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The following streets are in the parish of Frankston. A new journal will be required for the part of Mt Eliza in the parish of Moorooduc.

The northern boundary of the shire is Kackeraboite Creek to where Old Mornington Rd crosses it, Humphries Rd, Moorooduc Rd north east for 33 chains (660 metres) to Sages Rd, Baxter-Tooradin Road, the Peninsula Link (north north east), Golf Links Road (south east), Baxter-Tooradin Road, Dandenong-Hastings Road (Westernport Highway) and South Boundary Road East to Melway 141 B12.
This strange boundary may have been that of the second Shire of Mornington when it was severed from the Shire of Frankston and Hastings.

This was the access track to what became Mount Eliza and was probably blazed by James Davey Senior in the 1840's. The Frankston parish map ( that the highway (three chain road) to the heads started as Frankston-Flinders Rd and continued as Moorooduc Rd. Despite its name, Old Mornington Rd went only to Boundary (Canadian Bay) Road, the southern boundary of the parish and the Davey pre-emptive right.

There is unfortunately no Bruce Rd in Mt Eliza to discuss because Stanley Melbourne Bruce of "Ormiston", near Stephens Rd was probably one of the road's most prominent residents.
Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Friday 8 April 1927 p 7 Article
The outbreak was not far from Mr Bruce's present residence on Mornington road. The Prime Minister (Mr.Bruce) was present during the outbreak.

Olivers Hill was originally known as Old Man Davey's Hill, because James Davey senior's father, William used to climb the hill to spot the location of shoals of fish in the bay and was renamed because a later fisherman did the same thing.
James Davey had two runs in the area, but the one near Mt Eliza was the "Kannanuke" run which was probably between the mouth of the Kananook Creek and Canadian Bay Rd.
The obituary of James Davey Jnr gives a brief history of the Davey family. His mother's name was MARY which explains the name of the Davey homestead. See also DENISTOUN AVENUE re the location of Marysville.

It is with regret we have to
chronicle the death, at the age of 56,
of Mr James Davey, a respected resi-
dent of long standing at Frankston,
which occurred at Melbourne on Fri-
day last, Mr Davey, though years
ago a sufferer on account of ill-health,
had recently been exceptionally well,
but an attack of cerebral hemorrhage
about a fortnight ago necessitated him
entering a hospital, and though he
railed somewhat, the attack proved
fatal, as stated above.
The deceased gentleman, who had
been living in St. Kilda for the past
couple of years, was born at Gardiner's
Creek, Victoria, but lived the greater
part of his life at Davey's Bay, Frank-
ston. He was the second eldest son
of Mr Jas. Davey, one of the pioneers
of this district, and after whom
Davey's Bay was called. For some
time the deceased gentleman lived at
Red Hill, but the greater part of his
life was passed at "Marysville,"
Davey's Bay, Frankston, erected by
his father, Mr Jas. Davey, in 1851.
Some interesting facts surround
"Marysville," which was built at a
cost of £2000, on elaborate lines, the
slates and timber being brought over
from Tasmania. In the early days
"Marysville" was the mansion if the
district. The old homestead was dis-
mantled a few years ago by Mr A. H.
Sargood, who purchased the land and
erected a magnificent residence thereon,
shortly after which Mr Davey moved
to St. Kilda,after having spent about
40 years in the district. The deceased
leaves a widow and family of six boys
and four girls to mourn their loss. One
of the sons, Mr Len Davey, is a resi-
dent of Mount Eliza, the others, as
they have grown up, having removed
to various parts.
The funeral took place on Monday
at the Kew Cemetery, the burial
service being read by the Rev. Mr
Rowells, of East Melbourne.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 4-11-1911.)

Marathon Estate for Auction
The 34-acre Marathon Estate, former home of the late
Major-General H. W. Grimwade, at Davey's Bay, Oliver's
Hill. Frankston. Is to come.under the auctioneer's hammer
on Saturday.
The property, except for approximately five acres, has been subdivided into 21 allotments. The smallest covers half to three-quarters of an acre; the largest is nearly three acres.
Auctioneer for. the sale will be Geo. G. Austin*, of Frankston. ;(P.6, The Age, 11-4-1951.)
*See Austin Rd, Somerville.

This street indicates the location of James Davey's "Marysville".
In the year 1838, Mr. William Da-
vey arrived in South Australia on
the ship "Argyle,". with his son,
James, then aged 21 years. He stayed
in South Australia for a short period
and then settled at Mt. Eliza. The
New South Wales Government then
had a scheme of granting early set-
tlers what was called a pre-emptive
right to a square mile of land any
where they wished. For a small fee
they had right to occupy such land
for a number of years and then to
buy it at 12/6 an acre, which was
later raised to £1. By this system
Mr. Davey obtained a pre-emptive
right to the land previously mentioned.
In 1851, Mr. Davey erected a
small residence on this piece of land
at the spot where, later, the "Mara-
thon" homestead used to be. This
was Frankston's first house and he
resided there while building another
larger residence overlooking the bay,
which bears his name. This place
was situated bn the present site of
"Deniston," Mr. Sargood's house, and
trees which Mr. Davey planted in his
garden, including a couple of large
mulberry trees, still thrive there. Mr
Davey moved into his new house in
1851 and named it " Marysville." He
then built a jetty for the convenience
of craft bringing provisions from
Melbourne. This jetty was for his
own use and the provisions brought
were for himself only. These he
hauled up the cliffs from the jetty
with a wire rope. All signs of the
jetty were destroyed by the sea about
five years ago. Mr Davey planted a
purple-flowering African plant, cal-
led the Polygala, which is now wide-
spread in that district. It is interest-
Ing to know that these plants have
come from the six planted by Mr Davey
78 years ago, and which he
bought for 2/6 each. He also bred
horses for India.

This road's name is first mentioned on trove in 1910. It was almost certainly named after William Humphries, a Frankston farmer in 1879. Ann Woolley, for whom he acted as executor, may have been a Hastings pioneer.

NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the publication hereof ap-
plication will be made to the Supreme Court of the
colony of Victoria, In its Probate Jurisdiction that
and two Codicils thereto of ANN WOOLLEY, late of
number 40 Lonsdale street west, Melbourne, in the
colony of Victoria, widow, deceased, may be granted
to William Humphries of Frankston, in the said
colony, farmer, and William Croft, of 80 Madeline
street, Carlton, in the said colony, telegraph clerk*
the executors named in and appointed by the said will.
(P.8, Argus, 24-3-1879.)

An inspection of the Frankston Parish map, (…/simpleimages/…/1123904.html) reveals that William Woolley received many grants near the north west end of Humphries Rd, some with James Davey.

(*William Croft, joint executor with William Humphries, rose to the top of his profession and bought William Hoffman's Butzbach homestead at North Essendon, which he renamed Buckley Park. A house at Buckley Park College is named after him. He was possibly related to Fred Croft who bought the store at Martin's Corner, Somerville in 1910.
CROFT—On the 13th December (suddenly), at ??? William Croft, late of Buckley Park, Essendon, formerly manager of Telegraph department of Victoria, aged 74 years. (P.1, The Age, 14-12-1914.)

A wine.and spirit licence was granted to Fredk.W. Croft, of Somerville, who has purchased the business of A. E. and E. A.Martin. (P. 2, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 7-5-1910.)

THE Friends of the late Mrs ANN WOOLLEY
(relict of the late Mr Woolley*, formerly of Frank-
ston) are invited to follow her remains to the place of
interment in the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to move from No 46
Lonsdale street west THIS DAY (Saturday), at half
past 4 o clock.(P.12, Argus,22-3-1879.)
(* William Woolley, according to the funeral notice in The Age on the same day. William had died at the same address in 1877.)
WOOLLEY -On the 11th inst at his residence, Lonsdale
Street William Woolley, late of Frankston, aged 65 years (P.1, Argus, 12-6-1877.)

The Woolleys had a long association with Crib Point.
william (bill) woolley's homestead, crib point - Victorian Heritage ...

I believe that George Woolley was a son of William and Ann Woolley, Palmer being a major grantee near Westernport. If so, the Humphries and Woolley .families may have been associated in the Ovens and Murray area too.
Woolley — Gordon. — At St. John's,Eurobin, on the 29th December, 1896, Alice Esther Ann Gordon,youngest daughter of George Augustus Gordon, late 93rd Highlanders, to George Outrim Woolley, eldest son of the late William Woolley, of Palmer's Creek.(P.2, Ovens and Murray Advertiser, 23-1-1897.)
William Odium, 40a, forfeited by H. Pearce. Postponed.
William Humphries, 49a 3r 30p, between Short's and Ellis' selections. Postponed.
(P.1, Ovens and Murray Advertiser, 24-4-1875.)

Clift and Walker were contractors, of Frankston, in 1889.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 28 December 1889 p 3)

Hookey Walker may not have been that contractor, as he seemed to be working for a baker when he wrote his letter in 1890. (Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 16 August 1890 p 2 Article
... TO THE EDITOR HOOKEY WALKER. Frankston August 13th 1890.)

Frankston police have received a letter from Edmund C. Caton, of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England,
requesting information of the whereabouts of his cousin, Miss Anne Holmes Walker. Mr.Caton received a letter from his cousin in 1903, but has not heard from her since that year. She was then living with her mother in Frankston. Her father's name was Bryan Holmes Walker. It is quite possible that some of our readers may be able to supply some information of the present address of Miss Walker, and such information, if forwarded to the Frankston police or to this office, will be forwarded to her cousin in England.
(P.4, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 2-5-1931.)

Henry Walker Snr seems to have been an early resident of Mount Eliza.
BLACK-During the third week in August, at her home, Agnes Andrew, widow of John Black Waitahuna Gully, New Zealand, second daughter of the late Henry Walker of Mount Eliza, loving sister of Robert Walker, Frankston. Aged 82 years.(P.4, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 10-9-1937.)

WALKER-On the 24th October at Rochester,. Henry, second son of the late Henry Walker - of Mount Eliza, loved father of Maisie O'Neill* and Leslie Gordon (Mac), and beloved brother of Agnes Black, Waitahuna Gully, N.Z., and. Robert Walker,. Frankston. Late of D; and W. Murrray Ltd. and. Tyabb.-Interred at Kew on Thursday.
(P.4, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 28-10-1933.)

*The O'Neills were early pioneers at Tyabb, J.O'Neill being the grantee of c/a 40A, parish of Tyabb at Melway 148 J7, now occupied by the Somerville Christmas Tree Farm-hence the name of O'Neills Rd.)

Perhaps the Standard should have asked the prolific writer of letters to the editor, J.R.M.Walker, about Miss Annie Holmes Walker. He not only had knowledge of the area's history but was a bright bunny, suggesting the making of what is now Pt Nepean Rd south of Boundary (Canadian Bay) Rd (to Sunnyside Rd.)

Early travellers from Frankston to Mt Eliza could climb Olivers Hill and then turn right to cross Davey's Gully on Old Mornington Rd, continuing through the Davey pre-emptive right) but if wishing to go to Mornington , they then had to travel along today's Mount Eliza Way and Wooralla Drive to Three Chain (Moorooduc) Rd. On the Moorooduc parish map (Moorooduc, County of Mornington [cartographic material] / drawn and ...…/simpleimages/…/1076739.html) the present Pt Nepean Rd is shown 1 chain wide (WITH A PROBLEM CROSSING GUNYONG CREEK NEAR THE TOWER RD. CORNER), the Mt Eliza Way/ Wooralla Drive deviation 2 chains wide and Moorooduc Rd 3 chains wide.

To the Editor
Sir, In your issue of 18th inst. it is reported under the above heading that a letter from Mornington Peninsula Development League which came before the Shire Council at its last meeting contained a request that the shire engineer prepare a report on the proposed extension of the marine drive to Frankston from Mornington, and on the motion of Crs. Montague and Keast it was resolved to take no action.
Instead of the proposed drive along the foreshore I would suggest a road from the Mt. Eliza post office passing on the eastern side of the "Moondah" and "Manyung" mansions, and on the western side of "Sunnyside" to the "Beleura Hill" in Mornington.
If the Mornington Peninsula Development League considers this route practicable I think it should be supported by the Frankston Publicity Committee, Traders' Association, Tax-
payers' League, High School Council and others interested in the progress of Frankston and district. The foregoing suggested route is entirely in the Mornington Shire, whose duty it would be to find the money.
The Frankston and Hastings Shire have already done their share in the construction of the road at Oliver's Hill and the Pt. Nepean road deviation*.
Yours, etc. J. R. M. WALKER. Frankston, February 22, 1932.
(P.5, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 27-2-1932.)

J.R.M.Walker's knowledge of Mt Eliza went back to at least 1886!
(To the Editor).
Sir. -To my knowledge, extending over sixty years, some land-owners between Oliver's Hill and the shire boundary have discouraged the use of the several public and private roads leading from the Pt. Nepean road to the beach, by the people of the hinterland.
In the Nineties the late Mr. William Lawrey successfully opposed the fencing In of the reserve at the corner of Pt. Nepean road and Humphries road, by an adjoining landowner. If the people of Frankston really want their beaches. they should do as Mr. Lawrey did-"go to the State Government about the matter."-Yours, etc.,
J. R. M. WALKER. Frankston.(P. 5, Standard, 23-5-1946.)

An inspection of the Frankston Parish map, (…/simpleimages/…/1123904.html) reveals that William Woolley received many grants near the north west end of Humphries Rd, some with James Davey, but neither J.M.R.Walker nor Henry Walker senior seem to have been grantees. However I believe that Walkers Rd was most likely named after one of them. It was named after Henry Walker Senior!

