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It was only when I started transcribing my handwritten KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS that I realised that I might have reversed two surnames which sound identical. I had tried googling the name of the author of the STRATHMORE COMMUNITY WEBSITE on several occasions,without success. I remembered his name of course. It was one of the hundreds of names in my little black book of history contacts that I circular-filed when moving to Rosebud.
The reason for my lack of success was RIGHT SOUND-WRONG SPELLING. In my mind, Bruce's surname had become Barber and Thomas Napier's son-in-law had become George Page Barbour; you'll never find an entry in Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS, PAST AND PRESENT (1888) for George Page Barbour but you will find one for George Page BARBER (still at Warrnambool after being a partner in one of Melbourne's earliest law firms). It was when I started transcribing the index for KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS that I suspected my memory had,in the words of Maxwell Smart,"Missed by that much!"
Bruce and I had several lengthy phone conversations but I never realised how far-ranging his interests lay as shown by his OVERSITE below. It would be interesting to know if he was a descendant of Robert the Bruce or the author of the tale. I feel privileged to have been of assistance to such a clever man.
It could be said that Bruce's OVERSITE corrected my OVERSIGHT!
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This site contains some thoughts on a range of subjects which interest me. I will slowly add more subjects over time.
An understanding of the functioning of a society is important, particularly if you wish to address some of the social problems that are occurring, such as crime. A comprehensive theoretical understanding of social processes is necessary to ensure that any policy put in place addresses all aspects of the problem and does not have unforeseen consequences. The article "Sociology and Criminology" is part of my attempt to understand the workings of society. The approach offers a simple rational understanding of crime. It is my attempt at an over-arching theory of crime which strangely seems to be missing from crime theory. There are a lot of theories but they tend to only take account of crimes for a particular socioeconomic sector or crime type - no theory ties them together. Another thing that I noticed about current crime theory is the lack of a theory which takes account of a persons beliefs and philosophies. Some of the greatest crimes in history are due to misguided beliefs e.g. Hitler's belief in Aryan superiority and the numerous religious wars. So it is quite logical to me that belief and personal philosophy can also play a part in the lesser crimes of society.
Australia becoming a Republic is not the most pressing of issues facing the country however it will come up again in the future. It is important that Australia gets the correct model of the Republic. The Republican movement is hopelessly split. Direct Election of a President has a number of risks for Australia and is not preferred. I wrote on this at around the time of the Republican Forum. The article "The Republic" is a modified version of this.
The Internet is of course a subject of great interest. I have some concerns that the Internet will be dominated by big business and big Government, to the exclusion of community groups. It also concerns me that the Internet could be another force for the destruction of local neighbourhood community as people find it easier to communicate outside the community through the Internet. However this need not be the case if the community can realise the potential of the Internet to communicate, not just across the world but across the street. I have set up "The Strathmore Website" as an example of a community website and also written some further ideas in "Internet and the Community".
The environment should be the concern of all citizens. I have listed some practical suggestions for changing our current approach to the environment in "Green Oversite". All we need is the will to change.
The Miscellaneous Ideas Page is a holding page for short pieces I have written. Some are based on letters I have written to politicians and others when I recently found myself with a bit of extra time on my hands (some call it unemployment) and the Government at that time seemed to be calling for ideas.
The Music and Other Stuff includes some of my favourite music as found on YouTube - sorry no free downloads here. Also includes a YouTube climate change and other documentaries.
Favourite Software is my selection of the most useful free software that I have found.
I hope you find some interest in the above articles even if you do not agree with the sentiments expressed. I encourage you to Email me if you wish to comment on any of the articles.
Much of my history cannot be reproduced as journals, because without the many maps etc., a lot of the text is meaningless. A copy of the handwritten KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS would have been provided to at least one library but may be difficult to locate, and as it consists chiefly of yarns,it will lose little as a journal.
aborigines 8, 41; accidents 24; "Ailsa" 41; airports 1A,13; "Aldersyde" 55; Anderson J. 3; architects 40; "Ardmillan" 40,41; Ashurst H.G. 30, 44; "Ashleigh" 19,52;Attwood J. 43.
Balsh 5; Barber G.P. and Eleanor 1C, 3, 33, 35; Barber Irene and Dr.N.C. 4, 33; Barrett's dairy 12, ?; Batman John. 19;"Bayview Farm" 50,51,52; Belle Vue 2,3,7,30-1,38,49,55; Belle Vue Heights Estate 4;Boundary Hotel 5; Bourke H. 4; Bowring J.3,55,56; Box Forest 5, 49, 55: Bradshaw 5; Breen Miss 6; Brewster E.J. 1B,1c,32,33, 37,39,44; brick kilns 35,48; Brickmakers' Arms Hotel 48; Brisbane J. 3,44; Brisbane Line 14; Broadmeadows Shire- 2,6,43,48; Broadmeadows Township 18,51; Brooks, Sir Dallas 9; Bryant R. 56; Buckley Capt. 41; Buckley Wm. 28;
building materials 10,19; Bulla Rd 1,2,3; Bulla Shire 43; Burkitt F.A. 55; Burns J. 30,44; Butler E.30; Buzzard-34, 37; Byron Vale Estate 4,38,39,47,52.
cable trams 10,22; Caldwell,Arthur 11,13; Callaghan 2,44; Cameron 6,7,8,51,54; Campbell 7; "Camp Hill" 13; Carnarvon Rd 1B,2,3,4,46; Carr H. 3; cars 10,11,19,26; Cavenagh 5; Chalmers W. 5; Chance R.2; Chapman J.55;
Chicken Farm Lane 19,21; Chinese 15,29; Chisholm F.. 19; Clarke W.J.T.(Big) 33; Cobb & Co. 16, 37; Cobb,Eliza-(see Fawkner); Coburg 6,8,9,10,11,26;Cochrane 50,52,54; Cockerell 14;Coghill D. 43,50; Collins,David 28;Connor,Gordon 1A,42; Cook,Albert 10,13,16,18;Cooke, Bernard James 2,3; Coonan's Hill 1015;cows 9,10,11; Craven A.W. 39; Cross Keys 13;Crotty 20; "Cumberland" 42-3,50;Currie 1C, Curry,Frank 10,20; Curtin John 14; cycling track 9,15.
