itellya on Family Tree Circles
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This has been posted on Facebook after two tries here.
I am helping one of my people from my Family History Group of the Breakfast
Point Probus Club with their family history.
James McGRATH butcher died on 21 Feb 1865 aged 37 years. His place of burial
states " Sanctuary Station". I am wondering if anyone can shed some light on
Sanctuary Station please ?
Would logically be a vast cattle or sheep station somewhere in Australia.
So give us a clue as which STATE it may be.
I know there is a Point Nepean in Vic.but sure I have heard the term for N.S.W.
Hope Di Christensen reads this.
SANCTUARY STATION was probably an alternative description of QUARANTINE STATION and a misreading of SANITARY STATION.
Extensive information about the four families, who lived on the Nepean Peninsula,that is the Portsea/Sorrento area on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, is available in:
1. LIME LAND LEISURE, (Shire of Flinders), C.N.Hollinshed.
2. THOSE COURAGEOUS, HARDY WOMEN, Elizabeth McMeekin.
3. FAMILY, CONNECTIONS, SORRENTO AND PORTSEA, Jennifer Nixon.
Genealogical information in 1. is a bit dodgy. It can probably be borrowed from the Mornington Peninsula Shire library system via an inter-library loan.
2 deals mainly with the second generation of the Skelton family and their spouses such as McGrath, Lugger Jack Clark etc.
3. takes the family connections much further and shows conclusively that it's wise not to badmouth any of the Nepean Peninsula pioneers while you're in the area, because the person you're talking to is likely to be related in some way.
James Ford married Dennis Sullivan's daughter. Both of them had stations but Sullivan's was on the site of the quarantine station and was dispossessed in 1852 when it was established. The Fords and Sullivans (+ Farnsworth etc.) are discussed in fair detail in 1 and 3. If the query concerns either of these families,their grants in the parishes of Nepean and Wannaeue can be found online. Google:
Nepean,county of Mornington or
Wannaeue,county of Mornington.
Until I know exactly which family is being researched(or families), I can't help much more at the moment. In regard to books 2 and 3, the researcher should ring Jenny Nixon for a chat. I just rang Jenny who said it was okay to include her number and that she would be happy to hear what information is required and to recommend the book most likely to supply it. She is excited to find out about an interstate descendant of one of the Nepean Peninsula pioneering families.Her own book is out of print but will be reprinted soon.
Jenny's phone number is xxxxxxxx.
Some information about the four families named will be found in my journals. Google the surname and itellya, family tree circles,
e.g. McGrath, itellya, family tree circles or Skelton, itellya, family tree circles etc.
Little Brother has replied back to me, rather than direct to you.
But, read & discover, there are some little gems within..
How clear & from where did you get Sanctuary Station ???
Confirmation that the Quarantine Station was also officially called the Sanitary Station.
MEAT FOR SANITARY STATION -Tenders will be received until eleven o'olock of Tuesday, 8th of August,from parties willing to supply meat for the use of the Sanitary Station at tho Heads. Farther Information,(etc.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 3 August 1854 p 3 Article-7th item in 1st column,Domestic Intelligence.)
P.S. I wouldn't mind betting that John Barker (Boniyong and Cape Schanck) won the contract and Sam Sherlock senior (then a lad) delivered the meat*. They also needed vegetables and they would have been supplied by James Ford* whose wife would have passed on the secrets that allowed the Sullivans to stagger early Melbourne with their giant cucumber** not long before they moved to the Heads in 1843*. James Ford may have been ready to supply meat as well by this time or soon after; in 1859 James Ford and Peter Purves were grazing 500 bullocks in the police paddock and got up a dodgy petition against a fence being built from White Cliffs to the back beach which would have prevented the free grazing***.
* LIME LAND LEISURE.
**EARLY MELBOURNE Michael? Sullivan.)
***ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD Peter Wilson and FAMILY, CONNECTIONS, SORRENTO AND PORTSEA Jennifer Nixon.
See the EADIE entry in my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA. Combined with information from Ian William Symonds' BULLA BULLA, it will provide much information about this fascinating family that has been associated with the Healesville Sanctuary,South Africa and New Zealand as well as Sunbury.
The following is posted here so I won't have to spend precious time trying to work out where to post it in the Eadie entry in the dictionary history without interrupting the flow of what I have written so far.The author of the letter was one of three sons of John Eadie senior of Ben Eadie, Sunbury. The (eldest?) John, would not have been allowed to enlist for the Boer War because of the fits he had suffered from boyhood. Platypus Bob, as I call him, went to South Africa in late 1896, to utilise his mining expertise and became an intelligence officer for the British in the Boer War,; the aforementioned expertise most likely being the reason that future prime minister, Winston Churchill,survived to make his famous WE SHALL FIGHT THEM ON THE BEACHES etc. speech. William Aitken Eadie was the third son and according to evidence in the trial concerning Miss Davies' right to be the sole beneficiary of John junior's will in 1904, William, the writer of this letter, was a bit extravagant when it came to drink and his ponies. Peter Eadie,mentioned in the letter was the son of Peter Eadie senior, who retired from his hotel and store in 1893 to enjoy life in his beautiful DUNBLANE (38-40 Jackson St but originally fronting Brook St)which was designed by Robert Eadie (most likely the mining engineer, Platypus Bob,a few years before he left for South Africa.)
WITH THE COMMONWEALTH HORSE.
Mr. W. A. Eadie, formerly of Sunbury,
and who joined the second contingent of
Commonwealth Horse, writes under date
May 6th from Newcastle, S. Africa :
'We left Durban on Saturday week, and
travelling by train arrived here Sunday
night. It was a beautiful trip through
very mountainous country, the scenery
being grand. We stopped at Colenso,
and had explained to us the famous
battle in which Lord Roberts' son fell;
it is a very small place. Every Britisher
that fell has a cross or else a headstone.
In some places as many as twenty are
buried together. The stones are really
good, the one over Lieutenant Roberts'
grave being a beauty. We arrived at
Lrdysmith on Sunday morning, and I
was very much surprised to find it such
a small place, not half the size of Sun
bury. We watered our horses there, and
had a look all round, and saw the Boers'
positions. It seems marvellous how Sir
George White could have held it so long.
Of course if the Boers had got possession
railway communication further north
would have been stopped, which meant a
great deal. On arriving at Pietermar
itzburg we got our arms and ammunition.
It is a very nice little town ; the Cape
Parliament sits there. Newcastle is a
small town, with a very busy railway
station, where all the fodder and rations
for the forces and blockhouses for miles
round are loaded. The blockhouses are
small forts, generally manned by ten to
forty men, and there is always one near
a bridge. They will probably do more
than anything else to bring the war to a
successful termination. Botha was re
ported captured the other day with ten
men ; and the Boers are surrendering
every week, they are very short of food
and clothes, and in my opinion the end
will come before another six months. We
leave here on the conclusion of the arm
istice, and will go into the Transvaal
about 250 miles further. Peter Eadie
was camped within three miles of us last
week, and left last Tuesday for the
Transvaal. I was going across in the
afternoon, but they struck camp early,
and entrained at 9 am. We are having
a splendid time, and are treated right
royally. Tell- he made a big mistake
in not coming; it is a splendid place for
a young man to make money in. A
fellow with a little brains can easily, after
a month's experience, earn £5 to £6 per
week, and in some cases more. The cost
of living is very reasonable. I saw three
fellows the other day who had called on
Robert Eadie at Vereeniging, and they
spoke very highly of both him and Mrs.
Eadie, who treated them in great style,
being awfully anxious for news from
Victoria. I wrote to Bob last week, and
expect to, see him shortly if all goes well.
I am kept very busy, being on special
duty nearly every day, and am in tip-top
nick. If things keep on as they are at
present, it is more than likely that I will
remain in South Africa with the standing
army for a little longer than 12 months;
but I suppose by that time, and after a
trip to England, I shall be glad to settle
down in Sunbury. We had a football
match last Saturday, and I kicked the
only two goals on our side; we have
some smart fellows with us. Everything
is going on nicely, except that Captain
Mailer, the adjutant, who is well known
in Sunbury, is very unpopular with the
men, some of whom swear they will shoot
him on the firing line. I like him very
well, and we get on firstrate; he is, as
many of the Sunbury fellows know, a bit
of a bully, but a thoroughly practical
man, and a good one for the position.
There are lots of minerals in this country,
coal in abundance. The Kaffirs are very
numerous round here, and are very par
tial to the British, but hate the Boers.
They do all the convoy work, sometimes
leading and driving as many as twenty
bullocks, and often one man drives 12
mules, and never less than six. It is
nothing unusual to see a convoy a mile
and a half long going out or coming in.
Majuba Hill (20 miles away), Laing's
Nek, and Botha's Pass are all plainly to
be seen from here.' (P.2, Sunbury News, 14-6-1902.)
Gordon Connor was born in 1899. His father was a bootmaker at Moonee Ponds and had married a daughter of Charles Nash of Tullamarine*. One of the many stories that Gordon told me was used in my book WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR, finished just in time for the 1989 Back to Tullamarine, to illustrate how much the children walked in early days.
P.42. "One day Olive Connor and Ethel Cummins, two Moonee Ponds girls hardly out of the toddler stage, decided they'd walk up to see Grandma Nash at "Fairview" in Tullamarine (Melway 5 F6).Kidding their absence didn't cause some anxiety until their location was discovered."
After doing a fruitless trove search for Ethel Cummins, I entered Olive Connor and struck gold.
NASH. -In loving memory of our dear cousin, Percy, loved youngest son of Charles and Ellen Nash, Tullamarine, who passed away 16th July,1921.To know him was to love him.
(Inserted by his loving cousins, Ethel Kelly and Olive Connor, Moonee Ponds.)(P.13, Argus, 15-7-1922.)
It seems from the death notices below that Gordon had given Ethel's married name and that she was the daughter of Emma Nash who had become Mrs Kelly.
*CONNOR. —On the 19th December, at Epworth private hospital, Amelia, beloved wife of Joseph Connor, 18 Wilson street, Moonee Ponds, mother of Olive (Mrs. Rae) and Gordon, loving mother-in-law of May and Walter, dear grandma of Betty,Colin and Gwenda Rae also Jack Connor -Passed peacefully away. (No mourning.)
CONNOR (nee Nash) -On the 19th December at Epworth private hospital, Amelia beloved wife of Mr Joseph Connor of 18 Wilson street Moonee Ponds and loving sister of Mary Ann (Mrs. Furphey, deceased) Thomas, Elizabeth (Mrs. Furphey), Ann (Mrs Gordon), Emma (Mrs. Kelly ), Charlie(deceased),Ellen (Mrs Cooper), and William, in her 65th year. Peace perfect peace.
(P.1, Argus, 21-12-1931.)
The following article was discovered because I was trying to find if there was a link between George Dodd of Keilor and Thomas Coffey of Bulla and had done a DELAHEY, KEILOR search on trove. Despite the protestations of innocence by Melbourne Hunt Club members,it is interesting that I have not found one instance of farmers complaining about damage caused by the Oaklands Hunt Club.
I have deliberately not corrected the digitisation for a reason. As a former teacher who had great success with children who had been underachieving readers, I am sick and tired of politicians who advocate phonics as the prime tool in improving reading standards. I certainly taught phonics but if a child was stuck on a word, sounding it out was the last resort, because reading is primarily about extracting meaning from written text. A child sounding out every second word can't see the wood for the trees! TAKE NOTE SAMANTHA MAIDEN OF THE SUNDAY HERALD SUN, AND CHRISTOPHER PYNE,VICTORIA'S MINISTER OF EDUCATION. You will be able to read the article without much effort at all by using PREDICTION, in other words, guessing a word that makes sense. That is the main reading strategy to develop Mr Pyne! Try sounding out the words that don't make sense and see how far that gets you! That's what it's like for a poor reader! Not fun at all!
THE HUNT CLUB AND THE FARMERS.
A meeting of mombers of the Melbourne Hunt, at which all farmers who considered they had any unsatisfied claims against tho club were invited to be present, was held yesterday at Goyder's Hotel, Bourke-streut, for the purpose of listening to any complaints the farmers had to make, and of considering the best means of reconciling the difficulties that existed between them and tho club.
Mr. J. Madden was in the chair. There wore about twenty mombers of tho club present, but oniy six farmers, the sympathies of the majority of whom were evidently with the club. The Chairman', in explaining the object
for which tho meeting was called, regrettée! that the farmers had not accepted the challenge thrown down to them by the club, and attended the meeting. As they had refused it, and declined to attend and make their
claims, he thought they must be considered out of court, and that the club could not bo held responsible any further.
Mr. Basil Gray explained that he had attended a holu-and-corner sort of meeting, held a short time back by some farmers, for the purpose of passing resolutions which would annihilate the Melbourne Hunt Club in particular, and hunting in general, in Victoria ; but, as he learned that those who desired to express views in opposition to that schemo would be prevented from speaking, he soon left. He, however, heard it stated there that the club had wilfully destroyed property and endangered life ; that in no one instance had they offered to compensate the farmers for damage done to their crops ; and that if the latter obtained anything from thom after ap-
plication,, it was trifling in comparison with the injury they had sustained. In his opinion, the faimera assembled at that meeting very badly represented their class ; and that, in consequence, tho club need
take no notice of the resolutions they had adopted. As they had not chosen to attend the present meeting, which had been expressly called to enable them to stato their grievances publicly, he considered they had exonerated the club from taking any notice of them if made privately. He could only recollect ono occasion in which a crop
had been ridden over by the club.The Chairman explained that in the instance alluded to, immediate compensation
had been offered and accepted.