POSTSCRIPT. (From John Gilbert Mann's MOUNT ELIZA, MOU 994.5)
P. 23. Henry Walker's wife was the sister of George Milne who was also an early settler.

MANN RD. (101 J9,10.)
Mr Mann wrote a history of the early days of Mt Eliza for the Mt Eliza Progress Association in 1926. He must have lived there for some years to know details such as the names of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay its name and that their timber was loaded onto the Liverpool anchored half a mile offshore. Heritage consultants have referred to his history but obviously didn't feel one bit silly quoting "Mr Mann". I did. I found out that the Mann family was heavily involved in the Field Naturalists Club and valued the beauty of Mt Eliza. Whether Mann Rd was named after the historian, John G. Mann, or another member of his family, Mann Rd was certainly named after a Mount Eliza resident.…

As there is not a street named after John G.Mann's residence, "Harbury", and the report of the fire only vaguely
describes its location, I was searching for an advertisement which might provide a more specific location. This advertisement did not do so but shows that John's second given name was not George as I had assumed but GILBERT. It also seems to indicate that the Sir Frederick Wollaston mentioned in relation to the location of another old residence was actually Sir Frederick Wallaston MANN.

JOHN GILBERT MANN late of "Harbury" Frankston In the State of Victoria, Gentleman, deceased. AFTER fourteen clear days SIR FREDERICK WOLLASTON MANN of "Motstone" Walsh Street, South Yarra, in the said State,Knight, the Executor appointed by deceased's Will dated the Twenty-first day of November, One thousand nine hundred and fifty-one will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a GRANT of PROBATE of the said Will. (P.8, The Age, 4-12-1952.)

MANN. — On November 27. In hospital, John Gilbert Mann, of Harbury. Frankston, beloved brother of Frederick Wollaston Mann, of Melbourne, and Charles Russell Mann, of West Australia - Privately cremated.
(P.17, The Age, 29-11-1952.)

Pages 11-14 to be included in the next journal about the origins of street names in Mt Eliza within the parish of Moorooduc.
Page 17. This is a copy of the cornerstone of St James the Less, which, if it is correct, is remarkable because of a stonemason's error. The N in SAINT is wrong with the diagonal stroke rendered as /. If the cornerstone is still visible, somebody living locally might like to check if this has been remedied.

P.20. James Davey Snr. married Miss Williamson (Mary!)in Scots' Church, Collins St in 1848.
P.21 James Davey's first cottage and 40 acres were transferred to Frank Stephen (P.28 to settle a legal bill of 40 pounds.) That valuable frontage named BEACHLEIGH he gave at a nominal price to Mr THOMAS WATTS, a well known Melbourne architect, who in 1878 built the homestead. Mt Watts' daughter is now Mrs McFarlane, wife of the esteemed vicar of Frankston*. The contractor who built Watts' house in 1878 was FREEMAN who liked the location so much that he bought 13 acres nearby and built the house "STUDLEY" now owned by Mrs Wrede. A little earlier, Davey sold about 15 acres adjoining his homestead to a friend, B.C.HARRIMAN, of the Crown Law Department, who built CLIFF HOUSE and occupied it for years. On the other side of Watts land, Dr. George Teague bought the land as far as Canadian Bay but resold it in about 1890 to JAMES PATERSON. It is now HENRY MASTERTON'S "RUBRA".

* The marriage of the Rev. A. P. McFarlane, St. Paul's, Frankston, and Miss Mabel Watts, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Watts, Beachleigh, Frankston, takes place on Wednesday, August 10, in the village church, very quietly, only relatives being present, owing to the ill health of the bride's mother.
(P.45, The Australasian, 16-7-1898.)

P.22.In 1857, a letter from a cousin in Melrose, Scotland who had visited Marysville, informed that REV. CAMPBELL had left for Victoria to become the incumbent of the church in Brighton. Rev. Campbell whose son became a partner in the legal firm of Davies and Campbell in Melbourne, bought about 80 acres on CANADIAN BAY and built GLEN SHIAN. Mrs Wooley's (sic)brother was Mr Humphreys (sic) who bought 200 acres of Davey and Woolley's 393 acre grant.
P.23.HENRY WALKER'S wife was the sister of GEORGE MILNE, another of the early settlers.
P.25. WOOLLEY had the 162 acre YAMALA and built the homestead which he sold to Dr. (later SIR JOHN) MADDEN.Lord Brassey, (the Governor in the 1890's who made an equally unrewarding, but much more humourous, attempt to visit Sidney Smith Crispo at Rye*), ran his "Sunbeam" aground on Woolley's Reef, a mud flat about a mile offshore from YAMALA in the bay, when visiting Sir John.
*A Vice-Regal Story.
Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) Friday 17 September 1897 p 3 Article

P.27. Oliver's Hill was originally called Old Man (William) Davey's Hill and it was later renamed after James Oliver who with his son James used to anchor their fishing boat in Sweetwater Creek.
P.28. FRANK STEPHEN'S 40 acres later became MARATHON.
P.29. When JOHN MADDEN married FRANK STEVEN'S daughter, he bought WILLIAM WOOLLEY'S place, YAMALA.
ANDREW ROWAN also married a daughter of Frank and when they took over Marathon, FRANK STEPHEN moved to CASSIOBURY and built the house now more and less in ruins. After ROWAN'S death, MARATHON was bought by General H.W.GRIMWADE in 1912.

This was originally known as Boundary Rd, being (with Eramosa Rd) the boundary between the parishes of Frankston to the north and Moorooduc to the south. It was renamed because of three Canadians who supplied timber to the "Liverpool" which anchored half a mile offshore from its beach end. One of these was Alf Jones of Almond Bush Stud. Another was the ancestor of Lance Hodgins of the Hastings Historical Society whose story about the three Canadian families follows.

In response to your email concerning James Hodgins:
The James you refer to is my great grandfather, who came out to Australia with a cousin William. After a quick and fairly nonproductive visit to the goldfields, they teamed up with two sets of brothers - the Jones and McKerlie boys - to cut she-oak at Mt Eliza for shipment to Melbourne. Jones had been cutting on Davey's land, and by the time they joined forces they were cutting on JT Smith's property further around the coast - which subsequently was called "Canadian Bay".

The two Jones boys were British-born but had migrated to (Upper) Canada, from whence they came to Australia on the Scargo in 1853, along with the McKerlies. Also on the Scargo were the Dobsons, who became significant pioneer settlers (and timber-men) of the Fern Tree Gully district. Amongst other things, they supplied timber for the first Mornington pier - thus re-establishing contact with their former fellow passengers.

One of the Dobson daughters married James Hodgins in 1860 and they lived at Schnapper Point (Mornington)/ Moorooduc on the north-west corner of Telegraph (Bungower) Road and Three Chain Road (Moorooduc Highway) before selecting land and moving to Hastings.

James' cousin William returned to Canada and settled down to family life on a farm near London, Ontario.
The Jones boys stayed on in the Mornington/Somerville area - Alfred for much longer than his brother Walter (another story). From his property Alfred became a butcher and led a significant public life - witness Jones Road in Somerville. Walter became a grazier in the Dargo area.

After Canadian Bay, William McKerlie went to the Mooraboool diggings and was also married in 1860, but died leaving 7 young children. His brother Miles was closer to my great grandfather James, with whom he shared some local road contracts for the Mt Eliza Roads Board, the first local council. Miles eventually moved to the Crossover diggings north of Warragul, and is buried there.

GILLARDS RD (101 G-H 12, 105 H 1).
We regret to record the demise of Mrs. Gillard, of Frankston, which sad event occurred on Friday last, at her late residence, Mornington road. The deceased lady,who was over 70 years of age, had resided in the district for
upwards of 40 years. To her bereaved relatives we join in extending our sincere sympathy.
(P.2, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 4-3-1925.)

FRANKSTON, Mt. Eliza,— Superior Accommodation, few minute beach, good shooting, fern gullies. Mrs. Gillard, Frankston.(P.15, The Age, 25-2-1905.)

Mrs Gillard may have been the wife of James Gillard.(She was.*)
From Jas. Gillard, requesting permission to erect a bathing box on the beach,off the Esplanade, at the Marysville Estate.
(South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 10 September 1890 p 3 Article)

* GILLARD.—On the 28th February, at Myrina, Point Nepean road, Mount Eliza, Louisa, the beloved wife of James Gillard, and loved mother of Mrs. Nellie Crowther, aged 73 years. (P.1, Argus, 2-3-1925.)
It appears that James and Louisa only had one surviving child, who died at Coburg.

EventDeath Event registration number1569 Registration year1925
Personal information
Family nameGILLARD Given namesLouisa SexFemale Father's nameCOOK Joseph Mother's nameAnn (Duckham) Place of birth Place of deathFRANKSTON Age73

EventDeath Event registration number1798 Registration year1933
Personal information
Family nameCROWTHER Given namesEllen SexFemale Father's nameGILLARD James Mother's nameLouisa (Cook) Place of birth Place of deathCOBURG Age63

BADEN POWELL DRIVE (102 B 7 TO 101 H 12.)
The world's chief scout, Lord Baden Powell, was idolised by the ten thousand or more Scouts and their leaders who congregated at Frankston for the biggest Scout Jambouree in the Southern Hemisphere from Christmas Eve 1934 to mid January 1935. He obviously had the same impact on the locals too because in just over six months a new road had been named after him.

Tenders are invited until 3 p.m. on Friday, 2nd August, 1935, for 2881 lineal feet of clearing, forming and gravelling Baden Powell Drive, Frankston. Plans and specifications may be inspected and full information obtained at Shire Engineer's Office,Shire Offices, Davey Street, Frankston. Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. By Order, J. A. P. HAM, Shire Secretary.(P.5, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 26-7-1935.)

Research into estates near Frankston in 1934 and 1935 reveal that Baden Powell Drive may have been the major subdivisional road in the T.M.Bourke Estate..
THE V.S.C.C. will hold a hill climb on T.M.Burke estate, Frankston, on December 7.
(P. 12, Sporting Club, 13-11-1935.)

AMESBURY RD (101 J 11.)
There was an Amesbury family living at Frankston in 1912 but maybe to the north of the township rather than south.
There are still more names to be added,to the list of those reported as being injured. The list, now numbers 342. The following additional names having been given in yesterday:-
Mr.H. AMESBURY, Frankston.*
Mrs B.N. AMESBURY,-,:Frankston.
Master K. AMESBURY, Frankston.
Miss E. AMESBURY, Frankston.(etc.)
(P.7, The Age, 13-9-1912.)
*Henry was living in Surrey Hills when he died in 1950.
(P.2, The Age, 11-9-1950.)

There is no proof that these two properties were sold for the same vendor or that the house was owned by the Amesbury family. The bridge was probably at Carrum Creek (today's Patterson River.)

At 3 O'Clock. On the Premises, "Amesbury," Frankston road, near Bridge. CARRUM.
Comfortable W.B. VILLA. 4 Rooms, Verandah, Passage, etc. Good Order, with ALL FURNITURE; land 75 x 300 ft. . Keys care Mr Woodward, Butcher.
Immediately After the Sale of the Above, SPLENDID ALLOTMENT at DROMANA, 100 x 214, fronting Dromana Esplanade,
Overlooking Sea, Being Lot 78B, Dromana Estate.
For Positive Sale,(P.14, The Herald, 22-11-1917.)

Wondering if the Amesburys might have been related to a known Mt Eliza family, I tried family notices and struck gold, first finding the death of Henry Amesbury, head of the family injured in the rail disaster, and then a Grimwade connection.

Amesbury Rd was more likely named after the Grimwade residence in Melbourne, in view of the probable origin of the name of THORNTON RD. Thornton Rd and Amesbury Rd almost meet at Baden Powell Drive!

The engagement is announced of Gwenda, only daughter of Brigadier-General and Mrs. H. W. Grimwade, of Marathon, Frankston, and Amesbury House, South Yarra, and Chester, only son of the late Mr. Chester Manifold and Mrs. Manifold, of Talendert, Camperdown.
(P. 48, The Australasian, 14-10-1922.)

THORNTON RD (101 J 9.)
I hadn't found any association of the surname with Mt Eliza or Frankston and decided to put my money on another Grimwade connection.
The marriage of Mr. Harold William Grimwade, second son of Mr. F. S. Grimwade,M.L.C., Harleston, Caulfield, and Miss Winifred Thornton, eldest surviving daughter of Mr. John Thornton, Mount Myrtoon, was solemnised at St. Paul's Church, Camperdown, Wednesday, August 19, in the presence of a large number of spectators.(etc.)
(P.40, The Australasian, 22-8-1896.)

WAVERNEY RD (101 H 8.)
I hadn't found any association of the surname with Mt Eliza or Frankston and decided to put my money on a Grimwade connection AGAIN.
.Mrs. Harold Grimwade gave an " at home at "Waverney" on 24th October. Miss Thornton (sister of Mrs. Grimwade), assisted her to receive in the morning-room, from whence the guests passed to the large hall, where a musical programme was rendered under the direction of Mr. Charles Rose by Miss Edith Moroney (pupil of Mr. Rose), Miss Olive Kingston, Herr Louis Hettenbach and Mr. Charles Rose. (etc.)(P.27, Punch, 30-10-1902.)

