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Is it worth $40 million dollars (perhaps half as much again)to change the heart of a community? The Rosebud Fishing Village was Rosebud, the jetty being built roughly in the middle of it. The school was the first public building on the inland side of the beach road and of course,it was built in the HEART OF ROSEBUD. Today,Rosebud has two hearts,the second being Rosebud Plaza on the old Hindhope Estate.

On 16-5-1856, R.Glover and J.Wallace were granted crown allotment 17, parish of Wannaeue, consisting of 129 acres 2 roods and 28 perches. This was bounded by the beach road,Jetty Rd, Eastbourne and the line of Norm Clark walk (just east of Ninth Avenue.)

Parish of Wannaeue, Arthur's Seat. 129 Acres.
Four-roomed Cottage, Men's Huts, fronting Hobson's Bay, and within Thirty Miles from Melbourne by Water, and Forty-five Miles by Road.
H.A. COFFEY, for F. E. Beaver and Co., is instructed to sell by auction, at their rooms, 30 Collins-street west, on Tuesday, 10th inst., at eleven o'clock, 129 acres superior agricultural land, having a large
frontage to Hobson's Bay, and described in the Government plan as having water at a short distance from the surface ; together with a neat cottage containing four rooms and a garden ; fruit trees, fenced in. From the great rise in tho value of property in this locality, tho healthful air and the beautiful scenery, there can be no doubt but that this opportunity offers a fair chance for profitable investment to the small capitalist, or would be admirably adapted for a marine residence. The water is sufficiently deep in shore to admit the landing of provisions and goods close to the frontage. Terms Liberal.(P.2,Argus,5-3-1857.)

Near Arthur's Seat, and Close to the Village of Dromana. Fronting the Bay.
ALFRED BLISS has received instructions from the proprietor to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at his rooms, 37 Queen-street, on Monday,May 2, at one o'clock,
Section No. 17, parish of Wannaene, containing 129 acres 2 roods 28 perches, bounded on three sides by
Government roads. For the convenience of intending purchasers the above property has been cut up into 5 and 10 acre allotments. (P.2,Argus, 20-4-1859.)

On 3-9-1864,R.Glover was assessed on 129 acres,unencumbered,with a nett annual value of 16 pounds 10 shillings. By the Kangerong Road Board assessment of 2-9-1865, Richard Robert Woolcott had become the owner. Assessment No. 103 gives his name as Woolcott and he paid rates on 129 acres, Wannaeue, with a nett annual value of 6 ponds 10 shillings. By 3-9-1870 the nett annual value had risen to 10 pounds and, although the rate collector gave his Christian names,his surname was written as Woollcote. In the 15-9-1876 assessment he seems not to have been assessed but he might have been assessed under O in the alphabetical listings. Where the occupant was not clear a property was assessed against "Owner" and if the owner's name was entered if it was discovered.

In the 14-9-1879 assessment the N.A.V.was 12 pounds and remained so on 24-7-1879 although -.Woolcote now owned only 112 acres; 17 or 18 acres had been sold. If they were all 2 acres like the block that George and Susan Peatey bought in 1878,that would mean that nine blocks had been sold. By 16-7-1888 Woolcote (written only in the OWNER column)was assessed on 20 allotments,Wannaeue with a nett annual value of only 8 pounds. The next year it was written VERY FAINTLY as 40 acres and the N.A.V. was 40 pounds. Perhaps the council had decided that all building blocks must have a N.A.V. OF 2 pounds,a value that persisted well into the 1920's for vacant blocks. A modest dwelling would raise this to, or by, 5 pounds.

By 1900, many purchasers seem to have forfeited their blocks to the Commercial Bank which was assessed on 84 acres in crown allotment 17. Those definitely assessed on land in THE HEART OF ROSEBUD (c/a 17) were:
George Henry Chapman (Dromana blacksmith) 4 lots, Charles James 3 acres, Marshall (Moonee Ponds real estate agent) 7 acres, Mrs Peatey 2 acres and house lot 76, John Roberts (the postmaster) 4 lots and house, Formbisher 2.5 acres lots 74 and 85. A few more may have had land on c/a 17 but as descriptions were so vague it is impossible to be sure.

In 1919, Henry Bucher of Brighton owned lots lots 73 and 78 (and perhaps lots 7-10);Mrs Mary Butler,c/o Mrs McDowell, a building on lot 49; Mrs Annie Eliza Cairns of "Fernvilla" (top of Cairn Rd) Rosebud, had lots 1,2,29 and 30; Mrs Elizabeth Cairns of Rosebud had lots 43-6; "Rosebud Ted" Cairns had lots 74 and 85; the Dromana blacksmith still had lots 19 and 20; A.C.Allingham*, the teacher who replaced Charles Perrin* was occupying "quarters,state school",the bill sent to the Education Department; John Fallon of Windsor had lot 80; (former?) Rye teacher Henry Horneman had lots 62,81 and 82;Mrs Hownslow had lot 23; Mrs Helen Salina Mitchell (probably from the present Woodlands Historic Park near Melbourne Airport)had lots 13-18 and buildings; Joseph Maconochie of Richmond lots 37-41 and buildings and his wife store and lot 42 occupied by P.Ditchburn*; Robert McDowell of Rosebud had lots 77 and 79 and part of lot 75 and a building; Alf and John Peatey,sons of George and Sarah the 2 acre lot 76 on the south corner of Jetty Rd and McDowell St bought in 1878 but minus the house which burnt down in 1912; Ernie Rudduck of Dromana, still alive thanks to Melbourne Brindle,William John Ferrier etc, land and store occupied by L.C.Leech; Mrs(sic) Mary B.Stone (see the Polly Vine chapter in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD)LOTS 25,26,28; and Mrs Charlotte Walker of Benalla (possibly Robert McDowell's sister in law) part lot 75.

Crown allotment 18, between Adams Avenue and Jetty Rd had been subdivided before c/a 17 but only one block was sold,lot 86 of two acres on its north west corner. Robert White (Blooming Bob White bought c/a 17 in 1875 and was unaware that Charles Blackey had sold lot 86 to Jack Jones. When Bob sold the property to the (Leak/Lake brothers circa 1890)the new owners assumed that they had bought the whole 152 acres and took Jones to court to have him kicked off. Jones, who had conducted a store on his fishing village block, proved that he owned the block and built Rosebud's first proper shop on the corner. The buyer in 1913 was probably Mrs Mitchell who conducted what Isobel Moresby and Rosalind Peatey remembered fondly as a lolly shop.

W.A. KORNER WILL SELL BY PUBLIC AUCTION on the above date, on the ground,
1.All deceased's right, title, and interest in that piece of land being part of Crown portion l8, parish of Wannaeue, having frontage to Government road of 57ft. by a depth of 329ft, more or less, together with store and other improvements thereon.
2. All that piece of land, being part of Crown portion 18, parish of Wannaeue, having frontage of 60ft. by a depth of 330, more or less.Terms at Sale.W. A. Korner, auctioneer. Mornington.
(P.4, Argus,6-12-1913.)

Although 150 acres of c/a 18 was a farm for nearly 40 years after R.R.Woolcott subdivided the heart of Rosebud (c/a 17)until suicide man, De Garis,launched his so-called HEART OF ROSEBUD ESTATE,lot 86 and Jack Jones' store certainly deserved to be included in the true heart of Rosebud.(See the chapter HENRY POTTON'S FARM in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.)

To Parties Looking for an Unrivalled Site for a Marine Residence or Farm.
C.J. and T. HAM have received Instructions from Mr. J. T. M'Kean, agent for owner, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at their rooms, on Thursday, 13th January next, at twelve o'clock, All that piece of land being Lot 17 in parish of Wannaeue, near to village reserve of Dromana, containing 130 acres, well and permanently watered by springs, and having large bay frontage. (P.2, Argus,7-1-1876.)

By 1879, -.Woolcote (sic) was assessed on an unknown number of acres with a nett annual value of 12 pounds.

That picturesque neighbourhood a little to the south west of Dromana, on the main road to Sorrento. The remaining unsold lots in the estate of R. R. Woolcott, Esq., being part of portion 17, parish of Wannaeue, each lot having an area of 1.5 acres and upwards. A new jetty, state school and other improvements have recently been added to the attractions of this place, which must ultimately become one of the most popular of our suburban watering-places.Solicitor, J. S. Woolcott, Esq., Chancery lane And SANDRINGHAM.
(P.2, Argus, 1-2-1888.)

Can the Clacton-on-Sea Estate ever become the heart of Rosebud? This estate was between Norm Clark Walk and First Avenue. There is much detail in LIME LAND LEISURE about the failure of the estate and how the shire and social agencies developed the forfeited land nearer Eastbourne Rd as a residential area for the elderly.

The Shire of Flinders through its Auctioneers Mr G. G .Austin of Frankston and Mr. S. L. Butler of Mornington as auctioneers in conjunction will sell by auction the following properties on Wednesday the 10th day of October 1951 at 10 a. m. in the Mechanics Hall, Rosebud under the provisions of the Local Government Acts
(Municipal Rates Recovery)
ALL THOSE pieces of land being Lots on Plan of Subdivision Number 6108 lodged in the Office of Titles (and which lots are more particularly set out hereunder)being part of Crown Allotments 15 and 16 at Rosebud, Parish of Wannaeue, County of Mornington.

N.B.Unless otherwise specified,all lot sizes are frontage 53 links and depth 181.8 links. A link is a hundredth of a chain (which close enough to 20 metres long) so each link equals 20 centimetres. Therefore the frontage is
53x20 cm or 10.60 metres and the depth is 36.36 metres. In (k)the depth is 219 links or 43.8 metres.

(a) Lots 46 48 54 56 58 and 62 Block A each lot having a frontage to Second Avenue.
(b) Lots 55 57 61 63 Block B each lot having a frontage to Second Avenue.
(c) Lots 50 52 54 60 62 and 72 Block B each lot having a frontage to Third Avenue.
(d) Lots 55 59 and 63 Block C each lot having a frontage to Third Avenue.
(e) Lots 56 58 60 64 66 72 and 74 Block C each lot having a frontage to Fourth Avenue.
(f) Lots 61 65 67 69 79 81 and 83 Block D each lot having a frontage to Fourth Avenue.
(g) Lots 72 84 86 and 88 Block E, each lot having a frontage to Sixth Avenue.
(h) Lots 63 69 71 73 75 93 and 95 Block F each lot having a frontage to Sixth Avenue.
(i) lots 66 68 84 94 and 96 Block F each lot having a frontage to Seventh Avenue.
(j) Lots 55 57 63 71 73 79 83 91 93 05 97 and 101 Block G each lot having a frontage to Seventh Avenue.
(k) Lots 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 and 13 Block 12 each lot having a frontage of 53 links to Ninth Avenue by a depth of 219 links* approximately. (*Presumably the east side.All the avenues seem to be 4.5 chains apart but Ninth and Rosebud Pde are 5 chains apart, an extra 10 metres.)
(l) Lots 12 16 l8 20 24 and 30 Block I. each lot having a frontage to Ninth Avenue.
(m) Lots 3 5 9 23 25 27 Block I. each lot having a frontage to Eighth Avenue.
(n) Lots l8 20 24 26 and 30 Block J each lot having a frontage to Eighth Avenue.
(0) Lots 1 3 5 7 13 15 25 27 Block J each lot having a frontage of 53 links to Seventh Avenue.
(p) Lots 2 4 14 16 l8 20 22 24 26 28 and 30 Block K each lot having a frontage to Seventh Avenue.
(q) Lots 1 9 11 15 19 and 21 Block K, each lot having a frontage to Sixth Avenue.
(r) Lots 8 10 12 14 16 l8 22 24 28 and 30 Block L each lot having a frontage to Sixth Avenue.
(s) Lots 9 13 17 25 and 27 Block L each lot having a frontage to Fifth Avenue.
(t) Lots 2 4 12 14 18 20 22 24 26 28 and 30 Block M each lot having a frontage to Fifth Avenue.
(U) Lots 1 3 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 and 20 Block M each lot having a frontage to Fourth Avenue.
(V) Lots 2 4 14 l8 20 22 24 26 and 30 Block N each lot having a frontage to Fourth Avenue.
(X) Lots 2 8 12 20 22 24 26 28 and 30 Block O each lot having a frontage to Third Avenue.
(y) Lots 1 3 7 10 21 23 27 and 29 Block O each lot having a frontage to Second Avenue.
(z) Lots 5 13 17 and 19 Block F, each lot having a frontage to First Avenue.
TERMS AT SALE etc. (P.24, Argus,6-10-1951.)

