estates of John Arkwell, late of Red Hill, Dromana, gardener, to Hannah Arkwell. widow, of same place;
(1) The Red Hill by Sheila Skidmore. (2)Around Red Hill(P.2, Mornington Standard, 30-8-1902.)

Scurfield's hotel was Dromana's first hotel, being operated in 1858 by Richard Watkin who established the Dromana hotel in 1862. It burnt down in early 1898, then known as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. George Assender renamed the hotel circa 1874 when he obviously bought the hotel, between Permien and Foote Sts, from the assignee of the insolvent estate of William Dixon Scurfield. During the next decade, George was prominent in community affairs, such as the establishment of the Union Church. Information about George before and after this decade is provided below.

William Dixon Scurfield was in financial trouble again although his assets were greater than his liabilities.

NEW INSOLVENTS......Wm. Dixon Scurfield, Dromana, licensed victualler. Liabilities, £479; assets, £650.
(P.14, Advocate,Melbourne, 25-4-1874.)

It was George Assender who renamed the pub as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. I wonder where George had been before he took over the Scurfield Hotel. Find out under the hotel's new name, THE ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL..........

George Assender had taken over the Scurfield Hotel by September 1874 and ran it for over a decade but little mention was made of him in Dromana's current written history, except in connection with the Union Church.

George Assender was born on 17-10-1834 in Southwark,Surrey, England to James Joseph Assender (born at the same place in 1804) and Ruth (nee Everett) who died in 1841 aged 37.
(George Assender b. 17 Oct 1834 Southwark, Surrey ...

George Assender's death notices tally with a birth in 1834 and also supplies a link to the articles below. There is no mention of George's daughter Isabella whose piano was mentioned in George's insolvency meeting in 1885.

ASSENDER. On the 15th inst., at his daughter's residence, Blairmore, Gertrude-street, Windsor, George, the beloved husband of Grace Assender,late of Dromana, aged 60 years.
ASSENDER. On the 15th inst., at his daughter's residence, Mrs Jones, Windsor, the loving father of Janie Ford, Lucy Hall, and Annie Assender, of Albert-park, at the age of 60, after a short illness. (P.1, Argus,16-3-1895.)

MR. J. ASSENDER, of Hindmarsh.
Your Wife is very anxious concerning you, only having had two letters from you, the last being dated the 4th September. All well at home. (P.4,Adelaide Observer, 10-12-1854.)
N.B. J.Assender had left Adelaide for Melbourne aboard the Asia on 24-1-1852. (P.2, South Australian Register,26-1-1852.)

A Second Charge. The same prisoner was then charged with stealing a prayer-book, value one shilling,the property of Joseph Assender, now at Melbourne.
(Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 25 November 1854 p 7 Article)

WILLIAM SMITH, of Adelaide, lately engaged on the Argus newspaper, will oblige by writing to Mr. G. Assender, care of Lewis and Nickrison*(sic), Rushworth, as his mother and sister are anxious to hear of his whereabouts.
N.B. There was still an Assender presence in Rushworth in 1952,the birth being reported in a South Australian newspaper.

The correct spelling would seem to be Nickinson; James Nickinson and George Assender may have been cousins. NICKINSON. On the 19th November, 1892, at the residence of her son-in-law, Fernbank-villa, South Wimbledon, Surrey, England, Jane Assender, the dearly-beloved mother of James M. Nickinson, of Shepparton, Victoria, aged 80 years. A conscientious Christian woman, whose constant care was that her children should be brought up to fear the Lord. (P.1, Argus, 2-1-1893.)

On the 23rd September, at Whroo*, Victoria, by the Rev. Theodore Budd, George Assender, late of Adelaide, to Grace Menzies, of Perth, Scotland.(P.6,South Australian Register, 11-10-1858.)
(*Another notice,in The Argus, stated that George and Grace were both residents of Whroo,near Goulburn.)

Appointments to committees of Common Schools:......Kingstown : Frank Baker, Thomas Young, Emile Huide, Joseph
Emmott, James M. Nickenson, George Assender. (P.5, The Age, 27-5-1865.)

WANTED, a TEACHER, for Common School,Kingstown. Apply Geo. Assender, P.O., Kangaroo Ground.
(P.1, Argus, 18-2-1870.)

Mr. Candler held an inquest on the 11th inst. at Eltham, on the body of George Moore, aged 33 or 34 years, a horse dealer.
On Wednesday evening the deceased was at Kangaroo-ground, Nilumbik, Eltham, in company with a storekeeper named Assender,and, as both were going to Kingston, the latter, on meeting deceased advised him to drive his vehicle behind Assender's cart, and he would be all right. Assender started, but the night was so dark that he could not tell whether the other followed......(P.6, Argus, 14-8-1871.)

The election for the north riding of the shire of Eltham comprising Kangaroo ground and St Andrews came off on Thursday, and resulted in the return of Messrs Contie, E H Cameron, Robert Smith, Jas.Johnston, and George Assender. (P.5, Argus,7-7-1873.)

George was off to Dromana soon after he was re-elected to the Board of Advice. Within a few years of arriving,he was well-regarded enough to be appointed to the building committee of the proposed Union Church in 1877 and as a trustee of the church in 1878. (P.114-115 A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

However by 1885 George had become insolvent.His daughter Isabella is not mentioned in George's death notice. However Isabella had become Mrs Jones, and it was at her house that George died.
(Assender Isabella Grace Jones - Melbourne South ⺠History ⺠Jones Family)

George's widow,Grace,also died at Isabella's home.

ASSENDER. On the 22nd October, at the residence of her daughter, Gertrude-street, Windsor, Grace, relict
of the late George Assender, aged 76.(P.1,The Prahran Telegraph,30-10-1909.)