"Dalkeith" 20;Dalton Miss 54; Davies (District Inspector) 6,14;Davies family 55;Deakin,Alfred 42; Deep Creek Road 3; Delaney M. 3; depressions 10,23,47; Doutta Galla parish 1A,1C,2,13; "Dundonald" 43,50,51; Dunn, Thomas 34.
Earle 40; Earlsbrae 2,41; education 5-9; English Joseph and John 3,4,30,49,55-6;Essendon Aerodrome 1A,13; Essendon(borough etc)2,37,40,48,52; Essendon Football Club 4,24,37,41,42; Essendon Hill Estate 4; Essendon schools 8,9.
Farmer G.13; farming types 11,14,47,52; Fawkner (suburb)5,7,9; Fawkner J.P.,John,Eliza 1A,2,5,6,8,28-31,40,55,56; Fenby 24;Ferris C. 3,49; Five Mile Creek 5; Fleet Electrics 10,11; Fletcher W.38; footy 4,26,37, 41-3; Foster J.F.L. 48; Fox M.3.
Gaffney St. 6,10,24; games 10,19,25; Gellibrand Hill Park (now Woodlands Historic Park) 43,46; Gibb A. 8,48,50; Gibson A.E. 55; Gibson G. 4; Glassen 24; Glendura (sic,Glendewar)43; Glenroy (suburb, farm)6-9, 50-53; goats- 9,10,15,16; "Gowanbrae" 13; "Gowrie Park" 7,8,41,48; Goyder F. 5,56; "Green Gables" 10,17,18,44; greyhounds 9; Grimes,Charles 28; Gumm Jemmy 28.
Hadfield 8,55; Hadfield Cr.R.5; half-houses 13,16,19; Hall (Pascoe Vale newsagent) 24; Hall John 1B,1C, 2,3; Hammond J.S.H. 4,45; Happy Valley 10,11,12, 21; Harrison 5; Hawkins W.J. 3, 56; hay and corn stores 10,11,15; Hayes 4, 45; Henderson's Paddock 8; Heron 49; "Hiawatha" 18,36,38,39; "Hilton" 52; Hodgson 1C,3,44; Holland P. 44; horses 8-12,15,42; hospitals 8,52; Hounslow J. 2; house on the island 9,10,15; Howse J. 1A,4; Hudson 1C,4; Hume Highway 12.
Influenza 8; Ingles J. 48; Ingram R. (teacher)6; Ironsidel J. 13.
J.Oops,I skipped a letter when compiling the index. Samuel Jackson would certainly be one of the missing names.
I'll try to remedy this later.
Kearney 2; Kelly 14; Kelly J.S. 4;Kerferd St. 1B; Kennedy D. & D. 50-55; Kernan J.Snr.(died 1879) 2,3,39, 44-5; Kernan family 4, 30, 34,44-5,55; Kerr Family 50-54; Kilburn 34, 47; ; Kirk's Bazaar 10,17, 39; Knight2,3,49,56; Korman 31.
TO BE CONTINUED.
KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS.(Started in mid 1990, which explains mistakes such as "Glendura"-the way I had heard it pronounced.)
This history is like a diary. It traces my growth of knowledge about Strathmore and the land to the east and west of Pascoe Vale Rd from a stage where I knew little about its history. If some of my statements earlier in the book seem to carry little authority,if wrong assumptions are made and later corrected,if footnote numbers are in the wrong order, while they may cause some difficulties to the reader,hopefully they will convey the sense of adventure experienced by the historian and enable you to share in the excitement of a new discovery, an assumption confirmed and so on. Thus,with warts and all,here is my history.
P.1A. A documentary history of Strathmore including rate records and parish maps.
P. 5. Excerpts from "Vision and Realisation" (Education Department centenary history,1972.)
P.10. 1930-1955. Based on a videotaped interview with Jim and Peggy McKenzie.
P.28. Pioneers and their properties (several sources.)
P.48. Pioneers in "Victoria and its Metropolis" (1888.)
P.50. Glenroy (Glenroy, Jacana and Glenroy West.)
P.55. South of Glenroy Farm. Whatever happened to "Belle Vue"?
1.BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY,Andrew Lemon.
2. THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED. (City of Essendon),Grant Aldous.
3. VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS,PAST AND PRESENT (1888),Alexander Sutherland.
4. THE GOLD THE BLUE (History of Lowrher Hall school),A.D.Pyke.
5. ESSENDON CONSERVATION STUDY,Graeme Butler.
6. VISION AND REALISATION. (1972 centenary history of the education department.)
7. THE OAKLANDS HUNT. D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.
8. LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER. C.P.Billot.
9. POST OFFICE DIRECTORIES.
10.RATE BOOKS (BULLA,BROADMEADOWS,KEILOR).
11. GEORGIANA'S JOURNAL.McCrae.
12. PARISH MAPS (DOUTTA GALLA,JIKA JIKA, TULLAMARINE, BULLA,YUROKE.)
My thanks to Jenny Shugg at Gladstone Park High School library for enthusiastic assistance.
Just as I found when interviewing old timers about Tullamarine's history, it is impossible to limit a localhistory to any specific area. For social or work reasons,people were dependent on,and travelled through, nearby settlementsand farmland While my original intention was to write a history of Strathmore, so much of Pascoe Vale,Hadfield and even Coburg has been introduced that a change of title was needed. The oral history supplied by Jim and Peggy McKenzie covers an area with a radius of about three miles from Pascoe Vale Primary School.
A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF STRATHMORE.
to be cont.
YARNS have disappeared from our way of life. I was fortunate to have interviewed a great many yarn tellers, mostly in their 90's and Ray Cairns ten days after his 100th birthday. Many of these yarns were passed down through generations orally just as the first Australians did with their dreamtime stories. One such yarn teller was Jim McKenzie, who inspired my KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS and one of his yarns was about another yarn teller, Dodd Lane of Dublin Avenue in today's Strathmore.
DODD LANE (P.19.)
George Lloyd,in MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952, referring to Bulla Rd in Essendon states:"A very old identity in those days (1930's?)was Dodd Lane who traded in horses and anything connected with the horse industry."
Jim McKenzie recalls Dodd being a real character, and the youth from far and wide,when they rode over Strathmore's open grassy hillscape had as their destination Dodd's place in Dublin Ave. Can you just imagine a group of youngsters hanging on every word of this old character's anecdotes about the old days?
