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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.
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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.)


On the 1st inst., at his residence, Thorngrove, Sydney-road, James Hearn, Esq., aged forty-six years: an old colonist, much respected ; leaving a widow and large family to deplore the loss of an affectionate husband and loving parent. (P.4,Argus, 2-9-1857.)

James Hearn of Mt. Martha and James Hearn north of Broadmeadows were one and the same! Lenore Frost said that W.J.T.(Big)Clarke died at Roseneath in Essendon,the property of his son-in-law,James Hearn. I presumed this James Hearn was the grantee of so much of the parish of Moorooduc but could not find any marital connection between him and a daughter of Big Clarke. Thorn Grove was granted to Big Clarke and might have been a wedding present to James Hearn. A page by Family Tree Circle's Tonkin may have uncovered the Hearn/Clarke family connection.

(PORTER Claude married Caroline HEARN 1878 - Family ...

Groom: Claude Robert PORTER.
Birth place recorded as Launceston.

Bride: Carolind Louisa HEARN.
Birth place recorded as Melbourne.

Year married: 1878.
Place: Victoria.

Claude died 1925 in Malvern East, victoria, aged 67 years.
Parents named as William PORTER and Mary Ann MAKEPEACE.

Birth Note.
Claude was born in Tasmania on 26 March 1857.
Parents named as William PORTER and Mary Ann MAKEPEACE.

Mary died 1913 in Hawthorn, Victoria, aged 62 years.
Parents named as James HEARN and Louisa CLARKE.

James HEARN and Louisa CLARKE had several children in Melbourne but I'm unable to find a baptism/birth for Caroline.

On the 3rd inst., at Thorngrove, by the Rev. M.Clarke, of Castlemaine, William Hann, eldest son of Joseph Hann, Esq., of Coolort Station, Western Port,to Mary Burge, eldest daughter of the late James Hearn, Esq., of Thorngrove, Yuroke. (P.4, Argus, 4-11-1859.)

The connections between the area north of Broadmeadows Township and the Mornington Peninsula keep on coming.
Ferdinand B.Hann owned Dunhelen,north of the Greenvale reservoir, not far from Thorngrove.
05 May 1903 - The Argus - p4
Mr. George Howat reports having sold by private contract, on account of the executor of the late F. B. Hann, part of the Dunhelen Estate, Broadmeadows, ...

Unreserved Sale of Valuable Freehold Property. In the Parishes of Will Will Rook, Mickleham, and Moorooduc. ,
DALMAHOY CAMPBELL and Co. have received instructions from the executors of the late James Hearn, Esq, to OFFER for SALE by PUBLIC AUCTION, at Kirk's Bazaar, Bourke-street west, on Thursday, the 19th December next, at eleven o'clock, Without reserve,
The following very valuable properties:-
Lot 1,
containing 805a. 2r. 22p, situate about 10 miles from Melbourne, on the old Sydney-road,bounded on the west by the said-road, on the north by Portion 6, parish of Euroke ; on the east by Portion 18, parish of Will Will Rook ; and on the south by part of Lot 15.This property is all securely fenced with a four-wire fence. About 30 acres have been cultivated, and the land is well wooded and watered. It is let to Mr. Stephen Toogood for five years from January, 1858, at 200 per annum.
Lot 2.
containing 476a, in the parish of Mickleham, situate about 20 miles from Melbourne, bounded on the west by the Broadmeadows-road, on the north by the property of Mr. John Hatly, on the east by the property of Captain Pearson, and on the south by the township of Mickleham. This property is securely fenced on the east with a
post-and rail and wire fence, with a brush fence on the south west, and north boundary lines. This land is also well wooded and watered, and is let to Mr.Robert Creely for two years from March last at 100 per annum.
Lot. 3,
containing 380a 3r, in the parish of Moorooduc, Mount Martha, situate about four miles from Schnapper Point, bounded on the west by a three-chain road, being the main road to the Heads ; on the north and east by Lots 29 and 16, and on the south by a one chain road leading down to Port Phillip Bay. This land is well grassed, and fenced in with a wire and rail fence.
Lot 4,
containing 1,260a. in the same parish, and adjoining the above property, upon which is erected good substantial slab house, with kitchen,store, &c. ; also a good stock-yard and garden. This property is entirely surrounded by roads, and is fenced in with a substantial three-rail fence.
Lot 5,
containing 1,305a. 3r, in the same parish, and bounded on the west by Port Philip Bay, to which it has a magnificent frontage ; on the north by Osborne Village reserve ; on the east by the main road from Schnapper Point to the heads; and on the south by a Government reserve.This lot is fenced in with a three-rail fence on the north, east, and south ; and is, together with the last mentioned properties, situate about 35 miles from
The auctioneers beg to draw particular attention to the sale of the above properties, as the executors have
decided on selling without reserve. The titles are unexceptionable, and the terms are unusually liberal, viz.-26 per cent cash; 25 per cent at six months; the remainder at the option of the purchaser, for three, five, or seven years, at 8 per cent. per annum. (P.2, Argus,23-11-1861, column 3 item 7.)

HEARN-CLARK.-On the 28th ult, at Lyndhurst,Brunswick, at the residence of the bride's brother-in-law, by the Rev. A. McVean, William Clarke Hearn, second son of the late James Hearn, Esq , of Thorn grove, to Elizabeth Anne, fourth daughter of the late Lieut Charles Griffin Clark, R.N. (P.4, Argus,2-8-1869.)

Read about Big Clarke and his residence,as he declined,at Roseneath. Read my journal:


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I came across this notice while researching Joseph Trotman and can only conclude that this body was formed as a result of Edmund Dunn's stand against the Melbourne Hunt.

My apologies for not correcting the digitisation. I will be making a few observations about some of the members listed below.

PAGE 3, ARGUS,4-8-1869.

Membors of the Council :
Robert M'Dougal, JP., Archibald M'Launn
Chairman Thomas Argus
Joslah Mitchell J. F. Boodie
Alexander Gibb, J P. William Anketoll, J P.,
Edmund Dunn | Honorary Secretary.
B. B Stevenson, J P.
Standing Counsel-The lion. Georgo Higinbotham,
Belicltor-O. B. Dickinson, Esq.
Members enrolled in Batch A :
Robert M'Dougal, Essendon and Keilor.
Joslah Mitchell, Royal Park Farm, Molbourne
Alexander Gibb, Campbellfield.
Edmund Dunn, Tullamarine.
J, F. Boadlo, Prospect-hill, Bundoora.
Kobert Jones, Box Forest, Will Will Rook.
Thomas Vaughan, Glenroy, Will Will Rook.
Thomas Saunders, Camena, Pentridge
James Banks, Moonco Fonds.
Joseph M'Intyro, .Moonco Ponds.
Richard Davis, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
William Richards, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
John Sadlier, Campbellfield, Woolert
Malcolm Ritchie, Gowrie Park Tullamarine.
JameB Robertson, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
William Smytho, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
John Tonkin, Somerton, Woolert
Thomas Bookless, Somerton, Yuroke
John Laldlay, Oaklands, Koilbundoora.
JfimtB Fox, Gatosido, Koilbundoora.
P. M'Forlan, Uppor Springfield, Koilbundoora.
1 Robert White, Floraville, Koilbundoora.
, George Cooper, Nonics Bank, Buudoora.
John Hamilton, Strathallan, Bundoora.
Willam Jones, Janefield, Kcllbundoora.
T. Crlghton, Prospect Tarm, Bundoora.
Joseph James, Brighton Nursery, South Brighton.
John Jolly, Gains hall, Bundoora.
James Jolly, Gains hall, Bundoora.
Joseph Mitchinson, Kilmorld Farm, Bundoora.
John M'Kinmie, Violet Form, Bundoora
Thomas Nixon, Springfield, Janefield.
John Creighton, Grcon-hill, Bundoora.
John Mann, Overton, Bundeera.
E. \\ y o tt, Hamsteod, Koilbundoora.
Thomas Dungate, Greon bank, Bundoora.
Jumes Sparke, Bundoora.
Hugh Henderson, Strathallan, Bundoora.
Francis Bell, Pentridge
Thomas Dunstan, Newlands, Pcntridgo,
W. J Vincent, Nowlands, Pentridge
William Oliver, Nowlands, Pentridge.
John Harris, Newlands, Pentridge
Calob Dunstan, Nowlands, Pontriuzo
John Roberts, Nowlands, Pontrigo.
Thomas Endersbco, Newlands, Pentridge
Torrcncc Dunn, Bollngbrooke, Pentridge.
Thomas Singleton, Boliugbrooko, Pentildgo,
William Ritchie, Moro'and rood, Pentridge
John Carron, Sydnoy-road, Pentrldgo.
Isaac Summons, Bell streot oast. Pentridge
Alcxnndor Camoron, Moreland-road, Pentridge
William Anketell, Allan bank, Peutrldge.
Robert Farrington, Moonee Ponds, Peutrldgo.
David Patullo, Craig bank, Bulla Bulla.
George Summcrvlllo, Campbellfield, Will Will
Jahn M'Kircher, Yuroko, Broadmeadows.
Alex. Lamont, Summer-hill, Morang.
Alex M'Lean, Society's Paddock, Northcote
John Cooper, Preston.
Jumes Burrow e, Greensborough.
John Marshnll, Thorton, Preatou.
Wm Scotlar.d, Greensborough.
Ucmv Lane, Gnrwoll, Preston.
Jos. B. Watson; Rosallo Farm. '
, Robert Hobson, Ulm nile, Heidelberg.
1 Messrs Watson nncl Patterson, Northcote.
Robert Blearer, Janefield,
William Cockell).
i Janies Woodmason, Cardlnor's Creek road.
Job Smith, Thornbury.
Edward Kdsell, Roso vale, Brighton.
Junes M'Meiknn and Co.
Samuel Mansfield, Tullamarine.
Jumes Sharp, Doutta Galla,
J, Trotman, Yuroko.
William Dewar,Tullamarine.
Thomas Dutton, Will Will Hook.
I James Robertson, Yuroko.
1 John Morgan, Koilbundoora.
i Alexander Young, Koilbundoora,
I ThomaB Argus, Kcllbundoora. .
1 Hay Lonio, Glonros, Campbellfield.
James Robertson, Aberfeldy, Moonco Ponds.
Mrs, E, Smith, Norwood, Doutta Galla,
Archibald M'Laurln, Frogmore, Oaulfiold.
William M-Millan, Brighton.
Themas Napier, Moonee Ponds, Essendon.
John W. Lobb, Brunswick.
John Grant, Seafield, Tullamarine
Donald M'ltao, Warlaby. Bulla Bulla.
i William KisBOck, Essendon.
! Janies Robertson, La Rose, Pentridge
I Thomas Oliver, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
I William Canning, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
1 Ooorge Shanks, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
I Thomas SbonkB, Glenroy, Will Will Rook.
I John Jukes, Box Forest, Will Will Rook.
Notice is hereby given, that all horsemen, whether under the pretence of hunting or otherwise, found
trespassing on the freeholds or leaseholds of the abovementioned Individuals after this notice, will be
prosecuted according to law.

In addition to the subscriptions of the members
enrolled In Batch A during the month of July, a con-
siderable sum of money was received, as donations,
frfcm parties warmly approving of the objects for
which the lcoguo has been instituted.
T Signed, by order of the oouficil,
ROBERT M'DOUGAL, Chairman. '
i WILLIAM ANKETELL, Don. Becretary.

My main aim here is to give a rough indication of the farms occupied by the pioneers within about 5 kilometres of Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows south of Kenny St.) This rough indication might be near the centre of the property or the co-ordinate in which the homestead name is shown. Except for properties along Pascoe Vale Rd near Broadmeadows Station, precise boundaries of farms can be provided if requested. Some genealogical information is also provided.


Robert McDougall had leased part of the Glenroy Estate (between today's Oak Park and Camp Rd), which he called "Cona", for about a decade before leasing (John) Aitken's Estate,section 8 Doutta Galla, between Cannes Ave. and Beatrice Ave on the south side of Buckley St (Melway 27 H4.) Sandy Smith of "Norwood" adjoining its north west corner,married his daughter whom he would have met during the decade or so that Robert spent here before buying Edward Wilson's Arundel (Melway 4 G11)near Keilor. Robert also bought Warlaby (Melway 384 J8.) See Victoria and its Metropolis.

The Port Phillip Farmers' Society and the Acclimatisation Society shared an interest in improving agriculture and eventually the government established a model farm near Oak St (Melway 29 C11) where various crops and methods could be trialled. I have written extensively about this but I have no idea in which journal*.