ASSENDER.-The Friends of the late Mrs.GRACE ASSENDER are respectfully informed that her remains will be interred in the St. Kilda Cemetery.The funeral will leave her residence, "Blairmore," Gertrude street, Windsor, THIS DAY (Saturday, 23rd inst.), at 11 a.m.(P.13, Argus,23-10-1909.)
N.B. George was also buried at St Kilda Cemetery. Grace is not on the late Gary Batt's index.Perhaps there was no inscription for Grace.

An adjourned examination was held in the estate of George Assender, of Dromana hotelkeeper, Mr Braham appearing for the trustee.
George Assender, the insolvent, was further examined in detail respecting the circumstances under which a quantity of furniture, a piano, and some household goods were removed from his hotel to Mrs, Kittle in South Melbourne, a few days before sequestration.

Isabella Assender, daughter of the insolvent, also examined, stated that she bought the piano which had been removed, and paid for it with her own money which she had obtained for wages and in gifts from visitors to the hotel. She was not at the hotel when any of the goods were removed, and knew nothing about the removal. Mrs Kittle had not told her that the goods had been seized by the assignee. The examination then closed. (P.3,Argus,15-5-1885.)

By 1886, Horatio and Catherine Wainwright were running the Arthurs Seat Hotel and following Horatio's death, Catherine married William Allinson. (See ALLINSON entry.) Charles Brown was the licensee when the hotel burnt down. (You'd reckon that Snoopy would have alerted Charlie before the fire got out of hand!)

ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL (formerly Scurfield's.) See the ASSENDER and SCURFIELD entries.
The old-established Arthur's Seat Hotel, containing about 20 rooms, was demolished by fire on Sunday morning.
The licensee, Mr Charles Brown, was aroused from his slumbers by the screeching of a parrot caged in the
house. On proceeding to ascertain the cause he was met by volumes of dense smoke. He at once alarmed the inmates, but despite the strenuous efforts on the part of Mr Brown and several residents the building was burned to the ground. The Misses Brown showed commendable presence of mind in rescuing the horses from the stable. A piano, sewing-machine, several bedsteads and bedroom furniture were saved, also the conveyances ,and harness. The stabling and a detached building containing two rooms escaped the ravages of the fire. The building and furniture were purchased some four years ago by Miss Anketell of Melbourne, and were insured.
(DROMANA. Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 28 April 1898 p 3 Article)

Doug Bachli won the British Open Golf Championship in 1954, the first Australian to do so. Doug and his father ran the Rosebud Hotel for a decade. During his father's illness, Doug was managing the family's stud in Harrisons Rd, Dromana as well as the hotel. As a result, Doug hardly stepped onto a golf course but maintained his form by practising on Rosebud's footy ground on the foreshore, a short chip shot away from the pub. See my journal: HERITAGE WALK, ROSEBUD and HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA for extensive detail.

Google BALDRY, "WILDWOOD" and you'll get plenty of information. See the Baldry grants by googling FLINDERS, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON and WANNAEUE, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON.

Alfred Ernest Bennett was a pioneer in the parish of Balnarring on the east side of Red Hill Rd. He owned Kent Orchard but when he married, he moved to Seven Oaks, the next property north, renting Kent Orchard to John (Peter) Shand. Bennett was a true Good Samaritan, raising the plight of the Connell family of Red Hill.

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 10 December 1896 p 3 Article
... wants of the family of William Connell, on whose behalf Mr A. E. Bennett made his appeal.

Mr A. E. Bennett, who arrived at his residence, " Seven Oaks Farm," Red Hill, a few days ago with his bride, was tendered a musical evening by his numerous friends. The music was chiefly instrumental and many striking and original selections were rendered on a dozen bullock bells and an equal number of kerosene tins.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 22-11-1902.)

BENT Tommy (Gomm, Huntley)
Tommy Bent's biography is on the internet but it won't include the three wishes he granted to Henry Gomm. He grew up in the parish of Moorabbin as did Somerville's Henry Gomm. Tommy looked after his mates, three of his favours being the posting of the young station master, Graf, to Ascot Vale Station,the siting of Somerville station just over Jones Rd from Henry's "Glenhoya" and, as Premier, opening the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Show.
John Huntley Snr. was at Brighton and also established Hillside Orchard on 15A Kangerong. John's sister or daughter (take too much time to check)married Tommy, being his first wife. A full sized portrait of Tommy in full regalia hangs in the Safety Beach lounge room of the grandson of John Huntley Snr.

One of Melbourne's most prominent doctors, Dr.John Blair, bought "Villa Maria" built by a Catholic politician, in about 1873 and renamed it "Blairgowrie". Sorrento East was eventually renamed after the house. Dr. John was not one of those who considered aborigines to be intellectually inferior! (See BLAIR, Lani.)

Dr John Blair was convinced that aborigines were just as intelligent as white people and adopted two aboriginal boys from Queensland. The first one died during his passage south so John adopted a second one taken from his mother's breast after she had been shot, apparently during a reprisal. He was named after the doctor's long-serving Indian butler, and though Mrs Blair was not (according to one account) keen about the adoption, she became very affectionate to the boy.
Lani lived near Fitzroy and at "Blairgowrie" so there are accounts about him from two Fitzroy residents and in Jack Ritchie's history of Blairgowire (sic.)
BLAIR.—On the 16th January, at 17 Crimea street, St. Kilda, Lani Mulgrave Blair, dearly loved adopted Queensland aboriginal boy of the late Dr. Blair, of Collins-street, and M. Blair. He heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me
and rest." A peaceful and happy death. (P.1, Argus, 1900.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 5 April 1930 p 10 Article
Blairgowrie: Blairgowire History (Jack Ritchie)…/blairgowire-jack-ritchi…
For another 30 years, Sorrento and Blairgowrie were left to the Bunerong tribe aborigines. ..... There is in existence a photograph of Mrs. Blair with Lani.
More letters with extra information about Lani's accomplishments, the cause of his death and a different version of Mrs Blair's attitude to the adoption.
The Potter's Wheel Craftsmanship of an Ancient Art
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 22 March 1930 p 10 Article Illustrated

William Allison Blair apparently came out with a brother, James, who was a hatter at Fitzroy, married with young children, who seems to have just disappeared in the 1860's, his wife's subsequent children carrying the surname Simpson-Blair according to the JAMES BLAIR journal on Family Tree Circles.

