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While consulting Doutta Galla parish maps to find when John Aitken had been granted section 8,I found one map with a large area of land outlined that only Dorothy Minkhoff and I would understand. Dorothy wrote the history of Ave Maria College in West Essendon which has Clydebank, the mansion of Ramsay (the inventor of Kiwi shoe polish) on its grounds. In her book, Dorothy discussed C.B.Fisher's vast land acquisitions in the above modern suburbs.
Although it is probably 20 years since I read Dorothy's book,the mere sight of the map had her words tumbling out of the hidden recesses of my brain. A precise match! You will notice that Hurtle St (named after the older brother of, as MARIBYRNONG:ACTION IN TRANQUILITY puts it,the father of the Australian turf)runs the precise length of the Ascot Wale West land.
Thought I'd share our secret. The map, described below, has 29 in bold type in the top left corner and 94 in red ink in the top right corner.
Doutta Galla, County of Bourke [cartographic material].
Melbourne : Photo-lithographed at the Department of Lands and Survey ... by J. Noone, - Parish maps of Victoria. 1882 English Map; Single map 1 & Online
A fairly comprehensive history of the area west of Jacksons Creek (excluding Sunbury Township)is included as a whole (rather than alphabetical entries)in comments. Its inclusion in this journal is justified by the sale notice (in my comment of 13-11-2013)where Edward Page's share of Glencoe is described as being in Bulla Bulla, despite being in the parish of Holden.
Some might think that my journal writing takes a zig-zag course, chopping from one subject to another. However the next subject arises naturally from another. I was looking for an article about the Brown family after which Browns Rd near the Arundel bridge was named ,to illustrate that it had been in Keilor well before the Closer Settlement. I entered BROWN, KEILOR, 1860-1869 and found a death notice for Mrs Charles Daniels who was related to John Eagling. Knowing how often the Daniel surname was written with an unwarranted s I wondered if she was from the Narbonne family,and having read 12 year old Oswald Daniel's history of Bulla last night,this journal became inevitable.
I knew that Bulla was first known as Deep Creek and using this as a search term brought some good results but very slowly as it was hardly a unique place name; also,it was not certain that some possibilities indeed related to Bulla, such as an incident involving a lad named Taylor. Bulla Bulla,the original name of the parish brought immediate results.
This will contain information about some pioneers near Sunbury but most entries will be about residents in the village, and the Oaklands Junction, Deep Creek road, and Tullamarine Island subdivisions of Bulla Shire. One entry,that for ROADS, is entirely in bold type because the decision outlined in it had more effect on Bulla than any other single happening. Sunbury was similarly affected but although the railway's arrival in 1859 tempered its stagnation somewhat,it was overtaken in prominence by The Gap,a township recalled by Gap Rd. Pioneers of The Gap , such as Michael Bourke, are discussed in detail elsewhere. (I.W.S.)
As the names are coming from my memory, unless enclosed by brackets, my apologies to any pioneers that don't get a mention. Also to save me a lot of one-finger typing, the following abbreviations will be used:
I/T=I think; IWS=Bulla Bulla by I.W.Symonds; BB=Bob Blackwell;TSTTO= The Shire That Took Off by Grant Aldous; DHOTAMA=DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND;VIM=VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT;
This journal is intended to add to the information in Kathy Fanning's FANNING FAMILY HISTORY which can be accessed by entering the title.
An entry surname followed by *,e.g. MASSIE*, indicates that the name appeared in the article about the Bulla Bulla National School in the SCHOOLS entry. A surname followed by @ denotes an entry in my journal NAMES IN A LIST AINT MUCH GOOD.
As I have explained how to access the parish and village maps in comments, I do not intend to include all the grantees as entries below. Some, such as (Edward?) De Carle were speculators,not pioneers. The map details will be used for entries alphabetically from N, the point at which my DHOTAMA of about 2500 pages would resume if I was silly enough to work from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. at least three nights a week as I used to.
Where an entry is a farm in the parishes of Bulla Bulla,Yuroke, Tullamarine or Will Will Rook, its location will be given in two ways: (a)an approximate Melway reference and (b)crown allotment description. Because parish maps are magnetic north and Melway true north it is almost impossible to describe non-road boundaries concisely.
ACCIDENTS. See DORAN;WRIGHT;
AIREY.(Melway 177 C2.)
Captain J.M.C.Airey was granted crown allotment 5B of the parish of Bulla of 319 acres on 8-4-1848. Its south east corner is the Wildwood Rd/St Johns Lane junction and the north west corner is at no.45 in the latter road.
(Melway 177 C2.) It became part of David Patullo's "Craigbank" and was known for many years as "Airey's". Aireys Inlet is named after Captain Airey. See WILLOW BANK.
John Aitken's sheep had a rough arrival in the Port Phillip District in 1836 when the Chili went aground off Dromana. the Boon-wurrung helped him to carry them ashore but many perished. (A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA and many other sources.) Aitken has been credited with making the greatest contribution to the improvement of fleeces in Victoria's early days. By the census of 9-11-1836 he had 1000 sheep on his run at Mt Aitken,west of Sunbury,and Governor honoured him with a visit while inspecting the rogue settlement. When John Batman died, Aitken adopted two of his daughters.(DHOTAMA A12 from IWS.) Aitken had to cross the Saltwater river at Avondale Heights and then headed west to the east branch of the Kororoit Creek which he followed north to his run.(Hume? Heritage Study.) In 1846-7 he received grants (title) for crown allotments7(1) and 8 Doutta Galla (from Rita St , West Essendon to Cannes Ave, Avondale Heights) with a huge river frontage where the river approaches very close to Buckley St, long known as Braybook road.
AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY.
John Aitken (1792?-1858), pioneer sheep breeder, was a Scottish farmer's son who arrived in Van Diemen's Land about 1825 and was himself farming near Oatlands in 1833-34, when he voiced proposals for joint-stock mainland squatting. On 20 July 1835, less than six weeks after John Batman returned from his first trip across Bass Strait, and the day before the schooner Enterprise began her first trip for John Pascoe Fawkner, Aitken left Launceston in the sloop Endeavour to inspect the Port Phillip country. Of the five passengers with him, the most notable was probably Augustus Morris, who became a well-known settler associated with saltbush and frozen meat, agent for Benjamin Boyd and partner with William Charles Wentworth, but was then only 15 and nominally attending the Hobart Town Academy.
Aitken returned to Launceston on 29 August, when the Enterprise first reached the site of Melbourne. On 22 March 1836 he left again in the brig Chili, apparently with W. G. G. Sams ('Mr. Sams Junr.'), representing one of Batman's Port Phillip Association, and four station hands. Some 1600 sheep were loaded at George Town. About half were lost through crowding and lack of water in a hot, calm crossing that ended on a sandbank in Port Phillip Bay, four miles (6.4 km) off shore under Arthur's Seat. After great exertions, Aitken personally carrying each from boat to beach, the rest were landed, but many then died from weakness. Within a few weeks the remnant were driven to the Yarra; thence, having been helped across by the Fawkner party, slightly west of north some twenty-five miles (40 km).
Thus, about May 1836 Aitken became the first settler in the Gisborne-Sunbury district. He joined more than one exploring expedition, and later acquired interests in other stations, but the sheltered volcanic slopes he had discovered remained his headquarters for some fifteen years. Governor Sir Richard Bourke found him there in March 1837. In 1846 Dr John Dunmore Lang stayed in his 'silvan cottage', on a hill two miles (3.2 km) from Mount Aitken, which Bourke had named, and saw in him one of the most successful colonists in the country; also a kindly man, returning help when it was needed, and befriending two of Batman's fatherless daughters.
It was said by one who knew him that Aitken married a girl (eventually a Mrs Kaye) whom he first sent to boarding school. They had several daughters, and then a son, who inherited the freehold of the Mount Aitken estate, 4000 acres (1619 ha). Most of the much larger original run was engulfed by the special survey of William Clarke. Some time after mid-1854 Aitken returned to Britain; he died in London on 21 October 1858.
For many years he was revered as the leading flockmaster of the Port Phillip pastoral period. He imported and then bred the best Saxon sheep available, at first in conjunction with Edmund and Francis Bryant of the Tasmanian midlands, but from 1839 alone. He sold his own rams at £5 in 1840, but later paid £200 for the best Tasmanian, and £250 for a Silesian. In 1842 his sheep gained half the awards at the second Melbourne Show. In 1844 his wool averaged 28d. a pound in London, or 9d. above the market. In December 1845, offering 600 'pure Saxon Rams', J. B. Kirk, a leading Melbourne agent, staged for him at Mount Aitken the first of a series of sales that became an annual attraction for scores of buyers, and made this quiet, unobtrusive, but allegedly handsome man, who was apparently older than most of his squatter contemporaries, the final court of appeal in the local sheep-world before Thomas Shaw established the cult of the Australian merino. In 1852 Aitken moved into Shaw's country when he bought the run known as Mount Elephant No. 2, west of Geelong, from John Brown, and brought up 10,000 of his Mount Aitken sheep, no doubt evicted by Clarke. He could hardly start again, and soon sold out; but fittingly John Brown's nephew, G. A. Brown, had the last word on his work: 'The improvement of the merino sheep of the country, prior to the origin of some of the studs of the 1860s, was owing more to John Aitken than to any other sheep breeder. His aim was to increase the weight of fleece and to keep up the fineness and density at the same time. This he accomplished by adding to the length of wool staple'. Aitken set a lasting example. His character may be judged from his election as one of three arbitrators between Henry Batman and Fawkner in Melbourne's first public dispute, on 2 May 1836.
MOUNT AITKEN ESTATE SOLD.
Mr. W. H. Keast, stock and station agent,Queen's House, Queen Street, reports having sold Mount Aitken homestead and 1,523 acres of rich grazing and agricultural land, three miles from Sunbury, on the main Melbourne to Bendigo road, together with the homestead of brick and cement, and outbuildings. Mr. John Aitken,
the original owner, acquired this land in 1835. In 1850 Mount Aitken was leased from Mr. Aitken by Messrs. Watsonand Hewitt, at that time in charge of Cobb and Co.'s stage coaches, and the estate was used by them to graze the coach horses. When Messrs. Watson and Hewitts lease expired in 1867, Mt.Aitken was leased by Mr. Henry Beattie, who remained in possession for about 40 years, until the time of his death. After being in pos-
session of Mt Aitken for more than 70 years, the property changed ownership for the first time in 1907, the purchaser being Mr. Charles Widdis, of Gippsland. Mr. Widdis retained this property for some three years, and then sold it to Messrs. S. and J. N. Howell. Nearly four years ago the estate again changed hands, and was
bought by Mr. Le Patourel, who has now sold the homestead and 1,523 acres to Mr. F. Gervis James, of Aroka, Malvern. (P.16,Argus, 6-12-1923.)
ALSTON Gilbert. (also T.A.ALSTON.)
Gilbert Alston was a blackmith,no doubt very muscular, but of short stature. I'm a shorty too but when Bob Blackwell introduced me to the owner of the house that Gilbert built and we were invited in, I felt like a basketball giant as I semi-ducked my head to get through the low doorway. Bob later explained that his maternal grandfather, William Bedford,who was the next owner, was no taller than Gilbert and had no need to alter the doorway. This house is listed in the City of Hume Heritage Study-Former Shire of Bulla District.
William Alston and Jenkins (to whom young Firth was apprenticed when he perished in the 1892 Mornington Football Club drowning tragedy) served their apprenticeship with William's uncle Gilbert at Bulla.(THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER, THE by Bruce Bennett; Miss Firth's letter edited by Leila Shaw.)
Gilbert Alston,native of Peebles, Scotland,came to Victoria in 1855,having married Ellen* Pringle the year before. An implement manufacturer who has won first class 175 prizes, he spent four years at his trade in Campbellfield and Tullamarine before settling in Bulla. (from VIM in DHOTAMA.)
Gilbert and his wife HELEN* are buried in the Presbyterian section of the Bulla cemetery,Gilbert having died on a16-8-1908 at the age of 82 and Helen on 8-7-1895 aged 72. In the 1868 directory Gilbert and William Alston were listed as wheelwrights. Gilbert was the grantee of lot 1, section 1 in the village of Bulla (on the end of the north side at the end of Quartz St which used to bisect the horseshoe bend in 176 A5), and 41 acres across the main road from the relocated St Mary's. It would have been on the latter that Gilbert built the smithy* that Ian William Symonds referred to as being behind the private tennis court.A man of many talents, Gilbert took out first prize at the first Bulla show on 1-5-1897 with his carrots,mangolds and pumpkins.(DHOTAMA)
Bob Blackwell told me the following about Gilbert Alston:
He and Helen had four daughters. Gilbert was the undertaker and made the coffins. Thomas Andrew Alston of "Oaklands" who served four terms as president of Bulla shire in the 1940's and 50's was not related to Gilbert.
Not a trace remains of Gilbert's smithy*which was of bluestone with a shingle roof.The remains that some believe are the old smithy are actually of a timber dairy built by William Bedford in about 1930 using materials from Gilbert's old stables that the Bedford brothers converted into cow sheds.Further back from the road is the bluestone house (with the low doorway) that Gilbert built in about 1860.(DHOTAMA.)
ALSTON.—On the 16th August, at his residence, Bulla, Gilbert Alston, blacksmith and wheelwright, a colonist of 50 years, aged 82 years.(P.1, Argus, 18-8-1908.)
MONDAY, 26th OCTOBER AT 1 O'CLOCK.
IMPORTANT EXECUTORS REALISING SALE, on the GROUND, at BULLA.
Land in Township, Blacksmith and Wheelwright's Shop, Dwelling House , Farming Implements, Prize Waggon, Drays, Wheel wright's Stock, &c.
ABBOTT and CO, are instructed by the executor to sell by public auction, as above, the whole of the estate of the late Gilbert Alston, who was a well-known prize taker for farmers' implements and vehicles.
Lot 1.-Large bluestone blacksmith and wheelwright shop, and 7-roomed dwelling house on land containing 24 acres, 3 roods, 20 4-5th perches, being Crown allotments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, section 17, township of Bulla,
parish of Bulla-Bulla, county of Bourke which is bounded on one side to the (b d?) of the Deep Creek, running all year round.
Lot 2.--half acre adjoining the township, being Crown allotment I, section I; to besold separately; in all 25 acres, 1 rood, 204-5th porches.
Terms-Quarter cash, balance within 3
months, without interest. Title, certificate.
New farm waggon and frame, hay dray and frame, tip dray and frame, oontractor's tip dray, spring cart (all made lately to be exhibited). The following lots are second hand:-Spring cart with cover, waggonette with cover, hay dray with frame, single furrow plough, cock lifter, horse hay rake,harrows, and grubber.
First class horse works, double, and chaff cutter, 10ft. lathe, Sin. centre, with slide rests complete: bandsaw and bench,with wheels, &c., large shearing and punching machine, very extensive assortment of blacksmith and wheelwright's tools; also the household furniture. The sundries are the collection of years, and too numerous to particularise. Luncheon provided. (P.3,Sunbury News,24-10-1908.)
James Anderson was described as a gardener of Bulla in 1868 and was assessed in the Oaklands and Green Gully Subdivision in 1882. Alexander Anderson was assessed on 84 acres in the same subdivision in 1914.
N.B. The James Anderson of 1868 was possibly James Anderson who is discussed in some detail under "Wilson's Farm" in my journal:1888 GEOGRAPHY WITH THE MELBOURNE HUNT. I am relying entirely on memory here,but he married a daughter of Dugald Stewart (Stewart's biography in VIM or an article about James in the 1950, 1961 or 1963 Keilor souvenirs.) I think Stewart (connected with the building or running of the railway) will be mentioned in the TULLAMARINE ISLAND entry when I insert it and that he was a trustee of the Bulla Presbyterian Church. It is logical that James must have spent some time near Bulla to have met Stewart's daughter. It is possible that Dugald Stewart's son-in-law,James Anderson, had been leasing land adjoining Lochton until 1859,probably for grazing purposes before switching his attention to gardening,perhaps on a part of Dugald's Fleetbank.
Trove is playing up at the moment,so I'll have to transcribe the following from page 8 of The Argus of 26-2-1859, which I found by luck while looking for an article about Broadmeadows butcher, William Cain.
DEEP CREEK. To let,the farm lately in the occupation of Mr James Anderson, adjoining the Township of Bulla and Mr Hunter's steam flour mill. Consists of 585 acres, securely fenced,upwards of 120 acres in cultivation, which has yielded largely,ideally adapted for a stock depot being only 17 miles from town. Apply to Kaye and Butchart, Melbourne,or Richard Brodie, Bulla.
The 585 acres would have consisted of 20 A (193? acres) and 20B (391 acres),granted to George Sinclair Brodie and Richard Brodie on 10-5-1853. Due to vague statements in sources, I'm not sure whether this property was Helensville or Katesville. 20A is indicated by Melway J4 and H-K3 and 20B by G-K 1-2,fronting the road and creeks. If young James had been working at the south west corner of the property, no doubt Dugald Stewart stopped for a chat before turning down Glenloeman Rd to Fleetbank and his daughter would have been ogling the handsome bachelor!
The James Anderson of Oaklands Junction in 1882 may have been entirely unrelated.
ANDERSON.--On April 24, Jean,widow of the late John Anderson and dearly beloved mother of Alex., James, John, Mary, Willie and Bob, of Oaklands Junction.Peace, perfect peace. (The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 6 May 1915 Edition: Morning. p 2 Family Notices )
The Licensing Court has agreed to the transfer of the following victuallers' licences -...; Friendly Societies Hotel Bulla, Charles Anderson to Arthur E. Dovey. (P.4, Argus, 14-3-1933.)
ANDREW(S). (DHOTAMA A24.)
James Andrew, with William Hibbard,operated a butcher shop in Sunbury in 1854. (IWS P.77.)
In 1882, James Andrews,described as a farmer, was assessed on property with a nett annual value of 4 pounds in the Main Deep Creek Rd. Subdivision. I believe this would have been a block of about 10 acres on the former farmers' common where the cemetery is located. No member of the Andrews family was shown as a grantee. A John Andrews was a grantee further east in the parish of Yuroke but I have not yet found any proof of a relationship.
Albert Andrews* was assessed in the Main Road East subdivision on a house and land in 1914-5, possibly that on which James Andrews was assessed in 1882. J.Andrews was one of the seven Bulla men who survived W.W.1; nine perished. George Fordham Andrews who died on 12-3-1936 at the age of 74 was buried in the Church of England section in the Bulla Cemetery.
(*ANDREWS.-On the 23rd November, at Melbourne,Albert Ernest Andrews, of Bulla, devoted friend of Grace.
P.1, Argus, 24-11-1921.) Don't tell me that Grace was a highly educated gee gee! Who was this lady love?
ANDREWS.-A tribute of love to the memory of Albert Ernest Andrews, of Bulla, who died on November 23, 1921.
"Nearer to Thee."—(G.G., Bulla.) (P.1,Argus,23-11-1922.)
ANDREWS. -In loving memory of our dear daughter, Emily May Andrews, who died at Cranbourne, March 12, 1916.
The shock was great, the blow severe,
To part with one we loved so dear;
But none alone but God can tell
The pain at our hearts at not saying farewell.
So sadly missed, so deeply mourned.
-(Inserted by her loving parents, G. F. and E. Andrews, Bulla.)
ANDREWS.-In loving memory of our dear sister,
Emily May Andrews, who died at Cranbourne, March 12, 1916.
Far and oft our thoughts do wander to the grave not far away,
Where we laid our dear sister just one year ago to-day.
-Inserted by her loving sister and brothers, F. and W. Mansfield and G. Andrews. (P.1,Argus,12-3-1917.)
As soon as I read the second notice, I realised that I didn't need trove so much.
THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY,p. 591.
Walter Mansfield, born 12-11-1884 at "Roseleigh" on the south side of Mansfields Rd,Tullamarine, married Florence Annie Eliza Andrews at St James Old Cathedral on 19-9-1906. Florrie's paternal grand father was James Andrews, born about 1836. In about 1861,he married Eliza Norris who had been born in Essendon* in 1838 to Thomas Norris and Sarah (Perrin.)
*The birth certificate would more likely have stated "Doutta Galla" because William Pomeroy Greene (from the village of Essendon in England) thought to be responsible for Essendon's name,did not establish Woodlands until five years later. This is the first mention of "Essendon" in The Argus (or any newspaper.)
GOVERNMENT LAND SALE.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 26 January 1853 p 5 Article
... Essendon. 92 Allotment 1, section .', 2r. 93 Allotmtnt 2, section 2,. 2r. _ 94. Allotment a, stttlon 2,; ... 702 words
James and Eliza had four children,in order of birth: George Fordham,Florence Annie,John Robert and William James.
George Fordham Andrews was born in Collingwood in 1862.He was married in Victoria in 1882* to Emma Tollard, born in Goulburn, N.S.W. in 1859 to William Tollard and Elizabeth (Cox.) In order of birth,their children were Florence Annie Eliza (who married Walter Mansfield),Emily May, George Fordham and Richard George.
The above is a small portion of the information about "Boss" and "Nan", Glenalice and subsequent residences and occupations etc. If any Andrews descendants did not attend the Mansfield reunion and would like to get in touch with Neil Mansfield,send me a private message.
(*ANDREWS-TOLLARD.-[Golden Wedding.]-On the 13th September, 1881, at Cumberland, Oaklands Junction, by Rev. Hugh McCall, George, eldest son of the late James and Eliza Andrews,of Bulla, to Emma, fifth daughter of the late William and Mary Tollard, of Albury (N.S.W.).(Present address, Glenara, Bulla, Victoria.
P. 15, Argus, 12-9-1931.)
It is likely that George was a valued employee of the owner of Cumberland,perhaps even the manager, in 1881.As George Andrews seems to have been a keen grower of flowers he may have been filling the huge shoes of William Peers at Glenara in 1931.**
CLASS B. CUT FLOWERS.(Open to all comers.)
Champion stand twelve varieties roses,named, special prize by Dr, O'Brien, A.Clark, ' Glenara,' Bulla, 1, A. Campbell,Kyneton, 2.
Three varieties roses, named, special prize by Mr. H.Boyce, Alister Clark 1.
Six varieties roses, named, special prize by Mr. W. H. Johnston, Alister Clark 1.
Champion rose, selected from any stand, special prize by Mr. W. Peers, Alister Clark, 'Comtesse de Nardaillac.'
One rose, any colour, Alister Clark 1.
Three varieties carnations or picotees, A. F: Daniel 1.
Six pansies, C. Christiansen 1, Geo.Andrews 2.
Six varieties wild flowers staged in bunches, Percy Davis 1. Mrs. J. Boardman 2.(P.3,Sunbury News,24-11-1900.)
**According to Neil Mansfield (P.591) George Fordham Andrews Snr and Emma (nee Tollard)resided at Glencairn, Bulla. This explains how their daughter, Florence Annie Eliza got to know Walter Mansfield;they were neighbours. It is doubtful that they were schoolmates because the nearby Seafield school on the south side of Grants Lane was replaced in 1884 by S.S.2613,which the Mansfield children would have attended. The east-west runway is the approximate boundary between Glencairn and Walter and Florrie's Glenalice. The land fronting the north side of Mansfields Rd had been granted to Coghill and Fawkner who split the grant in half with the northern portion becoming part of Coghill's Glencairn and the Mansfields gradually acquiring the Land Co-op blocks in the southern portion. One would assume that the Glencairn cottage had been built by one of the Coghills.
Walter Clark who established Glenara in 1856 had died following an accident (involving horses of course)and during the 1880's the whole Glenara Estate was being leased by (Hunter?) and Davis. These inter-related families would have resided in the Glenara mansion, leaving the Glencairn cottage available.
THE GLENCAIRN COTTAGE. (Part of Glenara Estate advertisement, P.3, Argus, 30-7-1887.)
About a mile distant stand a spacious woolshed and eight-roomed stone Cottage, situated In the Glencairn
paddock, which is famed throughout the district for its fattening qualities.
George and Emma obviously lived in the Glencairn cottage for many years. Their residence was given as "Glenara" in the 1931 Golden Wedding and it is doubtful that they were living with Alister Clark in the Glenara mansion. If they had been,I'm sure Walter and Florrie's son, Wally, would have mentioned it in his 1989 anecdote about banging pots and pans around the neighbourhood to announce the end of the war and being invited into the ballroom for lemonade and biscuits by Alister.
George and Emma's residence on Glencairn would also explain how George's brother, William James Andrews, happened to meet his future bride, Elizabeth Kate Grant,whom he married in 1900. Elizabeth, born in 1877,was the third child of William Fraser Grant and Catherine Jane (Marden.) They had four children in the short time before William died in 1906,leaving Elizabeth a widow for 66 years.
The Grants lived on Craigllachie directly across Deep Creek from Glencairn.
See comments of 4-12-2013.
David Robb Bain,Plasterer,was described as a resident of Bulla in Bailliere's directory of 1868. IWS stated that David Robie Bain had come to Bulla in 1856 to work at the flour mill that Hunter had built on Lochton. In 1882, David Robe Bain was assessed on property with a nett annual value of 4 pounds in the Main Deep Creek Road Subdivision. This was probably lots 1,3,4,5,6 of section 12 on the south side of High St between Rawdon St and Coghill St,granted to D.R.Bain.
Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 25 July 1896 p 3 Article
... BULLA. Thursday. (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.) Thursdav. It is with deep regret that I have to record the early and lamentable death of Mr Cecil Godfrey Bain, third son of Mr David Robe Bain, of Bulla, ... year Mr Bain was induced by the glowing accounts of Westralia to try his fortune there, and was ...
Bulla Resident Dies.
On Wednesday morning, July 29th,death removed a very old resident of Bulla, and colonist of 51 years, in the person of Mrs. Louise Bain, relict of the late Mr. David Robb Bain. Death took place at 8 a.m., after several
hours of unconsciousness. The deceased lady has been invalided for the last 16 years. She was born at Chelsea, London, on September 26th, 1842;- subsequently being brought up in Aylburton, Gloucester. She arrived in this
State on March 3rd, 1863, in the ship "Ivanhoe," with Captain John Todd Fillan, Lieutenant R.N.R. She was a
resident of Bulla for 46 years.
(Bulla Resident Dies. Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 13 August 1914 p 2 Article.)
BALBETHAN. (Melway 385 B11.)
Section 9 of the parish of Bulla was granted to C.Taylor. On the east side of Oaklands Rd,its frontage commenced a mile (1600 m)north of Somerton Rd and continued north for another mile to adjoin Oaklands. When Walter Clark of Glenara bought it, he named it Dunalister,no doubt after his son. The property retained this name for many,many decades and when Bob Blackwell grew up and gained experience he managed "Dunalister". The property was later sold and the new owner wanted to call it Balbethan so Bob obtained permission to use the old name for his poll shorthorn farm that he established near Elmore.
(DHOTAMA B4.) I.Ball was the headteacher at the Church Of England school at The Gap in 1874. He had a family of six. (I.W.S.page 85.)
(DHOTAMA B11.) Sunbury's water supply came from Barringo Creek, a tributary of Riddells Creek,the former, once pictureque stream becoming a stagnant collection of slimy, smelly water holes. In 1908 a Riddells Creek local took to the water supply pipe with an axe to express his displeasure.(TSTTO.)
(DHOTAMA B11, B196.)
On page 212 IWS, is a map showing J.Barwick as the grantee of land bounded by Francis Boulevard,the line of Balliol Common (Melway 382 K3),the Dunsford track (Lancefield Rd) and the line of Gellies Rd continued west.
Albert Barwick was the licencee of the Keilor Hotel in 1951.
BATEY. Isaac rabbit inspector for Gisborne shire
Let's hear it from Isaac! (Paragraphing is mine. There are entries for words that I have put in bold type.)
ADIEU TO THE RED STONE HILL ESTATE. (BY ISAAC BATEY.) (Continued.)
With reference to the purchase of the pre-emptive section in 1852, my father had not severed his connection with Flintoff, because from a document before me the latter agreed to let the 320 acres to Batey for a term of three years, at a rental of £100 per annum ; Batey after three years to have the option of buying at £5 per acre, or to put it in a bulk sum, £1600. The agreement was to date from January 1st, 1853, but I imagine Batey bought Flintoff straight out, because if the purchase was to be completed in 1856, practically Batey had not a sixpence to bless himself with. How that came about was in this wise.
In September, 1853, my father bought all Mr. Brodie's 5-mile sheep, 4800 in number, with 1400 lambs given in. The figure for the grown animals was £1 per head. They were in full fleece of excellent quality. The wool commanded a good price, and I think the lambs sold well. The purchase of the sheep took in the right to the 5-mile squatting run. This spec would have proved the best Batey ever made, but unfortunately a pack of scabby sheep owned by old Cameron were being grazed not far from what became the property of the Messrs. McAuliffe.
(WILDWOOD.) Some time in March, 1854, a bitter storm setting in, Cameron's scattered off, boxing withours, also with those owned by Messrs. W.J.T. and Lewis Clarke, on the Fenton's Hill run. As a natural sequence, the flocks of the three owners were speedily infected, and long years elapsed before the Bolinda
folks got theirs clean. (The parish of Bolinda is immediately north of the parish of Bulla Bulla Bulla, with the boundary not far north of Wildwood.)
Wages then were a serious item. We had to employ extra men, dressing material was expensive, and stores high priced, whilst worst of all, the weather was that wet that the first dipping was an utter failure. Scab causes loss of wool in two ways when it has got a solid grip. The fleece is apt to fall off ; when it does not, its quality deteriorates, and worst of all, when really bad, the animals have a small chance to fatten. At all events, the dipping after shearing was so effective that what is known as spotting from time to time cured our
Presumably prior to the general Crown land sale here in October, 1854, my father had cleared his indebtedness
to Brodie, seeing up to the scab outbreak he would be doing well with the sheep,besides he was making money in the butchering, a good paying line those years. (See ANDREW(S).) Just before the Crown land sale came off,Brodie said to his friend,'Are you going to buy any of the land ?' Batey replied, 'I have not got the
money.' Mr. Brodie, when he was emphatic, spoke.in a harsh, grating voice.He answered in two syllables-' I have.' The result was that Batey bought the lot, now owned by Mr. T. C. O'Brien. It cost £1500 odd, and my candid opinion is Brodie never charged a penny interest on the loan.
When the Pages completed the purchase of their homestead block, they acquired the grass right over three sections, which my father leased from them early in 1853 at a rental of £150 per annum ; in addition. to this, a large area of Crown lands about Glencoe ; and if our good happy-go-lucky neighbours, the Pages, had had a spark of energy in their composition, they could have done well out of the land in question: We held on
to some of it with sheep till about 1856. Before that, and after, Batey, with Brodie, speculated largely in cattle; occasionally doing well, but afterwards sustained such heavy losses that my father mortgaged his property for £1000 to Mr. Taylor, of Overnewton.
When I went to the Murrumbidgee, as the old gentleman kept on speculating pretty heavily, I thought he was free of debt. This was not the case, for on my return it was discovered that he had to meet the Melbourne grocers' accounts with promissory notes. In my trip up country. I was unjustly accused of deserting my father in his extremity, a most unfounded charge; besides on returning my brother John stated that he rolled up his swag with the intention of levanting.
In 1864, the quartz reef was found. My brother Thomas stated to me that John was opposed to working it, but Mr. Batey went in for it, with the result that the mine beyond the shadow of a doubt pulled his fortune out of the fire. Through the output of the reef he bought 'Glenside.' now Mr. R.Bell's land, for £1300. Tom Cullen, up at Goldie, held 858 acres of poor ground. He owed Batey a round sum,so he sold to us at £2 10s per acre, but in this transaction the cash owing was part payment.
Oni of our employees dummied 348 acres at Melton. Mr.Batey,besides complying with the Act, paid the man, by name Simmons, £50 for dummying the block. For upwards of 20 J.R.S.F.* what mine work and the threshing machines honestly speaking performed the tasks of three men. (*That's what it says! I presume that the initials apply to Simmons or Isaac's brother John, a guess based solely on the context before and after. A more logical conclusion would be that the initials were a guess by the editor or typesetter and that it should have been "years"; in this case "he" below refers to Martin Batey or Isaac's brother, John.)
At a moderate estimate right through, he indicated he was worth £5 per week. He never drew any wages, and went as meanly clad as a swagman down on his beams ends. All he got was clothing of the commonest description, food, tobacco, powder, shot, and perhaps a pound when he had to go to Melbourne. He never attended sports
or recreations in Sunbury-on occasions he was at coursing meetings. Excepting the few items set down, he was a
very solid profit to Martin Batey, The land at Melton-was secured in his name,therefore,when my father departed, John sold the block for £1392, got messing with threshing machines-had one of them burnt and in '96 boasted to me that he was £800 in debt. That he was deeply involved is proved by the fact that after, his death W. B. Gadds' people of Avenel took possession of the plant.
These details if of (sic,little?)consequence are useful in showing that Martin Batey's accumulations have proved a curse instead of a blessing; We still hold 100 acres at Melton, also part of Cullen's farm at Goldie. On coming down from Riverina, a curious fact was ascertained with reference to, the brothers Gill and William Simmons.
Matthew Gill began working here about 1860 at, I think, £1 per week, increased to 30s (50% increase) when out with the thresher, or employed in the mine. When the three returned to England in 1869, Matthew had £700 in my father's hands. As far as can be made out, Mr. Batey was paying the Messrs. Gill and William Simmons interest on their money. I believed that in all he owed the three £1200, which with the Overnewton mortgage gave a total of £2200. The whole of the aforementioned indebtednesses were cleared with gold obtained from the mine.
Mr.Batey gave a big start to my late brother Thomas in a flour mill at Avenel. The money for that purpose was derived from the quartz reef. After my father's decease £700 odd was paid on behalf of Thomas, but those advances not being secured, Tom's interest in the lands down country was not barred. About 1886, Frank, since dead, borrowed on this interest to the extent of £1000, Thomas £500 ditto, another £500 ditto. The three loans were secured by mortgage at 6 per cent. These monies came out of accrued rents-little or no interest has been paid-consequently when the final distribution comes three of the beneficiaries will go precious short.
I, with my brother John, borrowed £500 between us from an outsider, but when the first distribution of £250 came, this debt was paid, leaving myself and John's widow each £55 to the good. Some would say it is exceedingly bad taste to publicly disclose those monetary affairs, but I detest concealment, simply because I regard it as dishonest to conceal real facts. On this head, I can say that I never wilfully told a lie, yet such is the perversity of this rotten world that some might brand me as a liar.However, so much for my father, and how his accumulations went.
Now,with reference to my parents, both came of the English yeoamanry, which I have gleaned from late reading actually belonged to the peasant class. They rented farms, and doubtless were sturdy, independent people, holding rented farms of greater or less extent. In the era in which my folks were born, judging by old letters from Durham, the country people in that county were very illiterate, but in the present day they will be greatly improved in that respect.
As a body, I take it from reading that the farmers of England were a mean, avaricious horde, grinding the poor
without scruple, in fact certain of them I should say were thorough nigger drivers. Democratic books inform us
that the farmer's toast was, ' A long war and short crops.' From this abominable toast, my readers will note
that the much-vaunted yeomanry of England early in the last century viewed calamities as a blessing, provided they kept prices up.
To return to Mr.Batey, any person could see that there was nothing of the aristocrat about him even in a left-handed degree. All the squatters I had knowledge of hereaway were men of striking appearance, while some of them were really handsome men. In features, my father was plainest looking amongst them, and it is no
exaggeration to say that in face he was positively ugly. As a set-off, his homely face was marked with a benevolent expression that lent a real charm to a countenance that had no claim to be considered handsome. The man was in unison with his visage, because his natural tendencies ran on the lines of all-round kindness. His bare word was better than the written bond of some men.
He stuck to the truth, yet if it came to a horse or cattle trade, in the language of Dean Swift, he would say the thing that was not. In all other matters, he was the soul of honor. He never broke a promise, never gave way to bad lan -guage ; if he could do his beer, for all that he was an abstemious man. He
was apt to deceive himself in reposing too much confidence in others. Those who knew him would have trusted him
with untold gold. If people got into his debt, and by the chances of fortune or the desire to cheat wilfully, he was never merciless to the one or the other.
He possessed an excellent temper, was genial,forbearing, hated vulgar pride, and had he become a millionaire, he would in his carriage towards others have retained his inherited straight forwardness. The only blemish that I could perceive in his character was a sordid love of money, nevertheless in many ways he was generous with it, doing good turns in an unostentatious fashion. Taken all through, Martin Batey was a real Christian gentleman, not forgetting if the occasion came he could hold his own with the best in theland. Towards them he was not sycopanthic (sic)or servile, while at least if his manners were homely amongst his superiors, he had the merit of being dignified. In Durham, he filled thepost of agent and paymaster for the Messrs. Flintoff's coal mine. This office brought him no doubt into contact with the leading gentry of the county.
He had acquired an excellent commercial education, was a good bookkeeper under the old single-entry system, and was perhaps in the early days the smartest arithmetician in Port Phillip. He was versed in mathematics, could solves problems in Euclid (Geometry) and Algebra, but as for applied mechanics, he could not drive a nail straight. He read extensively, and was fond of poetry. In some matters he was conservative, as instance building the shire hall at Bulla. It would be unjust to blame him alone for that, because Messrs. W. Clark and M. Loeman, with probably the other councillors,were in favor of Bulla.
This paper would be incomplete if Mrs.H.P.Blatey was omitted. In features, she was always very plain; her face wore a sternly harsh expression. From an educational standpoint she was vastly her husband's inferior, for she could just manage to scribble an illspelt letter.She hardly ever read a book, and imagined that she knew more than all of usput together. She possessed an inordinate self-esteem, hence if contradicted her choler was instantly aroused, and she became incapable of listening to logic or reason. Her dominant passion was making money, but if she had lived a thousand years it was not possible with her to acquire the true art of
making. Her only idea concerning the acquisition of cash was to stick to a copper when she got hold of it-still for all of that with respect to her sons she was truly generous. The daughters she pretty well left out in the cold with respect to money, and here be it remarked that at no time in her life did she appear to me to strike up a real friendship with her own sex in this neighborhood.
She had an overwhelning notion of her own importance, therefore she looked down on the wives and daughters of our worthy neighbors in this region. The late Mr. E. T. Flintoff, who was well acquainted with her parents, spoke well of her mother, who appears to have been a domestic servant in the service of the Bishop of Durham. He spoke diaparagingly of her father, and as Mrs. Batey said ' they had to hate all those their parents hated,' we may safely conclude that the Robsons were verynarrow-minded people. But enough issaid on this score.
Since the death of my father, Red Stone Hill has been a curse, yet though it has I shall bid farewell to it with profound regret. I have been accused as a man of no feeling, and a liar, both of which actions are most
unjustifiable, and utterly without foundation. The fact is too much feeling, combined with a stern regard for the truth, has run me against snags. Let this pass. The mater, with all her faults phrenologically speaking. had the bump of locality, that site was sincerely attached to a spot on which she had dwelt beyond an average lifetime.
Without boasting, I can safely assert that I am beyond her in that respect,seeing that refinement has been drawn from a long course of reading-not forgetting a poetic temperament in conjunction with a modicum of literary ability that has won me a bastard fame here and elsewhere. The envious may say I prostitute my gifts to make the world believe that I possess feelings that I never possessed. This is not so, because a man no matter how coarse-grained he might be, could not part with a place that had been his home for sixty long long years without regret.
Six of us saw the light (died?) on the old homestead. Two of my children had their advent in the house in which the mater died. My wife reposes in the same plot with Martin Batey and my mother. Outside of the above considerations, there are many historical associations connected with Red Stone Hill and the country surrounding it. I was well acquainted with many of the pioneers in this district-others were known to me by name. I have seen here and at Page's, forty-two pioneers or their sons, some of them dating back to 1835-6.
With the exception of the sons, all the old stagers have gone under, and without bragging, I have prevented the names of many of them from sinking into oblivion in recording them in printer's ink. In point of fact,myself, with Mr. R. C. Evans, are the only two residential links here that connect the remote past with the present
era. But to come to the old home, others own it now. Perhaps if the inscription on the monument in the Sunbury cemetery is legible one hundred years hence, folks will say who the devil were the Bateys, and what did they do
for Sunbury. Should the son of a son not yet born be present in the crowd in 2005, he would reply nothing save that one soaker called Isaac used to shout for the fellows, and did not neglect himself in that respect.
Putting all this nonsense aside, should I elect to go somewhere far removed from this, I shall be sorry to quit a spot whereon with my brothers, as far as shooting and fishing were concerned, we were lords paramount. In the fifties, when my father was trucking in wild cattle, many a mad gallop Thomas, John, and myself had taking the brutes to McKerrow at The Gap. It was a wonder that war did not break our necks, and in later years I regretted mine was not broken.
I was amongst the first that rode a race in Sunbury, winning with John Turner Clarke's famous old horse Scrubber. The owner in question was filst cousin to the late Sir William. Concerning Sunbury, I think I can honestly say that if I never furthered the interests of the town, I have made no enemies in it. This is a characteristic of my clan, for they stand fairly well with outsiders, but amongst themselves cantankerous enough. Of course, in that line I have played no second fiddle, yet in my case I merely resented injuries, and to resent such with, some is regarded as felony. With this, I will say good-bye dear old Sunbury, and trust every street in the town will prove like O'Shannassy street, for I note stacks of Australian juvenility in it. It strikes ms there are the right sorts of citizens thereabouts. (P.3, Sunbury News, 16-12-1905.)
In 1937, an apple tree planted at the Plenty by Martin Batey was claimed to be the oldest fruit tree in Victoria. In another of many articles about the tree, Martin's given name is mentioned.
OLDEST FRUIT TREE* MORE FACTS IN HISTORY.
More light on the history of Victoria's oldest fruit tree - an apple tree in a garden on the banks of the Plenty River at Greensborough - has been thrown by Mrs. Edith Wilson of Young street, Ivanhoe.
Timeworm and somewhat bedraggled the tree is still flourishing after 100 years. When its history was related at a dinner of the Nurserymen and Seedsmen's Association early this month a suggestion was made that it should be preserved as a State memorial. The tree was brought to Victoria by John Batman and was planted by a man named Batey.
Mrs Wilson said yesterday that the first owner of the land where the tree was planted by[ (sic, "was") her grandfather, Mr Theodore Flintoff. Robert Whatmough the first lamplighter in the State was a tenant. Miss Edith Flintoff, a niece of Mr Theodore Flintoff sold the garden about the beginning of this century. Until
then in an unmarked grave beneath the tree lay buried two of Whatmough's children.The new owner ploughed the land.
Greensborough's rich soil must encourage the longevity or plant life. In this garden also is another sturdy pioneer - a mulberry tree of 97 summers. (P.3, Argus,15-9-1937.)
bridge,low doorway See ALSTON, TULLAMARINE ISLAND.
BEDFORD. -On the 10th April 1932, at her residence, Bulla, Mary Jane, beloved wife of William Bedford, loving mother of Mary Jane, Caroline (Mrs. Johnstone), Elizabeth (Mrs. Blackwell), Bridget (Mrs. Morrison), William, Thomas, Henry, Harriet (Mrs. Heron), Alice, and Mark (deceased), aged 74 years. - Rest in peace.