ALEXANDER GIBB. See James Robertson,Campbellfield.
Alexander Gibb was a builder and built his Meadowbank homestead (Glenlitta Ave. at Melway 7 D10). His brother James,a blacksmith, and James Robertson of Gowrie Park, had both married Coupar girls, making Alex. a brother in Law of James Robertson, for whom Alex. built the Gowrie Park homestead between Meadowbank and Box Forest near the Merlyston Creek. Both Houses are still standing. See BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY p.18 for photos of both homesteads. Alexander gave his son Alex.the second given name of Coupar and Gibb Reserve (Melway 7 A4)is named in honour of the municipal service given by both. Andrew Lemon was wrong in stating that James Robertson of Gowrie Park was a Keilor farmer. (See James Robertson of Campbellfield, Aberfeldy and La Rose.)
Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank, fronting Campbellfield road (now Camp Rd) was the northern half (320 acres)of section 5 Will Will Rook,the southern half, fronting today's Hilton St, being James Robertson's Gowrie/Gowrie Park.

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Although it is a quarter of a century since I transcribed Broadmeadows rate records,I remember the Jones family being among the few residents at Box Forest. This square mile, section 2 Will Will Rook (Melway 17 D4), was one of many parcels in Melbourne's north west granted to John Pascoe Fawkner. A great supporter of the yoeman farmer,he formed a land co-operative to enable the little man to buy a block of about 6 or seven acres. Many blocks were purchased by speculators however and in most of his subdivisions, blocks were consolidated by such as Paul Tate on Tullamarine Island, the Mansfields and Ritchies between McNabs Rd and Deep Creek,the Loves near Bulla Rd; the same happened at Box Forest.

Box Forest is between the Northern Golf Club and Fawkner Cemetery with Hilton St and Boundary Rd forming the north and south boundaries,the latter being the boundary between the parishes of Will Will Rook and Jika Jika to the south.

JONES.On the 25th inst., at Box Forest, Isabella,the beloved wife of Mr. William Jones, and daughter of Mr. George Sommerville, of Warrnambool, after a long and painful illness.(P.4, Argus,26-6-1861.)

George Somerville was back to his old stomping ground by 1869 and was one of the above members.

In 1849 George Sommerville built a property on Sydney Road in what is now Coburg (but was then known as Dry Creek, which was also known as Pentridge) and wanted to get a license to run it as a hotel. The license was refused but at the same time James Parslowe had the license of the Young Queen Hotel on Old Sydney Road at Pascoevale after the previous license holder, William Smith, was convicted of manslaughter in July 1847.

In October 1849 James Parslowe moved his license for the Young Queen Hotel at Pascoevale to George Sommerville's property in Coburg. Then in December 1849 the Young Queen Hotel license was transferred to George Sommerville from James Parslowe.

At the same license hearing on 5 December 1849, William Smith was again granted a license for the original Young Queen Hotel on Old Sydney Road at Pascoevale. So this meant that by the beginning of 1850 there were 2 Young Queen Hotels, one on Sydney Road Pentridge (Coburg) run by George Sommerville and one on Old Sydney Road Pascoevale ran by William Smith.
(1167 Sydney Rd, Coburg : Buildings and Architecture - Page 2 ... ... Buildings and Architecture)

The following members of the Somerville family are buried at the Will Will Rook Cemetery.

Only one member of the Jones family is recorded in the records and was obviously not a child of William and Isabella; perhaps Robert Jones was her father.

It is possible that this man was the same Thomas Vaughan who was fined for driving across a footpath in Melbourne in 1849. The Thomas Vaughan who died at (Corinella?)in 1884 could also have been the tenant on Glenroy who supported the election of his landlord,Donald Kennedy in 1856.The following notice is only included because the uncle,Robert Jones, might have been the Box Forest resident of 1869. It's a long shot!

VAUGHAN. In sorrowful remembrance of my father,Thomas Vaughan, who died at Cornella, June 19th,1884; also, of my uncle, Robert Jones, died June 28th, 1885; and my aunt Jane Jones, died July 1st, 1885, at Elizabeth-street, Melbourne. (Inserted by A. P. Vaughan.) (P.1, Argus, 2-7-1888.)

Another possible lead is an ANZAC born in North Melbourne to Thomas and Emily Vaughan of 37 Barwise St.

VAUGHAN. - On the 8th August, killed in action,at Gallipoli, Gunner Stanley Paul Vaughan, the beloved son of Thomas B. and Emily Vaughan, Salisbury Villa, Barwise street, North Melbourne, and brother of Willie, Isla, and Hazel;aged 21 years. (P.13,Argus,30-10-1915.)

Here's a third possible lead to the Thomas Vaughan of 1869.


Lillian was probably the daughter of Herbert Vaughan of 101 acres at the south corner of Bulla Rd and Grants Rd
(Melway 5 C7) that had been Spier's and Bill Ellis later called "Ecclesfield".I have found no link between Thomas and Herbert but the similarity between Lily and Lilian is interesting. William could be a brother of Thomas of 1869 and the Thomas Vaughan born in roughly 1847 could be a son of William or Thomas.

T.Vaughan, Broadmeadows won second prize for three year old entire horse in the Port Phillip Farmers' Show in 1865. (P.6, Argus,13-10-1865.)

This seems to be a definite! It looks as if lost Vaughan as a surname and gained Vaughan as an address!

MIDDLETON-VAUGHAN.-On the 4th inst., by licence, at St. Paul's Church, Broadmeadows, near Melbourne, by the Rev. J. B. Stair, James Philpott Middleton, of Vaughan, late of London, to Harriet,eldest daughter of Thomas Vaughan, Esq., of Broadmeadows, late of Kent. (P.2,Argus,16-9-1865.)

Thanks to Beryl Patullo for correcting this text too.

A meeting of the farmers bringing hay and other produce to the Melbourne market was held yesterday, at the Paddington Hotel,Eastern Market. It was well attended, and Mr.Kirk was voted to the chair. The following resolutions were carried unanimously :
Proposed by Mr. DUTTON, and seconded by Mr. BOND- "That the Melbourne Corporation be petitioned to reduce tho market dues, and weighing of hay and other produce, by one-half; and that Messrs. Cochran, Jones, Dunn,Dewar, Kernan, Loman, Grant, Trotman,Laurence, Kirk, and Dutton be nominated to wait upon the corporation in reference to the above."
Proposed by Mr. VAUGHAN, and seconded by Mr. KIRK "That the Flemington Town Council and Broadmeadows Road Board be applied to to reduce the tolls at Flemington and Deep Creek to the same rate as charged at
the St. Kilda toll-gate (viz., 6d. per dray),and that Messrs. Carson, Darmody, Loeman,Kernan, Sommers, Trotman, Kirk, Gibb,Somerville, Bond, Smith, Dewar, John McKerchar, A. McNab, - Whelan, and T.Smith be appointed to wait on the said bodies on the subject." (P.5, Argus,2-7-1867.)

In ploughing contests of 1877 and 1878,T.Vaughan was described as a resident of Campbellfield.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 June 1877 p 3 Article
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 25 May 1878 p 8 Article

A bit of a mystery, our Mr Thomas Vaughan! Time to give up.

At this time Malcolm Ritchie was involved in three properties,Gowrie Park (Melway 4 K4),Aucholzie (4 D5) and Overpostle (3 K4). Malcolm married a daughter of Donald Gray of Bellno (horseshoe bend in 4 A2 and east to about gate 11 on the north side of Mansfields Rd) and his daughter married James Robertson Jnr of Upper Keilor (2 K7) and Aberfeldie.

James Robertson's farm, the southern half (320 acres)of section 5, Will Will Rook,fronted Hilton St and was known as Gowrie or Gowrie Park. It should not be confused with the 560 acre majority of section 14 Tullamarine (Thompson and Duncan, Ritchie, James Lane) that contains much of Melbourne Airport. It adjoined Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank to the north and Fawkner's Box Forest to the south. The Gowrie railway station (Melway 17G1) is actually east of Gowrie, whose south east corner is occupied by the Fairleigh St houses. No link with James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton)has been found but the later was more likely linked to the Gowrie Robertsons than those on Upper Keilor/Aberfeldie or La Rose/ Trinifour.

James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton in 1868) and John Robertson (Craigieburn area 1880's) might have been related to James Robertson of Gowrie. The author of the following seems to know the names of the latter's children.

Ann Coupar - Electric Scotland

Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (R)
Robertson, James and Ann

On 4 June 1841 James Robertson and his wife Ann, nee Coupar, stood together on the deck of the emigrant ship INDIA and watched as Greenock, the Scottish port from which they had embarked, receded into the distance. The couple had been married in Errol, Perthshire on 9 February 1839. Their two months' old baby, Agnes, born on 5 April 1841, travelled with them as did Ann's sister Betsy and her husband Alexander Gibb.

The description of the horrendous voyage of the 'India' cannot be better told than by visiting the INDIA website at : [note the few paragraphs on James and Ann Robertson on this site.]

Once you have read that let me tell you something of these amazing pioneers, my G G Grandparents.

The Robertson and Coupar families were natives of Errol, Perthshire, a village close to the Firth of Tay and below a range of hills known as the Carse of Gowrie.

James Robertson was the eldest son of James Robertson, blacksmith, and his wife Helen Sandeman who were married at Errol on 21 June 1807. James was born in 1808. There were eight other children.

Ann Coupar, James' wife, was christened in Perth on 11 December 1814 and her parents were John and Ann Coupar (sometimes Mary Ann) who were married in 1808. Other Coupar children were born in Errol, which was probably Ann's birthplace.

In 1854 a tombstone was erected in the Errol graveyard two years after Helen Robertson nee Sandeman died in 1852. Her sons 'James, John and Alexander Robertson, now in Australia' were responsible, and it reads:

"To the memory of their father James Robertson, late blacksmith in Errol who died 4th August 1845 aged 64 years and their mother Helen Sandeman who died 9th April 1852 aged 58 years. Also their four sisters - Mary who died in infancy, Jane who died 22nd July 1842 aged 30 years. Elizabeth, 24th February 1847 aged 37 years. Catherine 6th March 1853, aged 33 years."

Engraved below this at a later time was engraved the words 'The above Alexr. Robertson died in N.S.Wales 10th Oct. 1873 aged 46 years.' (It is still there, check it out if your in the area.)

At the time James left Scotland in 1841 both his parents and the three sisters mentioned were alive, and it is easy to imagine how cut off he and his brothers John and Alexander 'now in Australia' must have felt when they learnt of their deaths.

It seems likely that James was the first of the brothers to emigrate. His brother John - born in Errol in 1823 - married Margaret Stewart in Dundee in 1851 and followed suit in the next couple of years. He was also a blacksmith. Alexander, born at Errol in 1827, remained unmarried. His date of emigration is unknown but he became a mining engineer at the Young goldfields in New South Wales, and was killed in 1873 after falling down a mine shaft. (Not an uncommon accident in the black of night and after a few pots.)

In Australia at last Robertson and Gibb became partners as blacksmith and wheelwright respectively 10 miles north of Melbourne on the Sydney Road. (A wise move as all travellers, then as now, know that the first ten miles are the most testing for the newly arrived and if things are going to go wrong with the horse and cart it'll happen in the first few miles out.)

The partnership prospered and by 1848 they were able to purchase 640 acres of land nearby. They divided the land and both built 'grand' homes in the Scottish style. James called his home GOWRIE PARK and Gibb called his Meadowbank. (Memories of back home?)

Initially the land was the runt of the group of plots that originally were ignored when they were offered for sale in 1842 but these hardy gentlemen and their wives managed to clear the land and begin their farming. The men carried on with the smithy which was just as well as the Gold Rush started in 1851. Because of this James was able to build the very substantial bluestone home that still stands to this day.

James ran the farm with his children till 1872 when he leased the property because he was becoming too old for the work and the eight children were obviously not keen in inheriting the tradition.

Ann died of dysentery in 1872 at the age of 58 years.
What a life. What a woman!
James finally succumbed in 1888 aged 80 years. At the time of his death his assets were 46,434 pounds!!!!


If there are persons out there who, having read these accounts, believe they are related to the Robertson, Sandeman and Coupar families of Errol I would be interested to hear from them. There is so much more to tell of the Robertson's of Gowrie Park, Victoria, Austalia.
Conact me at [email protected]

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*James had moved to Albert Park.
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.
(**Waggarandall is on the Benalla-Tocumwal road and south west of Tungamah.)

THE Friends of the late JAMES ROBERTSON,Esq. (late of Gowrie-park, and also of No. 6 Bridport-street, Albert-park) are most respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Campbellfield General Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from the Broadmeadows railway station, to-morrow (Tuesday, the
31st), at 2 o'clock punctually. (P.1,Argus,1888.)