Mr. H. Delahey, of Keilor, remarked that although a farmer himself, he must say ho considered'the claims sent in to the club, in many instances, excessive. Mr. Pyke thought that it would be still advisable to adopt a conciliatory demeanour towards tliB farmers, and endeavour to meot them in a fair spirit. He would, therefore,
move-"That the Hunt Club reglet the unpleasant feeling existing between themselves and the farmers, and aro willing to either repair any damage done by them, or to agree to the appointment of assessois on each side,
and to abide by any decision given by them. Mr. B. Gray agreed with tho terms of the resolution, and suggested that, to save tho ¡aimers all the trouble they could, it would be well to appoint an assessor in each district.
The Chairman observed that several farmers had suggested that instoad of receiving compensation for injury done to their fences, they would, in some districts at least,where wood was scarce, prefer that the club should send round a dray with a few rails, soon after tho hunt, and repair the damage done. To show that tho club was really anxious to meot the farmers, he might explain that two farmers, Messrs. Leslie and Wilson, had sent in claims for injury done to their fences at a recent hunt, and they would be paid, although their charges were not exactly correct. A gentleman at Heidelberg claimed £10 10s. for a terrier dog which the houndB had killed, and though the charge appeared to be high, ho felt sure the club would pay it when they knew that the person whomade it was not one likely to make an unreasonable demand.
Mr. Goyder, in seconding the resolution, reiterated the assertion that the club had no desire, to injure the farmers-----them. He entirely approved of the appointment of assessors, and the only difficulty in carrying the suggestion into eflect would be that of obtaining men who really would tell
them what damage had been done. There must be some check of the sort, or thoy might in somo instances have farmers coming in every Monday morning, claiming compensation for damage they had nevor sustained. Ho believed, however, that the club would rather put up with a little imposition than irritate the farmers by too closely inspecting their claims. Ho wished the whole of the farmers weio as hearty supporters of the hunt as those residing at Dandenong, who not only readily allowed the riders to go overntheir land, but even, when the cap was handedround, put in handsomely, and promised to do so again.
Mr. Waldock, the master of the hounds, remindeei 'the meeting that tho club had already appointed six farmers residing in the various agricultural districts to act as assessors for them. He believed the club had dealt,and were prepared to deal, fairly by thefarmers, and he would promise to give £100 to the Melbourne Hospital out of his own pocket on the day any one pointed out to him a caso in which he had not acted towards a farmer in the spirit a master of the hounds should not. He did not believe the feeling of opposition to the club was as strong as some mado it out to be, because ho know for a fact that some of tho farmers whost names wero attached to a document by Mr Dunn, warning him, as mastor of the houndè from coming on their land, had not autborised the uso of their names for any sucl purpose.
Mr. Goyder condemned the oxtrome language used by somo of the farmers at tholi late meeting when referring to tho Hun Club, but consideied that that should no induce the club to assume an antagonistic attitude towards them.
Mr. B. Gray suggested that the resolutioi should bo slightly altered, so as to read tha the club regretted the unpleasant feeling tha "appeared to oxist" between thomselves am the farmers. Ho did so because, in hi
opinion, such a feeling did not exist in th minds of the farmers as a class. Mr. Walduck considered that tho epithet of " Bourkc-8treet loafers," though not applicable to tho nunt Club, might be correctly applied to many of the non-subscribers wh followed the hounds. Ho would like to se the farmers assist the club to prevent thoa
persons joining in tho hunt, for the damag done to the fences was almost entirely occasioned by thom. '
The'resolution, amended according to Mr B. Gray's suggestion, was carried. Mr. Mitchell, of the Model Farm, objecte to the insinuation thrown out by Mr. Goydo that the farmers might on Monday morninf present - claims for damage thoy had nev< sustained. Speoific instancos should bo give in which that had been dono before a general charge was ' made against the farmers as a class.
Mr. Walduck said that, last Monday week three faimcrs, named Mansfield, Cumming and Sharpe, had sent in claims amounting t £13, while, on examination, it was found tin £10 10s. fully covered the damngo thoy hu sustained, .
Mr. Goyder explained that ho never itended by his remarks to make a gonçr chargo against the farmers. He morely wish«to impress upon the club th« necessity of taking some precautions to prevent tin being imposed on.
Mr. Boadle, of Prospect-hill, oxplained til it was his dog tho chairman had alluded to having been killed by the hounds. It h been worried in the presenco of his childrc with whom it had boen playing when t hounds carno up, without ovon an attempt to whip them off. He proceeded to instar several cases in > which considerable darno had been dono to his,and his neighbou property' when the hunt mot last Heidelberg, and especially condemned t manner ,in which,some of the riders h knocked down some panels of the cemetery fence, and grossly'abused one of the trust* when requested to put up tho rails again prevent to cattlo from getting,,in. He stated that the horse of one of tho hunters fell dead undor him, about two Cr three bundi yards from, tho cemetery ,and somo privi houses, and that when some labourers, v¡ were by, offered to bury it for a small
renouration 'the rider, replied that it had alrqi cost him enough.', out that the men mij have the skin for their trouble. The corquenco was that the dead body roman there still, to tho great annoyance of the
neighbourhood. _ . ' >
Mr. Goyder said that it'was his horse that had fallen down dead, but that ho had had no such conversation as that described by Mr. Roadie with any men. He would seo that the horse was buried. Air. Walduck assured Mr. Boadle that every attempt was made to whip the hounels off his little dog : but that they had killed it
before they could hu even reached.
Mr. Boadle believed that if the club would take ste»ps to prevent their hounds being followed by a number of non-subicribers, there were not threo farmers in the district he livetl in who would object to their hunting, so long as they avoided doing damage. Mr. B. Gray said the club were most anxious to do so ; but could Mr. Boadle inform him how they could prevent non-membeis following the hounds? Mr. Boadle replied that ho did not attend tbo meeting for the purposo of offering suggestions to the club.After some further discussion,
Dr. Pattehbon moved, and Mr. Pyke seconded, a vote of thanks to those farmers who had attended the meeting for the purpose of explaining their grievances to the club. The motion was carried, and tho proceedings terminated.
(P.1s, Argus, 6-7-1869.)
I had not realised what Edmund Dunn of "Viewpoint" (Melway 5 K12-D12 roughly)had started with his brave stance, despite reading all the proceedings of DUNN v WALDOCK. The latter's lawyer,Madden,tried to smother the case in points of law by taking it to the Supreme Court.
HUNT CLUBS AND FARMERS' LEAGUES.
The Adelaide Hunt Club, in the infancy of career, may learn in time useful lessons from the recent declaration of war between the huntsmen of Melbourne and the farmers over whose land they have hitherto followed the kangaroo, the dingo, or the red herring. The yeomen of Moonee Ponds, Pentridge, and other fertile neighborhoods, profess no hostility to the " fine old English sport" of hunting, but object to the manner in
which it is practised in Victoria. At the first blush it will appear to any ordinary comprehension, that the farmers and gardeners are under no obligation to offer apologies for taking measures to protect their fields and gardens from invasion and injury. As owners of the freehold or leasehold of these lands they have an undoubted right to possess them free from needless molestation, and are unable to understand why a gentleman's ornamental grounds should be protected against the slightest pedestrian intrusion, while the husbandman's land should be exposed to the incursions of troops of horsemen, tearing through hedges, breaking down fences, and trampling under foot whatever happens to lie in their way. They consider they have, or ought to have,the rights of property enjoyed by other classes of the community, and do not see that they would be sacrificing them to a higher object if they submitted to unlimited aggressions simply because the trespassers were gentlemen in search of amusement. They have been told there is the law to appeal to, but(like too many other ill-used citizens) they have found practically that the law is nothing more than a machine for wearing out the poor suitor with expenses and annoyances, and ensuring victory to the litigant with the longest purse. A Mr. Dunn complained of the injury caused to his property by the Melbourne Hunt Club, and finding them unwilling to give him compensation at all commensurate with the damage he had sustained, sued the Master of the Hounds in a Court
of law, and got more kicks than halfpence, the trumpery indemnification he obtained being nothing to set off against the heavy costs and worrying by counsel to which he was subjected. He was treated, in fact, as if he were some criminal, or some greedy extortioner endeavoring to victimise a few pleasant, free-hearted, "jolly dogs," who, in the exuberance of their spirits, had chanced to'gallop across his land. He went into Court an injured man, and came out a still more injured man. His class took this matter up,perceiving that what was Mr. Dunn's case then might any day be the case of any other farmer whose land might be crossed by a flying doe or a Yarmouth bloater. The farmers and gardeners then formed an Association bearing the comprehensive title of the "Fence, Field,and Chattel Preservation League," fixed the annual subscription of members' somewhat in proportion to the extent of their holdings, and decided that any member of the League aggrieved by the huntsmen should come upon the common fund for support and assistance in obtaining redress by legal means. This league having been duly organised, the Nimrods of the chase opened their eyes and became suddenly aware of the fact that though they may occasionally override their bounds, they have not carte blanche to override all country property without fear of consequences. They of course had no prescriptive or any other right to gallop freely over other persons' land, just because they smelt game ahead of them. Hunting is commonly allowed by farmers over their ground because,they do not wish to spoil sport, and sometimes because they join in the past-time themselves, but they infallibly complain if the amusement is followed with a reckless disregard of consequences to property. It therefore comes to this:—Huntsmen should first endeavor to do as little mischief as possible; and, secondly, should fully repair and compensate forany damage that is actually done. To destroy a man's property and then harass him with lawyers, is quite sufficient to breed hostility, and the defence, at the
expense of the Melbourne Hunt Club in the case of Dunn v. Waldock, and the manner in which it was conducted, amply warranted the position subsequently assumed by the agriculturists and horticulturists.
There are two classes of persons who turn out on hunting days to whom the farmers specially object. There are theroughs and jockeys, who ride neck-or nothing at and go out of their way to take fences, even if they lead into growing crops. This wanton destructiveness is much to be condemned, and is anything but sportsmanlike, for to say nothing of the old English custom of avoiding crops as much as possible, any true huntsman with a long run before him, will spare his horse as much as he can. But there is another class still more obnoxious,
usually composed of " cockneys " and unskilled or timid riders, who have no pretensions to the title of huntsmen at all, but simply go out in the hope of having fences broken for them through which they may scramble. They seldom if ever see the end of a run, they follow till some obstruction pulls them up, and
then, after trampling and cutting up the corn under the pretence of forcing their horses at the leap, return to boast of their wonderful exploits. A British farmer cannot stomach this sort of thing; he will more easily bear five times the amount of injury from the honest country rider, who fears nothing, than from the mere pretender. Persons who cannot follow hounds in a sportsmanlike manner should be content to see them " throw off," and
then satisfy themselves with a canter home, instead of making themselves ridiculous, and bringing discredit upon the sportsmen they are making feeble efforts to imitate. Conducted properly there is no fear of hunting becoming unpopular with farmers. It is a sport congenial to almost all persons with rural tastes, and with its healthy excitement and ample exercise, forms a pleasant relief, to those who can afford it, from wearying and irksome pursuits. Moreover, there is no question that whereever hunting is common it tends to improve the breed of horses. A racer in these days of light weights and handicaps is frequently good for nothing off the "turf," but most of the finest qualities of a horse must be combined in one that can take a succession of strong post and rail fences, and live through a long run across country. The hunter is the beau ideal of a horse, and if breeders aim at such a standard there need be no fear of deterioration in our hacks. But as a Hunt Club cannot exercise on its own freehold, care should be taken not to injure or annoy those upon whose kind consent the very existence of such a Club must depend.— Express and Telegraph.
(P.2,The South Australian Advertiser, 28-6-1869.)
Adam Lindsay Gordon couldn't have put it better!
Here's some information about some of the people involved in the story.
DUNN.Edmund Dunn was a trustee for the Methodist church and despite dodging the toll gate near Viewpoint by exiting his property in different directions according to his destination,he was a peace-loving man like those in the Methodist Nash,Parr and Wright families. However when wrong was triumphing over right, he stood his ground,just like another Methodist leader at Tullamarine,Tommy Loft, about 60 years later, who had the Junction Hotel closed; Cec and Lily Green were later shown a bullet, lodged in an inside door,which had been fired during an attempt to arrest Squizzy Taylor at the pub! Edmund had complained not only about his crushed crops,but also about ewes that were so traumatised that they could not drop their lambs.
DELAHEY. I have tried to find what kind of farming the Delaheys were carrying out on their large area of land between Milleara Rd and the river but without success. I suspect that he was a grazier and would have had few crops likely to be trampled.
GOYDER. This was probably Frank Goyder,mentioned by Harry Peck in MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN,who later owned part of John Pascoe Fawkner's Belle Vue Park at Pascoe Vale and owned some good racehorses.
MADDEN. Probably the lawyer/supplier of horses to the Indian army, who renamed Hugh Glass's "Flemington" as "Travancore"-which when subdivided was given street names from India, Cashmere being a corruption of Kashmir. Waldock's lawyer; probably Sir John Madden.
PYKE. Squatter on the Upper Werribee run who was granted much land near Ballan. Pyke's Flat seems to be the site of Pyke's Creek reservoir.
WALDOCK. Sam Waldock was a racehorse trainer at Flemington but advertised his establishment and many of his horses for sale early in 1867. (P.2, Argus, 2-1-1867.)
On Saturday last Mr. Waldock, the Flemington trainer, who has undertaken the mastership of the Melbourne hounds, brought them out for the first time this season. At one o'clock the space in front of the Racecourse Hotel, which was the fixture for the occasion was a scene of much bustle and liveliness, being scattered over with carriages, horsemen, and horsewomen, among the latter of whom the Misses Manners Sutton* filled a
conspicuous place, though they only accompanied their brothers as far as the throw-off.