BEDFORD-On the 21st September, 1932, at Melbourne Hospital, Mary Jane, beloved eldest daughter of William and the late Mary Jane Bedford of Bulla, aged 50 years. -RIP. (P.1, Argus, 23-9-1932.)
BEN EADIE. (Melway 382 GH 7 roughly.)See EADIE. Also referred to as "The Mill".
Due to a misreading of Bulla Bulla by I.W.Symonds,I may have included Ben Eadie among Sunbury's early vineyards in my previous work. That was wrong. In comments, I have mentioned that an early map shows Eadie also having 30 acres east of Jacksons Creek (indicated on the map with an arrow.)This seems to have been a copying mistake by a draftsman; the arrow was actually indicating that J.Eadie purchased crown allotment A of section 25, consisting of 20 acres, on 30-10-1863.(See Holden, County of Bourke - National Library of Australia).
Another map also has a mistake. It shows allotment A but the A has been taken to be the grantee's initial, the grantee being written as A.Eadie. Perhaps the draughtsman had someone reading details aloud and misheard J as being A. However this map shows the exact location of the Ben Eadie mill and being in the parish of Holden,it would be south of the line of Shields St, thus nowhere near Brook St.
This map (Allotments, Parish of Holden, County of Bourke [cartographic ...
digital.slv.vic.gov.au/dtl_publish/simpleimages/45/1031229.html‎) shows that the mill was between the road to the sewerage treatment plant and Jacksons Creek in the bottom third of Melway 382 G7.
The Ben Eadie mill ruins (Place Name H/01)are assessed as being of state significance in the City of Hume Heritage Study of the former Shire of Bulla District,1998. It is confusingly said to be at the eastern end of Brook St or on the Brook St extension besides Jacksons Creek.
See my journal:THE BETHELLS OF BULLA AND BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIPS.
Having re-read the above journal, I can see that there is not much more information that I need to add from Neil Mansfield's book, THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY,probably saving 20 hours' work. Here are those details.
Henry Mansfield married Frances Ann Bethell in 1891 in St Mary's C. of E.,Bulla Victoria. (Until after the opening of Tullamarine Airport,the church was at the south west corner of Woodlands, Melway 177 J9, shaded yellow.) Both were members of the congregation of this church,Frances being the organist.
The paternal grandparents of Frances were John Bethell (b. about 1800,Cheshire),who in about 1822 married Ruth Shaw (b.about 1802 in England.) Their three known children,in order of birth were John (b about 1823),William (b.1825 Cheshire) and Edmund (born about 1831 and died in 1864,called Edward in his death notice-see BETHELL journal.)
William Bethell married 17 year old Frances Barker on 18-6-1846 in Warrington,Cheshire. Frances was the daughter of Samuel Barker (b.about 1893,England)who in about 1825 married Elizabeth Hobson (b.about 1805, England.)Frances was born about 1828 in Frodsham,Cheshire. Known as Fanny, she learnt painting and sewing as a child but Samuel died while Frances was a child and Elizabeth married again, to a drunkard who squandered the family's savings.
The arrival of the Bethells is discussed in the Bethell journal. William Bethell purchased the bluestone store,halfway down the Bulla Hill on the left side,from William Smith, the son-in-law of Tulip Wright. (I am yet to find whether this William Smith was the subject of one of my journals.)
William and Frances had the following children,in order of birth: William,Benjamin,Sarah, Elizabeth, Maria, Frances Ann, Edith Ruth and Alice Evelyn*. William and Benjamin died during the voyage to Australia. Sarah (b.6-8-1853, Lancashire) married James Hunter Millar(b. Argyllshire about 1847)in 1877. (Details re his parents, and James and Sarah's children can be supplied.)
William Bethell and John Daly applied for the position of poundkeeper with the former being successful. See Glencoe in Comments and Craigllachie under TULLAMARINE ISLAND re John Daly.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 28 January 1859 p 4 Family Notices
... appointment of a poundkeeper to the Bulla pound at the Deep Creek, in room of Mr. Smith, resigned. The ... applicants for the office, Messrs. Daly and Bethel. They both produced very high testimonials of ... of the Chairman the appointment fell upon Mr. Bethel.
ANYTHING ON TROVE?
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 4 December 1882 p 1 Family Notices
.. Deaths. BETHELL. -On the 1st inst., at his residence, Bulla, William Bethell, ..
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 15 March 1902 p 9 Family Notices
.. BETHELL. -On the 14th March, at her residence, Bulla, Frances, widow of the late Wm. Bethell, aged 74 years.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 January 1916 p 1 Family Notices
... Maria third eldest daughter of the late William aid Frances Bethell (Interred prlvately Bulla Cemetery),
MANSFIELD. —On the 10th March, at the residence of her son-in-law - (A. C. Musgrove), 41 Richardson street, Essendon, Frances Ann, the dearly beloved wife of Henry and loving mother of Eric, Henry, Edith Norma (Mrs. Musgrove), John(,?) Bethel (deceased), and Lindsay Ernest,aged 61 years. (Privately Interred, March 11
at Bulla.) (P.1, Argus, 13-3-1925.)
DID WILLIAM INHERIT A NICKNAME FROM BULLA'S FOUNDER?
118 BETHELL William 'Tulip' 57Y 00/00/1825 01/12/1882 03/12/1882 C of E 8 30 Son of John Bethell & Ruth Shaw. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia.
THE MYSTERIOUS GEORGE BETHELL.
A brother of Frances and a brother of William Bethell sailed to America; William's brother may have the mysterious George Bethell,who appeared out of the blue at Bulla,as discussed in the BETHELL journal.
Bob Blackwell is mentioned often in this history. I'd never heard of him until Sid Lloyd of Tullamarine (brother of George who wrote MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952)suggested that he might be able to supply more information about the Bulla area. What an understatement that was!
Buried in the Bulla cemetery (from Page B 26 DHOTAMA,under BEDFORD)are:
William Blackwell (1847-1929) and Elizabeth, nee Tebbs,(1859- 1930)-Bob's paternal grandparents;
Their son John (1881 -1945) and Elizabeth,nee Bedford (1885-1958)-Bob's parents.
(From page B.48 in DHOTAMA under BLACKWELL.)
The first of Bob's ancestors to reach the colony was Joseph Tebbs,who arrived at Hobson's Bay on 30-1-1852 aboard the Joshua, having bid farewell to his native Leicester. Later he was to marry Lucy Duffy from County Clare in Ireland,who arrived on 24-1-1855 aboard the Frederick. Their daughter, Elizabeth was born in 1859 and became Mrs William Blackwell. William was born in 1847 in Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania)and left home at the age of 17 to make his own way in the world.
William and Elizabeth Tebbs were married at St Mary's Church of England (on the south west corner of Woodlands.)# See below.
(From B.66,DHOTAMA under BLACKWELL,BEDFORD AND TEBBS.)
"In a letter,Bob Blackwell has supplied some details that he needed to check on.Joseph Tebbs was born in Leicestershire in 1827.His voyage out took 86 days. Lucy Duffy was born in County Clare in 1834. They were both employed by James McIntosh,Moonee Moonee Ponds*, Joseph as a laborer and bullock driver and Lucy as a housemaid.It was not very long after Lucy's arrival that they were wed at St Francis Catholic Church in Melbourne in 1856."
*It is possible that James McIntosh, who according to BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY had resigned from the Broadmeadows Road Board and LEFT THE DISTRICT, was leasing Nairn at the time that Joseph and Lucy met.
(P.2, Argus, 16-9-1865 re sale of Joseph Clarke's estate.)The advertisement states that Nairn was split into two farms, leased by Mr McIntosh (300 acres) and Mr Millar (450 acres.)
"Joseph's wages were 40 pounds per 6 months.After saving hard,he bought a dray and a couple of bullocks,with which he carted flour from Melbourne to Bendigo during the gold rush days.Joseph and Lucy's first child, Elizabeth,born in 1859,married William Blackwell at St Mary's on 21-8-1877#. John Blackwell was their eldest son and married Elizabeth Bedford,the second eldest daughter of William and Mary Bedford, at St Mary's on 8-11-1909."
As the information generated by Bob Blackwell occupies pages 48 to 66 of the B volume of DHOTAMA,it would take months for me to transcribe it all here. It includes the name and location of every farm in the Bulla area as far east as Mickleham Rd and countless anecdotes. Here are some snippets.
Ed Fanning of Sunnyside remembers Bob's father and his countless trips to Melbourne as a carrier.Showing that he has retained the picturesque lingo of the Irish,Ed said that John worked from "can't see" to "can't see".
Bob Blackell was a pupil at the Bulla School at the same time as Jim Hume,president of the Broadmeadows Historical Society circa 1990 when my research was firing on all 32 cylinders. Their teacher was Jim's dad and Bob,a lifelong advocate of organic farming, owed his expertise to "Scientific Mr Hume".
William Blackwell was working as a boundary rider on Nairn in 1881 when his son John,was born. John went to Greenvale school 890 from Dunhelen where William was now working for Pigdon. (The story of a return trip from Melbourne,which William punctuated with an ale or ten at Lavars' hotel,is told in my journal,JAMES PIGDON HAD A SENSE OF HUMOUR.) On the way home one day, while taking a short cut through John McKerchar's "Greenvale", John was demonstrating the reaction of a fellow pupil who howled and jumped after receiving a cane on the bottom. The demonstration ended abruptly (and fortunately!) when he landed on a snake-killing it instantly!
B.57. "Sid Lloyd, who introduced me to Bob Blackwell, said that among those who supplied music for the Greenvale dances were Bob's brother, John Joseph Blackwell on the accordian and Wally Flowers,the banjo man."
BOCKHOLT? Percy. shearing shed (Melway 177 K5.)
MODERATE SUPPLY OF MUTTON TRADE DEMAND WEAKER Firm Market for Lambs
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 25 March 1938 p 7 Article
.. 51 merino P E Bockholt Greenvale at 17 5 04. (P.7, Argus,25-3-1938.)
Bob Blackwell told me that by the time (Frank/T.M.?) Mitchell took over Woodlands,the shearing sheds there were not fit to use so all of his sheep would be taken across Somerton Rd to Percy Bockholt's shearing sheds. Percy had taken over James Musgrove's block on the north east corner of Oaklands and Somerton Rds.
(B.65, DHOTAMA. THE SHEARING DEPOT AND CUMBERLAND.)"Musgrove's foundry closed before 1930 but the family retained the property until Percy Bockholt bought it at about that time.He opened a shearing depot that was wind powered. A large number of belts and shafts to harness the power was a visual feature. Many young lads of the district such as Bob Blackwell and Sid Lloyd were grateful for the employment that the depot generated. Sid worked as a presser during the shearing season for two pounds ten shillings ($5)per week.
When I remarked that the busy Oaklands and Somerton roads would have been much quieter in those days, Bob replied that, in the shearing season, it was about as quiet as the M.C.G. on Grand Final day. Every year about 30 000 sheep were shorn,some from as far away as Clarkefield,and they all arrived on the hoof. The old shearing shed on Cumberland had fallen down and Frank and Violet Mitchell, who lived in the historic Woodlands homestead, were fortunate to have the shearing depot just across Somerton Rd for their 3000 sheep. Often sheep would be held on the side of the road for days because they had arrived wet."
*, @,See ST JOHN'S HILL.(Melway 384 K5.)
BRANAGAN. —On the 21st inst., at his residence, St.John's Hill, Deep Creek, Bulla, Mr. Thomas Branagan, aged fifty years. Much respected. (P.4, Argus, 22-4-1868.)
A member of the Branigan family came to Australia as an employee of William Pomeroy Greene who established Woodlands. He (probably Thomas,but I no longer have my IWS notes)was a groom in charge of Greene's expensive horses.His boss did not live long but the widow Anne,received grants in 1854 for 1030 acres east of Deep Creek
(16 (1)and(2) Bulla. While working here Thomas would have looked at land across the creek granted to Big Clarke and R.Tennant and determined to make it his one day.
When Tullamarine pioneer,Maurice Crotty arrived in Australia he worked for the Brannigans at Bulla before commencing a leased on his Tullamarine farm in 1860.
The Brannigans brothers were still on St John's Hill in 1886 despite a clearing sale in 1882 due to a dissolution of their partnership.The family was involved in the Oaklands Hunt Club from its formation in 1888 and if I remember correctly one of the brothers was a champion jockey.
What does Collon Park have to do with the Branigans?
The following shows how a property could be described as being in several localities. Stock reports describe Collon Park as being at Craigieburn,the death notice gives its location as Bulla and the advertisements state that it is at Yuroke. Collon Park was in the parish of Bulla, its western boundary at the end of Craigieburn Rd only a mile west of the parish boundary with Yuroke. Collon Park was part of the partly owned,partly leased St John's Hill farmed by Thomas Branigan in earlier days. It must have included 18 acres exclusive of 17A Bulla Bulla unless the acreage on the parish map was wrong.
BRANIGAN.---On the 8th November, at his brother's residence, "Collon Park," Bulla, Richard, eldest son of the late Thomas Branigan, aged 77 years. R.I.P. (Private interment Bulla cemetery.) (P.1, Argus,9-11-1923.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 21 December 1929 p 2 Advertising
... Plant, &c, As Follows: Mr. Denis Branigan's. Well-known COLLON PARK ESTATE, YUROKE, Comprising: 438 Acres 2 Roods 18 Perches, or Thereabouts, Being Crown Portion A, Section 17, at Bulla, Parish of (etc.)
DEEDS OF ASSIGNMENT.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 18 January 1930 p 16 Article
... DEEDS OF ASSIGNMENT. The estate of Denis Branigan, of Collon Park, Yuroke, via Broadmeadows, dairy farmer, has been assigned in trust for creditors.
MONDAY'. JANUARY 20, "1930.
(Commencing al. 1 ji.ni., Properlv nt 3 p.m.)
On the Properly, COLLÓN PARK, YUROKE,
19 Mlles from Melbourne, 6 Miles Sunbury, and 8
MORTGAGEE'S SALE OF MIXED FARMING
PROPERTY and OLEARING SALE OF Live Stock,
Implement«, Plant, ice, ns follows:
THE SVELL-KNOSVN COLLÓN PARK ESTATE
. 438 nrrcs 2 roods 18 porches or thereabout«
being Crown portion A section 17, at Bulla,
lia] Wi of Bulla Billin, county of Bourke,
being tho whole ol the land comprised In
Certificate of Title entered In the Reglslcr
Book- vol. 3073, folio 614,442, mid being the
whole of the land comprised In Mortgage
No. 586,131. Tito tille to the ubovo property
Is under t he Transfer of Lnnd Act, and may
lie inspecled nt the oflirc of Blake nnd Rig-
gall, solicitor, 120 SVilliam sttcet, Mel-
bourne. (P.2, Argus, 28-12-1929.)
Tulip Wright apparently neglected to erect fences on his bridge at Bulla (IWS called it a causeway I/T)and a drunken woman drowned after falling overboard. (The Argus, Friday 24 November 1848. p 4 Article.)
BULLA PARK (Melway 3 H1.) (11A,Tullamarine and most of 11B.)
LAND AND PROPERTY SALES.
Messrs Hoban Bros. of 360 Bourke street, report having effected the following sales:- On account of Mr.R.S.Whiting,his property at Bulla known as Bulla Park containing 852 acres to Messrs.McLeod and Anderson of Diggers Rest. (P.11, Argus,24-3-1915.) I have been told that Bulla Park was 11A, parish of Tullamarine, consisting of 333 acres enclosed by the angle of Loemans Rd but title documents show that Whiting owned land in
11B south of Loemans Rd (524 acres.)See TULLAMARINE ISLAND.
CAIRNBRAE. (Melway 384 B-E1, E10.) (7AB, Bulla Bulla,307 acres plus closed road.) DHOTAMA.
In 1914-5, William Michie was assessed on 308 acres and a closed road; 7B, once part of Nairn, consisted of 130 acres and 7A to the south, through which Wildwood Rd made its final descent to the Martin Dillon bridge, consisted of 177 acres, the closed road separating them.
Clark, Alister (1864–1949)
by H. E. Rundle
This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, (MUP), 1981
Alister Clark (1864-1949), rosarian and sportsman, was born on 26 January 1864 at Brighton, Victoria, second son of Walter Clark and his second wife Annie, née Cooper. Walter Clark, born in Argyllshire, Scotland, in 1803, arrived in Sydney on 23 January 1838 in the Minerva, sponsored by Rev. J. D. Lang. He became a partner with Sir William Macleay in Kerarbury station on the Murrumbidgee River, and made money out of stock during the gold rush. He overlanded stock to Melbourne, took up land at Bulla and built Glenara in 1857.
After Walter Clark was killed at Glenara on 18 March 1873, Alister and his brother and sisters were cared for by a kinsman, John Kerr Clark. Alister was educated in Hobart, at Sydney Grammar School (1877-78) and later at Loretto School in Scotland under the care of relatives. In 1883 he entered Jesus College, Cambridge (B.A., 1886); he was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple on 6 November 1885. He acquired in these years a lifelong interest in plants and flowers.
Clark returned to Australia after graduating and in 1892 for £18,375 he bought Glenara, then 1030 acres (417 ha), from his father's estate. On the ship travelling back from England he had met Edith Mary, daughter of wealthy New Zealander Robert Heaton Rhodes, and they were married at St Mary's Church, Christchurch, New Zealand, on 9 July 1888. They had no children. They maintained a gracious way of life at Glenara where Clark divided his interests between sport and his garden, which he developed as a place of great charm and beauty and as a vast nursery for the propagation of roses and daffodils.
A fine horseman, Clark served as master of Oaklands Hunt Club in 1901-08. He was chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club from its foundation in 1917. Although never very wealthy, he raced a few steeplechasers until 1907, with modest success. The Alister Clark Stakes is his memorial at Moonee Valley. He played polo in Melbourne and New Zealand which for many years he visited annually with his wife. He was also a keen golfer, having been introduced to the game at Musselburgh, Scotland.
Clark was best known as a rosarian. He was a foundation member of the National Rose Society of Victoria in 1900 and served as its president. He put great effort and skill into developing new varieties, and his 'Lorraine Lee', 'Black Boy', 'Sunny South', 'Nancy Hayward' and many others were grown throughout Australia; they were highly regarded in the United States of America. He supplied his new varieties without charge to State rose societies for propagation and sale. He won many awards but his greatest triumph was the 1936 Dean Hole Memorial Medal of the National Rose Society (England). His rose garden survives at Glenara and a selection of his roses grows in a memorial garden in Blessington Street, St Kilda.
Clark contributed also to the development of new species of daffodils. In 1948 he received the Peter Barr Memorial Cup from the Royal Horticultural Society (England), of which he was a fellow, and vice-president in 1944-48. He believed his pink daffodil to be the world's first.
Clark was a Bulla shire-councillor for many years until 1910, and served as president several times. He was a trustee of Bulla Presbyterian Church. Very handsome, he won people with his great charm, and he had many friends. At the same time his failings were easily recognized. He was totally impractical. Money meant little to him and he never seriously applied himself to any productive business activity. But this allowed him to grace his long era in a way which would scarcely be possible in a later generation. Survived by his wife, he died at Glenara on 20 January 1949 and was buried in Bulla cemetery, leaving an estate valued for probate at £22,073.
Australia and New Zealand Rose Annual, 1949
Daffodil and Tulip Year Book (Lond), 1949
Table Talk (Melbourne), 30 Oct 1930
Clark family papers (privately held).
H. E. Rundle, 'Clark, Alister (1864–1949)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/clark-alister-5659/text9553, accessed 24 November 2013.
This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, (MUP), 1981
N.B. The author of the above would have been Eric Rundle or his son. Eric Rundle died after a fall from a horse. If I remember correctly, D.F.Cameron-Kennedy stated in THE OAKLANDS HUNT that he was Master of Hounds. The Rundles owned Glenara and Mrs Rundle was still there circa 1990 when I called in to discuss history and received a cordial welcome. Google RUNDLE,GLENARA to find the article about the Rundles who bought Glenara in 1957. (The Age, P.17, 29-4-1971.)
CLARK See PEERS. estate, lily green
See GLENARA, BALBETHAN and DUNALISTER.
The remains of the late Mr Walter Clark, of Glenara, Deep Creek, were buried in the Presbyterian portion of the Melbourne General Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. They were followed to the grave by a large cortege,comprising many members of Parliament and old colonists. Messrs Walter Clark and Allister Clark (sons of the deceased), John Clark (his nephew), Buchanan, McBride, S.Seddon, T Seddon, and John Dougharty, acted as pall bearers. Services were conducted at the house at Bulla lately occupied by deceased, by the Rev Dr Cairns, and at
the cemetery by the Rev I Hetherington. (P.4, Argus,24-3-1873.)
CLARKE W.J.T. (Big). the battery,peninsula
See POUND KEEPERS.
COFFEY.-On the 29th inst., at The Oaks, Keilor, the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. George Dodd, Miss Anastatia Coffey, aged 35 years. R.I.P. (P.1, Argus,30-1-1880.)
THE Friends of Mr. GEORGE DODD are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late sister-in-law, Miss Anastatia Coffey, to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral will move from his residence, The Oaks, Keilor, THIS DAY,etc. ( The Argus, Saturday 31 January 1880 p 12.)
N.B. George Dodd had married Mary Coffey. [PDF]All Brimbank Data - Brimbank City. George was 30 when he arrived as his death notice shows but may have lied about his age, as many did, so he would be eligible for the bounty (a discounted fare) as his age was obviously given as 25 in shipping records. (See Keilor Hotel extract.)
DODD -On the 2nd inst, at his residence, The Oaks, Keilor, Mr George Dodd aged 74 years, a colonist
of 44 years. Respected by all who knew him. (P.1, Argus, 3-6-1884.)
History of the Keilor Hotel
George Dodd arrived in Australia in 1840 aboard the sailing ship Andromache. The colony was 5 years old with a population of just 5000 people. He travelled with his mother, three brothers and four sisters. He was 25 years old and single, a stonemason from King's County Ireland.
He became head quarryman supplying stone to build the first Princess bridge, that bridge was demolished in 1891 (the year of George's death) to make way for the current Princess bridge. He scoured the colony to find a suitable quarry and ended up in Keilor. The quarry is still operating today (160 years later) and naturally he built the first stone house in Keilor. He raised money and oversaw the building in stone of St Augustine's Church in Keilor.
Much as I would like to pursue a possible link between the Keilor and Bulla families,there just isn't time. The fact that Anastasia was buried at Melbourne rather than Bulla argues against a link.
Thomas Coffey, a resident of Bulla for thirty years, a man who had attained the patriarchal age of 76 years, anticipated the natural course of nature by resorting to suicide. -From what I learn he must have been determinedly bent upon the successful accomplishment of his purpose, as he had bound his legs with rope, and thrown himself face downwards in comparatively shallow water.Deceased was in comfortable circumstances.
(P.3, Bacchus Marsh Express, 7-3-1885.)
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)Thursday.
Another old resident has passed away. Mrs Coffey*, relict of the late Thomas Coffey, died at her residence last Sunday morning, after a brief illness. Deceased was 75 years of age and a resident of Bulla for 45 years. She had been an invalid for the last eight years. She was a native of Clare, Ireland, and leaves one married daughter*, who resides in Avenel, her son Tom, the well-known horse trainer, having died some five years ago. The remains were interred in the Bulla Cemetery last Tuesday.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 20 June 1896 p 3 Article.)
COFFEY. —On the 14th inst., at her residence, Bulla, Anne*, widow of the late Thomas Coffey, and beloved mother of Mrs. W. B. Gadd*, of Avenel, aged 75 years. (P.1,Argus, 16-6-1896.)
Both Bulla and Broadmeadows Townships have a Coghill Street; the latter township is now part of Westmeadows. The family owned Glencairn which was within the shire of Bulla and Cumberland was in the shire of Broadmeadows. Information about these early pioneers will be given in these farm entries.
On the 9th inst., at his own residence, the Constitution Hotel, Deep Creek, Bulla Bulla, Mr. Daniel Cooper, formerly of Stafford, England. Staffordshire papers please copy.(P.4,Argus,13-4-1857.)
Daniel's widow, Sabina,invested some of the hotel's profits in allotments on the other side of Jacksons Creek.
County of Bourke, parish of Buttlejorrk. Upset price, £8 per acre.
Lot 12.-3r. 37 2-10p., £10 the lot. John Eadie. Lot 13.-2r. 32p., £7 5s. the lot. Thomas Horley.
Lot 14.-2r. 32p., £6 5s. the lot. Sabina Cooper. Lot 15.-2r. 32p., £6 15s. the lot. Sabina Cooper.
THE Friends of the late Mrs. SABINA COOPER (relict of tho late Mr. Daniel Cooper) are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral to move from her late residence, Constitution Hotel, Bulla Bulla, THIS DAY, at 11 o'clock a.m., passing through Flemington about half-past 2 p.m. (P.8, Argus, 30-7-1872.) Strangely there does not seem to be a death notice.
SUNBURY. — The death has occurred of Mrs. Michael Fanning, Powlett street, in the house in which her father and mother (Mr. and Mrs.J. Hogan) had lived and died before her. Mrs.Fanning had resided here for 63 years, having
come to Sunbury when 11 years of age. She was born in Flinders street, Melbourne, in 1842. She saw Burke and Wills, the famous explorers, when they camped near Bell's Constitution Hotel, on the Bulla road, and she used to relate how she saw Burke mounted in imposing style on hiswhite charger. She also saw King, the only survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition, passing through Sunbury by rail on his return journey.
(P.4, Argus, 6-2-1917.)
The Constitution Hotel, at Bulla, near Sunbury, was entered and robbed on the night of the 18th July, by three men, in a most daring manner. They went into the hotel about nine o'clock, and called for some ale, which they paid for. One of them then presented a double barrelled pistol at the landlord, a Mr. Crawford,and desired him, if he did not want to be shot, to hand over his money. They then tied both the landlord and his wife hand and foot, the servant girl, and every one else in the house, and proceeded to search it. A boy made his escape,
and gave information to tho police, who were soon on the spot, but not before the robbers had made off. They took away with them several bank notes and a large quantity of silver. The servant girl was also robbed of £12.
I believe that the Constitution Hotel operated under the name of the JUNCTION HOTEL in the 1870's. W.Wilson was the publican when the hotel burnt down and Richard Bell,publican lived close enough to be involved. A certain Bulla parish map and Bulla rates show that Bell owned Craig and O'Grady's grant, crown allotment 2,section 25 Bulla Bulla,directly opposite the Dunsford Track,the turn off to Lancefield just before Goona Warra.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 9 June 1876 p 7 Article
... FIRE AT BULLA BULLA. THE INQUEST. . An inquiry was held at Sunbury yesterday, before Mr. Candler, the district coroner, into the cause of a fire which occurred at the Junction Hotel, Bulla Bulla, on the morning of the 14th February. Mr. F. Stephen appeared on behalf of Mr. William Wilson, ...
See CONSTITUTION HOTEL.
CRAIGBANK See WILLOW BANK, see PATULLO.
(Melway 384 A 9-11,D10 C/A 6 (2) and 177 B-E 1-2 C/A 5B,Bulla Bulla.)
Messrs Powers,Rutherford and Co report having sold by auction, at their sale-rooms, 48 William Street on Thursday, 20th inst., by order of the executors of the late David Patullo, the Craigbank Estate, close to
Bulla on the Deep Creek. The property was sold in two lots, the homestead block, containing 417a, Or. 38p., at £12 per acre, and the other, containing 183a. lr. 15p., at £8 per acre, Mr. Henry Howeth Patullo being the purchaser. (P.8, Argus, 28-2-1891.)
IMPORTANT SUBDIVISIONAL SALE At BULLA BULLA 640 ACRES Of BPLENDID AGRICULTURAL and PASTORAL LAND,Trontrng the Deep and Emu Creeks, Bulla Bullo, And OLEARING SALE of I IVE STOCK, IMPLEMENTS,and HOUSEHOLD El TECTS
POWERS, RUTHERFORD and Co hove rocoived Instructions from the exécutera of the loto D Patullo to SELL by
PUBI IO AUCTION on irlday, 27th November, 1691, on tho ground, nubdivided as undcr,
A splendid block containing 640 acres of rich grazing and agricultural land well watered by the Deep Creek, to which it has a frontago of a mile, and olosc to the proposed railway and the township of Bulla
The following are particulars of the subdivision -
All that piece of land, containing 139 acres 2 roods 4 perches, or thereabouts, being parts of Crown Allotment 2, Section 6 and Portion A, Section 7, parish of Bulla Bulla counlj of Bourke
IOT 2 All that (uceo of land oontalnlng 282 acres 1 rood 32 perches or thereabouts, part of said Allotment, Section 6.
All that piece of land containing 178 acres 2 roods 17 porohoa oi thereabouts part of said Portion A,8eotton7.
Tilla propertj was selected bj the late Mr D Patullo ov er 80 j ears »go, and he lived on it up to the time of his death, a fact which speaks for itself. (P.3, Argus, 26-11-1891.)
Containing 590 Acres of the Richest Grazing and Agricultural Land In the District
POWERS, RUTHERFORD and Co have received instructions from the executors in the estate of the late D.Patullo to call for TENDERS for the LEASE for a period of five years The CRAIGBANK ESTATE,Situated at Bulla And comprising 596 acres or thereabouts of rich agricultural and grazing land being part of Crown Allotment 2 of Section 6 and Crown portlon A of Section 7 parish of Bulla Bulla and county of Bourke.
Tenders will be received for the property In one or two lots as follows -
(a) House paddock and adjoining paddock containing four hundred and twenty two acres
(b) Paddock containing one hundred and seventy four acres
This property was selected by the late Mr D.Patullo over 30 years ago and he lived on it up to
the time of his death-a fact which speaks for itself. (etc.)
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 24 December 1891 p 2 Advertising.)
See CONSTITUTION HOTEL.
See TULLAMARINE ISLAND.
CROSBIE-COLEMAN -On the 25th October, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn, by the Very Rev. J. J. O'Dwyer, S.J., assisted by the Rev. F. Keogh S.J., Bernard M. Crosbie, of Glen Loeman, Bulla, second son of
Mr. W. B. Crosbie, of Kew, to Julia Pauline (Lily), the third daughter of Mr. John Coleman, of Dromin, Cork, Ireland, and niece of Mrs. M. Allan, Linda crescent, Hawthorn.(P.13, Argus, 2-12-1916.)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
At Twelve O'clock.
Beautiful Freehold Property,
Handsome villa Residence and 1301 Acres of Land.
To Capitalists In Search of First-class Suburban Property.
GEMMELL, TUCKETT, and Co. have received Instructions to SELL by AUCTION, at their rooms, 40 Collins-street west, on Friday, December ?,at twelve o'clock, Cumberland Estate, on the Moonee Ponds, 12 miles from Melbourne, containing 1304a. 3r. lp., partly bounded by tho Deep Creek and Bulla roads, at Oaklands Junction, and intersected by the Moonee Ponds, which b]???????hore????? contain an abundant supply of water in the driest season. About 700 acres are well wooded. The whole is divided into three paddocks by substantial post-and-rail fencing.
The buildings, erected only six years ago, are a handsome villa residence of eight large and well
proportioned rooms, substantially built of bluestone ; a building adjoining, also of bluestone, divided into
storeroom, pantry, kitchen, laundry, and servants' room ; huts, stable, &c., of wood.There is a garden well stocked with both fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs, &c., fowlhouse, stockyard.
There are 1103 acres of the land let for twelve months for grazing purposes. This very desirable property is bounded by the beautiful estates of the late Hon. Donald Kennedy, of Dundonald, and Andrew Sutherland, Esq., of Woodlands.
Particulars as to title can be obtained from Mr.Wyburn, solicitor, 40 Ellzabeth-street.
The reason for the timing of the sale become obvious.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 8 June 1867 p 8 Family Notices
Funeral Notices. FRIENDS are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. COGHILL (relict of the late William Coghill, Esq.),to move from her late residence, Cumberland, Moonee Ponds,THIS DAY, (Saturday), at 9, and pass across the Flemington-bridge about 12 ....
N.B. MOONEE PONDS (earlier,Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds) meant NEAR THE MOONEE PONDS CREEK, not the suburb.
Woodlands, and Stewarton (Gladstone Park) were also described as being at Moonee Ponds.)
William had died in 1860. His wife's name was Christian!
DANIEL cr buckley's vendetta against john, a.f.'s description of konagaderrer, hunt club-kennels at narbonne
Bulla was first known as Deep Creek but this was only the second name for the road leading to it,which was first called Mt Macedon or Macedon road.
This Moonee Ponds doctor was usually called upon when there was a medical emergency to the north, such as when Colin Williams' head was split open at Tullamarine State School in a playground accident between the resignation of Jessie Rowe and the arrival of Alec Rasmussen. He bought "Sherwood" and used irrigation to turn the farm into a showpiece.
AGRICULTURAL DR. DICKINSON'S FARM AT OAKLANDS JUNCTION.
Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 16 April 1914 p 3 Article
DILLON history board,kathy's website
THE FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE DEEP CREEK.-An
inquest was beld yesterday at Sunbury, upon tbo
body of a child which was found on the 26th ult.
in the Deep Creek, near Bulla. Readers may re
member the particulars of a melancholy case of
drowning which occurred at tho beginning of last
July, when a woman named Ellen Doran was
drowned in the Deep Creek with her two children,
while walking from Oaklands to visit her parents at
the Industrial Schools, Sunbury. Her body was re
covered a week afterwards; but although no doubt
was entertained that her children had shared the
same fate, the protracted search which was made
failed to lead to the discovery of their bodies. On
Wednesday list Samuel Gale, farming manager for
Mr Tait, found a child's boot on the side of the creek,
about a mile below where Mrs Doran had been
f ormerly discovered. Knowing the circumstances
of the case, and that the bodies of tbo children
were still missing, he searched about the place, and
succeeded in finding the body of a child, which was
subsequently recognised by John Doran, the hus
band of the deceased woman, as one of his children.
The child was aged four and a half years; the other
one, still missing, was a girl aged two years. The
jury returned a verdict to the effect that there was
no evidence to show how the deceased boy came by
his death.-Argus, 2nd October. (P.3,The Ballarat Star, 3-10-1866.)
See BALBETHAN. Walter Clark probably named the property after his son Alister, who was a world famous breeder of roses and the Chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club from its formation until his death many years later.
I.W.S. stated that the Lancefield road leaving Sunbury Rd just east of Goonawarra was known as the Dunsford track. It was obviously so-called because it was blazed by an early squatter near Lancefield. Like most squatters,he would have been a young man. It's fairly obvious how the bride and groom met.
APPLICATIONS for Leases received at the Superintendent's Office during the period commencing the 1st of
March, and ending the 6th of April,1848.
W H Dunsford.... Lancefield. (P.1, The Melbourne Argus,25-4-1848. 2nd quarter of last column.)
William Henry Dunsford Name of Run-Lancefield Estimated area-50,000 acres
Estimated grazing capabilities-12,000 sheep.
Commencing at a point of the Maincreek, marked by a ploughed furrow running SW past the Melbourne Hill on the
N side to the junction of another ploughed furrow ; then by an imaginary line bearing SW for two-thirds of the distance to the boundary creek, and bounded on or towards the S and E by James Cain's run, then by a line running Westerly to Dryden's waterhole ; then continuing the course of the boundary creek to the junction of the main creek, and striking into an imaginary line from the junction of the creeks, and following the centre of the three spurs to the top of the main range, and bounded on or towards the SW by Mr. Peter's run, then by the top of the range running northerly and then easterly to the third gully from the summit of Mount William and bounded onor towards the north by part of Simmon's and Mollison's runs, then by a line of marked trees from the said gully to the main creek, bearing Southerly then by the course of the creek to the ploughed furrow or commencing point, and bounded on or towards the east by James Cain's run.(P.1, Argus, 29-9-1848.)
On the 9th instant, at St. Peter's Church, Melbourne,by the Rev. D. Newham, W.H. Dunsford, Esq., of Lancefield,
Mount Macedon, eldest son of Captain Dunsford, of Ashley Court, Tiverton, Devon, to Ellen Ann, only daughter of Mr. John Bear, of Collingwood, Melbourne.(P.6,Launceston Examiner, 22-8-1849.)
THE MURDER CASE—James Rawson, the man remanded upon a charge of attempting to murder one George Bethel, a hutkeeper in the service of Messrs. Bear and Dunsford, Mount Macedon, was again brought before the District
Bench, yesterday, consisting of Major Firebrace and Mr. Payne. The deposition of Bethel was read over to the prisoner, from which it appeared that, during an altercation, the latter deliberately discharged a musket at the former, the contents of which took effect in the right arm, which rendered amputation necessary. The prisoner had been brought into the presence of Bethel, at the Hospital, and identified as the person who fired the shot. Rawson, who most solemnly denies his guilt, was remanded till Tuesday next, when it is expected Bethel will be able to attend.(P.2,Argus, 20-7-1849.)
I wonder if this was George,the brother of John, William and Edmund Bethell,who turned up at Bulla after William's death. Although a shooting that occurred near Mt Macedon doesn't seem to have much to do with the Bulla area, two people who gave evidence in favour of James Rawson probably did.
Mr Bond, overseer to Mr Dunsford , who on the evening of the 21st of June, saw the altercation between the prisoner and the prosecutor when the latter struck the former on the ? twice ; prisoner was a quiet, and the prosecutor a passionate man.
Mr W. H. Dunsford stated the prisoner had been five years and a half in his employ and was a quiet inoffensive man ; the prosecutor after he came out of the hospital, said, " if he could get a shot at Rawson he should be satisfied." Bethel bore the character of being a passionate man.
Mr. William Wright also gave the prisoner good character for nine years as a sober, industrious, quiet man. The prosecutor had been a crussy old crab ever since witness knew him, about fourteen years.
Bond (John, William?)may have been the settler just east of Woodlands on Machell's early subdivision, after whom Bond's Lane was named. Dunsford obviously passed through Bulla on his way to Lancefield. It is likely that he had been there for at least five and a half years.How would William Wright have known Bethel for 14 years? Isaac Batey wrote about Captain Wright being at the (Corinella) prisoner settlement on Westernport as if he expected everyone to know whom he meant.Was this Tulip Wright? Did George Bethel spend time there during his 12 years in Her Majesty's service? (The prosecutor, George Bethel, an old man,described himself us having formerly been in Her Majesty's service for 12 years as an Artillery driver, and was present at the death of Sir John
Moore ; ho was now a poor laborer and earned his living the best way he could.) P.2, Argus, 18-9-1849.)
The Eadie family was one of Sunbury's more prominent pioneering families. See IWS. The death notice of the father of Ben Eadie's founder, John Eadie, gives a clue to the family's origins.
EADIE. —On the 10th March, at the farm, Netherton,Blockford, Petershire, Scotland, John Eadie,farmer, father of John Eadie, Sunbury, 91 years. (P.1, Argus, 12-5-1888.)
There is extensive information about family members in the Eadie family tree but there is some information missing. There is no detail about the parents of Jane Rankin who married Peter Eadie, and Platypus Bob Eadie, son of John Eadie is not included. See:
EADIE Family Tree Matches - Family Name Search Results - Mundia
MR. JOHN EADIE.
The death of Mr John Eadie, late proprietor of 'Ben Eadie,' though not altogether unexpected, caused a deep
feeling of sorrow throughout the community with which he had been identified for so many years. The deceased gentleman had been very ill for some time,but inasmuch as he was occasionally to be seen out of doors, it was hardly expected that the last seizure would be so sudden. Life finally departed at 5 a.m. on Sunday last, at 'Dunblane,' the residence of Mrs. Eadie, aunt of the deceased, where he had been nursed with the most affectionate care and attention by his cousins, the Misses Eadie.
The late Mr. Eadie was of a quiet, retiring disposition, though not by any means a recluse ; and whilst never spending his sails to catch the idle winds of popularity, he always possessed the deepest respect and esteem of all who knew him. He seemed during his quiet and comparatively uneventful life to prefer the sincere friendship of a few kindred spirits to the empty applause of the crowd. But unto him that hath shall be given, and John Eadie's integrity and loveable nature won him the esteem and confidence of many outside his own circle of friends. He was never intended by nature for public life, and though on one occasion he yielded to the solicitations of friends and allowed himself to be nominated for a seat at the council board, it is most probable that he was not very sorry to see himself outvoted.
As the secretary of the Sunbury Presbyterian Church for many years, Mr. Eadie showed himself possessed of sound tact and ability, and fully deserved the encomiums and the beautiful testimonial he received on the occasion of his departure. He was the eldest, son of Mr. John Eadie, sen., the original proprietor of 'Ben Eadie,' who died many years ago, and the late Mrs. Eadie, who was killed through a buggy accident in 1897. There is now but one* member of the family surviving-Mr.W.A.Eadie, brother of the deceased.
(*Out of sight, out of mind. What about Platypus Bob?)
About four years ago the deceased left Sunbury for the city, where he engaged in commercial pursuits, the estate being leased by Mr. A. G. Shaw. A touch of pathos is added to the sad event by the fact that Mr. Eadie was engaged to be married*, and intended shortly to return and settle on his patrimonial estate. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon. The Rev. W. Goyen conducted an impressive service at the house, and the oak coffin, covered with beautiful wreaths, was then placed in the hearse, which was followed by three mourning
coaches and a long line of vehicles and horsemen. Among the chief mourners were Messrs. Wm. A.Eadie, Robt. Eadie, sen., John Eadie, and the Messrs. Eadie of 'Dunblane.' The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. W. Goyen, who also gave a short but eloquent address. The mortuary arrangements were entrusted to
Mr. Sleight. (P.3,Sunbury News, 19-3-1904.)
*Obviously to Miss Davey to whom he left his whole estate. John's brother, William Aitken Eadie was left nothing and challenged John's will, as shown below.
The above was only 45.His aunt was Jane Eadie. EADIE.—On the 13th March, at the residence of his aunt, Mrs. Jane Eadie, "Dunblane," Sunbury,John, the eldest son of the late John and Margaret Eadie, of "Ben Eadie," Sunbury, aged 45 years. (P.1, Argus, 14-3-1904.)
John Eadie Snr's wife Margaret had died in 1897 in a terrible accident. See:
TERRIBLE FATALITY. MRS. JNO. EADIE FATALLY INJURED. DIES IN A FEW HOURS.
Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 6 March 1897 p 3 Article.
William Aitken Eadie,her son, was also to die in a road accident.
EADIE-On the 28th November (result of a motor accident) at North Yass NSW, William Aitken loved second son of the late John and Margaret Eadie, of Ben Eadie, Sunbury. (P.23, Argus, 4-12-1937.)
A DISPUTED WILL. ALLEGED TESTAMENTARY INCAPACITY. EVIDENCE FOR CAVEATOR.