It would have been handy if the Society name-dropper had said whether Waverney was at Armadale, Brighton, Moonee Ponds- or Coopers Creek! Given that Marathon was not built until 1914, it might have been near Waverney Rd, not far from Marathon (at 12 Marathon Drive.)
Marathon House & Garden
Marathon, the residence erected in 1914 and extended in 1924, the garden presumed to date from c.1914-24, is of National significance;

If I'd jumped off my winning horse I'd have had a grim wade through murky seas solving this one!
This was the Caulfield residence of Fred, father of Harry (Grimwade of course!) I wouldn't have needed to research this one if I'd looked at the detail in Harry's marriage report under Thornton Rd. Fred is best known in the shire's history in connection with Coolart.

JACKSONS RD (101 F-G 9.) WILLIAMS RD.(101 E 9 , G 10)
I suspected that these names were connected in some way to the Davey family* so I searched for Marysville Estate. Both of these roads were so named when the pre-emptive right was subdivided. James Davey's wife, Mary had died in 1893 and her son James Jnr, whose obituary is above under the Denistoun Avenue entry had recently died.

Crown allotment 58 Wannaeue at Melway 190 B 5,6 and fronting Main Creek Rd, was bought by Bullocky Bob White (grantee of c/a 27A to the south under the name of Robert James.) James Davey Jnr was related to the Whites as both Blooming Bob White (Bullocky's uncle) and he married daughters of Hill Hillis and Sarah, nee McKeown, (as did two McIlroy lads.) [PIONEERS OF THE PENINSULA, Stephen Lynch.]

Thursday, 18th February.
At ROOMS. At 12 O'Clock.
In Estate of late James Davey.
C J. and T. HAM are instructed to
sell by public auction, as above
FRANKSTON, Main-road,
Adjoining Colonial Bank and opposite
Young's Hotel,
Four 2.story brick shops, and shop
and five rooms each. A well posi
tioned and well built property.
Land 48ft 9in z 396ft, with W.B.
cottage, containing six rooms, kit
chen and wash house thereon.
Ten Grand Allotments, Nos 18 and 19 and Nos 22, 23, 24 and 25, fronting Point Nepean. Jackson and Williams roads, and containing in all 35a. 0 r. 31 p.; also lot 28.Williams.road, containing 5 a. 0 r. 25 p.; also lots 14 and 65. containing 14 a. 3 r.17 p.; and lots 69 and 70,19 a. I r. 22 p.. fronting Point Nepean road, with depth through to Kackeraboite Creek.
Land, 158 acres, Crown allot 58, Wanneue (Wannaeue), with cottage thereon, well situated on the Red Hill and formerly in the occupation of Mr Jas Davey.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 8-2-1902.)

*Forest Lodge and Seven Oaks near the east end of McIlroys Rd had already been sold.

.PUTZ. — On the 9th March, at tho Alfred Hospital,
Amy Mary, of Frankston, relict of the late Simon
Putz, Peak Hill, Western Australia, and eldest
daughter of William Davey, of Frankston, sister of
Mrs. E. Walker, Mrs. Williams, Winnie, Wilfred,
Harold, Horace and Walter, beloved mother of
Doreen, Simon, Louie and Harold.(P.54, Leader, 18-3-1911.)

A possible connection to the name of Jacksons Rd.
Mrs. Gillett, Sunnyside, Mornington, and Mrs. Lyster D. Jackson, Glen Shian, Frankston, will be at home at Sorrett, Sorrett-avenue, Malvern, every third and fourth Tuesday.
(P.42, The Australasian, 18-5-1907.)

LOT 5.-Land, allotment 31 of the famous Marysville Estate, and contains 9a 2r 39p, being the Corner of William's Road and the Nepean Road.
LOT 6.-Land allot 31, adjoining lot 5, containing 6a Or 20p. Lots 5 and 6 are opposite "Ormiston" and near
the residences of His Honor Sir John Madden. Messrs J. L. Purves, Teague and Watts, and part beyond Watt's Creek.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 15-6-1899.)

FREEMANS RD. (101 F8.)
From P.185-6 of the Shire's Area 1 Heritage Study.
(presented to the council meeting on 13 August 2012.)
In May 1881, James Davey (1811-1892) sold 13 acres to George Wood Taylor Freeman. The land fronted the Esplanade, Freeman St and Watts Pde in section A , (parish of) Frankston, in other words, the Davey pre-emptive right.

In 1889, George disappeared but his body was found.(Argus, 12-8-1889.)

The advertisement of the auction of George's property "in Frankston" in the Mornington Standard of 15-10-1891 referred to it fronting the Esplanade with a depth of 1591 feet along Fremantle (sic) St back to Watts Parade.

Mrs (Marcia?) Synnott (with Mrs F.Stephen*), another Society lady, wrote The Sport of Destiny, (whose publication was the event of the festive season), while residing at "Glen Shian", Frankston. (P.16, Table Talk, 28-10-1898.)
* Mr James Davey's first cottage, previously mentioned, he sold to Mr Frank Stevens,a well-known Melbourne solicitor,(P.6, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 8-2-1930.Young Donald Charlswood's history of Frankston.)

Mrs Campbell and family, who have been staying for some time at their summer residence "Glen Shian," Frankston, returned to Kew yesterday. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 8-2-1902.)

The Rev, J. Barnaby and family,from Kew, are for the present in occupation of Mr Campbell's house, "Glen Shian," at Frankston. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 15-2-1902.)

A possible connection to the name of Jacksons Rd.
Mrs. Gillett, Sunnyside, Mornington, and Mrs. Lyster D. Jackson, Glen Shian, Frankston, will be at home at Sorrett, Sorrett-avenue, Malvern, every third and fourth Tuesday.(P.42, The Australasian, 18-5-1907.)

James Liddle Purves was often a guest at Nyora (on today's Ranelagh Estate) and I presume J .G.Purves* was his son. (Victorian BDM is not currently available to check.)
Mr and Mrs J. G. Purves, of "Elowera,' Toorak, have taken 'Glen Shian, ' Frankston, for the summer months.
(P.7, The Prahran Telegraph, 14-1-1911.)
* Jim Purves (P.8, Table Talk, 19-1-1911.)

British Lads for Australia.
It would appear that Glen Shian was owned or occupied by Sir H. Wollaston K.C.M.G. in 1913 and that Baden Powell's association with the Frankston area might have started over two decades before the Jamboree.
EXTRACT. Sir H. Wollaston, K.C.M.G., whose address is 'Glen Shian,' Frankston', would be glad to be furnished with the names of any persons who are desirous of engaging one of these lads.

When the Empire Calls.
Patriotic song, written by the late H. P McDonald, M. L. A. nephew of Mr Chrisp, of 'Glen Shian', Frankston, dedicated to the Colonial contingents in South Africa.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 19-12-1914.)

WANTED—A Housemaid—Apply Miss CHRISP, Glen Shian, Frankston. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-9-1917.)
With Beach Frontage,
"Glen Shian," Frankston.
28 Miles from Melbourne.
are instructed by Miss E. H. C. Chrisp to
SELL, as above,
That well-known property, "Glen Shian," with
a frontage of 8257ft. 9in*. to Canadian road
by a depth of 1007ft. 6in. through to a
Government road, and a frontage of 1002ft.
l0in. to the beach and cliffs.
As a' country home, "Glen Shian" is quite
unique. The land is undulating, and beautifully
wooded.. The position is superb. Canadian Bay
has one of the prettiest, beaches on the whole of
Port Phillip, and is safe for bathing, and there is
a natural boat channel suitable' for motor-launches
and rowing-boats.
The buildings were erected, for a private home,
but have of late years been used as a paying
guests' establishment. The buildings comprise
a two-storied brick residence, balcony, and veran-
dah, containing 9 rooms, bathroom, pantries, scul-
lery, cellar, and two W.B. maids' room. At the
main entrance gate is a W.B. lodge, containing
i rooms, and the outbuildings comprise stables,
coachhouse, man's room, feed-room, &c., TENNIS
COURT. A good metalled road leads right into
the property, with a beautiful drive. On the
foreshore there is a W.B. bathingbox, and a paling
and W.B. boathouse. The property is close to
the residence of Henry Masterton, Esq., Dr. Teague,
Dr. McKeddle. General Grimwade, J. Mann, Esq.,
Herbert Sargood; Esq;, Sir Harry Wollaston, and
others.(P.59, The Australasian, 30-8-1919.)

* The frontage to "Canadian Road of 8257 feet* equates to 125 chains ( a bit over one and a half miles) and as each mm on Melway represents a chain, that is the whole length of Canadian Bay Rd from Canadian Bay to Nepean Highway.
The depth/ beach frontage, say 1005 ft ( 15 chains roughly) would extend to 20 metres south of Glen Shian Lane, perhaps to the lane itself. The Canadian Bay Rd frontage seems to be wrong and probably should be the Canadian Bay Rd frontage of the pre-emptive right, 6640 links (66.4 chains, 4382 feet 4.8 inches.) The dimensions given would give an area of 187.5 acres, not 71 acres.

The parish of Frankston map* shows only the original winding Davey's Bay Rd heading west from Old Mornington Rd on the Mt Eliza pre-emptive right, so the Government road mentioned was Old Mornington Rd, not Glen Shian Lane.

To say farewell to the. Rev. and Mrs P. B. Hayman, who will leave at the end of the month for .Essendon where the Rev. Hayman has been appointed vicar of Christ Church, a bright party, arranged by Miss Gertrude Rennie*, was held at Glen Shian last night.(P.3, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 23-4-1937.)

[* Frankston and Somerville Standard Friday 30 November 1934 p 1 Article
... . Miss Helen Rennie has leased Glen Shian, Mount Eliza, and will open it as a guest ;house early in ...]

Most Coveted Position. Close Beach
Uninterrupted Views Over Bay.
The house included a maid's room and had five large bedrooms, a large balcony, internal toilets both upstairs and downstairs and included two large allotments which could be cut off and sold separately.
It is not known whether the present Glen Shian is on the site of the original one, possibly not, because the photo gallery does not show "Uninterrupted Views Over Bay."

While writing this, I am wearing a cap, a souvenir from my daughter, who visited Tintagel Castle in Cornwall recently. No wonder the name rang a bell! The house name was first associated with the Turnbull family. Was the name bestowed by James Davey Snr? There was a Davey presence in Tintagel as far back as 1610.
CRO AP/D/85 Will of William Davy, yeoman, of Trewothal, Tintagel 1610

Miss Jean Turnbull, of "Tintagel," Frankston, will leave for England by the s.s. "Cathay" on March 2.
(P.7, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 19-2-1926.)

The late Professor Henry Laurie's
famous lecture on Robert Browning will
be read by Miss Violet Teague at "Tin-
tagel," Davey's-road, Frankston (by per
mission of Miss Turnbull), on Saturday
next, at 3 p.m. Booking is at the Book
Lovers' Library, Everyman's Library,
Collins-street: the Chaucer Library and
the Austral Library, Howey-court. Pro
ceeds will be in aid of the orthopedic
section of the Children's Hospital.
(P.9, The Age, 18-10-1932.)

HAWKEN OR HAWKER??????????????????????
Professor and Mrs. R. W. H. Hawken,
of Brisbane, will spend the week-end with
Professor Hawken's brother, Mr. H. G.
Hawken, and Mrs. Hawken, at Tintagel,
Mount Eliza.(P.4, Argus, 18-1-1935.)

Mr and Mrs S. Hawken have re-
turned from England and will reside
at their Frankston home, Tintagel,
during the summer months.
(P.3, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 24-12-1936.)

LACHLAN.-On June 22, at Glasgow. Scotland, George (late Royal Engineers), aged 21. Youngest son of Mr and Mrs William Lachlan, of Glasgow, loved brother of Mary (Mrs C. Westaway), of "Tintagel", Mt. Eliza.
(P.4, Standard, 4-8-1939.)

One of the most important auction
sales in recent months is the very
fine property, "Tintagel," owned by
H. G. Hawker, Esq., at Canadian
Bay, Mt. Eliza. This' property is
right on the beach and is set among
glorious flower beds and lawns.
(P.2, Standard, 24-11-1939.)

At 10 o'clock. In Our Rooms,
Walnut and Rosewood,' Rare China, Glass and
Plate, Removed from "TINTAGEL," CANADIAN
BAY, MOUNT ELIZA, Under Instructions from
Mrs. Dora Hawken, Together With Superb
INGS. RADIOS. Canoe, &c.
(P.2, The Age, 26-11-1940.)

STEPHENS RD. (101 G-H 10.)
Stephens Rd was first mentioned in 1926. As "Ormiston" was first mentioned in 1899 (See WATTS), it may have been built by Frank Stephen (who died in 1895)and sold to Melbourne Stanley Bruce by Frank's daughter, Lady Madden, some time after the tenures of A.Buick, poultry farmer, who had had left the property and district in 1912, and W.H.Bowden in 1916. By 1929, Percy Ackman was living at Ormiston, perhaps leasing or a caretaker/ manager.

At- 3 o'clock. At the Rooms
3 Queen-street, MELBOURNE.
Old Mornington or Point Nepean-road,
Corner of Stephens-road,
Almost Adjoining "Ormiston," the Magnificent
Seaside Residence of the Prime Minister, Honor-
able Stanley M. Bruce. . :
. , 5 A. 2 R, 31 P.
Lot 62 on Plan of Subdivision No. 1128, and
Being Parts of Crown Section A, Known as
Davey's Pre-emptive Right.
(P.3, The Age, 21-8-1926.)

It is unlikely that this was named after Stephen Stephens of Mt Eliza whose land was in the parish of Moorooduc, south of Canadian Bay and Eramosa Rds. Even though young Donald Charlesworth mentioned Frank Stephen in relation to buying James Davey senior's first dwelling* on his pre-emptive right, he may have bought land elsewhere on the subdivision too.There are three theories about the naming of Frankston, none of which can be proven.(Frank Liardet of Ballam Park, denied by his descendant; Frank Stephen**; publican Stone's young son Frank.)