(The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian, Saturday 13 June 1868 p 3 Article.)
*Their father Sir John Manners-Sutton was the governor and soon after became Viscount Canterbury during his tenure, thus accounting for the first two names for BLAIRGOWRIE.
I'm fairly sure that Sam Waldock,who ran the Red House hotel at Northcote in 1866 (RACING AT NORTHCOTE.
The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870) Monday 22 October 1866 p 2 Article) later owned the Laurel Hotel in Ascot Vale.
MITCHELL. The manager of the model farm was Josiah Mitchell. I suspect that the model farm,about 160 acres,was the northern part of Royal Park.It was definitely near the Royal Park Station where 5 acres of the old model farm was planted with mulberry trees in an attempt to establish a silk industry. Because of the farm, West Brunswick residents had to go four miles instead of one to reach Flemington Rd. The Industrial School (Turana?) was built on one of its paddocks, as was the mental institution which led to the creation of Oak St.
Cause of Rust in Wheat.— We have received a pamphlet entitled 'The Cause of Rust in
Wheat,' being a paper read at Ballarat by Mr.Josiah Mitchell, of the Model Farm, Melbourne,together with a discussion thereupon. (South Australian Register, Saturday 20 February 1869 p 2 Article.)
ACCIDENT TO A VALUABLE HORSE.-A valuable mare, the property of Mr Mitchell, of the Model Farm, Melbourne, met with a frightful death on Saturday last, by jumping a low picket fence dividing the farmyard from an enclosure near the house. The leap, it would appear, was taken to avoid the attack of another mare, and in going over the low fence one of the sharp pointed pickets ripped open the belly of the animal; the bowels fell out on the spot, and the mare, after staggering for a few yards, dropped dead. Farmers will do well to avoid placing low " model fences " with sharp pointed pickets around their farmyards. (P.2,Bendigo Advertiser, 15-7-1869.)
MANSFIELD. The farm where damage was caused could have been on 16 Doutta Galla near the south west corner of the present Essendon Aerodrome, 22C Doutta Galla near the site of Westfield Airport Shoppingtown, Mansfield's Triangle, between Melrose Drive and Broadmeadows Rd (all Sam Mansfield),the 80 acre site of the Melbourne Airport terminal building (John Mansfield) or along Mansfields Rd near the historic Roseleigh homestead (David Mansfield.)
SHARP. This was James Sharp who had bought part of Foster's "Springs" (21 Doutta Galla)in about 1867. Sharps Rd,the boundary between the parishes of Doutta Galla and Tullamarine was named after James Sharp.
If only the Melbourne hunt had taken the advice of Mr Browne in 1866. He was on Camp Hill, of which Mansfield's Triangle had been a part before being sold off by Eyre Evans Kenny. He had a little girl named Pattie who later married Alfred Deakin. She remembered the injured deer in her later life. ("One episode in my early life stands out vividly in my memory," she states in her diary. "At Camp Hill, Broadmeadows,the meet of the hounds-the deer with a broken leg across the creek-the return of the hunters-my mother and father mounted-and my mother giving me her whip to hold-and again father looking splendid holding their two horses and letting me pat
them." WOMEN WHO HAVE HELPED TO BUILD AUSTRALIA No. 3 of Series: Pattie Deakin
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Wednesday 11 December 1935 Supplement: Woman's Realm p 3 Article Illustrated.)
THE MELBOURNE HUNT.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
Sir,-Will you kindly, through the columns of your paper, allow me to suggest to the members of the Melbourne Hunt, and to the master of the hounds in particular, the propriety of choosing localities where there is
little cultivated land as the places for holding their " meets ?"
Last Saturday, had not tho stag unfortunately broken his leg as he was going down a steep hill on my property, he would have run through my crops, and those of the neighbouring farmers, followed by about a couple of hundred horsemen, which, as the crops are now up a good height, would have done considerable damage. As it was, a number of the horsemen, and one or two parties in conveyances, in coming to and returning from where the lame stag stood,instead of keeping on the farm-yard road, up which the stag had run, rode and drove over the ploughed land, lately sown with expensive grate-seeds, for about a quarter of a mile alongside of this road, because it was a little rough.
I should be the last person to say a word to discourage hunting, even if it were in my power to do so; and I would not have troubled you with this communication were there not many localities round Melbourne where there is little or no cultivation equally as suitable for the hounds to meet as the agricultural districts of Moonee Ponds and Broadmeadows. I feel sure the suggestion I have made will be endorsed by most, if not all, of the farmers in the neighbourhood, and considered reasonable by even the members of the hunt themselves.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant, AN OLD SPORTSMAN. Camp-hill, July 17. ((P.5, Argus, 19-7-1866.)
John Kerr built a fine mansion called Kerrsland at the north end of the Glenroy Estate on Pasture Hill,which with Bayview Farm to the south,he had bought from the Donald Kennedy Estate in 1874. Kerr was one of many Scots who built fine homes in Melbourne's north west (such as Alex McCracken's North Park and Theodore Napier's son-in -law
George Page Barbour's Rosebank, both in Woodland St, Essendon) that have been preserved, ironically, by the Catholic Church. Kerrsland became the Broadmeadows Foundling Home for many years, Geohegan College,and then Therry College, named after Melbourne's pioneering R.C. clergy. It is now Penola College, honouring the start of a lifetime of service of Australia's first saint.
The following information was found because of a farm named Glenalin Farm,part of the Glenroy Estate,recently occupied by George Gordon Cameron, that was advertised for lease in 1860 by Donald Kennedy. It was too important to hide in my FARMS IN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS journal. I have suspected for many years that the Camerons and Kennedys were related. I suspected that Glenalin was later farmed by John Cochrane and sold in 1874 as Glenroy farm (south of Bayview Farm to Rhodes Pde.) P. 78, BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.
Do you remember your British history re the Elizabeth/Mary and Church of England/Roman Catholic vendettas,and the Scots enlisting the aid of the Catholic French in their bid for independence? That not all Scots were Presbyterians came clearly to mind when I read the following. As a whole ship load of Camerons arrived in early days, I have been hesitant to assume a link between the Camerons of the Glenroy Estate, Ruthven (Crown allotment 10B, Will Will Rook and granted to Angus and George Gordon Cameron,roughly bounded by the end of Kerang Crt on the south,the railway,the Phillip St/Koroit Ave midline and the Northcorp Industry Park) and John Cameron's Stony Fields (Roxburgh Park) in the parish of Yuroke. Now I suspect that there is a link.
More of that later. Here's the information about the Camerons and the future saint.
Cameron, Alexander (1810–1881)
by Peter Rymill
This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, (MUP), 2005
Alexander Cameron (1810-1881), overlander and pastoralist, was born on 18 August 1810 at Lochaber, Inverness-shire, Scotland, fourth of nine children of John Cameron, sawmiller, and his wife Margaret, née Fraser. Alexander attended school at Inverroy, near Ben Nevis, and worked as a shepherd before obtaining an assisted passage in the Boyne to Sydney. The healthy, literate, six feet (183 cm) tall, Highland Catholic stepped ashore on 2 January 1839 with 101 other enterprising Camerons. He immediately embarked on an epic, clan trek organized by his uncles—droving sheep to Port Phillip, following the wheel-ruts of (Sir) Thomas Mitchell's wagons three years earlier. One uncle Duncan Cameron (1800-1860) settled on the Glenroy run, now a Melbourne suburb, while another, Alexander 'Black Sandy' Cameron (1791-1858), advanced into Australia Felix to pioneer Mount Sturgeon Plains, near Dunkeld.
On 27 June 1843 Cameron married Margaret MacKillop in St Francis's Catholic Church, Melbourne. They were to have ten children. He continued to overland his sheep westwards to new pastures in South Australia where he was the first to apply, on 19 December 1845, for the forty-eight square-mile (18.53-km²) occupation licence surrounding the future site of Penola. This frontier venture, subsequently in partnership with his uncle 'Black Sandy', prospered, as did a lucrative sideline—shipping remounts to the Indian cavalry, prepared by a local horsebreaker and poet Adam Lindsay Gordon who 'received the greatest kindness' from Cameron while recovering from a violent kick to the groin.
Having built the original Royal Oak Hotel by 1848, Cameron encouraged his station tradesmen to establish their own businesses by purchasing eighty acres (32 ha) freehold on 4 April 1850, which he subdivided to found the private township of Penola. In 1852 he initiated the Penola races, renowned for their Highland balls, and would drive through the township to the racecourse, once 'with a piper in full blast and ribbons flying' to the great astonishment and excitement of his nostalgic kinsmen. Full-bearded, handsome and commanding in stature, but with a curiously falsetto voice and a strong Highland accent, he was remembered as 'a sterling fellow . . . like the Highland chief both in person and hospitality'.
The Camerons' 18-year-old niece Mary MacKillop joined the growing family as governess in 1860. In 1863 Cameron's wife Margaret died, as did his eldest daughter in childbirth. Selling Penola station next year, he expanded his pastoral holdings on Mount Sturgeon Plains, in Victoria, and at Avoca Forest, near St Arnaud. On 14 February 1867 at Duck Ponds, Geelong, with Catholic rites, he married 23-year-old Ellen Keogh; they lived in Melbourne at Moreland Hall, Coburg. Cameron died there on 2 September 1881 and was buried in Melbourne general cemetery. His wife, their three daughters and four of their five sons, and one son and five daughters of his first marriage survived him. He left a net estate of £72,000 that included over 22,000 freehold acres (9000 ha) and 53,000 sheep. Known to his contemporaries as 'King' Cameron, he has been commemorated as the founder of Penola by a life-sized bronze statue by John Dowie, erected by public subscription in the main street beside his Royal Oak Hotel.
Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia, vol 1 (Adel, 1925)
V. Feehan, Alexander Cameron--King of Penola--A Biographical Sketch (Melb, 1980)
P. Rymill, The Founders (Penola, SA, 1995)
W. Milne, Notes of a Journey from Adelaide to the South Eastern District of SA, January 1863 (manuscript, State Library of South Australia).
History of Glenroy - Moreland City Council, Victoria, Australia
www.moreland.vic.gov.au › Home › About Moreland › Local history‎
Scottish settlers, Angus, Donald, Duncan and George Gordon Cameron rented land from Hughes and Hosking. The Camerons called their farm the 'Glenroy ...
Glenroy Run Farm
Glenroy was in the Will Will Rook parish. Eleven out of fifteen portions of Will Will Rook land were sold at auction in September 1838. The biggest buyers of land were John Hughes and John Hosking who bought 5000 acres. Scottish settlers, Angus, Donald, Duncan and George Gordon Cameron rented land from Hughes and Hosking. The Camerons called their farm the 'Glenroy Run'. Glenroy was named after a narrow glen (valley) in Invernesshire in Scotland. The Camerons leased the land until the 1850s.
Show corrections - NLA Australian Newspapers - corrections
MOONEE PONDS -Mr George Gordon Cameron Glenroy, Mr John Cameron, Deep Creek, Mr Donald Cameron Stony Field COLIBAN -Mr John Cameron. (N.B. Moonee Ponds was short for Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds and meant anywhere near the creek,which was the western boundary of the Glenroy Run. John Cameron was on Warlaby as revealed by a notice published by Robert McDougall ( see comment of 30-11-2013 re BULLA ROAD BOARD under my journal, DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA.)
12 Sep 1882 - Family Notices - Trove
CAMERON -On the 9th inst, at Ruthvenfield, near Campbellfield, John Cameron, eldest son of the late Donald Cameron, of Ruthvenfield, aged 43 years.
Roxburgh Park Homestead - Mantello Holden
Thanks to Yvonne Kernan and her family for the documents relating to the sale of Roxburgh Park in 1949
In a "Heritage Study of the Former Shire of Bulla District, 1998' Roxburgh Park was described as 'of regional historical and architectural significance' first house constructed early c.1850's and second house constructed 1895.
The first owner was Donald Cameron a Scot and he named the property 'Ruthvenfield'*, again reflecting its Scottish origins as Ruthvenfield is a village, in the parish of Tibbermore, county of Perth, Scotland and the bluestone and granite house built sometime after 1848. In the 1949 sale for the property it is stated 'A Granite Quarry of Monumental & Building Stone of excellent quality, a valuable asset is situate on the Southern Boundary' this is possibly where the materials for the original bluestone and granite dwelling house were extracted from.
(*Donald was assessed on "Stony Field" in the Broadmeadows rate book of 1863! I assume that John* Cameron,who later farmed the property changed the unflattering name. *John Cameron received the grant for crown allotment 2 of section 6, Yuroke of almost 40 acres east of Stony Field,bounded on the south east by Cliffords Rd on the south east-i.e. David Munroe Drive- and roughly Thomas Brunton Drive on the north west. The Pascoe Vale/Somerton Rd roundabout was the south west end of Cliffords Rd and the south east corner of Stony Fields.
In 1882 the dwelling was then described as 4 rooms built with stone walls and partitions of brick with a slate roof and timber cottages used for bedrooms along with various outbuildings and various family members seem to have been running the property after Cameron died.
Thomas Brunton a flour miller purchased the property in 1895. It was not long before plans were made to build a red brick house on the property and said to be the present building on the site. Brunton is attributed to being the person who named Roxburgh Park after his birthplace in Roxburgh, Scotland. It was again described in the 1949 sale as 'of brick' and built on an elevated position'. Brunton bred cattle, horses and Shropshire sheep on the property 'originally established by the late Hon. Thom Brunton, MLC as a country home and Stropshire Stud Farm'.