The hearing of the motion for probate of the will of John Eadie, late of Coburg,farmer, was continued before the Chief Justice yesterday. The application is being made by Miss Nellie Davey, who is the executrix and sole beneficiary, and is being opposed by the only* brother of the testator,the grounds of the opposition being alleged mental incapacity and imbecility of the deceased and undue influence. Mr. McArthur and Mr. Morley (instructed by Messrs.Madden and Butler) appeared for the executrix; and Messrs. Purves, K.C., H. Barrett,
and Schutt (instructed by Mr C. T. McFarlane) for the caveator.
William Aitken Eadie, cross-examined by Mr. McArthur, said: - I promised my mother on her death-bed not to sell the property "Ben Eadie." but I afterwards suggested that it should be sold, because a good price was offered. I owned racing ponies for years. In 1903 I wrote to testator for money, but it was my own. In May of that year "Ben Eadie" was divided, and I was to receive £450 and some land as my share. Of this £69 was still owing. I
have assigned it to my solicitor.Mr. McArthur.-As regards the costs in the case, I suppose it is a case of "Heads I win, tails we lose":- You are a barrister and ought to know.
Annie Aitken, residing with her husband at Walsh-street, Coburg, examined by Mr.Barrett said:- The testator took his seizure of October last at my house, and during his subsequent illness he was never right for an
hour at a time. He was always talking rubbish and failed to recognise me at times, mistaking me for Miss Davey, and addressing me as Nellie. Miss Davey used to say to him, "Don't you know me; don't you know Nellie?" Sometimes he would smile and answer, but at other times he would not. Once he referred to some asparagus I gave him as chiffon, and another time he called spinach fish. He would try to read the paper upside down until I put
it right for him, and once talked about catching fish for breakfast in the creek at Sunbury. That was after the will was made. He also said, during the same week,that he would put on his regimentals and go to the war.
Cross-examined by Mr. McArthur.-Testator was at first received as a guest at my house, but afterwards he was charged 10 a week, and while he was ill £2 a week.I sent in a bill charging for his board and residence. Miss Davey was idling about my house making love. (Laughter.) She never made a meal for testator. I did not say that she was trying to get him to make a will in her favour, but it looked like it. Mr McArthur.- Well, why did you allow her to idle about? (A pause.) That is too big a conundrum?- No answer.
Nellie Aitken, daughter of the last witness, examined by Mr. Schutt, said:- I recollect testator being taken seriously ill on October 4. He had not been well for a long time, and had twice complained of being particularly ill. I saw him in bed on three occasions. The first time he appeared to be unconscious. I stood at the door the first time Miss Davey went in. There was no conversation; testator did not give any sign of knowing Miss Davey. I am sure he did not kiss her then. The second time I was in the room he appeared to be unconscious though his eyes were open. I think that the third occasion on which I saw him was after the will was made. I went to the bedside and said,'Hullo Jack" but he took no notice. His eyes were open. He got up a few days before Cup Day. I saw him every day after that until he left the house. He was very,very weak, and seemed ridiculous on many occasions. He was frequently reading the paper upside down. I would take it out of his hands and turn it up but when I next saw him he would have it upside down again. I said, "You are a card, Jack, reading the paper upside down." He would only smile. I once said to him, "Jack, you were up at Sunbury when you were in bed; do you remember?" He said, "No,Nell, I don't" Miss Davey told me once, "Jack was right off this morning. He thought he was up at Sunbury catching fish. He must think we're married." She also told me at breakfast once, and said, "Jack's so silly again. He's raving." She frequently used the word raving. She
said, "It's all Nellie Aitken this morning. He thinks I'm you." That was the morning before the will was made. Miss Davey finished up by saying, ' He's not at all clear, so we'd better not send for the lawyers."
We often joked about it. I said if Jack had been allowed to make a will that day he would have put me in instead. I heard him whistling in his room, and Miss Davey said it was a most unheard of thing. He had never whistled or sung in his life. Miss Davey said to me once,"Don't you think Jack's affairs should be settled up. It would be a fearful shame for Will to get it all and squander it." I said, "Perhaps, there are others who have been kinder to him than Will." The day after the will was made, or the sameevening, Miss Davey said to me, "Jack's settled his affairs about Sunbury, but he has other shares that he doesn't seem to mention." I said, "Perhaps it would be as well not to worry him. He seems to have had enough." At lunch-time, on the day before the will was made, Miss Davey said, "I must try and clear Jack, so that he can see the lawyer to-morrow." When the lawyer's clerk asked Miss Davey to leave the room while the will was being made, she said to me, 'It's like the cheek of the man to turn me out." I said that interested parties were not usually allowed to stay in the room when wills were being made.
Cross-examined by Mr M'Arthur,- I did not hear distinctly that the will was in Miss Davey's favour until after testator's death.I did not say to Miss Davey, when the making of the will was discussed, that it should
be made in her favour. Mr. M'Arthur.- Do you think so now?-I haven't quite decided. (Laughter) You are waiting until after this case is over, I suppose. I hope you will agree withus?-I might (Laughter)
John Eadie contractor, of Richmond, examined by Mr. Schutt, said:-I am a cousin of the testator, and was brought up with him. He used to take fits from 24 years ago until 12 years ago. He took wine to excess, and had bottles all over the place. He had wine everywhere. We couldn't keep him from it. His father threatened to
knock in the vats, and let the wine run down the creek. Before Will Eadie went to the war, they agreed to make wills in each other's favour. I saw testator frequently before his seizure on October 4. He said he had been bad. After his seizure, I went to Aitken's house, and Miss Davey said to me, "Jack's bad, and raving. The doctor says that nobody can see him." I saw a lady come out of his room, and Miss Davey said, "She is a professional nurse. we are asking her advice." I left without seeing him.Three nights later I saw testator. He did not recognise me or anybody. It was no use speaking to him. I left the house with Miss Davey, and came to Melbourne on the tram with her. She said that testator was either sleeping or raving the whole time, and, when
I told her I had been trying to find Will Eadie to let him know, she said, "He'll not see Jack if I'm there." I told her that he used to take fits, and she replied, "That is the first I heard of it." She said he was
raving, and on her saying something about marriage, I said,"Surely you wouldn't marry a man in that state. He's not in his right senses. It wouldn't be legal." The next time I called, testator did not know me, but on the following occasion I thought he recognised me. On one occasion at a euchre party he was going to sleep, and Miss Davey, who was playing at the same table, had to punch him and dig him in the ribs to keep him awake. (Laughter )
Cross-examined by M. M'Arthur.- She was scruffing him and pulling him about to keep him awake. (Laughter)
Must have been a rough-and-tumble kind of euchre party?-For him. (Laughter) Witness (continuing) -I have no interestin this case. I lent "Bill" Eadie £16 a few days after the testator died. I suppose he wanted it for the case. I have agreed to lend him £9 more if he wants it. When the case was first entered into, I said to Shaw it would be a pity to see the place cut up, and asked, would it not be better for you to mediate? I suggested he should see Miss Davey, and said I would use any influence I had with William Eadie. I said
otherwise there would be nothing left.
Mr. M'Arthur.-Is it not a fact that nothing was said about marriage till the Friday after you say the conversation took place between you and Miss Davey?-She may have been rehearsing it. Had you not taken a drop too much on that occasion? Come now? Witness - Certainly not-not that I know of. (Laughter) Perhaps you don't know?- I never had a drop too much in my life. (Laughter) ah, you mean you never had more than you wanted? (Laughter).-I could always take another one. (Laughter)
Henry Frederick Boyle, in giving evidence, said:-I am connected by marriage with the Eadies, and knew testator well for 32 years. I saw him in a fit at Christmas, 1875 or 1876. I saw him have six or seven fits at Sunbury on Christmas Days. I once asked testator why he would not buy his brother's share, or sell his own, and he said
he could not. He had promised his mother to look after Will, and would never see him want. I said he was foolish, and he replied "I cannot go behind my promise." When I saw him during his illness, he appeared to
be wandering in his mind. The hearing of the case was not concluded when the Court rose.
(P.7, Argus, 25-8-1904.)
When the case continued the judge's decision was mainly influenced by unbiased witnesses.Miss Davies and John had been engaged for many years.A DISPUTED WILL. ALLEGED TESTAMENTARY INCAPACITY. THE WILL UPHELD.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 26 August 1904 p 7 Article.
DEATH OF MR. P. EADIE. OUR OLDEST RESIDENT.
In the natural order of things, the links which bind our township to the past,and maintain, in a sense, the associations of the early days of the colony, must be broken one by one, and have their places taken by memories and records of other days. Inexorable Time will not stay his hand, and the present generation must bow to the decree that severs them from the pioneers and workers whom, nevertheless, they honour as the men who have done so much to build up the country which is soon to be a federated commonwealth. The old sturdy British stock is of necessity disappearing, but the great debt we owe it will, we confidently hope,remain, to be acknowledged by generations yet unborn. A week ago there was still living-though his days were then numbered-Sunbury's chief pioneer,who forty years ago looked upon the site of the township, with which he was to
be identified for more than half the allotted span of life, and for which he was destined to do so much. MR. PETER EADIE'S name has been so intimately associated with the annals of Sunbury for the last four decades that it is very difficult to realise that he is no longer amongst us, but has passed away to the bourne from which no traveller returns.'
His shrewd, kindly face will long be missed, not only by his large circle of personal friends, but also by his numerous acquaintances of more recent date, and many will be the stories told of his genial humour, his keenness of repartee, the alert intelligence with which he could debate a controversial point, the courage
he always displayed in the expression of his views, and the generous and unfailing hospitality which he has made proverbial of Dunblane.
On Monday, a little after the noonday hour, Mr. Eadie breathed his last, with the members of his sorrowing family grouped around his bed-all save one*, who is away in South Africa serving his country in the field.
Mr. Eadie's last moments were thus soothed and brightened by the presence of so much solicitude and love, and he was conscious of it to the last. And so our oldest resident passed quietly and peacefully away.
(*Peter who enlisted in New Zealand; see below.)
The history of Mr. Eadie's residence in Sunbury is so bound up with the history of Sunbury itself that we can do no more than attempt an outline here. It is forty years since Mr. Eadie first set foot in Sunbury, and his first work here was to help in the erection of the mill at Ben Eadie, which was for many years worked by his brother, the late Mr. John Eadie. Mr. Eadie was a mason by trade. When the mill was completed, he went to Bendigo, and for a time he traded with waggons on the road between Bendigo and Sunbury. It was three
years after his first arrival here that he settled down, married,and built a bluestone store, in which he carried on a grocery business. Mrs. Eadie was a Miss Rankin. It is a singular coincidence that Mr. Eadie's death occurred on the anniversary of the day on which he settled in Sunbury. Later on he moved to his present place of business in Macedon-street.
In those days there was no regular place of worship, but Mr. Eadie , who might be called the father of the
Presbyterian Church in Sunbury, worked hard in the interest of church advancement, and always gave staunch and
generous support to his denomination.Mr. Eadie became a member of the Bulla Shire Council soon after settling here,and represented Sunbury and district for 21 years. During the early part of his municipal life a great deal of useful and important work was done; of which the present generation are now reaping the benefit, and it may be said that the most beneficial and lasting portion of the improvements effected was due to the efforts
of Mr. Eadie, who certainly appears to have been one of the most progressive and energetic members of the Council at that time. To his untiring advocacy we owe the fine bluestone bridge that spans Jackson's Creek at the end of Macedon street, and to his credit also must be placed the planting of those fine elms, now putting on their spring garments of tender green once more, that grace our sidewalks and help to beautify the town
ship. The roads likewise received Mr.Eadie's attention ; and altogether, it may be affirmed that few municipal councillors have done such sterling work in their time as Mr. Eadie. But he did not confine himself to council work.
In conjunction with his brother, Mr. John Eadie, he helped to found our present Mechanics' Institute, of which he was a trustee up to the time of his death, besides filling the position of President for many consecutive years, Mr. Eadie was also a member of the local Board of Advice and a trustee of the Sunbury Cemetery and he held the office of electoral registrar.
In earlier days he was more intimately associated with religious work, and those who may have observed his
kindiness and sympathy towards children will not be surprised to learn that he formerly acted as superintendent of the Sunday-school. Though in his latter years he left to others the more active portion of church work, he was still a member of the board of management at his death, and we can easily imagine that the counsel of so old a churchman would be highly valued by the other elders. In politics,Mr. Eadie was a staunch and consistent Liberal.
The deceased gentleman can hardly be said to have died at an advanced age- yet 66 years of useful life are more than is vouchsafed to the majority of men. It is thought that a cold which Mr. Eadie contracted about two years ago, and which clung to him, may have been the determining cause of his death. As intimated above, he died with his large family around him, his mind being apparently clear and calm to the last. The only member absent was his eldest son Peter, who is on active service in South Africa. There were present four sons and five daughters,with their mother-the Rev. L.M.Weir being also present.
The funeral on Wednesday was one of the most largely attended that we have seen in Sunbury, the cortege, led by the hearse and two mourning coaches, being composed chiefly of carriages. The Rev.L. M.Weir officiated at the grave, and the wreaths were very beautiful. (P.2, Sunbury News, 6-10-1900.)
John Rankin was a pioneer of Kensington,living at the corner of Rankins Rd (originally called Princes Street) and Macaulay Road. It is possible that John Rankin was responsible for the suburb's name. The Rankin family apparently passed on the title, Earl of Kensington.
The Rankin family were English nobility. In the early 19th century, the head of the family held title as the Earl of Kensington, a title that dated from the 12th century.(Rankin family - TemeraireWiki - Temeraire.org)
RANKIN - On the 4th inst, at Kensington, Jane, the beloved wife of John Rankin, in her 74th year. (P.1,Argus, 5-7-1880.)
EADIE--RANKIN.--On tho 24th inst., at Roseneath- cottage, Kensington, by the Rev. A.D. Kininmont, Union Church, North Melbourne, Peter Eadie, Esq., merchant, Sunbury, to Jane, second daughter of John Rankin, Esq., Kensington. (P.4,Argus,25-2-1864.)
Peter named his first-born son in the traditional way, the second given name being the mother's maiden name but the boy did not share his later siblings'longevity.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 1 March 1865 p 4 Family Notices
EADIE.-On the 22nd ult., at Kensington, Mrs. Peter Eadie of a son.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 19 November 1866 p 4 Family Notices
DEATHS. EADIE.-On tho 16th inst., at Sunbury, of croup, In his twenty-first month, John Rankin, only son of Mr. Peter Eadie.
The article below details some of the descendants of Peter Eadie still living in Dunblane 64 years after its construction but it is likely that money was tight when they first moved in, causing a sibling,Peter,to seek opportunities in New Zealand in his trade as a bricklayer. (AtoJs Online — Appendix to the Journals of the House of ...) i.e.NEW ZEALAND CONTINGENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA: NOMINAL ROLL OF NINTH CONTINGENT AND DETAILS FOR SEVENTH CONTINGENT.Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1902 Session I, H-06a.
8019. Peter Eadie, Bricklayer, Invercargill,NEXT OF KIN-Mother,Mrs Jane Eadie, Sunbury, Victoria; Friend,Walter Crowder, Bluff. (This was Peter and Jane's son,Peter.From Eadie Family tree:
Peter Eadie 1875 - 1960 Born: Sunbury Victoria Australia Died: Sunbury Victoria Australia.)
Alice, 90, cooks im a house where...The family age is 575 years. PHOTO.Here are five of the Eadie family (L. to R.) William, 80, Agnes, 86, Peter, 82, Harold, 74, and Herbert, 79, at their Sunbury home yesterday. Not many brothers and sisters can say their tally of years adds up to 575, but that is the record of the old
established Eadie family, of Sunbury.
When an Argus reporter called at the Eadie's old stone homestead yesterday, 86-year-old Agnes was busily making
beds and dusting the home. She bustled around and introduced her brothers and sisters, who live in Sunbury.
FIRST CAME HAROLD, 74, THEN HERBERT, 79, WILLIAM, 80, PETER, 82, and ALICE, 90.Ethel, 84, was not there. She is married and lives at Moonee Ponds.William is also married and lives across the road from the old homestead.
"The girls and boys" posed for a photo in the old-fashioned Victorian living-room with the family pictures around the walls. Ninety-year-old Alice
is not in the picture at the left - she was bustling in the kitchen preparing dinner. "I've never liked having my picture taken and I'm not going to start having it taken now," she said, putting the vegetables on the big
There since birth The Eadie family have lived in Sunbury all their lives. Their father, Mr. Peter Eadie, settled in Sunbury more than 100 years ago and with two brothers set up a flour mill and later a bakery
business. Mr. Eadie lived to 66 and Mrs. Eadie until she was 87.The Eadie "boys" retired from the bakery
business 12 years ago, and now they look after their three-acre property.At night the brothers and sisters all crowd around their television set, which they consider the best thing since Bell invented the telephone. None of them goes to bed before ll p.m. And their secret of long life? Being well clothed and well fed.
On evidence from the entry so far, and one item to come,the three original brothers were John, Peter and Robert?
GOODE-EADIE -On the 30th ult, at the residence of the bride's uncle, Sunbury, by the Rev. Hugh M'Kail, Joseph Pym, third son of Joseph Goode, of Melbourne, to Margaret Aitken, eldest daughter of Robert Eadie, of Sunbury.(P.1, Argus, 7-4-1877.) The father of the bride could not possibly have been platypus Robert,who was only 14 years old at this time and must have been John and Peter's brother. The Eadie family tree shows that Robert Eadie was John and Peter's brother (Robert Eadie 12 Sep 1831 - 1907 Born: Dunblane Perthsire Scotland
Died: Melbourne Victoria Australia), that he had two children,both dying very young, with Margaret (Smith) whom he married in Scotland (whose date of death is unknown). It is likely that Robert remarried and that Margaret was a child of this marriage.
ROBERT EADIE.(Son of John!)
SPEAKING of platypuses, the world's first "platypussary" was built by Robert Eadie, who was born at Sunbury, Victoria in 1863, spent much of his life in South Africa and returned to Australia in his late fifties to become the first honorary curator of the Healesville Sanctuary. While there he became the first man to catch and tamed a platypus, which he named, Splash, and,he designed,and built the platypussary for Splash, who
eventually died of old age. This bit of esotcrica comes from R. Brasch's Even More Permanent Addresses:
Even More Australians Down Under (Collins Australia, 345pp, $14.95), a fascinating survey of graves and
tombstones around Australia and the people they honour (as well as a few "Australians down under abroad").
(The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 23 December 1989 p 19 Article Illustrated.)
Splash the Platypus & Robert Eadie » Robert Eadie
Robert Eadie M.B.E. (photo)
During July 1863, Robert Eadie, a colourful and very interesting character was born in Sunbury, Victoria,
Robert Eadie was educated at both State and Technical Schools and thereafter completed his engineering studies to become a highly respected mining engineer.
Robert Eadie, a skilled craftsman and ardent cricketer travelled widely and in 1896 emigrated to South Africa together with his wife, Eliza (nee Coverlid) . They had two daughters – Amy and Alice Maud. Robert Eadie spent a large part of his working life in South Africa and during this time he became a colliery owner and was later in 1914 elected Mayor of Witbank in the Transvaal. He held this position for a period of seven years until 1922.
During the Boer War, Robert Eadie was a prominent figure, helping to hide Winston Churchill and ensure his safe return to the British lines and being acquainted with figures like Mahatma Ghandi. His wife (Eliza), supported him in whatever work he undertook and also toiled tirelessly with an army of women workers for the Red Cross during the Boer War. On the soldiers return from the war, Eliza Eadie was presented with a gold medal, suitably inscribed.
Most significant, was Robert Eadie’s contribution to our environment. It seems incredible to think that as far back as 1899 he was so aware of the preservation of our flora and fauna, which today plays such an important part in our lives. Along with Paul Kruger, he was also instrumental in the establishment of the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.
During 1922 Robert and Eliza Eadie returned to Australia, settling in Healesville Victoria, where he continued his work as a conservationist, a notable achievement being the first person ever to keep and tame a platypus. “To be the first to accomplish such or in fact almost anything, bestows distinction”
“Splash” the platypus was reared and tamed in the first “platypussary” in the world, which was built by Robert Eadie himself. During the four years of Splash’s life he had 13 000 visitors and Robert Eadie’s work in this direction won world fame. Eadie was able to gather various information on this amazing animal and gained recognition as “an authority on the platypus”.
When “Splash” died of old age, condolences were received from conservationists all over the world. After his death, Splash occupied a prominent place in the Institute of Anatomy.
In 1935 Eadie established “a monument to his great work by writing and publishing a book “Australia’s most Amazing Animal with Sidelights on Splash”.
Not only was Robert Eadie well known for his part he played in the taming of the platypus, but also as a pioneer of the Healesville Sanctuary where he was appointed Honorary Curator in 1932 and continued to fulfil that role until 1937. He was dedicated and committed to what he believed in and enjoyed all that the natural world held around him. He was personally responsible for the construction of the “Old Kiosk” which later became a public shelter area alongside Badger Creek. Robert Eadie and David Fleay as designers, builders and handymen, provided shelter for the animals from the wealth of the bush around them.
He retired from his position in 1937 and was entertained at a farewell dinner given in his honour at the Hotel Gracedale by the shire president, councillors and members of the Sir Colin McKenzie Sanctuary committee. Robert Eadie’s brilliant career, his remarkable work in the foundation days of the sanctuary and his historical research on Splash the platypus were extolled by the various speakers.
Mr Eadie retired with a statement of his philosophy, the words of Cecil John Rhodes, “So much to do, so little time”.
Robert Eadie, a man of courage and integrity who was decorated with an MBE for his services to the community, died, aged 86 years, at his home “Glen Eadie” in Healesville in 1949.
“Many prominent leaders of the Australian community attended his funeral to pay him their last respects he so much deserved” (quoted from Brasch (1989) “Even More Permanent Addresses”, Collins Australia/Sydney).
Robert Eadie’s granddaughter, Marion Key, resides in South Africa, where her children, Liza-Jane, Phillip and Gordon and their respective families have also settled. Marion has liaised with the Healesville Sanctuary over the years, providing them with invaluable information on both Robert Eadie and Splash., the platypus.
It is interesting to note that Robert Eadie’s grandson, Robert Eadie Barlow, emigrated from South Africa in 1978 and resides with his wife, Dorothy at The Gap in Brisbane, Australia. Their four children, Judy, Douglas, Alison and Richard and their spouses and families all reside in the Brisbane area.
Robert and Dorothy have visited Healesville Sanctuary on numerous occasions over the years. Very recently they visited the Sanctuary, together with their daughters, Judy Crouch and Alison Barlow, liaising with Kevin Mason, in an effort to “rekindle” the work carried out by the late Robert Eadie. They have recently donated a plaque to Healesville Sanctuary in remembrance of Robert Eadie and his contribution to wild life and in particular, the platypus.
Judy Crouch (Robert Eadie’s great granddaughter) of Brisbane has been responsible for collating this information and her son Ryan and daughter Debra have contributed significantly to the creation of the web site.
Robert Eadie was a brother of John and William Aitken Eadie. He was not involved in contesting his brother's will in 1904 because he was in South Africa and obviously doing very well.
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DUNBLANE? (Yes. A real estate website,with a great slide-show, shows that despite Dunblane's address,38-40 Jackson St,the house faces Brook St.)
Mr Peter Eadie, who has been in business at Sunbury for the past thirty years, has leased his hotel and grocery
establishment in Macedon-street, and purposes in future leading a comparatively retired life. He has built a
commodious house on an elevated spot in Brook-street, where he is now residing with his esteemed wife and
family. We have been shown over the building, and truthfully the design reflects great credit on the architecture of Mr Robert Eadie. It contains 13 rooms, all completely and elaborately furnished, the drawing-room being the room par excellence, and a splendid view of the township is obtainable from its windows. The dining-room is nicely and comfortably arranged, as also are five beautiful enamel-walled bedrooms.
At the rear of the house a stable of the best order is in course of erection, and a lawn and flower garden is being skilfully prepared in the front portion. The whole is characteristic of comfort, and we trust Mr and Mrs Eadie will be long spared to enjoy its luxurious provisions.
(Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 24 June 1893 p 2 Article.)
The Fanning family must just about hold the record for the longest residence on a Victorian property,that is Sunnyside, on the south corner of Diggers Rest and Loemans Rds on Tullamarine Island. The family also owned Emu Flat, 6(1) Bulla Bulla, of 346 acres 2 roods granted to W.Fannan (sic)on 7-6-1855, and indicated roughly by Melway 383 H-J 8(south half)-12.
Google "fanning family history, kathleen" to get Kathleen Fanning's fantastic history. A heritage assessment on Sunnyside an be viewd by googling "Sunnyside & Outbuidings - Victorian Heritage Database".
FLEETBANK. (18B, Tullamarine,192 acres; Melway 176 F-J 11-12 west of Loemans Rd between the two bends.)
See TULLAMARINE ISLAND, JUNOR, STEWART.
The three most severe floods at Keilor were in 1906, 1916 and 1974.
DEEP CREEK FLOODED.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 13 September 1906 p 8 Article.
All three creeks were flooded(Jacksons, Deep and Emu)destroying fences and forcing some residents to vacate their houses. The Sunbury water supply pipe over Gisborne Creek was badly damaged.
The flood of water rushing past Mr. Coghills station at the head of the Moonee Ponds*, 15 miles from town,
was equal in width to the Goulburn carrying in its current, stacks of hay, huts, hurdles, &c. It is reported that a shepherd in the employment of Mr. Richard Brodie, of the Deep Creek, was drowned while endeavouring to save his flock of sheep. A dray, loaded with wool, the property of John Aitken, Esq., of Mount Aitken, is sup-
posed to have been swept away with the flood while on the road to Melbourne**, several bales of the wool have been recovered, but the unfortunate driver is missing. Messrs. Jackson and Evans, settlers on Jackson's Creek, have been sufferers to a great extent, having lost a large number of sheep. The latter gentleman, up to yesterday, estimated his loss at 500 head, exclusive of a considerable number which he expects will eventually die from exposure to the weather.(P.2, Argus,30-11-1849.)
*Probably "Cumberland",as Glencairne, the southern part of Walter Clark's Glenara, would have been described as being on the Deep Creek.
**There was no track equivalent to the course of the Calder Highway when John Aitken settled on Mt Aitken west of Sunbury. Bulla Rd was surveyed in 1847 but was probably not yet made.At first Aitken probably crossed the Saltwater at Grimes'1803 ford (Melway 27 C9 at the end of Rhonda St)or maybe Solomon's pre 1855 ford at the end of North Rd, after travelling west along Braybrook road (Buckley St.)As Aitken bought section 8, Doutta Galla
(either side of the horseshoe bend where the Maribyrnong makes its closest approach to Buckley St) on 12-8-1846***,he seems to have been still taking this route and the dray was probably swept off one of the two fords mentioned.
***P.2,The Melbourne Argus, 14-8-1846.
FRIENDLY SOCIETIES HOTEL.
Friendly Societies Hotel Bulla, Charles Anderson to Arthur E. Dovey. (P.4,Argus,14-3-1933.)
The Licensing Court has approved of the transfer of the following hotel licencees: -
Friendly Societies Hotel, Bulla, Arthur Dovey to Catherine Naef; (P.4, Argus, 27-6-1933.)
Hotel Licence Transfers The following transfers and changes in respect of hotel licences in Victoria have been
approved by the Licensing Court: METROPOLITAN........
Change of Name of Licenced Premises
Friendly Societies Hotel Bulla to Hotel Bulla Bulla. (P.18, Argus,24-2-1949.)
Publican left £91,709.
George Thomas Moyle, of Bay st., Port Melbourne, former owner of the Friendly Societies Hotel at Bulla and
the Donnybrook Springs Hotel, Donnybrook, left estate valued for probate at £91,709.He died on May 14 this
year. The Friendly Societies Hotel was valued at £ 26,000, and the Donnybrook Springs Hotel at £22,000.
He bequeathed his estate to his widow, family and friends. (P.7, Argus,4-11-1954.)
FROST road board
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12.
At Two O 'Clock in tho Afternoon. At Menzies' Hotel, Bourke street West, Melbourne.
To Capitalists, Farmers, Dairymen, Stud Breeders, speculators, and Others,
Within 12.5 to 15 Miles of the City and Six Miles of Sunbury Railway Station, Comprising 4079 ACRES of FREEHOLD LAND, subdivided to Suit Purchasers, FAMILY RESIDENCE, With 830 Acres, FARMS, From 30 to 442 Acres Each, of Rich Soil.Magnificent Views. Unquestionably One of the most Valuable Estates In Victoria.
DOUGHARTY, SON, and PARKER, conjointly with C. J. and T Ham have been instructed by Messrs. Cottee, Clark and Hammond, tho trustees in estate of the late Walter Clark, Esq , of Glenara, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, as above.
The Glenara Estate comprises 4079 acres of freehold land, all under Torrens Act, 12.5 miles from Melbourne, and six miles from Sunbury Railway station, and surrounded by the properties of Mr C. B. Fisher (Woodlands and Cumberland) the late Mr Robt. McDougall (Arundel and Warlaby) Mr F.B. Hann(Dunhelen), and Mr Michael Loeman (Glen Loeman) and close to the township of Bulla Bulla. A direct line of railway from Melbourne is marked
through tho property. It is in reality a place unsurpassed in Victoria.
With the homestead will be sold 830 acres, subdivided into convenient paddocks, comprising the cultivation fields and a large proportion of equally rich land fit for the plough.This compact estate has a frontage of two miles to the main road, and an equal frontage to the Deep Creek, a river sufficiently large to form the boundary fence of the property, and which constitutes a feature of great beauty in the landscape.
The GRASS LANDS, which are covered with rich sward, are picturesque in the extreme, and nicely timbered, and the timber on the land is alone an item of considerable importance.
The MANSION HOUSE, surrounded by the garden and grounds situated on the side of the high though gently sloping bank of the river, and which is approached by an avenue of over half a mile, leaving tho road at a picturesque
lodge of stone, is surrounded by deep verandahs partially hidden by flowering creepers, and contains 14 rooms, exclusive of bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, servants' rooms, and offices, forming the most lovely house in the continent.The stabling for room and structure, could scarcely be surpassed, there being quite a number of
loose boxes. There is also a training track near at hand. Two cottages stand in tho stable yards, which, with
laundry, coach houses, pigsties, and milking sheds, complete a gentleman's country residence. About a mile distant stand a spacious woolshed and eight-roomed stone Cottage, situated in the Glencairn paddock, which is famed throughout the district for its fattening qualities.Glenara is admirably suited for a STUD FARM, and with the rapid extension of the city, and the projected railway, cannot fail to prove a sound investment the home portion being large enough for subdivision.
The remainder of the land has been subdivided Into FARMS of SUITABLE ACREAGE,a great part of which is rich volcanic soil ready for the plough the balance being admirably suited for dairy purposes, or for raising valuable stock.
Tho INVERESS HOTEL,situated at Oaklands Junction, and doing a good business, will be sold with one acre of land. The tenure of the present tenant expires on the 31st December,1887.
WOODSIDE, with 442 ACRES, situated higher up the Deep Creek, and with a frontage to it forms a compact estate which cannot fail to recommend itself as a country residence or dairy farm.The richness and charms of Glenara are so great as to BAFFLE DESCRIPTION and the auctioneers confidently invite tho closest in
TERMS One fourth cash, balance at one, two three, four, five years bearing interest at the rate of five per cent, per annum, payable half yearly.
Plans of the property and further particulars may be had on application at the rooms of the auctioneers,
and Mr Walter J Clark (son of the late proprietor)will arrange to show visitors over the estate. A conveyance will meet the train leaving Melbourne at 10 20 a.m , and reaching Essendon at 10 40 a.m , on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and returning in the afternoon, for the convenience of those wishing to inspect.
I needed to check that part of Cumberland was not included in the following. That property was not sold until after the death of William Coghill's widow in 1867. See CUMBERLAND.
Messrs. Gemmell, M'Caul, and Co. sold at their rooms, this day, the Glencairn property, on the estate of the late Mr. Geo. Coghill, comprising 794a. Ir. 2p., for £6 per acre, buildings, &c, included, making a total of £3,971 6s. 3d. for lot. (P.4, Argus, 7-9-1864.)
I am willing to bet that this property was actually GLENARA. This would be the way an Irish accent would have rendered Glenara! There is no report of a property of such a name in the vicinity of Oaklands Junction.
STUDIES IN THE HUNTING FIELD.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 19 June 1924 p 7 Article Illustrated
... STUDIES IN THE HUNTING FIELD. Oaklands Hounds met yesterday at the Inverness Hotel, Oaklands Junction. Incidents in the field were:-No. 1-Mr. D. Faulkner Jumping into the Mount Alexander road. No. 2-Mr. A. Sturrock clearing the timber in the woolshed paddock, Glen Eira (sic).
GLENSIDE. Richard Bell. See BATEY.
Glenside was probably finish
GREENE* st mary's rawdon
Extract from my journal JOHN THOMAS SMITH AND HIS ELECTORS. The Guthries were early occupants of Glengyle. This was the early name of Arundel near Keilor and as there were no rates at the time,it is unclear whether they were leasing the whole of section 1 Tullamarine or a portion. (7-11-2013.)
My suspicion of a connection with the Bulla area also proved to be correct so I'll go one step further and suggest that there was some sort of connection between the Guthries and Peter Young of Nairn, who will be discussed later. Alexander Guthrie Young, a colonist of 52 years died in 1891 at the age of 59.
(The Argus 9-12-1891 p.1) Alexander Guthrie obviously moved from Glengyle to the Bulla area. Mrs Alexander Guthrie gave birth to a son at Bulla Bulla, Deep Creek on 1-5-1859.(A.3-5-1859 p.4.)
Alexander Guthrie died at Togarf, Sunbury at the age of 70 on 27-11-1880. (A. 29-11-1880 P.1 and 8.) Togarf was obviously a farm and his widow, Ann, exhibited her Ayrshires with success at many shows. She died at Murtoa at the age of 80. (A. 27-9-1901 p.1.)
Postscript. Having obtained a map of Bulla Bulla parish, I can state that A& J. Guthrie's grants, issued in October of the years stated, consisted of section 14 (1852,503 acres), 22, part 4 (1854,135 acres 3 roods 10 perches) and 23 part 2 (1854, 384 acres 37 perches.) As I no longer have my Bulla rates transcriptions, I have no idea whether his farm (Togarf)remained this size.These grants were in the area shown on Melway map 383. I would imagine that they had been squatters before alienation and that section 14 was the homestead block and pre-emptive right. Section 14 was bounded by Southern Plains Rd, the line of Gellies Rd continued south almost to Emu Creek, and this creek on the south and west. A now-closed road, leaving Sunbury Rd opposite the east boundary of Craig and O' Grady's grant (Shepherds Lane), crossed Emu Creek in the east side of 383 D7, and travelled through the grant to the west end of Southern Plains Rd. This would have to be the private road to Daameeli; this property is on Richard Brodie's grant, 24(1). This road was the eastern boundary of 23 (2) and Emu Creek was the eastern boundary of 22 (4). The former fronted Sunbury Rd, the latter Gellies Rd and both Lancefield Rd.The tributary shown in Melway 383 B-D7 was about 100 metres (5mm on the map)north of the boundary between the two allotments.
Finally, although my memory is not too hot about what you say to Jan if things don't seem fair, it is pretty reliable concerning local history. I stated earlier that I had vague memories of seeing "Glenn and Guthrie" somewhere. Joseph Dubois returned my material yesterday and while looking for something else I found it!
In the Annals of Tullamarine (a large part of "Tullamarine: Before The Jetport").
1863. (After mentioning that James Sharp was leasing 40 acres of Chandos from J.C.Riddell and was to move to Hillside four years later.)Broadmeadows' rate records list the following Tullamarine residents east of Bulla Rd from the present bridge to Nash's Lane:
H.J.Brown and Glenn & Guthrie (Camp Hill), E.Dunn (Viewpoint), J.Maconochie (Stewarton)Love and Sharp as above, C &J.Nash (Fairview), W.Wright (Sunnyside), R.Beaman (Broombank), J.Foster, T.Anderson, R.Mitchell, T.Wright, P.Kettle, J.Gawley, J.Wright, J.Hendry (store, later P.O. too), C.Evans (shop.)
One last thing. Applications for occupation licences were invited on page 1 of The Argus of 11-6-1847.The various parcels of land were numbered but no location was given other than parishes. Alexander Guthrie had leased 640 acres in Will Will Rook for the previous two years. I checked the parish map on the internet, but there were no dates for the issue of grants. Then I remembered that Joseph had returned my material. According to "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History" only two grants were not issued in 1838. They were sections 5 and 2. Alexander Gibb purchased section 5 in 1848 after leasing the 640 acres for some time (Page 20) so Alexander could only have been leasing Box Forest, granted to John Pascoe Fawkner in 1850 (on behalf of his co-operative.) This square mile, bounded by the Northern Golf Club, Hilton St/ Box Forest Rd, the cemetery and Boundary Rd is now named after a Broadmeadows Shire Councillor, circa 1927, Cr Rupert Hadfield.
Now in possession of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND, I have discovered that there was an entry in Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT (1888)for Alexander Guthrie's widow.
GUTHRIE Mrs Ann, Bulla,
is a native of Inverness, Scotland and the widow of the late Mr Alexander Guthrie who came to Sydney, N.S.W. in 1838 and to Melbourne in 1839. He resided at Campbellfield, Keilor and Broadmeadows until 1856 when he bought land at Bulla and in 1857 married Ann McLean the present widow who now carries on grazing and dairy farming on the property. Mr Guthrie, who was a member of the shire council for a number of years, died in 1880 leaving a family of two sons and two daughters.
The occupants of Camp Hill at Tullamarine were Robert Glen and Samuel Guthrie. (G.120 DHOTAMA.)
by itellya on 2012-03-22 20:11:28
Much of the Guthrie land was sold to the Leydens (west of Emu Creek), J.J.Gellie, and Brodie (east of Emu Creek) according to an amended parish of Bulla map (circa 1890).Bulla's ratebook of 1882-3 shows that Ann and Alan John Guthrie were leasing land with a nett annual value of 88 pounds from the Leydens. This was probably "Togarf".It would seem that Alexander and Ann's two sons were James and Alan John. (G.120 DHOTAMA.)
See TULLAMARINE ISLAND.
During John O'Shannassy's early political career he adorned the magisterial roll with some real specimen J.'sP., amongst which was the late John Heagney, of Tullamarine Island, Old Jack had too much good sense to go to be sworn in, but whenever he absorbed a few exhiliators he'd declare I'm John Heagney, J.P. One day Brodie said to me, I had some fine fun out of old John not long since. He came to me pretty well refreshed, and
having ripened him with more liquor, I said, Mr Heagney, as you are a magistrate, will you oblige me in
signing your name at the bottom of those blank sheets of paper.- I have`some legal forms to go through, and if
you sign your name it will save me a deal of trouble. At my leisure I will fill the papers in. Supplying him with writing materials, he worked away signing sheet after sheet, John Heagney,J.P. His autograph is no great shakes at the best of times, but in the present instance it looked as if flies dipped in ink had crawled over the paper. (Isaac Batey recounting a Richard Sinclair Brodie anecdote,Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 15 July 1893 p 3 Article.)
In 1860 the Burke and Wills expedition passed through Bulla, their second camp being at a small water hole, traces of which are to be seen behind the gorse bushes opposite the Inverness Hotel, which was then kept by
Mr Melville. (12 year old Oswald Daniel's History of Bulla, P.2, Sunbury News, 4-6-1910.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 4 September 1867 p 5 Article
... NEW INSOLVENTS. James Munro M'Kenzie, of the Inverness Hotel, Bulla, publican. (P.5,Argus,4-9-1867.)
On the 8th inst,, at the residence of the Rev. A. M.Ramsay, Melbourne, Charles Jesse, of Richmond, to
Emily King, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Downes Taylor, of London. (P.4,Argus, 11-8-1857.)
On the 10th inst., at Bulla, on the Deep Creek, the wife of Mr. Charles Jesse, of a daughter.
(P.5, Argus, 15-9-1858.)
Was this the same Charles Jesse?
WILLS AND ESTATES.
Charles Jesse, of Gipps street, East Melbourne, gentleman, who died on May 20, left by will dated June 6, 1911, real estate valued at £730, and personal property valued at £2,747, to his daughter.(P.10, Argus, 21-6-1915.)
It is likely that Charles was a mounted constable stationed at Bulla in 1858,rather than a digger travelling with a pregnant wife. He had just been appointed as inspector of slaughterhouses in the police district of Bourke in 1862. (P. 5, Argus,9-8-1862.)
Senior-constable Charles Jesse, now stationed in Sale, deposed that in May, 1862, he was stationed at Queenstown*. (P.6, Argus,29-12-1865.) *Somewhere near Eltham.
FOR Sale, Johnshill Farm, Deep Creek, Bulla Bulla, presently occupied by Mr.Robert Massie, measuring 227.5 acres. For further particulars apply to John Sloan, ninth door west of the Travellers' Rest, Nicholson street, Collingwood. 32 mar 1.(P.6,Argus,1-3-1854.)
JOHNSTON argus wilson
JUNOR-On the 26th December at her residence, Fleetbank, Bulla, Jessie, the dearly beloved wife of Donald Junor and youngest daughter of the late Dugald Stewart, aged 54 years. At rest. (P.1, Argus, 27-12-1919.)
Tho Gazette of yesterday contains an application by Henry Steel Shaw and others, forming the " Victoria Kaolin Company," for a lease of seventeen acres two roods of land-"kaolin,porcelain clay, combined with crystals"- situate on the Deep Creek, Bulla Bulla, for a period of twenty-one years. (P.5,Argus,16-11-1861.)
KENNEDY Alexander. guildford
LOCHTON.(Crown allotment 5A,Bulla Bulla,of 354 acres,granted to W.M.Hunter on 25-8-1848. North west corner of Somerton and Wildwood Rds with a frontage on the former to Deep Creek and the latter to the St John's Lane junction.)
COUNTRY MILL.-To LET, by Tender, the ESTATE of the late W. M. Hunter, known as Lockton, in the parish of Bulla Bulla, 10 miles from Melbourne,containing 360 acres, with superior bluestone residence, several cottages, and all necessary farm buildings. The highest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.
Hunter had apparently built the mill in 1856. See BAIN. Circa 1990,the 130+ year old homestead was owned by descendants of that pioneering Bulla family,the Reddans. I hope it has heritage protection. Let's see.
Rowan Crowe is doing a fantastic job recalling our heritage. He has compiled a fantastic collection of photographs that answer the question:"What did it look like?" I googled Lochton homestead, Bulla and the first result (Lochton Steam Mill - Bulla, Victoria, Australia. [PHOTO]
www.fadingvictoria.com/image/20080525XF9N3133/‎) was the first result,a great 1970 photo of Hunter's mill.
National Trust Database - Search Results - Victorian Heritage ...
225 Wildwood Road, BULLA, HUME CITY
Statement of Significance
The Lochton homestead is of Local architectural and historical significance as a rare and relatively intact example of the Colonial Georgian style of homestead design in the area and for its association with the first owner of the property, William Morrison Hunter, a Scot who came to the colony in the early 1840's.
Until recently possessed of a high degree of integrity, the homestead- while simple in form - is architecturally quite sophisticated in its scale and detailing. It is made typical for the area by its bluestone construction, the use of hand-made bricks for the internal walls and its intact, slate-lined roof.