*Mr James Davey's first cottage, previously mentioned, he sold to Mr Frank Stevens,a well-known Melbourne solicitor,(P.6, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 8-2-1930.Young Donald Charlswood's history of Frankston.)

** Lady Madden has presented the Frankston Church with a painted window in memory of her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stephen. Frankston was named after Stephen. He was a great figure in the Melbourne City Court,
with Albert Read as his antagonist.(P.2, Punch, 28-12-1911.)


The following was found with an OLD MORNINGTON ROAD search, the aim being to find a mention of BARTON. Charles Bright may have been a son of Charles Bright and the daughter of Sir John Manners Sutton (Viscount Canterbury) who owned Beleura for some time.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 19 January 1934 p 10 Article
A sudden change in the direction of the wind in the evening added to the difficulties of the fighters. The fire was driven in toward Humphries road, and the firemen were hurried to the home of Mr. W. F. Langdon, which, was directly in the path of the fire. Water was available, and the tea-tree surrounding the house was soaked with water. Firemen were standing by late at night ready to deal with the fire when it reached a point at which water could be used on it. An outbreak occurred on Mr. Charles Bright's land, but was beaten out before any damage was done.

John Bellin may have been from Cassiobury, Hertfordshire. The 106 acres may have been all the land between old Mornington Rd and Pt Nepean Rd. Was Mr Dimond an acquaintance of his? John had recently sold the Cassiobury estate in Ivanhoe and seemed to be living at Cassiobury at Mt Eliza when he stated "WE desire to direct attention of persons requiring Villa or Business Allotments in Frankston and Mornington district to the following list of properties."For particulars apply to BELLIN, SON, AND DUNCAN, 318 Collins-street, Melbourne. Branches at Armadale and Heidelberg, or to J BELLIN, "Cassiobury," Point Nepean Road, Mornington.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 26-10-1889.)

Smith—BELLIN - On the 13th March, at tho Collins-street Baptist Chapel, Herbert Jasper Smith to Mary,
eldest daughter of John Bellin, Cassiobury, Jolimont. No cards.
(P.1, Argus, 3-4-1889.)

Another of John's daughters married Alfred Mellor in 1881 and I wonder is he was the famed Fred Mellor.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 29 March 1900 p 3 Article

Messrs Bellin, Son and Duncan, will sell by public auction on Tuesday next; 106 acres of land near Frankston, known as "Cassiobury." The sale will take place in their rooms at twelve o'clock.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 23-8-1890.)

Mr Ben. Goddard, of Kyabram, the founder of the Reform League, is at present spending a holiday with Mr Jas. Down, " Cassiobury," Mornington-road, Frankston. Mr Goddard attended the annual conference in Melbourne on Wednesday, and is well pleased with the results so far achieved by the famous Kyabram reform movement.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 14-5-1904.)

Mr Dimond, of Richmond, has leased " Cassiobury," Mornington road, Frankston, and entered into possession last week.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 29-10-1904.)

Felix, somewhere in the bush, has committed the newspaperman's worst crime - he has missed a deadline.
I RULE that he pays £1 to R. Fraser, of Cassiobury, Ocean Grove, Mt. Eliza, for failing to name the highest aerodrome in the world.(P.5, Argus, 18-11-1955.)

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At his residence, Mary-hill, near Glasgow, on the 5th May last, in the 90th year of his age, William Peter, Esq., J.P., of Overpossil, and father of Mr. John Peter, Wagga Wagga, Murrumbidgee, much and deeply lamented, by his family and friends.(P.4, Empire (Sydney), 14-7-1857.)



Chandos Chair of Medicine and Anatomy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Chandos Chair of Medicine and Anatomy is a Chair in Medicine and Anatomy of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. It was established in 1721, by a bequest of £1000 from James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos - then the Chancellor of the University. His original aim was to establish a Chair of Eloquence, although this was rejected by the university in favour of a Chair in Medicine and Anatomy. Holders of the Chandos Chair are known as Chandos Professors. The Chandos Chair still exists today, although in 1875 it became a chair in physiology.

The Age from Melbourne, Victoria on May 20, 1939 · Page 2
... Ai "Dunnlistcr" ami "Overpostle," Situated In the Favored Districts of OAKLANDS ... LTD., acting under Instructions from the true-tees of the estate of W.D. Peter, ...

DUNALISTER was not one of them. It was named by Walter Clark of Glenara, near Bulla Township, after his young son Alister who became the first chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club and a famous Breeder of roses.

CHANDOS, (roughly Melway 5 G-J 5-10, bounded by Derby and Wright Sts on the west,the Moonee Ponds Creek on the north and Mickleham Rd on the east) and John Peter's wife Mary, nee Bent, are discussed in detail in my journal:
Chandos first appears in relation to Broadmeadows in the early 1880's in connection with Mary Peter's brother.Donald Kennedy of Dundonald, across the creek, was supposed to have developed Chandos according to Andrew Lemon in BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY but his name is not mentioned on trove in connection with Chandos.

OVERPOSTLE was south of the east-west portion of Loemans Rd on Tullamarine Island, roughly Melway 3 G-K 3-6, its southern boundary being Jacksons Creek and its eastern boundary being Deep Creek. Over postle and Overpossil seem to be interchangeable re Scotland so the word used in William Peter's death notice is not wrong. The farm was not called OVEPOSTLE by the Ritchies, the name first appearing in 1911 in connection with W.D.Peter.


charlie bourke on 16th October, 2015 wrote:

John Bent married Frances Wrixson, aka Moyer aka Richardson in 1821 at Airds where John then had a landholding. They had 4 known children, possibly a 5th (no details).Mary Bent, born abt 1811 at Jamisontown(near Emu Plains), went on to marry James Bourke(Burke) at Airds in 1827, they squatted Gumly Gumly where James died in a fall from a horse while rounding up his cattle. Mary Married John Peter who established a string of stations from the Murrumbidgee to Gladstone Qld, becoming known at one time as the wealthiest man in the Colony. When John Peter retired to England, Mary returned to Gumly Gumly, eventually moving to Chandos, Broadmeadows, Victoria, where she died 23 September 1884.
John and Frances had Judith Bent abt. 1810, a child Bent about 1818, Francis Judith(aka Frances)F,1820-1888, and John 1821-1880. More details can be given if needed.

On Wednesday, the 24th ult., a large number of followers met at Dunalister, the country home of Mr. W. D. Peter.
-------, accepting Mr. Peter's invitation, we adjourned to the Dunalister homestead and did justice to the good
things that were set before us. Those out were: —----------, W. D. Peter on Blondin, D. Peter on Venol,----.
(P.18, Leader, 3-8-1907.)

It was probably in 1958 that Dunalister became Balbethan and its manager, Bob Blackwell, was given permission to use Dunalister as the name for the stud he established at Elmore.
A William David Peter, 'grazier', purchased the 640 acre Dunalister property at this time. He was apparently a man of considerable wealth; at the time of his death in 1928 he was recorded as having formerly lived at Camana in Toorak and Banyule in Heidelberg as well as at Dunalister (sic, OVERPOSTLE) at Bulla. It is likely that he built the homestead which survives on the property. As the property had been occupied by lessees prior to this, it is possible that he built the shearing shed and shearers' quarters.
The site has been in a succession of ownerships since Peter died. Since its purchase by the family of the present owners in 1958, it has been developed into a successful stud.

A William David
Peter purchased Section 9 and in the Rate Book for the year 1887/88 he was described as a
'Grazier' while the property was described as '640 acres, Dunalister, Bulla' and rated at £375. In
July 1889 Peter's overseer, a G.J.Galliers, wrote to the Bulla Shire Council asking for a renewal
of their slaughtering licence.12
Little is known about William Peter but by his death in May 1928 he appears to have
become a man of some wealth. His probate papers record that he died at his residence Camana
in Heyington Place, Toorak, and was formerly of Banyule, a large property in Heidelberg, as
well as of Dunalister.13 Amongst his real estate assets were the Dunalister property (some 655
acres encompassing Section 9 and part of Section 3 in the Parish of Bulla Bulla) valued at
£11,711.2.6 and other land in the district (some 634 acres encompassing allotment B of Section
12 and part of allotment B of Section 11 in the Parish of Tullamarine*)
valued at £8,876
For some years before his death, Peter leased the Dunalister property to a William
Henry Melville and after his death, it was leased by his executors to a Victor Bowman.14 The
property has passed through several hands since and is now down to about 300 acres in size. A
quarry covers much of the northern part of the original 640 acres. It has not been established
when the name of the property was changed from Dunalister to Balbethan Stud.
There are good photos of the shearing shed and homestead in the citations.

PETER.—On the 3rd inst., at Peterleigh, Essendon, the wife* of W. D. Peter—a son.(P.1, Argus, 17-1-1890.)

*If Elizabeth Jane Peter (nee Robinson) had been a cow, you could bet her name would have been specified, if only for pedigree purposes.

DAWSON - ROBINSON.-The marriage of Miss Emilie M. Robinson, second daughter of Mr. George Robinson, J.P., of High Park, Forbes, with Mr. William S. Dawson, M.C.E. of the Metropolitan Board of Works, and only son of Mr. R. H. Dawson, of H.M. Customs, Melbourne, and of Essendon, took place very quietly at "Park View," the residence of Mrs. W. D. Peter (sister of the bride), on Wednesday afternoon, August 28.
(P.11, Table Talk, 6-9-1895.)

The death occurred in Melbourne on Monday, November 10, 1941, of Elizabeth Jane, relict of the late William David Peter, and mother of David Peter, deceased, late of South Mahonga; Corowa. Mrs. Peter lived in Corowa for some time, at the Globe Hotel, and will be remembered by many Corowa and district residents who will sincerely regret her departure. (P.3, The Corowa Free Press,18-11-1941.)


OVERPOSTLE AND CHANDOS ARE SHOWN ON THE ATTACHED MAP. Overpostle included only the east half of c/a 11B, parish of Tullamarine.

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This journal is dedicated to Elayne Whatman of the Broadmeadows Historical Society, now in a nursing home, whose dedication over many years has encouraged my continued research into the history of the Broadmeadows area.

It was "CHANDOS".

Broadmeadows Ploughing Match.
The Broadmeadows annual ploughing match took place on the 6th inst., on Mr. M, Lavars's farm adjoining the township of Broadmeadows, and passed off very satisfactorily. There was a large attendance of the public and a first-class muster of ploughmen.----- etc. (P.3, Weekly Times, 22-6-1889.)

Anybody researching the Lavars family could make a wrong assumption given the location of Martin's farm in the report of the sale of the property* and finding Lavers (sic) Place at Melway 6 A5.** My immediate reaction was that the farm must have been Willowbank immediately north of Kenny St but that farm was owned by the heirs of Donald Kennedy until the Dundonald estate was sold in 1929***.

* Two fine subdivisional properties at Broad-
meadows were offered, both close to the town
ship, the one comprising 498 1/4 acres, having
nearly a mile of frontage to the road from
Broadmeadows to Donnybrook and let under
lease, having yet twelve months to run, to Mr
Martin Lavars at a rental of £200 per annum,
and the other 360 Acres immediately opposite
tho above, which is occupied by Mr Williamson
at a rental of L175 per annum. The former of
these was sold for L45 per acre, and the second
for L30 per acre. The buyer in each case
being Mr Croker, solicitor, making in all a
total of about L36,000. (P.3, The Herald, 29-3-1888.)

Croker, Tommy Bent, Marks Herman and G.W.Taylor were just a few of the speculators snapping up land along two proposed routes for a railway to Bulla Township. The 1890's depression arrived before the route could be decided and the railway never eventuated despite another push for it in the late 1920's- just before the next big depression. Ownership of the first property returned to the Peter Estate. The Williamsons were probably on Camp Hill but may have been leasing Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint" between Camp Hill and Stewarton which was indeed opposite the southern portion of the first property. I believe the second property was Camp Hill (later renamed Gowanbrae).

** When Willowbank was subdivided as the Alanbrae Estate in the 1990's, the council put me in touch with the developers who were keen to have the area's history recalled by its street names. I suggested that streets be given the names of pioneers (CHADWICK, LAVARS, GILMORE, MITCHELL, JOHNSON)and farms (WILLOWBANK, CHANDOS.) They obviously checked rate records and got the wrong spelling of Lavars there. I selected Chandos as a name for personal reasons, as an alternative to the surname of my maternal great grandfather, John Cock, which would have not appealed to residents of COCK STREET!

At Half-past Two O'Clock. At Scott's Hotel,
KIA ORA, Containing About 359 Acres.
WILLOW BANK, Containing About 299 Acres.
WATTLE GROVE, Containing About 195 Acres.
ANNETTE, Containing About 291 Acres.
SPRING BANK, Containing About 304 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, EXE-
CUTORS, AND AGENCY CO., of 412 Collins
Street, Melbourne, in the Estate of Messrs.
D. C. and D. Kennedy, Deceased.(P.2, Argus, 9-11-1929.)

In 1882, Mary Peter, nee Bent, had been farming on Chandos in partnership with Martin Lavars.
7 do (bullocks) for Mrs Peter and Mr Lavars, Broadmeadows (P.9, Argus, 16-11-1882.)

Soon afterwards, Mary Peter died.
MRS. MARY PETER Deceased.— All persons having CLAIMS against the estate of the late Mrs. Peter, of Chandos House, Broadmeadows, are requested to SEND PARTICULARS to Andrew Macgregor, Esq., care of Messrs. Taylor, Buckland & Gates, William-street, Melbourne.(P.3, The Age, 16-12-1884.)