***Mary Betsy Ann's last journey was a long one!

ROBERTSON The friends of the late JAMES ROBERTSON, of "Gowrie-park," Campbellfield are respectfully requested to follow the remains of his youngest daughter Mary to the place of interment, the Campbellfield Cemetery.
The funeral will leave the residence of her sister,Mrs D Stewart,"Marroo," Dandenong, on Thursday 14th inst,, at 9.15 a.m., for Dandenong railway station, to proceed by the 10.10 a.m. train. Melbourne friends can join 12.10 p.m. train at Flinders Street station, arriving at Campbellfield about 1 p.m. Return train leaves Campbellfield at 5.19 p.m. (P.1, Argus, 13-3-1901- also death notice.)
JAMES GARNER Undertaker Dandenong.

ROBERTSON.On the 4th November, at Athol, Kendal street, Coburg (suddenly), John Coupar Robertson, the beloved husband of Kate Robertson, and loving father of Norman, the Rev.J. K. Robertson (North Melbourne), Ernest
(New Hebrides), Douglas, Amy (Mrs. A. C.McAdam), Kate Kirkland (Mrs. V. Duncan), Muriel, Melrose, Nancy, Agnes, and Jean ; eldest son of the late James Robertson, Gowrie Park,Campbellfield, in his 79th year; a Presbyterian home missionary for 25 years. (P.17,Argus, 10-11-1923.)

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.)

It can be assumed with fair certainty that D.J.Robertson, who had established a property called "Gowrie Park" at Bena in Gippsland, was a brother of John Coupar Robertson. His severely ill wife Mary (nee Law)was obviously being cared for by her sister-in-law, Mrs D Stewart,"Marroo," Dandenong.

ROBERTSON.On the 2[...] mber, at the resi-.~-"Tr'ef'r>yv41Ttvr - it-ttr.i<*Mf,rav-'m-iAfiV;1
"Maroo," Dandenong, Mary (nee Law), the beloved wife of D. J. Robertson, of Gowrie-park, Bena, South Gippsland, after a severe illness.(P.1, Argus, 29-11-1910.)

Another brother was Alexander.
ROBERTSON. On the 24th June at Gowrie 2 Louisa Street Brunswick, Alexander, son of the late James Robertson of Gowrie Park,Campbellfield, aged 83 years.
The friends of ALEXANDER ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the New Melbourne Cemetery.The funeral will leave the residence of his nephew(Mr Norman Robertson), Gowrie, No 2 Louisa street, Brunswick East, THIS DAY (Tuesday June 25th) at 3.30 pm. (Both P.1, Argus,25-6-1935.)

G.66. Broadmeadows rate records reveal the following occupants of Gowrie Park.
1863. James Robertson,320 acres, "Gowrie Park", (net annual value 144 pounds- as for Gibb's.)
1879-80. No 320 acre property at Campbellfield but a James Robertson had 217 acres at Somerton.
1899-1900. 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.
1920-1. Robert Lewis**,trainer,owns the 317 acre "Gowrie."

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.)
**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.)

James Robertson and his wife are buried next to the Gibbs in the easternmost row at the Will Will Rook Cemetery. There is another Robertson plot on the other side of the recently (2014) restored grave of John Murray Peck and family.(P.S. I seem to have transcribed the death of James Robertson on 20-1-1901 at the age of 75. Could this be a brother of John Coupar, Alexander and D.C.Robertson of Bena?)

G.18-20 The GIBB entry in DHOTAMA, information supplied by Deidre Farfor, a descendant of the unrelated Robertson family of Upper Keilor which Andrew Lemon (BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY) thought was involved with Alexander Gibb at Campbellfield (i.e. James Robertson,a Keilor farmer.) Compare her story with that supplied by Alex. Robertson at the start of this entry. If there are any mistakes, they result from my misinterpretation of Deidre's notes.

Alexander Gibb arrived in 1841 aboard the Grindley with his wife, Betsy, after a traumatic voyage.They had left Greenoch in the India but it caught fire near Rio de Janiero. James Robertson and his wife, Ann (nee Coupar),who were married at Errol in Perthshire in 1839,also arrived on the Grindley in 1841,their daughter,Ann being only 3 months old when they commenced the voyage.

James Gibb's wife, Betsy was a sister of James Robertson's wife, Ann (nee Coupar.) James Gibb's wife, Betsy was a sister of James Robertson's wife, Ann (nee Coupar.)


Thomas Bookless had been at North Melbourne in 1861, probably operating a carrying business but by 1869 was leasing a farm on the new Sydney road 13 miles from Melbourne. This would have been near Patullo's Rd which I think was called the Thirteen Mile Lane By 1871, his lease had ended and he had a clearing sale which indicated that his Clydesdales were of good pedigree and that he milked seven cows.(P.2, Argus,28-2-1871.)

Thomas and his brother (John?) obviously knew a thing or two about farming but in 1868,their profit went up in flames. George Bookless of Somerton had won a prize at the National Show of Stock and Implements at Castlemaine in 1865 for the best draught horse, any age.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 17 November 1865 p 5 Article)
T.and J.Bookless had won second prize in the same category in the Port Phillip Farmers' Society Show just a month earlier.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 13 October 1865 p 6 Article)

The district coroner held an inquest at Somerton, on Friday, as to the origin of a fire which destroyed two haystacks on the farm of Messrs. Bookless Brothers on the morning of the 8th inst. The stacks contained oaten hay, and one of them, consisting of 300 tons of hay two years old, was valued at about 1,800 ;the other, containing 200 tons of last year's hay, was valued at about 1,000. They were both utterly destroyed, and as they were not insured, the whole of the loss fell on the owners. The stacks were all right at ten o'clock on the previous night, but were found in flames at half-past four the next morning. There seemed to be no means of explaining how the fire could have arisen accidentally,and a match-box, from which only one or two matches had been taken, and which was picked up near the stacks after tho fire, suggested a different origin. The jury found that there was no evidence to show how the fire originated, but they believed that it had been wilfully caused. (P.5, Argus,27-4-1868.)

BOOKLESS.--In memory of my mother, Mary Bookless, who died at Parkville October 21,1902, aged 68 years; also her infant daughter, who died at Somerton, October 21, 1866, aged 10 months. A.C.
(P.1, Argus,21-10-1903.)

Thomas Bookless probably returned to the city and was supporting George Coppin in Melbourne Province in 1889. The death notice of Mary,his wife, reveals that they had moved to Drouin. Mary must have been staying with her daughter (A.C.) at Parkville.

BOOKLESS.-On the 21st October, at 86 Gatehouse-street, Parkville, Mary, the beloved wife of Thomas Bookless, of Drouin, Gippsland, aged 68 years. (P.1, Argus,22-10-1902.)

BOOKLESS.-On the 10th September, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. M. Crinnion, 20 South-street, Ascotvale, Thomas, the beloved father of Mrs. M. Crinnion, aged 75 years.(P.1, Argus,12-9-1910.)(TEXT CORRECTED BY BEZZA2*!)

It is possible that Mrs M.Crinnion was the A.C. of Gatehouse St in the "in Memory" notice of 1903.If I remember correctly the Crinnion brothers took over William Eastwood's hay and corn store on the north side of South St between East St and Mt Alexander Rd. Much more about the Crinnions in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA or SOME FARMS IN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS or perhaps both. Priscilla Crinnion of South St still fondly remembered her grandparents,Thomas and Mary Bookless in 1923. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 10 September 1923 p 1 Family Notices)

(*Bezza2 and Elaine Brogan are stalwarts of the Friends of the Will Will Rook Cemetery. This reminds me of one of the few surviving gravestones 25 years ago. It was easy to read but made me sad. Thomas and Mary's daughter,Mary Jane,who married Phillip BELTON, and as a widow died accidentally in 1941 is buried at Carlton.(P.4,Argus,8-10-1941.) Someone has saved me having to transcribe the Will Will Rook gravestone. 1866, 1867 and 1868 is what made me sad.

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FRANCIS BELL., Pentridge.
In BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, which I haven't seen for over 20 years, Richard Broome stated that Bell St.was so-named because of Bell Manor, which I seem to recall was built by a Mr Bell*. The house is said to be built in 1867, at which time Francis was living at Pentridge (soon to be renamed Coburg)but I have found no connection between Francis and the house. Perhaps locals later started referring to Bannockburn House as Bell manor.

*My memory sometimes leads me astray but it's pretty reliable. This is from the City of Moreland Thematic History 2010, page 36.
Bell Street
Coburgs Bell Street emerged as an east-west road
along a property boundary, and can be seen on Hams
map of 1853.95 The boundary became a road reservation
by 1855, as shown on a map of this date published by
de Gruchy, and was gazetted in 1857. 96 Originally known
as the Heidelberg and Pentridge Road, it was five miles
from Melbourne and stretched five miles between the
village reserves of Heidelberg and Pentridge. Its name
derived from Francis Bell, a local pioneer who lived on a
property called Bell Manor. The road initially served little
transport purpose, particularly at its western end at the
Moonee Ponds Creek escarpment, which it was extended
to in 1861 after land was donated by landowner James
Robertson.97 However, it had no connection across the
creek until 1960 when it was extended to Pascoe Vale
Road. Earlier commuters would turn off Bell Street at its
intersection with Melville Road and travel down Reynard
Street to cross the creek at La Rose Bridge, a timber
bridge erected in 1862.98

Francis was involved with many projects in early Melbourne. See my journal:

FERGUSON-On the 4th May at Bell Manor Coburg, James Ferguson, aged 67 years. (P.9, Argus, 4-5-1900.)

Francis Bell was the engineer for the private railway to Essendon and the advertisement contains a letter from him concerning the course it would take.

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.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 15 November 1858 p 8 Advertising)

BELL. On the 27th inst., at Hawthorne, the wife of Francis Bell, Esq., C.E., of a son.(P.4,Argus,29-6-1859.)
BRUCE.On the 11th January, on board the London,Mr. Allan Bruce, of Mount-park, Greenock, Scotland, and brother of Mr. Alexander Bruce, Toorak,and Mrs. Francis Bell, Bannockburn-house, Pentridge. (P.4,Argus,20-3-1866.)
BELL.-On the 21st Inst., at Bannockburn House,Pentridge, Mrs. Francis Bell of a son.(P.4, Argus,23-4-1867.)

David Patullo started off near Donnybrook and must have been close to being the first Victorian to find gold. Much information about Craigbank can be found in the WILLOWBANK entry in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal. Craigbank was crown allotment 2,section 6,parish of Bulla Bulla,David's homestead being at Melway 384 C10. David also owned "Airey's" (177 B-E 1-2). His sons dispersed to many parts but some to the area near Patullo's Lane east of Ruthvenfield (Roxburgh Park.) David might have bought Craigbank with the proceeds of the yellow stuff that all his mates laughed at. See VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS. Beryl Patullo,one of the stalwart Friends of Will Will Rook Cemetery is helping me to locate William Canning's 200 acres at Somerton in 1863 by pinpointing the locations of some early buildings:"Two frontages to the New Sydney road, bounded on the north by the National School and Methodist Chapel ; on the south by the Royal Mail and Somerton Hotels".

The land at the north west corner of today's Somerton and Mickleham Rds was jointly granted to John and Donald McKerchar. John's farm (178 G4) was the western portion which he called "Greenvale." He was the prime mover in getting what became State School 890. There was already a Yuroke school so it was decided to name the school after John's farm. The new Greenvale school on Hughie Williamson's Dunvegan (178 K 8-9)retains the original number. Donald called his farm,which fronted Mickleham Rd to the first slight bend in the middle of 178 K3, "Greenan". The boundary between Greenvale and Greenan was opposite the original eastern boundary of the school ground, exactly 5 chains (100 metres) east of the section Rd corner. (Anyone care to check this outrageous claim with a trundle wheel?) The south west corner of John's "Greenvale" was 7790 links (1558 metres) west of Mickleham Rd.
GREENVALE: LINKS WITH THE PAST by Annette Davis (now Ferguson)gives much information about the McKerchar family. Donald married a McNab girl and no doubt received a descendant of Oakbank Annie (prized Ayrshire cow) as a wedding present. The Greenvale book has now been published and should be available from local libraries.