Not only the Clacton-on-Sea blocks were forfeited. The depressions of the 1890's and 1930's resulted in widespread unemployment and many purchasers were flat out putting food on the table. Paying rates on a holiday block would have been the lowest priority. But councils still needed to cope with road maintenance and drainage issues and were almost broke. There was a sell-off in 1946 as well, and it was suggested that returned servicemen should be given priority as purchasers. Here were the forfeited blocks near the end of the 1930's depression. 17= the heart of Rosebud (Rosebud Estate); 15 and 16= Clacton-on-Sea.

At Three O Clock At Mechanics Hall Dromana
LOT 5.-Thirty Lots Each Having a Frontage of 53 Links by a Depth of 181.8 Links and Being Lots on Plan of Subdivision No 5108 Lodged in the Office of Titles and Being Part of Crown Portions 15 and 16 at Rosebud, Parish of Wannaeue, County of Mornington.
(a) Fronting First Avenue Lots 45 47 103 Block P
(b) Fronting Third Avenue Lot 48 Block B
(c) Fronting Fifth Avenue Lot 07 Block F Lot 21 Block L Lot 16 Block M
(d) Fronting Sixth Avenue Lots 47 49 77 Block K Lot 32 Block E Lot 42 Block L
(e) Fronting Seventh Avenue Lot 50 Block F Lot 81 Block G Lot 11 Block J Lot 78 Block K
(f) Fronting Eighth Avenue Lots 70 100 102 Block G Lot 73 Block H Lots 95 07 Block I Lots 12 10 28 42 Block J
(g) Fronting Ninth Avenue Lots 04 100
LOT 6.-Lot 114 on Plan of Subdivision No. 5108 Lodged In the Office of Titles Being Part of Crown Portion 16 at Rosebud Parish and County Aforesaid frontage of 53 Links to Government Road by Depth of 277.9 Links.

LOT 7.-24 lots, Each Having a Frontage of 50 Feet by Varying Depths and Being Lots on Plan of Subdivision No. 5134 Lodged In the Office of Titles and Being Part of Crown Portion 17 at Rosebud Parish of Wannaeue County of Mornington
(a) Lots 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 l8 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Block H Fronting Spray Street
(b) Lots 27 28 Block G Fronting Spray Street
(c) Lot 35 Block B Fronting Foam Street
(d) Lot 36 Block B Fronting Government Road
LOT 8-Lots 28 29 30 Block H on Plan of Subdivision No 5134 as Aforesaid Each Lot Having a Frontage of 22 Feet 6 Inches to a Government Road by a Depth of 150 Feet. (P.14, Argus, 10-2-1938.)


This journal was prompted by Bezza sending me the information in italics. Mr Fenwick was probably managing the farm for Helen Melville. Thomas Steuart Gladstone was cousin of the prime minister. Stewarton and a farm of the same name in the Western District were probably named after Gladstone's partner. Stewarton was renamed Gladstone in the second year of John Cock's lease.

The will of the late Mr Thomas Gladstone has been proved. The personalty in the estate amounts to 25=,000.Kilmore Press 23 May 1889 p3. This is Thomas Steuart Gladstone. There was also a Sir Thomas Gladstone that died in 1889.

Fenwick seem to have Gladstone park in 1917 when it was sold.
Essendon Gazette 22 Feb 1917
Gladstone Park Sale. Campbell and Sons and McCulloch Hancock will sell, on Wednesday,. Inst., at 1 p.m., at Gladstone Park, Broadmeadows. under instructions from A. G. and C E. Melville. the whole of pedigreed and farm mares, dairy breeding sows, sheep, machinery, farm implements and sundries. Particularly given in our advertising columns, and other details may be had from the auctioneers or from Mr. A. Fenwick. Gladstone Park, Broadmeadows.

Essendon Gazette 14 Sep 1916 p2
Clearing Sale at Broadmeadows. .Last Tuesday week, 5th September, a very successful clearing sale was held at Gladstone Park, Broadmeadows, by McPhail, Anderson and Co., in conjunction with McCulloch and Hancock. The proprietors having decided to relinquish dairying and to go in solely for sheep and cropping, instructed the above agents to hold a clearing sale of all the dairy stock, plant, etc. A large number of buyers attended and a good sale resulted. Cows. in milk some time, made to 11 10s; springers, to 14; 21-year-old heifers, in lines, 6 12s 6d;: 18 months to 2-year-olds, 4 12s Gd; 9 to 12 months olds, 3 2s 6d; bull,.to 10 2s 6d. The plant. etc.. also sold at good values.

Essendon Gazette 8 August 1918 p3
MR. A. E. HOADLEY Has secured the Imported Welsh Cob, GWALIA CAESAR Who will stand the Season at GLADSTONE PARK, BROADMEADOWS. Terms on Application.

Section 5 in the parish of Tullamarine fronted the east side of today's Mickleham Rd from the Lackenheath Drive corner to Forman St where it adjoined Broadmeadows Township.The first bridge in the township joined the two parts of Ardlie St.

Today's suburb of Gladstone Park is separated from the rest of SECTION 5'S 777 acres (subdivided as the Gladstone Gardens Estate) by the freeway. It also includes most of "Viewpoint" which ran south to the junction. Marigold Crescent in Gowanbrae is also part of Viewpoint. About half of Camp Hill/ Gowanbrae is in Gladstone Park while the portion south east of the Ring Road carries the farm's second name.

George Russell of Golf Hill in the Western District who bought Section 5 Tullamarine is shown on the Parish map as the grantee. He bought it for Niel Black of Mt Noorat near Colac who arrived in 1839 as the representative of Niel Black & Co. The partners in this firm were A.Stewart,Thomas Steuart Gladstone, Alex Struthers Finlay and Niel Black. Section 5, Tullamarine was probably intended as a holding paddock or depot to rest sheep hoofing it to market in Melbourne and was owned by Neil Black until his death in 1880 and in 1881-2 by his estate.

In 1882-3 Gladstone became the owner and from 1888-1892, land speculator, G.W.Taylor, was recorded in rate books as the owner;he'd anticipated a killing because of the proposed railway to Bulla with a possible branch to Broadmeadows Township. Taylor fled the country leaving massive debts and the Gladstones regained title as well as pocketing the deposit and part payments.Andrew Lemon said the Gladstones owned the 777 acre farm "until the 1920's" but the rate collectors thought otherwise;the next owner was Frederick Newman Levin, from 1949 till 1952 when he sold to Stanley Korman.

Lessees were Peter McCracken 1846-1855 (McCracken Papers), J.Maconochie , 1863-4, Edmund Dunn of "Viewpoint",the next property south 1865-1873, John Taylor 1873-5, John Kerr of Kerrsland 1875-1892 (Kerr and sons 1881-2), John Cock my great grandfather 1892-1912, HELEN MELVILLE 1912-1917, A.E.Hoadley 1917-1920, L.Roxburgh 1920-1930, Jim Barrow 1930-1949. Owner/Occupiers from then were Levin 1949-52, Stanley Korman 1952-1964, Costain Development Pty. Ltd (Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History.) The last occupant of the second Gladstone Park Homestead (site known) was Ian Farrugia who was also the last occupant of the remaining house on THE LAST OF THE BROADY FARMS (Camp Hill/ Gowanbrae), the second farm south.


ZICHY-WOINARSKI seemed out of place. There were plenty of Cape Verde Islanders, Chinese and Maoris involved in the early history of the Southern Peninsula but no New Aussies with a name like Zichy-Woinarski. Then I saw the name mentioned in trove articles about Mornington and in a heritage study, HO239, regarding Woyna House in Rosebud West. After about two years,I finally twigged that there might be a connection between the names WOYNA and WOINARSKI. Little did I suspect that both names were connected with Polish nobility,that the Zichy part of the name has been traced back to Hungary in the 13th century or that the official Language of Hungary until 1848 was Latin (a world record!) The Zichy genealogy does not include the origin of the ZICHY-WOINARSKI name but the Table Talk article does. I have included the Zichy-Woinarski genealogy down to George Alexander,the owner of the Woyna farm at Rosebud West.

Realising Auction of a Peninsula Farm,
By order of G. A. Woinarski, Esq. We will Sell as above, Woyna Farm, 32o Acres,
SITUATED on main Melbourne-Sorrento road, 2 miles from Rye and Rosebud and 5 miles from Dromana, comprising about 140 acres of flat and 180 acres of undulating country.
THE FLATS are peat land of a rich alluvial character, with an abundance of lime, as rich and fertile as Carrum or Koo-wee-rup. The light land also has lime in it and is suitable for Hay, Rape, or Melilotus. THE HOMESTEAD comprises an 8roomed Villa, with Lawn and Garden, windmill, Water laid on, Bathing Box, Motor Garage with brick floor.
IMPORTANT.-Failing a Sale as a whole, the property will be offered in two lots.
Lot 1.--Homestead & about 166acres. Lot 2.-154 acres, 80 flats. Both with frontage to main road (etc.) (P.2, Mornington Standard, 27-5-1916.)

Dr. V. J. Woinarski Passes
Dr V. J. E. Zichy Woinarski died suddenly on Friday last, at his home in Mornington, as a result of a heart seizure which overcame him while he was returning from a sick call. Dr Woinarski, who was a brother to Judge Woinarski, gained his medical degree at Melbourne University after receiving his education at Melbourne Grammar School, and prior to the war he practiced for several years at North Melbourne. He served in the war as a captain in the Army Medical Corps, and on returning to Australia he conducted his practice at Mornington. He was 56 years of age, and he has left a widow, two sons and a daughter.
(P.3, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 3-6-1921.)

A COLONIST who well illustrates what was said some time ago in those columns as regards the importance of the foreign element in the foundation, progress and prosperity of Australia, passed away last Friday, January 30, Mr. George Gustave Zichy-Winarsrski was a Pole of high family, and came to Victoria soon after the gold discoveries. He was born at Teschen, Silisia, in 1824. His father, Count Zichy, had married the Countess Woinarski, of Woyna, and the second son of this marriage, the subject of this notice, took by agreement the conjoint name of Zichy- Woinarski. In the local gymnasium he was noted for his great abilities and he studied law with such success that, at the ago of 21 years he had reached the status of Magistrate, and proceeded then to the University of Lemberg. Fired with the universal desire for freedom which permeated Europe when ho was a young man, ho joined the PolishLegion which went to the relief of Hungary in her struggle with Austria in 1818, and became one of the commanding officers of that Legion, and at one time aide de camp to His Excellency, General Prince Woinarski. (etc.) (P.1, Table Talk, 6-2-1891.)

4. ZICHY genealogy 04.01 Overview All Zichy-s are one ...

The Zichy - Woinarski line table I
The point of the exact linkage of the Zichy-Woinarski line to the main Zichy trunk is yet to be found. Therefore the numbering of the Zichy-Woinarskis is provisional.
ZW-0 X.Y. the father of only son Jnos below (possibly from the Zichy-Palota line), who emigrated from Hungary to Teschen (Silesia), probably in the 18th

ZW- 1 JNOS ( - ), x. 1st countess (?) Jane Susan Woynarski de Woyna
x. 2nd
[1:] ZW-11 JOHANN (-)

ZW-111 JOSEPH (CICHY) (-) x. Ella
ZW-1111 HANS (.)
ZW-1112 MAX (.)
ZW-1114 KURT (.)
ZW-112 PAUL (CICHY) (-) x.

ZW-12 PAUL (-)
ZW-13 GEORGE-GUSTAVE (Cieszyn/Teschen, 1825.01.23 Melbourne 1891.01.30), x. , 1856.06.28. Henriette Zukerman (1836.01.19 1906.02.27)
ZW-131 STANISLAUS Emil (Ballaarat, 1857.04.25 Wood Points 1920.04.05), x.Mortlake 1883.07.26, Flora Dundas Robertson (1860.11.30.-
Kew 1890)
ZW-1311 ALEXANDRINA (Ballaarat 1884.10.20-Eastwood 1965.03.27)
x.Mornington 1912.12.18 Henry Dundas Macartney (Waverley 1880.02.01-Toowong 1932.10.24)
ZW-1312 VALERIE Henrietta (Ballaarat 1886.06.24.-Kew 1959.09.21)
ZW-1313 ANIELLA (Ballaarat 1888.02-07-Southport 1968.08.18) x.Mornington, 1913.02.11., Arthur Youl Nankivell (Melbourne
1883.11.28.-Kerang 1936.10.21)
51 ZW-1314 GEORGE Alexander (1890.07.10.-1957.08.09)
x.1911. .... Hlne Turnball (1891-1943) (i)
x.1944 ......Joan Finney (...-1993) (ii)


The Dryden family pioneered the area near Hanging Rock before Tom Wills thought of the game that became known as Aussie Rules. When surveys had been completed, leases on squatting runs were cancelled, and as with most pioneering families, the next generation sought opportunities elsewhere.