From another journal.
Journal by itellya
PETER.—On the 23rd inst., at her residence, Chandos, Broadmeadows, Mary, relict of the late John Peter,
formerly of Tubbo Station, New South Wales, aged 73 years. R.I.P. (p.1, Argus,25-9-1884.)

Funeral Notices.
The Friends of the late Mrs. MARY PETER are invited to follow her remains to the Spencer-street railway station (en route to Wanga Wagga* Cemetery).
The funeral will leave her late residence Chandos,Broadmeadows, THIS DAY (Friday, the 20th inst),at half-past 11 o'clock.(P.1,Argus, 26-9-1884.)
A stained-glass window in Wagga Wagga's Roman Catholic Church (St Michael's, was provided by Mary Peter's grandchildren. ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH.
Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1875 - 1910) Tuesday 30 August 1887 p 2 Article.

Chandos was one of the street names that I suggested for the Alanbrae Estate,the subdivision of "Willowbank" north of Kenny St and the old Broadmeadows Township, now known as Westmeadows.

John Peter bought "Chandos" from the grantee of sections 6 and 15, parish of Tullamarine, John Carre Riddell, the transaction recorded in the memorial volume 170 folio 2. It was part of Riddell and Hamilton's Camieston Estate. It fronted the west side of today's Mickleham Rd from the midline of Londrew Ct. and Freight Rd.(where it adjoined the Junction Estate) north to the Moonee Ponds Creek. Its western boundaries were Derby St (where it adjoined the one acre blocks in Hamilton Terrace)and Wright St (west of which were blocks of about 6 acres that were consolidated into farms such as Wallis Wright's Sunnyside and Charles Nash's Fairview.)
I had always assumed that Bent St in Broadmeadows Township was named after Tommy Bent, politician, but perhaps it was named after Ann Peter's brother.

BENT - On the 10th inst, at the residence of his sister, Mrs. J. Peters, Broadmeadows, John Bent,aged 68 years, NSW papers please copy. (P.1, Argus, 21-2-1880.)

THE Friends of the late Mr. JOHN BENT, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Keilor Cemetery. The funeral will move from the residence of Mrs.J Peters, Broadmeadows, THIS DAY, 21st inst., at 3 o'clock. (P.5, Argus, 21-2-1880.)

The children of Broadmeadows Township had a favourite swimming hole on Chandos that they called Peterson's Hole. Rate records revealed that nobody named Peterson occupied Chandos so the hole most likely got its name because Mary Peter's son swam there.

Consisting of 467 acres, Chandos was mainly in section 6. John Cock who was leasing Gladstone (formerly Stewarton and now the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park) leased Chandos from the Peter Estate. It was later divided into three farms which became known as Wright's "Strathconan", Bill Lockhart's "Springburn" and Percy Judd's "Chandos Park" of 142, about 188 and 123 acres respectively, Judd's being in section 15.

THE PURE CLYDESDALE STALLION,REVOLTER, Will travel the Broadmeadows and surrounding districts this season.
For pedigree, terms, and .particulars see cards.
MARTIN LAVARS, Proprietor.
"Chandos," Broadmeadows,
23th July, 1885. (P.3, The Australasian, 15-8-1885.)

When I suggested Lavars for a street name on the Alanbrae Estate, I was thinking of John Lavars and his hotel at the south west corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds, wrongly shown on the north east corner by Annette Davis in her manuscript of her history of Greenvale, GREENVALE: LINKS WITH THE PAST. Hopefully, her history, published under the name of Annette Ferguson shows the correct location. I think Annette mentioned Martin having a farm farther south; I wonder if she knew it was CHANDOS.

Martin's 1888 biography in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS:PAST AND PRESENT states that he commenced farming on his own account in 1879,leasing 500 acres from the D.Kennedy estate, but doesn't indicate whether this was at Glenroy or Broadmeadows or how long he continued this lease.

Martin's claim was correct, the 500 acres were part of the Dundonald Estate on the east side of Ardlie St north of Kenny Street and the lease was to end in March 1886. He was obviously moving onto Chandos whose homestead would have been fully furnished and had given up hay- growing. Willowbank in 1885 seems to have included Wattle Grove of 1929: (WILLOW BANK, Containing About 299 Acres +WATTLE GROVE, Containing About 195 Acres.=494 acres.)

Wattle Grove, between Willow Bank and Glen Allan, was later accessed by a northern extension of Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township that became the pipeline from Greenvale Reservoir. Ed Hoctor recalled the Walsh family being on Wattle Grove. William's Station View may have been all or part of John Twomey's Glenallan of 1928.

NOTICE is hereby given that the PARTNERSHIP heretofore subsisting between the undersigned William Walsh of Station View Broadmeadows and John Walsh of Wattle Grove Broadmeadows carrying on business as dairymen at Broadmeadows under the name of William Walsh and John Walsh has been DISSOLVED by mutual consent as from the thirty first day of January 1947.(P.21, Argus, 29-1-1947.)
John Walsh was still on Wattle Grove in 1953.

TO LET.-Broadmeadows, FARM,
500 acres, now in occupation ot Mr. Martin
Lavars, one year, possession March 1 next. Apply
Lynch and M'Donald, Collins-street west, Melbourne.

Sales by Auction.
flAMPBELL, PRATT, and Co. are
instructed by Mr. Martin Lavers to SELL by
AUCTION, on Friday, 20th February, at eleven
The whole of his valuable
10 head dairy cattle
10 superior draught horses, real good farmer's
sorts, including pair by Pride of the Shires,
suitable for a lorry; mare, 1 yrs, by Pride of
the Shires, foal at foot by Pride o' Dee, and
served by Pride of Victoria; mare, by Young
Cowden Lad, and others, all real pullers.
2 hay drays with frames, tip-dray, seed-sowerand
cart, stack and field elevators, treble-purchase
winch, Musgrove mower, iron-tooth drag,
double-furrow plough, by M'Calman and Garde,
single plough, Lennon's three-horse harrows,
iron roller, chaffcutter and horseworks, hay
rake, stack-cover, first-class, 72 x 30; dray and
bench covers, Lennon's grubber, sets of buggy,
cart, plough, and leading harness, 1 double
buggy, nearly new, by Geo: Parsons ; 1 single
hooded buggy ; a lot of well-bred fowls, and
quantity sundries.
Lanre stacks first-class hay, about 130 and SO
tons respectively.
Parlour, dining, bed room articles, grand piano,
and sundries.
Note day of sale, Friday, 20th February.
Luncheon Provided.(P.45, The Australasian, 14-2-1885.)

The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 4 March 1893 p 27

My great grandfather had bought Chandos in 1902 but obviously did not occupy it until Martin's lease had finished.
Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co. report having sold "Chandos " Broadmeadows, containing 454 acres,or thereabouts to Mr. John Cock.(P. 14, Argus, 8-2-1902.)


Google YUROKE, COUNTY OF BOURKE to get the Yuroke parish map.

The land east of Section Rd, Greenvale, allotment C of section 2 parish of Yuroke, was granted to Leonard James and George Wolfenden Muchell (sic, Machell) in 1843. This was subdivided and sold to Messrs Lavars, Bond, Salisbury, Johnson, Davidson, and in 1854, John Lawrence bought lots 6 and 7. Part of lot 6 became the church site in Providence Lane. (Greenvale: Links with the Past by Annette Davis found in the Bulla file at the Sam Merrifield Library, Moonee Ponds.)

Leonard James Machell and George Wolfenden Machell sold portions of their grant, allotment C of section 2, parish of Yuroke to:
Her Majesty the Queen (Volume L folio 692)*, James Simpson (N 340), Thomas Dutton (U 120), William Bond (no reference to volume etc in index), John Johnson (U 382), S.Davidson (U 689), John Salisbury (U 691), John Lawrence (Z 510) and John Lavars (13 404). (1st series index vol.11 folio 204)

This would have been in about 1850 when the Governor proclaimed a road from the village of Broadmeadows to the northern boundary of the parish of Yuroke. There was no Mickleham Rd at that stage, just a line showing the boundary between 2C and 2D, so land would have had to be purchased from landowners.

According to John's death notice, William Bond arrived in about 1852 when his son John was about 8 years old BUT THIS SEEMS TO BE WRONG. (SEE JOHN'S 1888 BIOGRAPHY BELOW.) William may have purchased his land on PROVIDENCE PLAINS soon afterwards. However it was probably not the huge northern part of c/a 2C occupied by Bonds Lane. This would have been a subdivisional road and much of the northern part (ABOUT 200 ACRES- SEE MORE TITLES INFORMATION BELOW) was purchased by John Lavars who built the Greenvale Hotel at the north west corner of the crown allotment. John later sold much of his purchase, possibly to William Bond.

In 1863, William Bond was leasing a farm from James Pearson and was also assessed on a house and land with a net annual value of 18 pounds, which almost certainly he owned and was on c/a 2C. By 1879-80, (Page B77, DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.)

When John married in 1869, his father's address was given as Providence Place and as Sam Mansfield owned the 40 acres between Swain St and this lane*, he would have been on the north side of Providence Place, perhaps through to Bonds Lane.
* VOLUME 143 FOLIO 996.
On 14-10-1864, Samuel Mansfield (related through later Johnson & Hickox weddings) bought lots 1,2 and 3 of the Machells’ subdivision from John Johnson for 250 pounds. This was almost certainly the farm (N.A.V.18 pounds) on which John Johnston was assessed in 1863. Lot 1 consisted of 13 acres 1 rood and 8 perches. Lots 2 and 3 each consisted of 13 acres and 2 roods. The western boundary of lot 3, which was at the south west corner of allotment C, adjoined allotment B (the eastern half of the former timber reserve).
Lots 1-3, described as 40 acres and owned by Sam Mansfield and later Harry Swaine, were bounded by the line of Swain St, a southerly extension of Section Rd, Providence Rd and Mickleham Rd. ( Melway reference 178, H/11.)

BOND—CUTHBERT - On tho 20th instant, at the bridegroom's residence, Providence-place, BroadmeadowS, by the Rev. M. Clarke, John Bond, son of Mr W. Bond,farmer, Euroke, to Mary Ann Cuthbert, daughter of Mr D. Cuthbert, Providence place. (P.2, The Age, 22-1-1869.)

BOND, John, Broadmeadows, is a native of Huntingdonshire, England who came to the colony with his parents in 1848, then being five years of age. He lived with his father for six months in Melbourne and for two years at Boroondara**; the followed the mining and carrying trades for some years, and afterwards took to farming with his father on the farm he now occupies at Broadmeadows, leased from Mr John Kerr Snr. He has 370 acres, principally under hay.He has bred some very good draught horses, and is at present breeding pure Ayrshire stock.
He has been married about eighteen years and has a family of five sons and three daughters living. His parents are still living on their freehold of 2000 acres at Yarrawonga***.

*Those who had their biographies published had to pay 6 pounds 6 shillings for a copy of the volume in which they were included but this was not made clear to them. John Bond and Robert Shankland had not agreed to pay. The canvassers got them to sign their provided biographies (answering questions without mentioning siblings!) and their signatures were probably copied onto an order form.

** The Port Phillip directory of 1847 lists John Bond as a settler at the River Plenty. The Plenty River feeds into the Yarra within the parish of Bulleen about two miles north of the parish of Boroondara but perhaps the area near the junction of the two rivers was known as Boroondara in the 1840's or River Plenty was as imprecise a locator as Moonee Ponds was in those early days. This John Bond may have been William Bond's brother and the reason that William spent two years at Booroondara.
***Bundalong, which is 13 min (13.4 km) east of Yarrawonga on the Murray Valley Highway.

The following comes from correspondence with Keith Brown of Canberra, whose request for information about Gellibrand Cottage was referred to me by the Broadmeadows Historical Society. Luckily I'd saved my titles research information onto a word file. John Bond would have known those mentioned in bold type well. His mother in law's death notice reveals that one of her daughters became Mrs Papworth. John's brother, David, married a Lavars girl. (See David's obituary link below.)
U 120.
On 27-1-1853, Thomas Dutton paid 67 pounds 10 shillings for lot 5, which was on the northern side of Providence Rd (to which it had a 13 chain frontage starting 14 chains from the eastern boundary of Allotment C- this included the one chain width of Mickleham Rd.). The western boundary of 10 chains separated it from lot 4. William Bond was to have access along the un-named Providence and Section Roads. I have a feeling that Dutton actually acted as an agent for William Bond as Dutton’s index pages (from 4 302) do not mention him selling this land.
U 689.
On 4-2-1853, Samuel John Davidson paid 74 pounds 5 shillings for what seems to have been lot 4. Consisting of 13 acres 2 roods, it was bounded on the west by the government (timber) reserve, on the north by land bought by Lawrence (see Z 510) and on the east by Dutton’s (lot 5). In my haste, I traced later owners thinking I was dealing with the supposed Gellibrand Cottage site. Davidson sold to James Hooper (Y 529) who then sold it in two portions to Thomas Mallows (95 955) and Henry Papworth (195 573). Mallows also seems to have bought land from John Lawrence and sold the site(on lot 6) of the Wesleyan Church, which opened in 1869. This seems to have been belatedly memorialised on folios 559 and 560 of volume 814. Mallows also sold land to Enoch Hughes (296 774) and James Musgrove (327 72). Hughes sold his land to James Haberfield who sold it to Paul Clegg.