Samuel Mansfield's land in 1869 was probably the middle 52 acre portion (east part of Melway 15 J2) of what was known to all Tullamarine pioneering families as Mansfield's Triangle (bounded by today's Broadmeadows Rd, Melrose Drive and Caterpillar Drive/Sharps Rd.) Sam eventually bought the 11 acres owned by Edmund Bale (roughly the area north of Sycamore Ave)and the southern 26 acres whose north east corner is where the Ring Road crosses Melrose Drive. (Measurements from land title memorials.) Sam's homestead was on the site of the telecom building in Melrose Drive just north of the Carol Grove corner.

Section 21 Doutta Galla was bounded by a southern extension of the line of Broadmeadows Rd, an eastern extension of the line of Keilor Park's Spence St,a line from Collinson St to the northern end of Fosters Rd(now Keilor Park Drive) and Sharps Rd. This square mile and section 3 Tullamarine due north were granted to William Foster. In 1860, Maurice Crotty started leasing 21 D.G.and in 1867 his wife (nee McCormack) wrote that part of their farm had been sold. The buyer was James Sharp,who in 1863 had been leasing land,probably part of "Chandos". (Broadmeadows Rates.)

James Sharp called his farm "Hillside" and he and his wife lived there until their deaths. As they grew older,they leased most of the land to farmers such as Michael Reddan (circa 1928 when the Albion-Jacana line was being built-source: Joe Crotty), and George Dalley (source: MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952,George Lloyd.)

SHARP. On the 6th December, at his late residence, "Hillside," Tullamarine, James Sharp,beloved husband of Mary Sharp, aged 87 years. A colonist of 63 years. (P.1, Argus,7-12-1916.)

SHARP -On the 14?th April, at her residence, "Hillside Tullamarine, Mary Sharp, relict of the late James Sharp, aged 93? years.(P.1, Argus,8-4-1920.)

In about 1943, R.S.(Joe or "Butcher") Thomas and his wife Edie moved onto Hillside and Joe renovated and extended the homestead,using granite from James Sharp's kitchen to erect gate pillars at the entrance of the farm which they called Carinya Park,the name emblazoned on the iron gates. They became prime movers of the Tullamarine Progress Association with Walter Murphy, (following Alec Rasmussen's retirement as secretary after 30 years) and ran picture shows in their barn to raise money for a Tullamarine hall (which due to Leo Dineen's negotiating skills was eventually built on the Leo Dineen Reserve at Spring St.) Edie played a vital role in getting a kindergarten for Tullamarine. Cake stalls and Gala Days raised good money but the paper drives were the real money spinners. Without Noel Grist's furniture truck and Edie's hayband (twine) they would have been impossible.

A family tragedy occurred in 1947. Joe and Edie were so distraught that somebody else must have submitted the three death notices; somebody who didn't know the correct spelling of Sharps Rd and the little tyke's name. An obituary in a Footcray area* paper, which mentioned Barrie's little (saddlex)jockey cap and whip being buried with him, got it right however.

(*OBITUARY Master Barrie Raymond Thomas
Sunshine Advocate (Vic. : 1924 - 1954) Friday 21 November 1947 p 1 Article)

Barrie Road (15 H3 to G5) gives a good indication of the 133 acres that James Sharp purchased in 1867 except that the plans for Airport Drive stopped it going to the southern boundary (an extension west of the Victory/ Halsey St midline.) Thomas St was probably later part of the eastern boundary of Carinya Park.

THOMAS.-On November 16 at his parents' residence, Sharpes road, Tullamarine,Barry Raymond, dearly loved youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Thomas, and loved brother of Cecil, aged 4 years and 7 months. -A little sufferer, in God's care.

The heritage study examined in the second journal correctly states that William and Kezia Trotman were original purchasers, as members of John Pascoe Fawkner's land cooperative of land in 13A Tullamarine (roughly just south of the east west runway in Melway 4 G3) but, WRONGLY, that the family moved to Springvale. They moved "SPRINGFIELD" on the north east corner of Somerton and Mickleham Rds,just across the latter road from Donald McKerchar's "Greenan".

TROTMAN.---On the 5th inst., at his residence, Springfield Farm, Broadmeadows, Enoch, second son of the late William Trotman, of Bulla Bulla aged twenty-six. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.

By March,1872,Joseph Trotman was farming "Glenarthur", the next property east,which is now the western half of the Greenvale Reservoir. It's an each way bet whether Joseph Trotman's property in 1869 was Springfield or Glenarthur. In my efforts to determine which one Joseph was on in 1869,I've found proof of a theory that I've held for three years about James Hearn of "Thorngrove" and James Hearn of Mt Martha so the search has been abandoned.

From Page D43 of my DHOTAMA.
By 1888 when VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS was published, William Dewar had retired to Essendon. A native of Aberdeen, he worked for Riddell and Hamilton at Gisborne for three years after arriving in 1841 before renting land near Broadmeadows and then buying Glendewar. He was a Bulla Shire councillor for six years and after 41 years near Broadmeadows had retired a year and a half ago.

Riddell and Hamilton advertised their Camieston Estate at Tullamarine in the early 1850's and William bought Glendewar, which comprised much of the 713 acre section 15 Tullamarine, other portions being bought by John Mansfield (80 acres now occupied by the Melbourne Airport terminal building), William Peter (the northern 123 acres of his "Chandos" and a total of 103 acres in William Love's wedge shaped purchase adjoining Glendewar and Charles Nash's "Fairview" across Victoria St (to Wright St) (Melway 5 F-G, 6-7 roughly.)

William's original purchase (volume 46 folio 466) consisted of 377 acres 2 roods and 6 perches so he later added about another 27 acres. The farm was between Bulla Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek, with its north west corner at about Melway 5C3 and its south east corner being at the middle of the bottom of 5 E7 and about 80% of the Cleanaway tip being within its north east corner.

James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton in 1868) and John Robertson (Craigieburn area 1880's) might have been related to James Robertson of Gowrie. See the Craigieburn Historical Interest Group's page:
1800's Craigieburn's.htm

Yvonne Kernan or some of the other members of the group may be able to supply further details.

Robertson, James
b. 1827 Kinross Shire Scotland
d. 20 Jan 1901 Campbellfield Victoria
Gender: Male
Father: Robertson, John
Mother: Miller, Janet
Marriage: 1866
Spouse: Langford, Elizabeth
Robertson, John Thomas
Robertson, Janet Annie
Robertson, Alexander William
Robertson, Elizabeth Emma
Robertson, James Charles
Robertson, Walter Horatio
Robertson, Florence Adeline
Robertson, Frederick Langford
Robertson, Victoria May
Robertson, Albert Victor
Marriage: 1854
Spouse: Langford, Sarah
b. 1837 Hyde Cheshire England
d. 11 Feb 1861 Ballarat Victoria
Gender: Female
Father: Langford, Samuel
Mother: Brown, Mary Ann
Robertson, Mary Jane Ann
Robertson, Janet
(Genealogy Data Page 1872 (Family Pages)

LANGFORD.On the 29th inst., at the residence of his son-in-law Mr James Robertson, Somerton, Thomas the beloved husband of Grace Langford, late postmaster of Loddonvale, aged 82 years. A colonist of 48 years.
(P.1, Argus, 30-1-1890.)

THE Friends of Mr. JAMES ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late beloved father in law Mr. Thomas Langford, to the place of interment, the Campbellfield Cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence Somerton TOMORROW (Friday the 31st inst) at 1 o'clock. (As above.)

LANGFORD.In loving remembrance of our dear mother, Grace Langford, who died on 14th November, 1893 at Loddon-vale. (Inserted by Elizabeth Robertson and Emma Manson.) (P.1, Argus,15-11-1899.)

Beryl Patullo told me, "Both Thomas & Grace Langford are buried in WWR. also their daughter Elizabeth and husband James Robertson who had "Kinross" Craigieburn parents unknown on death reg. Elizabeth first married a Blennergassett age 15yrs abt he died 1860 and she married Robertson 1866 #2767.wwr info also mentions Gowrie Park John Thomas the JP was their son. died Essendon."

ZIEBELL-ROBERTSON-On the 14th November,at the residence of the brides parents by the Rev. G. Carson, Charles E B Ziebell, son of the late C. Ziebell of Somerton to Janet Annie(Queenie) eldest daughter ofJames Robertson
of Kinross, Craigieburn. (P.1, Argus, 10-1-1901.)

ROBERTSON.In loving memory of James Robertson, who died at "Kinross," Craigieburn, 20th January, 1901. (Inserted by his wife and family.) P.1, Argus, 20-1-1905.

CLIFFROBERTSON.On the 10th September, at Craigieburn, by the Rev. J. McNeilage, Herbert James, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff, of "Yarborough," Craigieburn, to Victoria May, youngest daughter of Mrs. Robertson and the late James Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn.(P.1, Argus,12-11-1913.)

RORERTSON-PEARSON.-On the 10th April, 1910,at Presbyterian Church, Coburg, by the Rev. John Mathew, M.A., B.D , James Charles Robertson, son of the late James Robertson and Mrs.Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn, to Ethel
Agnes, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.Pearson, of Campbellfield.(P.13, Argus,24-5-1919.)

UNRESERVED CLEARING SALE, At "KINROSS," CRAIGIEBURN. By Order of Mr.J. T. Robertson, Executor of James Robertson, Deceased. ADAMSON,STRETTLE, AND CO. PTY. LTD. having sold the property, will SELL by AUCTION,
as above, All the dairy cattle, horses, machinery, working-plant, mid. furniture. Detailed particulars will appear in next Saturday's issue. (P.4, Argus, 4-10-1919.)

ROBERTSON.On the 20th February, at private hospital, East Melbourne, John Thomas Robertson, J.P., eldest son of the late James and Elizabeth Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn, and loving brother of E.E., J.C., and E.A., A.V., and M. (Interred privately Will Will Rook Cemetery, Campbellfield, on 22nd.) A patient sufferer at rest.
ROBERTSON.A loving tribute to the memory of our esteemed friend, John Thomas Robertson,J.P., late of "Kinross," Craigieburn, who passed peacefully away at private hospital, East Melbourne, on February 20. Mr. and Mrs. J. W.Pearson and family, Essendon. (P.13, Argus,26-2-1921.)

ROBERTSON.-On October 31, at East Malvern, Elizabeth Emma (Cis), loved daughter of the late James and Elizabeth
Robertson, loving sister of John (deceased),Will (deceased), Annie (Mrs. Ziebell), Charlie,Vic, (Mrs. Cliff), Florrie, and Bert, late of Kinross, Craigieburn. -A patient sufferer. (P.2, Argus, 14-11-1942.)

AUCTION KINROSS CRAIGIEBURN Mon April 2 on the property at 11 o clock a/c Mr R.J.Condon ATTRACTIVE & WELL
IMPROVED FARM , 222 AC. Good home, sheds, stables and trotting track. (P.24, Argus, 24-3-1951.)

The evidence below perfectly illustrates the exact land that Hay Lonie was occupying in 1871 and presumably in 1869 when he joined the League. That is,if you are looking at the sale plan for the Glenroy Estate in 1874 which can be seen on page 78 of BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY. I will continue my explanation of the locations of Hay's two parcels of land after Mr Lawes' description of the affected farms below. Note that Pascoe Vale Rd was still being called the Sydney-road two decades after the new Sydney road was extended past the Pentridge Gaol. All the farms described were on the east side of Pascoe Vale Rd.

(Peter McCracken,) Cross-examined by Mr. Webb.-The 50 per cent, for compulsory taking was the verdict of a jury, which was given for a lump sum, but he understood that the agreement, as he had stated it, had been come to beforehand. Regarded the present value of Lonie's farm in the Glenroy estate as higher than that of Cochrane's farm, though the latter was nearer Melbourne, because of the convenience of access.

(Evander McIver said he) Would allow 35s. per acre as compensation for severance in Cochrane's and Shanks' farms, 17s.per acre in Lonie's farm in the Glenroy estate, and 1 per acre in the Ruthven estate.
(P.6, Argus, 18-7-1871.)

Mr Lawes gave a far better idea of the location of the various farms:
The two estates consisted of four blocks, all fronting the Sydney-road. The first and nearest to Melbourne was of 664* acres, let to Mr.Cochrane ; the next was of 358 acres,, let to Mr. Stranks, and the next was of 390
acres, let to Mr. Lonie. This completed the Glenroy Estate, and next but one to it further northward (the intervening block being in other hands) was the Ruthven Estate of 402 acres, also let to Mr. Lonie.
(P.7,Argus, 13-7-1871.)

The first farm (lots 4 and 5), with Rhodes Pde. as its southern boundary, was occupied by M.J.C.Cochrane and totalled 599 acres 0 roods 31 perches. Mr Lawes' estimate of 664 acres was too high, about 620 acres being more realistic because only about 15 acres was required for the railway or cut off by it.