C.N.Hollinshed has mangled the name of the property that W.A. established at Essendon. Ngarveno was John Davies' property south of the Moonee Valley Racecourse site and McNae's. The following marriage notice gives the name of W.A.'s property on the north side of Buckley St, Essendon which later housed Essendon Technical School.

BLAIR—PECK.—On the 12th inst., at St. John's Church, Essendon, by the Rev. Alexander Stewart,M.A., William Allison, elder son of W. A. Blair, of Netherlea, Essendon, to Minnie Waters, younger daughter of J. M. Peck, of Lebanon, Pascoevale. (P.1, Argus, 26-4-1888.)

You might wonder what this chatter about Essendon has to do with the Mornington Peninsula. Guess what W.A. Jnr. called the house built by Peck for the newlyweds!
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 6 February 1889 p 1 Family Notices
... . BLAIR. —On the 28th ult., at Wannaeue, Pascoevale, the wife of W. A. Blair, jun., of a son*.
(*The son may have been W.A.3,who was killed in W.W.1.

Along the Port Phillip coast from Boundary (Canadian Bay) Road to Point Nepean were the parishes of Moorooduc, Kangerong, Wannaeue and Nepean, separated by Ellerina/Bruce Rd, roughly Latrobe Pde (N-S) and Government Rd/Weeroona St. From the 1860's, Blair, a lime merchant bought many grants near Rye in the parish of Nepean and all the land in the parish of Wannaeue north of Hiscock Rd between Elizabeth Avenue and Truemans Rd that later became the Woyna Estate. Thus he eliminated competition from limeburners whose kilns were on many of those crown allotments. He had several limecraft which conveyed the lime to Little Dock near Spencer St.

Near the site of Sorrentothere was fierce competition between Charles Gavan Duffy and Blair to select land, especially in 1869 when each accused the other of using dummies. There was no conclusive proof of which had the more valid claim on a particular selection so Sidney Smith Crispo suggested (as he claimed) that a village be created on that land. It was and the village and suburban blocks at Sorrento sold like hot cakes, those who missed out turning to Manners-Sutton/ Canterbury for a block.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 9 January 1869 p 6 Article

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 1 June 1899 p 3 Article)

The opening of quarries at Lilydale by such as the future Dame Nellie Melba's father, lessened demand for lime from the peninsula (and possibly near Geelong where Blair was also involved, as recently discovered.) Rye was only saved by the demand for ti tree firewood to heat the ovens of Melbourne. Blair had also bought good farming land at the eastern end of Wannaeue but like most speculators, he became insolvent in the 1890's depression and his Rosebud West land was snapped up by Hiscock's Tootgarook Land Co. Blair moved from Netherlea to Solomon's old farm on the site of the Medway Golf Course. His son had moved to Mernda and as stated earlier.W.A.3 was killed in W.W.1.

Charles Blakey was a poundkeeper at Somerton who invested in land at Rosebud and Broadford. Crown allotment 18 Wannaeue, consisting of a tad over 152 acres, was bounded by the line of Adams Avenue, Eastbourne Rd, Jetty Rd and the beach road. He had subdivided it by 1871 but the only portion he managed to sell was lot 86* on the FJ'S corner.This consisted of 2 acres and the rest of c/a 18 was assessed as 150 acres. (*So described on a sketch of title on the memorial of a loan of 128 pounds from Captain Henry Everest Adams to William Edwards, farmer of Dromana.)

Charles died in about 1874 and his executors sold c/a 18 to Robert White. When Robert's son, Blooming Bob White, sold c/a 18 to the Lake brothers, they unsuccessfully tried to evict Jack Jones from his store. The case revealed many of the details above.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 18 September 1889 p 11 Article

BRADDY H. Teacher, Rosebud State School.
Mr.H . Braddy, head teacher of the Yundool State school for the past thirteen years, has been transferred to Rosebud,, near Dromana. Prior to his departure he was presented with a Gladstone bag by the school children.
(P.7, The Age, 20-1-1902. TUNGAMAH.)
Charles married the daughter of Sir John Manners Sutton (who, while he was Governor, became Viscount Canterbury causing a name change for Sidney Smith Crispo's private village on the west side of Canterbury Jetty Rd.) For some time, Charles lived in Beleura at Mornington, later leasing the property (referred to only as the Bright estate) to others. See Val Wilson's Pioneer Graves in the Mornington Cemetery website.
BRIGHT (Main Ridge)
BRIGHT (Tootgarook.)
BROWN C. (1898)
BROWN James L.

BUS BAN, the.
While the area west from Rosebud could be reached on horseback,passing Anthony's Nose via the old Cape Schanck or along the beach at low tide, either route a difficult option for bullock drays, most transporting of goods and passengers from Melbourne was done by small craft although Charles Graves (till 1860) and later Benji Shaw hawked goods such as drapery and the willow-patterned plates that so etched their way into Norm Hall's memory,to isolated homesteads. Lime craft, which later carried 2 foot 6 inch lengths of firewood to fire the ovens of Melbourne's bakers, provided a regular service between places such as Rye but sailing conditions caused delays, the school there waiting weeks for fencing materials as detailed in Patricia Appleford's RYE PRIMARY SCHOOL 1667.

The Kangerong Road Board from 1864 and the Flinders Road Board from 1869 built bridges and made the tracks a bit more like roads, but the provision of piers at Dromana and Sorrento which could accommodate steamers,and the extension of the railway to Mornington circa 1889 made travel from the city easier. From about 1913 the Country Road Board, whose chairman William Calder owned "Four Winds" at Red Hill greatly improved the roads, which had provided a very jolty ride to the Mornington railhead with such as Jimmy Williams and Carrier Harry Cairns.