Sue O'Neill and Angela Evans did a great job of recording gravestone inscriptions at the Will Will Rook Cemetery.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF / ANGUS CAMERON[ / WHO DIED AT MELBOURNE / 20TH MARCH 1871 AGED 87 YEARS / ALSO HIS WIFE / ISABELLA KENNEDY* / WHO DIED AT RUTHVEN / 23RD AUGUST 1863 AGED 72 YEARS / ALSO THEIR CHILDREN / JAMES / FOURTH SON, DIED AT RUTHVEN / OCTOBER 1862, AGED 40 YEARS / ELIZABETH / THIRD DAUGHTER, DIED AT RUTHVEN / 17TH JULY 1863, AGED 31 YEARS / ALSO THEIR GRANDSON / ANGUS CAMERON / ELDEST SON OF GEORGE GORDON CAMERON / DIED AT GLENROY 26TH MARCH 1859 AGED 7 YEARS / ALSO OF / ELIZABETH KENNEDY / WIFE OF DUNCAN MCPHERSON / DIED AT TULLOCH, MICKLEHAM / 8TH AUGUST 1880 AGED 80 YEARS / ERECTED BY R. B. MCP. STEVENSON.
(* This would most likely be Isabella's second given name and an indication of her mother's maiden name as seen in so many family naming patterns. Perhaps that was the Cameron/Kennedy family link.)This would be the family that owned 10B Will Will Rook.
TO THE MEMORY / OF / DONALD CAMERON / BORN AT EUROKE / MARCH 1855 / DIED JUNE 3RD 1861 / ALSO HIS MOTHER / SARAH CAMERON / WHO DIED / FEBRUARY 1862. This means Stony Field.Possibly John's younger brother.
ERECTED / BY / JANE CAMERON / IN MEMORY OF HER FATHER / JOHN CAMERON / NATIVE OF INVERNESSHIRE BORN 1818 DIED FEB. 1854 / AGED 37 YEARS / AND HIS WIFE / SUSAN / NATIVE OF STANLEY, PERTHSHIRE / DIED 1855, AGED 27 YEARS.
TO LET, GLENALIN FARM, Moonee Ponds,Broadmeadows, portion of the Glenroy Estate,lately occupied by Mr. George Cameron. The farm contains about 593 acres, fenced in, and subdivided into paddocks, whereof about 300 acres have been under cultivation. There is a substantial dwelling house on the farm, with dairy, stable, and other farm offices attached, all in good repair. Entrance may be had immediately. Apply to J. S. Ogilvy, 65 Queen
street; or to the Hon. Donald Kennedy, of Dundonald, near Broadmeadows. (P.8,Argus, 6-10-1860.)
Where was Glenalin Farm?
The most obvious choice because of the specified 593 acres would be section 10 of the parish of Will Will Rook. This consisted of 10B, Ruthven (403 acres), 10A,between Ruthven and Camp Rd,granted to Alexander Gibb of Meadowbank (142a 2 r. 3 p.) and 10C, north of the Will Will Rook cemetery, granted to Neil Campbell (42 acres.)
This might have been the pre-emptive right of the Glenroy Run,the homestead block. As long as the rent was paid to the government on time each year,nobody else could buy it. The total acreage above is 588 acres, only 5 acres short.
The land for the Will Will Rook Cemetery (10 acres)was supposed to have been donated in the 1850's by Neil Campbell who received the grants for the 40 acres to the north and most of Campbellfield to the east. Perhaps the trustees leased the northern,unused half to the Camerons for grazing to keep the grass down.This would have been exactly 593 acres.
Glenroy Farm consisted of lot 4 (388 acres 3 roods 35 perches) and lot 5 (210a. 1 r. 25p.)east of the railway line. (P.78 B.A.F.H.) It was between Rhodes Pde/Boundary Rd and roughly Hilton St and included the Northern Golf Course site,where it adjoined Fawkner's Box Forest Co-Op. land. This is close to the required acreage but the western boundary, the railway, was not built until 1872.
A third possibility for the location of Glenalin Farm is also part of the Hughes and Hosking grants bought by the Kennedy's over a decade earlier. Donald had partitioned the land in 1857,presumably when Pascoe Vale was properly made to Somerton Rd to link with the new road to Sydney,Duncan getting the land east of this road to the creek, about a third of the land.
As mentioned before, lot 4 in the 1874 subdivision of the Glenroy Estate,the part of Glenroy farm containing the buildings,consisted of 388a. 3r. 35p. I have seen no mention of Duncan farming his land, so there is no reason why,despite roadside fences,Glenalin farm could not have straddled Pascoe Vale Rd with the 300 acres of cultivation on Glenroy Farm and grazing on 205 acres between the road and the creek on Duncan's land.
Lot 4 of the subdivision was the northern half of section 1, Will Will Rook, which consisted of 1174 acres.
Lots 4 and 5 totalled about 599 acres, so that means that there were 575 acres between the railway line and the creek or about 503 acres between the road and the creek. Because of the route of the road and the course of the creek south of Fran St,it is likely that Duncan's land west of lot 4 would consist of about 200 acres, and west of lot 5 about 300 acres. Lot 4 extended onto Duncan's land would total about 589 acres and lot 5 about 510 acres.
If the former was Glenalin Farm, its southern boundary is indicated by the Pascoe Vale Rd/Barwon St corner and the northern by Muntz Ave (named after an early Broady Shire engineer), and Hilton St.
AND THE SAINT!
Extract from:Mary MacKillop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mary Helen MacKillop RSJ, also known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, was an Australian of Scottish descent who has been declared a saint by the Catholic ...
‎Early life and ministry - ‎Founding of school and ...
MacKillop started work at the age of 14 as a clerk in a stationery store in Melbourne. To provide for her needy family, in 1860 she took a job as governess at the estate of her aunt and uncle, Alexander and Margaret Cameron in Penola, South Australia where she was to look after their children and teach them. Already set on helping the poor whenever possible, she included the other farm children on the Cameron estate as well. This brought her into contact with Fr Woods, who had been the parish priest in the south east since his ordination to the priesthood in 1857 after completing his studies at Sevenhill.
MacKillop stayed for two years with the Camerons before accepting a job teaching the children of Portland, Victoria in 1862. Later she taught at the Portland school and after opening her own boarding school, Bay View House Seminary for Young Ladies, now Bayview College, in 1864, was joined by the rest of her family.
Founding of school and religious congregation.
Fr Woods had been very concerned about the lack of education and particularly Catholic education in South Australia. In 1866, he invited MacKillop and her sisters Annie and Lexie to come to Penola and to open a Catholic school. Woods was appointed director of education and became the founder, along with MacKillop, of a school they opened in a stable there. After renovations by their brother, the MacKillops started teaching more than 50 children. At this time MacKillop made a declaration of her dedication to God and began wearing black.
On 21 November 1866, the feast day of the Presentation of Mary, several other women joined MacKillop and her sisters. MacKillop adopted the religious name of Sister Mary of the Cross and she and Lexie began wearing simple religious habits. The small group began to call themselves the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and moved to a new house in Grote Street, Adelaide. There they founded a new school at the request of the bishop, Laurence Bonaventure Sheil OFM. Dedicated to the education of the children of the poor, it was the first religious institute to be founded by an Australian.
See my journal THE DUNDONALD ESTATE NEAR BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP whose farms will not be discussed here. My aim in this journal is to specify the location of each farm (Melway and crown allotment details) and to present a chronology of each using advertisements and articles from trove.
As I must concentrate on my Bulla Dictionary History,items will be added here only as I stumble across them. Farms will be dealt with in alphabetical rather than geographical order so I will list the names geographically so the location of farms in relation to neighbouring farms can be seen. (*=Dundonald Estate.)
MELROSE DRIVE.(PRESENT-SOUTH TO NORTH.)
EAST. JUNCTION HOTEL/GREEN'S CORNER, Broombank, LADY OF THE LAKE HOTEL, (Hamilton Terrace, Sunnyside, Fairview, Glendewar (shire of Bulla)- see the Camiestown Estate journal.)
WEST-Shire of Keilor to Grants Lane,then shire of Bulla.
MICKLEHAM RD (PRESENT)-SOUTH TO NORTH.
WEST. Junction Estate, Strathconan,Spring Burn,Chandos Park, CREEK, Kia Ora* (fronting Ardlie St), Dundonald* SWAIN ST, Machell's subdivision, SOMERTON RD, Greenan, Kentucky?
EAST. Viewpoint,Stewarton/Gladstone, TOWNSHIP, Willowbank* (fronting Ardlie St),Springbank*, Bob Jefferies',
Dunvegan,SOMERTON RD, Springfield south and north (Brocklands), Dunhelen.
Pipeline north of Elizabeth St,Westmeadows.-Wattle Glen* (Grove?),Annette Farm* and Glen Allan east to Pascoe Vale Rd.
SOMERTON RD (WEST TO EAST.)
NORTH. Sherwood, H.Q. of Oaklands Hunt Club, (shire of Bulla), Ballater Park,Greenvale,Greenan,MICKLEHAM RD, Springfield,Glenarthur, Waltham etc, Stony Fields/Roxburgh Park, Somerton settlement.
SOUTH. Woodlands (shire of Bulla),Timber Reserve,SECTION RD., Machell's subdivision,MICKLEHAM RD., Dunvegan,Fairview,Brook Hill..,PASCOE VALE RD,..JOHN WATT'S (OAK HILL?)
Hoctor's ROCKLAW- location to be determined.
BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP PIONEERS.
By googling TOWNSHIP OF BROADMEADOWS, several maps of the township can be found. The township was on what was probably the most popular early roads to Sydney because the direct route was too boggy between Campbellfield and Somerton. Having reached the Broadmeadows Hotel, travellers would climb the Ardlie St hill to where it joins Mickleham Rd today. Past Donnybrook Lane,the latter road is still called Old Sydney Road.The township was very busy during the rush to the McIvor diggings near Heathcote.Eventually the township (and the hill climb) was bypassed when the road past the Young Queen Inn (Pascoe Vale Rd) was made to link with the new road at Somerton.
There was no bridge in the township so a meeting was held at George and Angus Cameron's Ruthven (Melaway 6 K6) in October 1851 to obtain one. P. 35 BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY. 'A more desirable object could not be entered upon,since the inhabitants of [the Tullamarine side of the creek]are obliged to go a distance of nine miles to the Campbellfield mills*,Pentridge &c.;but by such a bridge as is projected,the route will only be three miles.' (*Barber and Lowe's mill at Melway 7 J10,recently the pipeworks market.)
I had always assumed that the bridge would have been at the bottom of Fawkner St,where the historic stone bridge still stands. The 1854 timber bridge actually connected the two parts of Ardlie St and ran south to north across the creek from Tylden Place. The map bears out the evidence given by one of the participants in the 1857 feud between the two policemen that Peter Mitchell was one of the biggest landowners in the town. Many of the original purchasers such as E.DeCarle and William Dixon Scurfield were speculators. De Carle,a Coburg resident if I remember Richard Broome's BETWEEN TWO CREEKS correctly,and Scurfield both bought land at Dromana,the latter building the first hotel there in 1857;it was run by Richard Watkin who established the Dromana Hotel in 1862. The map shows blocks purchased by some of the pioneers mentioned below.
Many township street names honour pioneer farmers in the area such as Niel Black, grantee of the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park, Ardlie (subject of one of my journals, mis-spelt on the map), grantee of part of Edmond Dunn's Viewpoint so ill-used by the Melbourne Hunt in 1869 (my recent journal)and EyreEvans Kenny of Camp Hill (now Gowanbrae.)
See the BETHELL entry in my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA about the three Bethell brothers, William of Bulla, and John and Edmond (who died young)of Broadmeadows Township. Andrew Lemon gives considerable detail about John in his history.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 17 June 1859 p 4 Family Notices
...nst., at his residence, Victoria Hotel, Broadmeadows, Mr. John Bryan, aged 55 years.
The Victoria Hotel, just a bit further up Ardlie St from the Broadmeadows Hotel, separated from it by George Couser's store/post office, was then run by Jane Bryan and burnt down in 1879.
On page 5 of BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon stated that (in 1857)one of the squabbling policemen had sold a horse to Mr Cain,another of the butchers of Broadmeadows (Township.) Andrew wrote his history to make a living; I write mine to help family historians!
An election notice of 1856 lists the supporters of Robert Bennett for the seat of East Bourke. In the division of Pentridge,William Cain is listed along with such as Enoch Reynolds, Thomas Chadwick, Alexander Gibb (Meadowbank), Peter Mitchell, Samuel House (sic,Howse), and William Chapman (Rev.?)who lived in or near the township.
This is confirmation.
STRAYED into my Paddock, on 24th Ootober, One Black HORSE, branded GW near shoulder, lame on the fore foot. The owner can have him by paying expenses. William Cain. Broadmeadows, 10 Nov.,1857. (P.8, Argus,14-11-1857.)
FARM, on Glenroy Estate, Broadmeadows, to be LET, for 3 years from 1st April next. The farm, which is at present under lease to Mr. William Cain, consists of 564 acres (more or less), partly under cultivation.
CARGILL-On the 20th July, at Broadmeadows Mary, relict of the late David Cargill, and loving mother of Robert, Lizzie (Mrs Corrigan), John (deceased), and Jean (Mrs. Killingsworth,deceased), aged 92 years (Private interment.) (P.13, Argus, 23-7-1927.)
Cargill and Butler were the town's first butchers and raised much complaint when the creek they did taint. Bob Cargill's son was accidentally killed by young Graco whose family moved to the present Brimbank Park. The Cargills were buried at Bulla. The Corrigans were in the area by 1868.