Horses had right of way over cars at one stage and this rule would have pleased Dodd whose most remembered saying was, "Horses came before cars and anyway, cars are only spare parts for horses and carts."
The thing that yarn tellers need most is an audience and unfortunately most of them have retired from their vocation due to the lack of one. Be an audience for your elderly relatives and friends before its too late. Ask them to help you label their old photos with date ,names and place. When you decide to write a family history,it will be too late, otherwise, to obtain the flesh to cover the skeleton that genealogy provides.
Luckily some yarn tellers such as Harry Peck and Isaac Batey committed their yarns to paper. I'd asked Isaac about Fenton's Hill (due to the assistance of Trove)and found out that David Duncan (co-grantee of most of Melbourne Airport and subject of one of my journals)) had built "Roseneath" (Melway 28 G1), the residence of James Hearn when Big Clarke died there, and later of William Salmon. Isaac stated that the Clarkes had bought Roseneath from David and the Essendon and Hawstead map show that he was dead right. David Duncan had been granted crown allotment 10, Hawstead, of 5 acres 1 rood 1 perch. The Clarkes must have also bought Michael Skehan's c/a 11 and 12 (roughly 10 acres)between David's grant and the water reserve (Woodlands Park.)
Here's Isaac's yarn.
THE FAR-OFF HAS-BEEN CHAPTER XVIII. THE OLD SQUATTING LIFE. (Continued.)
Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 9 July 1904 p 4 Article
"Big' Clarke was noted as having
crossed Bass Strait in 1839, and conjec-
torally his brother Lewis came over with
him. Lewis was on the Fenton's Hill
station, but whether the two men bought
out the 'Dirty Scotch Company' or not
is a question not to be decided. Any
way, the brothers became possessed of
the company's sheep brand, a capital G,
which according to Brodie from motives
of economy was used on Bolinda for
If Mr. W. J. T. Clarke was a great
purchaser of land, I do not think his
brother ever owned a single acre out in
the country, and as for the block in Es-
sendon, with its comfortable dwelling
house, my conclusion is that it belonged
to the 'Big Fellow.' This residence
was erected by David Duncan, a carpen-
ter by trade, who was afterwards in
partnership with one Thompson in a
mercantile business in Mellbourne. I
fancy the two men owned Gowrie Park
before the outbreak of the diggings, and
later on it fell into the hands of Messrs.
Ritchie, of whom Malcolm is the last
survivor. Duncan apparently garnered
in the cash but presumably to do the
heavy he acquired some 20 acres of
ground at Essendon on which he built a
house that must have run into thous-
ands, because at the date of its erection
labour and materiel were heavy items.
It fell into the hands of the Clarkes
perhaps in 1856, arnd as £3,000 was
paid for it along with the ground, the
reader will perceive that Duncan would
not get back more than a third of the
money he had expended on the struc-
ture, which was substantially built of
stone and brick. According to the times
it was a gentleman's residence-besides,
it had nicely laid-out grounds. When
Gowrie went, and, I imagine, Duncan
had bought his partner out, old Davie
was nearly stranded, and when he was
drowned in a fit in a bath, Mrs. Duncan
with one of her daughters ran a registry
office in Lonsdale-street. Mr. Michael
Loeman said he would rather live under
a soogee bag than get into debt in build-
ing a house, therefore we may conclude
if Duncan had not cut in for a big show,
even if he gulped down brandy by the
tumblerful he could not have died a poor
As for Mr. Lewis Clarke, if he did
go in for land, he was a man of means ;
but for what he had I think he might
thank his brother. Lewis died when
certain of his family were very young,
and any that had reached their majority
at the date of their decease received
£1500 each. As they came of age one
after the other they received a like sum,
and as there were nine of them these
payments would represent £18,500, but
we must bear in mind that it was the
accumulating interest that would bring
the money up to the sum set down. I
imagine the widow did not survive her
husband beyond five years. Her eldest
son John galloped through his share and
went to New South Wales, where he
came to his end through a fall from
horseback. In later times he was the
most handsome man in those parts, but
he was also the greatest harum scarum I
ever met with. He possessed finely cut
oval features, and had a beautifully
shaped nose, but he was wretchedly defi-
cient in forehead, for from what is
minded of it, it was not beyond three
fingers' breadth in height, whereas his
brother William's frontal development
Billy Clarke as a youth would journey
up from Essendon to see us, and put in
a day or two on this place. (Redstone Hill.)
Dear XXX, what do you know about the Five Mile Estate mentioned by Batey in his HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE SUNBURY REGION? Where would this have been? Regards, John.
This is probably going to take some time but the one clue we have is that it was in the Sunbury area. I believe that the Five Mile Estate was named because of its proximity to a stream with the hardly unique name of Five Mile Creek. The creek of this name which flowed through Woodlands Park and Salmon Reserve at Hawstead (Melway 28 F-G1) to join the Moonee Ponds Creek at 28 K2, is geographically out of the question.
This could be a clue.
Witness said he would hold to his original bargain. About a week afterwards witness went up to Lancefield to see the cattle. Found them in Mr. Mooney's paddock, near Sunbury, about 13 miles from Lancefield.
Was in possession until the next Sunday, when he was given in charge of two constables, and the cattle taken away by Mr. Mooney's men. They were driven away to Mooney's paddock at Five Mile Creek.
(P.5, Argus, 30-10-1858, LAW REPORT,CLOUGH AND OTHERS v MOONEY.)
Mooney's paddock was about 13 miles from Lancefield. Therefore it was 7 miles north of the corner of Rae's Rd and Melbourne-Lancefield Rd, which is 32 km (20 miles)from Lancefield. Another way to locate Mooney's paddock is to covert 13 miles to 20.8 km and measure that distance south from Lancefield on Melway touring map 509. This would place Mooney's paddock 3 km south of the Bolinda roundabout near the corner of the road that goes west to Riddells Creek.
It is presently only a theory that the Five Mile Estate was near the Five Mile Creek but the location near Bolinda would have certainly been in Isaac's area of interest.
Hopefully I will find more tomorrow. Due to your query, I discovered how she oaks got their funny name; see my latest journal.