In about 1920, Keith McGregor introduced motorised transport to Frankston Station where trains left more regularly than at Mornington. Many others did the same but due to poor connections at Frankston, they extended their runs directly to Melbourne. As they were depriving the railways of revenue, the commissioners requested the government to prevent the carriers from going any farther than Frankston Station.


CAMPBELL (Pier, hotel 1873)
COYLE Dan. and Granny

"CUMBRAE", Tyabb.
See the McKIRDY entry.
Alexander Stewart McKirdy
Born in Buteshire, Scotland on 1824 to James Mckirdy and Barbara McKirdy. Alexander Stewart married Emily Norkett and had 9 children. He passed away on 26 Feb 1896 in Tyabb, Victoria, Australia.

No clue about the origin of the farm name there so this extract from the Wikipedia page for County of Bute might help. "Buteshire was also a local government county of Scotland with its own elected county council from 1890 to 1975. The council area comprised a number of islands in the Firth of Clyde, between the local government counties of Argyll and Ayrshire, the principal islands being Bute, Arran, Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae. The county town was Rothesay, located on the Isle of Bute."

Tuesday, January 30.
At Three O'Clock In Rooms, Queen's Walk, 72 Swanston street, Melbourne
Under instructions from THE UNION TRUSTEE CO. of AUSTRALIA LTD.,333 Collins street, Melbourne, to Wind up the estate of A. S. McKIRDY, deceased.
Realising Auction of the Well-known Property, "Cumbrae," Being Crown Allotment 58. Parish of Tyabb, County of Mornington, containing 223 ACRES, Situate 3 Miles from the Railway Station and Cool Store at TYABB, In the pick of the famous orchard district of the Mornington Peninsula, and fronting WESTERNPORT BAY,"Cumbrae" is at present used as a mixed farm. About 15 acres are in orchard mostly full bearing, comprising Jonathan apples, pears, plumbs and apricots &c.

About 50 acres are rich flats, mostly cultivated, and the balance is good fruit land, partly cleared. The whole is fenced and subdivided into 6 paddocks, watered by tanks and dams. The buildings comprise a 6-roomed W.B. house stables &c, The property is well adapted for subdivision into orchard, garden farm, and residential blocks. Having two* road frontages.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 27-1-1917.)
(* The now closed 3788 links or 758 metres of Denham Rd to the coast, and a frontage northward of 3676 links or 738 metres on McKirdys Rd. The eastern half of Cumbrae had an additional depth of 200 metres indicated by the southern three quarters of Melway 149 G-H11.) Crown allotment 56A, also granted to J.McKirdy,and extending another 198 metres farther north on the west side of Whitneys Rd was not part of the advertised land.

Alexander must have selected the land some time after 1875 when his last child was born at Dunolly.

DAVEY, Henry Pearce.
Henry Pearce Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill, was regarded as the life and soul of the area. ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's how his name came about. (P.S. I'm not related to any of the people that I write about unless I say so!)
You may well already have this information by now...

"The Mercury
Tuesday 8 October 1872
On the 18th September, at St John's Church, New Town,[Hobart, Tasmania] by the Rev. F. H. Hudspeth, Thos. J. Davey, of Melbourne, to Mary Ann, second daughter of Mr. Alderman Pearce."
Alderman Pearce's name was Henry. Mary Ann was called Polly.
Hence your ancestor named Henry Pearce Davey!

See Forest Lodge article for location.

EATON, B and W.

See BUS BAN, The;

BUSH FIRES (Continued)
Sweeping down upon the township of Dromana before a 40 mile-an-hour wind, a fierce fire destroyed 43 houses and sent hundreds of residents and holiday-makers fleeing to the safety of the beach. Many persons had miraculous
escapes from death, including a crippled woman, aged 80 years, whose hair was singed before rescuers could carry her to safety.

The fire began about midday at the Heronswood property at Dromana West formerly owned by the late Mr. Justice Higgins, in Burrell's road, at the foot of Arthur's Seat. The property is now occupied by Mr. W. A.Farey, of Camberwell. The fire was noticed in one corner of the 35 acres of land near the home, and, driven by the gale, swept along the foot of the mountain. When the wind changed to the south, it drove the fire without
warning toward the town. There was hopeless confusion on the beach, where hundreds of motorists drove their cars for safety. Many of the care were trapped in the sand, and some caught fire, but a plentiful supply of sea water enabled their owners to save them. Five residents lost their homes and about 20 families who were on holiday in the district were left with nothing but the bathing costumes and wraps they were wearing on the beach when the fire occurred shortly after midday. They returned to their homes in various suburbs clad in bathing suits.
Practically all the camps along the foreshore were destroyed when the fire leaped Point Nepean road. The occupants had to take shelter in the sea. The fire burnt right to the water's edge, and property which had
been stacked on the sand for safety was burnt.

List of Houses
In Clarendon street the fire destroyed the large buildings used as a nurses' rest home and 12 other homes. In Grant street eight homes and two camps were burnt. Properties in Latrobe parade, Park grove, and McArthur, Stawell, Layard and Beard streets were destroyed.

The following is a list of properties destroyed:
CLARENDON STREET.-Nurses' rest home and homes of Messrs. Mewton, McLeish, Jennings, G. Vaughan, Hart, Henry, Thornton, Ingram, Mrs. Hinds, and Sister Rogerson, and stables and outbuildings of Mr. Hazledine. J.Matthews's house was partly burned.
GRANT STREET- Houses of Messrs.A.V.Vaughan, Allan Jones, J.J.Clift, W.Mills, M. Owen, J. Oliquist, and Mairs, and the "Women-haters" and Ascotvale camps.
LATROBE PARADE. - Houses of Messrs. W. Mairs, Salter, Walker, Jose,Turner, Mairs, W. Moorehead, S. Greig, J.Craig, and Ehrke.
PARK GROVE.-Houses of Mrs. Weir and Mr. S. R. Bellingham.
McARTHUR STREET. - Houses of Messrs. J.Vial and H.Mathieson.
BEARD STREET. House of Mr.Gamble.
STAWELL STREET.-Mr. Samble.(P.7, The Australasian, 14-1-1939.)