William Chadwick was an early licencee of the Broadmeadows Hotel in Broadmeadows Township and after some years
took over Peter Pitches' hotel at Essendon and ran it for some time as the FARMERS' ARMS HOTEL. This hotel still stands at the south west corner of Mount Alexander Rd and Buckley St in Essendon, just north of Pitches St. To find the following obituary, I did a search for "william chadwick, benalla, obituary", a strategy that would not have occurred to me if I had not written a history of Ardmillan Road, Moonee Ponds, and met former Essendon Mayor, Dorothy Fullarton, who offered a loan of two histories of the Benalla area which gave much information about the Chadwick family. There was even a photo of the family at the Broadmeadows army camp during W.W.1.
Another old resident, in the person of Mrs Amelia, relict of the late William Chadwick, who for many years owned and conducted the Farmers' Arms Hotel, has just made her exit from the stage of life, her death taking place on Friday evening last.The cause of death was paralysis, from which the deceased, who resided with her niece (Mrs Murray), had suffered for some time past.
The late Mrs Chadwick, who had attained the age of 76 years, was a native of Suffolkshire, England. She arrived in Victoria in 1852 and in the following year became the wife of her late husband, who died about 6 years ago, at Broadmeadows. After a short career in the butchering business, the newly married couple went into hotel keeping in the same locality and then removed to Essendon, where they conducted the Royal Mail Hotel(probably Peter Pitches' name for the hotel) till 1877. In that year they bought the Farmers' Arms Hotel (built it according to the history), Benalla, which they ran during the greater part of their life afterwards, winning the goodwill and esteem of all who had occasion to have business, or social intercourse with them. Six years ago they retired from business altogether.
The late Mrs Chadwick was the mother of a family of three, two of whom survive her - viz., Messrs Martin
Chadwick, one of the most prosperous and largest hearted landholders of Lake Rowan, and W. Chadwick, another esteemed and well-to-do man, who resides at St. James. The deceased lady herself was one of the most generous and popular women who ever resided in our midst - a most magnificent type of that open - hearted Englishwoman
we used to meet in the days of boyhood- one of those woman, indeed, whose humanity and humility shone lustrously throughout her life, who knew no such thing as sect or creed where the cause of Charity was concerned, and whose practical sympathy was the admiration of all who were acquainted with it. Without exaggeration it might he said that a more estimable or a more esteemed, woman has never, perhaps, resided in our midst, a fact which was simply borne out by the large number of people, old inhabitants, in particular, who followed her remains to the grave. The obsequies at the interment were presided over by the Rev. A. C.M'Connan, of the Presbyterian Church, Mr.T. Hanlon carrying out the funeral arrangements.
(P. 3, The North Eastern Ensign,7-8-1908.)
It's hardly worthwhile for any Couser descendants to borrow BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY so I'll give Andrew Lemon's words verbatim. P.63.(1857-1882) "and George Couser had long since replaced Peter Mitchell as the general storekeeper." P.114-5.(1907-1916.) "Broaddmeadows town seemed to take its pace from old George Couser who continued to run his post office store in its little wooden building next to the Broadmeadows Hotel, as he had done since the late* 1860's. He was 83 when he died,still postmaster,in January 1912."
*As shown below,George was living in the township in 1865 or probably a year earlier, as he'd have to earn a reputation before being appointed as a registrar. George also served as a registrar of births and deaths, and auditor for the shire of Broadmeadows.
I Hereby notify that GENERAL LISTS for the Broadmeadows Division of East Bourke District and South Province are PRINTED, and ready for INSPECTION at my office up to the 18th October,1865. Geo. Couser, Electoral Registrar, Broadmeadows.
A man named George Mansfield has been arrested by the detective police on the charge of stealing a quantity of wearing-apparel, to the value of about £12, from Mr. George Couser, of Broadmeadows, on the 7th inst.He was lodged in the lock-up, and will be brought before the City Court to-day. (P.4,Argus,10-2-1868.)
COUSER.—On the 28th February, at Melbourne Hospital, Mary Jane, beloved wife of George Couser, Broadmeadows, aged 69 years, 11 months. (P.9, Argus, 2-3-1910.)
COUSER. —On the 29th January, at his residence,Broadmeadows, George Couser (postmaster), aged 83 years.
At rest. (P.1, Argus,30-1-1912.)
WRIGHT-COUSER. -[Silver Wedding.] - On the 21st October, 1896, at "Bay View," Tullamarine, by the Rev. Henry Robinson, Edgar Allan, fifth son of the late Wallis and Mary Wright, to Lucy Ellen, daughter of the late George and Mary Couser. (Present address "Lealholme," Broadmeadows.)(P.1, Argus, 21-10-1921.)
Well I'll be! Edgar (Ted) Wright was Broadmeadows Township's wheelwright,operating on the east corner of Black St (now Coopers Hill Drive.) He had been apprenticed to his older brother,Fred,a blacksmith at Tullamarine (at the bottom left corner of 5 E7) before establishing his own business in John Kingshott's former blacksmith premises. The Parr, Wright and Nash families were stalwarts of the Tullamarine Methodist Church,the last two owning adjoining properties (Sunnyside and Fairview which are the subject of this archeological survey:
[PDF]rchaeology t TARDIS - Hume City Council). Charles Nash also owned Bay View, nearer to Tullamarine Junction, which would have been handier for the guests from the township. This farm was much of today's Trade Park Industrial Estate. It is probable that George Couser was not a Methodist, otherwise they would have been married in the Tullamarine Methodist Church,on a block between the present Trade Park Drive and Post Office Lane (the northern boundary of Trade Park) which Charles Nash had sold to the church for a trifle.
This makes George Couser part of my family tree!
WRIGHT—COCK. —On the 11th June, 1913, at Christ Church Essendon by the Rev Whitton, Thomas Henry, son of the late Wallis and Mary Wright late of Tullamarine to Catherine Eliza daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Cock late of Gladstone Broadmeadows (Present address, View Point Tullamarine.) (P.8, Argus, 11-6-1930.)
DRAIN.-The Friends of the late Mrs. ELIZA DRAIN are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, in the Campbellfield* Cemetery.The funeral will leave her late residence, Broadmeadows, THIS DAY (Saturday, 31st inst.), at 3 o'clock p.m. (P.13, Argus,31-10-1908.) *Probably Will Will Rook Cemetery.
DUNCAN (nee Drain).-On the 4th August, 1930, Ann, the dearly beloved wife of Robert Duncan,of Kalgoorlie. W.A., and loving daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Drain, of Broadmeadows,and loved sister of John (deceased), Mary Jane(Mrs. T. Jackson), Lizzie (Mr.T. Halstead, deceased), Maggie (Mrs R.F.Anderson), Maria(Mrs. J. Thorne, deceased). Matilda (deceased),Bella (Mrs J. Jones), and Alice (Mrs. W. H.Cock). -Resting. (W.A. papers please copy.) (P.13, Argus,16-9-1930.)
I can hear you thinking, "Hardly pioneers!" On the above evidence from Trove alone,that would seem a reasonable comment. A quarter of a century ago,I spent so much time at the Broadmeadows Town Hall transcribing rates that some of the council staff actually thought I worked there. And one of the memories that remains after all this time is how much land the Drains owned in the township. I presume that much of it would have been at the eastern end of the township where there were 2 and 4 acre blocks. In those days, a reasonable house on a quarter acre block would have a nett annual value of 5 pounds. Broadmeadows Township had become a sleepy hollow and land values had dropped so much that many house blocks would probably have a nett annual value of only about two pounds.
Here's a question. How do you make three hours of transcription go down the DRAIN in a fraction of a second?
Easy. Highlight it to copy it and instead of right clicking to copy, clicking backspace. Work lost included the DRAIN and ROBERT FOSTER ANDERSON entries in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.
Members of the Drain family, resident in Broadmeadows Township by 1863, were buried at the Will Will Rook cemetery from 1867. The Andersons lived across today's Melrose Drive from the Springbank St corner, Robert Foster Anderson (born of Irish parents at Fitzroy in 1859 and moving to Tullamarine when he was 5) having a 52 acre farm in 1888. This later became 41 acres and was farmed by Alf Hownslow who called it "Sinleigh", Robert, and Maggie Drain of Broadmeadows whom he'd married in 1881, having moved by 1920 to Glenarthur (which is now covered by the western half of the Greenvale reservoir.) They must have moved further north towards Craigieburn later.
John and Bertram Anderson,brothers who took over Alf Hounslow's 41 acre farm at Tullamarine in about 1940 might have been Robert and Maggie's sons. If any descendants would like the lost information,private message me.By the way,we are related because William Henry Cock who married Alice Sarah Drain in 1910 was my great uncle!
ANDERSON. —On the 23rd September 1934 at private hospital, Margaret, beloved wife of Robert Foster Anderson (late of Craigieburn)and dearly loved mother of Arthur, Florence (Mrs. F. D. Ewert) Annabella (Mrs. W. D.
Mann), William, Hector, Margaret ( Mrs D S Aitken) and Thomas aged 71 years. (P.1, Argus,24-9-1934.)
ANDERSON -On the 6th May at his daughter's residence 17 Kent street Flemington,Robert Foster Anderson, relict oi the late Margaret and loving father of Arthur, Florence(Mrs F E Ewert) Annabella (Mrs W D Mann) William (deceased) Hector, Margaret(Mrs D S Aitken) and Thomas, aged 80 years -At rest (P.8,Argus,8-5-1939.)
AITKEN. —On September 15, at private hospital,Margaret Maria, youngest daughter of the late Robert Foster and Margaret Anderson (late of Craigieburn), dearly loved sister of Arthur, Florence(Mrs. Ewert), Annabelle (Mrs. Mann), William (deceased), Hector, and Thomas. —Dearly loved and deeply mourned.(P.4,Argus,16-9-1940.)
DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE, G2.
Members of the Gage family buried at the Will Will Rook cemetery and date of burial:
ANN STEWART, 18-5-1867; ELIZABETH, 21-8-1889; GOUGH, 6-10-1870; JANE, 14-11-1914; RICHARD,28-12-1895;
RICHARD, 9-11-1915; RICHARD,3-3-1937.
G.Charles Nash,who came to Victoria in 1849 and established his farm "Fairview", the so called VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD*, married Mary Gage in 1854 so it can be presumed that the Gage family was living in Broadmeadows Township by that time. Mary carried on the dairying and hay growing on Fairview, and Bayview (see COUSER above) after the death of Charles at 58 on 19-8-1884, and died at the age of 83 on 21-2-1919.
(*Google VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD to get the ON MY DOORSTEP article and add TARDIS to get the archeological assessment.)
It is possible that the longtime Gage residence in the township was on lots 4 and 5 of section 24,on which Hugh Gage was assessed in 1920, a half acre fronting Grundy St at its junction with Bent St. Harry Heaps who arrived in Tullamarine in 1923 as a 14 year old and lived on Wallis Wright's old Sunnyside between Fairview and Wright St,told me that Dicky Gage was renowned throughout the district as a haystack builder and didn't mind a drink or six.
Hugh Gage was one of four township residents given work in the 1892 depression by Broady Shire.(BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
Of horse-hayrakes there are 16 entries. In this branch, Messrs. Madders, Geo. Grant, James Grant, G. Munsie, and G. Alston are the exhibitors of colonial, and Messrs. T. Robinson and Co., and Mr. Gilmore, of Broadmeadows, of imported, manufactures....Except in the matter of cheese-presses the entries are not numerous, Mr. Gilmore, of Broadmeadows, exhibits the only colonial cheese-press in the show, but the almost entire absence of any such thing at former exhibitions makes them a valuable feature of the present exhibition.
(Port Phillip Farmers' Society Great Exhibition. P.5,Argus,3-10-1860.)
MARRIAGE. LAWRIE-GILMORE. — On the 22nd ult., at Broadmeadows, by the Rev. D. Chapman, James Lawrie to Agnes, only daughter of Mr Wm. Gilmore,of Broadmeadows. ( The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic. : 1864 - 1867) Thursday 27 December 1866 p 16.)
DR. HARRIS begs to inform the inhabitants of Broadmeadows, and the surrounding districts, that he has commenced
practice as Surgeon and Accoucheur in the above Township. (P.7,Argus,18-1-1853.)
MORRIS James p.27, 30 teacher
REYNOLDS Enoch p.25
ROGERS P.1 BUTCHER
ROAM THE BROADY DISTRICT WITH THE OAKLANDS HUNT AND MELWAY.
The throw off was in Woodlands Estate opposite the Sherwood homestead (178 C6). Going east over the creek to the first fence (178 D7)the line turned south into the Greenvale Sanatorium property. Jumping into Cumberland (178 D12)an easterly swing was made going up the Gellibrand hill to J. Attwood's Dundonald which was soon crossed. Hounds ran over the Mickleham road to Campbell's Springbank travelling fast (178 J12.) An easterly swing was made to S.Walsh's Annette (6 C1) and then south to Willowbank 6 B5), again east to J.Walsh's* (6 C5). Turning south once more hounds well strung out took the field over a lane (Kenny St) into Anderson's** thence to Underwood's **where a check was made. Taking up the line again with a following wind the Broadmeadows road was crossed to Phahoff's*** (6 E7.) (P.12,Argus,17-8-1936.)
*J.Walsh's farm was south of Annette Farm,not far from the north end of Elizabeth St. The Lloyd's called it Wattle Glen but the advertisement of 1929 called it Wattle Grove.
** Anderson,whose historic house stands between the historic hall and the historic bridge, was the town's baker and Tim Underwood had followed Bob Cargill as the town's butcher. As rate books did not specify where exactly their land was,it would have been near Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township.