Bill Dryden had been a champion footballer with the Kyneton Football Club. Unfortunately Rosalind Peatey did not explain how Bill came to meet Mary Peatey. Mary, born in 1890 in Gippsland, was the eldest daughter of Jack and Mary Peatey, who returned to Rosebud in 1894 and established their produce business on "Beachside" on the east side of Peatey's Creek.

When Bill was killed, the elder of his boys, Jim and Bill, was six years old so it can be assumed that they had married by 1926,
three years before the Rosebud Football Club played its first season.

Whatever job Bill had worked at probably disappeared soon after the 1930's depression started and he was probably offered a job at the Seaford sandpits if he played for Seaford. Another inducement may have been that his brother, E. (Edward?) Dryden,was living in the backblocks of Seaford and also starring for the team.

Just before the tragedy, he'd been offered a job at Tom Maw's sand pit at Rosebud. Bill stepped onto a wheel to get off the tray of the truck just as it started reversing and was crushed by the truck.

ROSEBUD v. RED HILL. Red Hill turned out in full force last Saturday when their team visited Rosebud and were rewarded by a win. Both sides were very anxious to win this match, particularly Rosebud, who had their previous beating by Red Hill to repay. However, after quite the best game that has been played in Rosebud this season, Red Hill won by two points - a very unfortunate state of affairs for Rosebud. A large crowd of Rosebud supporters watched the match and the excitement was intense.
Dryden, Anderson and Wong Bros. showed up well for Rosebud; H.Liversidge was handicapped by his fingers being still tied and not yet right.The final scores were Red Hill 9.5; Rosebud 7.14. Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Saturday 27 July 1929 p 7 Article

SEAFORD OBITUARY . Regret was expressed on the Peninsula, last Saturday when it was learned that Mr. W. Dryden had met his death by accident at Rosebud. The deceased was a well-known footballer around the district, having played with the Rosebud team a year or two ago, and last year captained the Seaford club. He had just recently left Seaford to accept employment at Rosebud. He leaves a widow and two young children. Deepest sympathy is extended to his parents, widow and children. SEAFORD OBITUARY
Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Saturday 25 November 1933 p 4 Article.


Gowrie or Gowrie Park was the southern half (320 acres) of section 5,Will Will Rook.

It fronted Hilton St, a government road,which the Oaklands Hunt apparently called Glenroy road.* The Morley St house blocks are just within the western boundary and the house blocks in Andrew and John Streets just within the northern boundary. Fairleigh St houses indicate the eastern boundary of section 5 and Gowrie Park. (Melway 17 B1 and F2, north to 7 B11 and the midpoint of the western boundary of the Melbourne Water Retarding Basin in 7 F12.)

(* Being set going again the pack continued north over the Glenroy-lane into Mr Robertson's, thence through Mr A Gibb's property on to the Broadmeadows-road**. Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. : 1892 - 1900) Saturday 1 September 1894 p 2 Article.) **If in Broadmeadows, today's Camp Rd was called Campbellfield road but if in Campbellfield,it would be called the Broadmeadows road.

63-65 Gowrie Street Glenroy

A precious piece of Glenroys history awaits the buyer of Gowrie House, one of oldest surviving homes in the district.Built in 1855, the property with a heritage overlay is closely related to the earlier constructed Meadowbank, now known as the manner(SIC) house in Campbellfield. Standing tall behind a circular driveway on a large 1495sqm block approx, the house makes an eye-catching statement in this suburban street of late 20th century homes. Impressive,it would not look out of place in Scotlands lowlands because its architecture is based on the traditional house of a Scottish laird (landowner).

The solid blue stone house features a slate roof, tall chimneys, prominent gable dormer windows and dressed stonework quoins and copings. It was constructed for Scottish migrant and noted pastoralist James Robertson on one of two homestead lots that were part of a Crown pre-emptive right acquired in 1848 by Robertson and his cousin Alexander Gibb. Gowrie House is on the northern section of the divided allotment.

The exterior is in the original condition and comes complete with a foundation stone inscribed with the date of its formation. Over the years, the stables and outbuildings have been demolished while the interior has been extensively renovated to meet modern lifestyle needs.(etc.)

Circa 1841.
James Gibb and James Robertson,both of whom had married Coupar sisters set up a coach building/blacksmith business and at about the time leased 640 acres from the Crown. Although prizes were won with Gibb and Robertson ploughs in 1850, James Robertson seemed to have had another Campbellfield blacksmith by the name of Myers as a business partner by 1845. It is presumed that the land leased in 1841 (of which nothing has been found on trove)was crown allotment 5, which was sold to Gibb and Robertson in 1848 for a pound per acre*. Nothing more was heard of James Gibb (the blacksmith)and the co-grantee was his brother,Alexander.

*The article about crown land sales (P.2, The Melbourne Argus, 3-3-1848) states that Gibb and Robertson had paid a pound per acre for lot 32, 640 acres, which was wrongly described as portion 12,Will Will Rook. Section 12 of 1189 acres (today's Northcorp Industry Park and east to Merri Creek) was granted to Neil Campbell.The Will Will Rook parish map (google WILL WILL ROOK, COUNTY OF BOURKE)names AndrewGibb as the co-grantee with J.Robertson,not James Gibb.

1863. James Robertson,320 acres, "Gowrie Park", net annual value 144 pounds- as for Gibb's. (Broady rates.)

ROBERTSON.-On the 17th inst., at Gowrie-park, Campbellfield, Ann, the beloved wife of James Robertson,
aged 58 years.(P.4, Argus,18-12-1872.)

THE Friends of JAMES ROBERTSON, of Gowrie Park, Campbellfield, are respectfully requested to follow the remains of his late wife to the Campbellfield* General Cemetery on Thursday, the 10th inst., at 2 o'clock p.m. The funeral to move from his residence, Gowrie Park.(P.8, Argus, 18-12-1872.) *Will Will Rook Cemetery.

ROBERTSONKIRKLAND.On the 17th January, at the residence of Robt. Kelly, Coburg, brother-in-law
of the bride, by the Rev. John Cooper, John Robertson, Superintendent Jika Reformatory, and eldest son
of James Robertson, Gowrie Park, Campbellfield, to Kate, fifth daughter of A. Kirkland, late Sub-inspector
of Constabulary, Lisbellaw, Fermanagh, Ireland. (Illustrated Australian News (Melbourne, Vic. : 1876 - 1889) Wednesday 21 February 1877 p 30 Family Notices.)

No 320 acre property at Campbellfield but a James Robertson had 217 acres at Somerton. (Broady rates.)

ROBERTSON. On the 28th inst., at Sunnyside, Waggarandall, the residence of his son-in-law, Mr.James Moodie, James Robertson, late of Gowrie-park, Campbellfield, and No. 6 Bridport-street, Albert-park, aged 80 years. A colonist of 47 years.(P.1, Argus,30-7-1888.)

The Gibb in-laws, the descendants of James Robertson,were supposed to have moved away from Gowrie Park in 1872, so who was the J.R.Robertson,of Gowrie Park, Campbellfield whose very fine cow sold for 11 pounds two decades later? (P.30, Argus,24-12-1892.)-digitisation near bottom but actual portion of newspaper can't be found.First-class milkers, 7 to 11,the latter price being given for a veiy fine cow. the property of Mr. J. R. Robertson, Gowrie park, Campbellfield.

Thomas B.C.Robinson* leasing 317 acres, "Gowrie" at Campbellfield from James Robertson.(P.S.Perhaps the farm was leased in two parts,the house on 3 acres and the remaining 317 acres for grazing.) James Robertson of Somerton had two parcels,of 44 and 180 acres at SOMERTON. (Broady rates.)

ROBISON.-On the 27th May, Henry, eldest son of *T. B. C. Robison, "Laurieston," Church-square, St.Kilda. Interred St. Kilda Cemetery,Tuesday, 28th inst. (P.1, Argus,29-5-1901.)

P.S.ROBISON (nee Pye)-On the 5th January, at Brunswick, the wife of T. C. Robison, 'Gowrie,'Campbellfield- a son. (P.1, Argus,8-1-1908.)

Robert Lewis**,trainer,owns the 317 acre "Gowrie."
**It seems that,like Jim Pike (see KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS), Robert Lewis combined riding and training.
Lewis and the Derby.
R. Lewis has a remarkable riding record in the Victorian Derby, having piloted seven winners. He won on Maltster in 1900, Hautvilliers in 1901, Sylvanite in 1904,Alawa in 1908, Wolowa in 1912, Carlita in 1914, and Furious last year. (P.6, Argus,3-11-1922.)

CAR ILLEGALLY USED. Charged with having illegally used a motorcar, Alexander Leslie Brothers, farm assistant of Gowrie Park Campbellfield appeared at the Essendon Court on Monday. (P.8, Argus, 8-4-1930.)

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N.B. Gibb family genealogy (plentiful on trove) is only included here where it affects the occupancy of Meadowbank.

P.2,The Melbourne Argus, 3-3-1848. At a sale of crown land on Wednesday 1st, Gibb and Robertson bought lot 32, portion 12* (sic) Will Will Rook of 640 acres at one pound per acre. (*Actually crown allotment 5.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 27 May 1850 p 2 Article
... . 5 2itd do to David Anderson, servant to Messrs Gibb and Robertson, Campbellfield . 3 3rd do to ... to Mr. John Cameron, Tober-mony, Deep Creek. 2 2nd do Messrs Gibb and Robertson, Campbellfield.
(EXTRACT: I was also informed that the ploughs by which the prizes were taken had been made by Messrs. Gibb and Robertson, Campbellfield, and Mr. Cook, Melbourne;)

Mr Gibb was James Gibb, blacksmith,who like James Robertson had married a Coupar girl. It was James Gibb who took out the crown lease of section 5, Will Will Rook with James Robertson circa 1841. Unlike his namesake nephew and his brother,Andrew, James Gibb had no taste for farming and -just disappeared from the scene, so that his brother and James Robertson were the co-grantees of section 5.

The following might account for the later marriage of Alexander Coupar Gibb and Margaret Ferguson Inglis (nee Dods.) The Dods family pioneered the Woodstock district which is west of Donnybrook and presumably near Upper Plenty. Did Alexander Gibb own "Glenvale*? Alexander was obviously adept at all branches of horticulture!

*The answer to the above question is NO! The owner of Glenvale was Henry Gibbs who married Margaret, the widow of Irishman,John Harlin,who with James Bowie Kirk (founder of Kirk's Bazaar)had pioneered the area in 1838.(Early Whittlesea HOW IT WAS SETTLED DETAILS OF THE PIONEERS
Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Vic. : 1922 - 1939) Friday 12 November 1937 p 1 Article and other trove results.)

On Friday week next, the 18th, the Whittlesea branch of tho Victoria Society purpose holding their annual ploughing match on Mr. Gibb's farm, Glenvale, Upper Plenty. ......

There was some doubt last year whether the pear grown by Mr. Gibb, at Campbellfield, was the largest produced that season or not, but this year, we imagine, there can be no doubt on the subject, unless the fruit of the colony generally has taken to growing much beyond its accustomed size. (P.1s, Argus, 11-5-1860.)

The Gazette.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 20 October 1866 p 23 Article
... roll of magistrates for the colony of Victoria, viz., David Laidlaw, Esq., Hamilton; Alexander Gibb, Esq., Campbellfield ; (etc.)

Alexander Gibb was the Campbellfield correspondent for The Australasian with his articles mainly concerned with farming details.One piece of information on 26-4-1873 (see below), that there were few sheep in the Campbellfield area is of interest. The coming of the north eastern railway in 1872 provided easy access to Melbourne markets and dairy farms became more common. I would presume that the milk was "carted" to the Broadmeadows Station, not all the way to Melbourne.

EXTRACT ONLY. Jaii/%ming-Tfts% cai^e^tTa gSt (OOPS!)Dairy Farming- This is carried on to a great extent, in fact, it is increasing year by year, and numbers who have not got sufficient pasture of their own purchase milk from their neighbours; the whole of this is carted to Melbourne, and they come and go twice a day. A few, who do not dispose of their milk in this way, make butter and cheese the greater portion of which is disposed of in Melbourne. Sheep Farming-No sheep kept in this district.
(The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 26 April 1873 p 1 Article)

Gibb. On the 23rd ult. at his residence, Meadowbank, Campbellfield, Alexander Gibb, aged 71 years,a colonist of 41 years. ( The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil (Melbourne, Vic. : 1873 - 1889) Saturday 8 April 1882 p 111 Family Notices)

GIBB.On the 3rd inst., at Meadowbank, Campbellfield, John Coupar, second son of the late Alexander Gibb, aged 37. (P.1, Argus,4-2-1886.)