Lot 3, Bayview Farm of 344 acres 3 roods and 6 perches ,was occupied by Thomas Stranks and had also been overestimated by Mr Lawes because the line and cut-off area would only amount to six acres,making the original farm 350 acres,not 358.

Lot 2, Pasture Hill Farm, of 383 acres was being leased by John Kerr in 1874,Hay Lonie probably having moved to the farm (somewhere near Thorngrove if I remember correctly)mentioned in the journal I wrote about him. Kerr bought Pasture Hill and Bayview Farm at the sale. Mr Lawes' estimate was fairly close this time.

Hay Lonie's farm on the Glenroy Estate was thus from Bicknell Court/Bindi St north to Camp Rd.

Across Camp Rd was section 11 Will Will Rook. Both the road and railway line veer sharply to the right and 746 metres to the north meet the western boundary of section 11 which they follow due magnetic north. Alexander Gibb was granted 11A which shares the Camp Rd frontage with the Will Will Rook cemetery. Both went north 2000 links (400 metres) to the back fence line of blocks on the north side of Kitchener St.

North of this line was LOT 1, 11B, Will Will Rook,Angus and George C.Cameron's RUTHVEN ESTATE. (Donald Cameron called his grant which comprised most of Roxburgh Park "Stony Field" but the family renamed it Ruthvenfield before Thomas Brunton gave it the present name. Be careful not to confuse the Camerons' RUTHVEN with their RUTHVENFIELD.)The Ruthven estate consisted of 403 acres so Mr Lawes was one acre under this time. This was Hay Lonie's second farm and it extended north to a line joining the Phillip St/ Koroit Ave midline to the northwest corner of the Northcorp Industry Park.

Hay Lonie was primarily a dairy farmer so his main concern would have been that the hunters might traumatise the cows,affecting their milk production, and trample fodder crops. He later purchased Camp Hill at Tullamarine and Lochton at Bulla which he owned for some time before moving much farther north.

The writer of the article about the origins of the names of Melbourne's suburbs has done a good job but I will be adding information about some of the suburbs.
James Robertson bought Crown land in the area in 1845 and called his home by the Scottish name Aberfeldie, which later became the name of the suburb.

James Robertson (one of three unrelated pioneers before 1850 with that name at Campbellfield, Pascoe Vale South and Keilor),established "Upper Keilor" whose homestead remains near the Keilor Public Golf Course. When he died, his son, James, inherited the land near the Maribyrnong River, known as "Spring Hill" which had been leased for some time by Dugald McPhail who organised the area's first Presbyterian services there. Another son, Francis, inherited land north of Braybrook road (Buckley St) on the west side of McCracken St and adjoining Hoffman's Butzbach, calling it Mar Lodge. James Jnr. stayed on at Upper Keilor until his mother died and then built the mansion that gave Aberfeldie its name.

I thought that my information about James Robertson Jnr not moving to Aberfeldie until after his mother, Margaret Robertson, died was wrong when I read Rosslyn's information about her dying at Essendon, but the birth notice below demonstrates that she had died at the Mar Lodge residence of her bachelor son, Francis. Mar Lodge fronted Keilor Rd and Buckley St, including all McCracken St and Hedderwick house blocks.Mar Lodge was named* by Francis Robertson, not the McCrackens who later owned Mar Lodge and set up a golf course on it.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) Wednesday 17 March 1886 p 8 Article
... residence,.Mar-lodge, Essendon, on Thursday, after a long and painful illness)

I'm not sure if I am asking the right question but I wondered if anyone had
access to the Wills Index for Victoria. I am wanting to obtain file numbers
for the following people who may have had wills:

James Robertson, died 16 October 1853, of Upper Keilor.
Margaret Robertson died 17 November 1869 Essendon.

I realise these aren't goldfielders but they are possible parents for my
ancestor who is.


THE Friends of the late Mrs. MARGARET ROBERTSON, relict of the late James Robertson,Esq , of Keilor, are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery.The funeral will leave tho residence of her son, the Hon. F. Robertson, Essendon, on Saturday, 20th inst,at 2 o'clock p m.
(P.8, Argus, 19-11-1869.)

Mr. James Robertson, one of the oldest of the squatting pioneers, died at his residence, The Grange, South Yarra, on Tuesday and was buried in the Melbourne Cemetery yesterday. In accordance with the request of the deceased the funeral was a quiet one, and was attended only by relatives and a few of the oldest friends
of the family. The Rev. Dr. Marshall, of Scots Church, assisted by the Rev J. M'Crae, of the Toorak Presbyterian Church, read the burial service.

Mr. Robertson was born in Glen Muir, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1819,and was consequently 76 years of age at his death. In February, 1841, he arrived in the colony in the company of his parents,and his sister and two brothers. The family settled at Upper Keilor, and commenced sheep farming on a large scale.The freehold of the Upper Keilor Estate was subsequently acquired from the Government, and Mr. Robertson held it at the time
of his death. After living many years at Upper Keilor the family removed to Aberfeldie, Essendon, where 183 acres were acquired at 5 an acre, then deemed an extravagant price. Mr. Robertson's father was confident of the ultimate value of the property, and his judgment was justified in 1887, when it was disposed of for 55,000, or a shade over 3OO an acre.

Mr. Robertson was a partner at one time with Mr. Robert Landale in the Moulamein Station, New South Wales, and after selling out of that purchased the Bullarook station, in the Upper Wimmera district, on the fringe of the mallee. In 1860 he became part owner of the Janera and Wapweelah stations on the Darling River, New South Wales, and his interest in them was held to the last.

Mr.Robertson revisited his birthplace in 1887, and again in 1893. He never took a public interest in politics, though repeatedly urged to allow himself to be nominated for a seat in the Legislative Council. In municipal affairs, however, he always displayed keen appreciation, and for over 20 years he occupied a seat in the
Keilor Shire Council. A first class judge of stock, his opinion was much valued at agricultural shows, where he was usually one of the judges, and amongst municipal councillors, the honorary magistracy, and the fast thinning ranks of the squatting pioneers he will be much missed. Mr. Robertson leaves a widow and eight children. (P.3, Argus, 13-6-1895.)

Further investigation of the build year of James Robertson Jnr's "Aberfeldie" mansion is necessary to determine if he was residing in it by August,1869. However it makes sense that he was living on "Spring Hill",perhaps in an old house that Dugald McPhail had earlier occupied while leasing the property. This would allow him to visit his mother, on Mar Lodge just across Buckley St, regularly rather than making a much longer trip from Upper Keilor. Therefore it was "Spring Hill" that was being threatened by the Melbourne Hunt's activities, not Upper Keilor (which I have never seen mentioned in the countless hunt reports that I have read.)

The following seems to indicate that the mansion had been built by 1869.

An important sale of pure short-horn cattle will be held at 12 o'clock to-day, by Messrs. R.Goldsbrough and Co., at Mr. Jas. Robertson's estate, Aberfeldie, near Essendon, that gentleman having decided to sell his well-known herd. (P.4,Argus,19-11-1869.)

This was not a clearing sale. James was now into merinos and apparently breeding as he had several rams. He was most upset when a sheep dog pup went missing. It seems that James' spelling of his property name was Aberfeldy.

STOLEN, from Aberfeldy, Essendon, a black-and-tanned sheep PUP, about 10 months old. 5 reward on conviction of the thief ; or 1 on recovery of the dog. James Robertson, Aberfeldy, Essendon. (P.7, Argus, 8-11-1871.)

Melway 27 E-G 3-4, adjoining Aitken's Estate, (rented by Robert McDougall, whose daughter Sandy Smith married), at a line extending Cannes Avenue to Buckley St.

SMITHMcDOUGALL.On the 24th inst., at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. Hugh M'Kail, Bulla, Alexander Smith, of the firm of King and Cunningham, stock and station agents, Melbourne, to Jeannie, second daughter of Robert McDougall, J.P , of Arundel, Keilor.(P.1, Argus,29-11-1881.)

Section 9 was south of Buckley St./Rimcross Dr., west of Cannes Ave./Riverview St. and north of Clarendon St.
Lot A, west of North Rd. and consisting of 176 acres, was granted to P.OBrien who had the adjoining southern 1/3 of 11A. In 1868 he had 283 acres, the 176 in 9a and 106 in 11a. In 1900, James Fitzpatrick was leasing the same land but it was called 282 acres.
Lot B, between Buckley St. and Thackeray Quadrant and running east from North Rd. to Cannes Ave, consisted of 222 acres and was granted to I.Davis (Sic), W.ONeil and W. Robinson on 27-6-1849. The first-named grantee was Isaac Davies, according to Angela Evans, and I wonder if Davis St. has been incorrectly named because of a spelling mistake on Doutta Galla parish maps. The three men split lot B into thirds: i.e.
Vol.L folio 4. Isaac Davies became owner of the 74 acres that, with the adjoining land on Fawkners grant, became Norwood. Its southern boundary was due east from the intersection of Military Rd and North Rd.
Vol.L f.6. William ONeill became the owner of 74 acres between a line just north of Charmaine Ave, and Thackeray Quadrant.
Vol. 174 f.208 of 16-10-1867, in which William Robinson the elder gave his 74 acres to William Robinson the younger, gives the dimensions used to establish the boundaries of Norwood to the north and ONeils land to the south. William Jnr. leased the 74 acres to Thomas Smith of Norwood (V. 221f.175) and later sold it to C.B.Fisher (V.299 f.427.) Adjoining the south boundary of Norwood, this land went south to a line due west from the Mountain View Ave/ Doyle St corner.

In 1868 James Staples was leasing 75 acres from William ONeil of Horseshoe Bend. Davies had died on 10-6-1862 after establishing Norwood on 73 acres of 9B and 13 acres of 11B south of Roberts St. His widow leased Norwood to Thomas Smith for 15 years and moved to Ballarat Rd. but by 1868 Thomas had died too. Widow Smith had 100 acres and I believe that she had four blocks on 11B to account for the other 27 acres, two in addition to the two that Isaac Davies had bought. Two blocks were leased.

In 1868 James Staples was leasing 75 acres from William ONeil of Horseshoe Bend. Davies had died on 10-6-1862 after establishing Norwood on 73 acres of 9B and 13 acres of 11B south of Roberts St. His widow leased Norwood to Thomas Smith for 15 years and moved to Ballarat Rd. but by 1868 Thomas had died too. Widow Smith had 100 acres and I believe that she had four blocks on 11B to account for the other 27 acres, two in addition to the two that Isaac Davies had bought. Two blocks were leased.

Extract from my AIRPORT WEST journal,probably taken from the Niddrie Wikipedia entry.

Between 1843 and 1851, the Scottish settler, Thomas Napier (1802-1881) purchased the Keilor Road land covering Niddrie and Airport West. In 1869, Napier sold this 249-acre (1.01 km2) land to Henry Stevenson (1810-1893). By 1871, Stevenson had built a house he named Niddrie, after his birthplace of Niddrie, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. After his death in 1893 the property was transferred to his wife Elizabeth who sold it to Patrick Morgan eight years later.

"Niddrie" was bounded by the Grange Rd/Bowes Ave. midline, Fraser St(inclusive), Nomad Rd/ Treadwell St and Keilor Rd (Melway maps 15K/16B 7-10.) As Napier did not sell the land until 1869, when the League's notice was published, its fences and crops might have been damaged but Thomas Napier did not live on this land. His house "Rosebank" was on 100 acres, bought from E.J.Brewster much earlier, bounded by Carnarvon Rd, Glenbervie/Upland Rd, the Moonee Ponds Creek and Woodland St in present day Strathmore. Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek (the eastern boundary of Rosebank.)

The Oaklands Hunt, established 1888, referred to the area near the Bulla Rd,Keilor Rd, Woodland St junction as Essendon Crossroads and started many of their hunts from there. The Melbourne Hunt would have known the locality as Bendigo Corner and would have hunted in the area,passing through Thomas's grant and "Rosebank".

The following was found while I was trying to discover whether Thomas Napier was leasing his grant or using it himself. If I remember correctly,the Keilor Road Board assessed him on it in 1868. I have never seen mention of Thomas Napier Junior in the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry,other countless articles or even the family history on the internet. It has nothing to do with the Melbourne Hunt but I will include it here anyway.