Its elevated location considerably enhances the homestead and its immediate surroundings and the homestead formsa discernable element in the vista from neighbouring properties.
The existence of the ruins of the former Lochton flour mill, on the flats near the Deep Creek, adds to the interpretive value of the entire property.
Residential buildings (private)
The Lochton homestead, at least 153 years old, has not received any greater protection,the 2013 report being merely a repeat of the above. Both have photos of the bluestone treasure.
Victorian Heritage Database place details - 20/10/2013
STOP PRESS. The Lochton Homestead was most likely built during 1850 so it is currently 163 years old and there can't be many homesteads in Victoria that are older.
DESIRABLE Country Residence to be let,with immediate possession, the dwellinghouse recently erected for William M. Hunter,"Esq., at his property on tho Deep Creek, near the Bridge Inn, 16 miles, from Melbourne, together with 270 acres of grass land, substantially enclosed.
Tho house which is built of stone, is commodious, and well adapted for a family residence, having been finished in a superior manner.
There are a Garden and Outhouses contiguous to the dwelling-house, and there is an abundant supply of water in the Deep Creek, to which the property has a frontage.
For further particulars apply to W. M. Bell, Esq., merchant, Melbourne, or to DANIEL MACKENZIE. Craigie Burn, Kinlochewe, Dec. 1850. (P.3, Argus,1-1-1851.)
See my journal:HAY LONIE, OF PRESTON, CAMPBELLFIELD, TULLAMARINE, BULLA AND KILMORE, VIC., AUST. (and Peter Young.) Hay Lonie was the owner of "Lochton" for a considerable time.
McDOUGALL. (See WARLABY.)
Extract from my journal JOHN THOMAS SMITH AND HIS ELECTORS.
The McDougalls also bought Warlaby, section 11 of the parish of Bulla Bulla (Melway 384 J8.)They probably owned it by 1888* when the first meeting of the Oaklands Hunt followed a trail from Warlaby laid by Farquhar McRae (not McCrae but possibly related)who was in charge of the hunters on "Glenara". "Warlaby",640 acres or a square mile, extended north to a western extension of Craigieburn Rd, which separated it from the Brannigans' St Johns. Due east of Warlaby was "Oaklands" which gave Oaklands Rd its name and north of that farm was Harpdale whose beautiful homestead (circa 1992) still bore the Brodie name set in tiles.
Warlaby was the home of Robert McDougall's son, Alexander (Sandy) who married Sandy Smith's daughter and moved to Western Australia in the early 1900's. Sandy Smith owned a mansion, Coilsfield, which was demolished to build the Essendon Hospital; he had earlier farmed near the Aitken Estate. (Sources:Victoria and Its Metropolis; Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History" Andrew Lemon; Keilor rates; "The Stopover That Stayed" Grant Aldous; Doutta galla parish map, Bulla rates and parish map, Bob Blackwell re farm names; "The Oaklands Hunt" D.F.Cameron-Kennedy; "Bulla Bulla" I.W.Symonds; various essendon histories; videotaped visit to Jack Simmie's Harpsdale; "Early Landowners: Parish of Doutta Galla" Ray Gibb; K.B.Keeley's architectural thesis on Arundel.)
THE LATE MR. ROBERT MCDOUGALL.
The remains of the late Mr. Robert McDougall who died at Ellora Moonee Ponds on Saturday last were buried yesterday in the Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral service was read by the Rev. H. McKail of Bulla, the deceased being interred in the Presbyterian division, immediately in the rear of the grave of the late
James McPherson Grant. Amongst those who attended the funeral were nearly all the members of the council of the National Agricultural Society of Victoria, of which body the late Mr McDougall was a few years since an
active member. Many residents of the Keilor district, where Mr. McDougall had lived for some 15 years past, also took part in the last rites. The pall bearers were all relatives of the deceased, amongst them being his only son Mr. A McDougall; his father-in-law, Mr. E. Rankin, of Ascotvale; and his sons-in-law, Messrs. A. Cameron and A. Smith.
The late Mr. McDougall was born on the 16th April 1813 on a cold sheep farm at the foot of Shiechallion, in the parish of Fortingall, Perthshire. The first 17 years of his life were spent on the farm, and then he removed to the western isles of Inverness and Ross, where he remained for six years. At that time the immense fishing capabilities of the seas in which these isle are situated were unknown, save to a few sportsmen.
Here Mr. McDougall, who was an enthusiastic fisherman spent his time pleasantly enough fish and other hunting.
In 1836 he sailed for Canada, and for three years lived on the Huron Track, a new settlement. He did not take to Canadian life, and returned to his native land. Finding that many of his acquaintances had, during his absence departed for Australia, he decided to follow their example, and emigrate.
After a 16 weeks voyage, he landed in Port Phillip in November 1841. He found the pastoral interest in a very depressed condition, owing to the sudden and great depreciation in the value of both live stock and wool. Soon after landing Mr. McDougall undertook the management of the herd of cattle kept by Messrs. T. and S. Learmonth
at Ercioldoune. Like most Highlanders he was an expert manager of cattle, and in 1848 he commenced cattle-breeding on his own account, renting a portion of the Glenroy estate from the late D. Kennedy, and his first stock were a dozen well-bred heifers, which he bought from Messrs. Gardiner and Fletcher, of Mooroolbark.
The prosperity consequent upon the discovery of gold in Victoria gave him the opportunity he had looked for,
and in 1853 he went to Tasmania, and bought the two Auroras, mother and daughter, from the late Mr. Theodore Bartley of Launceston, whose stock were from the Van Diemen's Land Company eight very fine cows,and from these are descended the finest animals in the Arundel herd.
From Cona, Mr.McDougall removed to a property near Essendon, which he rented from the late Mr. Aitken, who came to the colonies in the same vessel as Mr. McDougall. Another fellow passenger was the late Mr. David McLaws, of Tower-hill, near Koroit, and it is a notable thing that several of the passengers by this ship, who came to Australia equipped with little more than stout hearts and willing hands, all became successful colonists,
and died wealthy. About 16 years ago Mr.McDougall purchased the Arundel estate from the late Mr. Edward Wilson, and he resided there till a few days before his death.
The story of his life from 1853 is a record of the stud herd he founded; a herd that is favourably known to cattle-breeders throughout the wide bounds of Australia. When the prospect looked darkest for the owners of
cattle, Mr. McDougall never relaxed in his efforts to improve his herd by the importation of the best blood he could secure in the old country. In 1859, Mr. McDougall visited England, and purchased some stud bulls, but in this, as well as several other shipments, he had more or less misfortune through high-priced animals dying on the passage to the colonies.
He was in England a second time in 1870, when he bought from Mr. T.C. Booth, of Warlaby, the white bull Field Marshall Booth, then a calf, and Major Booth, both of which sires proved of immense value in the Arundel herd. His last importation was in 1883*, when he brought out the Farewell bull Sir Roderick, which soon after arrival took champion prize at the National Agricultural Society's show in Melbourne.
* First show at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds site.
Mr. McDougall was a thoroughly skilled stock breeder, and had made a careful study of the subject for the greater portion of his life. He had great knowledge and experience, and on all matters relating to cattle breeding he held strong opinions, which in public controversy he was apt to urge with more force of language than those opposed to him liked.
For over 40 years of his life his best efforts were given to improve the breed of cattle in his adopted country, and owing to his energy, skill and great judgement he achieved a great success. For a short time Mr. McDougall sat in the Victorian Parliament, but politics were not to his taste, and it is as a breeder of stud shorthorns that for many a year to come the name of Robert McDougall will be familiar 'as a household word' with the breeders of high-class cattle in Australia. For many months past Mr. McDougall has been in failing health. He was in his 75th year, and leaves a widow and six children, one son and five daughters, to mourn their loss. (P.9, Argus, 29-6-1887.)
McKENZIE James Munro
See INVERNESS HOTEL.
Messrs Hoban Bros. of 360 Bourke street, report having effected the following sales:- On account of Mr.R.S.Whiting,his property at Bulla known as Bulla Park containing 852 acres to Messrs.McLeod and Anderson of Diggers Rest. (P.11, Argus,24-3-1915.)
I was involved in the naming of McCrae Boulevard at Green Gully between Keilor and St Albans (Melway 14 E 6-8.)
It may be possible that at the time I was unaware of the correct spelling but I don't think so. I have alerted Brimbank Council to the error. In THE OAKLANDS HUNT, D.F.Cameron-Kennedy stated that the first activity of the Oaklands Hunt at its foundation in 1888 was a paper trail laid from Warlaby by Farquhar Mc (Rae/Crae, don't remember which)who was in charge of the hunters owned by ---- and Davis who were leasing Glenara (and the rest of the Glenara Estate, as shown by rate records.)
William John Mansfield was the son of John Mansfield, who bought the Melbourne Airport terminal area from John Carre Riddell (Volume 106 folio 595). William John married Catherine McRae and his sister,Eliza, married Duncan McCrae. Catherine and Duncan (born at Tullamarine 1872)were children of Duncan McRae and Flora (nee Patterson) and the above Farquhar McRae could have been a brother or uncle.(P.59, THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY.)
By 1906 some of William John Mansfield's in-laws had moved to a farm at Green Gully where the Boulevard is now located and Mansfield was taking a horse to them. The partly completed Arundel bridge had been washed away so Bertrams Ford had to be used. William John and his son,William John drowned, bringing sorrow to the Mansfield and McRae families and the boy's mother, Catherine (nee McRae) would have been heartbroken.
TULLAMARINE RHYMES, DEATH AT BERTRAM'S FORD ...
Feb 1, 2012 - DEATH AT BERTRAM'S FORD. They were leading a horse that they'd sold to McRae. Who lived near St Albans, over Keilor way; Will Mansfield ...
Robert Massie was not only a parent of one or more children at the Bulla Bulla National School,he was also a big wheel in the area as shown by the following. He was also obviously on the property later taken over and beatified by Thomas Branigan who called it St. John's Hill. I thought JOHNSHILL FARM (advertised in that entry) might have been a typesetter's error but it would seem to have been the original name, which may have come from the second given name of Big Clarke,the grantee, whose given names were William John Turner.
TENDERS are required for the erection of a National School in the Parish of Bulla Bulla ; apply to the Secretary of the Board of National Education, Melbourne where plans and specifications can be seen : or the undersigned,
Secretary Local Patrons, Johnshill, Bulla Bulla.(P.8,Argus,9-4-1853.)
MITCHELL FrankSee BOCKHOLT.
I think the last available Bulla Shire ratebook available at Sunbury before the shire was jeffed was from about 1920 so the Munsters were the last occupants of Lochton that I recorded.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 18 October 1920 p 1 Family Notices
...istina, aged 47 years. MUNSTER.-On the 16th October (suddenly), at Bulla, Harold Rodier, dearly loved second surviving son of E. F. and E. C. Munster, Lochton, Bulla, 26 years.
F.Munster was doing his bit raising money for the Patriotic Fund in 1914 while Kathleen was winning first prize for her ferns and best dressed doll. E.F.Munster was complaining about the roads near Bulla in 1916. The Oaklands Hunt was still calling Lochton Munster's in 1926.
Aaron Crawford was indicted for the wilful murder of Harry Smith at the Deep Creek, on the 23rd of October last. The prisoner pleaded not guilty. Edward Howe, residing at Mr Wright's,sworn-I recollect 31st October; about two miles from Mr Wright's house, on Headlam's Creek, whither I proceeded by Mr Wright's orders, I found a dead body which I brought to Mr Wright.ETC. (Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate (Vic. : 1845 - 1847) Saturday 21 November 1846 p 2 Article.)
James. phone, name,implements,MANSFIELD CONNECTION
James Musgrove, of Bulla, near Melbourne, for whom James McEwan and Co , of Elizabeth street, are agents, shows in the Victorian court a simple and cheap form of seed sower for broadcast work. It is intended to be fixed at the back of a light cart and to be driven by a continuous chain, which takes its motion from the wheel of the cart by meansof simple catches fixed on the spokes. The seed is placed in a hopper, at the bottom of which is a crescent shaped opening whose delivery can be regulated; the seed falls through this into a hollow central chamber with three hollow radiating arms. This is kept rotating by the endless chain, so that the grain is sent flying out through the arms. This machine is also perfectly adapted for scattering dry bone dust-a disagreeable job when done by hand. (P.59S, Argus, 23-10-1888.)
Mr James Musgrove, who was the patentee of agricultural implements registered as "Victory ' patents, died last week at the age of 75 years. Apart from his business interests Mr Musgrove was a keen photographic enthusiast, and gave a great deal of useful service during his long connection with the Victorian Amateur Photographic Association, Electricity, Xray experiments and drawing ranked among his pastimes. He planned and erected a windmill-unique of its kind- for the purpose of generating electricity for lighting purposes. He leaves a
daughter and three sons; his wife died a few years ago. At the burial in the Bulla Cemetery the service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. G W. Ratten, a personal friend. (P.10,Argus,4-7-1923, PERSONAL.)
Gee,that saves me typing a lot of Bob Blackwell's information from DHOTAMA, but there's more!!!!!!!!!!!
DHOTAMA, B.55. EXACT MR MUSGROVE.
"By 1882, Thomas Musgrove had property in Bulla Shire's Oaklands and Green Gully subdivision with nett annual values of 30 and 20 pounds, and John Musgrove property with a nett annual value of 4 pounds.In 1914, James Musgrove paid rates on a factory, house and land in the same subdivision.
Bob Blackwell told me that James Musgrove produced in this factory the best seed drills one could buy as well as hay drays. He was also apparently one of the first to manufacture a mechanical reaper.
(Keilor Centenary Celebrations 1850-1950, P.8.) Martins's Corner was in Arabin Street and through to Kennedy Street on portion of which the residence of Mrs Pascoe now stands,was in either wheat or oat crop and was taken off by Mr Musgrove of Greenvale who used the first reaper ever used to take off a standing crop.
The foundry was at the (north east) corner of Oaklands and Somerton Rds and remained there until Bob was about 14, circa 1930. James Musgrove was a man of many talents.He built the house which still stands (circa 1990) within the Ponderosa Zoo. A keen photographer, he used the room at the top of the house to develop his prints. He also manufactured his own telephone system to link the house to the foundry which was 50 yards away.
This was years before anyone in the district had a phone.
As befitting a man who manufactured what were reputed to be the best seed drill in the land,James Musgrove was a most meticulous man. Two of his employees were Mr.Richards,father of Cr.H.C. Richards A.M. of Wildwood Park, and Archie Cameron.Let any of his workers call the latter Archie and James would immediately issue a reprimand. If anyone was christened James,Thomas, Samuel or Archibald,that was exactly how he was to be addressed!"
Neil Mansfield and I are cousins but as many times removed as a Bedouin's tent. We are linked through the Musgrove family. The following comes from Neil's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY.
P. 141.Edith Norma Mansfield born 17-3-1895 to Henry David Mansfield and Frances Anne (Bethell)married Albert Charles Musgrove on 25-6-1919.
Albert was the great grandson of John Musgrove, born about 1794,who married Jane Webber in about 1816. Their son, Thomas, born about 1818, married Eliza Scott in about 1843. Their nine known children were,in order of birth, William, James, Henry, Mary Jane, John Albert, Charles, George, Ellen and Elizabeth.
John Albert married Emma Jane Standen and their son,Albert Charles Musgrove, was born on 29-8-1891. In 1883, my great grandfather, John Cock, married Mary Jane, sister of the meticulous James (both in bold type above.)
James Musgrove was born in about 1848 in Somerset and married Alice Doble on 15-8-1888 in the same church in which I tied the knot,Castlemaine's Church of England, Christ Church. Alice had been born at Ravenswood in 1868 to James Doble and Harriet (Thayer.) James and Alice had four children,in order of birth,Evelyn Eliza, Aubrey James,Leonard Thomas and Clarence John.
NAIRN.Crown allotment 8 Bulla Bulla,640 acres,granted to Peter Young on 26-11-1848; Melway 384 F-J 12 north to the end of St Johns Rd,c/a 7B of 100 acres,granted to Peter Young on 18-9-1851,bounded on the south by the private access in 384 C-E12 and north to a point about opposite 110 St Johns Rd. See YOUNG.
NOONAN. -On the 3rd October, 1923, at his residence, Pine Villa, Oakland Junction, Bulla, Patrick, the dearly beloved husband of the late Ellen Noonan, and loving father of the late Margaret, aged 84 years. Native of County Cork, Ireland. (P.1, Argus, 5-10-1923.)
OVERPOSTLE.12B,Tullamarine and part of 11B,if I remember correctly. Melway 3 K3J6 east to Deep Creek.
See TULLAMARINE ISLAND. Three prominent owners were Peter,Ritchie and Gilbertson the butcher,the last two also owning Aucholzie across Deep Creek.
See my journal: THE PAPWORTHS OF GREENVALE AND TULLAMARINE ISLAND, VIC., AUST ...
PATTISON @. C/A 2D,Yuroke, 376 acres, later Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan" and Bob Jefferies'.
(Melway 178 K 1-11, east boundary a southern continuation of the reservoir west boundary. South boundary is Dench's lane, across Mickleham Rd from Swain St.)
See CRAIGBANK, see WILLOW BANK,
See my journal: THE PATULLO PIONEERS NEAR BULLA AND SOMERTON.
The death has occurred of Mr. James Patullo, aged 85 years, a native of Bulla. He leaves six daughters and three sons.(P.11, Argus, 6-12-1927.) Not all of David Patullo's sons finished up at Somerton.
Alister Clark owed much of his success as an internationally acclaimed breeder of roses to his gardener,William Peers, but had to go it alone when William won a lottery and retired. (IWS.)
THE AUSTRALASIAN in its Horticultural Notes states that the finest exhibit of roses seen perhaps this season were shown at the Sunbury Horticultural Society's Show, held on the 17th Nov.,by Mr. W. Peers, of Glenara, Bulla. Some of the blooms were marvels of perfection, and the stands were pronounced by competent judges to be even superiorto any recently exhibited at Brighton or elsewhere. The prize for the champion rose in the show was won by Comtesse de Nadaillac, shown by Mr. Peers. In the amateur class, Mr. R. J. M'Dougall was placed first with a Moman Cochet. (Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 1 December 1900 p 3 Article.)
PINE VILLA,OAKLANDS JUNCTION.
PLEASANT VALE. Melway 176 C11. Much of section 10, Tullamarine. Paul Tate was not an original purchaser in J.P.Fawkner's original subdivision but within a decade had bought many of the original blocks.The Pleasant Vale homestead was at the end of Cooper Rd. The Tullamarine Island entry cannot show the map taken from a title document, showing the extent of Pleasant Vale. If descendants would like a copy of the file with maps,send me a private message. Paul's grant in the parish of Holden is described in a comment. For a while he also owned land south of Loemans Rd.
Deep Creek, December 12th, 1848.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 December 1848 p 1 Article- William Wright.
CHRISTOPHER COFFEY,Poundkeeper. IMPOUNDED at Deep Creek Pound,ETC. March 18th, 1849.
RAILWAY ROUTES tulla or keilor
REDDAN holden, tulla, lochton
RIDDELL John Carre. See ROADS.
Riddell would have had at the back of his mind that his Camieston Estate,(between today's Melrose Drive and Mickleham Rd from the Derby St corner to the road (Mercers?) which goes from the freeway to the taxi holding area in the Airport) would become a white elephant if the decision (see bold type below) was carried out.
PUBLIC ROADS OF THE COLONY.
Mr. RIDDELL rose to ask the President of the Central Road Board certain questions relative to the road to the goldfields, and said that the inhabitants of the district lying between Essendon and Bulla Bulla were anxious to form a District Road Trust, and were quite willing to assess themselves to any reasonable amount to assist in carrying out the improvements of the road through that locality. But if the road was simply to be viewed as a parish road, it would be utterly useless for the inhabitants to do anything, for the traffic upon that road was, he believed, much greater than upon any other road in the colony, and without receiving considerable assistance from the Central Road Board, it would be impossible to put tho road in a proper state of repair. He therefore begged to ask:
1, Upon what recommendation or official report was the line of road from Essendon to Gisborne, via Keilor,
determined, in preference to that via Bulla Bulla ?
2. Is it the intention of the Board to put in repair, at an early period, that portion of the road between Essendon and Bulla Bulla, that line being, for eight months of the year, preferred by the digging population, and having been by them completely cut up, and rendered impassable, to the great injury of the agriculturists in that neighborhood ?
Mr FRANCIS MURPHY (President of the Central Road Board) said, with respect to the first question, that the road had been determined upon last year, under the advice of the then Colonial Engineer (Mr.Brees), who had recommended that the Keilor-road should be adopted in preference to the road by the Deep Creek, it being a better natural line of road, and one which would involve less expense in its construction. The present engineers were also in favor of the road via Keilor for the same reasons. The portion of the road alluded to in the second question, had been under repair for some time, but it was such a very bad road that it was impossible to effect much improvement in it, except at a very considerable expense. He was informed that the Deep Creek road was one of the worst roads in the neighborhood of Melbourne, always excepting a place which was
facetiously called a road, viz. -Simpson's-road.(etc.) (P.4,Argus,17-9-1853.)
John Shorten requested information about Malcolm Ritchie and his wife (nee Gray)and what a reply.
Looking for anyone with connection or information on Malcolm RITCHIE and Jane GRAY of Keilor /Bulla. Have details of marriage 1856 MRC 2674.
Re: RITCHIE Malcolm and GRAY Jane - Keilor/Bulla
maggiemartin111 (View posts)
Posted: 23 Dec 2008 12:50PM
Tracked the following:
Born 1829 circa
Died 1913 Keilor Vic reg no 5906 aged 84 yrs (father & mother unknown)
Married 1856 Vic reg no 2674
Jane Gray (Grey)
Born 1830 circa
Died 1913 Keilor Vic reg no 9864 aged 83 yrs (father Donald Gray, mother Jane Ritchie)
1 Elizabeth Ritchie
Born 1857 Deep Creek Vic reg no 5566
Died 1930 Footscray Vic reg no 5260 aged 73 yrs
Married 1880 Vic reg no 6181
Spouse Angus Francis Grant
Born 1855 circa
Died 1925 Footscray Vic reg no 1503 aged 70 yrs (father John Grant, mother Mary Mcnab)
1 Ethel Jane Grant
Born 1881 Wang Vic reg no 6181
2 Mary Elizabeth Grant
Born 1882 circa
Died 1958 Footscray Vic reg no 5719 aged 76 yrs
Spouse William McKenzie Brodie
Born 1878 circa
Died 1951 Footscray Vic reg no 12651 aged 73 yrs (father David Brodie, mother Fanny Kelly)
1 Alexander McKenzie Brodie
Born 1901 circa
Died 1969 Park Vic reg no 26951 aged 68 yrs
2 George Sydenham Brodie
Born 1910 circa
Died 1921 Melbourne East Vic reg no 14944 aged 11 yrs
2 Maxwell Keith Brodie
Born 1924 circa
Died 1949 F Field Vic reg no 9534 aged 25 yrs
3 Malcolm Francis Grant
Born 1886 circa Bundalong Vic
Died 1939 Fitzroy Vic reg no 2466 aged 53 yrs
Married 1912 Vic reg no 4556
Spouse Mary Catherine Whelan
Born 1888 circa
Died 1962 Park Vic reg no 788 aged 74 yrs (father Daniel Whelan, mother Catherine McKeown)
1 Malcolm Francis Grant
Born 1913 Footscray Vic reg no 12523
Died 1973 park Vic reg no 17283 aged 60 yrs
Married 1938 Vic reg no 14583
Spouse Lillian Mary Borthwick
4 Margaret Helen Grant
Born 1888 circa Bendigo Vic
Died 1974 Pasc Vic reg no 28857 aged 86 yrs
Married 1911 Vic reg no 6924
Spouse Edward Joseph Landers
Born 1886 circa
Died 1948 Essedon Vic reg no 10363 aged 72 yrs (father Martin Landers, mother Catherine Brown)
1 Eileen Margaret Landers
Born 1912 Richmond Vic reg no 15044
2 Frances Elizabeth Landers
Born 1925 circa
Died 1931 C Hill Vic reg no 4632 aged 6 yrs
2 Jean Ritchie
Born 1859 circa Vic
Died 1940 West Footscray Vic reg no 4730 aged 81 yrs
3 Anne Ritchie
Born 1862 Tullamarin Vic reg no 6898
Died 1927 Sunshine Vic reg no 12560 aged 66 yrs
Married 1899 Vic reg no 3373
Spouse Farquhar McRae
1 Florence Annie McRae
Born 1900 Essedon vic reg no 10745
Died 1967 Sunb vic reg no 10252 aged 67 yrs
2 Malcolm Ritchie McRae
Born 1902 Bulla-Tullamarin Vic reg no 1259
Married 1935 Vic reg no 5096
Spouse Eileen Nellie Darmody
3 Jean McRae
Born 1904 Bulla Vic reg no 1245
4 Malcolm Ritchie
Born 1864 Keilor Vic reg no 8469
Died 1949 Pentoville Vic reg no 902 aged 85 yrs
5 John Ritchie
Born 1865 Tullamarin Vic reg no 20665
Died 1946 West Footscray Vic reg no 7508 aged 80 yrs
6 James Ritchie
Born 1868 circa Vic
Died 1879 Tullamarin Vic reg no 9839 aged 11 yrs
7 Alexander Ritchie
Born 1871 Bulla Vic reg no 1098
Died 1956 Footscray Vic reg no 9009 aged 86 yrs
8 Charles Ritchie
Born 1874 Bulla Vic reg no 950
Died 1941 R Park Vic reg no 11293 aged 68 yrs
9 William Ritchie
Born 1876 Bulla Vic reg no 14254
Died 1881 Bulla Vic reg no 6693 aged 5 yrs
(RITCHIE Malcolm and GRAY Jane - Keilor/Bulla - General - Family ...)
The Ritchie family paid rates in two neighbouring shires, Keilor and Bulla,in one case on the same farm, Aucholzie; this will be explained later. As well as Aucholzie,the family owned land in the Maribyrnong riding of Keilor Shire near Keilor Road RAILWAY Station which explains (or will)the use of Sydenham as a given name.
When the Sydenham Historical Society folded,its material went to the Keilor society and I was lucky enough to see some of their newsletters. One dealt with the station and if I remember correctly,it was renamed after an aristocrat. Wikipedia does not mention this.
The Post Office opened on 26 August 1861. A railway station, known as Keilor Road, was opened in 1859 and renamed Sydenham on 1 April 1887. (3=The Colac Herald, Friday 25 March 1887, Change of name of a railway station.)
The Ritchies owned Aucholzie (in both shires),Gowrie Park (most of the operational area of Melbourne Airport) and Overpostle on Tullamarine Island,the last two being entirely in the shire of Bulla. The locations of these three farms on Melway are, roughly: Aucholzie (4 D5,homestead), Gowrie Park (4 K4, centre) and Overpostle (3 K4.) The Ritchie children would almost certainly attended Seafield School on the south side of Grants Lane on John Grant's "Seafield." Grants Lane,the boundary between Bulla and Keilor shires, met McNabs Rd at the very bottom of 4 G5 and the school was right near the runway where 4 J6 and K6 meet and a quarter of the way south to JK7.
Between the continuation of the shire boundary to Deep Creek and the line of the present John Bassett Rd were lots 63 to 80 of John Pascoe Fawkner's Land Co-operative subdivision. Apart from John Mansfield's block fronting McNabs Rd,none of the other blocks' purchasers have been noted in rate records,so they must have sold their blocks,most of which would have become the part of Aucholzie on which the shire of Bulla levied rates.
2ND VICTORIA BANK---------Malcolm's mum?
Donald Gray,mentioned in the above genealogy,purchased lots 15 (in the Deep Creek horseshoe bend in 4 A2) to 19 which extended east into 4 D4,fronting the north side of Mansfields Rd. Wally Mansfield told me that the climb up from Deep Creek was called Gray's Hill. At one stage David Mansfield and Malcolm Ritchie were anxious to buy a block with a Deep Creek frontage and I think it must have been lot 80 bought through the co-operative by Arthur Thomas, because this would give Malcolm direct access to Overpostle from Aucholzie without having to cross both creeks in 4 B5. The one thing that Ritchie didn't want was for Mansfield to be the successful bidder. When Wally told me the story,I found it such a giggle that I just had to write a poem about it.
NEIL MANSFIELD WROTE:
Malcolm Ritchie and David Mansfield, neighbouring farmers in Tullamarine, were bitter rivals. David once disguised himself as a swaggie and outbid Ritchie for some prime river frontage land that came up for sale. As long as David Mansfield didn't outbid him for the land, Ritchie was content to concede the bid to a derelict stranger. He was furious however when the true identity of this derelict was revealed. The poem below commemorates this incident and was composed by xxx. It is featured in his book “Before the Jetport”, written in 1998. xxx has compiled several histories of the Tullamarine and Bulla districts. He is connected to the Mansfield family through the Cock name, Ray’s great grandfather being John Cock, whose fifth wife was Mary Jane Musgrove, the sister of John Albert Musgrove, the father-in-law of Edith Norma Mansfield, the daughter of Henry David Mansfield. Here is xxx’s poem:
A river frontage came up for sale
Near Aucholzie’s in Deep Creek’s vale.
Malcolm Ritchie determined this prize to win;
“I’ll outbid Mansfield!” he swore with a grin.
When the auction began, the bidding was keen
But David Mansfield was nowhere seen;
Soon Ritchie had all his opponents licked
Apart from a swagman most derelict.
Ritchie bid with cunning stealth.
“This ragged fool can’t have much wealth,”
He thought, “It won’t be long,
And I’ll snap this land up for a song!”
The question then came, “Are you all done?
Has Malcolm Ritchie this prize land won?”
But the stranger’s hand was raised again
And a hush came over the assembled men.
The swaggie’s bids, forever higher,
Saw Ritchie’s iron resolve expire;
From the stranger then, the last bid came.
“The property’s yours sir! What’s your name?”
All faces turned to this ill-clad bloke,
Waiting expectantly until he spoke.
Ritchie’s anger was scarce concealed,
His blood flow stopped, he almost keeled,
As a lift of the hat, the stranger’s face revealed
And everyone gasped, “It’s David Mansfield!”
30 Jan 1880 - Family Notices - Trove
Hugh McKail, Angus Francis Grant, Yarrawonga, son of John Grant, Esq., Seafield, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Malcolm Ritchie, Esq., Aucholzie, ...
02 Oct 1856 - Family Notices - Trove
John Reid, Mr. Malcolm Ritchie, Aucholzie, Keilor, to Miss Jane Gray, daughter of Mr. Donald Gray, Bellno, Deep Creek. On the 1st inst., by the Rev.
There was no such property. It was actually "Roseleigh" whose historic homestead still stands on the south side of Mansfields Rd in Tullamarine. The use of Oaklands Junction to describe its location seems ridiculous but as the actual junction was not far from the north end of the north-south runway on Melbourne Airport, a walk through Gowrie Park would soon see young Wally Mansfield arrive at the Inverness Hotel to sell his rabbits.
MANSFIELD. —On the 7th August, at his parents'residence, "Rosebergh," (sic) Oaklands Junction,Lawrence Roy, third eldest dearly beloved son of Ernest and Gladys Mansfield, aged 10 years and 11 months.
vision and realisation
BULLA BULLA NATIONAL SCHOOL.
An examination of the pupils attending the Bulla Bulla National School was held on Thursday, the 13th current, when the following patrons were present :-Rawdon Greene,Esq. (chairman) ; Messrs. Cameron, Murray, Forsyth, Patullo, Brannagan, and Massie(secretary). The Rev. Mr. Chapman, of Broadmeadows, was also present, and assisted at the examination.
The prizes awarded (some of which were handsome and valuable) were given by the patrons.,
They were awarded as follows : FIRST CLASS.-READING, SPELLING, &c.
Boys.-1st prize, Walter Knight. 2nd do., Archibald Forsyth.
Girls.-1st do., Jessie Robertson. 2nd do., Euphemia Murray.
SECOND CLASS.-READING, SPELLING, &0. :
Boys.-1st prize, Arthur Pattison. 2nd do., Andrew Pattison.
Girls.-1st do., Juliet Mackintosh. 2nd do., Mary Ann Livingstone.
Boys.-1st prize, Richard Brannagan. 2nd do., John Fawkner
Girls.-1st do., Agnes Robertson. 2nd do., Mary A. Livingstone. 3rd do., Mary Massie.
Boys.-1st prize, Duncan Cameron. 2nd do., Alexander Nicholson.
Girls.-1st do., Isabella Williamson. 2nd do., Emily Hunt.
THIRD CLASS- WRITING.
Boys.-1st prize, James Patullo. 2nd do., William Williamson.
Girls.-1st do., Eliza Mackintosh. 2nd do., Hannah Burton.
Boys.-1st prize, Alexander Nicholson. . Girls.-1st do., Margaret Massie
Boys.-1st prize, Alexander Nicholson. 2nd do., Charles Mackintosh.
Boys.-1st prize, Peter Patullo. 2nd do., James Patullo. 3rd do., William Lyons.
Girls.-1st do., Eliza M'lntosh. 2nd do., Margaret Massie.
General Improvement.-Eliza Massie. Good Behavior.-Charles Mackintosh.
Plain.-Juliet Mackintosh. Sampler.-1st. Margaret Massie. 2nd, Marion Murray. Crochet.-Agnes Robertson.
The handsome prize given by the Editor of the Argus was awarded to Alexander Nicholson, as the most meritorious boy. A beautiful work-box was presented to Mary Massie for general proficiency.
Books are to be given next week to the unsuccessful candidates, as an incentive to future exertion.
After the examination, the master, Mr.Popplewell, was addressed by the Chairman of Patrons, who expressed himself highly pleased with the progress of the pupils generally during Mr. Popplewell's short term amongst them. The Rev. Mr. Chapman also expressed himself to the same effect. The samples of wool work, crotchet, and
plain sewing, reflected much credit both on the mistress and pupils. The children after the examination (which
occupied six hours) were regaled with an abundance of tea,cake, and fruit, presented by the ladies of the patrons, and Miss A. Mackintosh.
On the whole the examination reflected the highest credit to the master as a teacher, he having been only about six months in his present situation. The number of children on the books is fifty-seven, and they are increasing weekly.R. MASSIE, Secretary to Patrons. (P.6, Argus, 15-12-1855.)
Where was this school? The attendance of the Pattison children indicates that it was nowhere near the village of Bulla. They lived on the the south east corner of Somerton and Mickleham roads, the northern part later becoming Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan" on which the shopping centre and the new Greenvale school with the OLD number (890) now stand.
Extract from the Peter Young extract in this journal.
"Vision and Realisation", the Victorian Education Department history of 1972, mentioned an early school on the McDougalls' "Warlaby" (probably named Oaklands) in a declivity; this may have been a mistaken reference to Peter's school unless another was built on Warlaby later. My memory from reading the book 20 years ago is dim but I think it mentioned two schools with different National School numbers.
WANTED, a MASTER for tho DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOL at Tullamarine. Applicants must be qualified to pass the Board. A married man preferred. Address Mr. Dugald Stewart, Bulla Post office. (P.1, Argus, 8-10-1858.)
STEWART. See FLEETBANK, JUNOR, ANDERSON, TULLAMARINE ISLAND.
In one of the three Keilor souvenirs (1950, 1961, 1963) there was an article of James Anderson, who had married a daughter of Dugald Stewart. It stated that Dugald had been involved in the construction of the (Murray River and Mt. Alexander) railway. This would have been in about 1858 and Dugald may have purchased Fleetbank at that time (or earlier-see below.) The denominational school referred to was probably the Tullamarine Island School which opened in 1859.
PASTED FROM THE TULLAMARINE ISLAND ENTRY.
It is likely that this was the .3 acre site at the north west corner of lot 14 on section 10. This was conveyed into the trust of J.P.Fawkner, Henry Langlands, David Smith and Dugald Stewart on 15-10-1855 (70277).
WANTED, a MASTER for tho DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOL at Tullamarine. Applicants must be qualified to pass the Board. A married man preferred. Address Mr. Dugald Stewart, Bulla Post office.(P.1, Argus, 8-8-1858.)
STEWART.—On the 13th August (suddenly), at "Fleet Bank " Bulla, Margaret, relict of the late Dugald Stewart aged 84 years. (P.1, Argus, 16-8-1904.)
STEWART-On the 29th January, at Dungorm, Tatura, John, son of the late Dugald and Margaret Stewart, Fleet Bank, Bulla, aged 68 years. (P.1, Argus, 31-1-1922.)
ST. JOHN'S HILL.
See Branagan. See JOHNSHILL FARM. See MASSIE.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 22 April 1868 p 4 Family Notices
... DEATHS. BRANAGAN. -On the 21st inst., at his residence, St. John's Hill, Deep Creek, Bulla, Mr. Thomas Branagan, aged fifty years. Much respected.
Attention is directed to a clearing sale of sheep, cattle and horses to be held at St.John's Hill Bulla. by Messrs Stratford Strettle and Co., on Monday next. (P.3, Gippsland Times,16-10-1882.)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27
CLEARING OUT SALE
SHEEP, CATTLE, and HORSES
At St John's Hill,
14 Miles from Melbourne
To Close Partnership Accounts
STRATFORD STRETTLE and Co have received
Instructlons from Messrs. Branigan Bros., who are
dissolving partnership to SELL by PUBIC AUC-
TION, at St John's Hill, Bulla, 14 miles from Mel
bourne, on Monday, 23rd October, 1882, at twelve
350 four and five year old bullocks, bred on the
50 three year old bullocks
80 cows, principally three and four years old, by
Gipsy Boy, Gambetta, Duke of Connaught, and
other well bred bulls
50 well bred heifers.
All the cattle are in good condition, and a number
of the cows are in full milk.
6 heavy draught mares, all young, good workers,
and in splendid condition
15 saddle and light harness horses, and a few suit-
able for India
2 draught horses, Prince and Star, 4yrs old, up to
Bay filly, 2 yrs old, by Aconite, dam Kaled
Grey mare, by Snowden
Black gelding, 5 yrs, by Kettledrum
Bay mare, 4 yrs, by The Steward
Grey colt, by The Steward
Bay mare, 6 yrs old, in foal to Primero (imported)
The thoroughbred stallion Victorian
The hurdle racer Foreman,
The galloway Ladylike,
1300 slx and eight tooth merino wethers, bred in
Riverina, shorn last October. Splendid woolled
sheep, and in good condition.
Terms at sale.
Cabs will leave the auctioneers' office at ten o'clock
on the morning of sale.(P.10,Argus,19-10-1882.)
On Account of Messrs. Brannigan Bros,,
Their well Known property, ST. JOHN'S HILL, BULLA, Situate about two miles from the Inverness, l8 miles from Melbourne, and three miles from Sunbury Railway Station, adjoining tho properties of Robert M'Dougall, Esq., Warlaby,and Sir W. J. Clarke, Bart , Wildwood, This property, consisting of 227 acres of rich black
soil, cannot be surpassed for a stud farm, grazing, or agricultural purposes. It has a mile frontage to the
Deep Creek, consisting of rich flats, well suited for laying down in lucerne or other English grasses.
The Improvements consist of a six-roomed dwelling house and all necessary outbuildings.
Also, on Account of same owners,
Their STRATHMERTON PROPERTY.
consisting of 2,000 acres, situate within 12 miles of Numurkah.This property is well fenced and subdivided, and
has a six-roomed house and outbuildings thereon. 160 acres are now under crop.This country is all in one block, and has splendid carrying capabilities, being equal to anything in the North Eastern district.
Not having my Bulla Rates transcriptions any more,I can only guess where the 227 acres owned by the Brannigans was located. I gained the impression from Bob Blackwell, Jack Simmie of Harpsdale, and possibly IWS and George Lloyd's Mickleham Road 1920-1952,that St Johns Hill was on the western side of the start of Konagaderra Rd and separated from Warlaby by D.C.A.Lane (western continuation of Craigieburn Rd.) Obviously the "Brannigan Paddocks" consisted of all 860 acres 2 roods 30 perches of section 16, Bulla and the extra 440 acres might have been part of Anne Greene's section 16. The 227 acre freehold could have been the western quarter of 17A and B.(*See below,20-10-1923.)
The friends of the late Mrs JOHANNA BRANIGAN (relict of the late Mr Thomas Branigan) are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment Bulla Cemetery. The funeral will leave her late residence, St
John's Hill, Bulla, on Thursday, 23rd inst, at 12 o'clock.
JOHN DALEY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. (P.1, Argus,22-7-1885.)
Probate of Johanna's will was granted to Alexander Stratford Strettle. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 18 July 1889 p 7 Advertising.)
*It would seem that neither St Johns Hill nor the Strathmerton property were sold and that Dennis farmed the former and Thomas the latter. Dennis was an East Riding councillor for the Shire of Bulla. It seems that the sale of the 1310 acres by Keast in 1922 fell through; perhaps Schlapp could not obtain a loan or had unforeseen financial difficulties. The 20-10-1923 advertisement gives the location of the 1310 acres.
SALE OF FARM LAND AT BULLA.
Mr.W.S.Keast, stock and station agent, Queen's House, Melbourne,reports having sold,on behalf of the owner, 1310 acres of land, known as Brannigan's paddocks, situated on the Deep Creek,near Bulla.
It consists chiefly of good grazing and agricultural land,with a frontage to the Deep Creek of about
one mile, fenced and subdivided into numerous paddocks. The purchaser was Mr.H.H.Schlapp, of Waratah, Donnybrook.(P.6, Argus,22-12-1922.)
YOUNGHUSBAND LIMITED and MACARTHUR and MACLEOD (In conjunction) have received instructions to OFFER at PUBLIC AUCTION, That splendid property, containing 1310 acres being Crown allotment 1 and part 2, Section 3 , Parish Bolinda and Allotments 1 and 2, Section 16, Parish Bulla Bulla formerly in the occupation of Mr Dennis
Branigan. (P.5,Argus, 20-10-1923.)
SUNBURY'S WATER SUPPLY. See FLOODS. See BARRINGO CREEK.
SUNNYSIDE.19B, Bulla Bulla,of 119 acres granted to W.Fanning on 29-1-1852,indicated by Melway 176 G-H 6 ((south of road)and 7(northern half.)
TAYLOR William.(OVERNEWTON NEAR KEILOR.)
William Taylor seems to have been a stock and station agent as well as a grazier.
TULLAMARINE ISLAND. (Extract from my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF TULLAMARINE.)
The part of the parish between Jacksons Creek and Deep Creek was known as Tullamarine Island. I.W.Symonds says that the aforesaid part of the Bulla-Diggers Rest road indicated the island’s northern extent but Ed. Fanning of “Sunnyside” believes that Emu Creek may have been the northern limit, thus almost surrounding the island with water. Bulla’s rates only included residents south of Sunbury Rd in the Tullamarine Island Subdivision.