N.B.There is no longer a Beard St. As the streets mentioned were in the Dromana Township, their names would have been chosen by the surveyor and thus unlikely to be changed, so the name given might be a mistake. Burrell's road was not a mistake. It was the western boundary of Dromana Township, supposedly heading straight up the cliff from the beach road to link with the north-south section of Latrobe Pde.
The Ascotvale camp was that of the St Paul's Anglican Church, Ascot Vale mentioned in my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal. The locations of the Hazledine, Matthews and Mathieson houses pre 1918 are shown on Melbourne Brindle's map.

An article about the excited preparations, massed baptisms and so on, related to the Archbishop's visit is indelibly etched into my memory although I read about it in BALNARRING BYWAYS AND MEMORIES several years ago. That's why I include it as one of the Peninsula's major historical events. There is nothing on trove that replicates the article so I must conclude that the visit described was in connection with the dedication of St. Peter's, Shoreham in 1901 or the opening of the church school in 1917. CHECK B.B.AND M.

FAIRLEM George, Dromana.
Not a resident but involved in two incidents that put Dromana in the news. An illegal boxing match was to be staged in 1867, reportedly on Mud Island but for some reason, which I read but don't recall, the spectators were to be landed near Rosebud and many drowned. Fairlem stayed at Scurfield's hotel in Dromana and became the object of Father Niall's attentions. Niall's efforts to restore his reputation took the matter into 1873.
George was Chief Officer of the Hurricane when it sank in Capel Sound (offshore from Tootgarook to the Rosebud Fishing Village on 22-4-1891, and was involved in the case of John and Elizabeth Jones (of c/a 6 of that village which had not yet been alienated, with the result that they were described as living "in Dromana".
FERN VALLEY (Head, Musk Creek)
FERN VILLA (Back Road Bob, not Tornvilla.)


GESSEL Thomas, fisherman, Dromana.
Thomas Gessel, a fisherman at Dromana, was drowned on the 13th July, whilst attempting to swim ashore from a boat accidentally upset off the Rosebud. ' It appeared from the evidence at the inquest that the deceased and another fisherman named M'Kay started from the Rosebud on the 13th July, for
the purpose of fishing, although there was at the time a strong wind and a heavy sea running. They succeeded in getting over the bar, but almost immediately afterwardsthe sail parted in two. They then determined to return, and with that intention hoisted the jib, but just as they reached the edge of the bank, two heavy seas struck the boat and she capsized. M'Kay clung to the boat, but Gessel succeeded in divesting himself of his boots and other portions of his
clothing, and at once started to swim ashore, which he nearly succeeded in accomplishing,as, when last seen by M'Kay, he was no great distance from the beach. M'Kay, who continued clinging to the boat, was rescued from his perilous position by a fisherman named Irvine*, who had seen the accident,
and immediately pulled out to their assistance ; he, however, saw nothing of. Gessel, nor was he aware of his having left the boat until reaching her. M'Kay was in a very exhausted state, and became insensible when brought ashore. The deceased was twenty six years of age, and had only been four or five months in the colony.(Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic. : 1867 - 1875) Saturday 12 August 1871 p 150 Article)
"GRACEFIELD" (Dromana)
GOMM Henry (Rosebud)
GOMM Henry (Somerville)
GOTLIEBSON (Check spelling. bath, Frisch?)
HOLMES (1900's plus)
A ship wrecked in Capel Sound (deep water west of the Rosebud Fishing Village accessed from the Rye Channel) on 22-4-1891;. Jack and Elizabeth Jones who were granted lot 6 of the said fishing village in 1872, and were confusingly described as living in DROMANA, were accused of misappropriating items from the doomed vessel. (See George Fairlem entry.)
JAMIESON (Cape Schanck, Survey)
JAMIESON W. (Rosebud)
JARMAN (Devonia)
JOHNNY, D. 1851 AGED 19.
Dr. John Blair was not the first to show affection for an aborigine. George McCrae was Johnny's mate when they were lads and they used to go hunting together. Edward Hobson and his (sort of) stepfather, George Smith were great friends and probably became acquainted with Johnny much earlier when assistant protector William Thomas arrived in the area; Thomas was much impressed by the attitude of both men to the Boon wurrung who alternated between a few camping spots, one on the Dromana drive in site and another near Hobson's Kangerong homestead. Both men were keen students of the language and customs of their dusky friends.
Hobson moved to Capel Sound before Jamieson's special survey swallowed 5120 acres of his Kangerong run but by about 1843 had moved again to the Tarwin River and then the RIVER OF LITTLE FISH (Traralgon); George Smith took over Hobson's second run, renaming it as Tootgarook and its homestead as Wooloowoolooboolook (George McCrae's spelling) and soon after, his so-called wife nursed Sarah Ann Cain back to health after the lost infant was found near-dead. Smith stayed at Tootgarook until about 1850 but must have maintained contact with Johnny, because he took him to California in America.
Johnny was dressed as a whitey and if I remember correctly demonstrated his capacity to handle sailing craft, but, when he returned, resumed his former lifestyle for which he was no longer adapted, and succumbed to pulmonary tuberculosis on 1-10-1851, just before the McCraes transferred the Arthurs Seat run to the Burrells. George McCrae dug a grave for Johnny on the foreshore near the Eastern Light (in today's McCrae), the burial described in detail by Marie Hansen Fels.
(P. 20, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA (no entry in Index); THE BURIAL OF JOHNNY-… )
JOHNSTONE (20C Wannaeue)

JONES A., Somerville.
Alf''s biography in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS of 1888* and John G.Mann's 1926 history of Mt Eliza make it obvious that he was one of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay its name. He established the Almond Bush Stud at Somerville and may have named the district as Valda Cole said the name, Somerville, had Canadian origins. Alf had two horses that raced as far afield as W.S.Cox's racecourse at Kensington pre 1882, their names-Lord Somerville and Lady Somerville- providing some evidence that Alf may have coined the name for the settlement straddling the parishes of Frankston, Moorooduc and Tyabb.