An inquest was held on Tuesday, by Mr Candler, on the body of the young man who committed suicide on Monday afternoon, in the Government Paddock at Kew. The deceased was identified by Mr. Thomas Caldwell, merchant, as Thomas Napier, son of Mr. T. Napier, of Essendon. Deceased he said had been ailing for some time, and was in a state of weakness and general debility, and witness believed that he sometimes suffered from disease of the brain. He was always in a state of melancholy and low-spirited, and was nearly always reading. He had been heard to say that he wished that he was dead, but witness did not know that he had ever threatened
suicide. He rode into town on Saturday and possibly this was too great an exertion in his weak condition. The remainder of the evidence, respecting the hearing of the shot, the discovery of the body, calling in of a
surgeon, &c, was but a repetition of what has been previously given in this journal. The evidence of Dr. Ralph, the medical man called to see deceased after he was discovered in the paddock, contained a statement of his belief that the unfortunate young man was of unsound mind. The jury found that he committed suicide while
labouring under unsoundness of mind.
(P.4, Argus,31-1-1867.)

I'll let you discover what the funeral notice said. There was no death notice.
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 30 January 1867 p 8 Family Notices
... Friends of THOMAS NAPIER, Esq., of Essendon, are invited to attend tho funeral of his late son, Thomas

Seafield (Melway 4 H 1-2 to 5 A7, bounded by McNabs Rd,Grants Rd and an extension of the line of Barbiston Rd to the east.
Seafield River Frontage (Melway 4 F8 roughly.)

From page G 71-2 of DHOTAMA.
John Grant was a native of Inverness,Scotland who landed in Sydney in October, 1838. Moving to Melbourne in 1839,he rented land at Campbellfield* for eleven years.Then purchasing Seafield,he commenced to breed Ayrshires with which he won many prizes including the Championship Cup at the West Bourke Agricultural Show shortly before 1888. Seafield consisted of 400 acres (the northern half of section 8 Tullamarine and the Seafield River Frontage of 80 acres at the south corner of McNabs and Barbiston Rd. He also had an estate with a one and a half mile frontage to the Murray River.

He was married in 1846 to Miss Mary McNab of Perthshire and in 1888 had two sons and four daughters, and had served on the Keilor Shire Council for 19 years.(VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS,1888.)

(*On Pages 57-60 of BULLA BULLA, I.W.Symonds stated that John Grant was credited with being the first to plough over an extensive tract of Victorian soil. Land was purchased for the Bulla Presbyterian Church on 19-2-1870 in the names of John Grant of Seafield, Walter Clark of Glenara and David Patullo of Craigbank.

The McNab brothers had the southern half of section 8 and imported Oakland Annie, the first Ayrshire cow brought into Australia. Their herd was renowned as the best in Australia and was the basis of Tasmania's Ayrshire herd. Despite this and a dual marital relationship, the Grant family challenged their in-laws' claim to the title of the best Ayrshire breeders.

Warlaby was section 11, Bulla Bulla, Melway 384 G6 (north west), 384 F 9 (south west), 384 J8 (homestead.)

Granted to D.Cameron, Warlaby was later purchased by Robert McDougall who was well acquainted with the Bulla area while still at Glenroy. His son Alexander (Sandy) was assessed on Warlaby for some years before moving to Western Australia in about 1900. Donald McCrae would have been leasing Warlaby in 1869 and ironically, Farquhar McRae, possibly his son, organised a paper trail starting from Warlaby,following which the Oaklands Hunt Club was formed in 1888. The Oaklands Hunt had many local farmers as members and showed far greater respect for fences, crops and stock than the Melbourne Hunt had done.

Farquhar was at the time in charge of the hunters on Glenara for two related families who, following the death of Walter Clark in 1873, were leasing not only Glenara, but also the extensive Glenara Estate up Oaklands Rd. Unfortunately, I remember only one of the partners mentioned in D.F.Cameron -Kennedy's THE OAKLANDS HUNT. Trove should help.
RUSSELL-On the 23rd Inst at Glenara, Arthur Melbourne, son of John Russell, aged four months.(P.1, Argus,28-11-1878.)
DAVIS. - On the 15th inst., at Glenara, Bulla, Gladys Georgena, youngest daughter of Chas. Percy Davis,
aged one year. (P.1, Argus,17-10-1879.)

Yep that's right,Farquhar was in charge of the hunting horses owned by Russell and Davis.

Page 53 of Neil Mansfield's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY indicates that Duncan McCrae, possibly Donald's brother,had been at Newham near Woodend in 1868 and 1872. Two of Duncan's children married members of the Mansfield family which lived south of Glenara. Duncan's son, Duncan, born in 1872, married a sister of William John Mansfield who married Catherine McRae,born in 1868. It must have been Duncan Jnr. who moved to Green Gully between Keilor and St Albans prior to a terrible tragedy.

Bertram's Ford had been for about half a century,the most direct access from Tullamarine to Keilor and the McRaes needed a horse. William John Mansfield and his young namesake son (who lived on the 80 acre triangle on which the Melbourne Airport terminal building is located) and Willy's mate,young Hill (who lived on Danby Farm near the east end of the east-west runway)were in a jinker leading this horse,whose reins young Hill was holding.A partly constructed bridge near the ford had been swept away by a flood earlier in 1906 so they had to use the ford. William John Snr. and Jnr. drowned but young Hill was dragged ashore by the led horse. Further genealogical detail for William John Mansfield's widow is available.

As I was involved in the naming of McCrae Boulevard (Melway 14 E 6-8) it is disappointing that some bureaucrat got the spelling of the name wrong.

William Kissock's North Park would have been near the site of Alexander McCracken's North Park mansion which is the St Columbans Mission Priests Residence, 69 Woodland St, Essendon North, VIC 3041

The area between Glass St and Woodland St,Essendon was divided into suburban blocks and called Hawstead. Thus William Kissock's "North Park" might have consisted of only J.T.Smith's grant,crown allotment 6 of 7 acres 0 roods and 33 perches but it might have also included Smith's other grant, crown allotment 24 of 5a. 0r. 19p., directly across Five mile Creek and fronting Glass St. There seemed in 1865 to be only four houses near Woodlands St when the late Lewis Clarke's "Roseneath", just east of the water reserve (today's Woodlands Park) and near Salmon St (named after a later owner)was put up for sale, the other three being Hector??? Napier's on the north side,Dr Pearce's neat cottage and William Kissock's house past Napier St.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 17 August 1865 p 2 Advertising)

I presume Hector was Theodore Napier so the advertisement was referring to Theodore's "Magdala" near Madala Avenue and across Woodland St from Roseneath, rather than Thomas Napier's original "Rosebank" house which was near G.P.Barber's later Rosebank mansion still standing in Rosebank Avenue.

The Essendon Conservation Study (circa 1980's) stated that William Kissock was an early leaseholder from the Crown in the parish of Tullamarine but it was actually John Kissock, according to the Argus circa 1847. John Kissock's wife died later in the Strathbogie area.

William Kissock and Thomas Kissock both sat on the jury in the Supreme Court in the case of a stabbing that had taken place in Benalla. I would assume that they were related and that William arrived with Thomas, whose memoirs were published in 1896.(FIFTY YEARS AGO. AN EARLY COLONIST'S RECOLLECTIONS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 5 June 1896 p 5 Article)

William Kissock was made a partner of Dalmahoy Campbell & Co. in 1855.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 25 January 1855 p 6 Advertising)

KISSOCK. On the 14th ult., at Waratah, New Town,Tasmania, the Hon. Alexander Kissock, aged fifty seven, brother of Mr William Kissock, of the firm of Dalmakoy Campbell and Co., of this city.
(The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic. : 1864 - 1867) Saturday 23 June 1866 p 16 Family Notices)

THE Friends of the late WILLIAM KISSOCK, Esq.(late of the firm of Messrs. Dalmahoy Campbell and Co.), are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral procession is appointed to move from his late residence, North-park, Essendon, on Thursday, the 17th inst., at half-past 12 o'clock. (P.8,Argus,15-11-1870.)

Crown allotment 141, Jika Jika, consisting of 270 acres was granted to Arundel Wright. It was bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek on the west, 1500 metres of Bell St on the north, Rose St Melway 29 D1) on the east and Reynard Rd on the south. The homestead, known in heritage studies as Wentworth House is a beautiful bluestone house on the north corner of Mitchell Pde. and Le Cateau St (Melway 29 A1.)


What is significant?
Wentworth House at Pascoe Vale, known as La Rose during the nineteenth century, was built from c1842 for Dr Farquhar McCrae. He was the brother-in-law of Georgiana McCrae, who made several references to Farquhar and La Rose in her diaries. Farquar had migrated from Scotland in 1839 with his mother, wife, sisters and children, and moved to La Rose in 1842. He was from the Scottish gentry, and was immediately successful in the colony, becoming a magistrate and the director of several companies and a bank, and was prominent in early colonial society. He got into financial difficulties during the depression of the early 1840s, and in about 1845 moved to Sydney, where he practised medicine. During this time the property was leased and farmed by Coiler Robertson, who purchased it in 1852, after McCrae?s death. It passed in the mid 1850s to James Robertson (probably Coiler?s son), a partner with Robert and Peter McCracken in one of Melbourne?s most successful brewery companies. The property of more than a hundred hectares remained intact until 1899, after which it was progressively subdivided, after 1920 by the War Service Homes Commissioner. The house is now on about an acre. It was renamed Wentworth House between 1908 and 1911.
(Wentworth House (Heritage Listed Location) : On My Doorstep)

Dr Farquhar McCrae was granted land bisected by Moreland Rd and called it Moreland after his uncle's plantation in Jamaica but left this in the management of Michael Loeman who leased it for a decade or so before becoming a Bulla pioneer. McCrae was not an honourable man and failed to repay a loan given him by his brother Andrew, leaving Andrew and Georgiana in dire straits. He also dudded John Foster over a run near Dandenong* and Alphbetical Foster challenged to a duel,leading to his hasty departure for Sydney. Before this he had become about the third owner of crown allotment 141 and is believed to have had the core of Wentworth House built.
(*Streets in Dandenong are named after both men.)

Peter McCracken married Coiler Robertson's daughter, Grace,and they lived at Stewarton, Moonee Ponds (the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park) 1846-1855 and then at their Kensington dairy between Kensington Rd an eastern boundary indicated by the Bellair St/Arden St corner until their Ardmillan mansion was built on the uphill side of Smith's Lane (about 35-7 Ardmillan Rd. Peter had to sell "Ardmillan" in about 1870 because of losses incurred by the failed private railway to Essendon. By that time their son, Coiler, had fallen for Margaret, the daughter of James Robertson Jnr of Aberfeldie which adjoined Ardmillan's west boundary. They married and built Earlesbrae Hall in Leslie St,Essendon but had to sell it and it is now part of the Lowther Hall school.(Thus the McCrackens had two unrelated James Robertsons as in-laws!)

Grace's brother, James, was a 17 year old brewer when the family arrived and it was he who was probably responsible for the rapid rise of the McCracken Brewery. Coiler and James were also responsible for the construction of most of Wentworth House on La Rose.

Coiler and Peter McCracken had bought a crown allotment near the Moonee Ponds/ Essendon boundary and partitioned it, Peter's Ardmillan being the southern portion and Coiler's the north. Coiler was close to insolvency so he sold his portion at a bargain price to his son, James,who later built "Trinfour" which still stands on the south side of Park St just east of the railway gates.

Thomas John Oliver's farm seems to have consisted of 46 acres (unless lots 1 and 2 which sold for L750* were also part of the farm) and was located 10 miles from Melbourne on the east side of Sydney Rd.

W.S.Keast, stock and station agent, Queen's House, Queen street, Melbourne reports having submitted to public auction at Scott's Hotel on Thursday, in the estate of the late T.J. Oliver,the property comprising 46 acres, situated about half a mile from Campbellfield and 10 miles from Melbourne, together with the homestead and outbuildings,having a frontage to the Merri Creek. There was a large attendance and spirited bidding.The property realised L8500. l Ile aln uprtrH har hu; fiolil lotn 1 Jnd l \A hil. nllotimnU or lund onbldtuj. rad for A.710 Ulai wUv i.9 l\i\
(P.18, Argus, 10-9-1923.)


OLIVER. On the 11th September, at his residence,34 De Carl street, Coburg, Thomas John, loving father of Annie, Sarah, Tom, Mill, Gert., Hersey, Ada and John, aged 82 years, late of Boomahnoomoonah and Campbellfield, colonist for 75 years (Privately interred 13th.) Yarrawonga papers please copy.(P.1, Argus,18-9-1922.)

OLIVER-BAKER. -On the 14th inst., at the Presbyterian Church, Campbellfield, by the Rev. J. Manby, Alfred Oliver, youngest son of T Oliver, Esq , to Emily Jane Baker, second daughter of T. Baker, Esq , both of Campbellfield. (P.1, Argus, 16-10-1879.)