Another theory is that the Five Mile Estate was five miles in extent east-west or north-south. In my SHE OAK journal, I mentioned a feeling that Feehan was associated with the Five Mile Estate, a fairly accurate feeling because Feehan lived next to it.
Before the sale, John Ryan, with James Feehan, if not greatly in error, were located on the Deep Creek, close to what is the Five Mile Estate. I fancy P. Maher was there before 1854.
HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE SUNBURY REGION.
Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 27 August 1910 p 2 Article.
It is likely that John Ryan was James Feehan's father in law.
RE JAMES FEEHAN.
This was a petition by Mrs. Mary Feehan,
praying for an inquiry by the master in equity
as to whether her husband, James Feehan,
was of sane mind and capable of managing
his affairs. The petition was presented
through Mr. J. Ryan, the father of Mrs.
Mr. A'Beckett appeared for the petitioner;
Mr. Lawes for Mr. Feehan.
James Feehan was a farmer at Berwick,
but he had freehold land also at Corop, and
leased land at Deep Creek, Bulla. It was
alleged that he had been in the Yarra Bend
Asylum some years ago as a lunatic; that he
afterwards obtained his release; that in
August last he was again placed in the
asylum by an order signed by Mr. F. Call,
police magistrate. etc. (P.9, Argus, 26-10-1880.)
It is highly likely that Feehans Rd (Melway key map 8 between Wildwood Rd and Konagaderra Springs) indicates the location of James Feehan's leased land and that the Five Mile Estate was north of it,near Fenton Hill. If the estate extended north for five miles,guess what,it would include Long John Mooney's paddock at Five Mile Creek.
And guess what! When William Samuel Cox was forced off the Kensington Park Racecourse in 1882, he moved his operations to Feehan's Farm. Feehan had bought Long John Mooney's grant on what is now part of the Moonee Valley Racecourse. The deal was discussed as they rode north to a property, which was possibly the Five Mile Estate!
(Don't ask me about the source of the Mooney/Feehan deal. It could be one of the Keilor souvenirs or a cutting about Moonee Valley Racecourse,neither of which I now have. The Kensington Park info is from titles documents.)
The following confirms that Fenton Hill, the Bolinda Estate and, presumably,the Five Mile Estate were in close proximity.
BUSH FIRE.--Dense volumes of smoke rising in the direction of Bulla on Tuesday told its own tale that a bush fire,and one of no mean proportions, was raging. The fire commenced at Fenton's Hill, on Sir Rupert Clarke's property, at about 11 o'clock, and in a very short space of time a large number of fire beaters were battling with the flames. But with an abundance of grass and a strong north wind their efforts were futile for some time, and it was not until dark that the fire was extinguished. The Deep Creek acted as a break, and it was there that the fire ceased. Sir Rupert Clarke was a heavy loser, part of the Bolinda Estate and the Five-Mile being burnt. Mr. James Feehan was the only other land owner who suffered, he estimating his loss at about 100 acres, besides fencing. Mr. Feehan was fortunate in saving the homestead and a quantity of hay stacked in close proximity,, both of which were in serious danger at one time of the fire.
(P.2, Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser, 13-1-1900.)
When pvrd asked me if I knew the location of the Five Mile Estate that Isaac Batey had mentioned, I had to try to find the answer, because I had often wondered where it was. I have a feeling that Isaac had mentioned this estate in regard to Feehan but I could be wrong. The search is going to be a long and tedious one but within half an hour I had made a chance discovery about another matter that had excited my wondering machine many times.
The area around Melbourne's Oak Park* was often described as originally being cloaked in several species of trees including she oaks. Not knowing which trees were meant by this term, I wondered whether farm names including Oak were bestowed because of the English tree associated with acorns or this mysterious native tree. As in the case of the Five Mile Estate,I was driving too fast to swing into a side track. It was only when I was reading about the lime burners on the Southern Peninsula that a writer thought about an ignoramus like me and explained that the she oak was the common name for the Casuarina.
*Oak Park was (later)named after the English tree which was extensively planted on his estate at Pascoeville by John Pascoe Fawkner.
This tree with its needle-like leaves is so unlike an oak tree that I was now even more puzzled about the name of the she oak which was almost exterminated by the lime burners to fire their lime kilns. The puzzle was solved by a wandering naturalist writing about his travels in 1850. She Oaks and He Oaks,despite appearances, have absolutely nothing to do with genealogy but you will be able to appear like a genius when discussing the she oaks that grew on your ancestor's property. Just for fun, you could call them beef trees at the first mention and later let your readers out of their misery with the following.
February 10.—Have some trouble again in
catching the horses. Pass by the Marsh
Public and through the estate of Mr. Bacchus,
close by the princely residence of that gentle-
man. The soil here is very rich, and closely
timbered with the drooping Eucalyptus and other
trees peculiar to good soils, namely Accacia
Melanoxyeon (light wood or black wood), Accacia
Decurrens (black wattle), Exocarpes Curessi-
formis (native cherry) Casuarina Angustifolia (she
oak), Casuarina Striata (he oak). Ii is remark-
able that neither the she oak or cherry tree are
to be found at a distance exceeding one hundred
miles from the coast. The word she oak is a
corruption of an American word sheac, or beef
wood, which this timber, when sawn through
transversely, somewhat resembles, and some con-
siderate and ingenious individuals, conceiving,
like Mrs Shelly, when she wrote Frankenstein,
that the sexes could not or should not, stand
alone, they named the upright species She-oak in
(NOTES OF A NATURALIST,P.2,Argus,7-3-1850.)
Cr Antonella Celi was chairperson of the Rosebud West Renewal Project so there is no doubt she would have known the Aitken family very well. She would have been very busy and this might explain why she did not mention the triumphs and tragedies in relation to this Rosebud West family. The surname is well known to Carlton Football Club supporters, the son having inherited his father's ability. One of the articles on the Blues' website is headed OVERCOMING ADVERSITY which could have equally suited the article about the mother of the founder of VIC CRICK who still managed to contribute to the renewal project while being a full-time carer for her husband.
LOCAL cricket is mourning the loss of one of its greatest players, Ian Aitken, who died last Friday after a long illness.
Aitken, 70, captured 545 wickets with Red Hill after joining the club as a 40-year old. As a young man he played in the Bendigo and District Cricket Association (BDCA), earning a reputation as a champion fast bowler and capable batsman. In 2004, Aitken was inducted into the BDCA Hall of Fame.