*SUMMARISED FROM MY NOTES, NOT VERBATIM. Born in London,Alf went to Canada with his parents at the age of 12 in 1832. Arriving in Victoria in March 1853 he went to Bendigo with a party of 5 and found 15 ounces of gold in 5 weeks. He had no luck at McIvor's Diggings (Heathcote)and moving to FRANKSTON (Parish of!), supplied the town of Melbourne and the troop(er)s with firewood at three pounds ten shillings per load. After two years, competition had lowered profits so he rented Baxter's Flat for 5 years and in 1860 purchased 500 acres at Somerville, then called Tyabb (Parish of!).

JONES E.,Moorooduc.
Moorooduc was a parish but also became the name of a locality centred on Jones Corner at Melway 146 K6. Edward was from Wales, as was his son-in-law, Robert Morris. Edward's "Spring Farm", about a mile east of Jones Corner where he lived, sounds Aussie enough but three other farms reveal his origins, Criccieth to the south, Pembroke at Bittern North, occupied by Robert Morris who was a manager at Coolart, and Penbank west of Jones Corner.
A skilled carpenter who carved figureheads for ships in Wales, Edward worked in Adelaide at his trade for a while and made enough money to buy land on the south side of Mornington-Tyabb Rd from Jones Corner to Three Chain (Moorooduc) Rd which he named Penbank. David Shepherd, a descendant of Edward's daughter, moved the Shepherd's nursery from Somerville to the Moorooduc Rd frontage (not former Two Bays land as wrongly claimed in a heritage study) and suggested the name for the Penbank School when it purchased part of the property. Penbank was called the Derril Rd property in a heritage citation for Spring Farm which confused the two properties. The consultants should have spoken to David; I managed to track him down! The Shire and author of the Citation now have the correct information.

JONES, John and Elizabeth, Rosebud.
Jack Jones was said to be the first storekeeper at Rosebud, in an upturned boat, on his foreshore block, later apparently followed by a store there which burnt down. He was then said to have erected a store on the east corner of Jetty Rd (FJ's site) in about 1900 but he built that one in about 1884, making him the first storekeeper on the inland side of the beach road.. Daniel Coyle and Granny Coyle of saintly character beat him to the honour as rate research indicates, probably conducting their store on crown allotment 10 of the Rosebud Fishing Village. See my journal EARLY SHOPKEEPERS AT ROSEBUD.

Jack was almost certainly on his foreshore block in 1869 when the Hurricane sank in Capel Sound near Rosebud. See: PLUNDERING THE HURRICANE.
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Saturday 26 June 1869 p 13 Article

Before buying his foreshore block from the Crown on 16-8-1872, Jack had bought lot 86 of crown allotment 18 Wannaeue, which comprised the FJ's corner extending south to about the Morgan St. corner, from Charles Blakely in 1871. An attempt was made by the Lake brothers to kick him off this block in 1889.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 18 September 1889 p 11 Article

In about 1904, Jack made a verbal agreement to sell his foreshore block (crown allotment 6 of the Rosebud Fishing Village) to George Fountain and the transfer of ownership seems to have taken place some time after September 1909. George bought and dismantled two North Melbourne houses which were carried down on the Eivion and reassembled. As the pine trees Jack had planted along the frontage were fully grown, there is no prize for guessing why George called his property "The Pines".


KEYS (railway promoter, road)
LAKONIS (Rosebud)
McKAY James, fisherman, Rosebud, 1874.
The police report that James M'Kay,known as Dingy Jemmy, and following the avocation of a fisherman, left the village of Rosebud, near Dromana, on or about the 7th January last in a boat, to go to Sorrento,and has not since been heard of. The boat was painted on the sides a coffee color, and the bottom was black. Nothing has been seen of him by the police at Point Nepean, He was seen leaving Rye in a boat in company with two men about the 7th January, and as this is the only trace found of him after he left Rosebud, it is thought he has
met with an accident. (P.2, The Age, 20-2-1874.)
See the Thomas Gessel entry.

McKIRDY, James.
In John G.Mann's 1926 history of Mt Eliza, he stated that the three Canadians, whose delivery of firewood to the "Liverpool" gave Canadian Bay its name, all settled in the area. One of the three I could not identify was McCurley. He might actually have been James McKirdy who was granted crown allotments 58 (224 acres) and 56A (40 acres), parish of Tyabb, roughly indicated by Melway 149 F-G12 with the south west and north east corners indicated by the south ends of McKirdys and Whitneys* Rds. (*i.e. fire track.)
He would have been between two of the Canadians, Alf Jones (Somerville) and Hodgins (Hastings). James seems to have been born in Dunolly in 1863, so he wouldn't have been the partner of Jones and Hodgins in the firewood business but his father, Alexander Stewart McKirdy, may have been.

See further detail in the "CUMBRAE", Tyabb entry.

MAIRS (Bittern)
Google "David Mairs of the parishes of Blackwood and Bittern."
MAIR (Tyabb)
MELROSE (Dromana)
MORNINGTON (Val's cemetery website, original name of Craigie Rd,sn and schn.)
MORNINGTON STANDARD (Criticism of name. Subsequent names.Peninsula Post a competitor- recent youth club building.)
NORQUAY (Lyndhurst and Rye.)
PENTECOST (Mornington.)
REDWOOD (Downward, Pitt)
This was the name of Alfred Downward's property on the south west side of Wilsons Rd, extending halfway to Strachans Rd. A.B.Balcombe was granted land between it and Stachans Rd, which was called RED GUM FLATS in an old advertisement.Both properties derived their names from the river red gums which grew along the now underground creek. My THE FEMALE DROVER contains much information supplied by Joan Downward including a newspaper article about the trees, which are hopefully still heritage listed. Downward and Pitt Sts are named after two of Alf daughters who were the last occupants of Redwood, one a spinster and the other Mrs Pitt.
RINGROSE (Red Hill.)
Google "Noseless Bryan Ringrose".
ROSSLYN (Merricks North)
SANITARY STATION (See Quarantine Station)

Richard Watkin may have built the Scurfield hotel and was operating it in 1858 and 1859 as well as supplying timber from Arthurs Seat to Melbourne builders. Richard claimed in 1880 that he established the Dromana Hotel in 1862 but the building was not completed in August 1863 when architect George R.Cox called for tenders for slating the roof. Where then was William Dixon Scurfield in 1859 and what was he doing to earn a crust? The same as described in the insolvency meeting of 1864.

OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENCES. - George Jamieson, a sawyer, was placed in the dock on the above charge. William Dixon Scurfield, a tentmaker, said the prisoner came to his house on the previous day, about 4 o'clock, and said he wanted to purchase a new cart-cover. He said he lived at Mr. Bryant's, and that his waggon was there. He made an appointment with witness to go over to Mr. Bryant's in about an hour, to take the measure of the cart. He then asked witness to lend him a couple of pounds to pay a deposit on a horse he had purchased. Witness accordingly wrote him out a cheque for £3. In about an hour witness went over to Mr. Bryant's stable, and then found that the prisoner had no cart there at all. Witness subsequently meeting the prisoner, requested him to return the cheque, and took him to Mr. Bryant's, where, as soon as his back was turned, prisoner made off. Witness did not see him again until that morning, in custody. David Marks, a storekeeper in Elizabeth street, said the prisoner came to his shop on the previous day, between 3 and 4 o'clock, and purchased a silver watch and chain for £2 15s. He left the shop for a few minutes, and when he returned gave him the cheque now produced (for £3), and witness gave him back 5s, change. The prisoner was committed for trial.
(P.6,Argus, 5-11-1859.)

To Hotelkeepers and Others.
For SALE, by tender, subject to a mortgage of £300, the premises known as SCURFIELD'S HOTEL, Dromana, 47 miles from Melbourne. This property is most pleasantly situated, commanding a line view of the harbour, and consists of about two and a half acres of land, a portion of which is laid out as a garden, and buildings erected
thereon, consisting of an hotel, substantially built of pine, containing the following rooms : bar, 20 ft.
by 13 ft.; two parlors, each 16 ft. by 15 ft.; four bedrooms, each 16 ft. by 15 ft.; two do., each 10 10 ft. ; kitchen, fowl-house, stables, &c, ; also an attached three-roomed cottage, suitable for private families.
The whole of the furniture and stock is in good condition and is to be taken at a valuation.

Tenders, addressed to James Moore, Esq., official assignee, Eldon-chambers, endorsed 'Tender for the Purchase of Scurfield Hotel,' will be received until twelve o'clock on Monday, the 30th inst. Further particulars, including a plan of the ground and buildings, together with an inventory of all stock and furniture, may be obtained at the office of the undersigned. J. AARONS, Trade Assignee, 6, Collins street,east.
N.B Intending purchasers are respectfully informed that the mortgagee will allow £200 of the present mortgage to remain at current rates. 38 302 (P.7,The Age, 28-11-1863.)

In re W. D. Scurfield. The insolvent, a tent maker, of Melbourne, did not appear, and, in the absences of any creditors, the meeting closed. The assignee, Mr Moore, filed his report, from which it appeared that the stock-in-trade of the insolvent had been sold by public auction, the net proceeds being £590 13s 10d. The Scurfield Hotel and freehold property at Dromana had been sold by tender for £347 4s 6d. The stock, furniture, &c., of the Scurfield Hotel realised £130, and was sold on the understanding that, should the insolvent be voted any part of his furniture, the value should be paid to him. £46 18s 4d had been collected on account of book debts, and £11 8s 9d had been received in cash from the insolvent. The mortgage on the Dromana property was paid off before the sale. Five small allotments of land at Broadmeadows* and Footscray remain unsold, no offer having been made for them. A dividend of about 6s in the £1 would probably be paid to concurrent creditors. P.7, The Age,11-2-1864.)

(* William's grants in Broadmeadows Township (now Westmeadows) can be found by googling BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP, COUNTY OF BOURKE.)

The hotel was sold by the assignee but to whom? As the purchaser might never have been reported,I thought that the rate collectors might surprise me, but they didn't.

The first Kangerong Road Board assessment of 3-9-1864 rated William Dixon Scurfield on "house 9 rooms hotel,N.A.V. 60 pounds. The owner column was blank. On 2-9-1865, W.D.S.was assessed on three properties with assessment numbers recorded:66. 2 town lots; 67.9 room hotel,L.60.; 68. 43 acres of building land as agent for Ligar Elliot. This was crown allotment 1,section 1, Kangerong, bounded by McCulloch St, Arthur St and Palmerston Avenue.It had a frontage to The Esplanade that could be long jumped. It had been granted to William Dixon Scurfield according to the parish map but he may have bought it on Ligar's behalf. Somewhere in my special purpose rate transcriptions,Catherine Scurfield was recorded as leasing this land from Ligar Elliot, teamster.

The assessment remained the same until that of 4-9-1869 when under assessment 74, Mrs Dixon (sic)Scurfield was listed as the person to be rated on,and also as the OWNER of: "hotel, outbuildings and 5 town lots." The auditor had obviously criticised the absence of the owner's name for practically every property and few properties lacked this detail in 1869. By the assessment of 3-9-1870,owners' names no longer seemed important and William Dixon Scurfield was again rated on the property described in 1869 as well as the 43 acres that had apparently been completely missed in '69. The same assessment was recorded on 2-9-1871 but this time the rate collector had forgotten to list assessment numbers.