This was another version of the above which reveals the residence of the fathers of the bride and groom; perhaps the Thomas Oliver who joined the League in 1869 was a brother of Alfred and Emily was the sister of Thomas Baker*, one of the biggest dairy farmers in the area from Bakers Rd., North Coburg to Somerton.

OLIVER-BAKER- On tho 14th inst., at the Presbyterian Church, Campbellfield, by the Rev. J.Mamby, Alfred Oliver, youngest son of T. Oliver, of Bedfordshire England, to Emily Jane Baker, second daughter of T. Baker, of West Coker, Somersetshire,England. P.1, Argus,31-10-1879.)

OLIVER. - On January 4,Mary Ethel, eldest daughter of the late Alfred and Emily Oliver, of Campbellfield, and loved sister of Rosetta (Mrs. Robertson), Percival,Elizabeth (Mrs. Boardman), Adelaide. Alfred, Wyndham, and
Harrie. -At rest.(P.17, Argus, 6-1-1955.)

McMAHON -On the 15th May (suddenly) at her residence 38 Campbell street, Bentleigh, Mary? Annie beloved wife of William Henry, loving mother of Colin, David and Alma, loved sister of Mrs Ruse (Cobram) Tom Oliver,Oaklands?, NSW, eldest daughter of the late J Oliver of Campbellfield and Yarrawonga aged 58 years. Loved by all.
(P.1, Argus, 17-5-1934.)

There is an entry for Thomas Oliver in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS.

Transcribed from Page C 32 of my handwritten DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (circa 1990.)
Three members of the Canning family were recorded (at that time) as being buried in the Will Will Rook cemetery. William Canning buried 19-7-1904,Lucy Canning 14-1-1905 at 82 and Alice Jane buried on 13-2-1875.

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William Canning was a native of Berkshire, England who arrived in Melbourne in 1842 and went to Campbellfield a few months later. In 1853 he purchased some land there.In 1888 he had 215 acres (note- Highclere Farm) on which he was farming ( opposed to grazing)and had seven sons and five daughter,all living. (See Victoria and Its Metropolis.)

In 1893 William resigned as Secretary of the Will Will Rook Cemetery Trust, after 30 years in that capacity, because he was leaving the district. (P.97, BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)William and Lucy had obviously returned before their deaths, most likely with Walter. They were probably on Highclere Farm before 1875 when Alice died.


In 1899-1900,Walter M.Canning was assessed on 214 acres at Campbellfield,which was probably the 213 acres that
William had occupied in 1879-80 (at which time Thomas Canning seemed to have been leasing 325 acres,possibly John Watt's grant at the east corner of Pascoe Vale and Somerton Rds.)

HARDING - CANNING - On the 9th ult., at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. T. W. Cameron,
William, only son of the late Mr Edward Harding, of Brunswick, to Alice Jane, youngest daughter of Mr William Canning, Highclere, Campbellfield.(P.1, Argus, 8-4-1882.)

On page 32 of DHOTAMA, I had speculated that Hiclere Farm, based on acreage and location, was the property later occupied by H.Maltzahns in 1920. My guesses are not made lightly so my guess about the farm being at about Melway 7 G6 might have been right too. Let's see.*

MALTZAHN.-In loving memory of our dear brothers. Charles, who passed away at Nicholson street. Coburg, August IS, 1913; and Henry, at "Highclere," Campbellfield, August 4, 1921.(P.1,Argus,18-8-1921.)

Dulcie Mooney, married woman,and Francis William Mooney, turner and fitter, both of Campbellfield,have applied to bring the land described below under this act, and the Commissioner cf Titles has directed notice thereof to be advertised in the "Argus," and has appointed fourteen days from such advertisement after which time the land may be brought under the act unless a caveat is lodged forbidding the same.
Dated the 21st day of February,1955.
Part of Crown portion 13, parish of Will Will Rook, county of Bourke. Commencing at a point on the east boundary of Hume Highway 68 feet 9.5 inches, 1040 feet 10 inches and 1130 feet 7 inches southerly from the southern boundary of Barrys road; thence by lines easterly 280 feet, southerly 132 feet, a fence westerly 294
feet ll inches, and a fence partly along Hume Highway northerly 133 feet 9.5 inches to the commencing
Granting this application will affect Certificate of Title, vol. 7672 fol. 174; in the name of ALAN
MCPHERSON MALTZAHN and LOUIS HENRY MALTZAHN. as shown on a plan at the Titles Office.(P.16, Argus, 24-2-1955.)

The above property had its northwestern corner 2238+ feet south of the eastern corner of Hume Highway and Barry Rd, about 746 yards or 34 chains. It would seem that the block described was being excised from the former Highclere Farm and was near the Fordson Rd corner (Melway 7 F6). But this cannot be correct. As highlighted above,this block was part of section 13 Will Will Rook and Fordson Rd is just within the parish of Yuroke. The boundary between the two parishes is a line joining Swain St (Melway 178 J12)to a point in Melway 7 K2 where the Hume Freeway crosses Merri Creek,on the way forming the northern boundary of Northcorp Industrial Park and the Nestle factory across the highway from the historic Scots Church. The parish boundary is 41 chains south of Barry Rd.

A.and L.Maltzahn seemed to have been heavily into haygrowing judging by what was on offer in their clearing sale(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 28 August 1954 p 23 column 1), however,once petrol rationing ended after W.W.2, that was the end for hay growing. Sadly no advertisement for the sale of their farm can be found to pinpoint the location of Highclere Farm. I have amended my guess of 7 G6 to 7 G7.

William Canning was involved in the Somerton area by 1863 and seemingly involved with Thomas Ormiston Martin a grantee of much land in the parishes of Fingal and Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula; the latter apparently occupying the farm described.

SOMERTON, Sydney-road, 200a, (good agricultural and grazing LAND for SALE, 14 miles from town. Two frontages to the New Sydney road, bounded on the north by the National School and Methodist Chapel ; on the south by the Royal Mail and Somerton Hotels, and on the east by a never failing supply of running water. Subdivided into five convenient paddocks. 40a. have been under cultivation. The improvements consist of four-roomed weatherboard men's hut, dairy, milking shed, piggery, and commodious barn 60ft. by 20ft. All fenced in.There is a first rate self-sown crop on the ground ; also four acres of rye-grass. This property presents an
opportunity not often met with of securing a comfortable home within an hour's drive from town.Immediate possession. Title unexceptionable. Mr. WILLIAM CANNING, farmer, Campbellfield;or Mr. T. O. Martin, on the ground. (P.8,Argus,4-12-1863.)

I (believex) AM CERTAIN this should be Thomas STRANKS*. In 1874 a Mr Stranks was the occupier of lot 3 of the Glenroy Estate,Bayview Farm, consisting of nearly 345 acres,between about Hilton St and Bindi St. (See plan on P. 78 of BEOADMEADOWS;A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 21 July 1871 p 7 Article
... three farms (Cochrane's, Stranks's, and Lonie's) in tho Glenroy Estate, and two in tho Ruthven Estate ... tho old road which led to tho gateway. Tho crossing in Stranks's farm was in the same position as ... )

I'm guessing that the 1869 and 1874 residents on Glenroy were the same and that he moved to Brunswick.

STRANKS. On the 29th ult., at her late residence,Barkly-street. Brunswick, Esther, the dearly beloved
wife of Thomas Stranks, and mother of George and Nathaniel Stranks, Brunswick, in her 77th year. Her
end was peace.(P.1, Argus, 1-1-1889.) N.B.Nathaniel was a long-time Brunswick councillor.

THE Friends of Mr. HENRY JUKES are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late wife to the place of Interment, Campbellfield Cemetery, The funeral to move from hiss residence, Box Forest,Sydney road,THIS DAY (Friday), 19th instant, at half-past 1 o'clock p m. (P.8, Argus, 19-11-1869.)

As Box Forest was west of The Fawkner Cemetery and the north eastern railway,it might seem strange to describe it as being on Sydney road. Obviously the cemetery was not yet established and the railway was not extended from Essendon until about 1872.

Family members must have purchased land in the break up of the Campbell Estate near Jukes Rd (17 G1.)

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After purchasing three lots of the section 13 subdivision,if William Trotman and his wife Kezia lived at
Tullamarine,however it was not for long as they moved to Springvale.By 1867, Mrs. Trotman was widowed,and she sold a total of seven lots (another four had since been purchased, a total of 42 acres) to Walter Clark
of Glenara (Moloney & Johnson, 1998)
(Historic Sites Assessment - Department of the Environment

Now I don't list every one of my sources as professional historians do, but if I do make an error,such as calling Peter Blom "Percy",I will correct it. The following is fact.

William Trotman was the purchaser of lots 1-4 in John Pascoe Fawkner's land co-operative's subdivision of the southern half of crown allotment 13A, Tullamarine. These FOUR blocks,bought on 1-10-1853 (Volume 171 folio 346) front the south side of the east-west runway and extend south about a third of the way to the bottom of Melway 4 G3. SPRINGFIELD, not Springvale,was the longstanding name of the farm in Euroke/Yuroke between Glenarthur and Mickleham Rd,of which the northern half later became the Gamble family's "Brocklands" (purchased recently for Aitken College)and the southern half,as French Rd indicates, Wal. French's dairy farm.

TROTMAN -On the 1st inst, at Tullamarine, Mrs Joseph Trotman of a daughter; both doing well.
(P.4, Argus,4-2-1862.)

TROTMAN.--On the 15th inst, at Tullamarine, after a long and painful illness, William T. Trotman, aged
fifty-seven years. Gloucestershire papers please copy. (P.4, Argus,24-3-1864.)

SWANNELL-TROTMAN -On the 1st inst, at St Peter's Church, by the Rev. H. H. P. Handfield, James Swannell, of Essendon, to Sarah, second daughter of the late William Trotman, of Bulla Bulla. Gloucestershire papers please copy.P.4, Argus,25-11-1865.)

If I remember I.W.Symonds' BULLA BULLA correctly one of the Swannells married a Dean and people with both surnames were buried at St Mary's at the south west corner of Woodlands. When Walter V."Major" Murphy relocated the church (crumbling because of aircraft-caused vibrations) to Bulla circa 1971,their remains were reinterred in the Bulla Cemetery. OOPS,IT WAS STANDEN,NOT SWANNELL!

Let's have a squiz for TROTMAN burials.

2134 TROTMAN Aubrey Horace 3Y2M 00/00/1877 05/08/1880 07/08/1880 Meth. 1 1 Son of Joseph Trotman & Elizabeth Celia Stanlake. Born in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.
2135 TROTMAN Clifford John 33Y 00/00/1911 00/00/1944 00/00/1944 Meth. 1 22 Son of Leonard Robert Trotman & Ida Mary Vincent. Born in Essendon, Victoria, Australia. Memorial only - buried in Germany.
2136 TROTMAN Edmund Atholstan 'Athol' 79Y 00/00/1890 09/10/1969 13/10/1969 C of E 8 21 Son of Thomas Robert Trotman & Elizabeth Bethell. Born in Greenvale, died in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.
2137 TROTMAN Egbert William 4Y 00/00/1884 25/08/1888 28/08/1888 C of E 8 28 Son of Thomas Robert Trotman & Elizabeth Bethell. Died in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.
2138 TROTMAN Enoch 26Y 00/00/1840 05/03/1867 19/07/1972 C of E 8 20 Son of William Timbrel Trotman & Emma Keziah Williams. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia. Enoch was first buried in the grounds of St. Mary's Church of England, Bulla and was transferred to the Bulla Cemetery when St. Mary's was relocated.
2139 TROTMAN Ethel 11W 00/03/1873 28/06/1873 29/06/1873 Meth. 1 1 Daughter of Joseph Trotman & Elizabeth Celia Stanlake. Born in Yuroke, Victoria, Australia.
2140 TROTMAN Leonard Robert 53Y 00/00/1882 30/04/1936 02/05/1936 Meth. 1 22 Son of Thomas Robert Trotman & Elizabeth Bethell. Born in Greenvale, died in Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
2141 TROTMAN Maud Sylvia 4Y 00/00/1896 00/02/1901 05/02/1901 Meth. 1 2 Daughter of Arthur Bertram Trotman & Josine Augusta Fredda Vonerx. Born in Broadmeadows, died in Melbourne South, Victoria, Australia. Name not recorded on grave.
2142 TROTMAN Thomas Robert 80Y 00/10/1857 04/06/1938 06/06/1938 C of E 8 27 Son of William Timbrel Trotman & Emma Keziah Williams. Born in Bulla, died in Canterbury, Victoria, Australia.
2143 TROTMAN Wilfrid Robert 52Y 00/00/1910 00/03/1962 27/03/1962 Meth. 1 22 Son of Leonard Robert Trotman & Ida Mary Vincent. Born in Broadmeadows, died in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2144 TROTMAN William Timbrel 57Y 00/00/1806 13/03/1864 19/07/1972 C of E 8 20 Son of William Trotman & Unknown. Died in Bulla, Victoria, Australia. William was first buried in the grounds of St. Mary's Church of England, Bulla and was transferred to the Bulla Cemetery when St. Mary's was relocated.
2145 TROTMAN (nee ?) Ida 79Y 00/00/1885 01/03/1964 00/03/1964 Meth. 1 22 Daughter of John Turner Vincent & Sarah Anne Dunstan. Born in Coburg, died in Kew, Victoria, Australia.
2146 TROTMAN (nee BETHELL) Elizabeth 77Y 22/04/1858 16/12/1935 17/12/1935 C of E 8 27 Daughter of William Bethell & Frances Barker. Born in Bulla, died in Camberwell, Victoria, Australia.
2147 TROTMAN (nee FROST) Irene May 97Y 00/00/1888 13/01/1985 17/01/1985 C of E 8 21 Daughter of Raymond Nicholl Frost & Emma Jane Collings. Born in Sandhurst, died in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.
2148 TROTMAN (nee VONARX) Josephine Augusta Fredaricka 33Y 00/00/1870 14/05/1903 15/05/1903 C of E 9 28 Daughter of John Michael Vonarx & Ann Grossmein, wife of Arthur Bertram Trotman. Died in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia. VEI incorrecly records death under surname 'FREDRICKA'.