13 404.
On 7-6-1854, John Lavars paid 2400 pounds for what seems to have been 200 acres, based on lot 7 (64 acres- 13. 5 = 50.5) being about a quarter of its north-south extent and hence its size. His boundary commenced at the north west corner of allotment C “being the centre of the Deep Creek and Sydney road”. Its boundaries measured:
36. 90 (north), 54. 50 chains (east and west) and 39.11 chains (south).
I believe that Lavars purchased lots 8, 9, 10 and 11, each with a Mickleham Rd frontage of 13.6 chains, making up the 200 acres that Annette Davis claims he owned (Greenvale:Links with the Past).

Near Broadmeadows.
The Propertv of Mr Jno. Kerr, Glenroy.
FARMS to be LET by TENDER, for Seven Years, from the 1st February, 1887.
NORTH SPRINGFIELD. 183 a. 3r. 6 p., occupied by Mr. Robert Trotman.
SOUTH SPRINGFIELD, 181 a. 3 r. 12 p., .occupied by Mr. Wm. Shankland.
FAIRFIELD., 185 a. 0 r. 25 p., occupied by Mr. John Bond.
MOUNT PLEASANT, 125 a. 1 r. 8 p., occupied by Mr. John Bond.

BROOKHILL, 183 a. 3 r. 14 p., occupied by Mr. M. Hoctor.
VALLEY FIELD, 177a. 1r. 3 p., occupied by Mr. M. Hoctor.
PROSPECT, 188 a. 1 r. 2 p. , occupied by Mr. M. Hoctor.
ROCKLAW, 192 a. 0 r. 13 p., occupied by Mr. Jas. Darmody.
(P.4, The Age, 1-4-1886, column 6 halfway down.)

Fairfield was 185 acres of crown allotment 3 E's 365 acres and Mount Pleasant's 125 acres probably accounted for 125 acres of the remainder, leaving about 60 acres of John's 370 acres in 1888 to identify. Valleyfield was never mentioned again and may have been broken up by Kerr's assignee by 1888 with John Bond buying the remainder of c/a 3E and perhaps another 5 acres in c/a 3F, also granted to Pearson, if John wasn't rounding off his acreage.

John and Mary Ann had moved directly north from Fairfield,sometime between October 1898 and 1900, across Somerton Rd to Glen Arthur, c/a 8N of the parish of Yuroke, which now lies beneath the western half of Greenvale Reservoir.

CUTHBERT.-On the 31st March, at her son's residence, Greenvale, Hannah Cuthbert (relict of the late John Cuthbert), beloved mother of John and Charles Cuthbert, Mrs. George Papworth, Sale; Mrs. John Bond, Greenvale;
aged 75 years. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."

CUTHBERT.-The Friends of the late Mrs.HANNAH CUTHBERT are respectfully invited to follow the remains to the place of Interment in the Bulla Cemetery. The funeral will leave the residence of her son, Mr. Charles Cuthbert, Greenvale, to-morrow(Wednesday, 2nd inst.), at 1.30 o'clock p.m. (Both P.1, Argus, 1-4-1902.)

SUNBURY, Sunday.
A fatal accident happened to Mr. John Bond, farmer, of Broadmeadows. While out driving he was thrown from his cart, and the horse and conveyance arriving home without him an immediate search was made. Mr. Bond was found on the road unconscious. He did not again become conscious, and died within about 24 hours. Deceased was 58 years of age, and had been a colonist for 50 years.(P.6, The Age, 1-12-1902.)

BOND.--On the 26th November (suddenly through accident) at his late residence, "Glen Arthur," Broadmeadows, John Bond, the dearly beloved husband of Mary Ann Bond and eldest son of the late William Bond, of Bundalong, aged 58 years. A colonist of 50 years.

BOND.—The Friends of the late Mr JOHN BOND are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, in the Bulla Cemetery. The funeral will leave his late residence, "Glen Arthur," Broadmeadows, THIS DAY (Friday, 28th inst.), at 1 o'clock p.m. (Both P.1, Argus, 28-11-1902.)

The funeral of the late Mr. John Bond, of Greenvale, Broadmeadows (who was killed at his own gate by a buggy accident), took place on Monday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Bulla Cemetery. A large concourse attended, including Mr Gair, M L A, Councillor A Tait(of the City Council), and Mr John Grant(the veteran Ayrshire breeder) The Rev.H Richardson of the local Methodist Church conducted an impressive service at the house and grave. Mr. Bond was a colonist of 53 years' standing, and was widely known as a successful breeder of Ayrshire cattle and a popular judge at agricultural shows. (P.5, Argus, 2-12-1902.)

In 1909, Mary Ann had a clearing sale to wind up the estate.
Twelve O'clock.
DISPERSAL SALE Of GLENARTHUR AYRSHIRE STUD, The Oldest* Founded Herd in Australasia.
ROBERT GUNN and Co. have received instructions from Mrs. John Bond, "Glenarthur," Greenvale, two miles from Somerton railway station, to SELL, as above,
The whole of the Glenarthur Ayrshire herd, of 110 head, comprising 15 males and 95. females, every one of which is for absolute sale, as Mrs. Bond intends winding up the estate. (etc.)(P.2, Argus, 3-11-1909.)
*Founded from McNab/Grant herd!

BOND. - On the 19th July, at the residence of her son-in-law (W. Blackler), Echuca#, Mary Ann, dearly beloved wife of the late John Bond, late of Broadmeadows, dearly beloved mother of Ernest, Florence*, Herbert** (deceased), Hurtle, Leigh, May, John and Cecilia, aged 82 years. Colonist of 74 years (Private interment.) At rest. (P.1, Argus, 21-7-1930.)

*John and Mary Ann's family obviously visited John's parents and siblings often enough for romance to blossom for Florence.
WILKINSON—BOND.—On the 12th September, 1899, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. William Harris, Walter George, eldest son of Charles Wilkinson, of Yarrawonga, to Alice Florence (Flo), eldest daughter of John Bond, Greenvale, Broadmeadows. (P.1, Argus, 12-10-1899.)


Herbert was married and living in Broadmeadows township near what was called Munro's Corner*,which apparently was at the bottom right corner of Melway 6 C7.
*John Munro was in the township by 1880. He may have named "Milton Libourne" after a village and land parish in Wiltshire.
If this should meet the eye of JOHN ORR, or agent,who has land on Broadmeadows township, please send address to John Munro, Broadmeadows. (P.1, Argus, 5-3-1880.)

BOND.—On the 25th August, at his residence,"Milton Libourne," Broadmeadows (the result of an accident), Herbert Julius, the beloved husband of Maud Bond, and second eldest son of Mary Anne and the late John Bond, of Greenvale, and beloved brother of Ernest, Mrs. Wilkinson, Hurtle, Leigh, May, John, and Cecelia Bond, aged 34 years. Deeply regretted. The funeral, at Bulla, left from his house in Broadmeadows township.
(P.1, Argus, 26-8-1908.)
BOND. - The Funeral of the late Mrs.MAUD BOND will leave 14 Ellesmere road, Windsor, THIS DAY, at 9 a.m. for the
Bulla Cemetery.(P.19, Argus, 22-9-1945.)

BENCE-On the 12th August (suddenly), at Bacchus Marsh John Bence brother of George,Fanny, Thomas, Mrs Cargill (deceased), James,Maud (Mrs. Bond) and Richard. (P.1, Argus, 14-8-1929.)

The Bence family had been running the Broadmeadows Hotel in 1898.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 27 August 1898 p 22 Article
... the young crops are looking first-rate. We soon sped down a few steep slopes, and landed at Bence'e ... Broadmeadows Hotel one hour and a quarter after leaving the Melbourne Post-office, the cyclometer registering ...

# It looks as if somebody has misread the gravestone inscription or the Victorian BDM index re place of death. The latter has a bad habit of supplying just three letters for the place of death and ECA might have been written for ECHUCA. Neil has been informed about this being interpreted as East Carlton in his cemetery records below, and replied, just 58 minutes later:
Thanks for this - I have corrected my master file and will update the web shortly.
Neil Mansfield.

149 BOND Albert Leigh 79Y 00/00/1879 00/10/1959 28/10/1959 Meth. 4 10 Son of John Bond & Mary Ann Cuthbert. Born and died in Greenvale, Victoria, Australia.
150 BOND Aubery Fuller 12Y7M 00/00/1915 00/10/1927 04/10/1927 Meth. 3 5 Son of Charles Hurtle Bond & Eileen Lenore Russell. Born in Ascot Vale, died in Melbourne East, Victoria, Australia.
151 BOND Charles Hurtle 85Y 00/00/1876 00/06/1961 27/06/1961 Meth. 4 11 Son of John Bond & Mary Ann Cuthbert. Born in Greenvale, died in Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
152 BOND Herbert Julius* 34Y 00/00/1874 00/08/1908 27/08/1908 C of E 2 6 Son of John Bond & Mary Ann Cuthbert. Died in Melbourne East, Victoria, Australia.
153 BOND John 58Y 00/00/1844 26/11/1902 28/11/1902 Meth. 2 5 Son of William Bond & Susannah Horton. Died in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.

155 BOND (nee CUTHBERT) Mary Ann 82Y 00/00/1848 19/07/1930 21/07/1930 Meth. 2 5 Daughter of John Cuthbert & Hannah Cooper. Died in East Carlton#, Victoria, Australia.

457 CUTHBERT Charles 62Y 00/00/1856 10/03/1918 11/03/1918 Meth. 1 11 Son of John Cuthbert & Hannah Cooper. Died in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.
458 CUTHBERT John 63Y 00/06/1825 00/06/1888 07/06/1888 Meth. 1 5 Son of William Cuthbert & Susan Unknown. Died in Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia.
459 CUTHBERT John 73Y 00/00/1851 00/11/1924 22/11/1924 Meth. 1 13 Son of John Cuthbert & Hannah Cooper. Died in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia.
460 CUTHBERT William 4M 00/07/1888 00/12/1888 05/12/1888 Meth. 2 19 Son of William Cuthbert & Sarah Ann Cooper. Born and died in Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia.
461 CUTHBERT (nee COOPER) Hannah 75Y 00/00/1827 00/04/1902 02/04/1902 Meth. 1 5 Daughter of Samuel Cooper & Unknown. Died in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.
462 CUTHBERT (nee COOPER) Sarah Ann 24Y 00/08/1864 00/08/1888 11/08/1888 Meth. 2 19 Daughter of Samuel Cooper & Susan Moore. Born in Tullamarine, died in Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia.

On page B78 of DHOTAMA, I had listed six BOND burials at Will Will Rook Cemetery. The Friends of the Will Will Rook Cemetery, who are launching the second edition of their cemetery records on 18-6-2018 at the Hume Global Learning Centre Library, have added information about 8 burials in the 1st edition, of October 2014.

324 William Bond buried 17-7-1874 aged 84 was born to unknown parents in England and was a Primitive Methodist. As John's parents were still alive in 1888, he may have been John's grandfather.

644 Sydney Clive Bond, buried on 17-2-1897 died at the age of 3 months, possibly while his parents Ernest Bond and Sarah Jane were visiting "Fairfield". Ernest was involved at Bundalong and competed in the inter-colonial ploughing competitions at Werribee on a regular basis.
Werribee Champion Ploughing Match.
Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954) Saturday 4 August 1894 p 13 Article
... Prize at the Intercolonial Champion Ploughing Match, held at Werribee, in 1S83 ; Ernesc Bond, Bundalong ... . Heard, Highton. ' 1, David Bond, Bundalong (Garde and Chrystal) ;

722 Elizabeth Bond the 18 year old daughter of Elizabeth Bond of Glenroy, was buried on 3-1-1903.

John and Mary Ann were the parents of the following:
339 Annie, buried 8-5-1875. age 1 day;
364 John Albert, buried 17-4-1876, age 2 years 4 months, Primitive Methodist;
441 William Bond, buried 8-3-1882, age 12 days;
480 Lily Alexander, buried 22-4-1884, aged 1 month.

No Reg No. Nellie (Ellen) Bond, buried 8-3-1883, was stillborn and her birth record could not be found. She could have been the second of three tragedies for Mary Ann in 1882, 1883 and 1884.

It is no wonder that John Bond mentioned "five sons and three daughters living" in his 1888 biography.

David apparently married John Lavars' daughter.

BOND.-On the 11th ult, at Glen Horton, Peechelba*, Susanna, the dearly beloved wife of Wm. Bond of Peechelba, and mother of J. Bond, Broadmeadows, aged 76 years. A colonist of 48 years.(P.1, Argus, 29-1-1896.)
*PEECHELBA is 19 min (25.0 km) via Murray Valley Hwy/B400 and Wangaratta-Yarrawonga Rd/C374 from BUNDALONG.


See 6th item in column 2.

Who the heck was Hector Napier, Mr.Cohen? Don't you mean Thomas Napier or Theodore Napier of Magdala? According to Graeme Butler's ESSENDON CONSERVATION STUDY, William Kissock was an early owner of the land on which Alexander McCracken built his NORTH PARK mansion (today's St Columban's Mission at Melway 28 J1.)


As you can see, lot 1, of 17 acres, consisted of Skehan's c/a's 12 and 11 and David Duncan's c/a 10 (whose acreage has been altered.) Isaac Batey stated that David Duncan had built "Roseneath". It was the southern part of c/a 9 Hawstead, now occupied by Salmon Avenue houses and Salmon Reserve, that comprised lot 2.


The house's greatest claim to fame was being the death place of William John Turner "Big" Clarke, during the ownership of his NEPHEW, James Hearn junior.



"Prior to the formation of the parish, the district was served from St. Augustine's monastery
out Somerton way, then under the supervision of Fr. Peter Powell."