Friend Roger Spaull said Aitken was a great cricketer and man.
‘‘He was regarded as one of the greatest cricketers to play Country Week cricket,’’ he said.
‘‘He was a beautiful seam bowler who could make the ball move. It’s an old expression but he could actually make it talk. Some days he was unplayable.’’
Aitken was vice-principal at Eastbourne Primary School for many years and lived at Rosebud West.
A funeral will be held at the Red Hill Cricket Club on Friday.
Juanita could have felt sorry for herself and moped. When I saw the following article she was only too willing to help me with my historical research but warned me that there would be interruptions because of her husband's affliction. It was an honour to shake the great man's hand, as it was to shake the hand of the BONEO BRADMAN.
ISSUU - February 1st 2011 by Mornington Peninsula News Group
Feb 1, 2011 - Citizen of the year Juanita Aitken has been an active member of Rosebud and Rosebud West communities for more than three decades after
I'd never seen a mention of the above two pioneers in a Broadmeadows history. That's just the reason that I embarked on a bicentennial project in August 1988, to acknowledge pioneers overlooked by professional historians who are more concerned with themes than people. My aim was to provides real detailed information for family historians, not just a name in a list. To me, they were just names in a list until Irene sent me a private message. This journal will consist of our conversation.
The location of Strathoer is still not proven and it may well have been Mornington Park, now Maygar Barracks and Northedge Industrial Park east of the Will Will Rook cemetery and adjoining GLENROY and Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank. Locations given were really vague in the 1850's, such as Moonee Ponds meaning anywhere near the Moonee Ponds, and if this farm (12 miles from Melbourne,just like Strathoer) was regarded as being "near Broadmeadows", Walter McFarlane may have been leasing all or part of it as STRATHOER. I had thought that Strathoer was the name of a house in Broadmeadows Township when Irene first contacted me.
PRIVATE MESSAGE FROM IRENE.
I have been searching for the hereabouts of 'Strathoer', so thank you for the information that it was situated at the end of Fawkner Street, Moonee Ponds. I thought it might have been further north because of the connection with Campbellfield.
Walter Macfarlane married Elizabeth Anderson - daughter of Joseph Anderson. Joseph Anderson, a builder arrived in Port Phillip with his wife Ann in 1838. Joseph also lived in Moonee Ponds at 'Burn Head'. His son Samuel Anderson died at his father's house and the funeral went to the Melbourne General Cemetery.
Walter Macfarlane was the Secretary of the Agricultural Society. I would appreciate to any more information you may have and am willing to exchange anything I do have on Walter MacFarlane.
Fawkner St in Broadmeadows Township (now Westmeadows)is at Melway 5, K7. Moonee Ponds,in early days had nothing to do with the suburb and meant anywhere along the Moonee Ponds Creek (which bisected Broady Township.)
By coincidence,last night I was writing about John Anderson who became the baker at Broadmeadows township in the 1880's and discovered JOSEPH ANDERSON of Broadmeadows.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 11 March 1868 p 4 Family Notices
... ANDERSON.-On the 9th inst., at Lal Lal, Annie Leslie, wife of Mr. Joseph Anderson, of Broadmeadows and
Did Joseph Anderson have any descendants named John (born at Keilor 1862), Peter or Alexander?
THE Friends of Mr. JOSEPH ANDERSON (late of Broadmeadows and Bacchus Marsh) are invited to follow the remains of his late wife to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. -
The funeral is appointed to move from the residence of his son, Mr. Adam Anderson, No. 2 Mackenzie street (near the Gaol*), at three o'clock on Saturday,the 14th instant.JOHN SLEIGHT, undertaker, No. 83 Collins street east. (P.8,Argus,13-3-1868.)
*Possibly Old Melb. Gaol or at Bacchus Marsh unless Mackenzie St at Pentridge has been renamed.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 13 March 1868 p 4 Family Notices
... DEATHS. ANDERSON - On the 9th Inst, at Lal Lal, Annie Leslie, wife of Mr. Joseph Anderson, an old colonist, and late of Broadmeadows and Bacchus Marsh, aged sixty-five years. ..
I see where you got Moonee Ponds from. It would have been only one and a half miles from the present Moonee Ponds Junction miles to Flemington bridge and if Burn Head was in the suburb of Moonee Ponds, the procession would travel at the ridiculously
slow speed of 1.2 kilometres an hour. Broady Township is about 7.3 miles north of Moonee Ponds Junction,making it 8.8 miles to Flemington Bridge and giving a speed of 4.4 miles an hour, a very brisk walking pace. This, the Wally/Lizzie marriage and "late of Broadmeadows" (as above)would indicate that Burn Head was a house in Broadmeadows Township. Your assumption that Strathoer was farther north (on the same latitude as Campbellfield) was correct.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 20 August 1857 p 8 Family Notices
... Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral pro- i cession to move from his residence, Burn Head, Moonee Ponds, at eleven, and pass the Flemington Bridge about one o'clock this
May I use your message and my reply in the journal?
For some reason my reasoning for Strathoer's location is not submitting here. Send your email address or just email me on (deleted). Regards, xxxxxxxxx, Rosebud.
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Thanks for all your info. I am enjoying all your information. Today I received 'Broadmeadows - A forgotten History by Andrew Lemon. As you refer to it all the time I thought it was a 'must have book' in my library.
My head is spinning about this area as we have Walter Macfarlane, Alexander Cruickshank and Joseph Anderson (Walter & Alexander S-I-L of Joseph) living in the area at one time or other. Next week I am going to SLV to search through directories to see if I can trace them that way. Our Joseph Anderson arrived Port Phillip 1838. He was a builder. insolvent, farmer. He lived in Elizabeth St etc, Moonee Ponds, Craigieburn, Lal Lal, Bacchus Marsh and finally Avenel (Monea South) Unfortunately Joseph Anderson Patton that as far as I know is not related was in the same areas.
At the moment, I am researching Carron Timber Yards, Flinders Street that Joseph's son Adam Anderson was a partner, so I was pleased to find info from you re the Cairns family. Thank you very much! Hope to be my first journal in FTC.
Informing her that I would not be writing any more about her family so I wouldn't spoil her journal and letting her know about my comment under my SOME FARMSIN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS journal,i.e.