***Pahoff had been on Glen Allan by 1920 but John Twomey was still residing in the house. Glen Allan was on the north side of Johnstone St and the Glen Lyn land was across this road on the south side. Pahoff was assessed on exactly the same number of acres that John Twomey had been and the rate book may even have specified his property being Glen Allan. The whole road from Broadmeadows Rd to Sydney Rd was originally called Campbellfield Rd but was renamed Camp Rd because of the army camp.
TENDERS are invited by THE UNION TRUSTEE COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, of 333 Collins street, Melbourne, for a GRAZING LEASE of THREE YEARS for the 250 acres which have a frontage to Camp road, Broadmeadows, and is
at present occupied by Messrs. Letwin and Pahoff.(P.16,Argus, 19-1-1938.)This was part of McLean's Glen Lyn property south of Johnstone St and Glen Allan.
THURSDAY-, NOVEMBER 27, BROADMEADOWS. On the Premises. At Two O'clock, CLEARING SALE of DAIRY HERD, PLANT, etc.
For Absolute Sale, on Account of Miss Twomey, who has Leased her Property.(P.5, Argus, 22-11-1913.)
TWOMEY - On the 20th August, at his residence,"Glen Allan", Broadmeadows, John Twomey,JP, in his 56th year. R.I. P. (P.1, Argus, 2-8-1919.)
CORRIGAN.— On the 14th inst., at her residence, Annette, Broadmeadows, Bridget, widow of the late William Corrigan, aged 70 years. R.I.P. (P.1,Argus, 16-1-1893.)
BROADMEADOWS (Feb. 10) -M'Phail Bros. and Co. report having conducted a very successful clearing sale on behalf of Mr W. J Corrigan, Annette Farm, Broadmeadows, of his dairy cattle, (etc.) (P.5, Argus, 24-2-1910.)
I thought Jack Hoctor and George and Sid Lloyd had just forgotten to mention Annette Farm when they discussed the sale of the Kennedy farms in 1929. They didn't forget it; it wasn't sold then despite being advertised. The executors wouldn't have bothered trying to sell it during the 1930's depression.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27. At Half-past Two O'Clock. At Scott's Hotel. Melbourne._
Under Instructions from THE TRUSTEES,EXECUTORS,AND AGENCY COMPANY LIMITED, of 401 Collins street. Melbourne,
In the Estate of Donald Kennedy. Deceased.
-SALE OF NICE FARM AT BROADMEADOWS. Known as Annette. Containing About 291 ACRES of FIRST-CLASS COUNTRY. Being Part of Crown Allotment 9 at Broadmeadows, with Entrance Off Kenny Street, and Adjacent to Properties Owned by Edward Campbell, Esq.. and Messrs. W.and J. Walsh. It is Suitable for City Milk, Fattening, and Cultivation, Bounded by Permanent Creek, with-Rich Flats and Banks Thereon, Supplemented by Dams, and Also U.G. Tank for Domestic Purposes. The Property Occupies an Admirable Position, in a Progressive Area, Within 12 Miles of
Metropolitan Markets, and Adjacent to the Broadmeadows Electric Train Service, with Supplementary Bus Service Connecting with Essendon. The Property is Fairly Fenced: Also Cow Bails and Shedding Thereon. A Good Property and Being for Definite Sale,Proposed Buyers May Attend the Sale with Confidence. (P.14,Argus,23-1-1943.)
CHANDOS PARK.(Eastern 123 acres of section 15 Tullamarine. Bounded by Wright St and Mickleham Rd from roughly Bamford Avenue to the Moonee Ponds Creek. Melway 5 H6.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 10 January 1942 p 2 Family Notices
.... JUDD-WEBB.-Lorna Clara Webb, only daughter of the late Mr. William Webb and Mrs. Ethel Cohen, of Carlton, to Colin Wilton, eldest son of Percy and Ruby Judd, of Chandos Park.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 24 August 1954 p 10 Article
... Mrs. Bill Bamford, of Chandos Park, Broad- meadows; their son, John.
There may have been a family connection between the Judd and Bamford families.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 April 1944 p 6 Family Notices
... T. E. Rodwell, only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Rodwell, 94 Milton street, Elwood. JUDD - BAMFORD. - Merle, youngest daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr..C. S. Judd, 'of Charman road, Cheltenham, to Pte. Jack Bamford (A.I.F.), third son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bamford, Stewart avenue, Parkdale.
Another connection is the W.Bamford and A.Judd were both members of the Oaklands Hunt.
William Hudson and Co. sold 100 (fat lambs)for Mr A Nash, Dunhelen Broadmeadows. (P.10,Argus,30-3-1892.)
CAMERON. -On the 30th July at her residence " Dunhelen " Broadmeadows, Isabella, the dearly beloved wife of Ewen Cameron, and loving mother of Margaret and Hughena.(P.11, Argus,31-7-1915.)
I'm sure the grave of Ewan's family is in the Will Will Rook cemetery not far from the road frontage.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 8 July 1901 p 1 Family Notices
... daughter. PIGDON. -On the 20th June, at "Dunhelen," Broadmeadows the wife of J. C. Pigdon-a daughter.
See my journal JAMES PIGDON HAD A SENSE OF HUMOUR.
GLADSTONE PARK. (See Stewarton.)
See my journal THE CAMERONS OF GLENROY.
TWOMEY - On the 20th August, at his residence "Glen Allan", Broadmeadows, John Twomey,JP,in his 56th year.
R.I.P. (P.1, Argus,22-8-1919.)
GLENROY STATION. (Pasture Hill+Bayview Farm+Glenroy Farm.)
BEATY—CAMERON.—On the 28th inst., at the residence of the bride's mother, 317 Elizabeth-street north, by the Rev. Robert Hamilton, of Fitzroy, William Shaw Beaty, second son of William Beaty, Esq.,Becks, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, to Jane Anne, only daughter of the late George Gordon Cameron, Esq., of Glenroy, Broadmeadows. Dumfries and Inverness papers please copy.(P.4,Argus,28-3-1872.)
GREENVALE/ THE ELMS.
McKERCHAR.-On the 31st March, 1914, at her residence, Greenvale, Broadmeadows, Catherine McNab, relict of John McKerchar, aged 85 years. (P.1,Argus, 2-4-1914.)
CUTHBERT. –On the 21st November, at private hospital, Sunshine, John, dearly loved brother of Mrs. Bond (Sunshine), Charles (deceased), Mrs. Papworth (Sydney), aged 73 years, late of Broadmeadows. (Interred privately.) (P.17,Argus, 29-11-1924.)
KERRSLAND. (Pasture Hill and Bayview Farm.)
HOCTOR. -On the 29th June, 1933, at her residence Rocklaw, Broadmeadows East, Margaret, dearly beloved wife of the late Michael Hoctor, dearly beloved mother of Bridget-(Mrs Mahoney), Mary Ann (Mrs O Sullivan) Eliza (Mrs May )John, Maggie (Mrs Beahan) James (Boinka) Peter and Michael, loved sister of Daniel Corcoran,
aged 88 years and 3 months. Native of Brunswick. May her soul rest in peace. (P.1,Argus,30-6-1933.)
LOCKHART.-On November 28 (suddenly),at Springburn, Broadmeadows, William,dearly loved husband of Emma, and loving father of Dora, Keith, Eunice, Frank, and Hazel, aged 70 years.
LOCKHART.-On November 28, at Springburn, Broadmeadows, William, devoted father of Frank, father-in-law of Kathleen, and dear grandpa of Peter, John, and David.(P.2, Argus, 30-11-1942.)
STEWARTON/GLADSTONE.(Section 5, Tullamarine, 785/777 acres.) See VIEWPOINT.
This fronted the east side of Broadmeadows(Mickleham)Road from the Lackenheath Drive corner to Forman St with the Moonee Ponds Creek being the western and part of the northern boundary. Land between the freeway and Mickleham Rd was called Gladstone Gardens.
Peter McCracken leased Stewarton from Niel Black from 1846 to 1955 (McCracken letters.) Peter's young son drowned in the creek (most likely near the end of Pascoe St) after walking with his older siblings part of the way to school in Broadmeadows Township. By the way, Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the creek,not the future suburb. Just as well I knew to enter Peter Young,Peter McCracken to find the following.
THE FARMERS' SOCIETY. .... The chair was most ably filled by Peter Young, Esq. of Nairn, who presided in the absence of Peter McCracken, Esq. of Stewarton, who was prevented from attending by a severe domestic
calamity, recently recorded in our columns. (P.4,Argus,28-10-1852.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 20 October 1852 p 4 Family Notices
DIED, Drowned at Broadmeadows, on the 18th instant, William, aged 3 years and 3 months, third son of Peter M'Cracken, of Stewarton.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 12 October 1850 p 3 Advertising
PETER M'CRACKEN. Stewarton, Moonee Ponds, £1 REWARD.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 22 May 1851 p 2 Family Notices
... BIRTH. At Stewarton, near Broadmeadows, on Thursday last, the lady of Peter M'Cracken, Esq., of a son. ..
FRIDAY, 23rd MARCH.
D CAMPBELL and CO. have received instructions from Mr. P. M'Cracken, in consequence of his leaving the farm, to sell by auction, at Stewarton, near Broadmeadows, on Friday, 23rd inst.,at eleven o'clock, a.m ,
Three stacks oaten hay, about 150 tons, one stack oaten straw, two stacks wheat straw, three teams working bullocks, ten milch cows, one bull. Also,A quantity of farming implements, dairy utensils.
N.B. Lunch Provided. (P.3, Argus, 19-3-1855.)
The first ratebook (1863) saw J.Maconochie assessed. He'd probably moved in when Peter McCracken left.
TENDERS WANTED, for CONSTRUCTING a DAM on tho Stewarton Estate, Broadmeadows. Plans and specifications may be seen with E M Ivor, surveyor at Brunswick, until tho 8th inst, and at Shire hall Broadmeadows from 8th to 14th inst. (P.3, Argus, 4-3-1878.)
COCK—TYRES. —On the 11th April, 1917, at the residence of the bride's brother, Swan street,Richmond, by the Rev. J. Thomas, Alister Arthur, youngest son of the late John Cock, of "Gladstone Park," Broadmeadows, to Agnes, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. Tyres, Numurkah.(P.1, Argus,20-4-1917.)
On the 15th inst., at her brother's residence, Stewarton, Broadmeadows, Margaret, daughter of the late
Alexander McConochie, farmer, Buteshire, Scotland, aged 30 years. (P.5, Argus,16-9-1858.)
VIEWPOINT. (Crown allotments 4 (1)97 acres and 4 (2) 225 acres,parish of Tullamarine; Melway 5 K12, between Tangmere Ave and Lackenheath Dr.corners and east to Moonee Ponds Creek.)
This property was between Stewarton and Camp Hill. Its owner was Edmund Dunn, who took a stand against the Melbourne Hunt Club as outlined in my journal OH THE FARMERS AND THE HUNTERS SHOULD BE FRIENDS. The first article that I saw about the case did not mention how many acres Edmund was occupying. The following extract from another article shows that he was probably occupying one of the adjoining properties.
Edmund Dunn, who stated,-I am a farmer at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows. I own and occupy about 1,100 acres of land. I devote part of it to agricultural and part to grazing purposes. I
have about seventy acres of wheat, and about 130 acres of oats under crop. At the time of the injury they were in full growth, with every prospect of a good crop. (P.6, Argus,4-11-1868.)
Viewpoint consisted of 322 acres according to the parish map. The rest of the land was likely Stewarton(785 acres on the parish map but 777 acres in ratebooks.) 322+777 =1099 was probably Edmund's calculation.
John Cock started leasing Viewpoint in about 1898 about five years after he moved onto Stewarton and a few years later split the lease with OLD Tom Bennett. John Mansfield later bought the southern half and named it Grandview.
Broadmeadows Township,bounded by Hackett St,Kenny St,Lyons St and the Moonee Ponds Creek/Forman St at Melway 6 A7 started to lose its name in 1872 when the failed Essendon private railway was extended through Campbellfield toward Sydney as the North Eastern Railway. The station was named Broadmeadows and the nearby area started to acquire the name so,to avoid confusion the township was referred to as West Broadmeadows, later West Meadows, and is now known as Westmeadows. The suburb has now expanded into former farms such as Chandos, Kia Ora and Willow Bank.
Townships were declared on well-used routes, usually straddling a stream,many circa 1850. The Sydney road passed the Young Queen Inn at John Pascoe Fawkner's Pascoeville, further on turning west to pass through the Broadmeadows Township and climb Ardlie St. As the direct route was too boggy,it was some years before this hilly detour became redundant and the township was a lively place,especially during the rush to the McIvor diggings near Heathcote. Eventually the hill climbing was no longer necessary because Pascoe Vale Rd was made as far as Somerton Rd,probably linking with the new road via Cliffords Rd. Activity at the Young Queen and Broadmeadows Township was no longer so brisk.
Mickleham Rd from Tullamarine Junction to Fawkner St was known as Broadmeadows Road and then Old Broadmeadows Rd as it led to the township. The section of Mickleham Rd that passes the newish Westmeadows Footy Ground was Hackett St,the west boundary of the township, and had never been made until increasingly heavy traffic made the Fawkner/Ardlie St route through the township too slow and dangerous.
During the 1840's depression, Donald and Duncan Kennedy bought much land between Camp Rd and Rhodes Pde (south of Glenroy), and north of Broadmeadows Township, from speculators Hughes and Hosking and also land immediately north of the township from another grantee,Gerrard. Donald died in 1864 and his widow, Jessie, sold her share of the "Glenroy" land,east of Pascoe Vale Rd,in 1874 and Duncan sold his Jacana and Glenroy West land to Chapman during the land boom of the 1880's. Jessie probably moved from her residence on Gellibrand Hill in 1866 but retained the Dundonald Estate.