I have written about the contrasting fates of Alex Coupar Gibb,who is supposed to have had a windfall of two thousand pounds (most likely a forfeited deposit or part-payment from a speculator) and John Coupar Robertson.The following indicates that but for the bust, circa 1892, that followed the land boom of the late 1880's, Meadowbank would have ceased to be a farm. It is probable that the company had taken possession of the farm and leased it to George Crinnion.

Mr. PURVES.-The draft is dated-1888,and it shows an agreement between Mr. J. E.Gourlay, Mr. James Mirams, and Mr. William Doherty. It recites that whereas the said J.E. Gourlay has entered into a contract, bearing date January 18, with Elizabeth Gibb, for the purchase of all that portion of land in the parish of Will Will-Rook, in the county of Bourke, being the northern moiety of Section No. 5 mentioned in a certain conveyance made between Alexander Gibb and the said Elizabeth Gibb, for the sum of 42,515, of which sum 9,110 has been paid, and the balance is to be paid by three bills of 10,628 4s., 11 134 7s., and 11,640 9s. 6d.; and whereas the sum of 6,075, being part of the said sum of 9,110,was paid by the said J. E. Gourlay, and was
in fact money belonging to the said James Mirams and William Doherty, and the purchase was made by the said J. E. Gourlay as a trustee for and on behalf of the said James Mirams and Win. Doherty,subject to the payment by them of two thirds of the sum falling due, it is hereby declared that they shall hold the land in partnership.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 1 July 1890 p 10 Article)

1892. The Gibb in-laws, the descendants of James Robertson,were supposed to have moved away from Gowrie Park in 1872, so who was the J.R.Robertson,of Gowrie Park, Campbellfield whose very fine cow sold for 11 pounds two decades later? (P.30, Argus,24-12-1892.)-digitisation near bottom but actual portion of newspaper can't be found.First-class milkers, 7 to 11,the latter price being given for a veiy fine cow. the property of Mr. J. R. Robertson, Gowrie park, Campbellfield.

Clearing Sale - We held a successful clearing sale for Mr Geo Crinnion,Gibb's Farm, Campbellfield, when the whole of his cattle, horses, implements, hay and sundries were disposed of at very satisfactory prices.
(P.10, Argus, 30-3-1893.) George's lease had not expired; he had sold the lease.
(The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 18 March 1893 p 31 Advertising)
The Crinnions were prominent in Broadmeadows Shire at Crowe's Hill,formerly John Crowe's Mt Yuroke, (Melway 385 G5) and leased James Hearn's Thorn Grove until 1887. Family members took over William Eastwood's Hay and Corn Store on the north side of South St, Ascot Vale,east of East St. I think they also get a mention in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal re Brannigan's "St Johns".

Alexander Coupar Gibb was back on Meadowbank but was not dairy farming yet. It takes time to build up a herd so he was fattening lambs on what the Oaklands Hunt referred to as the Meadowbank "sward".

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 8 May 1895 p 3 Article
... ., Raven stone, (I, Ss to fss. Od , J T Kindellan, Bav Flat, Gippsland, 0 bonnidowns, at los ed, A C Gibb, Meadow Bank, Campbellfield.

Alexander may have been back on Meadowbank by August 1894 when he stood for council.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 11 August 1894 p 9 Article
... Shire of Broadmeadows -DAVIS, JAMES; GIBB, ALEXANDER COUPAR.

VANDERZEE ( Alexander). - On the 20th August,George, the beloved husband of Annie A. Vanderzee, aged 36, late of Victoria parade, East Melbourne. Interred privately, 1st September. (P.1, Argus, 3-9-1906.)

GIBB - INGLIS -On the 16th March, at the E.S. and A. Bank House, Malvern, by the Rev. W. G. Maconochie, M.A., Alex. H.Gibb, Meadow Bank, Campbellfield, to Margaret Ferguson Inglis, William street, Hawthorn. At home at the E.S. and A. Bank House, Malvern (Armadale station), Friday, April 30th. ( P.13, Argus, 24-4-1909.)

The above obviously has a misprint,the groom being Alex.C.Gibb. If so Alex. was about 49 years old.

The quaintness and charm which characterise many old-world farmsteads, and at which the so-called Queen Anne villaaims, but seldom reaches, may occasionally be found in the homes raised by thepioneers in Victoria, and more often in the older State of Tasmania, whose temperate climate makes this style of house suitable to every part of the State. To the observersuch a house as Meadowbank carries the feeling of "'home" in contradistinction to"dwelling," and this is emphasised with closer inspection. Built in 1856, of stone quarried in the neighbourhood, with walls two feet thick, chimneys and cupboards contained in the thickness of the walls, high eaves, a steeply-pitched slate roof, from which project quaint dormer-windows, and surrounded by stately plantation trees with garden and lawns in front, it stands a fitting monument of a family which has earned such high respect among the landed proprietors of Victoria. Mr. A. C. Gibb, the present owner and occupier of the house built by his father, can look with pride around him, as the trees surrounding his old home were planted by himself when a schoolboy, and he has watched them grow from slender plants into forest monarchs. Nor need he fear the reproach that the "big house,"-for so it was called by the country-side in the early days- is not as it was. The neatness of surroundings, convenience of arrangements, and the abundance of shelter for animals and implements, all indicate farming on sound lines.
The stables, and milking-shed are of stone, with thick walls and stone-paved floors, well drained, and substantially built throughout. The partitions in the former are of thick, wide planking, laid horizontally, high at the head, and curving down to the rear post, and are as sound as the day they were built, nearly sixty years ago. The stalls-eight, and a loose box-are 6ft. 3in.wide, which gives ample room for grooming and harnessing the biggest draught horses. A 10ft. passage gives room for backing out and turning round, while lattice work along the rear wall provides the ventilation. Several of the draught horses were in the stable, and showed not only activity and strength, but careful feeding and grooming. A gelding, 25 years of age, but sound as a bell through good treatment, is capable of working for many years. The milking-shed was formerly an old type threshing-barn,the machinery being installed on the upperfloor and driven by horse-works below, with exits above for the various products from the thresher. In the creek was a mill, where the grain was converted into flour for the diggings. The place is well equipped with implements, an oil engine heading the list; and for every implement shed room is provided. A carpenter's shop and a tool-house, furnished with shelves and racks for implements, are in keeping with their surroundings. When it is remembered that stonemasons were paid 1 per day in those days, and other workmen in proportion, the cheap sneer that the holdings cost the pioneers nothing can be passed over with contempt. Detached from the milking-shed is the milkroom, a pattern of cleanliness. The water for the cooler is raised by a windmill, close by, and afterwards runs to a brick-in cement trough, of 1,200gals. capacity, which waters two paddocks. The well is 40ft.deep, and inexhaustible.
Milk is supplied wholesale for the Melbourne market, so that there is no offseason, but about 65 cows are in milk all the year round. The herd is kept up by picked calves from the best milkers and by purchases of in-calf heifers from outside, a business requiring keen judgment. The sloping shoulders, fine withers, and light forequarters, broad, straight hind-quarters,
deep, broad thighs, capacious udders, well developed teats and milk veins, give the whole
herd a family likeness, which is further accentuated by the brown and white colouring of many of them. .Constitution is not forgotten, if one may judge from the depth of chest, while the clear eyes and bright coats indicate that pitch of health only obtained by liberal and judicious, feeding. The rule is never to let the cow get down in condition, so they are hand-fed at least nine months in the year. A milker is employed for every twenty cows milked, and this leaves them time to get in green maize or other fodder, the cows being bailed up and fed for them.
The pasture is usually the mainstay of the stock, but here so liberal is the feeding that one is almost tempted to take the fodder crops first. However, considerable care is shown in sowing various grasses, and these must be considered, when studying the ration. After a paddock has been cropped in a certain rotation for about six years, it is sown down, as a rule, with a mixture of rye grass, cocksfoot, and clover. The proportion used is about three parts rye grass to one part cocksfoot and clover. Two bushels to the acre of the mixture are sown, of which the rye grass responds at once, and affords good pasture, while the cocksfoot does not show up till the following season. Both Alsike and white clover are used. Timothy and paspalum dilatatum
have been tried, but have not proved a success so far. The clovers do remarkably well, and spread naturally, especially where artificial manures have been used with the preceding crops. From 30 to 40 acres are sown with wheat and oats mixed for hay. Mr. Gibb reckons that the wheat and oats mixed "make" better in the sheaf. The oats when alone go yellow in wet weather. The wheat not only helps it to cure better but holds it up. Algerian oats and Frampton wheat or College Purple Straw are the varieties employed, the proportion being 2 bushels oats to 1.5 wheat, and sowing in at the rate of 1.25 bushels per acre. A hayshed saves thatching, and the sample onhand under cover is well coloured, sweet smelling, and with a good proportion of grain. Maize is relied on for a great bulk of the fodder, the variety mentioned previously under "Farm and Dairy" {a variety of Red Horse Tooth, known locally as Sydney 120-day) having been proved to give the best returns. Sowings are made in October, November, December, and sometimes as late as January, if December has, been unfavourable. Sowing through every second hoe of the drill, 1 bushel to the acre of seed is used; and, on ground that has been cropped for several years from 70lb. to 80lb. of superphosphate.
In preparing the ground for cropping, it is usually ploughed early, worked up well with the disc cultivator, or spring-tooth and given two strokes of the harrows before sowing. If the ground is lumpy, and in a wet season, the spring-tooth cultivator is used again before sowing. The roller comes into play after sowing before the crop is up. Both cultivators do good work. As a rule two crops of hay are taken off, and then two or three of maize on rich ground; but on medium soil, one crop of hay only. The horse hoe is used between the rows of maize, and with good results for every working. After the hay is off, some of the stubble ground is turned under and sown with peas, which comes in for feed in the winter. A maize crop following the peas always makes great growth. The cost of putting in a crop of maize figures out at about 1 per acre. The yield of green stuff or ensilage is seldom under 10 tons per acre, so that the cost of raising this fodder crop per ton is very small. The ration for the cows just now is 30lb. maize, 10 lb. chaff and 4 lb. bran. When this is added to the grass they can eat in grazing, and this mainly clover, those interested will find that a well-balanced ration is provided, and at a low cost. Straw is used in poor seasons to supplement the feed, and with this in view the grain is threshed slightly on the green side. Oaten straw cut at this stage is found to give particularly good feed. The difference between town and country life is well exemplified in the household. In town the average family knows little and takes less interest in the breadwinner's occupation; but at Meadowbank farm operations and results are keenly followed.( P.8, The Australasian, 28-6-1913.)

A number of gentlemen, including Cr.McLean, Ex-Cr. Robertson, Messrs. Porter,Pearson, Hawkins, Maltzahn and Gibson, presented a numerously signed petition to Cr. Gibb, at that gentleman's residence,on Monday evening, praying that he would submit himself for re-election as the representative for the Campbellfield Riding in
the Broadmeadows Council.

Mr. Gibson, in formally presenting the petition, said he was not familiar with the practice of presenting petitions, but he felt honoured in being asked to present and support the one in question, and hoped that his feeble efforts would result satisfactorily. There was no desire to disparage the attainments or qualifications
of other aspirants for the seat, but it was felt that the proposed retirement of Cr, Gibb, at a period when a number of very important matters affecting the welfare of the district, as also the finances of the Council, were shortly to be dealt with, would be most unfortunate. The ratepayers could not afford to lose the services of Cr. Gibb, whoso ripe experience and intimate acquaintance with the entire affairs of the Council rendered his retention of the seat almost imperative.The petition would, under any circumstances, prove very gratifying to Cr. Gibb inasmuch as it contained the names and the signatures of a very large number of ratepayers in the riding so ably represented by Cr. Gibb, and also exhibited genuine appreciation of his conduct as a councillor.

The preparation and completion of the petition was due entirely to the enthusiastic efforts of Cr. McLean, whose native modesty alone prevented him from formally presenting it.In conclusion, Mr. Gibson said that as
the mouthpiece of the gentlemen present as also of the signatories, he sincerely hoped that Cr. Gibb would accede to the request of its humble petitioners. Ex-Cr. Robertson supplemented the former speaker's remarks, and referred to Cr.Gibb's untarnished career, and felt that it would be a calamity to lose his services at the present juncture.