Yet another link has been found between the Mornington Peninsula and Broady.I don't know whether any of the pioneering Cairns family of Boneo were directly linked with the Carron timber mill in Melbourne but their stepbrothers were. Joseph Anderson had a place called Burn Head at Moonee Ponds (probably Broadmeadows Township) in the 1850's; his son, Adam, became a partner in the Carron Timber mill and his daughter married Walter MacFarlane of Strathoer, near Broadmeadows and adjoining Glenroy. Because millyhettie and camcairns sent me private messages, they will now be able to share their information. The former's first post is on the way.
Once again,thanks to Scott Jangro who makes all of this connection between researchers possible.
Known facts about Strathoer. 1. Grazing paddock.* 2 Near Broadmeadows (Township.)**
3. Adjoined Glenroy.* 4.12 miles from Melbourne.*
(*Grazing for horses advertisement. **Family notices.)
Route chosen. From G.P.O. along Elizabeth St, Flemington and Mt Alexander Rd to Moonee Ponds and then Pascoe Vale Rd. Why Pascoe Vale Rd rather than Deep Creek Road to Broadmeadows(now Mickleham)road, crossing the creek at Broadmeadows Township?
The first bridge in the township, a timber one linking the two ends of Ardlie St, was built in 1854, after the grazing advertisement appeared. The creek banks are very steep so it would be a great feat to cross without a bridge on horseback and absolutely impossible with a wheeled vehicle. Therefore the original route to Sydney would be used to reach Strathoer until 1854, that is past the (original)Young Queen Inn at Pascoeville.
Measurement. On all Melway maps mentioned, 8cm equals a mile. Any inaccuracy in distance is caused by the original surveyors (the boundary, fronting Sharps Rd, Tullamarine of crown sections 21 Doutta Galla and 3 Tullamarine not being EXACTLY 8000 links (a mile) as shown on both parish maps),or by the Melway map makers.
FROM THE G.P.O.
1 MILE. Cnr. Blackwood St and Flemington Rd (43 F4.)
2 MILES. Cnr. Melrose St and Flemington Rd (43 C2.)
3 MILES. North Cnr. Ailsa St and Mt Alexander Rd (28 K11.)
4 MILES. North corner of Alexandra Ave and Pascoe Vale Rd (28 J7.)
5 MILES. Sth. cnr. of Brewster St. and Pascoe Vale Rd. (28 J3.)
6 MILES. Progress St corner (16 K12.)
7 MILES. Adelaide St corner (16 H8.)
8 MILES. Chapman Ave corner 16 G4.)
9 MILES. Where Rowan St would met Pascoe Vale Rd (6 G12.)
10 MILES. Just north east or west of the Johnstone St/Camp Rd overpass.
MILE POSTS. I know for a fact that there was a 10 mile post outside the Parr property at Tullamarine but my measurement shows that the ten mile point is outside Thomas Anderson's early farm and about a furlong (200 metres) before the location of the 10 mile post. I believe that the three mile post was located at Moonee Ponds Junction but my measurement shows that the actual junction was just short of 4 miles. The post office may have been closer to the Yarra in those days but I also think there was more estimation than measurement in the placement of the mile posts as well.
Exact measurement would not determine the location of Strathoer, so I tried another approach. I did a trove search for BROADMEADOWS, 12 MILES and found:
AUSTRALIA AND THE WAR THE POSITION IN VICTORIA. MOBILISATION CAMP SELECTED. Melbourne, Tuesday.
Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Friday 7 August 1914 Edition: COUNTRY EDITION p 1 Article
...day. The site for the mobilisation or all troops of all arms in Victoria has been selected at Broadmeadows, 12 miles north of Melbourne.
CONTINUES IN "MORE PIONEERS OF BROADMEADOWS" JOURNAL.
Joseph Anderson,by that time living at Bacchus Marsh, was involved as a witness in a dispute over the will of Thomas Graham in 1871. (See P.7, Argus,16-8-1871, column 6,Law Report,Graham v Graham.)
Found this while chasing Bulla/Broady and Mornington connections.
Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co. report having sold by private contract, on behalf of Messrs. James Harrick and Son, 200 acres at Tullamarine, being the eastern portion of part of Crown portion 3, to Mr. George Mansfield.
Gordon Connor told me that George had built the Dalkeith homestead in 1910. Spot on!
Section 3 Tullamarine, granted to William Foster and consisting of 640 acres, fronted the north side of Sharps Rd, Tullamarine west of Broadmeadows Rd. The northern boundary,Post Office Lane,is indicated by the north boundary of Trade Park industrial estate. It also fronted the road to Broadmeadows Township (now Mickleham Rd) to the Londrew Court/Freight Rd midline. William inherited and returned home with his younger brother,John adding William's 1280 acres to his own "Leslie Banks" between Fosters Rd (now Keilor Park Drive)and the river.
In 1847 a road was declared between North Melbourne and Bulla. Land north east of it was leased in portions and soon David William O'Niall had established the Lady of The Lake Hotel just a triangular 1.5 acre block* south of the Derby St corner.(*This still exists,with a Melrose Drive frontage the width of a fence post, and was part of section 6.)Broombank (Millar Rd, Tadstan Drive) and the Junction Hotel and associated land (Northedge and Andlon/Londrew Courts)took up the rest of the triangle.
What is now Trade Park was sold to Methodists such as Charles Nash and Ann Parr and the Methodist Church was built on the north corner of the present Trade Park Drive in 1870. Before that the Wesleyans had bought a one acresite on the bend in Cherie St and established a Wesleyan School in 1855 that operated until 1884 when the Conders Lane school opened on the present Link Rd north corner,also replacing the "Seafield" school.
South of the Catherine Avenue/Janus St Midline,the remaining 400 acres were bought by the Kilburns who called it"Fairfield". David Milburn,Victoria's first irrigator, seemed to be leasing it in 1868 and it was later leased by the Williamsons for many years. James Harrick,whose homestead is now the museum of the Keilor Historical Society later bought the property and split it into two 200 acre farms. The farm west of the Fisher Grove houses became Michael Reddan's "Brightview" (later Doyle's "Ristaro") while the eastern half was Dalkeith. This was owned by George Mansfield, T.and Ernie Baker (who had a bad accident), Tommy Loft* (who subdivided 40 acres for the Dalkeith Ave, Eumarella St and Gordon St housing), Leslie King Dawson and Moorooduc's former postmaster, Percy Hurren, who'd earlier snored during sermons while near Red Cliffs, according to Mrs David Shepherd.