The above website confused Kia Ora with Willow Bank and as history is useless if it is wrong, I felt compelled to clarify the situation.
The homestead on the west side of Ardlie St where the pink place indicator points, was that of Kia Ora , another farm on Donald Kennedy's Dundonald estate. When the estate was split up into tenanted farms, and later sold off in 1929, there was no Mickleham Road between the Fawkner St corner and the top of the Ardlie St hill. Ardlie St was part of the old Sydney road which still bears that name north of Donnybrook Lane. Thus it was that Ardlie St was the boundary between Kia Ora and Willowbank, the latter not having a Moonee Ponds Creek frontage because its southern boundary,where it adjoined Broadmeadows Township, was Kenny St.
The late Jack Hoctor told me that the Kia Ora homestead was east of Mickleham Road and was later used for the office of the caravan park, named as the Melbourne Airport Caravan Village in my 1999 copy of Melway.
The parish of Will Will Rook is between Moonee Ponds Creek and Merri Creek with the northern boundary being the line of Swain St near Gellibrand hill and the southern boundary being Victoria St/Rhodes Pde/Boundary Rd near Glenroy. Speculators Hughes and Hosking bought a huge slab of the parish in 1838.
The following memorandum of Sale of Land at Port Phillip, sold at Sydney, has been forwarded to this Office for publication :
PORT PHILLIP LAND.
MILL WILL ROOK. PARISH.
(The columns give detail of section number, acreage, name of purchaser and price paid per acre. The digitisation of the price has not been corrected as it is fairly meaningless but all purchasers did well, paying less than half of the upset price of a pound an acre that was later introduced.)
1 174 Hughes & Hosking 9 B; 5 930 Thomas Walker 9 6; 4 856 R. Campbell 9 $; 6 1143 Hughes & Hosking 9 6; 7 880 T. Wills 9 9;
8 964 Hughes & Hosking 8 9; 9 640 Hughes & Hosking 4- 9; 10 959 Salting & Gerrard 9 8 ; 12 1180 Neil Campbell 8 9
18 II5O Hughes & Hosking 8 6; 14 ? 640 R.Campbell 7 9. Lots not sold In this section— Nos. 2, 5, 11, I5.
(P.2, The Cornwall Chronicle, 29-9-1838.)
Thomas Wills section 7 became Cumberland and the Campbells had land near Sydney Road; hence the name of Campbellfield. A rough indication of the Hughes and Hosking's land is given by the Melway co-ordinate for the central part of each section.
1. 16 H3; 6. 6 J 12; 8. 5 J2; 9. 6 B2. Sections 1 and 6 were in the area from Rhodes Rde to Camp Rd and fronted the Moonee Ponds Creek. Sections 8 and 9 were north of Broadmeadows Township.
There is no documentation that Hughes and Hosking leased the land but they certainly wouldn't have occupied it themselves. The Camerons probably leased "Glenroy" (which they named) from the two speculators. The depression circa 1843 made sheep almost worthless and most were sent to boiling down works. As sheep were the main reason for owning huge tracts of land, land values also plummeted. Donald Kennedy bought the Hughes and Hosking land for a song, and probably also the Gerrard land adjoining the Broadmeadows Township reserve and south of section 9.
Donald Kennedy split the Glenroy land with his brother, Duncan, who received the Jacana and Glenroy West land fronting the Moonee Ponds Creek. Donald's widow sold her Glenroy land as three farms in 1874. Duncan sold his share to Chapman in the land boom of the 1880's.
Donald Kennedy had a great area of land and he could probably see it all from the impressive homestead that he built on Gellibrand Hill. There is a fine photograph of the house at the historic Woodlands Homestead but sadly all that remains of the Dundonald homestead (and the Cumberland Homestead) are piles of rubble. Andrew Lemon states on page 22 of BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY that Donald "personally developed the properties Chandos,immediately west of the Broadmeadows township reserve and Dundonald, directly north of Chandos." Why would Donald Kennedy have been leasing Chandos from Riddell or John Peter?
I found no link between Kennedy and Chandos in trove or google searches. Nor Peter and Chandos. Nor Riddell and Chandos.
At least two marriages were performed at Dundonald in 1859 so the house must have been impressive. Donald Kennedy died in 1864 but his widow, Jessie Grace Kennedy seems to have been still living at Dundonald in the 1870's. Her sale of the Glenroy farms in 1874 might have been because she was leaving Dundonald.
20 for Mrs Kennedy, Dundonald (P. 7, Argus, 18-12-1873. Sales of fat lambs.)
KENNEDY.—February 1, at Camberwell, near Melbourne,Jessie Grace, widow of the late Donald Kennedy, of Dundonald, Victoria.
(P.1, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12-2-1890.)
By 1876 a tenant on Dundonald had been appointed as a magistrate.
Charles M'Alister Shannon, Dundonald, Broadmeadows; (P.8,Argus, 15-7-1876.) Shannon had been on Dundonald by 1871,either as the manager or lessee. (P.8, Argus, 17-8-1871.)
FARM to LET, Dundonald Estate, Broadmeadows, 2OO acres, immediate possession. Apply to Mr C M'A Shannon, Sydenham house, Moonee Ponds ,or Mr VVm Lynch, Market-square, Collins street vvest, Melbourne. (P.8,Argus, 12-3-1879.)
This 200 acre paddock would be half of Dundonald. If I remember correctly Sydenham House was 1 Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds, housed Sydenham Ladies' College at one stage and was demolished by Rex Iverson to build a modern Ardmillan Reception Centre.
THE DUNDONALD ESTATE.
The farms on the estate were Dundonald (400 acres), Kia Ora, Willowbank, Springbank, Wattle Glen and Annette Farm,the last two accessed via Elizabeth St. in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows.) Although not sold by Kennedy descendants until 1929 each farm had gained it own identity by 1880 or so.
e.g. BROADMEADOW S (Tcb 10) -M'Phail Bros. and Co. report having conducted a very successful clearing sale on behalf of Mr W. J Corrigan, Annette Farm, Broadmeadows, of his dairy cattle, (etc.) (P.5, Argus, 24-2-1910.)
WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 27. At Half-past Two O'Clock. At Scott's Hotel, Melbourne.
SALE OF GROUP OF SPLENDID FREEHOLD FARMS AT BROADMEADOWS,
KIA ORA, Containing About 333 Acres.
WILLOW BANK, Containing About 299 Acres.
WATTLE GROVE, Containing About 195 Acres.
ANNETTE, Containing About 291 Acres.
SPRING BANK, Containing About 301 Acres.
DUNDONALD, Containing About 399 Acres.
Aggregating About 1848 Acres.
Forming a Compact Group, Separated Merely by the Main Road.
Under Instructions from THE TRUSTEES, EXECUTORS, AND AGENCY CO., of 112 Collins Street, Melbourne, in the Estate of Messrs.
D. C. and D. Kennedy, Deceased.
ITiDM'AHD TRENCHARD and Co. and A. E.J GIBSON and Co., auctioneers in conjunction, are instructed to SUBMIT the abovcraentloned
properties for SALE as stated. Each farm Is self-contained and fairly equipped for farm purposes, and situated in the centre of a flout isiiing and rapidly expanding district, actually adj'oining the picturesque township of Broad-meadows; adjacent to the Broadmeadows rallwaj station (which now enjojs through electric train service to Sandringham), connected with tho City of Essendon by motor-'bus sen ice, and within easy distance bf Newmarket and other important metropolitan markets.
The properties have now como on to the market after having been in the undisturbed possession of the Kennedy family for over 60 jcais, owing to the death of the last member of the family.
KIA ORA is an attractive slope of nice qualltj loam, having the Moonee Ponds Clock as its south boundarj', with very comfortable W.B. dwelling and shedding therecm. It is an excellent general farm, all. capable of being cultivated, and has a fine record as a consistent ciop producer,
WILLOW BANK, opposite above, is also a very attractive slope, similar in quality and character to Kia Ora, having a very comfortable W.B. dwelling and shedding thereon. These two farms actually adjoin the Broadmeadows township, and possess great potential features.
WATTLE GROVE is on excellent little mixed farm, occupjinga fine elevated position, traversed by a good gully, and also watered by dams, and having a fair W.B. cottage and sheds thereon. Nearly the whole of this farm could he cultivated.
ANNETTE is one of the best fattening and general farms in the panMi. with rieh, sweet banks and fiats thoreon, specially adapted for dairying. Permanently watered hy 'creek and dams, with U.G. tank for dornest le purposes, M'.B. dwelling house capable of being ti.torcd; also excellent stabling theieon.
SPRING BVNK. on milli road, a vrv cosv mixed farm for daiiving, cultivation, dealing, .Vc, well watered bv dams and watercourse, and having mee groups of icdgiim and box timber thereon. Buildings eompri-e M.B. dwelling, stabling, and j «beds.
DUNOON VLD. al«o on main road, a nice granii g and cultivation farm, with fair lot of redgum< timber. A conspicuous fealtiro of Dundonald is ' ilellibrand Hill, a beantiiul knoll of considerable altitude, commanding e^pan.ive view« of incomparable scenerv. This properlv vvould form a profitable, healths', and refined horne for profe«.«Ion ii or eily bnsine.s man. Building, comprise roomy M" B. dwelling and minor outbuildings.
The hiicf descriptions given denote that the properties mentioned enn-titute a mo«t valuable group, and the am tinneer«. having an intimate knowledge of the (etc.) (P.2, Argus, 9-11-1929.)
DUNDONALD. This property extended south from Swain St to the south boundary of the Victoria Police Attwood property. It was assessed as 400 acres, and 200 acres after the Commonwealth purchased the police property from Jim Attwood for a remount. During W.W.2, because of a shortage of fuel, horses were used for transport at the army camp near the historic Will Will Rook Cemetery on Camp Rd, and they were spelled on the remount. The Dundonald house (of which there is a photo at the Woodlands Historic Homestead) was the venue for at least two weddings in 1859 but after Donald Kennedy died in 1864,the House, with or without the 400 acres, was advertised for lease. Charles Shannon seems to have been managing the property for Donald's widow Jessie Grace until at least 1873, and may have leased the property on his own account until 1880. The Hatty family leased the property for many years until it was sold to Attwood in 1929; they then moved to Edina further north ( now the Corpus Christi Community at Melway 178 J8.)
In 1917 and 1918, James and John Orr of Kia Ora, Broadmeadows were leasing the residential section of the Moonah Links Golf Course at the back of Rye (Melway 252 D2.) By 1920 the lease had been taken over by Tommy Loft of Greenvale, who shortly after bought Dalkeith (the residential area of Tullamarine west of Broadmeadows Rd. Where had the two Orr boys gone? Let's ask George Lloyd,the author of MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920 TO 1952.
P.21, TULLAMARINE: BEFORE THE JETPORT, R.Gibb, 1998.
1920.The Orr family is leasing Kia Ora,Willow bank and Annette Farm from the Kennedys. George and Sid Lloyd's father, Bill, arrived from Clyde in 1920 to drive a binder for Jack Orr (Kia Ora) in the harvest and then share farmed with James Orr on the other two farms.
1929. The Kennedy land north of Broadmeadows Township is sold and the Hattys, after 50 years' occupancy of Dundonald, are forced to move to Edina (see above.) The purchasers were Keith Campbell (Willowbank), George Dalley (Springbank), Jack Orr (Kia Ora), Jim Attwood (Dundonald) and Steve Walsh (Annette). George Dalley later sold Springbank to Edward Campbell,a Lord Mayor of Melbourne, (father of Keith) who had a holiday house where some councillors want to change the rules to allow a huge apartment/cafe complex near the Rosebud jetty.
BROADMEADOWS COUNCIL. Mr James Orr has been returned unopposed to fill the extraordinary vacancy in the Broadmeadows
Shire Council caused by the death of Councillor William Shankland. (P.14, Argus, 8-9-1913.)
GYMKHANA AIDS HOSPITAL
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 13 June 1939 p 7 Article
... GYMKHANA AIDS HOSPITAL Picturesque events were held at a gymkhana yesterday on Kia-ora, Broadmeadows, the property of Mrs. A Orr, president of the local, auxiliary to the Queen Victoria Hospital, in aid of the hospital.
A horse gymkhana in aid of the Broadmeadows auxiliary for the Queen Victoria Hospital and the Broadmeadows Red Cross and Comforts Fund was held on Mrs. John Orr's property, Broadmeadows. The committee of the Oaklands Hunt Club assisted the effort from which
a satisfactory profit will result. Among the winning riders in the various hunters' plates and other events were Mrs Ken Moore, Mrs Hickey, and Messrs J.Scott, W. Patten and J Attwood. Mr Campbell Fraser was ground supervisor and Mr. W. Mason judge. They had the assistance of Messrs J. Barrow, J. Attwood and K. Campbell, committee . Miss E. Elliott was secretary, and Mrs. Orr president.
(P.2, Argus, 25-6-1940.) N.B. Jim Barrow had been leasing the part of Gladstone Park/Gardens north of the Lackenheath Drive corner since about 1930.
to be continued: WILLOWBANK, SPRINGBANK, WATTLE GLEN, ANNETTE FARM.