As with his other subdivisions, J.P.Fawkner headed a co-operative to obtain the grant for section 10 (3,D/2), which contains Lightwood Gully and Cooper Rd. The only buyer of the 45 (at least) blocks linked to entries in the Bulla ratebook of 1882-3 was William Bedford. He was probably the William Bedford who built the swing bridge from the island to the Bulla School (possibly following the second and final closure of Tullamarine Island School 619 on 31-8- 1882). The ratebook records that Catherine Bedford had land with a nett annual value of 26 pounds. (Location shown later.)
Surprisingly absent from the buyers of section 10 lots were the Tates whose land (N.A.V. 177 pounds in 1882) probably included many of the section’s 448 acres. George Randall may have had part of the section near the famous basalt organ pipes. In “Keilor Pioneers: Dead Men Do Tell Tales” excellent detail about the Tates is presented; I will not repeat it here but I wish to refer to two points.
Firstly the family was on section 10 by at least 1859 when James was born. The second point is that their property was known from the first as Pleasant Vale, with Cooper Rd being the driveway to the homestead, according to Ed. Fanning. The “estate” which James bought at Diggers Rest after marrying Elizabeth Milburn was merely an extension of Pleasant Vale across Jacksons Creek, in McLeods Rd near the Holden school where James had been educated.
Shire of Bulla rate records indicate that among the pioneers of Tullamarine Island were: Michael Loeman (grantee of Glenloeman) the Fannings (“Sunnyside”; much detail in “Bulla Bulla” by I.W.Symonds.), Randalls, Bedfords, Junors, Grants (Craigllachie), Skews, Dugald and Margaret Stewart, Elizabeth Ramsden (leasing Glenloeman in 1902) and Malcolm Ritchie and W.D.Peter of Overpostle.
The map of “Tullamarine Island” farms on the next page has been compiled largely from information supplied by the late Bob Blackwell who was a grandson of bridge- builder Bedford. Information about Donald Junor’s “Fleetbank” came from Ed.Fanning who confirmed Bob’s locations.
TULLAMARINE ISLAND FARMS.
(I might be able to attach this and other maps to an email if you send me a private message with your email address.)
The Bedfords have had Fleetbank for over half a century. Harry Bedford used to work on Glenloeman for the Crosbies and then the Powells. His son, Henry still owns Fleetbank but lives on his 60 acre “Trooper’s Bend” north east of the Bulla bridge. Growing up on Fleetbank, he used to work for Billy McLeod on Bulla Park from the age of 11, about 1950, during his holidays. McLeod bought Bulla Park for L8/10/- per acre, about the same price that Gilbertsons paid for Overpostle. Henry said that the Clarkes were on Deep Valley for as long as he could remember until about 10 years ago. Clarke of Pips Chips fame gave this new name to the Sharp family’s “Craigllachie” and used the property for Romney Marsh sheep and trotting horses.
TULLAMARINE ISLAND TITLES INFORMATION.
This had not been researched but Judy Sloggett changed all that. She is a descendant of the Faithfulls, who were pioneering farmers on the island; a fact not revealed by rate records as those for almost the first 20 years are no longer available. As usual when the Broadmeadows Historical Society refers somebody to me, Judy has supplied much information so I thought it only right that I should endure more weight lifting, eye strain and writers’ cramp to reward her contribution. I have retained my original summary of the Island’s history so that the following can be contrasted with it.
This 448 acre section was bought by John Pascoe Fawkner, as chairman of the Victoria Cooperative Freehold Land Investment Society, with money paid in by those who wanted to buy land. Upon the conveyance of each member’s land an additional 10 shillings was paid to Fawkner. The 10/- payment, probably to cover stamp duty, was also paid on conveyance of Fawkner’s land at East Keilor, in sections 13 and 7 in the parish of Tullamarine and at Hadfield and Coburg.
Fawkner’s land was generally broken into lots of about 6 acres, probably to make it possible for even the poorest yoeman farmer to own his own land. However the lots must have proved too small and they were to become consolidated into large farms such as Shelton at East Keilor, Glenalice in section 13 and Loves’ dairy in section 7.
Memorials concerning section 10 land rarely mention lot numbers; only those for Boone and the Presbyterian church land do so.
Andrew Lemon mentions the above school on P. 38 of his Broadmeadows history but assumes that it was two miles west of Broadmeadows. It is likely that this was the .3 acre site at the north west corner of lot 14 on section 10. This was conveyed into the trust of J.P.Fawkner, Henry Langlands, David Smith and Dugald Stewart on 15-10-1855 (70277). Rev. Reid’s argument that the parish was intersected by creeks (always flooded in the rainy season) makes me believe that he was talking about Tullamarine Island rather than the area near John Grant’s “Seafield” where a school also commenced in 1959. Tullamarine Island School 619 operated 1-7-1859 to 30-4-1865 and 3-12-1875 to 31-8-1882. (2nd period probably on the site i.e. Bulla Park mentioned by I.W.Symonds.)
The land bought from Fawkner by the following is shown in the section 10 subdivision map.
COPYRIGHT MELWAY PUBLISHING PTY. LTD. REPRODUCED FROM MELWAY EDITION 27, WITH PERMISSION.
The lot numbers as shown above were unknown until I was trying to establish the locations of farms owned by the Tates and Randalls. Luckily a plan of Fawkner’s subdivision of section 10 was included in the sketch of title for Application 12224 (by Paul Tate in 1879.)
The plan showed that Fawkner’s index did not include details about the sale of three lots, unless I missed the entries in my transcription.
LOT 35 WAS BOUGHT BY HENRY JOLLY (285 117).
LOT 29 WAS BOUGHT BY COGAN BRUMBY (6 228).
LOT 33 WAS BOUGHT BY THOMAS HORLEY (HORTEY?)
Joll(e)y’s purchase of lot 35 was probably not memorialized until 1880 when Letitia Roy Smith (David’s wife) applied for title, stating that she bought it from Henry Jolley for 90 pounds on 26-3-1856 (Application 13198).
It is obvious that the purchase of lot 33 was never memorialized. Some proof of the purchase must have been provided in application 13537.
In superimposing the lots onto Melway maps 176 and 3, I have used the dimensions given in memorials but I have had to show with a dotted line that the south- west corner of lot 42 was at the bend in the river.
SECTION 10 FARMS.
COPYRIGHT MELWAY PUBLISHING PTY. LTD. REPRODUCED FROM MELWAY STREET DIRECTORY EDITION 27 , WITH PERMISSION.
Allotment B of section 5 in Holden was granted to Paul Tate and the other executors of the will of C. Rhodes. Ed Fanning does not believe that it became part of Pleasant Vale. Paul Tate probably gained title to lots 35 and 27. (Details about Paul's grant in the parish of Holden are given in the comment about Jacksons Creek straddlers of -- November, 2013.)
George Randall also bought lots 11-15 from Thomas Fraser on 20-11-1861 for 325 pounds (112 484). It is likely that Randall also bought lots 10 and 16 from Fraser. Ed Fanning says that the 108 acres that Alf Randall had after Hall had bought this section 10 farm was in the western quarter of 11B.
William Bedford sold the southern half of lot 34 to David Smith for 40 pounds on 12-3-1861 (6 827). He had bought lot 3 from Boone for 10 shillings on 3-4-1855 and lot 2 from Collins on 12-3-1856 for 112 pounds. He later added lot 1, purchased from John Jones for 129 pounds on 25-1-1867 (Application 26569).
Henry Ernest Hall applied for title to lot 4 (Application 27053) and then Harriet Sharp’s old farm and lot 6 in 1891. Application 40141 shows Hall in possession of lots 1-13 (all the section 10 land south of the line of Loemans Rd) as well as lots 14 and 16. Ratebooks (1902, 1915) show that he owned 106 acres.
John Heagney bought 11B from the grantees but by 1882 Katherine and James Heagney were reduced to leasing Craigllachie from the O’Briens. Paul Tate had the western half of 11B and the Ritchies had the eastern half.
Abraham Hodgkinson was the 3rd mate on the “Royal Consort” which left for Australia on 9-11-1843 and arrived on 18-2-1844. He was paid L8/19/6 for his duties, which indicates that he did not jump ship as many sailors did a decade later during the gold rush. On board as passengers were Thomas Faithfull 37, his wife Mary Ann 39, and their children: Harriet Ruby 19, Sarah Amelia 17, Henry 14, Jane 11, Moses 8, William 4 and Thomas 2. The Faithfull family must have soon arrived in this area for when their eighth and last child, Anne, was born on 9-6-1846 the birth was registered at Bulla.
Now it seems that Abraham Hogkinson, about 31 during the voyage out, was using his time off duty for more than sleeping. A certain 19 year old lass had caught his eye and he was to marry Harriet on 10-2-1850. Abraham was to live only nine years after his marriage but fathered eight children because he started early! Did they elope? The registrations of his childrens’ births indicate his whereabouts before buying land on Tullamarine Island:
Ester b. Moonee Ponds* & d. Melbourne 1845, Maria b. Gippsland 1848, William b. Keilor 1849, Marian b.1851 and Sarah b.1853 at Jordans Creek (up Castlemaine way), Thomas b.1855 Tullamarine, Harriet b.1857 Flemington (may have needed special medical care for the birth), Abraham b.1860 Tullamarine (d.1861.)
(Moonee Ponds could have indicated that he was working for Loeman on Moreland, Robertson on La Rose or Fawkner on Belle Vue Park, leasing part of 23 Doutta Galla, working for Kenny on Camp Hill, McDougall etc on Glenroy, Peter McCracken on Stewarton, Coghill on Cumberland, Dewar on Glendewar, Greene on Woodland or Firebrace on Melford Station, i.e. anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek! Several historians have made the mistake of assuming that “Moonee Ponds” meant the present suburb.)
Anyhow, getting back to Abraham’s farm. On 25-2-54, Abraham bought Edward Pope’s allotment for 150 pounds (12 981). For an amount that was not entered in the memorial, he then purchased the neighbouring allotment from Frederick Anthony Thies on 4-5-1855. I have not been able to find the conveyance of John Beasley’s allotment, but Abe obviously owned this by 1-9-1855, when he mortgaged all three allotments to J.H.Brooke for 100 pounds (30 384).
On 30-7-1858, Abraham conveyed Beasley’s lot and the eastern part of Thies’s lot (which is not part of the Organ Pipes Park) to Henry Mildenhall for 125 pounds (66 695). Mildenhall became the husband of Sarah Amelia Faithfull, the sister of Abraham’s wife, Harriet. Abraham Hodgkinson died on 2-12-1859. In 1862, his widow married William Skill Sharp but Harriet again became a widow when William died on 4-8-1870.
On 15-7-1879, Thomas Hodgkinson conveyed Pope’s purchase and the western half of the lot originally bought by Thies (both now part of the park) to his mother Harriet Sharp for 140 pounds. (282 230). The memorial indicates that the title was converted (to Torrens?) in 1890 so details of further conveyance cannot be obtained for free.
Harriet Sharp died on 24-12-1885. Her will of 17-12-1885 left “the old farm” (lot 7 and the western half of lot 8) to her daughter Amy Ann Sharpe and “East End Farm”, her present homestead (allotment 7A of section 5 in Holden) to her son, John Sharpe. Thomas Hodgkinson was appointed as Amy’s trustee until she turned 21.John Sharpe, her sole executor, specified on 31-3-1886 that the Holden farm consisted of 36 99/160 acres and the old farm of about 31 acres. (See 11A re spouses of Harriet’s kids.)
David Smith purchased lot 36 in section 10 from Fawkner. He later acquired the nearby lots originally purchased by Burrell (1854), Cozens (55), Bedford (61) and William Jolly (67). His wife Letitia Roy Smith bought Henry Jolly’s lot 35 on 26-3-1856. David was one of the four trustees for the Presbyterian land on lot 14.David also owned John Byrnes’ old farm of about 150 acres (between Overpostle and the westernmost quarter of 11B) from 1862 until he sold it to Paul Tate on 18-3-1876. Letitia sold about 12 acres to speculator, Aaron Waxman, on 17-12-1879.
11 A. BULLA PARK.
Allotment A of section 11 was known to Bob Blackwell as Bulla Park. Its southern boundary, along Loemans Rd, is given in documents as 80 chains (a mile) but Melway shows it as 85 chains. This could be because the original survey was wrong or because Loemans Rd was moved 5 chains to the east at a later time. Its western boundary was 62.25 chains and its eastern boundary extended 40 chains north along Loemans Rd to the bend.
Thomas Faithfull bought the 333 acres from the grantees (Cay, Chapman and Kaye) for 1665 pounds on 26-7-1852. (21 821) On 10-9-1854, Thomas conveyed the eastern half of the allotment to his son, Moses, for L832/10/-. Its southern boundary went west 45 chains from the south east corner to compensate for the eastern boundary being only half a mile. (21 822)
Thomas kept the western half, which had a southern boundary of only 35 chains but its western boundary extended 62.25 chains north to the Saltwater River. He mortgaged it to Catherine McKinnon for 200 pounds on 16-5-1855 (26 587) and to John Catto for 200 pounds on 23-5-1857. (49 256) Moses mortgaged his portion to McKinnon for 200 pounds on 20-5-1857. (49 258)
Several of Thomas Faithfull’s children married people who were or became residents on or near Tullamarine Island. The first, Harriet Ruby, married Abraham Hodgkinson on 10-2-1850, probably as the result of a Love Boat romance. Abraham was 3rd mate on the Royal Escort, on which the Faithfulls sailed to Australia in 1853-4, and must have made an impression on the 19 year old Harriet. Sarah Amelia married Henry Mildenhall who bought land from Abe Hodgkinson. Ann married David Mansfield of Glenalice just west of Deep Creek. The third daughter, Jane, married George Nicholls .
Henry Mildenhall is called Harry in title documents so it is possible that George Nicholls was the R.G.Nichols who bought lot 6 on section 10 for 120 pounds on 23-8-1854 and sold it to William Sharp(Harriet’s second husband) for only 60 pounds on 29-6-1865.(16 196 and 159 339)
Ann McArthur, who married William Faithfull, may have been a daughter of Peter McArthur, the grantee of the 338 acre “Glenarthur”, which is now covered by the western half of the Greenvale Reservoir. Two of Harriet’s children, Thomas and Harriet Hodgkinson married locals:Harriet Bedford (lots 1-3 section 10) and Alexander Robb (lots 49-51 on 13B, east bank of Deep Creek.)
Thomas and Moses seemed to have lived in the same house according to the ordnance map of about 1910. The only house on 11A, it was approached from the north eastern corner and from a point on the southern boundary about 54 chains west from the south east corner. (See map on page 12.)
Both Thomas and Moses mortgaged their portions to the Land Mortgage Bank of Victoria. Thomas was apparently unable to repay and this bank sold his portion to John Skuse on 11-4-1871 (209 779). Moses’ land was reconveyed to him but on 4-12-1873, he sold it to John Skuse for 400 pounds. John Skuse conveyed Thomas’s portion to William Henry Croker (347 776) and it is likely that Croker also bought Moses’ portion.
Croker acquired land south of Loeman’s Rd as well. It is likely that Bulla Park passed from Croker to Whiting, who died on 17-6-1929. Croker later owned Woodlands in Oaklands Rd near Bulla and his near neighbour there, W.D.Peter of Dunalister, bought Overpostle on the Island.
It is likely that the 333 acre Bulla Park was part of the 658 acres of Robert Selmon Whiting in 1902 and Duncan & George McLeod & John Anderson in 1914. It was definitely part of Thornton’s 760 acres in 1922. Billy McLeod apparently bought the farm from Thornton in the 1950’s.
11 B PART OF OVERPOSTLE AND TWO OTHER FARMS.
On 26-7-1853, the grantees (Kaye, Cay and Chapman) sold 11B of 624 acres to John Heagney for 1872 pounds. The nature of the transaction was “Releases to Uses” (3 865). (Heagney was already farming the land, having taken out a seven year lease on 5-5-1851. John was to pay a rent of 3/6 per acre plus 2/6 per acre that was cultivated (N 110).
Application 9064 shows that 11 B was split into three by boundaries running north-south.
The portion that became part of Overpostle had a Loemans Rd frontage that ran 4000 links (1/2 mile or 800 metres) west from the road’s right angle bend. John Heagney died on 1-10-1875 and left, in his will of 28-5-1875, 172 acres (on which dwelling and buildings stood) of the 324 acres to his daughter, Margaret, and the remainder to his 14 year old son, Edward. As a search of John, James and Malcolm Ritchie’s affairs revealed no insolvencies as at 1-6-1877, I presume that the Ritchies bought the property soon afterwards. (Application 10134) On 10-2-1876 Margaret McCrae (probably living on Glenara and wife of Farquhar) sold her half part of 324 acres to Edward for 860 pounds (255 559)
The next 1850 links (370 metres) frontage was sold to John Byrnes by John Heagney on 13-7-1854 for 450 pounds (14 421). Byrnes mortgaged it to John Miller (80 836) and must have been battling as Miller conveyed it to David Smith on 1-4-1862 (150 628).
David Smith was an original purchaser in Fawkner’s subdivision of section 10.
Smith sold this portion to Paul Tate on 18-3-1876 but the conveyance was not registered.
The westernmost 2150 links (430 metres) of 11B’s Loemans Rd frontage was that of the part that John Heagney sold (application and release) to Michael Heagney for 450 pounds on 13-7-1854 (14 420). On 2-5-1864, Michael Heagney sold it to Paul Tate for 900 pounds (138 819).
In the wild atmosphere of land speculation in 1888, W.H.Croker bought this farm from Paul Tate on 18-5-1888 (this was not registered with the Supreme Court until 22-5-90)
for 3400 pounds (362 430). Croker swapped it with Robert Selmon Whiting for other land (374 150) and, on 16-6-1915, Whiting sold it to George McKenzie McLeod, William McLeod and J.S.G.Anderson.
12 B PART OF OVERPOSTLE.
Consisting of 300 acres, this was also granted to Kaye, Cay and Chapman. On 15-11-1852, they conveyed it to John, James and Malcolm Ritchie for 1500 pounds. The Ritchies also owned Aucholzie and Gowrie Park, just east of Deep Creek.
Tulla/Peninsula links-The Chapmans who established Sea Winds on Arthurs Seat, Tommy Loft, Burrell, Thomas Napier and Percy Hurren are among the names that research has uncovered in both areas.1-5-2011.
12 A Craigllachie (pronounced craig el ockie) or Deep Valley.
My Tullamarine Parish map gives the names of grantees and the dates on which grants were issued. Surprisingly, I could find no mention of E.F.N.Clarke in the first series index. I had wondered about the year of issue, ’36, but concluded that he was related to W.J.T.Clarke and had claimed pre-emptive right on land he had occupied in 1836. While I was talking with Henry Bedford about his time growing up on Fleetbank, I asked about occupancy of Craigllachie and his reply (that the Clarkes had been there for as long as he could remember) started me thinking. Was 36 actually 1936? I dug out a Tullamarine parish map given to me by Gary Vines of the Living Museum of the West. Apart from being handwritten rather than typed and not giving dates, it seemed at a glance identical to mine. I accepted Gary’s kind offer because it showed the locations of four squatters’ buildings: Sherrit’s hut on Glenloeman, and the stations of Hunter on Arundel, Downie on Glendewar and Hall on Stewarton. It said the grantee of 12 A was John Daly. The spelling (as in the case of John Pascoe Fawker for section 7) was wrong but the information was correct.
*In her “Broadmeadows History Kit”, S.O’Callaghan states on page 17 that Arrott (Arnott?) and Daly were bakers in Broadmeadows Township. This was probably the same J.Daly (sic?) who was granted 5H of the parish of Yuroke, of 366 ¾ acres. Today 5H in Meadow Heights and Coolaroo is indicated by the southern Norval Ave corner (south west cnr), a point 180 metres west of the weighbridge in Maffra St (south east cnr) and the east-west parts of Lightwood Cres. and Paringa Blvd (north). Presuming that the baker had bought both grants, it is reasonable to suppose that both were used to grow wheat.
That grown in Yuroke would have been milled on the site of the Pipeworks Market (Melway 7, J/10), and that grown on Craigllachie would have been sent to the mill on Lochton (Mel.111, D/4) The latter mill was opened in 1856 by Lochton’s grantee, Capt. William Morrison Hunter. It was taken over in the same year by Bell Bros. with Straughans and D.R.Bain as millers. The mill was later owned by W.B.Gadd, who closed it in 1861. (“Bulla Bulla” P.50). That Craigllachie might be suitable for wheat growing is indicated by the fact that Michael Loeman cultivated a good deal of Glenloeman from 1850 until 1863. (Gadd’s mill closed 1861!)
John Daley’s daughter, Mary, married Michael O’Brien. This may have been the Michael O’Brien who was leasing a house in the Strathmore area from G.Urquhart in 1863. (Broadmeadows rates.)
On 16-3-1869, John Daley conveyed Craigllachie to Michael O’Brien and his wife Mary:
“In consideration of the natural love and affection which the said John Daley hath for his daughter, the said Mary O’Brien, and for the said Michael O’Brien and for divers other consideration thereunto moving.”
(* See Heritage study re the Glencoe Homestead and the Diggers Rest Primary School newsletter article about John Daly, the O'Briens and the homestead in comments. As they lived on Glencoe, they leased Craigllachie to the Heagneys.)
Bulla’s ratebook of 1882-3 shows that Katherine and James Heagney (probably the widow and son of John, who’d owned 11B) were leasing a property (N.A.V. 48 pounds), which was almost certainly Craigllachie. I do not intend to pursue title any more on this property. The Grants seem to have been on it by 1897. Symonds states on P. 52 of “Bulla Bulla” that Robert Grant of Craigellachie received a special mention for vegetables at the first Bulla Show of 1-5-1897.
In 1914-5 William Fraser Grant*, whose occupation was given as Inspector of Works, was listed as the owner and occupier of 140 acres and a closed road of 5 acres (which used to join Loemans Rd and Mansfield Rd). By 1922-3, Craigllachie’s owner was Eric L.Grant, with other details being the same except that 140 had become 138.
As seems obvious, it was on 3-9-1936 that E.F.N.Clarke (of Pips Chips fame) bought Craigllachie and renamed it Deep Valley.
(*Grant had been on the property for some time. David Mansfield had claimed that Grant had closed the road from his place to Sunbury (i.e. between Melway 4 A4 and 3 J2.
BULLA SHIRE COUNCIL. Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 22 August 1903 p 2 Article.)
18B FLEETBANK. This 192 acre allotment was granted to Kaye, Cay and Chapman for L230/8/- on 10-12-1850. Application 31187 contains the above information and then gives the second series index numbers for: John Broadfoot, Margaret Broadfoot, Margaret Stewart and Dugald Stewart. An examination of the indexes for these four names made no mention of 18B, although Dugald Stewart is mentioned as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church land at the north west corner of lot 14 in section 10. With this lack of evidence, *I am forced to guess that John Broadfoot bought 18B from the grantees, left it to wife Margaret in his will, that she remarried and that the land passed to her husband (or son), Dugald.(This guess is confirmed by Isaac Batey's memoirs!)
*John P. Fawkner became possessed of a stretch of land on the Island, how many acres it is. beyond me to say. He subdivided his acquisition into farms, re-selling the same to diverse people, amongst whom Master O.Daniel fails to catalogue Faithful, Bone or Boone, James Tate's folks, Heagney,Smith, Rhodes and Bedford. Besides these was Broadfoot, in partnership, I infer, with Dugald Stewart. Broadfoot was accidentally killed off a bullock dray, and afterwards the widow married Stewart. (P.2, Sunbury News, 27-8-1910.)
The Bulla directory of 1868 lists William Bedford, John Daly, Thomas Faithfull, William and John Fanning, John and Edward Heagney, Michael and Phillip Loeman, William Randall, William Sharp, David Smith and Paul Tate. Therefore all the farms on Tullamarine Island are accounted for except two- 12B and Fleetbank. The Ritchies, who owned 12B, were listed under Tullamarine. Dougald Stewart, farmer, was listed under Bulla as well, so it is reasonable to assume that he was on Fleetbank by that time. Dugald Stewart was, with David Smith, a trustee of Presbyterian land (Tullamarine Island School site on n/w corner of lot 14, section 10) from 15-10-1858 (V.70 folio 277) and one of the founders of the Bulla Presbyterian Church in 1859. (Bulla Bulla P.58.)
The earliest ratebook available (1879) does not show that he owned other land and in 1882-3, his land in the Tullamarine Island Subdivision had a N.A.V. of 65 pounds and was almost certainly Fleetbank.
In 1914-5, Donald Junor was assessed on 201 acres, which-despite the extra nine acres- is known to have been Fleetbank.
As mentioned previously, the Bedfords have owned Fleetbank for about 60 years.
18 A, 18 C (and 20A Bulla) Glenloeman.
These Crown Allotments, consisting of 88, 412 and 94 acres respectively made up the 594 acres of Glenloeman. Loeman bought 18A and C on 10-12-1850, a date on which Kaye, Cay and Chapman and several other grantees in Tullamarine acquired their grants.
Detailed information about Michael Loeman can be found on P. 429 of “Victoria and its Metopolis” (A.Sutherland) and details of the ownership of Glenloeman on page 54 of “Bulla Bulla “ (I.W.Symonds).
Part of Glenloeman was purchased by Alister Clark of Glenara to protect his privacy. The 1914-5 rates show that William Gerald and Bernard Michael Crosbie still had the whole 594 acres of Glenloeman but by 1922-3 Alister and Edith Clarke had 106 ½ acres of 18C and Bernard Crosbie had 478 acres (I think the rate collector meant 488). Michael Loeman was a great mate of John Kernan, which accounts for Loeman St in Strathmore. Loeman St in Essendon is probably due to Michael’s grant of a township allotment bisected by Kiora St. The bridge in Moreland Rd was called Loemans Bridge in honour of Michael who managed and then farmed on Dr McCrae’s Moreland Estate for many years before settling on Glenloeman.
Alice Pryor, nee Wood, grew up in William Bethell’s bluestone general store and post office in Bulla Township. Her memories of the island date back to the latter 1920’s. She remembered the Papworth’s living in the Craigllachie homestead. The Papworth children, Hector, Thelma and Keith went to the Bulla school with Alice. Other “Island” youngsters that she knew well were Lexi and Rory McLeod of Bulla Park and John, Pauline and Mary Crosbie of Glenloeman. Alice has vague recollections of ruins on Bulla Park near the Tullamarine Island School site described by I.W.Symonds.
Henry Bedford gave the following detail about the farms.
PLEASANT VALE. The Tates had their orchard in the creek valley on the east bank. The farm was owned by Mashford for most of the 1950’s. Charlie Clymo bought it in about 1958 and later sold to Fred Bassett. Cappie Dale bought the “island” portion of Pleasant Vale and used it for about a decade as a pig farm. Gallea continued with pigs and still owns it. An old ruin was on Cooper Rd before the Pleasant Vale Homestead.
BULLA PARK. The 1922 ratebook recorded that Stephen and Eileen May Theinton had 760 acres in sections 11 and 10 Tullamarine. My transcription of the West Riding assessments was selective but I assumed that these weirdly named people owned Bulla Park. Henry Bedford recalls people named Thornton selling Bulla Park to Billy McLeod. Billy used it, till about 1960, to graze sheep and grow oats and barley. McLeods also still owned the 150 acre paddock on 11B which adjoined Overpostle’s western boundary.
OVERPOSTLE. Gilbertsons, who also owned Aucholzie (across Deep Creek), would often hold 15000 sheep on Overpostle during the Christmas break at their slaughterhouse. Henry Bedford would bring his truck loaded with hay every day to feed them. The Gilbertsons’ slaughtermen earned weekend bonus money by digging out rocks on Overpostle; a good indication that this farm had never been ploughed.
GLENLOEMAN. Henry remembers only sheep and cattle here so it seems that Michael Loeman made the right decision in the 1860’s (giving up wheat growing.) Alister Clark’s 106 acres was resold to Glenloeman but locals still know the land as Clark’s paddock.
ALBIE EWART owned land on both sides of Jacksons Creek near the organ pipes for some time around 1950.His 200 acres on the south side was connected to his “island” land by a ford. (This land had probably been Harriet Sharpe's. The ford was possibly the one that Hume and Hovell are thought to have used in 1824.)
HOMESTEADS etc. ON AND NEAR TULLAMARINE ISLAND.
I believe that the map from which this portion comes is an Army Ordnance map from about 1910. The dating is based on known time lines relating to the Oakland Hunt Club kennels near Daniels Rd and Franklins Hotel in Broadmeadows Township.
1. Fanning’s Sunnyside. 2. Glenloeman. 3. Craigllachie 4. Overpostle
5. Randall 6. Randall? 7. Tate 8. Bulla Park (two tracks to one house) – See next page.
Parish of Holden.
9. East End Farm (formerly Harriet Sharp’s) 10. Caroline Chisholm’s shelter at “Robertson’s. 11.Tate’s second Pleasant Vale 12. Dickins’ Coldingham Lodge
13. Holden School 14. Reddan, Holden View.
*Caroline Chisholm’s shelter on Keilor Plains was the third from Melbourne, the first two being at Essendon and Keilor.
*Holden school 3346 opened at the end of McLeods Rd on 7-11-1900 with the Tate, Randall, Kelly, Byrne and McLeod families well represented. Its first teacher, Jessie T.Rowe, stayed until 1903 (at which time she moved to Tullamarine’s school at the corner of Bulla Rd and Conders Lane and married Frank Wright of Strathconnan.) It closed at the end of 1917, reopened later and finally closed on 28-5-1938. Vision and Realisation..
*The Holden View homestead was built on allotment 5 of section 16, granted to John Reddan on 17-1-1876. Michael Reddan’s grant (lot 1,14-2-1876) was across the road, from Dickins Corner up to the bend to the north east. By 1946-7 Margaret and Evelyn Reddan’s Holden View consisted of 264 ¾ acres, all the land between Dickins Corner and the bridge but lots 2 and 3, which are etched above.
*See “Victoria and Its Metropolis” and page 123 of “Memoirs of a Stockman” regarding John Dickins. As well as describing Dickins superbly, Harry Peck mentioned that Des Moore was owner of the property by 1942. In 1879,John, Stephen and William Dickins were recorded as the farm’s occupiers.
BULLA PARK HOMESTEAD.
(Photo from real estate advertisement.)
*David Patullo received the grant for allotment 2 of section 6 in the parish of Bulla on 4-10-1854. He called this 463. 25 acre property “Craigbank”. (Melway 384, bridge to Glenwood drive including Willowbank and A/11.) In 1863, in the Patullos Lane area of Somerton, William, James and C.Patullo had farms with nett annul values of 84, 64 and 36 pounds respectfully. In 1900 James had 242 acres and William 412 acres. (The Craigbank, later Willow Bank, homestead must be shown on the map.)
SHIRE OF BULLA RATES.
My Titles Office research yielded good results but any further efforts there would only yield an ounce of information per hour so I returned to the old Bulla Shire office at Sunbury. To my delight, the first Bulla Roads Board rate books had surfaced. The first year’s records listed ratepayers by parish and it was not till October 1865 that Tullamarine Island ratepayers were grouped together. In 1863 and 1864, Alexander Robb (just across Deep Creek from Overpostle) was listed as Robert Alexander(s). He was not listed in 1865 and it was probably his “prime creek frontage” that the disguised David Mansfield bought despite Malcolm Ritchie’s fervent desire to own it.(See poem.) Despite the Robb family seemingly leaving the district, Alexander Robb (son of the above or of James Robb) was later to marry Harriet Hodgkinson (born to Abraham and Harriet in 1857).
Major findings were:
1. William Speary seems to have been a genuine farmer rather than a speculator. In 1863, he was the owner and occupier of land having a nett annual value of 30 pounds. This situation continued in 1864 and 1865. This land probably consisted of section 10 lots 21, 32, 37, 38-45, bought from Anne Boone on 8-11-1862 (122 784). On 29-3-1876, William Speary sold lots 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33 and 37 to 45 to Paul Tate.
In 122 784, Speary was described as a publican of Tullamarine. His hotel could have been the Beech Tree (sect. 6) or the Lady of the Lake (sect.3); it is known that the Quinlans’ Junction (sect. 3) was not yet built and no evidence exists that the Howse family’s Travellers’ Rest on 22c Doutta Galla was built by 1862. By 1867 William Speary was leasing his land, whose N.A.V. had fallen to 28 pounds, to William (Creech?) By October 1873, David Ferrier was farming this land but the space for the owner’s name was blank. Ferrier was also leasing land (N.A.V. 18 pounds) from Paul Tate. The first parcel would have been about 77 acres so it probably consisted of the 12 lots that Speary sold to Paul Tate in 1876 (most lots being about 6 acres). The second parcel would have been about 49 acres, perhaps lots 26, 18, 17, 19, 20, 15. David Ferrier married Marion, the fourth child of Abraham and Harriet Hodgkinson.
William Sharp already owned land on the island before R.G.Nichols sold him lot 6 of section 10 in 1865. In 1863 and 1864, William Sharp had a farm (N.A.V. 12 pounds) and George Nichols had one (N.A.V. 10 pounds). By October 1865, William Sharp’s farm had a nett annual value of 22 pounds (add ‘em up) and George Nichols’ name was no longer listed. George Nicholls married Jane Faithfull. My guess is that William Sharp’s original block was lot 5.
Dugald Stewart was the owner and occupier of Fleetbank by 1863. Its N.A.V. changed little over the years, being 66 pounds in 1863 and 65 pounds 20 years on. In 1865, 1867 and 1873, Dugald Stewart was leasing Moses Faithfull’s eastern half of Bulla Park, whose N.A.V. dropped from 52 pounds in 1863 and 1865 to 40 in 1867. Had cropping without rotation depleted the soil?
John Skuse also seems to have been a genuine farmer. He was listed as the owner and occupier of Thomas Faithfull’s western half of Bulla Park (N.A.V. 55 pounds) in 1873 and although called John Skews in 1882-3, was still farming it with his son, Edward, having added Moses’ portion to make the N.A.V. 96 pounds.
David Smith’s farm had a N.A.V. of 80 pounds in 1863 and 1865 but it had fallen to 75 in 1867.By October 1873, Paul Tate was obviously started to use some of Smith’s land and was paying L2/5/0 of Smith’s rate bill of L3/15/0.
The Ritchies’ farm in 1863 had a N.A.V of 120 pounds. This was 12B, which retained its value until 1882 at least. By October 1873, they owned another parcel that was not John and Edward Heagney’s eastern 324 acre half of 11B. Nor was it George Randall’s farm, whose value had dropped from 40 pounds (1863, 4, 5) to 36 pounds in 1867 and 1873. This extra land seems to have dropped onto the island from outer space!
In 1878, the rate collector was similarly confused. The Ritchies were assessed on land with the N.A.V. of 44+136+136+120 pounds. The 1882-3 rates clarify things, i.e. 136 pounds ( eastern 324 acres of 11B) + 120 pounds (12B). What the above muddle seems to indicate is that in 1873 the Ritchies may have started leasing the Heagneys’ 324 acres with a view to buying it and that the need for clear title threw a spanner in the works, causing the rate collector to assess the same land twice and call 136 just 36. As I suspected from application 10134, the Ritchies must have bought the 11B portion of Overpostle in 1877-8.
John and Edward Heagney’s 324 eastern half of 11B had a N.A.V. of 125 pounds from 1863 to 1873. By 1878 it had increased slightly in value (136 pounds) but that didn’t help Edward Heagney who was now leasing land (N.A.V. 35 pounds) from David Smith.
WARLABY.(Section 11, Bulla Bulla; Melway 384 J8-homestead.)
See the heritage study:
[PDF] Place: Warlaby - Hume City Council
Warlaby is of State level heritage significance for the evidence of its use as a ..... that the Bulla property was named Warlaby after the Booths' stud, probably to ...
The study stated that not much was known about Maurice Quinlan. See my journal about him. Maurice was a bookmaker and for a time lived in James Robertson Jnr.'s Aberfeldie mansion that gave the suburb its name. According to one of my informants,probably Bob Blackwell,Quinlan's son became an Australian boxing champion.
The name, Warlaby, came from the stud of Booth who developed the Booth strain of shorthorns of which Robert McDougall was the prime breeder in Victoria and probably Australia. This brought him into conflict with Niel Black (grantee of the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park and Western District squatter) and Henry Stephenson of "Niddrie" who favoured the Bates strain.
The heritage study states that Isaac Batey gave John Cameron's name for Warlaby as -- but death notices indicate that the original name was "Tobernaroy".
DIED. On the 26th inst., at Tobernaroy, Bulla Bulla, Deep Creek, Mary, the beloved wife of John Cameron, aged 42 years.(P.4, Argus,27-9-1854.)
See TULLAMARINE ISLAND.
Messrs Hoban Bros. of 360 Bourke street, report having effected the following sales:- On account of Mr.R.S.Whiting,his property at Bulla known as Bulla Park containing 852 acres to Messrs.McLeod and Anderson of Diggers Rest. (P.11, Argus,24-3-1915.)
Place: Willow Bank Place No.- 201
(Formerly Craig Bank)
Location: 400 Wildwood Road, Wildwood
Critical Date(s): Bluestone outbuilding constructed c.mid-1850s. Weatherboard homestead
constructed c.mid-1850s and possibly renovated in c.late1890s.
Historic Theme(s): 'The Land: Producing', 'Social and Civic Life'
Previous Heritage Registration(s): None.
Recommended Level of Significance: Local.
Statement of Significance:
The Willow Bank (originally Craig Bank) weatherboard homestead and the bluestone
outbuilding, erected from the mid-1850s, is of regional significance as an outstanding example
of a relatively intact 1850s small homestead complex; for its superb setting; and for its
association with David Patullo, who was prominent in the early years of local government, and
together with his large family, well-known in the district through the nineteenth century. Later,
it was associated with the Dillon family, who were also well-known in the district and active in
The weatherboard homestead is a significant as a scarce, substantial, and intact example
of its style in the study area. The outbuilding, apparently a dwelling of some sort at some stage,
is also notable for its substantial intactness as well as for its well executed bluestone
construction. Small, with a distinctive roof, and typically large chimney, it presents as an
archetypal mid nineteenth century bluestone building.
The buildings are set amongst river gums on a knoll beside on an alluvial flat overlooking
Deep Creek. They form a vista for motorists rounding a bend of the Wildwood Road, and
constitute an integral component of the Deep Creek cultural landscape, which is of outstanding
The weatherboard homestead is situated atop a small hill that slopes down to the Deep
Creek giving it an attractive vantage point looking south across the creek. The house itself is
square and has a large hipped roof, almost pyramidal in shape, which is punctuated by two brick
chimneys. The roof continues over the verandah on all four sides. The edge of the roof over the
verandah is supported by turned timber posts and features a simple timber valance. The floor
plan to the house consists of a number of rooms on each side of a central corridor. There are
double-hung windows to all sides of the house, each sash with two panes.
The rectangular outbuilding to the north of the main house is constructed of undressed
bluestone, roughly squared and laid in courses. It is about 10.5m x 4m in size. Internally it has
two separate rooms, each with a window and a door on the front, or south, side. One large
timber lintel, probably of local gum, spans the adjacent doorways. The western room has a
large external bluestone and brick chimney while the eastern room has a splayed window on the
opposite wall to the door. The ground to the front of the building is paved with bricks, some of
which appear to be handmade and include 'Allison's patent' bricks. The hipped roof, as well as
the roof to the homestead, was probably once clad with shingles but is now sheeted with
The land on which the former Craig Bank homestead and bluestone outbuilding are
located - Allotment 2 of Section 6 in the Parish of Bulla Bulla - was purchased from the Crown
in October 1854 by a David Patullo.1
David Patullo was born in Scotland in 1817 and arrived in Melbourne in December 1841.
His first employment was for four years as a shepherd for John Rigg at Donnybrook, or
Kalkallo. He then bought 12 acres of land and a team of bullocks, taking up teaming and
farming for the next two years. For six years after this he farmed on a larger scale on 165 acres
of rented land, and then 'went to the diggings with but little success'.2
In 1854 Patullo returned to farming and settled on his newly acquired 463 acres of land in
Allotment 2 of Section 6, which he called Craig Bank. He had married an Agnes Paton shortly
before leaving Scotland and by 1854 they had some eight children. By 1888 they had had
eighteen children of whom eleven were still alive.3
David Patullo was prominent in local government in the early years of the district's
establishment as a Road Board and then as a Shire. He was a member of the Road Board in
1864 and was on the first Bulla Shire Council in 1866. He remained a member of the Council
for the next few years.4
Over the years Patullo primarily grazed cattle and produced hay on his land, which by
1863 encompassed 640 acres. This included the 463 acres of his original Crown grant, which
was bordered on the east by the Deep Creek, as well as the 177 acres of Allotment A of Section
7 on the other side of the Deep Creek, which he appears to have purchased at an early date from
the original grantee, a J.Murphy. By 1863 and into the late 1880s he also leased another 319
acres from a Captain J.M.C.Airey. This was Allotment B of Section 5, which was adjacent to
Patullo died in May 1890 and a list of his assets, as required for Probate, noted that on
Allotment 2 of Section 6 there was a 'hardwood' house containing seven rooms, stables, a wash
house and mens huts, all of which were described as being built of various materials and 'all
over 30 years old'.6 This would date the construction of the bluestone structure, which was
possibly a 'mens hut', as being in the mid-1850s, shortly after Patullo acquired the land. The
date of the weatherboard homestead is not so certain. While Patullo, with such a large family,
had a substantial seven roomed weatherboard building, the present building may have been
reconstructed or enlarged later, perhaps around the turn of the century.
In 1892, about two years after David Patullo's death, his sons Peter and James sold the
property to a Martin Dillon, who by then appears to have also acquired Captain Airey's land.
The Dillon family - Martin Sr., Martin Jr., Michael and William - worked about 850 acres until
the turn of the century, which coincides with the death of Martin Dillon Sr. in June 1900.
Before then, however, Martin Dillon Sr. had taken up residence with his wife, Honora, on a
farm called Clonpett, which encompassed the 217 acres of Allotment 2 of Section 27 in the
Parish of Bulla Bulla and fronted the Bulla-Sunbury Road.7
The present weatherboard house is thought by the Dillon family to have been built in the
late 1890s or early 1900s. Prior to that one of the Dillon daughters, a small girl at the time,
remembers living in the whitewashed stone dwelling (the current building), which had a timber
attachment housing washtubs. It may have been only temporary accommodation, during rebuilding
of the main weatherboard house. When the family moved into 'the new house' they
acquired a piano, which became a great fixture.8
The area around the river at the bridge attracted excursionists at least from the time of the
late nineteenth century. The Dillons came to know a few families from Melbourne suburbs
who camped and fished there each year. The girls would bake for the visitors, and on the
Sunday evening the campers would be invited into the Dillon home for a sing around the piano.9
The site near the bridge is known as the Martin Dillon Reserve. William Dillon was Shire
President in 1897-98.10
From 1900 on the former Craig Bank property, which the Dillons had renamed Willow
Bank, was some 415 acres in size (the rest appears to have been sold) and was worked by
Martin Dillon Jr. only.11 He lived at the property until his death at the age of 59 in December
By 1971 the Willow Bank property had been substantially reduced in size by the
subdivision and sale of much of the northern portion of the original Crown allotment.13
It is recommended that Willowbank including trees be included in the Heritage Overlay
of the Hume Planning Scheme.