WANTED Graziers on the Monastery Accommodation Paddock, old Sydney Road, ten miles from Melbourne. Bullocks 5s. per week, Horses 7s. Apply to James Kennedy, on the Lands. A quantity of dead timber for Sale. 64 Feb 21 alt
(P.1, Argus, 16-2-1855.)

WANTED Horses to grass, at Eight Shillings per Week. James Kennedy, Monastery Paddock, Old Sydney-road._216,jly 4
WANTED Bullooks to Grass, at Five Shillings per Week. James Kennedy, Monastery Paddock, Old Sydney-road._217 jly 4 (P.8, Argus, 3-7-1855.)

THE Friends of PHILLIP KEENAN, of Monastery Farm, Campbellfield, are requested to attend the funeral of his late son Charles Thomas Keenan, which will leave his parents' residence on Wednesday, the 23rd, at 2 o'clock.
(P.8, Argus, 22-2-1881.)

Phillip Keenan was leaving the district.
BROADMEADOWS.— Monastery Farm (Keenan's), about 200 acres, cottage, storehouse, dairy. Proposals to rent from year to year will be received up to 1st March.(P.3, The Age, 4-2-1889.)

Adamson, Strettle, and Co. held a very successful clearing sale for Ryan and Burgess*, the Monastery Farm, Somerton, on Tuesday, 17th inst., when they made an entire clearance of the hay, cattle, horses,farm implements, dairy requisites, &c.etc. (P.39, The Australasian, 21-12-1895.)
*The partnership had been dissolved.

Messrs. Forbes and Son report having succeeded in obtaining a splendid supply of water for farm purposes at Mr.
Ryan's Monastery Farm, close to the Somerton railway station.etc.(P.14, The Age, 20-6-1908.)

NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria, in its Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the WILL, dated 25th July, 1925, of DENIS JOSEPH CAHILL (otherwise Denis Cahill),late of Monastery Farm, Somerton, in Victoria,
labourer, deceased, may be granted to Ellen Ryan, of the same address, married woman, being the executrix appointed by the said will. Dated this 18th day of May, 1926.(P.19, Argus, 24-5-1926.)

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Saturday 7 March 1936 p 4 Advertising.

THE Monastery Farm, Somerton, was passed in at auction in Melbourne at £11 an acre. The reserve was £13 an acre. The property comprises more than 212* acres of grazing land, about 1 1/2 miles* from Broadmeadows Station.
(P.23, Weekly Times, 28-3-1936.)

Stated elsewhere as 2 miles, but neither should be accepted as gospel, so the exact area given in the advertisement (212 Acres 2 Roods 35 Perches) might help to determine the exact location of the farm. UNFORTUNATELY IT DIDN'T BECAUSE THE 212 ACRES RESULTED FROM THE SUBDIVISION OF A CROWN ALLOTMENT, POSSIBLY EAST OF THE RAILWAY CROSSING IN THE PARISH OF WOLLERT. HOWEVER THIS LAND COULD NOT BE DESCRIBED AS BEING ON PASCOE VALE ROAD, TWO MILES FROM THE BROADMEADOWS STATION.

Monastery Farm could not have been James Hearn's Thorngrove of 338 acres, (Meadow Heights north of the medical clinic in 179 G10),sold to Thomas Wallbridge in 1905 and retained by his family until 1936.Other land in Meadow Heights was probably occupied by farms known as Rocklaw, Prospect Farm, and Valleyfield (heading towards Broadmeadows.)

John Watt's "Oakfield" on the east corner of Pascoe Vale and Somerton Rds would not have been the site of the monastery in the early 1850's and being a stalwart of the historic Scots Church at Campbellfield, John would not have sold part of the farm to Papists. However John Daly's grant immediately south of Oakfield, crown allotment 2 of section 5 at the south east corner of the parish of Yuroke,could offer a possible site. A John Daley purchased land near the site of the Sunbury Pops Festival and having a son-in-law named O'Brien* was possibly an Irish Catholic. His Yuroke grant is indicated by Yaralla Court at the north west corner and Norval Crescent at its south west corner, precisely 2 miles north of Camp Rd.
* Place: Glencoe Homestead
The former Glencoe homestead, possibly erected in the late 1850s or 1860s, is of ... At the same time a John Daley bought the adjacent 147 acres of allotment B for some ... Michael O'Brien was Daley's son-in-law, having married the youngest ...

TO LET, for a term of years, a desirable FARM situated near Broadmeadows in the parish of Yuroke, about 12 miles from Melbourne, containing about 200 acres nearly all in cultivation, with a good dwellinghouse, barn, and outhouses. They are now occupied by Mr Thomas Vaughan. Applications to be made to Mr John Watt, Oakfield Farm,, Campbellfield, Sydney road.(P.8, Argus, 10-2-1863.)

FARM to LET, near Broadmeadows, 200 acres. Five years from March 1. John Watt, Oakfield. (P.8, Argus, 6-2-1873.)

Another possibility is that part of Donald Cameron's Stoney Fields* was sold to Bishop Goold. The Camerons later renamed the 650 acre section 7 Yuroke as Ruthvensfield and Thomas Brunton later renamed it as Roxburgh Park. The Camerons could have had no greater claim to fame in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia than a relationship to Australia's first saint, Mary McKillop**.

"Moved by Mr George Gordon Cameron,Glenroy and seconded by Mr John Cameron,Deep Creek and carried unanimously
That, owing to the great number of persons of the name of Cameron now in this colony it is desirable that they should form themselves into a society to be called 'The Clan Cameron Society '
II. Moved by Mr Donald Cameron Stoney Field, and seconded by Mr Donald Cameron, Fiery Creek That the objects of the Society shall be (etc.)" This is my only proof of the 1863 rate evaluation calling it Stoney Field!


Recent land and property sales amounting to £12 671/17 are reported by Messrs A E Gibson and Co. The sales include Monastery farm at Somerton, near Broadmeadows containing 213 acres, to Mr E.G.M.Gibson.
Also on account of Messrs. Wallbridge and Sons Thorn Grove Estate Somerton containing 343 acres with all improvements.(P.15, Argus, 28-5-1936.)

GIBSON. –On November 11 (suddenly), at his residence, Monastery Farm, Somerton, Ernest George Muller, beloved husband of Emily M. (Millie) Gibson, and loving father of John (R.A.A.F.), and James (deceased),fond brother of Alfred (Kew), James(Stawell), Priscilla (Echuca), and Neil(Perth), late of "The Argus."
(P.2, Argus, 13-11-1944.)

A Mr Rawlings had purchased the farm by 1949 and someone knocked off the sign. Father Powell must have dropped Bread crumbs when he went to Melbourne so he could find his way back to Somerton as his memory of where Hippo was seemed a bit dodgy.

"But what was the subsequent history of the "Monastery Farm"?
In 1870, Rev. W.M.Finn, brother of Edmund Finn, "Garryowen," referred to it "as a reserve for the establishment of a monastery farm." At the time it was leased by the Church authorities to a Mr. Phillip Keenan.
(A daughter of Mr. Keenan's died recently at the convent at Ballarat, at the age of 83.) Following Mr. Keenan,
who made house additions to the property, came a Mr. J. T. Ryan (still living at Broadmeadows East). He held the land for "45 years and seven months" when,on March 12, 1937 (sic, 1936), owing to ill health, he was compelled to relinquish it.

The property (apparently the Church Authorities considered it was of no use for them ) put it up for auction (with Mr. A. E. Gibson, of Queen street,Melbourne, auctioneers)at Scott's Hotel, in the same year.Apparently no satisfactory bid was made and the property was passed in and sold privately to a Mr. Gibson (no relation to the
auctioneer), then agricultural editor of the Argus. Mr. Gibson erected the notice board which has disappeared, and also erected the present house. The old buildings were, dismantled and sections, it has been said, were
used to construct the present outbuildings on the property. Mr. Gibson died several years ago, and there followed Messrs. O'Sullivan and Wallace as owners. Mr. Rawling bought it from Mr. Wallace."



This article was discovered during a Corcoran search in connection with my HOCTOR journal and seems to confirm my long-held suspicion that Peter Corcoran who bought North Pole Farm on the west corner of Keilor and North Pole (Milleara)roads had been a member of the Broadmeadows Corcoran family.

Discussion of this article (P.7, Leader, 19-7-1873) will commence when the HOCTOR journal is finished. Hopefully the name and location of each farm mentioned will be specified.

Edmond Dunn's 1100 acres consisted of Viewpoint (c/a's 1 and 2,section 4, parish of Tullamarine, 323 acres between today's Camp Hill Park at Tullamarine Junction and the Mickleham Rd/Lackenheath Drive corner, which he purchased in 1849 after farming on Jamiesons's Special Survey between Dromana and Mt Martha with his brother Henry) and Stewarton (section 5, parish of Tullamarine, 785 acres north of Viewpoint to Forman St, the southern boundary of Broadmeadows Township.) Both farms went east to the Moonee Ponds Creek. Gutsy Edmond took on the might of the Melbourne Hunt Club at about this time, inspiring the formation of a league to prevent crops, fences and animals being damaged by hunters.

John Kerr's 3600 acres were not one piece of land but certainly included Pasture Hill (383 acres) and Bayview Farm (a tad under 345 acres) which he bought on 1-12-1874. It did not include Glenroy Farm which John Cochrane had been leasing at the time. (See the subdivision plan, P. 78, BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.) John Kerr's Wheatlands Estate might account for some of the large number of acres unaccounted for.

Alexander Gibb's 550 acres comprised all but 90 acres of section 5 parish of Will Will Rook. Meadowbank was the northern half of the grant, 320 acres, so he'd bought or was leasing 230 acres of his relative,James Robertson's* Gowrie Park, south to today's Hilton St where it adjoined Box Forest (Hadfield.)
*Robertson (not a Keilor farmer as stated by Andrew Lemon) and the Gibbs were related because Robertson and James Gibb, Alexander's brother, had married Coupar girls.

add crown allotments for these farms and provide links for parish maps
Cameron's farm, not discussed in the article, was Ruthvensfield, most of today's Roxburgh Park.

FAIRVIEW was across Somerton Rd from Glenarthur.

BROOK HILL was between Fairview and today's Meadow Heights.

GLENARTHUR lies under the western half of Greenvale Reservoir. John Bond owned Glenarthur by the time of his death in 1902. His widow sold Glenarthur in 1909.

THORNGROVE was granted to Big Clarke and became the property of James Hearn senior who'd married his sister. James Hearn was the last lessee of the Mount Martha run and bought the grants for much of the Mount Martha coastline, the pre-emptive right (Dalkeith)and land east to the Tubbarubba diggings.

FARMING ABOUT BROADMEADOWS 1 deals with the area's produce generally but specifically in regard to three farms. Confusingly the author refers to the Broadmeadows Township as straddling what locals call the the Deep Creek. the Dunhelen Estate fronted both the Deep Creek and Merri Creek with the MOONEE PONDS CREEK (the one running through the township) receiving tribute from the Yuroke Creek at today's Jacana. Two hotels in the township are mentioned. One was the Broadmeadows Hotel on its present location but in BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon confused the identity of the second one by stating, "The Victoria was burnt down in 1879 but since about 1870the town had a new hotel, the Franklin." The last reference on trove to the Victoria Hotel (up Ardlie St hill a block or two north of the Broady on what is now the pub's upper car park)was in April 1878 and the first mention of the Franklin Hotel was the death notice of Henry Franklin's widow, Mary, in February 1887.

Distances from Melbourne are far more precise than in advertisements for farms. The reporter seems to have travelled to the township via Bulla Rd to the northern boundary of "Camp Hill" and up today's Mickleham Rd to Fawkner St and across the historic 1869 bluestone bridge. Instead of going up Ardlie St to Mickleham Rd, he's headed east to the station at East Broadmeadows and up Pascoe Vale Rd to its original end at today's roundabout at the David Monroe Drive corner where the south west of Cliffords Rd originally was till the north eastern railway cut it off about a year before this article was written. Thus he had passed from the parish of Will Will Rook into the parish of Yuroke.

Google YUROKE, COUNTY OF BOURKE to get the parish map.

The first property was the Cameron brothers' farm of 600 acres. This was section 5,Yuroke and I thought I had discovered a new name for the farm, (Donald Cameron's Stoney Field in 1863, later called Ruthvenfield by the same family and renamed Roxburgh Park by Thomas Brunton.) The reporter managed to absorb much detail about the farm despite the Camerons' strong Scottish accents but the name he gave for the farm betrays the difficulty he had in understanding what they said. The closest he came to RUTHVENSFIELD was RAVENFIELD!

John Watt's farm "Oakfield", crown allotment 1 of section 5, is correctly named. As the parish map does not show the date on which grants were issued, the information of John's purchase in 1849 is valuable, as is the mention of his return home in 1857, resuming his occupancy of Oakfield in 1862.

WALTHAM, the southern and northern thirds of crown allotment 8M, was the farm of ROBERT SHANKLAND, whose name the reporter must have thought was classified information! Robert built the original section of Dean's Hotel at Moonee Ponds (now the Moonee Ponds Tavern across Dean St from the Moonee Valley Racecourse)in 1852 before settling on Waltham (which is now under the eastern half of the Greenvale Reservoir.)

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Broadmeadows was the name of a township, the site for which was reserved in 1838,and the township being proclaimed in 1850. Like most townships it straddled a stream, in this case, the Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds (Moonee Ponds Creek)and thus was in the parishes of Tullamarine and Will Will Rook, south of the creek and Kenny St to Forman St. The township was the headquarters of the Broadmeadows municipality until 1928 when the town hall was built at East Broadmeadows near the station.