(*Tommy Loft called a meeting to form the progress association in 1924 and in 1929 had Squizzy Taylor's haunt,the Junction Hotel closed, much to the displeasure of the local drinkers.His son,Ray, married Maggie Millar,lived at 3 Eumarella St,leased and then owned "Broombank",hence Millar Rd,and had a son named Gordon,after whom Gordon St was named.)
Text wouldn't submit but was luckily saved and will be submitted when the OH NOES gremlins buzz off.
If you still have yesterday's Sunday Herald Sun (9-2-2014) have a look at "Packenham it in" on page 57.
When my twin brother and I were about five we were driven to Grandma Cock's at Bunyip for Christmas dinner. As it was over 100 degrees and dinner was cooked on a slow combustion stove, we were glad to escape to the relative coolness of the blazing sun after our meal. After dad died,my brother and I would be taken to platform 1 at Spencer St Station to catch the train to Bunyip. We loved the train, because, both having ants in the pants, we could spend most of our journey wandering the aisle that ran the length of one side of the carriage. We either stayed with mum's sister, Grace (Mrs Hinson) or Les and Jess Roberts at the top of the hill.
As mum had to work to support us we were later allowed to travel on our own,just like big people, to stay with Auntie Grace or Jess Roberts, who was a life-long friend of mum (nee Edna Cock.) Although we had driven through Pakenham at the age of five, the place had not yet become part of my being. Later, as a typical smutty teenager the name of Pakenham Upper burned its way into the part of my brain that manufactures corny jokes.
When I got a car and a licence, Pakenham became very much part of the romance of the drive to Bunyip, along with places like Officer, Tynong, Nar Nar Goon etc and John Towner's pub. (After John Coleman's career-ending injury, John Towner looked likely to become the next Coleman until he was crudely propelled into the fence and was never the same afterwards.)
Thus when I read page 57 of the Sunday Herald Sun of 9-2-2014, I felt compelled to write a journal about a part of my past,just as I had about Campbells Creek. The headline was "Packenham it in." I would have used "Packenham up"! Daryl Timms' article is presented virtually verbatim with some re-ordering to give genealogy and track information separately. Don't be too hard on Timmsy about his south west gaffe; I have to be on constant guard not to make the same blue.
Gavan and Hughie Bourke (pictured)have vivid memories of growing up in the family home located on what was later to be named Racecourse Rd.There were seven Bourke siblings and their backyard was the racetrack which was founded in 1875. The Bourke link with the racetrack goes back to Ireland in 1838 when Michael Bourke married Catherine Kelly in County Limerick,leaving for Australia on their wedding day and arriving in Melbourne on St. Patrick's Day,March 17, 1839. After five years they gained a squatter's licence and selected land in the Pakenham district. They had 15 children, but two died in infancy and it was their youngest son,David Joseph Bourke, who farmed land on the current racetrack site and allowed races on his paddock.
After the death of David it was sons Hugh and Michael who played the crucial role of keeping the club alive. Despite pressure for the site to become Crown land,the Bourkes agreed to sell the track to the racing club for 25 000 pounds ($50 000)in a deal finalised in 1957. "It was about a quarter of what it was worth,but back then our family wanted it to stay a racetrack forever and we always thought it would, " Hughie said this week.
Brother Gavan agrees that it's sad that the track,on a 27 hectare site and sold for redevelopment for $30 million,will be part of the massive suburbia explosion in the heart of Pakenham. The first races had been annual amateur picnic meetings,the only meetings between 1896 and 1909 being on New Year's Day,but in December 1926 the club moved to regular,professional meetings with the inaugural Pakenham Cup after 4000 pounds (raised with the help of locals) was spent to upgrade and remodel the track as demanded by the government. The Bourkes leased the track to the club for free on the condition that profits benefited public amenities.
It will be an emotional time today (9-2-2014)for the Bourke clan when the track hosts its final meeting-featuring the Pakenham Cup- as the club prepares to move to a new track and multmillion dollar development on 246 hectares of farmland at Tynong , 10 km east of Pakenham and 65 km south west (sic; southeast) of Melbourne.
I don't know whether anyone is writing a Bourke family history. Perhaps it might be a descendant living far
(see comment 2.)
ANDERSON,Joseph, MACFARLANE, Walter.
(Continuation of the journal WALTER MACFARLANE AND JOSEPH ANDERSON OF BROADMEADOWS, VIC., AUST. which I tried unsuccessfully, a great many times, to submit three lines at a time in that journal,as a comment under it, and as a new journal.)
The site selected was Mornington Park,east of the Will Will Rook Cemetery, and fairly close to a mile from the point a bit east of the Johnstone St/Camp Rd overpass. Therefore I presume that the 11 mile post would have been at the intersection.
So now we need to measure another mile from that intersection to find a spot near Broadmeadows(Township) and adjoining Glenroy. We must go west to satisfy both clues. This takes us to 6 D7-8.The Glenroy Estate consisted of sections 1 and 6 of the parish of Will Will Rook, bounded by the line of Campbellfield road (Camp Rd),roughly the line of Morley St, Boundary Rd/RhodesPde/ Victoria St and the Moonee Ponds Creek.
South and west of the creek was Stewarton,section 5,Tullamarine, leased by Peter McCracken from 1846 until 1855, so while it was near the township and adjoined Glenroy, Wally's Strathoer couldn't have been there. Nor could it have been south of the line of Camp Rd ("Glengyle")as that was part of the Glenroy Estate, which Strathoer ADJOINED.
Therefore my best guess is that Strathoer was Glen Allan, between the township (Lyons St) and Pascoe Vale Rd, or the eastern part of the township, sold in 2 acre blocks as suburban allotments (rather than half acre blocks), which the crown would have withheld from sale until the building blocks were sold. In either case Wally was probably renting his farm until the lease ended.
You will notice that the rough location (6 D 7-8) satisfies all requirements, distance, near Broadmeadows, adjoining Glenroy and one more,a never-failing supply of water (from the Yuroke Creek.)
Thank you again.