On 7-9-1872, Willie Scurfield, who had been back home in the pub from about 1867 (during which time Father Nyall had tried to interfere with Willie)was assessed on "town lot",while W.D.S. had the same assessment again.On 6-9-1873, W.D.S.was assessed on the pub and 5 town lots (A.No. 89)and the 43 acres (A.N.90)while Willie was rated again on town lot. In A.N.89 there was faint scribble above William Dixon Scurfield's surname and although it didn't look much like it should have,I knew exactly where to look when W.D.S. was not rated on the hotel and 5 town lots in the first Shire of Flinders and Kangerong assessment; he was only rated on the 43 acres and Willie's town lot was described as Young's land.

The scribble seemed to start with I and end with don,but sure enough, there was the 5-9-1874 assessment for Scurfield's hotel: Ass.No.4.Assender, George, hotel and 5 town lots, N.A.V. 60 Pounds.

William Dixon Scurfield was in financial trouble again although his assets were greater than his liabilities.

NEW INSOLVENTS......Wm. Dixon Scurfield, Dromana, licensed victualler. Liabilities, £479; assets, £650.
(P.14, Advocate,Melbourne, 25-4-1874.)

It was George Assender who renamed the pub as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. I wonder where George had been before he took over the Scurfield Hotel. Find out under the hotel's new name, THE ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL.

A gloom fell over Sorrento yesterday, and, to a lesser extent, affected every centre in the Peninsula, when the death of Mr. Walter Henry Spunner Stringer occurred. Although he had been in ill-health since Christmas, his death was quite unexpected.Yesterday he was to have left his bed, but had an unexpected heart seizure and died suddenly. He was aged 51 years. Burial took place in the Sorrento cemetery this afternoon.He leaves a wife and three daughters.
He was one of the best known and highly respected residents of the Mornington Peninsula, being one of the most active workers for the promotion of football and other manly sports. He spent his whole life on the Peninsula.
When a young man he became an employee of McFarlan's Stores at Sorrento. Eventually he was taken into partnership, and the firm became McFarlan and Stringer. About 10 years ago he became sole proprietor of the business, which
was carried on at Sorrento and Portsea as Stringer's Stores. He was a past president of the Mornington Peninsula Football League, of which he was a life member; a life vice-president of the Sorrento Tennis Club; president of Sorrento Football Club; secretary of Sorrento Ocean Park Trust; and a Past Master of
Sorrento Lodge of A.F. and A. Masons. The Masonic burial service was read at the grave. (P.4, FSS, 11-1-1935.)
TAYLOR Rev. (Bean, Shand?)
TAYLOR Wm (Pidoto)

(Also see BUS BAN,the.)
THOMAS Assistant Protector.
Fred Vine was a fisherman granted crown allotment 29 of the Rosebud Fishing Village. the fourth most western block,on 30-8-1873. In ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD, Peter Wilson stated that Fred was born in Milos, Greece in 1834, arrived in Australia in 1860 and was naturalised in 1901. He built a stone (almost certainly limestone) cottage on c/a 29 which is now 933 Pt.Nepean Rd, Rosebud. He had a white-haired Irish wife who smoked a pipe and loved sunsets. Fred's stepdaughter was Polly Vine. In the early 20th century, Fred moved to live in Dromana
In A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear wrote that Fred Vine (or Fred the Greek, as he was known), John McLear, Doan Griffith and Harry Copp were early fishermen at Dromana. There is a photo of Fred on page 103. Fred's step-daughter, Mary. B.Stone (also known as Polly Vine) was one of the first pupils to occupy Dromana's new granite school in 1873.
Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana pre 1918 indicates that Fred had a hut on the foreshore, roughly opposite Seacombe St. Mary or Polly was still living in Rosebud under the name of Mary B.Stone. Fred's wife died in 1920.
VINE. - On the 23rd April, 1920 (suddenly, in Mornington train. Mrs. Julia Josephine Vine, of Rosebud, beloved mother of Mary B. Stone (Rosebud) and George Robert Stone (Templemore, Ireland), faithful wife of Fred Vine (Rosebud), relict of late Timothy Robert Cormic Stone, of Loughmore, Tipperary; youngest daughter of Patrick and Mary Concannon. Mylelough,Galway, aged 84 years. A colonist of 57 year.American, Irish, Indian, and Scotch papers please
copy. Buried Dromana Cemetery, 25th April. (P.1, Argus, 20-4-1920.)
Mary B.Stone died in 1926, the only notices being inserted by the Rosebud postmaster and one of her cousins.
STONE.— In loving memory of dear Miss Stone, loved daughter of the late Mrs. Vine, of Rosebud. Gone. but not forgotten, Inserted, by Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wheeler and family, of Rosebud.(P.1, The Age, 5-8-1926.)
STONE.— In loving memory or our cousin, Mary,loving daughter of late Mrs. Vine, Rosebud, died 4th August, 1926. Sadly missed.Gone, but not forgotten.
Inserted by M. Becker; and family. Port Melbourne. (P.6, The Age, 7-8-1926.)
Fred's surname was given, more often than not, as Vean in ratebooks. In this case it was written as Vian, so you'll see why I did not use his name as a search term. Peter Wilson devotes a whole chapter to Mary (Polly Vine.) There is a photo of Polly whose skin is very dark, most likely because she spent most of her life outdoors, like her stepfather, who was thought to be from Ceylon. I don't think Mary would have had much affection for Fred, who was definitely living on c/a 29 before he bought it from the Crown.
(P.3, Argus, 19-6-1871.)

See separate post of 23-1-2016, PATRICK TOMUT WEE WEE (Is this name fair dinkum?)
WHITE Laurence & Jas.
WHITE (Moorooduc)
WHITE (Rosebud and Red Hill)
WHITE (Sorrento)
WIILIAMS Edw. & Mary
WILSON H.W. etc.
WILSON Sarah. (Petronella's book)
Names are coming from memory alone. I've still got rates, parish maps, my journals, my pre 2011 and abandoned Peninsula Dictionary History and my journals to consult in case I forget anything.

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