(Place: Willow Bank - Hume City Council www.hume.vic.gov.au/files/df6171f1.../Willow_Bank_Wildwood.pdf‎)
WRIGHT Tulip.sir j.f.pub, grant
See POUND KEEPERS.
Late Rains. — The effects of the incessant rains experienced throughout the Province for the past two months, are sufficiently apparent by the present condition of the town, while the usual crossing places through the country were, from the swollen state of the rivers,rendered totally impassable. The water was for some days level with the bridge lately built by Mr. Wright at the Deep Creek, but for which the progress of all
drays on the road would have been arrested. (The Australian, Tuesday 27 August 1844, p 4 Article.)
On the 12th instant, at the Deep Creek, Mrs. Wright of a son. (P.2, Melb. Argus, 18-1-1848.)
Accident.—It was rumoured in Melbourne yesterday that Mr W. Wright of the Deep Creek, had been thrown from his gig and killed, but from enquiries instituted it appears the extent of his injuries consisted in a broken rib and a few bruises on the side. (P.2, Argus, 6-3-1849.)
GENERAL LICENSING DAY.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 20 April 1849 p 4 Article
... William Wright, Bridge Inn, Deep Creek.
Extract from my journal JOHN THOMAS SMITH AND HIS ELECTORS.
In "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History", Andrew Lemon mentioned George Langhorne conducting Free Presbyterian services at Peter Young's Nairn and how the United Presbyterians had caused problems. Andrew's source was obviously Peter Young's letter published on page 4 of The Argus of 19-2-1851.
Here are the headlines about Peter Young. He was a very proud Scot with a good knowledge of the "land o' cakes" and a love of poetry. He was on the front foot when situations needed correcting. He was a stalwart of the Free Presbyterians and a member of the Order of Oddfellows, working hard to advance the former and defending the latter group from unjustified criticism. Above all he was an expert farmer, and I mean an EXPERT. He seems to have moved to Clyde Park, Westernport before his death.
As I have the Bulla Bulla map now I'll tell you about Nairn before I detail the trove articles. See Melway map 384. Peter Young received the grant for Section 8 (a square mile/ 640 acres) on 26-11-1848. He added the 130 acre 7B on the other side of St John's Lane on 18-9-1851. (St John's lane led to the Brannigans' "St John's Hill", not heaven!) The William Inglis and Son thoroughbred horse sales complex is in the south east corner of section 8 and the end of the public section of St Johns Rd indicates its north western corner. Allotment B of section 7 is between St Johns Rd and Deep Creek; the southern boundary was the now closed road in C-E 12 and the northern boundary is indicated by 110 St Johns Rd.
TROVE- A CHRONOLOGY.
While reading Isaac Batey's fascinating historical articles in the Sunbury newspaper, I half-noticed his reference to a Mr Young being ( a squatter?) near Essendon in the early days (probably 1847.)This could have been Peter Young. I will start with an advertisement that Peter placed in The Argus (as I thought, soon after arriving), which outlines his past.He was actually in Victoria by 1842!
All items are from The Argus unless otherwise specified: 1846-8 was the Melbourne Argus.
24-9-1847 page 2. Peter announced that he was setting up as an auctioneer and commission agent. He said that he had been land steward for the Marquis of Breadalbane (in Scotland), an experimental farmer and land steward for A. Speirs, the M.P. for Richmond (Tasmania), superintendent of the Government Domain farm in Van Dieman's Land and latterly superintendent of J. and W. Macarthur's stations. Peter must have arrived in Melbourne by 1846 or very early 1847. A letter he wrote to the Port Phillip Gazette was republished in the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (12-6-1847 page 4.) There had been an outbreak of black leg in young cattle near Port Fairy,to which no solution had been found,and Peter wrote from the Crown Hotel outlining his method that had worked so successfully in New South Wales in the winter of 1837. He had been in charge of 8000 cattle and the sudden death of cattle 20 miles away was put down to snake bites until Peter arrived and diagnosed black leg after dissecting a carcass.
27-1-1847 page 1-2. Peter made a toast at the Robbie Burns Festival that was a virtual history of Scotland and occupied 4 1/2 columns of The Argus.
28-5-1847 page 2. SEYMOUR. Preparations are being made for the sale to be conducted by Mr Peter Young on the 24th. This was to be the first ever in the township.Peter was auctioning well before the advertisement appeared.
1-6-1847 page 2. An excited report of the sale was given. The correspondent told of Peter's plans for regular sales.
3-8-1847 page 2. A DANGEROUS NUISANCE. At the close of business at the Police Office on Saturday, Mr Peter Young informed the Mayor of the cattle, horses, pigs and goats in Latrobe St West and no constable ever being seen to control this. The Chief Constable, who had earlier ignored Peter's complaints, was huffy but the Mayor instructed him to send two constables and impound these animals.
30-11-1847. The Seymour correspondent understood that Peter had intended to conduct quarterly sale but none (bar the first) had come off yet.
20-4-1849 page 4. Peter complained that he hadn't been getting his Argus or Patriot.He was now on Nairn.
19-4-1850 page 3, column 4. FOR SALE. Seed wheat and potatoes of a very superior quality grown from seed of last year's crop at Warrnambool. On sale by the undersigned, Peter Young, Nairn, Deep Creek.
27-4-1850 page 2. BIRTH. At Nairn, parish of Bulla Bulla on the 25th, Mrs Peter Young of a daughter.
8-1-1851 page 2.(Original correspondence to the Mt Macedon paper.) Peter said that up until the end of 1850 mail had been picked up at Mr Wright's Bridge Inn but the mail run to Mt Macedon now went through Keilor. (This is of interest because it seems that Tulip Wright did start the Lincolnshire Hotel's construction during 1851. Donohue applied for the Bridge Inn licence in 1851 but his application was postponed because of the filthy state of the Bridge Inn. (See THE HOTELS NEAR TULLAMARINE journal.) It may have been because Tulip had left, abandoning his hotel, that the route was changed.)Peter complained that 500 residents near Bulla now had to pick up their mail from Melbourne or Gisborne, stating that only about 5 people lived on the new route between Keilor and The Gap. (He was talking about William Taylor of Overnewton, James Robertson of Upper Keilor,possibly the Page Brothers of Glencoe-I'll have to ask Isaac Batey if they were still there; their drinking might have seen them off by 1851, and one or two others.) P.S. Edward Page advertised the homestead block in 1859. (The Argus 27-6-1859 page 2, column 2.)
10-2-1851 page 2. Peter hasn't given up. He now accuses two magistrates of using undue influence to change the mail run. One magistrate was certainly William Taylor; I'm not sure if Robertson was a J.P. too. His son, James, was and another son, Francis, was a member of parliament.
19-2-1851 page 4.Peter wrote a letter about Langhorne teaching Sunday School at theschoolhouse on Nairn on Sunday mornings and conducting Free Presbyterian services in the afternoon and how the United Presbyterians
were interfering with their fund-raising for a church for Broadmeadows and Deep Creek (Westmeadows and Bulla.)
"Vision and Realisation", the Victorian Education Department history of 1972, mentioned an early school on the McDougalls' "Warlaby" (probably named Oaklands) in a declivity; this may have been a mistaken reference to Peter's school unless another was built on Warlaby later. My memory from reading the book 20 years ago is dim but I think it mentioned two schools with different National School numbers.
31-5-1851 page 2. Another farming problem had arisen, smut in wheat. As everyone would know, when crops are affected, prices rise. Think bananas! Due to his innovative ideas and experience, Peter had worked out a solution and he could have cashed in big-time. He had put down 140 acres of wheat at Nairn the previous year and not one head of smutted wheat had grown due to his treatment of the grain before planting that he had developed 17 years earlier. Peter was not going to keep this a secret and let his colleague suffer. Could you imagine Coles giving Woolworths a helping hand?
25-6-1852. Peter wrote a letter headed "To Improve Crops by Pollen" which showed that he had a thorough grasp of the history of the development of the various types of wheat.
11-8-1852 page 6.Peter Young of Nairn requested permission from those who had donated money for the church in the parish of Bulla (not enough to proceed) to hand it over to the National School, whose establishment had been resolved at a meeting he'd recently chaired.
The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston) 3-11-1852 page 722 (no kidding!) As Peter McCracken , the President of the Port Phillip Farmers' Society was absent (due to the drowning of his young son, William, in the Moonee Ponds Creek near the bottom of Pascoe St, Westmeadows; see McCracken below), Peter Young of Nairn took the chair, filling it most capably, at the function to honour David Duncan's service to the organisation. (See the WILLIAM THOMPSON AND DAVID DUNCAN journal.)
6-3-1868 page 2. Evan McIntosh was holding a clearing sale at Nairn, his lease having expired. Peter may have moved to Westernport but he also could have been conducting a business in Melbourne.
6-5-1895 page 1. H.W.Shepherd married Susan, the daughter of the late Mr Peter Young Esquire of Melbourne and Clyde Park, Westernport.
While trove is a fantastic resource, it does not distinguish between the surname Young and the opposite of old, which led to many wasted hours. I did not find any other family notices or references to Clyde Park, Westernport apart from the 1895 marriage of his daughter.
I tried googling YOUNG with CLYDE, BERWICK and WESTERNPORT, the last named combination reminding me of a discovery I made at the P.R.O.V. (See SQUATTERS IN THE WESTERNPORT DISTRICT journal.)
A website headed FREDERICK XAVIER TO ARTHUR ZOUCH has the following information.
The Melbourne Times of 23-4-1842 recorded that Peter Young had been granted a publican's licence for the "Bushman" in Sydney Road.The Port Phillip of 21-4-1843 shows that the hotel, once again described as being on Sydney Road was now called the Sugar Loaf Inn. The same paper, on 27-4-1844,stated that Peter had been granted his licence but the hotel was again called the Bushman.
(An alphabetical listing of squatters and their runs, from correspondence with the Governor, which is a different website, lists Peter Young of the Sugar Loaf Run.) Given Peter's purchase of land in Seymour at the first sales, his conducting the first sales in the township and the fact that Sugarloaf Creek intersects the Hume Highway in Seymour, it is reasonable to assume that the hotel was at Seymour and not in modern-day Carlton, Brunswick (or Plenty, Pascoeville near the Young Queen Inn, or Tullamarine near the Lady of the Lake- routes more likely to be called Sydney Road in the early 1840's.)
Rev. Peter Gunn, who became the minister at the Campbellfield's historic Scots Church (Melway 7 H6), had visited the Golburn (River?) area and Peter was among a large number who signed a letter of encouragement and contributed 50 pounds to support his ministry; another signatory was from Sunday Creek, which joins Sugarloaf Creek.(Port Phillip Herald 1-10-1844.)
Peter Young and Elizabeth christened John William in 1843.
Peter Young purchased allotments at the first sale of blocks at Seymour. (Melbourne Weekly Courier 23-3-1844.)
Peter Young was one of 469 voters who qualified by freehold in Seymour in the list of electors in the District of Bourke (Melbourne Courier 8-8-1845.)Peter Young was listed in the (1847?) Port Phillip directory as a settler, Seymour, Sydney Rd.
The website also lists newspaper reports showing that Peter Young was given depasturing licences in July 1843 and October 1844 in the Westernport District.Ah hah, I thought, perhaps Peter had been on Clyde Farm, Westernport before he went to Bulla. Then I remembered my search for a grant (or licence) that Captain Adams of Rosebud was supposed to have been given in about 1841. All such matters were dealt with in Sydney and the Public Records office gave me an index of correspondence. As Peninsula pioneers were referred to as late as 1888 in "Victoria and Its Metropolis" as being in the Westernport District, I concentrated on those entries.
Imagine my surprise to find Barker's Mt Alexander Run (near Castlemaine) described as being in the Westernport District! In view of what has been mentioned before, Peter Young's depasturing licences were almost certainly near Seymour.
Still none the wiser,about when Peter left Nairn, I returned to Trove and tried "Nairn, Bulla, Young, 1850-1867".
Argus 18-4-1853 page 12. Peter was offering Nairn for sale by private contract. He had probably only been there for about five years but how much he had accomplished! The advertisement describes the property in great detail, including the waterfall.For the sale of his furniture, library, stock, vehicles and so on, Peter employed prominent auctioneer, Dalmahoy Campbell (much discussed by Harry Peck in his "Memoirs of a Stockman.) (See Argus 20-5-1853 page 9.)
Argus 4-6-1853 page 8, column 1. Peter offered an incredible variety of grape vine cuttings for sale.
Joseph Clarke of "Goolpala", Saltwater River (Probably the future "Rupertswood")might have bought all of Peter's property north of Melbourne.The Argus of 16-9-1865 reported, on page 2, the sale of the late Joseph's estate: lot 1. Nairn; lot 2.About 9 acres of portions 29 and 30 Doutta Galla near the racecourse (the future showgrounds site near Clarke Ave, Melway 28 F11); lots 3-9. original allotments in the Township of Seymour. N.B. Clarke may have bought the showgrounds land from the grantee, Pearson, who had sold 4 acres to John and David Charles Ricketts in 1851.
The advertisement states that Nairn was split into two farms, leased by Mr McIntosh (300 acres) and Mr Millar (450 acres.) Part of Nairn was to become William Michie's "Cairnbrae". It also stated that Peter had framed the economy of Nairn upon sure principles and described the orchards and so on. In 1860, W.C.Howie had been on Nairn and placed a notice about a black pig that had strayed into his paddock (The Argus 30-6-1860 page 8, last column.)
As we know that Peter was an auctioneer, he may have been a partner of the firm of Young and Timbury,which advertised the sale of the cargo of a ship in The Argus of 18-5-1860 (page 2, bottom of column 4.)
A George Young, from Tasmania was a pioneer near Dromana and might have been related to Peter. (See "A Dreamtime of Dromana".)Peter was certainly not related to Frankston pioneer, Mark Young, who was a Roman Catholic.
As Clyde is near Berwick, J.Young and James Grant Young (Argus 11-7-1883 page 5 and 10-10-1867 page 6 column 3) may have been related, although Mark Young was involved in the Dandenong area before moving to Frankston and they might have been related to him instead.
TIME FOR A REST. A LOT MORE TO COME.
by bluestonedreaming on 2012-02-04 22:02:25
just joined up family tree to tell ya thta i am enjoying your Tullamarine history notes very much! SInce moving to the corner of Melrose and Tadstan drive(Broombank I am so far gathering?) ten years ago , i felt a lot of history here that appearances did not indicate was so. Have looked sporadically for information on th e internet mainly, as being oft housebound, google has been the extent of "research". . So excited to be able to read your fascinating insights and wealth of knowledge, thankyou so much for sharing! You have inspired me to make the plan for the Public Records Office this year, although I may not need it as your findings are so thorough. Marvellous!
by bluestonedreaming on 2012-02-04 22:04:20
*make the plan for a visit to the PRO!
by itellya on 2012-02-05 00:58:03
Ben Kelly was one of the buyers in Ray Loft's subdivision of Broombank. He had a large block at the corner of Lancefield Rd (Melrose Drive) and Tadstan Drive.
Ben's eccentric ways are described by Leo Dineen in the following. Google "Ben Kelly, rowing" and you'll get an idea about how extraordinary this pioneer of the suburb of Tullamarine was.
THE SUBURB OF TULLAMARINE.
by me, 1998.
There were attempts to develop Tullamarine in the early 1890’s and the mid 1920’s. Speculator,G.W.Taylor, bought “Gladstone” and many farms along Bulla Rd.(Melrose Drive) because his politician mate, Tommy Bent, intended to build a branch railway line to Bulla, perhaps passing through Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows). The depression of about 1892 put an end to the railway and Taylor lost his deposit and other payments to the farm owners who regained ownership.
Soon after moving to Tullamarine in the early 1920’s, Tom Loft subdivided part of his farm, “Dalkeith”, with lots 1-16 being bounded by Dalkeith Ave., Broadmeadows Rd., Sharps Rd. and Eumarella St. Lots 17-32 were between Eumarella and Gordon Streets. As in 1890 the land boom was followed by a “bust” and the depression of the 1930’s, followed by a shortage of building materials during and after the war meant that little new housing was seen in the area till the 1950’s. It is unlikely, however, that Loft’s Subdivision would have sold even without these impediments; people just didn’t know where Tullamarine was!
Returned servicemen making up for lost time had caused a demand for housing in the 1920’s and this situation was now repeated. Stanley Korman bought “Gladstone”, Palmer’s land and Gowanbrae, Denham’s Land (Catherine Ave. and Trade Park Industrial Estate) and Strathconnan as well as Woodlands and other land to the north. His efforts to develop Gladstone Park were thwarted by the M.M.B.W.’s inability to extend a water main to the estate. Thousands of small investors in Stanhill lost their life-savings but after a decade Korman sold Gladstone Park, which was in the name of a family trust, to Costains for an 8000% profit.
Joe Thomas of Carinya Park in Sharps Rd. was able to purchase Mansfield’s Triangle, Bill Parr’s old Annandale farm at the west end of Sharps Rd. and land further west, but only the first of these became a housing estate. It was part of Carinya Park which started the first real burst of development in Tullamarine; Ray Loft had sold Broombank in the early 1950’s to Ben Kelly and Walter Murphy but the people who settled here usually knew the area already. Established in March 1955, Caterpillar of Australia Pty. Ltd. purchased 110 acres and by November, the first steel had arrived for the 100 000 squ. ft. plant and before this was completed the construction of a second plant of the same size was authorised. The first grader was completed in January 1957 and by the time the factory was officially opened by the Governor, Sir Dallas Brooks, on 11-4-1960, the number of employees had risen from 55 to 650.
Another local landmark was commenced in about November 1955. This was the Village Drive-in, which occupied the site of Forum Dr., Paramount Ct. and Columbia Cl. houses. As no patrons were likely to travel to the unknown Tullamarine, it was called the Essendon drive-in to convey the impression that it was not far past the Essendon Aerodrome. Residents across Bulla or Lancefield Rd.(as it was later called) such as Alf Murray were not impressed by some patrons; not because they tested their suspensions inside the theatre but because they tried to beat the land-speed record as they took off on the gravelled exit.
No doubt many of the Triangular Estate’s first residents moved there because of the employment provided by Caterpillar. Many of them were migrants such as Ilko Romaniw who moved to the Triangle in 1949. Other migrants, such as Stella Collins in 1953, settled near Malvern Ave. on an estate sold by Bruce Small, manufacturer of the famed Malvern Star bicycles and later Mayor of the Gold Coast. The resulting increase in the number of children presented a twofold problem for Tom Dunne, the teacher at Tullamarine State School 2613 at the corner of Bulla Rd. and Conders Lane (the north corner of Melrose Dr. and Link Rd.) Many children could not be accommodated and many of the new enrolments could not speak a word of English.
One child in the overflow forced to attend Essendon North Primary School was Jan Hedger who now under the alias of Jan Hutchinson carries on her late father’s fine record of community service. However Jan was not always so virtuous!
“Ceremonies lasting four days will give Caterpillar dealers, customers, officials of local,civic, trade and social organisations, employees’ family and friends, the opportunity to tour the manufacturing building and also see the display of equipment…” So said the newspaper. It is unlikely that Jan and her fellow educational exiles did much touring or inspecting but upon alighting from the bus they treated themselves to the sort of afternoon tea that dreams are made of, four days in a row!
By 1959, subdivisional plans had been drawn up for 20 000 homes, new schools near the west end of Catherine Ave and in Western Ave. and Gladstone Park, and a Shopping Centre near Phelan Crt. Crotty’s “Broomfield” and land further south to Spence St were included in this grand plan, which encompassed the area between Moonee Ponds Creek and the west end of Sharps Rd. Locals, who were worried about rumours of a gasometer being built, were staggered when surveyors told them that land was to be acquired for an airport.
This halted work on the Tullamarine hall whose foundations had just been poured on the Bulla Rd Recreation Reserve. It also spelt the end for farms such as Bayview, Sinleigh, The Elms, Ecclesfield, Gowrie Park, Glendewar, Seafield, Oakbank and Ristaro where hay-growing and dairying had been carried out for well over a century with some pig and poultry farming commencing in the 1920’s. Perhaps it had been an omen when James Lane’s Gowrie Park was used as a landing field even before Essendon Aerodrome opened; watching planes landing at Tullamarine, one is looking at the former “Gowrie Park”. A proposal to rename airport streets in 1989 was abandoned but my suggestion of Gowrie Park Dr., near the Liquor Locker, sneaked through somehow.
Walter Murphy led a committee of citizens opposing the Jetport with the backing of Korman and others but their suggestion that Avalon was a better site was not accepted. Walter was a great leader of the Tullamarine community who organised the relocation of the Tuulamarine and Broadmeadows Township war memorials and St Mary’s Church as well as heading the committee which had reached the foundations stage for the hall.
Stanley Korman was having trouble in getting a water supply but he was not on his own. Triangle residents and those near Malvern Ave. had to cart water from a standpipe which I believe was near the Carrick Dr. corner. Residents had lengthy waits before power could be connected as well. Other problems such as poor drainage and a lack of rubbish collections made our recent week of cold showers seem fairly insignificant. Sid Hedger was later to play a huge part in getting sewerage for residents at a reasonable cost.
Roads were a nightmare. The sealed middle section of Lancefield, Broadmeadows and Sharps Rds. was only wide enough for one car and drivers using the shoulders felt that they might roll over as the camber was so steep. It was not until the early 70’s, when Cr. Leo Dineen persuaded the Commonwealth to give a substantial grant because Sharps Rd. provided access to the airport, that any of the main roads became more than goat tracks. In 1974, Cr. Gibb was riding his motor bike across the one-way bridge in Fosters Rd. on the way to a council meeting when a drunk driver sped onto the bridge, knocking him off the edge to fall several metres into the creek; bruised and soaked, he made it to the meeting but was carted off home to recover.
By 1957, Loft’s Subdivision boasted six houses, occupied by the Lloyd brothers, H.J.Bond, Frank Place, K.M.Wilson, L.Greenaway (Broadmeadows Rd.), Joe Crotty (3 Eumarella St) and Alf Cock (2 Gordon St.). Percy Hurren, who owned “Dalkeith”, lived in the homestead on the north corner of Dalkeith Ave. By this time, Mrs. Watson who had run the post office attached to 318 Melrose Dr., had transferred to the General Store on the site of the present liquor store in the triangle. Later, the rest of Dalkeith was developed as the Broadwood Park Estate.
In the first couple of years in the 70’s there was a huge sign on the Honda corner advertising Twentieth Century City. This was the old Crotty farm, Broomfield, which is now the Tullamarine Industrial Estate. A road directory of the time shows Moore Rd extended to Fosters Rd. with Erebus St. and Kingsford Smith Drive running between it and Sharps Rd. Keilor Council had been forced by planning protocol to grant permits for this area despite being aware of its unsuitability, because of lack of consultation between the Dept. of Civil Aviation and the M.M.B.W. (which was the only body with the authority to ban housing). Rezoned from rural to residential on September 1966, it was purchased by D.D.Schoenberg’s Tullamarine Syndicate in October 1967 with the encouragement of the M.M.B.W. and the state government. However, after spending $630 000 for sewerage, water mains and other development by June 1968, the syndicate voluntarily refrained from selling house blocks, which they were legally entitled to do, because of a warning from D.C.A. in May 1968 to halt development.(Minutes of evidence to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works 1971 re proposed development of runways etc).
The Progress Association had ground to a halt in the early 1960 as families moved away, with their farms having been taken for the airport, or stalwarts, such as Alf Cock who had been an office bearer since its inception in 1924, just plain growing old. In the mid 1960’s, the T.P.A. was given a new lease of life by triangle residents such as Leo Dineen, Ron Langtip and Sid Hedger.
The October 1965 Annual Meeting was attended by: Leo, Ron, Sid, H.Hutchinson, Ben Kelly, Ken Boots, Sid Wheller, K.Tyler, W.Walden, M.Kerschbaumer, David Axon, I.Romaniw, N.Royle, Ian McNab, D.L.Morgan, J.A.Paul, E.F.Bray, W.H.Ruszowski, C.McClusky, N.Potter, L.Heskes, Les McClusky, D. Garnar, P.&A.Murray.
Other early members, and the year of their first meeting, are:
1965. FREIBER, GOMORI, HORPINITCH, WARNE
1966. WENCZEL, LILLEY, WINNELL, SHEEHAN, LEES, TAYLOR, GUILLINE, HORMAN, WANNINGER, BECK, GETTOS, GARNAR, DENNIS, GALOS, MATUZEK, BOUCHER, LANDERYOU, KOKOJINKO, MARCHENKA, FROMKIEWICZ, PASSMORE, PAUL,
1967. DRESSLER, MURPHY, HUGHES, ERICSON, OSBORN, TEMPLETON
1968. GALACHO, CARTER
1969. MASON, WHELAN
1970. CATON, PRYSE, KENNEDY
1973. LARGE, OGIER, CHIVELL, McFARLANE, LOFTS
1974. HOWARD, CANNAVO, MILLER
1975. FARRUGIA, SCHWAB.
As can be seen, the greatest influx of members occurred in the mid-60’s. At this time there were plans for three different halls in Tullamarine. The original committee consisted of members of the Heaps, Nash, Henderson, Morgan, Thorburn, Craig, Swartz, Eddy, Denham, Rhodes, Crotty, Thomas, Doyle and Cock families with Walter Murphy as Chairman. It had received Health Dept. approval and a Broadmeadows Shire permit in 1957 but as the foundations were being poured it was announced “ that a jetport was to be established in the area and that the recreation grounds were within the area required” as Walter Murphy put it in a letter to Tullamarine Progress Association secretary, Leo Dineen, on 3-5- 1966.
Walter went on to say that when it became apparent in 1965 that the reserve would not be required, the committee again approached the council. In a previous reply to Leo on 20-7-65, Major Murphy, as he was commonly known,stated that the hall would cost 4000 pounds, that council assistance was likely and that a change of plans would further delay the work. The change of plans was probably a request for the hall to be built further south, as by this time the post office was on the triangle and the school on Dalkeith with the majority of Tullamarine’s population now living south of Green’s Corner.
The letter of 3-5-66 mentions a T.P.A. request for the money raised to be used for building a hall ¾ mile away and the difficulty raised by the request because so many of the old people who donated money had died or moved away. An enclosed legal opinion from Messrs Podem, Blaski & Co. stated “.. it would be illegal to utilise money raised for a hall on the Recreation Reserve for the purpose of erecting a Public Hall on another site, even on one only ¾ of a mile away.
On 28-6-66 the T.PA. set up a provisional hall committee comprised of Ken Boots, Len Garnar, Ben Kelly plus the secretary (Leo) and President (Sid Hedger?). It was realised that fund-raising would be difficult “after many residents had contributed to two hall funds which have not been fruitful”.
The second fund, raised to build a hall on the Carol Grove Reserve, had collapsed but proved to be the key to a solution. Leo and the President met Mrs Kelly (Ruth?) and the treasurer of the Triangle Committee, Mr Bray, on 28-2-1967 and suggested that their money be donated to Major Murphy’s committee to allow commencement of that hall; Mr Bray undertook to send a circular to residents to gauge their approval of this plan, which he clearly supported.
It was Len Garnar’s suggestion that residents be asked to support a 20c per week donation scheme and support it they did. The Tullamarine Community Hall in Spring St. was officially opened on Saturday, 15 August, 1970.
In 1971, these were some of the people keeping Tulla ticking:
PROGRESS ASS. - PRES.JOHN OSBORN, SEC.DAVE AXON
SCHOOL COMM. - PRES. KEITH RHODES, SEC. MRS. G.M.DAVIS
MOTHERS’ CLUB- PRES. MRS.J.ALLEN, SEC. MRS. DORIS RORKE.(who planted the garden around the school buildings.)
YOUTH CLUB- PRES. CR. CLIFF HARVEY, SEC. MR. I. ANDERSON
HALL COMMITTEE – PRES. BRIAN LLOYD, SEC. MRS. RHONDA LILLY.
The position of secretary of the hall committee also involved being booking officer which is a great job if you enjoy talking to people- at all hours of the night. Bev Large took over this role for several years before moving to Romsey and was followed by Barbara Newland. The Hall Committee had representatives from all the groups which used it and it was because of this that Jan Hutchinson, a Brownie leader, became involved. She has served so long as booking officer that I’m sure that even Caterpillar would now forgive her pigging-out indiscretion in 1960! Leo Caton was a wonderful worker in the early days of the hall, almost single- handedly transforming a mere shell into an attractive, well- equipped function centre.
JOHN PETERSON REMEMBERS (C.1989)
.Tullamarine has grown tremendously over the last twenty years… Those of us who can remember that far back can also remember the open paddocks and the chatter of the Americans who were living in the area while the Airport was being built. (The Theresa St. area was developed to accommodate them. R. Gibb) The cows from the nearby Moonya dairy used to graze on the open paddocks which now are occupied by the houses in Micheline and Dawson Streets. It was not unusual to wake up in the morning with a cow peering in your window.
Many sporting teams were started by some of our energetic residents. One such club which came into being in the late 60’s was the Tullamarine Little Athletics Club….. Some of those who played a major part in getting the Tulla club started were the Dineens, later to become the mayor and mayoress of Keilor, the Langtips, Petersens, Bennetts, and Bradleys. Later on there were the Masons Frys, Halls Aylmers, Allisons, Rentons, Gibbs and Kerschbaumers.
(John wrote much about the merit of every child in little aths. being rewarded and the long-lasting friendships which developed through the club as well as apologising to anyone he’d left off his list of stalwarts.)
This popular community newsletter, published monthly by the Progress Association and the Youth Club was just one of the things the Dineens got off the ground. Leo and Shirley probably had purple fingers and unwanted highs after nights spent working on the old spirit duplicator which was used at first but they would have had little trouble compiling news from the various organisations; they were on most of them. When I took over as editor, a more advanced spirit duplicator was housed at the house of Youth Club stalwarts, Trev. And Val Mason. A year or so later, Peter Ogier’s expertise gave the Sonic a more professional appearance with a fancy coloured letterhead. Some of the busy typists who helped in this valuable community link’s production were Pat Street, Kaye Caton, Val Mason, Bev. Large, Barbara Parker and Pam Dosser.
Yearly T.P.A. membership collections helped to finance the Sonic but advertisers helped too. They included:Chris & Venus Koutsovasilis (milk bar), Ross Scaffidi (greengrocer), John Osborn (chemist), Elaine Jones, G&C Camping Gear (17 Theresa St.), Moonya Farm Dairy, Tullamarine Plant Farm (Sid Wheller, 8 Sharps Rd.), Tulla Self Service, Chris & Helen Dzolis (milk bar on Spring St cnr.), Tulla Hardware, Joe & Ivan Kaytar (engineering), Ampol Service Station (Clarke, at cnr. of Sharps & Lancefield Rds.), Mobil Service Station (Peter Woods), Alan Kirby (T.V. repairs, 3 Fisher Gr.), Delicatessen & Milk Bar (next to butcher, Noel, Charlie &Marcel Zeidan), Electrician (5 Londrew), Removals (Noel Grist-the Kindergarten Association’s first life member), Jeannie’s Driving School, Niddrie.
The November 1973 issue of the Sonic mentions:
Many lawns being overgrown. Leo Dineen, Cr Ernie Angel, Leo Caton and myself visiting the airport to discuss the aircraft noise problem with bush- basher, Leo Caton, getting bogged in Derby St on the way home. Vice Principal, Alan Hewitt, coming to the rescue when a house in Eumarella St. lost its tiles. The Kindergarten Association’s Dinner Dance, Paper Drive and film festival, Gordon Henwood’s civic spirited action, the eyesore north of the newsagency. Mrs Dianne Goodall’s thanks for Sonic and applauding the many community activities. Convenor, Leo Dineen’s notice of a meeting on 14 November to form a tennis club with those unable to attend being asked to contact Leo or Jeff Chivell. And the Youth Club’s football, gymnastics, ballet, table tennis, guitar classes, cricket, and basketball. The Progress Association Committee consisted of C.Warne (P), R.Gibb (S), Cr. Dineen, R.Watts, I.Romoniw, K. Critchley, L.Garnar, L.Caton, and Bev. Large (A.S.). Thanks were extended to Ron Langtip for his long service as Treasurer and the retiring President, Leo Caton. Elected to the Hall Committee were: Bev Large, Ruth Kelly, Pat Street, Rhonda Lilly, Len Garnar, M.Rogan, G.Lofts, C. Warne, Reg Pryce, J.Young, Ray Cannon and L.Dineen. T.P.A. requests included vehicles not entering the proposed Derby St development (Ansair) via Derby St, the M.M.T.B. to extend their services to Gladstone Park and a sign and historical board to be placed at Green’s Corner.
The November, 73 issue continued a history of the early days of the youth club, which I will quote.
Well there we were,a totally inexperienced committee of ten people (Mr Stephen Wenczel had by then been introduced to and accepted onto the foundation committee.)
However, lack of experience was well compensated for by the enthusiasm shown by all.
SATURDAY, 21st JUNE, 1969.
The day started very early for some. Bread, donated by a Coburg bakery,had to be collected. Also a portable gas stove on loan from friends in Essendon, frankfurts from Flemington, drinks from Ascot Vale.
At 8:30 on the dot, Brian Bennett was loading his trailer with portable goal posts, footballs, basketballs, tug-o- war ropes etc.
Activities began at 9 a.m. Children! They were everywhere. Brian Bennett, Cr. Leo Dineen, Martin and Tom Allison and Stephen Wenczel volunteered their time to coach the boys at football. Christine Kennett, Dianne Tucker and Jenny Dinsdale led girls in basketball (netball). They were assisted by Mrs. Smith,a senior basketball coach.
“The hot dog stand proved an outstanding success. By the time the last one was dispensed, the toilers, Mrs. Muscat and Mrs. Allison were in a state of collapse. The children also accounted for 12 dozen soft drinks.” This is a quote from the Keilor Messenger which started early in June 1969, Editor, Cec. Rowlands was giving the club a much appreciated burst of publicity. Indeed he continued to do so for as long as we supplied him with material. Mr Keith Johnson M.H.R., a former Broadmeadows councillor, was in attendance and offered to help the club in any way possible. At this stage activities were free. The Club’s sole source of income being special efforts, the hot dog stand and donations. (If I remember correctly, Val Mason was writing this history; it is typical of Trev and Val that their names are missing!)
News and issues mentioned in other issues of the SONIC follow:
Children riding mini bikes on footpaths. Cyclists riding near shop doorways. Design of the Kindergarten was underway and steps were being taken to rezone the Dawson St. site.Council officers had been instructed to contact the C.R.B. re alignments to spreed up the commencement of construction of Fosters Rd. (Keilor Park Dr.). Work on Broadmeadows Rd. would start when Fosters Rd. was finished. People were asked not to park on the service road at the Melrose Dr. shops as it endangered children going from the (mud/ dustbowl ) car park to the shops.
T.P.A. 15-3-73 MEETING. R.LANGTIP, T.SCHWAB, K.JONES, B.LARGE, M. KERSCHBAUMER, P. OGIER, L.DINEEN, R.LILLY, T.MASON, L.CATON, MRS C. DUDLEY, R.GIBB, M.MOORE,& B.LARGE ATTENDED WITH THE LAST THREE FILLING THE VACANT POSITIONS OF SEC., ASS. SEC., AND HALL COMM. SEC.
The treasurer, Rhonda Kuflik and her husband, Richard, were thanked for putting up with a backyard full of bottles for so long; as they wanted a lawn, the bottle drive had now ended. (I seem to remember Bev Lindsey using her garage as a drop off place on nominated dates after this.)
Thanks to Monica and Frank Place and Faye and Ron McDonald for donations. Presentations were made to the children with the Sextons, Howes, Bants, Posts, McFarlanes, Eriksons, D’Agatas and Lillys being among those not mentioned previously in connection with Little Aths.(Incidentally, Carey Hall who was a junior footy champ and handy at aths. became an international cyclist.)
Little Aths. was still part of the Youth Club at this stage.
Jenny Godber was to be the new ballet teacher and the committee was comprised of Mesdames Croce, Aikas, Taylor and Pereira. The T.Y.C. football committee consisted of John Pearson (P), Ray Lofts (VP), John Petersen (TR.), Marty Allison (Sec.), John Hall, John Amott, John McDonald and Wayne Whiting; retiring officials, Ken Boots, Don Tudor and Ken Davies were thanked for their efforts. Jenny Savill, Kerri Pearson, Billy Keegan and Anthony Armstrong represented the club at a Government House function. Local children who assisted in the Red Cross Doorknock were Pam Rossely, Debra Kovac, Ian Scown, Brendan Mason, Robert Pezeli, Grant Tudor, Colin and Randall Todd and Steven Collins.
In presenting cricket trophies to Anthony Armstrong, Phillip Briggs, David Jones, John Bennett, Stephen Davies, John Wenczel, Peter Daniel and Mark Pearson, Cr.Cliff Harvey spoke glowingly of the service given by the late Sid Hedger and Ivor Anderson after whom shields had been named. President, Ken Boots, thanked coaches and the committee.
Jenny Abdilla’s gymnastics classes were popular. Volleyball would be starting soon.
May, 73 SONIC.
A Personality of The Month article featured Leo Dineen. Grandson of the Tullamarine S.S. 2613 teacher in the 1920’s (and an early Progress Association auditor and committee member), and son of a teacher, Leo settled in Tullamarine in 1961. Seven years later, he moved to Theresa St. Having joined the Progress Association in 1962, Leo started the SONIC in 1963 and served many years as T.P.A. Secretary in the 1960’s.
Inaugural President of the Keilor Little Athletics Centre, trustee of the youth club and a member of just about every committee in Tulla, Leo conveys hosts of noisy young footballers to games in his station wagon as well. First elected to Keilor Council in 1967, Leo served as Mayor in 1970-1. His close co-operation with the Progress Association has led to better lighting, the service road in front of the shopping centre, the Triangular Estate drainage scheme, and the Spring St. drain being undergrounded. To come in the near future are a pavilion, sealed car park,a storeroom added to the hall and other sporting facilities.
His wife, Shirley, the proud mother of Mike 12, Tricia 10, Tony 8, and Kevin 5, is also very active in Little Athletics activities as well as coping with her young family while Leo spends nearly every night of the week at meetings.
For the second month in a row over 2 tons of newspapers has been collected. The Gala Day on Queens Birthday will feature a women’s football match, again, a bike-a –thon, and pony rides (provided by Peggy Ball).
Tullamarine Volleyball Club. Wednesdays 8:30- 10:30. Ph. 338 4148 for details.
BALLET. Mrs Barbara Potter, liason officer, has not been mentioned yet.
CONTACTS. Little Aths.-Shirley Dineen Cricket- George Armstrong
Football-Marty Allison Gym.- Mrs Pomroy
Badminton- Betty Davies Volleyball- Ray Gibb
Table Tennis- Steven Baric Ballet- Sandra Taylor
Prospective new activities- Trevor Mason
A teacher is wanted for guitar classes.
Thanks to Ian McFarlane, Wayne Martin, Cyril Milne, Frank Place, John Hall and Trevor Mason for assistance with the weekly special effort.
Basket Supper Dance 30th June. Ticket secretaries- Ian McFarlane, Val Taylor, George Armstrong, Barbara McColley, Ronnie Crawford.
First round of footy- best: U9. N.Allison &C. Hall. U11. M. Allison, J. D’Agata, E.De Francesco
AROUND AND ABOUT. Milton Cooper (Boxer) and Paul Sproule (footballer) are two residents having success in sport. Greenvale reservoir opened on 18-4- 1973.
The last document of this era that I have found is the Kindergarten Association Annual Report of 19-3- 1973. It gives some insight into the activity taking place at the time, both to raise funds and make Tullamarine a community. It is unsigned but I am sure that Sandra Braun was the Secretary.
…We are now about to enter our third year…...This past year has been marked by many and varied functions….Ben Hall’s bazaar..was also affected by bad weather…The early part of winter seemed to be the time for demonstration parties.
…The highlight of the year was without doubt the Gala Day held on Queen’s Birthday weekend. All members of the committee co-operated very well to make this day the outstanding day it no doubt was, but special thanks are given to Mr. Ray Gibb who donated so much of his time towards making this day a function to be remembered. There were stalls set up inside the hall and afternoon tea was provided also; however during the morning the local children took part in a runathon which raised a considerable amount of money, then the parents and other interested people enjoyed a barbeque whilst the children queued eagerly for hot dogs and pony rides! In the afternoon much hilarity was seen at the ladies’ football game against the lady members of the local youth club, who took the field under the name of Mason’s Mashers….September was again a busy month for the committee with a baby show and a fashion parade. Thanks are extended to Mrs. Elaine Cardona for all the effort she put into making the baby show a success- and it only went to show how many babies there were in Tullamarine.…and thanks are extended to Mrs. Lyn Milley who undertook the organising of the successful fashion parade. ..Early in November there was a luncheon showing of the Myer spring catalogue and all who attended expressed their enthusiasm. Two street stalls were held and thanks are given to those who man the stall and local residents who donate the wonderful cakes which are no small part of the success of such stalls. Cookery books were typed , run off and sold.
During the latter half of the year Mr. Ray Gibb and Mr John Storey organised several paper drives and bottle collections. Thanks are extended to both and especially to Ray, for the immense amount of work involved in the paper collections. Also we must thank the local husbands who assisted, and Mr. Noel Grist for the frequent use of his furniture van for removal of the papers to the depot.
As regards the bottle collections, thanks must be given to our President (Bev. Cassar) and Treasurer (Rhonda Kuflik) who have done most of the collecting alone and even risked a fracas with the garbage collectors to make a few extra dollars for the kindergarten. Toy parties were held shortly prior to Christmas…The local chemist Mr.J.Osborn was nominated to pick the winner – which turned out to be a committee member!
Everyone in Tullamarine will agree that the year was finished with a rousing send off at the Community Centre with our first ever cabaret ball. Socially this was about the most successful function ever held by the Association and the thanks for this must go to Mr. John Storey who not only worked to make the administrative arrangements a success, but also took time off work to assist in decorating the hall….
Financially this year has been extremely successful, but this is due in the main to the wonderful support received towards our weekly donation campaign, which is nearing its final stages now. Especial thanks are given to all our tireless workers who unfailingly give of their time and efforts each week, and we must also thank the local residents who have so willingly donated this money. It is thanks to these people that our bank balance now stands in excess of $3,500. (This amount would have bought a house block in Tulla in 1971!)
During the year we regretfully accepted the resignation of our inaugural President Mrs. Deanna Johnson, who due to family circumstances, moved back to Queensland. Rhonda Kuflik has been an able and energetic treasurer. I know I speak on behalf of all committee members…when I express our very sincere thanks to our President, Beverley Cassar, who stepped into Deanna’s shoes when she left and has unfailingly given of her best to make sure the various functions are a success.
(Three people who worked hard for the kindergarten were Alan Kirby, Carol Wright and Doug Fraser, especially in the paper drives. Maureen Leahy also gave great service, as did Bev. Lindsey who was also a prime mover with the scouts.)
MORE GREAT WORKERS.