Ever noticed that the block on the Melrose Drive /Derby Street corner, across Derby St from the 7 acre Tullamarine Reserve, is TRIANGULAR? That is because Post Office Lane, the northern boundary of Trade Park across Melrose Drive, and the southern boundary of the triangular block follow the boundary between sections 3 and 6 of the parish of Tullamarine. David William O'Nial's Lady of the Lake Hotel was on section 3 and the triangular block, on section 6, is at the south west corner of the Camiestown (or Camieston) Estate. Because Hamilton Terrace (the one acre blocks), bounded by Melrose Drive, Derby St and the bent south end of Victoria STREET, was to have rectangular blocks*, Derby St had to meet the great road to the diggings at a right angle, forming the triangular block's north west boundary. (* 1x10 chains or 20x200 metres.)
By the time this advertisement appeared,the 450 (or 466) acre Chandos fronting Mickleham Rd from Freight Rd (inclusive) to the Moonee Ponds Creek may have already been sold to John Peter. This property will be discussed extensively later.
To owners of stock in Messrs Riddell and Hamilton's Paddock. NOTICE is hereby given that all horses and other stock now running in Messrs Riddell and Hamilton's paddock on the Moonee Ponds, adjoining the Lady of the Lake, public house, must be removed by the first day of October next, the paddock being now under sale.
THE VILLAGE OF CAMIESTOWN and Small Farms on the Moonee Ponds, For Sale.
THE undersigned have received instructions from Messrs. Riddell and Hamilton to sell their well known grazing paddock, on the great Mount Alexander road, and adjoining the Lady of the Lake public house. It is now being subdivided into village allotments and small farms,.... There is a mile of frontage to the great road to tho diggings. These frontages and the village allotments will be one acre each in extent, and the small farms, with frontages to roads leading to the water,can be had of five acres each up to 50. A great portion of the water frontage is reserved in common to the purchasers. (P.3,Argus, 22-9-1852. )
TO BE CONTINUED. ,FAIRVIEW,METHODIST, SUNNYSIDE.)
The parish of Tullamarine was surveyed by 1842 with many square mile blocks in the middle and smaller blocks fronting the Moonee Moonee Ponds and Deep and Jackson's Creeks. In 1847 a road was surveyed from North Melbourne to the newly proclaimed Village of Bulla. It cut corners off section 3, 6, 7, 14 and 15. John Carre Riddell had received the grants for sections 6 and 15 and John Pascoe Fawkner had received the grant for section 7. Fawkner bought the cut-off section 6 corner on which John Beech built the Beech Tree Hotel (almost opposite the Tullamarine Reserve site (Melway 5 F10.) Riddell bought the north east corner of section 7 (Melway 5 E7.)
CHANDOS was bounded by Mickleham Rd,Moonee Ponds Creek,Wright St and the Back Lane (Derby St.) It remained in the ownership of the Peter family for about 50 years until in about 1902 my great grandfather, John Cock,who had been leasing Stewarton/Gladstone for a decade, bought the property and dividing it into three farms,of 140, 198 and 123 acres,kept the middle portion for himself. The southern 140 acre farm became known as Wright's Strathconan,the largest portion as Bill Lockhart's Springburn and the northern 123 acres as Percy Judd's Chandos Park. William Bamford later bought the northern portion and built a new weatherboard homestead which is today surrounded by brick houses. Who's going to be the first to post its address?
The aerial photograph in VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD;ON MY DOORSTEP shows two paddocks enclosed by boxthorn hedges. The one fronting Victoria STREET is part of Charles Nash's Fairview. The one fronting Wright Street was Wallis Wright's Sunnyside. Fairview was consistently described as 100 acres from 1863 in Broadmeadows rate books and Sunnyside as 43 acres. It is interesting to note the "great portion of the water frontage reserved in common to the purchasers".
Title documents show that Charles Nash purchased 67 acres 2 roods and 25 perches fronting Victoria St and Wright St consisting of lots 1-6 and 15-20 (i.e. 12 lots of roughly 5 acres each.) (Volume 80 folio 902 and Vol.89 203.) His original purchase however consisted of lots 7, fronting Victoria St, and 21,fronting Wright St.(Volume T folio 997) The boxthorn enclosed Fairview paddock would consist of lots 1-3,hence about 15 acres. The Fairview homestead would have been on lot 4. The enclosed Sunnyside paddock would have been on lots 16-20,obviously bought from Charles Nash. There seem to be two buildings accessed from Wright St by a long faint straight drive on about lot 22, which might indicate a later Sunnyside homestead area or a third farm.
Fairview's 100 acres would definitely have consisted of lots 1-7 (35+ acres) and maybe lot 15 (about 8 acres),George Goodwin's 9, 10,11,23,24, 25 (30 acres),John Anderson's 12, 13, 26 (15 acres), and Thomas Purvis's 14, 27 and 28 (15 acres.)
Charles Nash would have been one of the original purchasers on the Camiestown Estate in 1852. The Gages were early residents of Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows)and Charles married Mary Gage.They bought land, where Trade Park now stands, from Alphabetical Foster and called it Bayview. Charles donated land for the Methodist Church. The Nash, Parr and Wright families were mainstays of the church for a century, the Andersons,John Blanche and Edmund Dunn also being prominent in earlier days while Tommy Loft of Dalkeith, his daughter, Doris Scoones,and the Morgans were leading lights from the 1920's. The Nash family also bought land on the south side of Mansfields Rd (Melway 4 G4)to spell dry cows. Olive Nash supplied much information when I started researching Tullamarine's history in 1988. Like Mary (Gage) she became a widow far too early. Olive was the daughter of the postmistress, Mrs Simmons, and young Harry Nash's willingness to collect the mail was not only due to him being a good Methodist! The dust and noise from the quarry eventually forced Olive to move away from her beloved Fairview and she spent her last years in a home unit next door to her fellow Methodist Church stalwart, Joyce Morgan.
A daughter of Charles and Mary Nash married an early Moonee Ponds bootmaker and their son,Gordon,must have been born in about 1890 because he was just short of his century when I interviewed him in 1989. Gordon used to go up to Fairview as a boy to help with the hay harvest around Christmas time. He recalled Cam Taylor's St Johns being green, when every other paddock was dry,because Essendon's nightsoil was dumped there. I don't know how long the smell would last, but you could try a sniff next time you're going past the original (north) part of Essendon Aerodrome!Gordon also saw the Travellers Rest Hotel (Melway 16 A5) before it burnt down in 1899. The Fairview haystacks were protected by mats woven from reeds obtained at Altona.
By 1911, Wallis Wright had died and two of his sons were involved in occupations off the farm. Fred was a blacksmith who had been apprenticed to William Munsie and then took over his forge on the part of section 7 east of Bulla Rd (now Melrose Drive) that Fawkner had sold to Riddell. Ted was a wheelwright (on the present garage site on the north east corner of Black Street-now Cooper's Hill Drive- in Broadmeadows Township,-now Westmeadows) that he had taken over from John Kingshott. Frank Wright, who married Tullamarine teacher,Jessie Rowe, and was farming the 140 acre Strathconnan by 1920 (and with Wallis Wright Jnr was a former schoolmate of W.A.Furphey who was killed in W.W.1)may have been another son of Wallis and Mary Wright,possibly Wallis Jnr, who also served in W.W.1, too. Sunnyside seems to have been leased out for a while and in 1923, when Harry Heaps was 14, his family moved onto Sunnyside and established one of the many pig farms that began to change the pattern of Tullamarine's hay and dairy farming tradition.
Pig farming was hard work so the Heaps changed to Poultry farming after a while. Poultry farming was to become another type of farming at Tullamarine with the Duggans on or near Judd's old Chandos Park. A brick building, just past the motel on the Wright St corner, was a chicken processing factory.Alec Rasmussen, Tullamarine's much-loved teacher and longtime progress association secretary,suggested that the T.P.A. acquire Noah Holland's old 6 acre property, which had not been occupied since the drover's death. This was done and young Harry Heaps was one of the willing workers who planted pine trees around the perimeter.
RESERVE AT BROADMEADOWS.
At a meeting of the Broadmeadows Council on Thursday representatives of the Tullamarine Progress Association waited on the council to deliver to the council the deeds of six acres of land near the Tullamarine boundary of the shire, which have been acquired for recreation purposes. The deeds were handed to the president of the council(Councillor Laffan) by Mr. A. H. Rasmussen, secretary of the association, who said that it was
intended that the land should always remain in the possession of the people of Broadmeadows.
Honour Board Unveiled. Organised by the Tullamarine Progress Association, a "Back to Tullamarine" and reunion of old scholars and teachers of the three schools which have existed in the district was held at Tullamarine on
Saturday afternoon. Two of these schools-Seafield and the old Tullamarine school-were closed 51 years ago. Three hundred people were present, some coming from other States. The oldest of those returning for the celebrations were Messrs.C. W. Howse, aged 84 years, and C. Evans,aged 82 years. Of the sons and daughters of the first 21 pioneers who arrived at Tullamarine between 1842 and 1850, only four of whom are known to be alive, two were present. These were Miss Elizabeth Grant and Mr. W. McNab. The oldestnative of the district present was Mr.Frank Wright, who still lives in the district. The oldest teacher present was Mr.A. H.Rasmussen, who was in charge of the Tullamarine school for nearly 20 years.(P.6, Argus, 1-4-1935.)
A recreation reserve, gained after 87 years of settlement at Tullamarine, and an honour board of the district's pioneers were just two of Alec Rasmussen's contributions to the Tullamarine community but sadly community consultation with users of the reserve and 2013 residents on the Camiestown Estate led to the proposal to name the reserve after Alec Rasmussen being rejected. Further efforts are being made to have some other reserve nearby named after Alec.
From about 1929, Tullamarine had its own football team for about four years but as most of the players were hard-working farmers,it was hard to keep up the numbers. One of Harry's team mates described him as a nuggety rover. He wasn't bad as shown by an invitation to train with North Melbourne.Harry was not the only Tullamarine player to attract the interest of V.F.L. clubs.W.J.Doyle of "Ristaro", fronting Sharps Rd west of today's Fisher Grove houses,was another.
W J Doyle, Tullamarine to Essendon, (P.12, Argus, 8-6-1933, FOOTBALL, LEAGUE PERMITS.)
When he was married, Harry Heaps bought a property in "Hamilton Terrace" just south east of the Wright St (now Springbank St) corner. It probably consisted of two of the acre blocks because it had an unusually long frontage to Melrose Drive. The 100 year old house was so run-down it had to be demolished. Michael Reddan's wife had been born there according to Harry, and much-loved politician and founder of the Essendon Historical Society, Sam Merrifield,after whom the Moonee Ponds library is named, had lived in it.
Although Harry Heaps was in poor health in 1988-9 when I was full steam ahead with my research of Tulla's history, he reeled off one anecdote after another for four hours at a time,preceding many with his mischievous "I shouldn't tell you this,but.." There was an old barn on Harry's property and a boxing ring in it let the young bucks of Tullamarine test their pugalistic skills.
After Harry's death his descendants were delighted to receive from me a videotape of our conversations. They could not have possibly felt sadness watching the tape because Harry retained the "naughty boy within" despite his advanced age and they would have been too busy chuckling. When the property was sold and subdivided after Harry's death, the street within it, Strathconnan Square, was named after the 140 acre farm across the "back lane" (Derby St.) Unfortunately the spelling should be STRATHCONAN as the name had a long o sound.
WILLIAM HEAPS, Late of Tullamarine,Farmer, Deceased. - After fourteen clear days Lily Armstrong, of Tulla-
marine, married woman, and Mervyn Clifton, of 34 Hunter street, West Brunswick, accountant, the executors
appointed by deceased's will, dated the 11th day of October, 1948, will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a grant of PROBATE of the said WILL.(P.16, Argus, 19-1-1950.)
It is likely that Sunnyside ceased to be a working farm in about 1956 when Harry's mother died.
HEAPS. - On August 28. at her residence, Tullamarine. Mary Lesley, dearly loved wife of the late William, loving mother of Lily(Mrs. Armstrong), Eva (Mrs, Clifton). Harry. May (Mrs. Tucker), aged 81 years.
(P.13, Argus, 29-8-1956.)
It's amazing what you find when looking for something else.
You Yangs wrote that a daughter of John Batman had been buried on the Dennistoun pre-emptive right, Green Hills in the parish of Yangardook near Toolern Vale.I found this while checking the correct spelling of Dennistoun which was rendered as Dennistown on another copy of the map. Maybe true, maybe rumour, but I pasted the article in comments under my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal, just in case.
Not long after, I was reading Isaac Batey's memoirs of Sunbury district pioneers,just for fun. Isaac,unlike most historians, wrote about the little people as well as the big-wigs, and this article was about people who had worked for squatters. He mentioned that the Collyer brothers who had managed Green Hills had both married daughters of John Batman. On a scale of 1 to 10, the credibility of the claim about the grave near Toolern Vale had risen to about 9.99. No written history is going to be free of errors, sometimes because of incorrect assumptions (which in scientific method can be discovered fairly soon through experimentation), sometimes through quirks of memory, sometimes through accepting folklore as fact. In hundreds of hours spent reading Isaac's amazing articles,I have spotted only one error. He called the Lady of the Lake Hotel at Tullamarine the Lady of the Lady. Unfortunately this mistake was repeated in the Tullamarine Methodist Church centenary souvenir of 1970.That is the only reason that the credibility score did not rise to 10.
The following confirms his claim about the Collyer lads marrying John Batman's daughters. And what of Batman's sons? No children,they did not move to Gotham City! Read the article.
JOHN BATMAN. DESCENDANTS OF THE FOUNDER. UNPUBLISHED MEMORANDA.
The Broadford Courier and Reedy Creek Times (Broadford, Vic. : 1893 - 1916) Friday 17 April 1903 p 5 Article.