Cr. Gibb spoke feelingly in reply, and acknowledged the honour in being so generously requisitioned. He had made a resolution not to seek re-election not because of the work involved-indeed, he liked the wholesome side of municipal work, and felt dignified in performing it but, as he had stated 3 years ago he would retire at end of his term, and felt, under the circumstances, he had to adhere to his statement. However, in view of the
handsome manner in which he had been approached, he felt it very difficult to refuse, and would yield to the wishes of the deputation.(P.6, Flemington Spectator, 6-8-1914.)

Campbellfield Riding Election. Cr. Alexander C. Gibb, who has represented the Campbellfield Riding of the Shire of Broadmeadows for many years past with distinction, notifies that in response to a largely signed petition
he has decided to stand for re-election.(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 13 August 1914 p 2 Article)

Miss Inglis, daughter of Mrs. A. C. Gibb,"Meadow Bank," Campbellfield, writes of her safe arrival in England from Switzerland. After visiting the Isle of Wight and Devonshire, she proposed leaving for Scotland.
(P.29, Table Talk,12-11-1914.)

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Gibb, of Meadowbank, Campbellfield, are spending a holiday in Sydney.
(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 8 April 1915 p 3 Article)

Meadow Bank, the old picturesque bluestone residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Gibb,of Campbellfield, was the scene of a Red Cross fete on Saturday, April 20. Some few months ago Mrs. Gibb inaugurated a Red Cross branch in this part of the countryone of the earliest settlements in Victoriaand as funds are now required for the purchase of material to work upon, she, as president of the branch, arranged to hold this fete with a view to raising the money and bringing together the residents of this scattered farming district.Meadow Bank was built over 60 years ago for Mr. Gibbs's father, and the grounds surrounding the house are ideally laid out for the purpose of a fete.........Among those who had charge of the stalls,&c., were Mesdames R. Jones, Percy Oliver,and John Coldwell (produce). Miss Shepherd (flowers), Mrs.F.Olsen (sweets andice cream), Mesdames E.A.Porter,A.Austin, and F. Sheahan (work), Miss Oliver(cakes), Miss Kitty Ingles, Miss Dodds, and Mr. Wilshire (spinning tables), and Mr.Pearson (motor rides). (P.32, The Australasian, 27-4-1918.)

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Gibb are staying at the George Hotel for a while, having leased their property, Meadowbank, Campbellfield, for a year, to Captain and Mrs.Donald Mackinnon. Mrs. Gibb's only son,,Lieut. Jack Ingles,
returned this week from active service. He was away for nearly five years. He also is staying at the George
Hotel.(P.44, The Australasian, 20-12-1919.)

1920-1. Broadmeadows rates. In about August 1920, John Ingles was assessed on 264 acres of Meadowbank and A.C.Gibb the house and 30 acres.

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Gibb return this week to their property, Meadow Bank,Campbellfield, after having spent 12 months at St. Kilda. Captain and Mrs, D.Mackinnon have been renting Meadow Bank, and have taken an active part in hunting.(P.47,The Australasian,4-12-1920.)

The marriage of Miss Rene Alexander Vanderzee, younger daughter of Mrs. A. Alexander Vanderzee, of Vanda House, Chelsea, and Mr. Frank S. Treadwell of Fairby, York street, St.Kilda, will take place at All Saints Church, Chapel street,East St Kilda, on Thursday, March 11, at 1.30 p.m. (P.39, The Australasian,6-3-1920.)


At a meeting of the council of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria yesterday, Mr. A. C. Gibb, of Meadowbank, Campbellfield, was granted leave of absence for 12 months. Mr. Gibb proposes making a holiday trip to Britain.(P.18, Argus, 13-5-1925.)

I, Robert Strachan Farrell, being the holder of a victualler's licence for the Imperial Hotel,Bourke and Spring streets, Melbourne in the Melbourne Licensing District, and I, Annie Alexander, of Meadowbank, Campbellfield hereby give notice, that we will APPLY to the Licensing Court at Melbourne on Monday, the thirty first day of May, one thousand nine hundred and twenty six for the TRANSFER of the LICENCE to the said Annie Alexander.
Dated this 21st day of May, 1926.R.S.FARRELL. A ALEXANDER.Leach and Thomson, solicitors, 191 Queen street.
Melbourne. (P.19, Argus, 22-5-1926.) SEE 1949.

From Meadowbank Pty Co. re water on Camp road. The secretary said the Council's solicitor advised they would be quite safe in taking over the guarantee of a company named. (P.2, Kilmore Free Press, 2-2-1928.)

Writing extensively in upper case is regarded as shouting,so please cover your ears while you read the following!
(By Private Treaty.)
Will Be Held on Delightful
(Please Note the Date.)
Take Electric Tram in SWANSTON STREET to NORTH COBURG Terminus in SYDNEY ROAD,
Will Take Prospective Buyers from the NORTH COBURG TRAM TERMINUS (at Baker's Road,
in Sydney Road), to MEADOWBANK ESTATE. The Motor-cars will Run Between the Tram
Terminus and MEADOWBANK ESTATE During the Hours from 2.15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WITHIN A FEW WEEKS, the Railway line to Campbellfield Will Be Opened for PASSENGER
Views of the Citv, the Bay, and the Surrounding Country. It is Only Eight Miles from
Melbourne. There Are Shops and Hotels Quite Close to the Estate. Within a Few Weeks
L80 000 Has Been Spent in Water Supply System for Campbellfield and District. All Round
MEADOWBANK are the Signs of That Awakening Which Precedes the Establishment of a
SPLENDID NEW SUBURB. Now is the Time to BUY.
We INVITE YOU to Come Along to MEADOWBANK ESTATE on Saturday, February 25; Walk
Around, and Inspect the Land for Yourself, And If You Like It (Which We Know You
Will). Buy a Block or Two in This DELIGHTFUL NEW SUBURB.
RING, XXKITE, or CALL lor Illustrated ramphlcts and riana ol MEADOWBANK ESTATE.
The Solicitors to the Estate are Mesar. RIGBY and FIELDING, CO Market Slreet, Melbourne.
Sole Selling Agents. (P.2, Argus, 16-2-1928.)

Did Annie buy a tractor?
DRAUGHT HORSE and DRAY. Harness, suitable any work, good order, reasonable. Meadowbank, Campbellfield.
(P.3, Argus, 29-5-1937.)

Cup Stories
This story of a schoolboy's fondness for Flemington and its unpleasant consequences wins a prize of 5/ for Mr.
George Alexander, of Meadowbank, Campbellfield. This happened the year Poseidon won the Melbourne Cup carrying the colours "all purple." As I witnessed the race, contrary to the orders of my head master, the late Mr.L.A. Adamson, of Wesley, I decided to wear my purple school cap inside out to make myself less conspicuous to any master who might be enjoying the "sport of kings." But the ruse failed. I was on the mat next morning, and was taxed with the offence, which I admitted. Punishment-confined to barracks next week-end for "wearing wrong colours." The punishment was not as great as I feared, as "Dicky" was in his prime in those days with the birch, and Pure Gold would have swooned on the spot had he received a couple of his cuts where they hurt.
(P.9, Argus,27-9-1939.)

ALEXANDER. On June 18, at his residence, Campbellfield, Robert Walter (late 1st A.I.F. and Anzac), loving second son of Mrs. A. Alexander and late George Alexander, and brother of George, Gilbee, Eric, and
the late Mrs. Rene Treadwell.Sadly missed. An old soldier faded away. (P.2, Argus,21-6-1948.)#
#Also submitted under the surname VANDERZEE on page 8.

ALEXANDER - On August 31 at her residence Meadowbank, Camp road,Campbellfield, Anne, beloved wife of the late George Alexander and loved mother of George Robert (deceased*),Elizabeth (Mrs. Crocker-Smith), Irene
(Mrs Frank Treadwell deceased*) and Eric, and darling grandmother of Neville (deceased*), Verna, Valda, Ray,
Howard (deceased*), Valerie, Elizabeth and Alan -At rest. (P.12,Argus,1-9-1949.) *How sad!

ALEXANDER. - On August 31. at her residence, Meadowbank, Campbellfield, loving mother of Gil, and grandmother of Verna. -At rest. (P.12, Argus, 2-9-1949.)

ANNIE VANDERZEE (Otherwise Annie Alexander), Late of "Meadowbank," Campbellfield, Widow, Deceased. -
After 14 clear days. Eric Gordon Alexander Vanderzee, of 375 Barkers road, Kew, shopkeeper, and NATIONAL TRUSTEES EXECUTORS AND AGENCY COMPANY OF AUSTRALASIA LIMITED, whose registered office is situate at 95 Queen street. Melbourne, the executors appointed by deceased's will, dated 25th January, 1949,will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a grant of PROBATE of the said will.LEACH AND THOMSON, solicitors, 472 Bourke street. Melbourne. (P.17, Argus, 9-9-1949.)

ALEXANDER-VANDERZEE. - In loving memory of my son, Rob, passed away June l8, 1948, late 2nd Mobile Section. First A.I.F. -Sadly missed.(Mother.)
ALEXANDER-VANDERZEE. - In loving memory of my brother, passed away June l8. 1948, late 2nd Mobile Section, First A.I.F. -Sadly missed.(Gill and Verna.)(P.15, Argus, 18-6-1949.#

I presume somebody submitted Annie's notice for her!!! So who was Gil? Has to be Elizabeth!
# in 1948 shows that Gil was Elizabeth but her married name should have been in brackets to make this clear in the VANDERZEE death notice.


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Mrs Kate Robertson widow of the late Mr John Coupar Robertson formerly of Gowrie Park Campbellfield who died at her home in Coburg on January 3 had a long association with the Coburg and Campbellfield districts. Arriving in Australia from Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland in 1875 as Miss Kate Kirkland, she was for some years organist of the first Coburg Presbyterian Church and at the time of her death was the oldest living member of the congregation. (P.5, Argus,7-1-1941.)

James and Ann Robertson had eight children; their son, John C.Robertson was born in a tent in 1845. The sons of Alexander Gibb and James Robertson experienced contrasting levels of prosperity. Alexander Coupar Gibb received a 2000 pound deposit during the land boom (circa 1890) but John Coupar Robertson struggled financially and was employed at Pentridge before becoming a coke merchant in Albert St.,Melbourne. (Deidre Farfor's genealogical and biographical notes.)

ROBERTSON. -On the 4th November at "Athol," Kendall street, Coburg, John Coupar, dearly loved husband of Kate Robertson, eldest son of the late James Robertson, of "Gowrie Park," Campbellfield, in his 79th year. (Interred privately Coburg Cemetery, Monday, November 5.) P.1, Argus,6-11-1923.

John Coupar Robertson
Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 2,852,755 Family Trees
Born in Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia on 1845 to Ann Coupar. John Coupar married Kate Kirkland and had 6* children. He passed away on 1923.
Family Members Parents Unavailable Ann Coupar 1814-1872
Spouse(s) Kate Kirkland 1855-1940
James Archibald Robertson 1878-Unknown
John Kirkland Robertson 1880-Unknown
Alfred Ernest Robertson 1881-Unknown
Douglas Errol Robertson 1884-Unknown
Amy Caroline Robertson 1886-Unknown
Kate Kirkland Robertson 1887-1973

*As I have already found a notice about their THIRD DAUGHTER (Muriel, see below)and only two daughters are listed above, I believe that Deidre Farfor (who supplied her information to me about a quarter of a century ago) was right about 8 children.

ROBERTSON. In loving memory of Muriel Jessie, the dearly beloved third daughter of
Kate and the late John Coupar Robertson, who passed away on 22nd of February, 1924.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain.
(Inserted by her loving mother and family, Athol, Coburg.) P.1, Argus, 24-2-1925.


There is plenty of information about the relationship between the Gibbs of Meadowbank and Robertsons of Gowrie Park. Alexander Coupar Gibb's uncle,James Gibb, a blacksmith, and James Robertson had both married Coupar girls.
There is plenty of information on trove about Alexander Coupar Gibb's siblings. Several websites mention that Alexander Coupar Gibb married Margaret Ferguson Inglis but do not give even a year for the marriage or any information about her parents.

Another black hole concerns James Gibb. All that has been written about him is that he married the sister of James Robertson's wife,set up a coach building/ blacksmith business with James Robertson in Sydney Rd in 1841 and that they jointly leased from the Crown crown allotment 5, Will Will Rook at about that time, and that as James Gibb was not interested in farming, the 640 acre block was purchased by his brother,Alexander Gibb, a builder,who is believed to have built both the Meadowbank and Gowrie houses. (Interestingly this claim is not confirmed by the RED CROSS article which follows.)