As sure as women gossip, I’ll leave somebody off the list but chats with Frank Thom, Maureen Leahy and Bev Lindsey today have oiled my rusty memory.
SCOUTS. Penny and Wayne Killen, Dora and Trevor Still, Cliff Staggard, Mick Dowell, Ivan Gellie, Molly and Eric Allen, Stan and Ellen Wright, Gary and Bev Lindsey, Ian McFarlane, Gordon Henwood*, Pat Pieroni, Bob Ratten, Bill and Audrey Walden, Frank Thom, Ross and Ron McDonald (unrelated), Mal Fry, Dawn Torode, Ivy Lilly.
KINDERGARTEN. Ian Goudie (who also gave the football club long service as a trainer and served it as secretary), Bill Collins, Roy Hollis, Ron and Anita Dawson, Prue Hicks, Ron Farrugia, Graeme Smith, Doug Fraser, Mike and Heather Keenan, Richard & Annette Benson, Mike & Dianne Leahy.
SONIC EDITOR. Ian Howard.
SCHOOL. Doug Fraser, Kevin Jones, Ray Lofts, Vivien Sutherland (canteen), Doris Rorke (garden), Reg Pryse, Peter Gordon, Ray Gibb, Frank Thom (sprinkler system).
GUIDES. Mrs Gregg. HALL COMMITTEE. Ray Cannon.
(*Without Gordon's help in 1988 I would not have been able to start my historical research!)
Tullamarine Progress Association.
The minutes book reveals some of the community’s concerns.
19-4-73. Airport noise, poor state of road shoulders near railway bridge.
17-5-73. Drains in Lancefield Rd. north of Greens Corner.
21-6-73. Police station needed.
19-7-73. Stop sign at Carrick Dr, flat policy and Tadstan Dr. sewerage requested. Residents asked for suggestions re renaming Lancefield Rd.
15-11-73. Council workers strike for eight weeks. With the approval of state union secretary, Neil Cole, Ray Gibb organises a collection of Tulla’s maggot- ridden garbage. With Dave Calder’s truck and collectors such as Carol Wright and Dieter Behrendt, after a threatening confrontation at Keilor tip, all of Tulla’s rubbish was disposed of.
21-2-74. Police asked to supervise traffic leaving drive-in. Lancefield Rd. beautification (mounds).
Railway station requested near Caterpillar.
21-3-74. Need to solve traffic problem near bridge before Cadbury Schweppes opens. (It opened in January 1975.)
18-4-74. Cleaning of Spring Creek needed.
20-6-74. Whistling noise from Frozen Foods is annoying residents.
18-8-74. Sewerage in the Malvern Avenue area.
31-10-74. Kindergarten Association asking for temporary use of hall.
4-12-74. Slowness in installing requested stop signs due to need for traffic counts say the councils. Fence needed for creek in Dawson St.
28-3-75. Lack of action by Keilor City Council re storage room for hall. Ron Langtip and Cr.Gibb attended the first meeting of the Keilor Park Progress Association.
26-5-75. T.P.A. presses for duplication of the railway bridge. Oval at Spring St. to be ready for next football season and the pavilion by Christmas. Youth Club Storage shed. (It was placed about where Tulla players enter their change rooms.)
28-8-75. A special meeting is held so that ward councillors Dineen, Tagell and Gibb can explain why they, with Crs. Hall, Free and Heinze, called for the sacking of Keilor Council. Municipal Administration Inspector, B.C.Kelleher’s report in September confirmed claims about council officers: attempting to discredit councillors and the Town Clerk, having suspicious land dealings, responding “Bullshit” to a statement in a meeting by the Town Clerk with the Mayor taking no action. He also stated that the Mayor had not exercised the degree of authority necessary to maintain even reasonable control over meetings. The guilty officers had sided with the City Engineer in a power struggle with the Town Clerk some years earlier, as had the councillors with whom they were conspiring.
THE LATER 70’S.
By this time, Tullamarine was filling up and most of the facilities, such as the library in 1978, had been provided. This meant more time could be spent in the home and the frenetic hard yakka, which had developed Tulla so quickly, was no longer necessary. But those who shared this toil have fond memories of mates and achievements.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
The tyre service south of the K.F.C. site and the frequent black-smoke fires.
Social basketball on the outdoor court at Spring St. and then at Niddrie High.
Youth Club Basketball teams playing at the Showgrounds (teenagers such as Kevin Morrison playing open age) and later younger lads at Morgan’s factory in the creek valley.
Youth Club Coffee Nights every Friday night until mid 1978.
The first under 13 football team starting games at about 8:30 every Saturday morning with Jeff Chivell as Coach, Noel West and Ted Jennings as officials and Betty Davies providing 100 decibel support.
The houses that used to be where the Melrose Drive Shopping Centre is now.
The open drain that ran through the Spring St. Reserve; the children used to have great fun chasing rats.
Tullamarine- Ascot Vale, coached by Ken Newton and with a nippy young rover named Robbie McDonald, playing at the Melrose Dr. Reserve in about 1972 before moving to Fairbairn Park. This club merged with Essendon Baptists- St. Johns with the new club commencing at the newly- finished Spring St. oval and immediately setting about smashing Doutta’s E.D.F.L. consecutive A Grade premierships record. The oval was constructed by Frank Thom who served the scouts, School and Kindergarten well: his wife Carol was a member of the Kindergarten Association committee. Those who contributed to the five consecutive A Grade flags were: A.BENT 75-9; P.OWEN 75-9; T. HOPE 75,6,8,9; T.HERSBACH 75-9; A.FISCHER 75,6,7,9; J.GLEN 75-9; S.SPARK 75-9; G.O’BRIEN 75-8; A.DELALANDE 76-9; R.McDONALD 75-8; B.PATERSON 75-6; A. PATERSON 76-8; G.PATERSON 76-8; J. ANDERSON 76-8; P.WHITE 77-9; P.MUTIMER 75,6,9; I.LUMSDEN 75,7,9; S.DAVIES 77-8; R. PARKER 76-8; G.HARRISON 75,8,9; B.TREGONING, S.BORDINGNON, C.SMITH, J.BORDIGNON(C.C.), C.FRASER IN 1975; J. FLETCHER, R.WOODS, R.JONES 1976; L.FROST, D.LOVECOTT, M.PEARCE, J.WELSH 1977; P.SMITH, G.LARKIN 1978; J.EDWARDS (COACH),M.CLARKSON,A.SIMIC,T.LAVERDE, J.POTTER, M.DUNCAN, K.ROBERTS 1979.
Peter Owen’s dazzling play for Tulla. For one who couldn’t get a game in the under 17’s, the level of skill and determination he displayed was amazing. He coached the last two premiership sides and coached Strathmore to the next year’s flag.
Tulla’s miraculous effort to come back from a seven goal deficit in the last five minutes and win the B Grade flag under Gary Crane’s coaching in 1981. The club’s other B grade premiership was won with Graeme Harrison at the helm in 1993.
Of course I forgot some workers. Here are the ones I’ve recalled already.
Alma Prest (Guides) and her husband, Gordon (school committee).
Linda Smith (Sonic typing and Guides)
Heather Keenan (Hall booking Officer between Bev Large and myself)
Frank Townsend ( Teenage Coffee nights )
Doug Troon (Teenage Coffee Nights) and Glenys (Brownies).
Colin and Grace Miller (Stalwarts of Neighbourhood Watch for ages.)
Ray Scicluna (Kindergarten committee)
Spouses such as my wife,Val Gibb, and Charlie Cassar etc. who gave much “behind the scenes” support.
SNIPPETS FROM THE PAST. By Leo Dineen.
(Unfortunately this had to be summarised due to limited space.)
One of the most remarkable community achievements resulted in the building of the Tullamarine Hall. Keilor Council agreed in 1967 to build a hall if the community raised $4000. The Progress Association hall committee, led by Len Garnar, asked each resident for 20c per week which was collected from the meter box every Sunday morning, mainly from the Triangle Estate and the area near Gordon St.
One of the identities of the era was Ben Kelly. Often seen working in his vegetable garden in the early hours of the morning and returning to his home at the Tadstan Dr. corner, in his uniform of blue overalls and army coat, with a wheelbarrow of purchases from the shopping centre, as Progress Association president, Ben demanded punctuality and at 8 p.m. a line would be ruled in the attendance book to indicate that any further signatures were of latecomers. (Much more on Ben in “Before The Jetport”.)
The early meetings of the Progress Association (formed at a meeting convened by Tom Loft in 1924) were held on the first Monday night of the month MOONLIGHT PERMITTING.
The organiser of the 22-11-1998 reunion was one of the hardest workers for the community but arrived at a council meeting one night appearing as though he had gone five rounds with a crocodile, having been forced off the narrow Fosters Rd. bridge by a speeding car.
Tullamarine in 1960.
• A milk bar/ garage (Green’s Corner) at the corner of Mickleham and Bulla Road.
• Housing only as far west as Gordon St. and Christopher Crescent, with other houses past Tadstan Dr. and on the Triangle Estate.
• Unmade streets on the Triangle with stagnant water in poorly drained gutters.
• One small Infant Welfare Centre off Carol Grove.
• No Broadmeadows Rd. School as the old school (S.S.2613) was in its last year of operation at the Conders Lane corner. (Nth. Corner of Link Rd. and Melrose Dr.)
• NO hall, tennis courts,kindergarten,doctor, chemist, sporting teams, youth club or sewerage and only a couple of shops.
Did you know that the architect of the original pavilion building designed the Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket ground? His name…. Darrel Jackson.
by bluestonedreaming on 2012-02-06 04:01:54
That is fascinating and fantastic amount of info! woow thanks!
I googled ben kelly quickly and found a trove piece that mentioned him. He sounds a character form your descriptionindeed! He must have been on t he land opposite me, as i am the east corner of melrose and tadstan(closest to broadmeadows Rd0. Units are popping up everywhere, i am a little sad all the houses are being purchased and demolished. looks like the house next to northedge units (next to 7-11,the old Greens corner i now know) has been sold in readyness for more units.So between my place and ht eocrner, i notice on my walks thta one house remains - obvioulsy quite strong to resisit the real estate harassment i imgine. i have had cold callings even at my unti form Agents tryign to entice to sell! Such is "progress" eh?
How interesting that some things have changed yet others not! there is still so much talk of a railway,now propsed behind my parents house in Churchill Ave, alhtogh many believe it won't eventuate. Reading about a station once asked for at Caterpillar factory is interesting, as my family an dI have often discussed some kind of action group to get a station there. Also there was talk of *if* the train line eventuted behind Churchill and onto th eairport (proposing underground station and tus,perhaps partly under the gorund through those paddocks..which are rapidly being eaten up by fatcories built ont he once designated land of clearance / no buildings by the airport), we would try to rally for a station for Tulla at the veyr least! it would make sense at Caterpillar now what with Westfield being right there and the gowanbrae estate flourishing.
Very sad on people losing life sacings on investments. My parents lost house deposit savings when first married to a man who "sold" thme land in lancefield thne fled with the cash back to ireland ! Grandparents led a life of poverty due to hard earned savings being lost in a similar fashiomn. Very sad those things happen.
i wonder what Walter Murphy would htink of melbourne's second airport finally eventuating at Avalon when he fought so hard for it to be THE Melbourne airport!
Sewerage probelms gosh!!! We have had small sewerage and drainage problems on this block of unit shere at Tadsrtan drvie ove rth elast decade, how curious.
WHat a shame your suggestion of aero names for local streets was not taken on board! however, I do appreciate the names along melrose knowing they come form history and the farms thta wer eonce there named accordingly. I ma curious as to what tadstan Drive is named after? everythign else seems to have a family name or property name as street name, so I am curious to know if you can enlightne me on Tadstan?? have mused if it was part of a reference to Stanhill?
by itellya on 2012-02-06 06:22:25
The house next door to North Edge was Major Murphy's. It should be preserved and I intend to write a letter to the Hume Leader about this.
You could be right in your theory about Tadstan Drive being linked to Stanley Korman. The maps on pages 196 and 197 show land purchased by Korman's companies between 1954 and 1959. The first shows that he bought land right up to Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan", by then owned by Hill, and confirms that he indeed purchased Strathconnan and Denham's land (now Catherine Ave and Trade Park.) You will notice that Broombank and the 18 acre Junction Estate (to Londrew Court)are not included in either map.
Ray Loft had subdivided Broombank in 1952, most likely along Millar Rd (named after his wife's family) to start with. My reason for believing this is that, at this time, the centre of activity was still to the north with the school at the Conders Lane (Link Rd) corner and the post office on the site of Henderson Rd until, (perhaps late) 1959. Perhaps Korman purchased the Tadstan Drive portion in about 1960 to join onto "Strathconnan".
Incidentally, Strathconnan is shown as having been purchased from Kay but the owner's name was actually Kaye. He was probably a Pole (like Ilko Romaniw and others on the triangular estate)and when he first bought Strathconnan his name was recorded in rate books as Kowarzic. He was the manager of Australian National Airways until Reg Ansett took it over to form Ansett-A.N.A.
by itellya on 2012-02-06 06:30:44
I forgot to mention that there is not even one white pages entry for TADSTAN, residential or business! The only result on google for TADSTAN (apart from street names) is an entry in the Cairns Post which is so blurry that the surname might not even be Tadstan. There are streets in Clayton South and Donvale with the name.
by bluestonedreaming on 2012-02-08 07:02:34
i do hope Majot Murphy's house can be prserved! i do recall seeing a very small red placard asking for objuections to be submitted to the ocuncil ,maybe in december? All the trees along the fence shared with Northedge have been removed. I have laways liked that house,it's roses and concrete fornt fountain.
Interesting Tadstan missing from the white pages. I noticed as I checke dout many of your melway refernce shere on the net, tadstan drive is missign from the initial look at pg 5. Odd.
by itellya on 2012-02-18 03:54:14
I made a mistake about Bridget Madden being Maurice Crotty's daughter. She was his sister. This mistake will be corrected in bold type in the journal when I have time. I will also be adding information about the Maddens in this journal and the one about the Inverness Hotel. The Maddens were related by marriage to the Daniel family of Narbonne.
by jadethan on 2013-07-30 18:53:31
I have a photo of old Tullamarine taken around 1960 or perhaps earlier. It looks like it was taken from the top of the old drive in screen. I can send it to you if you can provide an email address.
My family lived at 76 Broadmeadows Rd from 1953 till the 80's or later. My mother Ruth Kelly was involved with the Tullamarine Progress Association for a long time. There was a thermometer in the window of Garner's newsagency for quite a while showing how much money had been raised to build the community hall.
My father, Frank Kelly, ran a welding shop behind the service station at the corner of Bulla and Mickleham Rd's in the 50's and early 60's. I believe the original service station was the same building that used to be the old pub which, legend has it, was once frequented by Squizzy Taylor.
I can remember picnicing by the creek when the western side of Broadmeadows Rd was largely farmland. There used to be a nice spot where it ran under Sharps Rd and there was a stand of large pine trees providing shade. It's just a dip in the road now.
My eldest sister could provide a lot of information on what Tulla was like back in the 50's and 60's.
by itellya on 2013-07-31 12:13:33
I knew Ruth and her mate, Rhonda Lilley well. They loved badminton and were heavily involved with the Hall Committee.Do you remember the putrid burning tyres in the yard near the shops? Cec and Lily Green ran a garage/shop in the old Junction Hotel and one day had a visit from a retired policeman who showed them a bullet that lodged in a door when the police tried to arrest Squizzy Taylor.
A NINETY ONE YEAR OLD REMEMBERS.
Mom worked briefly at the drive in canteen.. also at Dugans chicken farm... then at TAA in the technical library... her boss was Mr Harvey who also lived in Tulla. She was a teacher at Niddrie High School for many years too. And here is Alena Karazija's story in her own words.
Early days in Tullamarine
Early in the 1950‘s my father took me to Airport West, as far as the tram would go. We then walked to the bridge over the railway and my father said: "See those big trees over there? That's where I put a deposit for your block.
That block was in the Triangle Estate, part of a new subdivision of farmland, The address was Lot No. 9 , Bulla Rd.
Father also put deposits on several blocks for his friends, because in those days we tended to keep close to friends, like a substitute for our lost homeland. The full price of our block was 100 pounds. My brother‘s was a corner block, so it cost 120 pounds.
There was no water, no sewerage, no gas and no footpaths, so it was not surprising, that the others sold their blocks very soon.
We desperately wanted to build our home, but had no money. My husband went from Building Society to Building Society trying to join one, but you could only join, when a new one was being formed. Finally he found one, but was told the block had to be fully paid off first, so we borrowed the enormous sum of 100 pounds. With that out of the way, we were allowed to pay the 3 pounds fee to join the Society – and that was the deposit for our home!
By the time we started building, there were still no amenities, so a watertank was part of the building contract .“If you get water in the meantime, I will put in an electric stove of your choice instead of a watertank“, said the builder.
The block at the time belonged to the shire of Keilor, and there we got our building permit. As the frame was being put up, a building inspector came and ordered us to pull it down, because the outer walls were only 8 feet high. The building regulations required all walls to be 9 feet. We had 10 feet middle walls and a sloping ceiling together with the roof , but that did not cut any ice with the inspector. Lucky for us, we found a by-law which permitted one 8 ft. wall, if the room was built into the roof. I went to the Council and argued that our whole house was built into the roof! After several trips and arguments, we were permitted to go on with the building. Some months later I noticed a few more buildings being ’built into the roof”
One day my husband saw workmen digging trenches in the road. They were for the waterpipes for the new airport! ’And what about the residents?“, asked my husband. „All the residents will get water as well“, was the answer. Hurrah! We shall have our stove!
We had to get to know the area. The first to make contact was our 4 year old son Algutis. In no time there were several boys running around; none spoke English, but all communicated perfectly in German, Dutch, Hungarian and Lithuanian. A Scottish boy introduced them to English.
There were no neighbours next door, but a few doors away was a milkbar (still in the same place!) and further on a greengrocer – more like a market stall, than a shop. But at the end of the street , about where the hardware shop stands now) was a real corner shop. One could buy a newspaper and postal stamps, a jumper, fresh meat and groceries. The proprietess, Mrs. Garnar, was an institution : she knew the people, and who was looking for a job and who could offer one. She also knew what interesting activities were held in the neighbourhood and informed the people.
Going the other way towards Sharps Rd., was a house with a plaster stork in the front garden. The children enjoyed going for a walk to look at the stork.
There was a fairly large expanse between our house and the road, and in the mornings we often found cows grazing and looking in through the window. When we built fences, we sometimes saw families sitting outside our front fence having a picnic.
A short while later Don Williams started building a house next door to us, and moved in with his family. That was a lucky day for us, because they turned out to be the best neighbours imaginable.
Behind our block there was nothing – no houses far and wide, just large paddocks and a very small creek running in the middle, providing us with flies and mosquitos. However, a perfect place for our older boy Vyt to build and fly model aeroplanes.
In front of our house, just beyond the road, was a little pond. Our boys would go there and catch yabbies. Little field mice used to come into the house, Algutis would catch them and let them run outside.
Once a year there used to be a Gymkhana „at Thomas Barn“. We did not know the people, but everybody was welcome and no introductions asked for. (Only a few years ago I was introduced to Mrs. Thomas. What a surprise for me! I always thought she was Mrs. Barn).
Once a year – on Guy Fawke‘s day – all the residents grabbed whatever spare wood they had and gathered at a big paddock for a bonfire. After the merriment at the bonfire,the very popular local celebrity Major Murphy would come and entertain everybody with his skilled display of fireworks, which we never wanted to end. Ah, Major Murphy! Not only was he a civic minded man, doing a lot for the community, but also not above helping kids with their model aeroplanes or inviting our Vyt to go fox hunting with him.
Every Friday we watched an old man with horse and buggy go past our house to Victoria market We only stopped seeing him when the Tullamarine freeway was built. I heard he was stopped on his way and not allowed to go that way.( Or it may have been just a rumor).
Tullamarine kept changing gradually. In 1972 I came back from a long holiday and could not believe my eyes: our street, from Broadmeadows Rd. to Sycamore Ave., was paved, the sewerage laid on (and we could build an indoor toilet!), footpaths and kerbs made. The changes came about because the shopkeepers complained about the dust in the food shops. There were no shops beyond Sycamore Ave., so the residents were told they had to pay for the paved road, if they wanted one. We were the lucky ones.
Tullamarine has changed even the main street name. Our address changed from Lot 9 , to Bulla Rd., then to Lancefield Rd., then finally after many aviators’ names were suggested, it became Melrose Dve, without us moving from the spot. A service road was built and a huge pile of rubbish piled between it and the main carriage way. It looked horrible, but very quickly the rubbish was covered with earth and planted with grass, shrubs and flowers. Now we had quite a nice street and did not live on the main road any more.
The garage on „Greens corner“ is still there, but the chicken farm on Mickleham Rd. (opposite Gladston Park) is gone. The old school, of which our younger son was the 547th enrolled pupil in 1957, has been demolished and a new school was built a couple years later in Broadmeadows Rd., on the former paddock behind our house. The trees, planted around the new school by its students, are growing strong. The dairy farm, where we used to buy fresh, unpasturized milk every day, is gone. The drive-in theatre, opposite the Tullamarine shopping centre, (free entertainment for kids sitting outside) was built , used and demolished for housing. Little landmarks, like the Dutch windmill near the railway overpass, has disappeared. And now our family has left Tullamarine as well, but pleasant memories remain.
I‘m 91 now and life goes on.
WE WANT LAND!
Just think,this letter was written at Pascoe Vale.
THE BEST WAY TO ESTABLISH A COLONIAL YEOMANRY.
Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1847 - 1851) Tuesday 21 August 1849 Edition: MORNING p 1 Article.
My time researching in the Titles Office showed me how much land was in the hands of a very small number of people. Many of the gold miners had been farmers, a large number of them having been tenant farmers in Ireland. They did not have the money to buy the large crown allotments that became available when parishes had been surveyed. In the parish of Will Will Rook,north of J.P.Fawkner's Belle Vue grant a huge area of land was bought by speculators, Hughes and Hosking, and later became part of the Kennedy estate.Much land in the parishes of Tullamarine and Bulla was alienated in square mile blocks.
Later land acts tried to prevent big landowners from obtaining so much land in grants but the use of dummies, and possibly loopholes enabled James Hearn, W.A.Blair, Charles Gavan Duffy, James Ford, James Purves, the Cains and Professor Hearn to buy huge tracts of land between Balcombe Creek's mouth and Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula for example.
Former squatter he may have been, but John Pascoe Fawkner had a great affection for yoeman farmers. He made a plea to the government to help them obtain freeholds in 1839, and a decade later he was sick and tired of the lack of action. You must read the letter. When Townships were established, suburban blocks were provided,but often multiple blocks were snapped up by such as Frederick Dawes Wickham at Horseshoe Bend near Keilor and William Allison Blair at Rye.
The only real efforts to establish closer settlement that came from Government were caused by the 1890's depression and the aftermath of war. The first effort was probably an attempt to remove beggars from the city (as one does before the Olympic Games are conducted!) Village settlements gave these people a chance to be self-sufficient and to pay off their land on easy terms.
After world war 1 an obligation to servicemen led to the establishment of soldier settlements in many areas.
By the 1930 depression the government probably decided it was easier to put the unemployed on susso projects such as Coburg Lake and the Great Ocean Road.Father Tucker's village settlement at Carrum Downs is discussed in my GORDON BOYINGTON journal.
However it was mainly the death of big landowners and the burden of death duties that caused many big landowners, such as Sir Rupert Clarke of Rupertswood and the family of William Taylor of Overnewton at Keilor, to ask the Crown to resume their huge estates. The Closer Settlement Acts circa 1900 finally achieved what John Pascoe Fawkner started in 1850, shortly after he wrote the letter,at the top of today's Oak Park Court;to give people the chance to buy their own small farms, not because they were out of a job or they had served King and Country but as a right.
Tulip Wright (section 3 Bulla) and Charles Gavan Duffy (the Irish Land Rights hero) did subdivide their grant fairly early but I doubt that their motives were as pure as good old J.P.F.,THE CHAMPION OF THE YOEMAN FARMER AND CLOSER SETTLEMENT.
Details of the many pieces of land bought by J.P.Fawkner on behalf of his co-operative members are given in several other of my journals.
I had hopes of proving or disproving that Pascoe Villa, Pascoevale,which William Smith advertised for sale in the latish 1860's, shortly after the death of his wife (see my WILLIAM SMITH journal), had been his ORIGINAL Young Queen Inn. As usual when I am unable to solve such puzzles, I had a local history dream, in which, as always, I was reading an article. It was written by Edward Butler, great grandson of Edward Butler who built* the Young Queen Inn at Pascoeville.
(* P.16-17,BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.(In 1839) "Lot number three,of 1.5 acres on the left hand side of the main road not far over the creek, was bought for L 24/9/6 by J.W.Shaw, who---promptly disposed of it to Edward Butler for L44. Butler built-as the title deed expresses it-'a large house and tenement' named the Young Queen Inn in honour of Queen Victoria in the third year of her reign.......(In 1840?)Edward Butler took advantage of the boom by disposing of his property to John Watson for L1300. Watson unloaded it towards the end of the boom,in December, 1842,to the unsuspecting William Smith of St Kilda for L1700. Smith had no one to sell it to but he persevered with the inn for the next twenty-nine years.")
Having had many local history dreams involving trove, I didn't immediately rush to my computer as I once would have. I googled "Edward Butler, Young Queen"(1840-1849) and, blow me down, Edward Butler was running the Young Queen Inn during the 1840's, IN LAUNCESTON, where Fawkner had run the Duke of Cornwall.Whether he was of the prominent Tasmanian legal family has not been discovered.
Keeping the decade limit, I searched for "young queen,pascoevale" and due to trove's quirky ways, this journal's title changed from THE YOUNG QUEEN,PASCOEVALE to PASCOEVALE.
Pascoevale.-Among the other disasters attendant upon the flood, is the carrying away of the bridge across the Moonee Moonee Ponds at Pascoevale, and the consequent stoppage of communication with the city in vehicles
of any description by that road. Major Firebrace, J. P., who lives in the immediate vicinity, has
brought the matter officially under the consideration of tho Government.(P.2, Argus, 4-12-1849.)
On 1 November, Catholic school 269 opens on the north corner of Glass St. (now Napier Cres.) and Pascoe Vale Rd. (which was known as Ashurst and Firebrace Streets at that time). It closed on 31-11-1874, and the iron schoolhouse, which had also served for worship, was moved to form the first St. Monica's. (VR, St Monica's History, EH)(Annals of Strathmore and Surrounding Areas.)
Major Firebrace was an early squatter in the Bulla area with his home station on the site of the Oaklands Hunt Club's "Sherwood" (Melway 178 C5.)SOURCE: probably D.F.Cameron-Kennedy's THE OAKLANDS HUNT but possibly BULLA BULLA by I.W.Symonds,or THE SHIRE THAT TOOK OFF by Grant Aldous, whose manuscript was probably rejected by the shire because of the tale about George Evans leaving a pistol on the table to remind Big Clarke to keep his hands off the young mistress of Emu Bottom.
Macedon (Deep Creek/Bulla)road had been surveyed in 1847 according to a descendant of E.E.Kenny of Camp Hill but was not yet THE GREAT ROAD TO THE DIGGINGS so Pascoe Vale Rd was probably the route that Firebrace took to Melbourne.
YOUNG QUEEN was deleted from the search terms at this stage but of course still appeared in many of the results. The Port Phillip District was allocated places in the New South Wales parliament but as representatives were not paid and would have to frequently be in Sydney,there was a ground-swell for separation. One of the three Keilor souvenirs has an article called THE PORT PHILLIP FARCE which involved J.F.L.Foster,with Lord Grey,the (Colonial Secretary? in England) being nominated. Little Johnny Fawkner had more to do with the separation movement than I had realised.
THE DISTRICT ELECTION.
* (From the Corio Chronicle)
On Friday, R. W. Pohlman, Esq.,Returning Officer, repaired to the hustings at Geelong, and proclaimed the
result of the voting in the several polling places, for the Electoral District of Port Phillip, to elect a representative in the room of James Williamson, Esq., resigned. The nomination of candidates took place on the 15th February, when the following candidates were put in nomination.—William Macarthur*, Esq., of Camden ; John Pascoe Fawkner, Esq., of Pascoevale ; and (with a view to carry out the principle of non-representation)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington,who was put in nomination by Mr.Fawkner himself.(P.4, Argus, 16-3-1849.)
(*This was probably the son of the merino breeder who followed Foster as acting governor until Hotham arrived.)
CHILD EXPLOITATION WAS THE ORDER OF THE DAY!
A lad named John Meyers, was brought before the Police Bench on Tuesday charged with absconding from the service of Mr.J. P. Fawkner, of Pascoevale. The lad was only eight years of age, and had been taken away by his parents. He was ordered back, and to pay all expenses. (P.4, Argus, 16-3-1849.)
NEIGHBOURING LANDOWNERS AT WAR.
The Moonee Ponds Creek formed the boundary between section 23 Doutta Galla (south west) and John Pascoe Fawkner's Belle Vue Park in the parish of Jika Jika (north east), from Marks St near the Pascoe Vale bridge to the southern boundary of the Kingsford-Smith Ulm Reserve. Whether Major St John actually lived on "St John's" (as Harry Stevenson's portion of the former was still called circa 1920 when the Aero Club established their "St John's Field" aerodrome) is unknown, but this neighbourly dispute was not about a fence or the creek.
When I first read a report of the libel case about twenty years ago,Fawkner had been found guilty but fined some paltry amount indicating that his action had been considered just, but St John must have appealed the decision, and had the fine raised to 95 pounds. A "St John v Fawkner" trove search will supply the trial reports. Fawkner applied to Latrobe for the fine to be paid by Government and the refusal was criticised by The Argus.
BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 5 December 1848 p 2 Article
... Sir, Your most obedient servant, C. J. LA TROBE. Mr. J. P. Fawkner, Pascoevale. The Government ... 842 words
PASCOEVILLE TO PASCOEVALE.
Observing that all the 1840-1849 results (most of them William Smith advertisements about the refurbished Young Queen,the swept away bridge being replaced and the connection to the new Sydney road -see CLIFFORDS RD journal) were from 1849, I suspected that the locality's name had recently changed so I changed my search to Pascoeville.
Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney 11th September,1849.
WITH reference to the Government notice of date 13th April, 1848, relative to opening of certain Parish Roads in the District of Port Phillip, and to that described as No. 3 therein, namely :-The Old Sydney or Pascoe
ville Road leading from Mount Macedon* Road to the New Sydney Road : notice is hereby given (etc.)
(Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 11th September, 1849. ROADS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 September 1849 p 1 Article.)
(*Mt Macedon road is now Mt Alexander Rd with the Pascoeville road leaving it at Moonee Ponds Junction.)
There was only one more result for Pascoeville in the 1840's.
Horticultural Society. — On Saturday last a meeting was held at the "Queen's Head Hotel," Queen-street, pursuant to public notice, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of forming a Horticultural Society in Melbourne, embracing in its operation the entire Province. Mr. J. P. Fawkner, of
Pascoeville, was called to the chair, and that gentleman addressed the meeting at considerable length in favor of the proposed institution,pointing out the utility of such societies in causing a praiseworthy emulation among gardeners, and others employed in the culture of our fine soil. (P.2, Argus, 28-11-1848.)
Was this because of faulty digitisation? Did Pascoeville persist into the 1850's? What was the original name for the locality? Delete the limit of only articles from The Argus.
The Argus had previously been The Melbourne Argus. The name change had come between AUG and November, 1848.
Most of the Melbourne Argus results concerned the proclamation of parish roads as mentioned above (where Pascoe Vale Rd was wrongly called No.3, unless the digitisation was wrong.)
e.g.Colonial Secretary's Office,
Sydney, 13th April, 1848.
HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, having deemed it expedient to open and make certain Parish Roads, in the District of Port Phillip, viz. :
1. New line of road from North Melbourne to the Village of Bulla, known as the Mount Macedon Road.
2. Proposed Keila, or Portland Road,from the Mount Macedon Road, to Keila Bridge.
3. Occupation Road, leading from the Mount Macedon Road to Taylor and Green's purchases in Bulla Bulla
4. The old Sydney or Pascoeville Road, leading from the Mount Macedon Road to the New Sydney Road,(plans etc.)
(P.1, The Melbourne Argus,30-6-1848.)
THOSE ROADS TODAY.
1. Present Flemington Rd,Mt Alexander Rd,Wirraway Rd, Bulla Rd, Melrose Drive, and, from Melway 177 F9, Sunbury Rd.
2. Keilor Rd. Keilor was a gaelic word (whose meaning was given in one of the Keilor souvenirs) for the run of Hunter and Watson, who must have pronounced it as most un-pedantic people do instead of Kee-law. (*I can check it in my dictionary history if requested.) Because of the gold rush, Keilor road became known as Mt Alexander Rd and retained the name into the 1900's.
3. This was Oaklands Rd. Ann Greene was granted a square mile (section 4, Bulla) at the north west corner of Somerton and Oaklands Rd and Taylor section 9,also of 640 acres, a mile further north and across the road. This was later part of the estate of Glenara's Walter Clark who called it Dunalister after his son of M.V.R.C. and black rose fame; it is now called Balbethan.
4.Pascoe Vale Rd.
SALE of LAND.--Mr. W. H. Mortimer sold by auction on Wednesday last, on the ground, at Pascoeville, sixteen allotments, forming in all one acre and a half at £65. The sale was but thinly attended, owing to the boisterous state of the weather. (Port Phillip News.The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (NSW : 1838 - 1841) Thursday 13 August 1840 Edition: MORNING p 3 Article.)
In the Insolvent Estate of John Pascoe Fawkner,of Pascoeville, in the District of Port Phillip.
NOTICE is hereby given that an account and plan of distribution of available assets in the estate of John Pascoe Fawkner, of Pascoeville, the above named insolvent, now lies at the Office of the Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates for the District of Port Phillip, at the Supreme Court House, La Trobe-street, Melbourne, for the inspection (etc.) (The Melbourne Argus (Vic. : 1846 - 1848) Friday 25 December 1846 p 2 Article.)
Fawkner sold off the Belle Vue land between Pascoe Vale Rd and Northumberland Rd, a large part of which fronting Gaffney St was purchased by Henry George Ashurst* (after whom part of Pascoe Vale Rd was originally named) who leased it out to such as John Kernan who settled there in 1856 and called it Merai Farm. Fawkner could not be dispossessed of the rest of Belle Vue Park because he put it in his wife's name**.
*COAL. — On Mr. Ashhurt's property at Pascoeville, the men employed sinking a well near that gentleman's house have come to a vein of coal eighty feet from the surface ; the vein is three feet thick, and samples of the coal have been brought to town and found to be of excellent quality ;such a discovery we need not say is of the
utmost importance to our province. — Herald.(Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Saturday 30 July 1842 Edition: MORNING p 8 Article.)
** John Stephen further adds that he is informed and believes that I reside beyond the distance of seven miles; this is a fact which he could have easily tested; equivocation will not do on this point, all I say on the
subject is, that my farm is on the five-mile line from Melbourne, as laid down by the surveyors, and the five-mile land reserved to be sold at an enhanced price joins the corner of my land, or my wife' s land at
Pascoeville. (P.7. Launceston Examiner,1-3-1843.) John Stephen had probably challenged Fawkner's entitlement to stand for public office because of his sentence to hard yakka at Coal River and being outside the residential limit.
BHURR STONE.- Bhurr Stone which, for the purpose of constructing mill-stones, is of the greatest importance, is abundantly found in the neighbourhood of Melbourne, On the banks of the Saltwater River, near' Maine's and Dobson's quarry*, as well as at Pascoeville, on the east side of the valley, it exists in large
quantities, which were discovered about four years ago.(etc.) (P.2,Geelong Advertiser, 18-4-1844.)
The Niddrie quarry,now a residential area, was near the north west corner of J.P.Main's grant,section 12 Doutta Galla. Probably a lot of the metal used by George Holmes to make the road to "Keila" came from Main's Estate.
PASCOEVILLE ROAD IS BETTER!
Carriers between Melbourne and Seymour complain of the heavy state of the roads, especially that via Pentridge; on the other hand the Pascoeville or Young Queen road is in comparatively good condition, arising from the limited traffic thereupon, the former being somewhat shorter. This hint is worthy of note by parties having business upon the line. (P.2, The Melbourne Argus, 15-8-1848.)
CATTLE STEALING.- Pat Connerty, keeper of the town herd, and John McManus, butcher,were placed at the bar of the Police Court,on Tuesday morning last, charged with having received stolen cattle, the property of Mr.
Francis William Cobb*, of Pascoeville, who stated that be had lost, on Tuesday, the 15th instant, seven head of cattle from his station,(etc.)
(The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Thursday 7 April 1842 p 4 Article.)
Although he was not mentioned by Andrew Lemon, I'm sure I saw Cobb's name in the 1863 Broadmeadows assessments.
*HE MAY HAVE BEEN FAWKNER'S BROTHER IN LAW! (See below.)
Edward Butler did run the Young Queen.I had wondered about that.
Prisoners of the Crown. On Saturday morning Mr Butler, of Pascoeville, was fined 20(s.?) for permitting a prisoner of the crown to drink on his premises. (The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Saturday 23 January 1841 p 2 Article.)
HOW DID PASCOEVILLE BECOME OAK PARK?
The fruit and forest trees imported from England in 1839 and planted at Pascoeville, have grown very luxuriantly.The forest trees,; as horse chestnut, oak, maple, lime, sycamore, acatia, alder,walnut, and edible Chesnut (which last is showing blossom) have made wonderful growths.
(Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate (Vic. : 1845 - 1847) Saturday 8 November 1845 p 3 Article.)
Joseph English bought Fawkner's remaining portion following the death of Eliza (nee Cobb*) Fawkner's widow, and enlarged or replaced Fawkner's homestead. The Morgan and Knight (related) families were involved and I have just spotted Pine Avenue which might indicate the location of Fred Morgan's "The Pines".Later Hutchinson, owner of a flour mill at Glenroy,bought the property and renamed it Oak Park.
Oak Park Reserve - Victorian Heritage Database
Remnant trees on the site, including an oak, cypresses and peppercorn trees, have been estimated to date from Fawkner's residency. The park's close proximity ...
Fawkner was no great lover of native vegetation and the document recording his lease of portion of the property to his father in 1841 states that the lessee: "shall and will fell cut down grub up and otherwise destroy and remove all the native indigenous trees wood scrub and underwood whatsoever growing or to grow upon the said land or any part thereof except fruit trees or such trees as are or shall be marked...for ornamental hedgerows or boundary marks." (P.17 BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
P.W.Welsh who handled sales of village blocks for Fawkner "inferred that Fawkner's planting of orchard, gardens and nurseries was in someway a village work (instead of being part of his private farm,which it was): etc."
(P.17 BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
I wonder if the following trees had been intended for "village works" and Fawkner changed his mind in order to get a certificate of discharge on his insolvency.Apart from a variety of fruit trees, they included:
Forest Trees, of two sorts, Oak and Maple; these trees were also imported from England, at great cost and risk, and at severe loss, only about twenty remain on sale. As these trees will only be taken from the ground upon the order of the buyer, they may ensure their good state, and as they will not be liable to damage by sea water, or the saline deposition incident to a sea voyage, and as every care will be taken to preserve the roots as perfect as possible, parties buying will find these cheaper even than those sold by auction, for there they
must pay for them, faulty or good.Orders will be received at my residence, in Flinders Lane by Mr E. Vernon, Grocer; or at the Orchard, Pascoevale, by Mr Wm. Martin. Trees ordered and paid for will be delivered in town (on Saturdays only ) free of expense to the purchaser.
(P.4, Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate, 16-5-1846.)
The earliest use of Pascoe Vale in family notices was in 1854 in the death notice of a pioneer who had settled in Victoria in 1803.
WHAT'S THAT ITELLYA, HAVE YOU GONE STARK RAVING MAD? DOES THE YEAR 1835 MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU? EVEN THE HENTYS WERE WAY AFTER 1803. HANG ON,DO YOU MEAN THE SORRENTO SETTLEMENT?
On the 24th inst., at Pascoe Vale, John Fawkner, Esq., in his 84th year, father of J. P. Fawkner,Esq., M.L.C.
SEE COMMENTS RE HENRY, FRED AND WILLIAM GODFREY.
The two Purves brothers built bridges in Van Dieman's Land before coming to the Port Phillip District. James,an architect, came out first and his brother, Peter,who was a stone mason,joined him after a tragedy befell him.Each brother had a son named James, but James Jnr was usually referred by his full name (as below.) Purves Rd in Rosebud may have been granted to James the architect but Peter's descendants lived there.
Port Phillip Apostle No 6 James Purves, landowner
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James Purves was born at Berwick-on-Tweed on 25 May 1813 and arrived in Van Diemens Land in 1837, moving across to Phillip in 1839. He commenced practising as an architect and building surveyor that year with an office in Bourke Street opposite Mr Allan’s (whoever he was). He obtained an auctioneers license in the same year- possibly that’s where he met Welsh? A different address is given for his office- Little Collins Street, next to McLeans store; then another notice that he moved into McLeans store itself. Either way, he is located in the commercial centre of town. He sold the auctioneers business to H. H. Atkinson in 1841, and maintained another architect office in Collins Street from 1840. His private residence was in Newtown (now Fitzroy) in 1840, then Richmond in 1844 and 1845. He married Caroline, the daughter of Thomas Guillod of London in October 1842. His son, James Liddell Purves, who was a barrister, columnist, free trade parliamentarian and member of the Australian Natives Association, was born in Swanston Street in 1843.
There’s his son. A fine upstanding man he is too.
James Purves Snr. is listed as holding land with Chirnside at the Loddon River and Geelong in 1840, then took a license to run stock in the Portland Bay district with Chisholm in 1842-3 (but I doubt if it is John Moffat Chisholm, who seems to have always used all three names; there are other Chisholms in Port Phillip) . He also held land in Western Port with Dixon 1842-3; and with E. W. Hobson. He won a prize for a horse at the first show, held on 3 March 1842 at the cattlemarket on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria streets- a “failure” of a show, according to Garryowen, where “the exhibits were a vast disappointment”.
There is no evidence of much connection with the other Twelve Apostles. He seems to be quite active in leasing or purchasing properties in the early 1840s, especially during 1842 when the depression was kicking in, but there does not seem to be any further action after cutting his partnerships in 1843. Unlike the other Twelve Apostles, he had a profession to fall back on- perhaps this saved him from the insolvency that engulfed the others. He joined with Fawkner and Chisholm in fighting the arrangements made to cover Rucker’s debt once it all went pear-shaped. In September 1846 he helped fight a fire in a coach factory. By 1850 he was purchasing land again. He had a licence at Tootgarook- or is it Toolgaroop?- between 1850-69 where he became an importer and racehorse breeder and also at Traralgon between June 1853 and 1855.
He obviously had the money to send his son ‘home’ to England for his education, his law degree and his Grand Tour. His son published the diary he wrote on the way home – A Young Australian’s Log. I wonder if that gives any more information?