In 1857 Broadmeadows became a road district and celebrated its 125th anniversary of municipal government as a road board, shire and city on 27 November 1982.
(BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon, commissioned in 1980 to celebrate this anniversary.)

When I started researching the history of the area near Tullamarine in August 1988, I did not realise that I'd known a member of the pioneering Hoctor family since about 1972 when I played footy with Doutta Stars and Ed Hoctor was the club's president during my three years wearing the yellow star. Ed., later a City of Broadmeadows councillor and mayor, was responsible for the renaming of the portion of Black St SOUTH OF THE CREEK as Coopers Hill Drive. Ed introduced me to Jack Hoctor, who with Gordon Connor and Colin Williams possessed memories of the area from before W.W.1.

Jack was born in the old coach house on the Broad St corner with the assistance of midwife, Nurse Mitchell, who delivered many of the township's children and took absolute control, allowing no interference from the fathers. He was the town's lamplighter and delivered bread for Anderson's bakery (between the bridge and the Foresters' Hall. Jack provided much information about his family and the farm called Rocklaw whose position I could never really pinpoint and is thus the reason for this journal. He told me about the sale of the Dundoald estate in 1929 which was confirmed by George Lloyd's MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920- 1952 shortly afterwards and trove over two decades later. Boundy's store would sell goods on barter, such as for a supply of eggs. The footy team's goal and behind posts were kept at the Broady Pub but one of them fed the fire one cold night. When dances were held at the Foresters' hall, people were allowed to leave their vehicles and horses in Anderson's yard next door. The remount was used to spell draught horses from the army camp. Jack's older brother enlisted for W.W. 1 and Jack's mum would send young Jack on the 3 mile walk to the camp to deliver goodies that she had baked. Some of the Broady boys were pretty wild but policeman Jim Ahern kept them in line; it's doubtful though whether he discovered which lads were responsible for whitewashing a horse left overnight at George Kingshott's smithy.Butcher, Robert Cargill's young son was accidentally shot by young Graco and there was ill feeling towards the Graco family which moved to Keilor.(This story has been confirmed on trove and the Graco farm near Keilor found on the Doutta Galla parish map.) The above constitutes a fraction of the stories provided by Jack.
Mr Timothy Hoctor, who died on 28th ultimo at Broadmeadows, was an old and much respected resident of that district. He was a kindly citizen, aged 77 years, and leaves a widow and grown up family, with whom there is much sympathy. (P.3, Kilmore Free Press, 6-7-1916.)

Colin Williams' parents moved onto Broombank at Tullamarine and had a man called Timothy Hoctor working on their farm. As farmers worked from dawn to dusk, they suggested that he could sleep in their barn to avoid having to add a walk in the dark from and back to the township to his already long working day. He tried it once but heard gnawing in the night and said he wouldn't try it again because he was likely to wake up and find that he'd been eaten up entirely. (The Irish certainly had a way with words!) Whether he was the deceased above might be confirmed when Victorian BDM comes back online.

(To the Editor.)
Sir - Kindly allot me space in your columns to contradict the rumour current in this district to the effect that
I induced O*.Kingshott to enlist. I would like to say here for the benefit of those who think they have an axe
to grind, that O. Kingshott enlisted of his own free will, and not through any inducement of mine. With all respect due to the man who has decided to fight for his country, I think it is time those others concerned, who make the balls in the dark, should come out in the light and fire them. It is hardly fair at this time that one of two knock kneed patriots, conscious of their short comings, should seek to side-step their own shufflings by holding their neighbour up to ridicule.--Yours, etc.
TIMOTHY P. HOCTOR. Broadmeadows, 14/3/16.
(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter Thursday 16 March 1916 p 3)
* Owen Kingshott.

Thomas Dunne was Timothy Hoctor's brother in law. His farm at Greenvale was Belmont between Harpsdale and Crowe's Hill at about Melway 385 F6. Timothy Hoctor had two pieces of land on Dunhelen Lane east of Mickleham Rd, the larger piece being on the south side. It was no surprise that the two families became related because most pioneers married near-neighbours. THOMAS DUNNE'S OBITUARY

It would seem that Timothy had married Mary Dunne. Thomas Dunne was buried at Keilor, as was Timothy Hoctor.

HOCTOR.—On the 28th June, 1916, at his residence,Broadmeadows, Timothy, beloved husband of Mary, and beloved father of M. B., M. T., N., and J., aged 77 years. (No flowers.) R.I.P.

HOCTOR.—The Friends of the late Mr.TIMOTHY HOCTOR are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Keilor* Cemetery. The funeral will leave his late residence, Broadmeadows*, THIS DAY (Friday, 30th June, 1916), at ?? (Both P.1, Argus, 30-6-1916.)

*Part of the funeral notice was illegible and the digitisation wrongly stated his residence as Broadford and the cemetery as Fawkner. (mjdunstan had made some wrong guesses in his text corrections.)
Timothy was buried at Keilor, date of death given as 28-6-1916, but his year of birth is wrongly stated as 1888.
Timothy Hoctor
It was probably Timothy Patrick, their son, who was born in 1888.

HOCTOR.— On the 24th January, at private hospital, Essendon, Timothy Patrick (Murphy), the second beloved son of Mary and the late Timothy Hoctor, of Broadmeadows, loving brother of Maria, Bridge, Mick, Ted(deceased), Nell (Mrs. M. Lawless), Frank(deceased), and Jim. R.I.P. Nearer my God to Thee.(P.11, The Age, 1-2-1930.)

HOCTOR. On November 11, at her residence, Broadmeadows. Mary, relict of the late Timothy Hoctor, and dearly beloved mother of Maria, Michael (deceased), Bridget, Annie (deceased), Michael, Timothy (deceased), Edward (deceased), Ellen (Mrs. M.Lawless), Francis (deceased), and James, in her 95th year. Requiescat in pace.

HOCTOR. - On November 11, Mary, dearly loved mother-in-law of Laurie, loving gran of Jack, Ted, Frank, Jim, Bernie, Tim, Mary,Carmel, Kevin, and Laura, and great-grand-mother of John, Marjorie, Edward, David,Glenice, Terry, Margaret, Bernard, and Janice Hoctor, in her 95th year. Requiescat in pace.

HOCTOR.-Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Mrs. MARY HOCTOR will be celebrated at St. Anne's Church*, Broadmeadows, THIS DAY (Tuesday), at 10 a.m. The Funeral will leave the church at the conclusion of the Mass for the Keilor Cemetery. (All P. 2 Argus, 12-11-1946.)

Although Broadmeadows Township had had a catholic church for a long time, many of the town's Catholics were buried at Keilor or Bulla rather than the Will Will cemetery near the army camp. Andrew Lemon didn't even mention St Anne's and in my efforts to find when St Anne's started, I discovered that many township Catholics must have been married elsewhere.


Michael had arrived in about 1857 and married Margaret Corcoran.
HOCTOR.—On the 20th August at his residence "Rocklaw," Broadmeadows Michael the dearly beloved husband of Margaret and beloved father of John, James, Peter, Michael, Mrs. Mahoney, Mrs. O'Sullivan Mrs. Beahan, and Liza, native of King's County, Ireland, aged 82 years, and colonist of 57 years. R.I.P.(P.1, Argus, 22-8-1914.)

A native of Brunswick, but one of Broadmeadows' residents, died at latter place at advanced age of her 89th year,on Thursday last, when Mrs Margaret Hoctor was called to her reward. The deceased lady was relict of the late Mr.Michael Hoctor, and reared a large and respectable family, with whom many friends and neighbors sympathise.(P.3, Kilmore Free Press, 6-7-1933.)

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.)



Aitken College opened in Term 1 of 1999, and has remained steadfast in maintaining its historic and agricultural links.

The College name (Aitken) has links to John Aitken, who immigrated to Van Diemans Land from Scotland in about 1825. He sailed across the Tasman to the Port Phillip district in 1836, bringing his sheep across to graze on pasture land in the outer limits of the area north of Melbourne. Up until the purchase of the College property from the Gambles in late 1998, the property was still a working farm. The School names (Fairview, Cumberland, Dunhelen and Brookhill) refer to property names associated with the local area and were so named by the settlers and land owners of the time. Fairview was a farm property owned by J. Bond (and possibly bought from John Aitken). The Cumberland estate is located near Woodlands Park. The ruins of the original homestead and some remnants of the original garden are still on the site. The Dunhelen property was built at some time after 1850. The bluestone barn still exits on the site. The Glen Arthur property was owned by Joseph and Celia Trotman; and William, the son of Robert Shankland, a Scot who arrived in Australia in 1841 owned the property named Brookhill. The House names (Brodie, Cameron, Clarke and Millar) are derived from the family names of early pioneer settlers and prominent locals. The Brodies, Camerons, Millars and Clarkes have a long association with the area. The Brodie brothers bought land in the area around Mickleham to service their sheep around the 1840s. The Clarkes also bought land in the area and took over land owned by the Brodie brothers and John Aitken. The Millar family had a local involvement in the area from around the late 1860s. Donald Cameron purchased the land known as Ruthvenfield in 1848, to be later renamed by its new owner, Thomas Brunton, in the 1890s as Roxburgh Park. The historical links that we have maintained is a tribute to the vision of the pioneers who colonised this area.

I am yet to be convinced that Aitken's Hill was named after John Aitken. There is only one reference to anyone named AITKEN in connection with the area on trove, none in connection with Mickleham, Yuroke or Craigieburn. There is no mention of the area in John Aitken's biography. The City of Hume must examine Broadmeadows shire's rate records to establish if the hill was named after G.Aitken, Broadmeadows in 1895.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 6 June 1895 p 3 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... Ce sold -10 K Bullen, Glenro) ti, G Aitken, Broadmeadows. A. M'LEÍN and Co sold - Bullocks-If)
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 8 June 1895 p 35 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... . Aitken, Broadmeadows. ^A. M 'LEAN and Co. sold :-Bullocks-19, XV. Moore, ..fSoloonook, to £0 10s ... , ltockbank; 2, XV. Marshall, Saltwater River. M'PiiAit, BROS, and Co. sold10, R. BuIIen, Glenroy; 6, G ...

Aitken College is on the northern half of crown allotment 9O of the parish of Yuroke, consisting of 361 acres, and known as Springfield. This was on the northwest corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds and extended 1.62 km to the north, the middle of Melway 178 K3.To the east were "Glenarthur" and Robert Shankland's "Waltham" which are now the west and east halves of the Greenvale reservoir. East of Waltham was Cameron's STONY FIELDS, as revealed by the Broadmeadows rate book of 1863 but this descriptive and hardly glamorous name was soon changed to Ruthvenfield by the same family, and later to Roxburgh Park by Brunton.(Many E.D.F.L. commentators fail to realise that it rhymes with Edinburgh!)

William Shankland's Brook Hill was south of Waltham to just south of Kirkwell Court but Shankland Drive and the Shankland Wetlands are east across the transmission line in today's Meadow Heights. John Bond's Fairview was south of Glenarthur and west of Brook Hill with its south boundary just south of Mossgiel Avenue.JOHN BOND OWNED AND OCCUPIED GLENARTHUR WHEN HE DIED IN 1902. East of Fairview and fronting Mickleham Rd was c/a 2D, which like Springfield was divided into north and south halves of about 180 acres. The north half became Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan". Hugh's son's memoirs form a large part of the Greenvale Primary School history which explains why a fairly recent school has such a low number.

Springfield became Springfield North and Wally French's dairy farm ON THE SOUTH HALF. Desmond Gamble was a descendant of early squatter, John Brock who, like the Jacksons, Headlam, George Evans and many others,was dispossessed by Big Clarke's special survey circa 1850 and became a pioneer of the area near Latrobe University. When he bought Springvale North, he renamed it BROCKLANDS. In 1933, Edward and Jean Gamble were pupils of Greenvale State School 890 at the Section Rd corner.

Desmond Gamble, the second youngest in his family, was raised at Barfold near Kyneton and went to Dookie College where his brother, Willie from Berwick was principal and then managed a farm in Plenty Rd, South Morang. In 1915 at the age of 28, he married May Isobel Brock. Desmond died at the age of 57 and was buried at the Fawkner Cemetery. His sons, Bill and Ted carried on the milking of 100 cows to supply Cheffers and Collings' dairy at the corner of Scott and Buckley St, Essendon. They also supplied Butterworth's dairy at the corner of Winifred and Glass St in Essendon. Jean Gamble married Jack Simmie of Harpsdale after they'd shouted love* at each other during many sets at the Greenvale Tennis Club (*the score meaning the egg shaped 0 of course!) Nine years later Ted Gamble married Joy Simmie. Helen Gamble who supplied much of this biography in about 1990 married Ken Souter* at the outbreak of W.W.2 ON 2-9-1939. Ken was Principal of Parklands Primary School in Airport West when he retired. The Souters were farming John McKerchar's "Greenvale" which Robert Millar renamed as "The Elms" circa 1990.

All information about locations of farms and the Gambles comes from the G volume of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.

*The Souters were involved in the history of Dunhelen immediately north of Brocklands, farming in partnership with George Hossack.See my journal, A CHRONOLOGY OF THE OCCUPANTS OF DUNHELEN NORTH OF GREENVALE RESERVOIR.


See my journal GEORGE SINCLAIR BRODIE'S PROPERTIES BETWEEN SUNBURY AND MERRI CREEK. By the way, George might have been a mate of John Aitken and named Aitkens Hill in his honour.