Meadow Bank, the old picturesque bluestone residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Gibb,of Campbellfield, was the scene of a Red Cross fete on Saturday, April 20. Some few months ago Mrs. Gibb inaugurated a Red Cross branch in this part of the countryone of the earliest settlements in Victoriaand as funds are now required for the purchase of material to work upon, she, as president of the branch, arranged to hold this fete with a view to raising the money and bringing together the residents of this scattered farming district.Meadow Bank was built over 60 years ago for Mr. Gibbs's father, and the grounds surrounding the house are ideally laid out for the purpose of a fete.........Among those who had charge of the stalls,&c., were Mesdames R. Jones, Percy Oliver,and John Coldwell (produce). Miss Shepherd (flowers), Mrs.F.Olsen (sweets andice cream), Mesdames E.A.Porter,A.Austin, and F. Sheahan (work), Miss Oliver(cakes), Miss Kitty Ingles, Miss Dodds, and Mr. Wilshire (spinning tables), and Mr.Pearson (motor rides). (P.32, The Australasian, 27-4-1918.)

As I was having trouble submitting information from my DHOTAMA about the Gibbs and Robertsons in my DON'T YOU DARE MELBOURNE HUNT journal, I did a hunt of my own-for James Gibb, the disappearing blacksmith. In the process, I discovered the siblings of Margaret Ferguson Inglis who married Alexander Coupar Gibb. I also found why I had been unable to find Alexander Coupar Gibb's marriage notice; his name was given as Alex.H.Gibb!

The following has been pasted from a comment under the DON'T YOU DARE MELBOURNE HUNT journal. I thought a separate journal was warranted for previously unpublished information. The J.Ingles (sic)who was leasing most of Meadowbank in 1920 was the only son of Daniel Inglis and his widow, Mrs A.C.Gibb; John INGLIS died suddenly at Port Adelaide in 1923. I'll let you work out the maiden name of Mrs Daniel Inglis/ Mrs A.C.Gibb! It would be fascinating to work out why M.F.Inglis and A.C.Gibb were married in the E.S.&A. Bank house!

James Gibb and James Robertson selected 640 acres at Campbellfield and set up in business as coachbuilders and blacksmiths in Sydney Rd, living in a tent.
In 1920-1 Alexander Coupar Gibb was assessed on the Meadowbank house and 30 acres while J. Ingles (actually Inglis) was leasing 264 acres of the property from him. They were related (apparently twice!)

I discovered the Gibb/Inglis connection while I was trying to find what had happened to James Gibb, the blacksmith who selected section 5 Will Will Rook with James Robertson and had married the sister of Robertsons wife (nee Coupar.) I suspect that James Gibb moved to Ballarat where there would have been much demand for blacksmiths and later died in Richmond.

I suspect that Margaret Ferguson Inglis, whom Alexander Coupar Gibb married, was the widow of Daniel Inglis Jnr, who died in Queensland. It is almost certain that Margarets maiden name was Dods. Several websites state that both Alex. C. and Margaret died at Woodstock. Perhaps that was their last place of residence.

INGLIS.-On the 24th ult., at Hughenden, Queensland, Daniel Inglis, son of the late Daniel Inglis, Williamstown. P.1, Argus, 19-1-1893.)

DODS.-On the 10th July, at the residence of her cousin, Miss D. Dods 208 Sydney-road, Brunswick, Catherine Agnes (Cissie), youngest daughter of the late Alexander and Catherine Dods, of'Droushiel," Woodstock; loved sister of Mrs. A. C.Gibb, Mrs. C. S. Mummery and Jean B. Dods.
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Saturday 27 July 1918 p 55 Family Notices.

(This website has photos of the Meadowbank homestead (2009) and Gibb graves in the Will Will Rook Cemetery.

GIBB - INGLIS -On the 16th March, at the E.S. and A. Bank House, Malvern, by the Rev. W. G. Maconochie, M.A., Alex. H.Gibb, Meadow Bank, Campbellfield, to Margaret Ferguson Inglis, William street, Hawthorn. At home at the E.S. and A. Bank House, Malvern (Armadale station), Friday, April 30th. ( P.13, Argus, 24-4-1909.)

The above obviously has a misprint,the groom being Alex.C.Gibb. If so Alex. was about 49 years old.

INGLIS-On the 24th April, 1923, at Port Adelaide (suddenly), John, only son of Mrs. A. C. Gibb, Meadow Bank, Campbellfield, and the late Daniel Inglis, of Williamstown and Shepparton. (P.1, Argus, 26-4-1923.)

PRAAGST--INGLIS. -On the 5th September, 1923, at Scots Church Melbourne, by the Moderator General (the Right Rev.J.Mathew), Howard Francis, only son of Mrs Lionel Praagst of St. Kilda and the late Dr Lionel Praagst of Brighton to Kitty only daughter of Mrs Alex Gibb, of Campbellfield, and the late Dan Inglis of Shepparton. (P.17, Argus, 20-10-1923.)

GIBB. On September 11, at private hospital, Malvern, Alexander Coupar Gibb, late of Meadow Bank, Campbellfield, aged 88 years.
GIBB. On September 11, at private hospital, Malvern, Alexander Coupar Gibb, loved stepfather of Kitty Prangst. (P.2, Argus, 13-9-1948.)

Alexander Coupar Gibb
Born in Cambellfield, Victoria, Australia on 1860 to Alexander Gibb and Elizabeth Coupar. Alexander Coupar married Margaret Ferguson Inglis. He passed away on 1948.

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WISEMANWISEMAN. On the 24th August, 1910,at St. Matthew's Church of England, Glenroy, by the Rev. E. V. Wade, Arthur Ernest, youngest son of the late Albert Wiseman, of Glenroy, to Alice, youngest daughter of the late Arthur Wiseman, of Glenroy. At home, Ashworth (*SIC?), Glenroy, Friday, 2nd December.(P.1, Argus,29-11-1910.)

*I have found no other mention of Ashworth,Glenroy,in family notices or advertisements so I presume this is meant to be Ashleigh.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 23 September 1892 p 1 Family Notices
WISEMAN - On the 21st inst., at his late residence, 'Sawbridgeworth,' Glenroy, Arthur

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 30 August 1920 p 1 Family Notices
... . WISEMAN. On the 28th August, at "Ashleigh," Glenroy. Hannah, widow of the late Albert Wiseman.

The principals of the firm (Glenroy Land Co.) were Frank Stuart, John McCutcheon,and Arthur and Albert Wiseman, dividing half the shares between them.Arthur and Albert and a third brother,William had been enjoying the land boom thoroughly.


To he incorporated by Act of Parliament, limiting the liability of Shareholders.
Capital, 60,000,(With power to increase to 200,000,)In 5,000 Shares of 10 each. Deposit, 6s. per Share.
Provisional Directors : '
P. Phelan, Esq., M.L.A., Chairman. Chas, Bradshaw, Esq. John 0. King, Esq.John Brown, Esq. P. M'Cracken, Esq.
John Dinwoodie, Esq. Thomas Napier, Esq. Hugh Glass, Esq. W.H.Tuckett, Esq. Rawdon Greene, Esq. Wm. Yuille, Esq. George Holmes, Esq. E, B. Wight, Esq. Wm, Hoffman, Esq.
Bankers :The Colonial Bank of Australasia.
Solicitor :Frederick John Coote, Esq.
Engineer :Francis Bell, Esq.
Temporary Offices:Victoria chambers, 20 Collins-street west,Where forms of application for shares can be

The numbers and paragraphing are mine,to provide easy reference regarding my comments.

1.The present undertaking contemplates the formation of a railway to Flemington and Essendon, with future extension to Broadmeadows and Kilmore. The erection of the new Cattle Market at Flemington and the proximity of the Racecourse, taken in connection with the large and rapidly-increasing population in the neighborhood, leave no doubt that a line of railway, if of easy construction, would be at once self-supporting so far as Essendon, and to this point it is for the time being proposed to limit the enterprise.

2.A very careful survey has been made of the country to the Braybrooke-road, Essendon, and the result, as will be seen from the annexed letter of Mr. Bell, the engineer, is in the highest degree favorable ; in fact, few lines of railway, either at home or here, present such great natural facilities of formation. It is intended to use the Central Railway Depot, at the end of Collins-street, as a terminus, and to traverse the Murray River Railway across the swamp to a point adjoining Mr. Smith's brickworks, from whence the line will proceed directly for the new Cattle-yards and Essendon.

3.In carrying out this arrangement the promoters are induced to believe every facility will be afforded by the Government, while the proprietors of private property on the line are prepared to give the railway the fullest possible support,-Messrs. Glass, Bradshaw, and others having volunteered to surrender the required quantity of land to the Company free of charge. The estimated cost of the formation of the line to Essendon is under 40,000, but to provide against all contingencies the capital has been fixed at 50,000, with power of increase to 200,000, so soon as the Company find it expedient to undertake the extension to Kilmore.

4.When such an extension does take place-and it certainly cannot be long delayed-the Company may reasonably expect, in addition to tho passenger traffic, to be the carriers of a large proportion of the stock and agricultural produce which comes to Melbourne from that direction. It will,besides, have the effect, of
rendering available the granite quarries in the neighborhood of Broadmeadows, which are at present inoperative from tho high cost of cartage.

5.On the opening of the Geelong and Murray River Lines, the railway now contemplated will likewise afford the facility of taking stock coming to town by these routes direct to the Cattle Market. It is intended to apply to Parliament without delay for an Act to incorporate the Company and bestow upon them tho requisite powers for constructing the railway; and, considering the perfect unanimity that prevails among all parties interested, the Provisional Directors have every hope that it will be passed without opposition.

6.To the Provisional Directors of the Melbourne, Essendon, and Kilmore Railway.
Gentlemen, I have the honor of submitting to you the plan and sections of a portion of the line of railway (as far as Essendon) of the proposed line from Melbourne to Kilmore. It is intended to use the Mount Alexander Railway for a length of 1 mile 34 chains, or to the end of the viaduct to the Saltwater Lagoon, and the length of the line from the junction, as now laid down to the proposed terminus, for the present, at Essendon, is
3 miles 3 furlongs and 7 chains. The total length, from the centre of the terminal station, Collins-street,
is 4 miles 6 furlongs and 11 1/2 chains. Ground of such a favorable nature for tho formation of a line of railway, or one so easy of construction, I have seldom or ever seen for the same distance out of any city. My estimate for the works alone of this length, including stations, engine shed, storeroom, forge, offices, &c, as well as sleepers, ballast, and laying the line, is under 40,000L., or about 11,600L. per mile.

7.The heaviest cutting is 19 foot 0 inches in depth, as shown on the section ; it is mostly composed of excellent stone ballast, which will be required for the line ; this cutting contains about 25,000 cube yards of excavation. The remainder of the cuttings are very light, the total number of cube yards on the whole line being about 40,000. The steepest gradient is one in 72 for 6 furlongs, and the quickest curve is one of 30 chains' radius. There are to be two road bridges, and the culverts are very few, and of a small size.

8.It is proposed to have three stations :-The first at the now Cattle-yards, on the road to the Racecourse,-the course being only about half-a-mile from the station ; the second to be near the Moonee Ponds Turnpike; and the terminus, for the present, will be at the road leading to Braybrooke, close to the Farmers' Hotel at Essendon, and the centre of this populous district.
I have the honor to be, Gentlemen,Your most obedient servant,FRANCIS BELL.Melbourne, November 8,1858.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 15 November 1858 p 8 Advertising)

Paragraph 2. BRAYBROOKE RD,properly Braybrook road, was today's Buckley St which was part of the earliest route to Geelong. Braybrook Township, south of Clarendon St.,Avondale Heights, straddled the Saltwater River, being like many early townships, partly in two parishes,in this case Doutta Galla and Cut Cut Paw. By 1850 Joseph Raleigh at Maribyrnong and Michael Lynch at Footscay had enabled shorter routes so the township never took off but the original name for Buckley St west persisted for about three decades.

John Robert Murphy was the grantee of much land between Dynon Rd and Macaulay Rd,through which the Geelong/ Mt Alexander and Murray River railway passed and the Essendon line was to pass. The occupant of much of what was called Kensington Park from 1855 was Peter McCracken,one of the provisional directors, who will be discussed later. Peter conducted a dairy farm there while his Ardmillan mansion (1857?) was being built and for a few years afterwards until high labour costs and destruction of his haystacks by fire caused him not to renew the lease. W.S.Cox then leased the former dairy and Edward Byam Wight's land south of Derby St (today's Holland Park)for his Kensington Park Racecourse until Kensington Park was subdivided in 1882, causing Cox's move to Feehan's Farm at Moonee Valley.

From Macaulay Rd to Racecourse Rd,the Essendon line was to pass through a Government Township in which James McConnell, Wight, J.T.Smith, George Scarborough and John Rankin (all of whom, with Peter McCracken, are recalled by street names) were prominent grantees. They, as well as John Robert Murphy, no doubt had shares in the company.