This is all so disjointed. There’s a Thomas and Henry Purves in Port Phillip at the time, who DO come out very strongly in Judge Willis’ favour, but I don’t know if they’re connected to James Purves at all. There’s several mentions of Mr Purves in the newspaper, but I’m not sure which one it is. And how and why did James Purves get involved in the Rucker scheme? Search me.
Peter Wilson wrongly states in ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD that the Rosebudwas owned by Edward Hobson and was uninsured when she went aground inland of the foreshore bike path at Rosebud. (A plaque at the spot explains how the site of the stranding was determined.) James Purves had insured the vessel and there are many articles on trove about some of the insurers trying to avoid paying their share,claiming necessary documentation had not been provided and the stranding occurred on the EAST coast of the bay,which was not covered by the policy. Just prior to the stranding in 1855,James tried to sell the vessel and presumably he was the owner.
Extract from my journal about James Purves at Fingal.
WHICH JAMES PURVES?
The two men credited with having started the breeding of thoroughbreds in Victoria were James Purves and William Cross Yuille,the latter the author of the Stud Book. I was surprised to discover this as Hurtle Fisher and his brother, Charles B.Fisher (the father of the Australian Turf according to MARIBYRNONG:ACTION IN TRANQUILITY), had captured this distinction in my mind.
This James Purves died at Richmond on 12-6-1878. (P.1s, Launceston Examiner, 6-7-1878.) He owned Chinton, east of Mt Macedon and Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula. Neither is mentioned in this obituary but they were in other obituaries. James Purves had a brother named Peter but you'd never know it unless you read Hec Hanson's MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN. He was a mason and followed his architect brother to Van Diemans Land when his wife died shortly after giving birth to their first child, James. Leaving the baby in the care of a relative, the heartbroken Peter joined his brother and combining their skills they built many of Tasmania's early bridges.
THE ARCHITECT'S SON.
Where did "Liddle" come from? Perhaps here.
Purves, Margaret 59
Born: Abt 1757, Berwick
Marriage: Liddle, James 5 Jun 1773, Coldingham, , Berwick, Scotland 141
Purves, James Liddell (1843–1910)
by Marian Aveling
This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, (MUP), 1974
James Liddell Purves (1843-1910), lawyer and nationalist, was born on 23 August 1843 in Swanston Street, Melbourne, eldest son of James Purves and his wife Caroline. His father, an early Victorian colonist from Berwick-upon-Tweed, became an importer, race-horse breeder and owner of the station Toolgaroop near Western Port. Purves attended several Melbourne schools, including the Diocesan Grammar School, but his health was poor and he was sent to Europe in 1855 to complete his education. His diary of the voyage to London was later published as A Young Australian's Log (1856); it shows precocious powers of expression and observation. He continued his studies in Germany and Belgium, obtaining a good knowledge of German and French, and in King's College School, London. In 1861 he matriculated and entered Trinity College, Cambridge, to study medicine, but soon changed to law at Lincoln's Inn, London. For four years he studied, travelled widely on the Continent and at times supported himself by writing literary and documentary articles for several London journals and newspapers. In 1865 he was called to the Bar and, in December 1866 on his return to Melbourne, was admitted to the Victorian Bar.
This varied education produced quick intelligence, a fluent and often brilliant tongue, and great charm, his influence on colonial opinion and practice being based less on intellect than on personality and style. In the late 1860s he contributed a witty column, 'Talk of the Town', to the Melbourne Herald, and became co-editor of the Australian Jurist. His rapid rise in the legal profession showed a special flair for spectacular cases: in 1871 the defence of a client accused of stealing a fortune in gold coin; in the mid-1870s a gold-mining case involving suspected fraud; and in 1878 the defence of a respectable softgoods firm charged with smuggling by the protectionist Berry government. From the early 1880s he undertook a number of will and divorce cases, all closely reported in the press, and was briefed to appear in almost every important jury case. He was retained as standing counsel by a large number of public and private institutions, including the Victorian railways, in the defence of which he appeared in the long series of compensation cases arising out of the railway disasters of 1881 and of 1886, when he was appointed Q.C. and acknowledged as the leader of the Victorian Bar. A colleague later commented acidly that Purves was master of all trades and deficient only in law.
Certainly his success depended less on abstract legalities than on his ready grasp of technical skills such as surgery and mining, and on his ability to make disputed points clear to a jury by apt, homely and often humorous similes. His greatest contribution to forensic law in Victoria was the development of a unique style of cross-examination, a persistent and acute questioning by which a hostile witness could be led to prejudice his own case. Although privately a kindly man to whom many younger colleagues turned for assistance, Purves was notoriously brusque with witnesses, and when a doctor whose reputation he had impugned in court later knocked him into the gutter in Collins Street, public sympathy was not all with the lawyer.
Purves entered the Legislative Assembly in April 1872 as a free trader and constitutionalist for Mornington, and was soon known for his oratory. He was several times offered cabinet rank and regarded by some as a potential leader of the constitutionalists. A latent demagogue, Purves always admired Berry's powers of leadership. But his own talents inclined less to administration than to ideological debate; at the height of the constitutional crisis he once had to be forcibly rescued by friends from an attempt to sway a fiercely pro-Berry mob. In February 1880 he made an apparently quixotic decision to contest the working-class electorate of Footscray, was defeated and in July lost again in the Liberal stronghold of Maryborough and Talbot. He never stood for parliament again.
From the mid-1880s Purves's political talents were channelled through the Australian Natives' Association, which had been founded in 1871 as a friendly society and gradually extended its activities to include mutual improvement, debate and public demonstration on questions of national importance. Purves was not, as he and others often claimed, a founder of the association; he joined in 1872 but took no part in its affairs until 1884 when it began a series of protest meetings calling for British annexation in the Pacific. In his addresses to these meetings and later as president of the A.N.A., Purves developed a vague and ardent vision of Australia's future greatness which he placed sometimes within a renewed British empire, sometimes in glorious independence. During his presidency separatist elements within the A.N.A. pushed him and the association to the forefront of opposition to the Imperial Federation League in Victoria, but his attempt to establish a New South Wales A.N.A. failed when the republican movement in Sydney rejected his position as one of dual loyalty, to Australia and empire both. 'Emperor' Purves's two years as president of the A.N.A. in 1888-90 were marked more by oratorical fireworks than constructive leadership, but they confirmed the association's reputation within Victoria as a publicist organization with some political influence. Purves's oratory aroused in many of the younger generation a strong sense of responsibility for their country's development and a rather populist awareness of their own ability to direct it.
In the early 1890s Purves successfully defended the Age in two libel cases, of which the most famous and politically significant, Speight v. Syme, carried a great load of involved technical evidence; its hearing took 98 days and an appeal of 86 days was also lost. In this decade Purves was sporadically active in the long effort to persuade Victorians of the advantages of Federation, though pressure of business, sickness and his usual impatience with routine meetings kept him from the leadership. He failed to gain a place on the Victorian delegation to the Federal Convention of 1897 but was prominent in the dramatic crusading and canvassing in the last days before the first federal referendum.
Purves was also prominent in Victorian sporting circles as an owner of fine race-horses, a champion shot, and a keen lawn-tennis player and yachtsman. In 1875 he had married Annie Lavinia, daughter of R. Grice; she died in childbirth, and in 1879 he married Eliza Emma, daughter of W. A. Brodribb. He had one son by his first marriage and two sons and three daughters by the second. On his death on 24 November 1910 the Victorian Bar mourned a leader and inspiration, the A.N.A. its greatest prophet.
This rootsweb page states that James Liddle Purves (its subject) was born in CAMPBELLFIELD! The Australian Dictionary of Biography article states that the architect's first-born son was born in Swanston St., Melbourne.
Father: James PURVES c: 21 Jun 1814 in Coldingham,Berwickshire,Scotland
Mother: Caroline GUILLOD
Marriage 1 Eliza Emma BRODRIBB b: 1856 in Deniliquin,New South Wales,Australia
Married: 1879 in Paddington,New South Wales,Australia
Has No Children Eleanor Alison PURVES b: 1883 in Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Has No Children Philip Brodribb PURVES b: 1886 in Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Has No Children Eliza Mary PURVES b: 1880 in South Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Has No Children Godfrey Liddle PURVES b: 1881 in Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Has No Children Beatrice Annie Ethel PURVES b: 1890 in East Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Has No Children William Richard Walter PURVES b: 1894 in East Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Marriage 2 Annie Lavinia GRICE b: 1854 in Collingwood,Victoria,Australia
Has No Children James George PURVES b: 1876 in Collingwood,Victoria,Australia
THE BARRISTER'S HOUSE.
East Melbourne, Clarendon Street 036, Mosspennoch | East ...
Mosspennock was built in 1881 for James Liddell Purves, Q.C. and was designed by Charles Webb. It is unusual for the curved glass in its front bow windows.
MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN.
This is the life story of Hec Hanson,the great grandson of THE STONE MASON,PETER PURVES. I may one day write a journal about Hec's story but here I will confine myself to the genealogy provided in the book.
P.21. My maternal great-grandfather Peter Purves was born in 1802,in Berwick upon Tweed in Scotland. He was a mason,as is indicated on his tombstone at Point Nepean.(It's still there!) Peter married his sweetheart Barbara Scott,in March 1835,and on 29th September 1835,while living in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne,England,she gave birth to a son-James. It was only one month later,that Barbara died. After this tragedy,Peter left his son in the care of an aunt,Mrs Russell,back across the border in Berwick upon Tyne, and followed his brother James,to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania). On this island,he tried to overcome his sorrow by working with his brother, building bridges.
Young James was eager to get to know his father, so at the age of eighteen he set sail for Australia aboard the "Thomas Lowry". He arrived in 1852, and joined his father and uncle at Tootgarook Station,on the Mornington Peinsula. The brothers had been managing this run since 1850*,with Peter getting credit for giving it the name Tootgarook**, after an aboriginal word meaning "the croaking of frogs". Peter Purves died in March 1860,so his son managed to be with him for eight years.
(Peter's brother James went on to own Tootgarook Station and had a son called James Liddle Purves, who became a well-known barrister and politician.)
Two years after his father's death,young James married Emily Caroline Quinan***, who was born at Broken River (Benalla)in Victoria. They lived at Tootgarook,which is between Rosebud and Rye,and had ten children.My mother Frances Ada Elizabeth was the ninth child and was born at Tootgarook in 1883.
* Edward Hobson was supposed to have held the Tootgarook Run until 1850 but from about 1844 was managing a run for his brother,Dr. Edmund Hobson, which Edward named "River of Little Fish" (Traralgon.) Charles Hollinshed suggested in LIME LAND LEISURE that JAMES Purves might have been managing Tootgarook in the 1840's.
**I have seen several alternative names for the run.
***Emily's father, Robert Denison Quinan,assisted by his wife,Emma, established a private school at Dromana on 12-11-1860, catering for about 25 pupils and due to a petition signed by Robert Rowley and many other Dromana residents,his school became a National School on 1-6-1861. To supplement his income,he did book-keeping for the Kangerong Road Board but finding a discrepancy of five pounds he sought a loan from Richard Watkin of the Dromana Hotel. When the loan was refused, he committed suicide.(Pages 130-1,A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)
N.B. He was from Dublin and was wrongly called Robert Dublin Quinan in the book. Many articles about the suicide,but not the cause, can be found on trove.
FAMILY TREE. (I can't use the usual lay-out.)
James Purves,son of Peter, married Emily Caroline Quinan in 1862 (15-6-1862 according to the wedding notice.)
James was born on 29-9-1835 at Newcastle-on-Tyne,England and died on 6-11-1913 at Rosebud. Emily wasborn at Broken River (Benalla)and died on 4-8-1910 at Rosebud. (Rosebud=Greenhills in Purves Rd.)
Their children, with birth, death,and marriage details, were:
1. James (Jim), Pt Nepean 1863, 1927, bachelor.
2. George LiddlePt Nepean 1865, 1892, ?
3. Emily b.1867 (3-11-1867 Trove), d. 1947 W.A., m.1899 Gustav Frederick Phillip Lenz.
4. Lily, 1870 Tootgarook, 1938, spinster.
5. Robert 1872 Toot., 1937,m.Emma Mason.
6. Walter, 1875 Toot., 1935, m.1904 Leila F.Cotton.
7. Barbara Scott, 1878 Toot., 1934 Dromana, m.1915 James Wilson*.
8. Peter, 1880 Toot., 1940 buried at Rye, m. Isabella Cairns.**
9. Frances Ada Elizabeth, 1883 Toot., 1951 Tawonga, Vic., m. 1906 Alfred George Hanson.
10. Ernest, 1885 Dromana, 1886.
*See my Sarah Wilson journal. See P.3,Mornington Standard 19-4-1902 for the Laurissen letter of thanks re Bobby Wilson split skull.
Born in Victoria, Australia in 1886 to James Thompson Cairns and Johanna Russell. Isabella married Peter Purves. She passed away on 1983 in Victoria, Australia. (See my CAIRNS GENEALOGY journal.)
ALEC. RASMUSSEN,TULLAMARINE, 1909- CIRCA 1929.
Alec Rasmussen transferred from Couangault, south of Gisborne,to Tullamarine S.S.2613 in 1909 and taught there for nearly twenty years. His picnics at Alexander McCracken's Cumberland(probably for his pupils but involving the whole community)were just a small part of his service to Tullamarine. Alec was spoken of in such glowing terms, at the 1989 and 1998 Tullamarine reunions, by every one of his former pupils, that I became infected. My attempts to have the Tullamarine Reserve in Melrose Drive, which the community gained because of Alec, has failed but I hope to have a playground on that reserve or nearby named after him.
MR. HARDIMAN,GRADE 4, ASCOT VALE STATE SCHOOL, CIRCA 1951.
The old Social Studies course started with the family with horizons expanding every year,Grade 5 studying Australia. The Grade 4 focus was on the local community. Kidding Mr Hardiman didn't get me fired up with his stories about the past. If he hadn't, I wouldn't be writing my journals. I thought of him and decided to write this journal a few nights ago. Mr Hardiman explained that Bank St,in which the school is still situated,got its name from the bank on the Mount* Rd corner which was built during the gold rush. I vaguely remember seeing 1869 on the bank and naturally concluded that it was not the original bank building. What I found the other night was an article about the E.S.&A. bank being built on the site of a hay and corn store in (1869?) I've spent an hour trying to find it again,to no avail.
Without the resources available today, Mr Hardiman's mistake can be understood, and his slight debit on this account is completely outweighed by the love of history that he engendered in me.
MR (KEVIN?) GOOD, ASCOT VALE STATE SCHOOL,CIRCA 1952 and 1961.
Phrases, clauses, similes,etc. seemed strange stuff when Mr Good introduced them but I picked them up.He must have done a good job because, blow me down, he was the English lecturer at Melbourne Teachers' College when I arrived. And the first thing he did was to administer a Grammar test.Guess who blitzed the field.
MR WILLIAMS, KENSINGTON STATE SCHOOL, CIRCA 1952. Bagpipes.
After Dad died we moved to Kensington and attended school there from the start of third term (early September.)
If the class worked hard and behaved well,Mr Williams would perform his party trick,playing the bagpipes on his violin. I don't remember much else,but we were extremely industrious angels!
GEORGE MURRAY,UNI HIGH,1950'S. Umpiring,dedication.
By RON CARTER
Daryl Foster had the laugh on his University High
School teacher George Murray yesterday.
During school hours George is chief, but on the
cricket field it's everyone for himself.
Daryl plays district cricket with Essendon, and
Murray is Footscray pennant team's captain-coach.
For more than a season Daryl, a medium-pace
bowler, has been trying to get George's wicket in a
They met again yesterday in a U.H.S. firsts versus
the seconds and teachers, and Daryl got his wish . . .
he had'George caught at point.
Although it wasn't a pennant match it was still
a terrific "kick" for young Daryl.
, [In the picture above Daryl Foster (centre) smiles
as his teacher, George Murray (left walks back to the
pavilion after falling victim to his 16-year-old pupil.
George Karanichols (right), another University High
student, who is in St. Kilda's pennant team, also
thought it was a "great joke."] (P.18, Argus,3-11-1955.)
George K.(see below*) was just one of the Uni. High lads who benefited from George Murray's refinement of their natural talent. Tony Leigh,whom I brilliantly leg glanced for 4 in a house match (snicked with my eyes closed in absolute fear), played under George Murray at Footscray. Arthur K. also made the grade in cricket a few years later and I think he also played footy for North Melbourne.
*The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 16 February 1955 Section: SPORTING SECTION p 2 Article about George K. making the St Kilda 1sts aged 15 and some of the other Uni High teenagers also playing at the top level. Daryl Foster was later the W.A. state coach for many years.
MURRAY INWOOD (MELBOURNE TEACHERS' COLLEGE.)
The Commanding Officer-Faraday St. Donkey Serenade.
Murray didn't teach me, being a fellow student at teachers' college, but I would have loved to be in his class; it would have been fun! I knew him well, being in the same group and sitting next to him in the tenor section of the choir. A Korean War vet., Murray was well established (at Maribyrnong I think) and threw parties for the members of our group. At every one, Murray would be badgered until he sang The Donkey Serenade,which was just made for his superb voice.
At the start of our second year, the whisper went around to stay on the second floor and keep a lookout. The bell rang and the new students gathered in the assembly area outside. Suddenly a commanding voice started barking orders to straighten lines,improve posture and so on. Stifled sniggers from upstairs seemed about to give the game away but when the column was marched, to Murray's "left, right" across Swanston St to the old Faraday State School, we laughed our heads off.
PETER DUNLEAVEY, KENSINGTON STATE SCHOOL, CIRCA 1968. Aug. 22.
During the 1960's, Kensington changed considerably. The flats overlooking the South Ken. flat, now Holland Park, had brought more disadvantaged families into the area, many struggling to learn a new language. When Bryan Quirk of Carlton Football Club had his jaw broken in a game, I took over the coaching of the cricket team. The boys loved our after school practice sessions, the same later with footy, and it was then that I discovered how many of the children were latch-key children; they arrived home to an empty house because both parents were working.One of the boys, Kevin,was so disturbed that he took to one of his parents with an axe and he was just one of many troubled children. It was depressing so a bit of levity would not go astray.
We locked the deputy principal and the infant mistress in the tiny strongroom in the first production of the big brother house. But the funniest thing ever was Peter Dunleavey's classic impromptu one -liner.
The staff kitchen was separate from the staff room and if you had forgotten cutlery,you had to go back to get it. I think the sick bay was between the two rooms. One day I'd heated my lunch but had forgotten the cutlery. When I returned,my lunch was missing. My colleagues kindly showed me where it was,in my locked classroom! You guessed it,my key had also disappeared from the staff room table.
On the Friday before my wedding, I was looking after two grades (of 36 or more),Maureen Ginifer being away and relieving teachers unheard of, when Peter came down and said that Quirky needed to see me. He wasn't in his room (his grade being probably at Art and Craft)so Peter said that he was probably in the staff room. As we walked past the sick bay two figures emerged like lightning to assist Peter in his dastardly purpose. I breathed a sigh of relief when I found they were only going to tie me up; far better than the usual buck's night prank.
I'd almost untied myself when a check by my assailants found the bonds needed attention. That had just been done when a girl from Maureen's class asked Peter if I was in the sick bay. "Yes,but he's tied up at the moment!" Ya gotta laugh!
There will be a reunion, (on April 26, 2014?), of descendants of George "Dod" Jennings and his wife, Hannah (nee Wiffen)to mark the 100th anniversary of the family's arrival in Rye. Details from Linda Berndt (nee Jennings)on 5985 8187 or firstname.lastname@example.org(email.)(DESPERATELY SEEKING,P.77,Herald Sun, 27-10-2013.)
Anything added here will be information that will probably not be in the book to be launched at the reunion.If you don't know what was buried with Dod and why, you obviously need to buy the book! As the digitised text has been corrected,I assume that Paul Jennings' attempt to water ski across Bass Strait will be mentioned.
SEE COMMENT 1 RE A MISTAKE IN ONE OF MY JOURNALS ABOUT A JENNINGS-BRIGHT CONNECTION, (ACTUALLY JENNINGS-BLIGHT), WHICH I NEED TO FIND AND CORRECT.
Mr C. Jennings, the clever little rover of the Flinders football club, was married at Portsea on Wednesday, to Miss Tuck, second daughter of Mr John Tuck, of Portsea. (P.2,Mornington Standard, 3-6-1905, PERSONAL PARS.)
MR. J. TUCK.
The death occurred on July 4 of Mr. John Tuck, of Flinders, aged 86. Born at Rye, he was taken by his
parents to Flinders when six years of age, and lived there for the remainder of his life.Burial took place in the Flinders cemetery on July 5. The Rev. Father O'Sullivan read the burial service.The casket was carried by Messrs. M.Baxter, J. Jennings, J. Mackay, and L. Mannix (sons-in-law). Mr. James Wilson, of Mornington, conducted the funeral.
(Frankston & Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Friday 17 July 1936 p 4 Article.)
TO BE HELD IN THE FLINDERS PARK ON FRIDAY, JANUARY I, 1904.
OFFICE-BEARERS: PATRONS:- F. S. Grimwade,M.L.C., A. Downward Esq., M.L,A.; C. T. Cooke, Esq., H. Sharp. Esq., Robt. Anderson. Esq., J.P., J. E. Guest, Esq., and Jas. Simmonds*, Esq.
PRESIDENT-Cr Nowlan; VICE-PRESIDENTS-Messrs. T. E.M Darley and C. H. M. Planck; COMMITTEE-Messrs E. Dowie,
A. Delaney, H. Boyd. H. Farr, W. Purves, M.Higgins- L. Wilding, J. Riley. J. Symonds*, H. Hopcraft, S. Willett, Geo.Jennings, W. M'Intosh, and H. James. (P.5, Mornington Standard, 19-12-1903.)
Hannah Jennings,widow, of Rye,who died on July 26?, left by will dated May 4, 1933?, property of a gross value of L.3363? to her sons.(P.22, Argus,15-9-1934.)
JENNINGS—HALL. — On 26th February, at St. Andrew's Church of England, Rye, by the Rev. Godfrey Hughes, Claude Ernest, eldest son of Mr and Mrs E. Jennings, Rye Park, Rye, to Myrtle Annie, eldest daughter of Mrs C. J. Hall and the late Mr John Hall, "Montrose," Boolarra.(P.2,Morwell Advertiser, 9-5-1935.)
WOMEN'S HIKING RECORD.
What appears to be a hiking record for women is the achievement of Miss K. Jennings, of Rye, and Miss H. Nelson, of Warragul, who reached Horsham on Wednesday. Leaving Melbourne on Friday morning,April 13, they took the Western Highway to Stawell. ,Then, desiring to avail themselves of the opportunity of seeing the beauty of the Grampians, they made a detour through Hall'sGap, staying over night. Next day,they hiked over the mountain track toWartook, thence to Horsham, thus completing about 205 miles in six days.
The hikers appeared to be little the worse for their long trek. They are warmly grateful for the many kindnesses offered them by wayside dwellers and are most enthusiastic over the wild grandeur of the Grampians
scenery. (P.4,The Horsham Times,20-4-1934.)
I've researched the history of Somerville's Gomm family quite extensively with the aid of trove and Murray Gomm. During a four hour session one day he showed me a medal,which has now been donated to the recently renamed M.P.N.F.L.(now P.C.N.) and is on display at its office. At the age of about 35, in about 1950,George Gomm, Murray's father,started a milk round from a dairy he built opposite the pub in Flinders*. George and his brother,Billy, have been made legends of the Somerville Football Club.George could not continue to play for Somerville, because of the demands of his dairy and distance. Murray recalls that George helped to reform the Flinders Football Club and played a few games with them before finally retiring. Players in those days socialised with the opposition after the game, and George lured two of the friends he'd made from Rye to Flinders, Clarrie Jennings and Bob Rowley who were also near the end of their careers. Murray believes that Clarrie coached Flinders fairly successfully, possibly having won a premiership.
(*See THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER THE by Bruce Bennett.)
Unfortunately details in trove regarding Flinders and football in the 1950's have been difficult to find,except for the next John Coleman,Flinders' John Watson, who in 1956 was averaging a higher average of goals per game than Coleman had with Hastings. Records on the M.P.N.F.L. website are currently unavailable,so the above anecdote cannot be verified.
The Hindhope Estate was between Boneo Rd and First Avenue in Rosebud , extending south from the highway to include 50 First Ave and the Hope St house blocks.
HINDHOPE ESTATE (PART 3, First Ave, Thomas St, Rosebrook St), ROSEBUD,VIC., AUST.
Journal by itellya
The land north of McCombe St and east of Rosebrook St was referred to as section A in the 1919 assessments. This was the second stage of the subdivision first advertised in 1914, the 70 "seaside" lots north of McCombe St being placed on sale in 1913 when the Hindhope Villa had 39 acres of grounds remaining. As Section A was the rest of Hindhope except for 14 acres west of Rosebrook St,it can be concluded that the land east of Rosebrook St consisted of 25 acres. Frederick Allan Quinton bought many blocks near the Hindhope Villa block (lot 95 and 96) but Alexander Mackie Younger's first wife bought the 14 acres of grounds, which might account for the absence of lots 19 to 32 on the subdivision plan,which makes no mention of section A.
Those assessed in 1919 on land in section A were:
A.L.Adcock, Red Hill, 6, 7, N.A.V. 2 POUNDS!; H.Cairns 14, c/o Mrs Papper, 433 George St.,Fitzroy; Mace, Wangaratta, 84, 85,86; W.R.Mullens 17, 18, c/o Jennings Rosebud; J.Patterson,Rosebud, 13; Mrs Emily June Ada Nethercote, Hawthorn, 12.
Not all of the above gained title. H.Cairns could have been Harry or Helen, neither of whom died for some time so the partly paid-off block may have been sold because of financial difficulties or an offer that couldn't be refused. The Mullens and Jennings family were related by marriage as shown in part 1*. L.Adcock of Red Hill was occupying 42 acres and buildings on crown allotment 20C Wannaeue (at Melway 190 D 11-12) in 1919. I can find no Cairns/Papper connection so perhaps the Fitzroy family was leasing the block. Mr Mace's full name is below. (*Pasted below.)
All lots below were transferred from the developer, Arthur A. Thomas to the buyer.
SOUTH SIDE OF McCOMBE ST.
LOT -- DATE--- TRANSFERRED TO.--- FRONTAGE--- NOW
1 --- 14-9-1923--- Elizabeth Lyng --- 100' 10"--6 First Ave.
2 --- 14-9-1923--- Elizabeth Lyng---- 50'------As above.
3 --- 27-3-1922--- Margaret Agnes Mott--50'------No.1 McCombe St.
4 --- 20-5-1924--- Arthur Nichols ----- 50'------No.3.
5 --- 8-7-1925--- Charles Nichols -----50'------No.5.
6 ---15-11-1916--- Leonard Frank Adcock-50'------No.7.
7 ---15-11-1916--- Leonard Frank Adcock-50'------No.9.
8--- 25-8-1924 --- William Alderson *1--50'------Unit 1 and 2, No.11 McCombe St
9 ---25-11-1937---Harold Thomas Devine--50-------No.13.
10-- 7-8-1921 --John Forrest Kilpatrick-50'------No.15 west to middle of drive.
11-- 7-8-1921 --John Forrest Kilpatrick- 50'-----No.17 and west half of drive.
12--16-4-1920-Emily Irene Ada Nethercote- 50'----No. 19.
13---27-4-1921--- James Kilgour Rae --- 50'------1/21 McCombe St (west to pillar between carports), and 5 and 6 of 1A Rosebrook St behind.
14---18-11-1921--Alfred Freeland Gibbs---50'-----2/21 McCombe St (east to pillar between carports),and 3 and 4 of 1A Rosebrook,fronting Rosebrook.
-------------ROSEBROOK STREET (THE NORTHERN 160 FEET TO THE BEND)-----------
15--- 9-3-1921 --Gladys Iris Jennings-50'-----Plaza Car Park to east kerb of entry/exit separator.
16--- 9-3-1921----Gladys Iris Jennings---50'-----to diagonal crack in footpath west of entry/exit.
17---19-12-1923---Edward Adolph Mattner--50'----west to pedestrian crossing sign.
18---19-12-1923---Edward Adolph Mattner--50'----west to double veranda pole outside post office.
*1. William Alderson lived on a Rosebud Fishing Village block, and being a Carlton supporter, was responsible for the colours of the Rosebud Footy Club jumper. It was changed to incorporate a light horizontal panel for one year because old Mr Dark had trouble spotting the players in the late afternoon but a return to the Alderson design was demanded.
*2.The Jennings family's background is discussed in my journal about connections between the Rosebud and Geelong areas.
JENNINGS CONNECTIONS (FROM HINDHOPE PART 1. which specifies the land bought north of McCombe St. by Gladys.)
ALWAY-JENNINGS.-The marriage ofBetty Irene, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Alway, Hillside avenue, East
Malvern, to Frederick Rowland, youngest son of the late Mr. Walter Jennings and Mrs.G.Jennings, Rosebud, will be celebrated at St. John's Church, Finch street, East Malvern, on Monday, April 15, at 5.30 p.m. (P.10, Argus, 12-4-1946.)
Mr. G. E. Jennings, who conducts the dairy at Rosebud, and serves Rye area, contemplates carrying out extensions to his business premises in Rosebud, in the near future. When these alterations are made it will be the most modern dairy on the Peninsula. (P.6, Standard, Frankston,28-2-1946.)
Miss Ruth Ferris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferris, was recently. married to Mr. Jack Jennings, youngest
son of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings, of Rosebud. The ceremony took place at the Church of England. The wedding breakfast was held at the home of the bride's grand-parents. The honeymoon is being spent at Healesville.
(P.3, Standard, Frankston, 5-10-1944.) It is Jack's statue that stands outside the former (most modern)dairy on the east corner of Rosebud Pde.
JENNINGS (nee Gladys Mullen). —On the 10th November, at Nurse McInne's private hospital,Box Hill, the wife of Walter Gordon Jennings,of "Dalgabeena," Blackburn —a son (Gordon Roberts).(P.11, Argus,12-12-1914.) So that's why the Mullen assessment was to be sent to Mrs Jennings in 1919!
MULLEN.-On March l8, at Hobart, Lt.-Col. L. M. Mullen, loving brother of Gladys (Mrs. W. G. Jennings. Rosebud,
Vic). -Duty nobly done.(P.2, Argus, 20-3-1943.)
WON'T SUBMIT. TRIED TO ADD AS COMMENTS ON EARLY SYDNEY RDS JOURNAL AND HERE, A TOTAL OF ABOUT 10 TRIES. SO FRUSTRATING! WILL TRY LATER.
By deleting William Smith's 1850 advertisement for the ORIGINAL Old Queen Inn at PASCOEVALE,which mentions the link to the new line of road near Somerton Inn,and some of my commentary, I was able to post the arguments for Cliffords Rd being the link in comments under my journal about EARLY ROADS TO SYDNEY. The whole, and a similar discussion about the early route to Geelong (fords, punts, bridges)has been posted on facebook,entitled EARLY ROADS OUT OF MELBOURNE.
I prefer to post my research on family tree circles, so it is more accessible to family historians, but instead of wasting days trying to submit, I might have to use the facebook option more often (when such frustration sets in.) Private message me if you would like to see my facebook posts, which are all about history.
Hey xxx, Tulla Primary are having a back to school day on the 1st November 9.30-11.30. Wasn't sure if you are aware of it. THAT'S NEXT FRIDAY!
How do you write thousands of pages of history in half a dozen pages? Well, I'll give it a try. Any pioneers mentioned can probably be found in itellya's journals on Family Tree circles by googling the surname and Tullamarine. e.g. Parr, Tullamarine.
THE PARRS OF "THE ELMS" AND "ANNANDALE" AT TULLAMARINE, VIC., AUST.
Journal by itellya
With the Nash and Wright families, the Parrs were mainstays of the Tullamarine Methodist Church. The family also gave great service to the Keilor Shire Council with James Henry serving as President six times and his son, Bill, four times. James and his wife were known by locals as Da and Ma Parr. James and later his son, Sam, farmed “The Elms” (5,F/10) and Bill lived n/w of the west end of Sharps Rd (15, D/1) on part of Annandale which was not absorbed into the Arundel Closer Settlement, keeping the name of grocer Annand’s grant for his farm. The Parrs left England in 1853, going to New Zealand before arriving in Australia with Ann Parr seeming to have lost her husband during that time. The family lived in Tullamarine until The Elms was bought for Airport Purposes in about 1960. More information in my “Before The Jetport”.
The success of the Back to Tullamarine reunions of 1989 and 1998 was chiefly due to Winnie Lewis, daughter of Sam Parr (the first beardless man one oldtimer ever saw.)
The first school in our area was supposed to have been running at Springs in 1850. This could have been near Tullamarine or Keilor Rd, because both areas were given the same locality name. Imagine going to the wrong one! Soon the area near Keilor Rd was called Springfield.
The 1850 school was most likely near the "Governor's house" on Spring Creek between Beverage Drive and the Western Ring Road. J.F.L.Foster owned the land between Keilor Park Drive (formerly Fosters Rd) and the river and his older brother William owned land on both sides of Sharps Rd as far east as Broadmeadows Rd. William went home and John became owner of the lot.
When Governor Latrobe became sick and retired early, John Foster and then the son of merino breeder,John Macarthur, acted as Governor until Governor Hotham arrived. The Fosters had been squatting near Tullamarine by 1840 when they were issued a lease for Leslie Park; John called his grant near the river "Leslie Banks."
The first school actually in Tullamarine , Wesleyan School 632, was on an acre obtained from John Foster near the bend in Cherie St. and started in 1855. Seafield School, on the south side of Grants Rd right where it would cross the north-south runway (if you could still drive to McNabs Rd),and the Tullamarine Island School (west side of Glenloeman Rd) were started in 1859.
The land between Broadmeadows Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek became Camp Hill, owned by Eyre Evans Kenny after whom two streets were named in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows.) It went north to Camp Hill Park (across Mickleham Rd from the 711 service station.) Kenny sold the triangle west of Melrose Drive and soon Gretna Green was being advertised for sale in lots of about 20 acres (actually 26.) A little girl who grew upon Camp Hill in the 1860's was Pattie Brown who married Alfred Deakin, the father of Federation (with Parkes.) In about 1940, a fellow called Scott renamed the farm as Gowanbrae.
The land on both sides of Melrose Drive between the Derby St corner and Melbourne Airport was granted to John Pasoe Fawkner and John Carre Riddell. They swapped bits that crossed Melrose Drive (Macedon/Deep Creek/Bulla/Lancefield Rd over the years) so that Fawkner's land was on the Keilor side and Riddell's on the Broadmeadows side. Riddell and his partner,Hamilton, called their land,which went east to Mickleham Rd, the Camieston Estate which they divided into small farms and acre blocks in Hamilton Terrace, which was bounded by Derby St as far north as Greenhill St.
Just south of the Derby St. corner was the Lady of the Lake Hotel and a farm called Broombank (Millar Rd area.) Two little O'Nial girls watched Robert O'Hara Burke's expedition in 1860 through the Cape Broom hedge as it passed by. These were on the north east corner of John Foster's land and soon after, the Junction hotel was built; it was closed in about 1929 because of the antics of such as Squizzie Taylor and less criminal drunks, later becoming Cec .and Lily Green's Green's Corner shop and petrol station,the Mobil Service Station and now 711.
Two farms were north of Camp Hill,Viewpoint,to the Lackenheath Drive corner and Stewarton, to Foreman St,the southern boundary of Broadmeadows Township. Edmund Dunn of Viewpoint was a Wesleyan Trustee but felt no guilt about leaving his farm in different ways to avoid the toll gate, which had earlier been south of Gretna Green,near Sharps Rd.Edmund sued the Melbourne Hunt for trampling his crops and terrifying his ewes.
One of the first occupants of Stewarton was Peter McCracken,there 1846-1855 before moving to his Kensington Park dairy (later occupied by W.S.Cox until subdivision in 1882 until subdivision caused his move to Moonee Valley) and then Ardmillan at Moonee Ponds. It was renamed Gladstone circa 1892 and is now the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park/Gardens.
Exact locations and extensive detail of the hotels near Tullamarine are given in itellya's journal about HOTELS NEAR TULLAMARINE. They were the Travellers' Rest,Lady of the Lake,Beach Tree and Inverness.
Early pioneers on our side of the Moonee Ponds Creek included James Sharp(1867) and Maurice Crotty (1860) south of Sharps Rd on The Springs, the Williamsons (Fairview, 400 acres of Foster land across Sharps Rd, Camp Hill, Arundel Closer Settlement block and the Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, ), Anderson,Parr, Wright, John Cock (my great grandfather) who arrived in 1864 as a servant indentured to John Hall (Southwaite i.e. Strathmore Heights) Spiers (Peter committed suicide), McNabs and Grants (of Oakbank and Seafield) of Ayrshire breeding fame, Macolm Ritchie of Aucholzie and Gowrie Park (I named Gowrie Park Drive in the airport, this farm was west of Payne's triangular pig farm "Scone" now occupied by the terminal building), the Mansfields near Mansfields Rd,Duncan and Thompson,grantees of Gowrie Park, James Lane,on Gowrie Park when it was first used as a landing field etc. On the west side of Mickleham Rd,were the Junction Estate (mainly owned circa 1970 by the family of horse fanatic Katie Butterworth, one of my Tulla students.)
Oops, I've slipped into the 1970's so I might as well stay there after I get to the Westmeadows Footy Ground. The Junction Estate, traditionally linked with the Junction Hotel, now includes North Edge, and Andlon and Londrew Courts. The land from just south of Freight Rd to the creek was Chandos and in 1902 John Cock subdivided it into three parts, Wright's Strathconnan, Bill Lockhart's Springburn and Percy Judd's Chandos Park. Bamford later bought Judd's farm and built a timber house that is now surrounded by brick houses.
At Kensington, I used to ask my students observation questions such as where the nearest grass was. Most came up with a logical answer: Bellair Street. It was in the school spouting! There wasn't a blade on the ground and with so many students any grass with the strength to germinate in asphalt would have been soon been trampled.
Having bought a house and land package at Tulla for $13 000, I applied for transfer to the school there. I fell in love with the school at first sight; all that grass,with a tree-lined perimeter. In my first year I saw one of the LTC (Light timber Construction) clad with bricks and then the other. The LTC'S were probably installed at Conders Lane during the 1950's when many migrant families joined Leo Dineen, Ron Langtip , Ron Gregg and Sid Hedger on Mansfield's Triangle. School 2613 teachers, the last being Tom Dunne, had to deal with overcrowding as well as language difficulties. The old 1884 school house was obviously not considered to be worth transporting to Dalkeith Avenue in 1961.
Two activities regarding teaching at Tulla are fresh in my memory. One was team -teaching the grade 4's with Graeme Knott. I suggested the idea soon after Graeme arrived and we decided just before Easter to give it a go. It worked a treat with one supervising about two thirds of the double grade, and helping individuals as they did set work, while the other took small groups for, Spelling and Maths etc, where discussion was necessary. Our roles reversed frequently.
The other involved The Sun's 1034 road safety program. (Actually it might have been 1064, 1034 sounds a bit dangerous!) With stopwatches and intricate calculation by yours truly,groups could sit a certain distance apart outside the school, and as a car approached, a hand would be raised and then dropped swiftly as the car drew level at which point the stop watch would start at the other end (probably 176 yards away.) In this way we determined the speed of each car, did graphs, averages etc. The comments made by the children as they watched two bus drivers having a drag past us showed that the road safety message had got home. The only danger to the children was choking to death.
The width of the sealed middle of Lancefield, Sharps and Broadmeadows Roads was about as wide as a car, so if two cars approached each other one side of each car hit the shoulder,producing a massive cloud of dust. Sharps Road had shoulders so steep that the above action risked a roll-over. It would have taken decades for Keilor Council to construct these roads but smart operator,Cr Leo Dineen, ensured they were made at little cost to the council and in very quick time, airport workers having threatened to strike.
Sport was big for the children, Marty Allison and Graeme Pearson coaching footy,the Dineens and Petersens taking little Aths, all sporting groups starting via the youth Club where Ken Boots, Trev. and Val Mason and Dave Axon were prominent.
The Kindergarten Association was active raising funds to get the kinder built, with the Paper Drive, which would not have been so successful without Noel Grist and his truck, the Balls at the memorial hall and the Gala Days on the unmade oval (women's footy match,bike-a-thon on grass etc.)
The Thomas family had been on James Sharp's Hillside since about 1940,calling it Carinya Park,and their Tullamarine Pony Club attracted many students from our school such as Katie Butterworth and Pam Gregg,the latter however becoming a teacher rather than a jockey.
OTHER SOURCES RE SUBURBAN TULLAMARINE.
THE KELLY GANG AT TULLAMARINE. (VIC., AUST.
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GREEN'S CORNER, TULLAMARINE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
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TULLAMARINE, THE SUBURB, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
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DALKEITH AND PERCY'S COWS.(LOFT DAWSON
The 400 acre Fairview fronted Sharps Rd on the north side,west of Broadmeadows Rd. James Harrick divided it into two farms of 200 acres, known as Dalkeith and Brightview. All the housing and the school are on Dalkeith whose owners were George Mansfield, Ernie Baker, Tommy Loft (who had the Junction Hotel closed), Leslie King Dawson (after whom Dawson St was named) and Percy Hurren who arrived in 1951 after a stint as storekeeper and postmaster at Jones Corner, Moorooduc.
Tommy Loft subdivided the Eumarella, Gordon St area quite early but mainly his relatives such as the Exels and Scoones were assessed on the blocks. Gordon St was named after Tommy's grandson.
Brightview was the farm of Michael Reddan, from an early Bulla family. When the Reddans moved to Seafield, the Doyles took it over.
Conders Lane ran east-west across Fawkner's subdivision. State School 2613 was on its north corner,which is exactly the same spot as the north corner of Link Rd which runs just inside the west boundary of Sam Parr's Elm Farm.
Most of Tullamarine's small-farmer pioneers were Methodists and theirs was the only church built in Tullamarine. It was just north of Trade Park Rd on land that Charles Nash bought from John Foster.
THE PIONEERS BOARD, THE WAR MEMORIAL AND HISTORY WEEK.
Any pioneers that I have forgotten will be on the pioneers board. Much of the work of compiling the list would have been done by Alec Rasmussen, teacher at S.S.2613 for 20 years and secretary of the Tullamarine Progress Association for 30 years.
The war memorial is at the Dalkeith Ave corner courtesy of W.V.Murphy, known as Major Murphy, who moved it from Conders Lane after the school was relocated. He also relocated the memorial at Westmeadows (which had become a traffic hazard) and St Mary's from "Woodlands" to Bulla Township. Only names of those who paid the supreme sacrifice were inscribed after World War 2. They were my great uncle, Alf Cock of Glenview and a Doyle lad from Ristaro (fronting Sharps Rd west of the Fisher Grove houses.)
With two history treasures such as these, it would be a good history week project for senior pupils to compile a short history about some of Tullamarine's pioneering families. The same could be done in relation to Anzac Day.