My head is in a double spin now! I shall read my new 'Broadmeadows' book tonight and try to catch up with your information. I have been searching for Walter Macfarlane on TROVE -it contains lots of info about him in his role as Secretary of the Agricultural Society - there is a photo of Walter in the SLV - Early Colonist montage - this montage also includes Joseph Anderson and his son Adam Anderson. There is also a photo of Walter Macfarlane in the book 'Speed the Plough' the history of the Agricultural Society but very little about Walter himself.
I have not come across the 'Grazing for horses' advertisement and shall have a look to see if I can find it for my records.
What does the single/double asterisk mean? or is this just for your records?
Submitted the last email to you before the OK to use the information I have sent you (except J. Wright, Footscray as I do not know it this J. Wright is the same J. Wright,- Adam Anderson's partner. I do not have a local history of Footscray to check - J. Wright, Footscray do claim that they are the oldest timber merchants in Melbourne)
By the way - are you related to Alexander Gibb of Meadowbank? Alexander Gibb was one of the witnesses at the wedding of Ann Anderson to Alexander Cruickshank. It seems that Melbourne was full of builders, timber and associated yards in early Melbourne. They would have needed them when you look at the pace of buildings going up from Batman's bare paddock. Not a gold rush but a builders rush!
TO IRENE.(22 HRS. AGO.)
The asterisks indicated the source for each known fact.
I should warn you about Andrew Lemon's incorrect claim that James Robertson of Gowrie Park (south of Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank at Campbellfield) was a Keilor farmer.
James Robertson married a Coupar girl, as did Alexander's blacksmithing brother, James Gibb. (Google "the four James Robertsons, itellya".)
I am not related to Alexander Gibb or his son Alexander Coupar Gibb.
I will not write anything more about MacFarlane/ Anderson etc in my Broady Shire Farms journal but I have mentioned (in today's comment under it) that your journal is on the way.
Do you know how to find the ACCOMMODATION PADDOCK advertisement on trove searching by date? Ring me on (DELETED) if you have trouble and I'll talk you through it. (I hope I had the date and page number.)
Please do write about the Macfarlane/Anderson family. I have never written anything but thought that you had to enter a journal in FTC.
As I said, I have been researching the Carron Timber yard - to understand our Anderson family better - thought that after spending so much time searching it but do not know how long it will take me to do so, and I might as well write all the information down - a first little project for me. So please do continue with your great work. I am truly delighted to see how you research and gather historical information, so informative.
Looked up the map to see where Strathoer was situated - I assume end of Fawkner Street would be by the Moonee Ponds Creek rather than Mickeham Road end therefore address as Moonee Ponds. I have had no success in finding the ACCOMODATION PADDOCK advertisement - nothing comes up re Strathoer in TROVE other than the death notices that you have. I must not be entering the right keyword.
Also, I would like to contact family member Cairns, but do not know how to do so, if its OK can you send me email address or point me in the right direction. I have only found FTC just recently so am slowly reading the journals - so many of them - so much wonderful information - such a wonderful site!!!!!!
TO IRENE. TWO HOURS AGO. Sending Cameron's email address.
ONE HOUR AGO. Before looking for the ACCOMMODATION PADDOCK advertisement , I did a google search for walter Macfarlane, glenroy, broadmeadows and found this near the top of the 5th column on page 6 of the Argus of 28-11-1857. You will notice that STRATHOER is written as STRATHMORE.
John Williamson, Rose Hill; Sire, Neil Black's Im-
ported horse, West-horn-1st prize, gold medal.
Walter Macfarlane, Strathmore (sic); 2nd prize, silver
Dr Wilson, Summer Hill; 3rd prize, silver medal.
I entered "walter macfarlane, 1852 " on trove and got the advertisement as the second result. You will see that what I write is only a small part of my task. I might open 30 or so possible results in a night, given a summary such as the one below, spend 10 minutes or more finding the mention, which is useless, or up to half an hour correcting digitised text.
Here's the text correction.
ACCOMMODATION FOR HORSES.
Strathore (sic) Grazing Paddock, adjoining Glenroy.
One of the best grazed Paddocks in the dis-
trict, securely fenced, and a never-failing
supply of water. Distance from Melbourne 12
miles. Will be re-opened for a limited number
of Horses only on Thursday, the 21st instant,
therefore early application is necessary.
TERMS- 5s. per head per week.
All Horses to be paid for on delivery, and
none delivered on Sundays.
.Every care taken, but no responsibility.
Any horses left haltered at Kirk's Bazaar,
on Thursday's, before one o'clock, will be for
warded to the Paddock, free of expense.
12377 WALTER MACFARLANE.
Here's the summary.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 28 October 1852 p 7 Advertising
... rpHE undersigned is a purchaser ot Gold to X any amount, thu hit'lit-st price given, C. MACFARLANE, ... liurMJayV, before one o'clock, will be foi* warded lo the Paddock, fr*o of expense. 12377 s WALTER MACFARLANE.NEWLANDS. ' 1 Graz'tig Padduok». " VIEWLANDS, odj itiing tho Tonttidge Vil l\ Inge ... 7207 words
AN AFTERTHOUGHT.(After email sent.)
Was Wally leasing part of Alexander Gibb's "Meadowbank" or James Robertson's Gowrie Park, both of which, and J.P.Fawkner's Box Forest, adjoined the eastern boundary of the Glenroy estate?
BENNETT. See WRIGHT.(check DHOTAMA)
DEATHS. PATERSON.—On the 27th ult., at Chalmers' Academy,Euroke, Mr. David Paterson, teacher, late of Trooa, Ayrshire, aged 32. (P.4,Argus,17-3-1860.)
WRIGHT-BENNETT [Golden Wedding].-On the 5th August, 1874, at the Presbyterian Manse, Essendon, by the Rev. W. Fraser, Thomas, eldest son of late John and Ann Wright, Tullamarine, to Elizabeth, second daughter of late
William and Elizabeth Bennett, of Euroke (colonists). (Present address, North Pole road, Keilor.)
(P.11, Argus, 9-8-1924.)
North Pole Rd was the original name for Milleara Rd. John Wright was probably a brother of Wallis Wright of Sunnyside in Tullamarine. Google VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD, TARDIS for an archealogical survey of Charles Nash's
Fairview and Wallis Wright's Sunnyside,the latter fronting Wright St.