From Racecourse Rd to Kent St was the Flemington Estate owned by Hugh Glass, who with Peter McCracken was one of the principal shareholders. The next estate was Robert McCracken's Ailsa which he bought in about 1864 but may have been leasing earlier. The triangle fronting Ascot Vale Rd (probably including the railway line) had been conveyed to a member of the Glass family.

Land on the west side of Ascot Vale Rd up to Moonee Ponds was known as Glass's Paddock so Hugh must have bought it from the grantees (titles not researched.) James McConnell (see Kensington) was a co-grantee, with Ozanne, of the land between Burns/Winchester/Gladstone St and Derby St in today's Moonee Ponds. Peter McCracken (Ardmillan) and his brother-in-law,James Robertson (Trinifour) owned the land from Derby St to the line of Inglebrae Court.

Not much negotiation had been required to ensure the support of private landowners:"Messrs. Glass, Bradshaw, and others having volunteered to surrender the required quantity of land to the Company free of charge."

Paragraph 4.The GRANITE QUARRIES NEAR BROADMEADOWS were in the vicinity of Woodlands Historic Park, which I'm certain has information on the subject.

Paragraph 6. The SALTWATER LAGOON or WEST MELBOURNE SWAMP was the reason early travellers to the Geelong area needed to take the long route (Buckley St) to cross the Saltwater River at Solomon's Ford. Dynon Rd was originally known as Swamp Road. The Wikipedia entry for WEST MELBOURNE SWAMP (below) seems to have only one mistake; Dynon Rd connected with Victoria St and it was Footscray Road that connected with Dudley St.Brown's Hill was near the intersection of Swamp Rd and Lloyd St.

The 'West Melbourne Swamp also known as Batman's Swamp, was a large saltwater wetland located to the west of the city of Melbourne, Victoria. It was drained under the design and supervision of Public Works Department (Victoria) engineer William Thwaites (engineer) from around 1890, and became the site of a canal, the outlet to Moonee Ponds Creek, railway yards and some of Melbourne's docks including Appleton Dock.[1]

The swamp was an important resource for Aboriginal people,[2]

Surveyor Charles Grimes, was the first to observe the swamp, when he climbed a nearby hill during his 1803 voyage to chart Port Philip Bay. Originally known as Batman's Swamp, after pioneer settler John Batman, who built a house at the base of the nearby Batman's Hill in April 1836, where he lived until his death in 1839.[3] In 1841, George McCrae (son of diarist Georgiana McCrae) described it as: a real lake, intensely blue, nearly oval, and full of the clearest salt water.[4] The lagoon was also described as; having a bottom of solid blue clay and laying at the high water level while the flats surrounding it were about one metre above high tide... [5]

Drainage of the swamp was considered from the mid century, but did not commence in ernest until about 1877, with a steam operated pump set up near Brown's Hill at South Kensington, and drains dug along Swamp Road, which was later reconstructed as Dynon Road connecting to Dudley Street, West Melbourne. In 1907 the Footscray contractor Michael Walsh won a large state government contract to undertake the drainage. In the depression of the 1930s, the swamp margins and the bottom of Dudley Street became the site of a shantytown of unemployed known as Dudley Flats.[6]

See also:
Boxing - Entry - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of ...
'Snowy' Baker, sportsman and promoter, built the West Melbourne Stadium on swampy land in Dudley Street in 1912, before selling it to John Wren in 1915.

Paragraph 8.
MOONEE PONDS TURNPIKE. In 1858, the Central Roads Board controlled toll gates because the district road boards that led to the municipalities of Essendon, Keilor and Bulla were not established for another half a decade and the Broadmeadows one was just starting. The Moonee Ponds turnpike was named because of its proximity to the creek, residents of the local area being more likely at that time to be described as residents of Doutta Galla rather than Moonee Ponds- unless they lived right near the creek.

The Turnpike would have been located at the corner of today's Mt Alexander and Pascoe Vale Rds with fees being collected from those veering left to Keilor, Bulla and the diggings and those heading north past the old Young Queen inn at Pascoeville to Yuroke, and via Cliffords Rd at Somerton to the new Sydney road.

FARMERS'HOTEL.This hotel still stands at the south west corner of Mt Alexander Rd and Buckley St,Essendon,not far from the station. It was established by Peter Pitches, after whom Pitches St just to the south was named.Later it was owned under the name of the Farmers' Arms Hotel by William Chadwick, an early licensee of the Broadmeadows Hotel (near the bridge in today's Westmeadows)who ran it for a decade before moving to Benalla and building a hotel of the same name there. (Victoria and Its Metropolis, and two Benalla histories kindly lent to me by former Essendon Mayor, Dorothy Fullarton, while I was researching Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds.)


Provisional Directors :
P. Phelan, Esq., M.L.A., Chairman. Partner with Owen Connor as a spirit merchant and land speculator (such as in the parish of Yangardook), Patrick Phelan was a member for West Bourke who lost his seat in parliament and "Spring Park" (Melway 15 G8)due to insolvency. (See KEILOR PIONEERS:DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES, Angela Evans.)

Chas. Bradshaw, Esq. A grantee in Hawstead, between Glass St and Woodland St, Essendon, and speculator in a portion of what became Temperance Township in Ascot Vale West (site of John Wren's racecourse, Volume 36 folio 306), Charlesand his(brother?) became insolvent too.

A parish map describes this triangle as 3, no section. It should really be section 3, no allotment number. William Fletcher also received grants for the land between Maribyrnong Rd and Gladstone St, running east from Scotia St to the Moonee Ponds Creek.
In 1853 Andrew Binns bought 6 acres (including the Racecourse Hotel site and extending almost to Duncan St) from Fletcher. He was forced to sell it to Stephen Tully the following year because of money he owed. [10 247, 26 243]
In 1854, The Bradshaws and Charles Mossman bought 10 acres each at the north east corner, with Milton St indicating the boundary between the two blocks. [13 188, 27 349]
On 30-8-1855, Watson, Wight and Jennings (owners of allotments 21 and 20 at Kensington) paid L.20 691/5/- for the 218 acres 31 perches that remained after theyd sold 79 acres, on the first of May, to the Bradshaws, whose payment was made directly to Fletcher as the.Kensington trios part payment for their 218 acres. Part of the deal was that a road be reserved around the Bradshaws 79 acres. This was the origin of Union Rd, which was not a Government road; the road approximating the course of Francis St, to be called Division Rd, was never built.
Also in 1855, Joseph and Charles Bradshaw partitioned their 79 acres with Joseph taking the part north of a line indicated by Station St (except for the two 10 acre blocks.)
Charles sold 5 acres covering the middle third of the block between Roxburgh and St Leonard Sts to James Butchart, who reconveyed it to Charles at the end of 1859. This was probably Thomas Bruntons land later on. Charles mortgaged the rest of his southern portion to William Hoffman.
Other mortgages (in 1859 and 1860) indicate that Charles had purchased the 108 acres, containing Dunlop Ave and Duncan St, between this portion and Andrew Binns 6 acres.
[He did, on 17-7-1855, paying the Kensington trio 115 pounds per acre. 36 306.]
He also seems to have bought Mossmans 10 acres east of Milton St.

In 1860, Charles sold small blocks to John Linton (on Mossmans purchase), George Clissold (west of Clissold St), F.Wood (south west corner of North St), and J.Willman (site of Ascot Vale Rd shops). He also sold 20 acres* containing Sandown Rd and Wisewould St to William Kaye, and 79 acres, containing Dunlop Avenue and Ascot St, to F.A.Stratford. [93 577, 93 578, 96 110, 96 111, 100 397, 101 299]
(*Joseph had probably sold this to Charles for a ridiculously low price to prevent creditors laying claim to it. Hed sold Charles the 20 acres containing the racecourse railway for 5 pounds and Charles sold it to Kaye for 546 times that amount!)
These maps show:
(a) The partition of the Bradshaws 79 acre purchase [A= Joseph, B= Charles] and the land conveyed to Stratford and Kaye.
(b) The land north of Windy Hill granted to the Bradshaws.

This frenzy of selling by Charles resulted from his property, including blocks at Hawstead (above right), being assigned for the benefit of creditors in July 1860. Josephs land between Maribyrnong Rd and the line of Station St (called Division St in 1855) was conveyed to William Hoffman by the official assignee of the insolvent Joseph Bradshaw in consideration of money owing and due, and it became known as Hoffmans Paddock. (This did not include the 10 acre blocks separated by Milton St.) Joseph also lost ownership of Glenarthur (western half of Greenvale Reservoir) to Charles Hutton for the same reason. By 1875, Bagot, Croker and Stevenson had houses on Maribyrnong Rd, between Ascot Vale Rd and the railway. (Map on P. 15.)

John 0. King, Esq. Nothing known.

John Brown, Esq. Nothing known.

P. M'Cracken, Esq. See*.Peter lived at Stewarton (Gladstone Park north of the Lackenheath Dr. corner) 1846-1855,the dairy at Kensington and Ardmillan until about 1871, when he sold the part of Ardmillan east of the line to Taylor and the part west of it to Puckle,the minister's son who subdivided it with William Hudson buying Hudson's Paddock (from Mantell St almost to Millsom St, on which Peter's mansion sat. Peter moved to Powlett St, East Melbourne to live at 104 Gipps St.

East Melbourne, Gipps Street 104
East Melbourne 104 Gipps Street
Surnames Clark Dodd

1973 - 104 Gipps Street. Photo by Winston Burchett

Date built: 1869c
Architect: John James Clark
Builder: George Dodd
First owner: John James Clark
The residence at 104 Gipps Street is a two storey rendered Brick townhouse with a refined almost Regency air. It is architecturally significant as a fine and unusual example of a nineteenth century townhouse and is unique for the open work cast iron panels on the verandah columns which although common in Sydney are otherwise unknown in Melbourne.

104 Gipps Street is historically significant for its association with J J Clark, one of Australia's most important architects in the second half of the nineteenth century. Clark is best known for his designs for public buildings in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and this is an unusual example of a private residence designed by him.Its significance is increased by it being Clark's own house.

Peter McCracken, farmer and brewer, was the next owner of the house. He and his brother, Robert, were early pioneers, arriving in Melbourne in January 1841 aboard the Nimrod. He married Grace Robertson in 1846. Peter wrote in a letter, 'Having lost a great deal of money by the Essendon Railway in the beginning of the year 1871 had to sell out the Ardmillan [Moonee Ponds] property and remove to East Melbourne on the 4th May 1871.' The McCracken family were heavily involved in the formation of the Essendon Football Club which played its first seasons at Robert's property, Ailsa, in Ascot Vale. When the club joined the V.F.A in 1878 it had no suitable local ground and moved to the East Melbourne Cricket Ground, probably at the suggestion of Peter McCracken. East Melbourne continued to be its home ground until 1922 when the site was ear marked for the Jolimont railway yards. The club then moved to Windy Hill.

Owners and occupiers:
1869 - 1871 John James and Polly Clark
1871 - ? Peter McCracken and family

Heritage Council of Victoria
Andrew Dodd, PhD Thesis, Faculty of Architecture, University of Melbourne.
First Families 2001:
Ray Gibb, email 27/09/13

John Dinwoodie, Esq. Noted in title research as providing mortgages in the parish of Doutta Galla,probably in relation to Aitken's Estate or part of Millar's farm on the south side of Buckley St,Essendon.

Thomas Napier, Esq. See Thomas Napier's Australian Dictionary of Biography entry. Thomas was the grantee of much of Airport West and part of Essendon Aerodrome south of Fraser St between about Bowes Avenue and Treadwell St/Nomad Rd. Henry Stephenson later bought it and called it "Niddrie", a name that later drifted south! Thomas Napier was mainly associated in the area with Strathmore, having purchased 100 acres between Woodland St and Glenbervie/ Upland Rds. N.B.SCOOP. See * about the suicide of Thomas Napier Jnr.

Hugh Glass, Esq. Hugh Glass was a huge land speculator, perhaps bigger than Big Clarke at one time. He even received the grant for crown allotment 14 Wannaeue between First Avenue and Boneo Rd at Rosebud, probably as a holding paddock for his sheep hoofing it to Melbourne from Gippsland. He spent a fortune on his fabulous mansion and gardens fit for a king in today's Travancore and this expense, scab in his sheep, a painful illness, and probably debts caused by the railway failing in 1864,led to his death from an overdose of medication. See Australian Dictionary of Biography entry.

W.H.Tuckett, Esq. Nothing known.