TROTMAN.---On the 5th inst., at his residence, Springfield Farm, Broadmeadows, Enoch, second son of
the late William Trotman, of Bulla Bulla aged twenty-six. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
(P.4, Argus,23-3-1867.)

Before Joseph Trotman decided to trot, man,he was a successful farmer on Peter McArthur's grant, Glenarthur, now covered by the western half of today's Greenvale reservoir (Melway 179 B-C 5-7.)

A summons was issued yesterday by Mr Call, P M , against C R Smith, the manager of the National Labour Exchange, 40 Lonsdale street east, charging him with having obtained the sum of 12s 6d from a man named Thomas Harigan by menus of false pretences. It appears that Hangan arrived in the colony by the s s John Elder, and was engaged by Smith to go to Broadmeadows, to work on a farm at 17s 6d per week, and for doing this Smith charged 12s 6d. He gave the man the following memo addressed to Mr Joseph Trotman, Broadmeadows -

'The bearer, Thomas Harigan, is a competent farm hand, and is engaged for you by your orders to bag chaff and fork hay, "c , wages 17a fld per week He has paid his fee, so be sure and give him a fair trial -C li. SMITH "
Harigun went out by train to Broadmeadows, and walked to Mr Trotman's farm, when he found be was not required Mr Trotman endorsed on the memo , "I do not require a man just now. I did not tell you to send anyone." Hangan returned to town yesterday morning, and reported tho affair to Mr Cull, who granted the summons, and the case
will be heard in the City Police Court tomorrow. (P.6, Argus, 18-10-1883.)

My apologies regarding correction of digitisation. The article was actually on a following page and there was no FIX THIS TEXT link. Why did Joseph Trotman not require a worker? He was hot to trot!

Mr Henry Stevenson reports the sale to Mr Joseph Trotman, of Broadmeadows, of Mr John Jones's estate, Wangaratta, consisting of 1,335 acres, having a frontage of six miles to the Ovens River, at 5 15s. per acre-7,078.(P.6, Argus, 11-10-1883.)

This John Jones was most likely related to Joseph by a recent marriage.

JONES-TROTMAN -On the 11th March last, Harry,eldest son of H. B. Jones, Esq., of Fitzroy, to Ada,eldest daughter of J. Trotman, Esq., of Glenarthur,Broadmeadows. (The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 24 June 1882 p 7 Family Notices)

MACFARLANETROTMAN.On the 9th inst., at Waldara, Wangaratta, by the Rev. J. H. Macfarlane, B.A., Archibald Martin Macfarlane, M.B.,youngest son of the late J. A. Macfarlane, Brighton, to Alice, third daughter of J. Trotman, J.P. (P.1, Argus,26-9-1885.)

TROTMAN. On the 14th ult., at Glen Arthur, Yuroke, the wife of Mr J. Trotman, farmer, of twin sons. All doing well.(Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic. : 1867 - 1875) Saturday 12 September 1868 p 14 Family Notices)

TROTMAN. On the 20th September, at 316 Lygon street, Carlton, tho wife of Mr. Joseph Trotman, of Glen Arthur, Euroke, of a daughter.(Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic. : 1867 - 1875) Wednesday 6 October 1875 p 159 )

At the ordinary meeting of the council of the shire of Broadmeadows yesterday, Mr.Stevenson, of Tulloch, was elected president for the ensuing year by a unanimous vote.Mr. Stevenson, having briefly acknowledged the compliment, proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Trotman, the retiring president after two years' service. The motion was unanimously adopted. (P.6, Argus, 26-8-1876.)

Just in case you're wondering,the above was referring to Joseph.(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 4 August 1875 p 8 Advertising JOSEPH TROTMAN, President. Glenarthur, August 3 1875, SHIRE of BROADMEADOWS) Later,other members of the Trotman kept up the tradition of municipal service.
TROTMAN.-- On the 13th May, at her residence "Latch Wood," Glenroy, Josephine Augusta Freda, the dearly loved wife of Councillor Arthur B.Trotman, aged 33 years 10 months.(P.1, Argus,15-5-1903.)

TROTMAN -On the 6th Inst, at Glen Arthur, Broadmeadows, Aubrey Horace, beloved son of Joseph and Celia Trotman, aged three years and two months.(P.1, Argus, 7-9-1880.)

TROTMAN. On the 4th inst., at Waldara, Wangaratta,Osmond Ernest, twin son of Joseph and Celia Trotman, aged 24 years.
" Though Thou hast called me to resign
What most I prized, it ne'er was mine ;
I have but yielded what was Thine.
Thy will be done."
(P.1, Argus,7-6-1893.)

TROTMAN.- -On the 10th June at Waldara, Wangaratta, the wife of Joseph Trotman Esq JP,and mother of Mrs.Seymour Fergie of Mon Sejour, Brunswick street, Fitzroy, after a severe illness. (P.1, Argus,11-6-1897.)

TROTMANKERR. On the 25th October, at the Parsonage, Lonsdale street, by the Rev. A. R.Edgar, Joseph Trotman J.P., of Waldara, Wangaratta to Margaret Grace, widow of the late John Kerr, J.P., of Kerrsland, Broadmeadows,
and only daughter of the late Rev. John Currie. (P.1, Argus,6-11-1897.)

TROTMAN.-On the 7th April, at his mother's residence, St Helen' s, Boomahnoomoonah, result of an accident, William Trotman, aged 43 years. (P.1, Argus,11-4-1900.)

TROTMAN.-On the 15th September, at her late residence, St. Hellens, Boomahnoomoonah, Kezia Trotman, beloved mother of Joseph Trotman, Waldara; Robert Trotman, Broadmeadows; Helen Trotman, and Emma Kingston, of Boomahnoomoonah, aged 83 years. A colonial of 60 years. (P.1, Argus, 18-9-1901.)

MOORE - TROTMAN. -- On the 9th December, at St.John's Church, Fremantle, by the Rev. George Wheately, William James Moore, W.A., to Ethel May Trotman, fifth daughter of Joseph Trotman, J.P., Waldura, Wangaratta.
(P.1,Argus, 1-1-1902.)

John Kerr's widow had children to whom Joseph Trotman became stepfather.
SCOTT-KERR.-On the 24th April, 1902, at "Waldara," Wangaratta, the residence of Mr. Joseph Trotman, J. P., step-father of the bride, by the Rev. L. T. Copeland, of Chiltern, Fred J. Scott,youngest son of the late William Scott, of Kongwak, Gippsland, to Jessie M. Kerr,youngest daughter of the late John Kerr, of
"Kerrsland," Broadmeadows. (P.9, Argus,10-5-1902.)

A brief report of the wedding (The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 10 May 1902 p 47 Family Notices-actually P. 48) shows that R.O.Peck was best man; unless my memory is playing tricks, this was Richard Peck, son of John Murray Peck of Lebanon and brother of Harry (author of MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN)of Hiawatha, both in today's Strathmore. My guess is that the Scotts were stock and station agents like Harry and his father but I think Richard Peck was an architect.

SLOAN-TROTMAN. - On the 27th June at Claremont, WA, in Presbyterian Church James Macome Sloan, eldest son of James Sloan, Esq., Wangaratta, Vic, to Celia Gertrude,daughter of Jos. Trotman, Esq. J.P.,"Waldara", Wangaratta, Victoria.(P.1, Argus, 23-8-1906.)

Who needs it when you've got Neil Hamilton Mansfield's magnificent THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY. As soon as I saw the Bethell/ Trotman connection in the cemetery records,I was reminded of Neil's staggering genealogy.

P.85. Elizabeth Bethell was the fourth of eight children to William Bethell and Frances (nee Barker). She married Thomas Robert Trotman at Tullamarine in 1880. Thomas was born in 1957 on lots 1-4 (on the south side of the future e-w runway)at Tullamarine,the last of seven children to William Timbrel Trotman and Emma Kezia(nee Williams). Details re the children of Elizabeth and Thomas (Edith Maude, Leonard Robert, Egbert William,Edmond Atholson)are available on request.

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Gray's hill was described by the late Wally Mansfield a quarter of a century ago as the eastward climb up Mansfields Rd, Tullamarine, from Deep Creek. This meant little at the time because I had not yet inspected Bulla rates and it was not for another decade that I saw a plan of John Pascoe Fawkner's subdivision of Crown Allotment 13 A in the parish of Tullamarine. It is likely that it was Malcolm Ritchie walking from Overpostle on Tullamarine Island (Melway 3 J3) to Aucholzie (4 F6) in the following article. They might have been going in the opposite direction but in each case, Ritchie would have passed the Gray family's "Bellno" and young Gray's problem most likely happened as he walked uphill.

The coroner held a second inquest at the same place (Tullamarine) on the body of Charles Edward Gray, aged twenty-eight years, who died on the 27th ult. On Wednesday morning deceased, accompanied by a farmer, named
Ritchie, were proceeding to a farm belonging to the latter person, but they had not walked 200 yards when deceased fell down and complained of a pain in one of his legs. He became worse, and suffered from pain in the
region of the heart until the time of his death, which occurred within an hour after his illness. A post-mortem examination made by Mr. Gibson showed the cause of death to have been effusion into the pericardium. A verdict was returned that deceased died from disease of the heart.

On the 26th ult., at North Melbourne, by the Rev.John Reid, Mr. Malcolm Ritchie, Aucholzie, Keilor,to Miss Jane Gray, daughter of Mr. Donald Gray,Bellno, Deep Creek.(P.4, Argus,2-10-1856.)

GRANT-RITCHIE.-On the 28th inst., at Aucholzie, by Rev. Hugh McKail, Angus Francis Grant, Yarrawonga, son of John Grant, Esq., Seafield, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Malcolm Ritchie, Esq., Aucholzie, Tullamarine.
(P.1, Argus,30-1-1880.)
Seafield (Melway 4 J7) was across McNab's Rd from Aucholzie and young Angus and Elizabeth had probably been schoolmates at the Seafield school under Samuel Lazarus. William took over Craigllachie,(Melway 4A2) directly across Deep Creek from Donald Gray's Bellno but he displeased David Mansfield by blocking the road that joined Loemans Rd to Gray's Hill on Mansfields Rd via the ford.

From J. R.Thompson, solicitor,Melbourne, stating he had been consulted by Mr. David Mansfield with reference
to a fence which obstructs and is placed across the Government road leading from his client's property at Tullamarine to Sunbury. He understood the fence was on that part of the road that crosses 'Tullamarine Island.' His client asked that the council, whose duty it was to keep open for public use and free from obstruction every road on the public highways, would take steps to have the said fence removed.

The Secretary said the road was on Grant's property on Tullamarine Island (Loeman's)road and there was a swing gate available. The President said he understood the road was only required to bring stock to Sunbury, a saving of four miles being effected. The track was not safe for vehicular traffic, but a slight deviation on to Peters' property (Overpostle, now owned by William Peter)would give a good crossing. (etc.)
(P.2,Sunbury News, 22-8-1903,Bulla Shire.)

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