Rawdon Greene, Esq.Son of William Pomeroy Greene who received the grant for "Woodlands" (Melway 177 K8) at Bulla in 1843. A street in Bulla township is named after Rawdon and the diagonal west end of Somerton Rd was named after the family (but unfortunately the e was left off the end of the name through countless editions of Melway.)

Wm. Yuille, Esq. With James Purves and Charles Fisher,the Yuille brothers occupy prime positions in the history of the Australian turf. They held squatting runs in several parts of Victoria, such as near Mt Eliza.

George Holmes, Esq. It's years since I've seen Lenore Frost but she's still helping me. George Holmes was said to have lived at the foot of Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds. I think he was involved in the construction of Mount Alexander (Keilor) Rd in 1854.

These extracts come from several of Lenore's posts. Lyttleton is in New Zealand.

Can someone help me unravel some Holmes people, please?

George Holmes of the Lyttelton Railway fame, built a mansion in Moonee Ponds, near Melbourne in the 1850s. After he left for Lyttelton the house was subsequently occupied by John Holmes, barrister-at-law, from 1870-1872. I think it is the same barrister who appears in a court case representing a George Holmes who is in New Zealand. I can only assume they are the same John and George at this stage, don't really know.

In 1880 John Holmes, barrister, married Gertrude Isabella Holmes, daughter of John Holmes, late of Christchurch, NZ, formerly of Huntley, Canada. They married in East Melbourne.
I believe George and John were born in Ireland. John went to Canada, George I think was less settled. He seems to have worked on railway engineering, and talks about having been in Canada, America and England, so he is a heck of a lot harder to pin down in the records than the brother John.

You are a genius!!!! Now I know that the John Holmes, barrister who married Gertrude Holmes was her first cousin, and a pretty fair chance to be the same John Holmes who resided in uncle George Holmes' house in Moonee Ponds for a few years.

The George Holmes's may have intended to return because they don't seem to have sold the property until 1876, but then George died in 1877.
(John Holmes, died 1907, MHR Christchurch [Archive] - British ...

CONTRACT ACCEPTED.George Holmes and Co., extras of contract for erection of bridge oven Saltwater River,
2,052. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 22 September 1858 p 5 Article)

CONTRACTS ACCEPTED George Holmes and Co., to make three and a half miles of plank road between Woodend and Carlsruhe ; ( The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 5 April 1856 p 5 Article)

George worked on Melbourne's streets as well and copped a fine despite testimony that his "dangerous cutting" had been fenced.

STREET EXCAVATION. - George Holmes, a contractor, was summoned at the City Court yesterday, on the complaint of Sub-Inspector Nicolas, with leaving an open cutting in William-street and Lonsdale-street completely unprotected. Mr. Stooke stated that he was driving through the street in a gig on Wednesday night last, at eight o'clock, and as the cutting was entirely unprotected he drove right into it. (etc.)
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 12 February 1856 p 5 Article)

E, B. Wight, Esq. Edward Byam Wight was the grantee of the crown allotment on the west side of Footcray (now Kensington) Rd, Kensington. He called his property "The Ridge",this name recalled by a street named The Ridgeway. He donated land for the Holy Trinity C. of E. original purpose-built church at the south corner of Wight and McCracken Sts and his descendants donated land for the new church at the north east corner of The Ridge when it was subdivided. Wight was involved in land speculation in the future Temperance Township at Ascot Vale West. (See Charles Bradshaw.)

Wm, Hoffman, Esq.William Hoffman was a pork butcher who was granted two crown allotments on the east side of Hoffmans Rd extending east halfway to Lincoln Rd, Essendon, where it adjoined Mar Lodge. He did not settle there but leased it to Alexander Earle McCracken, brother of Robert and Peter who was prominent in Agricultural Societies before returning to the family's Ardmillan Estate in (Ardwell?)Scotland because of his wife's ill-health in about 1859.

Solicitor :Frederick John Coote, Esq. Coote St in Kensington is named after Frederick. His house at 11 Footscray (now Kensington) Rd (now 18 Henry St)was almost directly across the road from Wight's homestead on The Ridge.

This was granted to William Highett who came to the Port Phillip District to manage the Union Bank. Highett also received a grant in the parish of Yuroke near Craigieburn Rd.
His land dealings fill many pages of the lands title index; no doubt many were in Highett. The entrance in Dynon Rd between Kensington Rd and the railway bridge is actually Highett St.
Not long afterwards, Highett sold allotment 20 to lawyer, Henry Jennings, after whom Henry St was probably named. In 1854, Jennings subdivided the land, selling the land north east of Derby St in 78 lots. The main buyers were F.J.Coote, William and David Winder, and John Cosgrave. Coote was a partner in Jennings legal firm and Cosgrave was treasurer of the Corporation of Melbourne. William Winder was a brickmaker and David Winder had purchased the land between Stubbs St and the Macaulay Station site in 1849.
Coote bought most of the land between 18 Henry St and Derby St, which also fronted Kensington Rd, and lots 3-7 (the shop area between Gower St and Hampden Rd). The Winders bought nearly all the Macaulay Rd frontage between Gower St and Kensington Rd. Cosgrave bought land on both sides of Gower St from Derby St up to the church and school sites as well as north east of the latter. Land near the Holy Rosary church site was bought by Thomas Lilley (who owned it for 18 years), and Joseph Hore (who sold to John Brooks in 1857.) Across Gower St, Josh Hore, T.Gregory and T.Stubbs bought blocks that they sold to the McMeikans in 1859.
The McMeikans bought land from Cosgrave in 1864 and Coote in 1868 to extend their property to Bellair St. In 1863, J.T.Smith bought all of Cosgraves land east of Gower St (sold to Durham in 1879). Smith also bought six of Cosgraves blocks south west of the church site, Robert Wallace buying the other 9 blocks (to Derby St) in 1869.
Durham subdivided his land fairly quickly; Munros 1884-5 plan of allotment 19 subdivision shows the nearby houses of Durham and Clarke (manager of the Apollo Candle Works in Swamp i.e. Dynon Rd) with Mr Dixon in the old McMeikan house. In 1888, the two rows of terrace houses were added.
In 1871, Frederick John Coote bought lot 68, between 18 Henry St and Kensington Rd.
It had been owned by Henney (1854-65) and Warnock.
The heritage status of 18 Henry St has been significantly upgraded recently. The house had been built by 1867, when a picture was produced showing this house and those of Peter Wilson (church site), McMeikan and Cosgrave (school site). This picture clearly shows lot 68 is fenced off from Cootes property.

F.J.Cootes house is in the foreground of this picture (C.1866.)
Serving as a dairy and the residence of Richard Nelson for the first four decades of the 1900s, the house was called 11 Footscay Rd, from 1893 until 1915.
This map shows original and later owners of lots in Jennings subdivision.

South West of Derby St.
In 1858, when the railway to Mt Alexander was started, Henry Jennings sold land south of the railway to Lowry, Allbeury, Stuart and Merrick, and the land between the railway and Derby St to E.B.Wight. Land now occupied by the flats was subdivided by Wight in the 1880s. The Apollo Hotel seems to have been on the north side of Swamp (Dynon) Rd, between Kensington Rd and the bridge over Dynon Rd, with the Half way Hotel near the bridge or perhaps further east.

The first of these maps (from 1875) shows the house of John Rankin as well as those of Coote and Wight. The second (from 1890) shows the last two houses. Rankins house had been demolished by then.

Engineer :Francis Bell, Esq. See*.

Francis Bell (engineer)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Francis Bell
Francis Bell 1872
Born c1813
Died 3 September 1879
Petersham, New South Wales
Nationality Irish/Australian
Spouse(s) Jane Eliza Livingstone
Parents John Bell, Belfast, Ireland
Engineering career
Engineering discipline civil engineer
Significant projects Botany watershed,
Significant design Hawthorn Bridge, Hawthorn Railway Bridge, Melbourne and Essendon Railway
Francis Bell CE MInstCE (c1813 - 9 September 1879), was a British railway engineer, who worked extensively in Australia, and was involved in a number of important railway construction projects and bridges.

Bell commenced his engineering career in 1837, building railways in England and Scotland, and also worked under Sir John Macneill MInstCE, on the Southern and Western Railway in Ireland. By 1853 Bell had migrated to Australia, and in January 1954, in Victoria, is the engineer on the 1,000,000 prospectus for the GeelongBallarat railway line. He was also listed as the surveyor for the Colonial Insurance Company, and there are a number of tender advertisements, for reinstatement for damaged buildings. In 1855, he presented a well received paper on the merits of iron truss bridges to the Victorian Institute for the Advancement of Science (later the Royal Society of Victoria). Other works he designed included 17 miles of the railway from Newcastle to Maitland, New South Wales prior to 1858, the design and construction of the Melbourne and Essendon Railway in 1859, and works for the Yarra Yarra Mining Company,[1] and Sandridge Lagoon, Port Melbourne.

Bell was responsible for a number of fairly similar wrought iron lattice truss road and rail bridges, several of which were fabricated from components supplied by Messrs. Lloyds, Fosters, and Company's Wednesbury, Old Park Ironworks, Staffordshire. The West Maitland Bridge was the sixth bridge this firm exported for Bell, with the others including the Hawthorn Railway Bridge and Hawthorn Road Bridge over the River Yarra, in Melbourne, and the Gundagai, Pitnacree, and Dunmore bridges in New South Wales.[2]

His expertise was sought for a number of Melbourne civic works projects as he gave evidence to the Victorian Royal Commissions on the River and Harbour Trust in 1858 and 1860, and to the Select Committees on the Railway Department in 1860 and on the Central Railway Terminus in 1861 and in the same year was a member of the Royal Society of Victoria's Sanitary Committee.

Bell was City Engineer for the City of Sydney, Australia from about 1871 to 1879, a member of the Sewerage and Health Board,[3] and was responsible for improving the storage capacity of the Botany watershed and planned a system for sewering the city in the direction of Bondi.[4]

Bell was the sixth son of John Bell, of Belfast, Ireland. He was married on 17 June 1858 at the Cathedral, Newcastle, New South Wales to Jane Eliza Livingstone, youngest daughter of Captain Alexander Livingstone of Newcastle.[5] In May 1872 he was living in St. Leonards, on the North Shore of Sydney, when his wife gave birth to a daughter.[6] His youngest daughter married Charles Wade, who, amongst other things, became premier of NSW in 1907, was the Agent-General for NSW in 1917, and was knighted in 1918.

Francis Bell died in 1879 at his residence in Petersham, New South Wales, and was buried at the Necropolis.

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Jump up ^ "To the Editor of the Herald.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 16 December 1868. p. 6. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
Jump up ^ "OBITUARY.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 11 September 1879. p. 8. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
Jump up ^ Botany Wetlands, Sydney Water S170 Heritage Register
Jump up ^ "Family Notices.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 10 July 1858. p. 7. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
Jump up ^ "Family Notices.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 18 May 1872. p. 7. Retrieved 16 September 2011.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 25 July 1859 p 5 Article.

The ceremony of cutting the first turf of the Melbourne and Essendon Railway was performed by His Excellency the Governor, in the presence of a large concourse of people, at Flemington, on Saturday last.

As the digitisation of the lengthy article has been corrected by lthomas (possibly for a book),I do not feel justified in using it here. However, it is of great interest in that ambitions to expand the line (as in the North Eastern Railway of 1872) are mentioned.

Tho contractors for the construction of the Melbourne and Essendon Railway, are pushing on tho works with praiseworthy speed. Although only two months have elapsed since the first sod of the line was turned by the Governor, fully one quarter of tho entire distance of the line has been completed. The company's engineer is now engaged in surveying the country between the temporary terminus at Essendon and Kilmore.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 21 September 1859 p 4 Article)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 3 September 1860 p 6 Article
... MELBOURNE AND ESSENDON RAILWAY COMPANY. The second annual meeting of shareholders in the Melbourne ... and Essendon Railway Company was held on Friday, at the offices, Elizabeth street,with Edward Byam Wight in the chair. the engineer reported that there was a hold up re the supply of rails etc. but
" There are five stations and platforms erected, at a cost of 2,600 : " The first-Kensington Station, 2 miles 4 chains from Spencer-street terminus." Second-Newmarket Station, at 2 miles 42 chains." Third-Ascot Vale Station, at 3 miles 31 chains. " Fourth- Moonee Ponds Station, at 4 miles 8 chains." And the last at Essendon, 4 miles 68 chains.

The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864) Wednesday 24 October 1860 p 2 Article
... Melbourne and Essendon rail- way was opened on Monday last.

The railway could have been sold to the government in 1863 and there was little sympathy for the company whose line was due to close by the end of July.
(The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) Saturday 9 July 1864 p 3 Article.)