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Having just used the D volume of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND for an entry in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA, I decided to have a quick look at what I'd written about 23 years ago and made an exciting discovery. An entry called DIGGERS,starting on page D47 has a record of of all the names on the war memorials mentioned in the title, and brief descriptions of where the servicemen lived etc.
Names from the Keilor Roll of Honour (then in the Courthouse cum Old Shire Hall) had also been transcribed but unfortunately had been mislaid at the time of writing. I had also found essays written by Keilor State School students about soldiers such as (Bernard?) Nash in the City of Keilor strongroom while I was transcribing Keilor rates due to the co-operation of Adrian Dodoro, a rates officer better known now as the Essendon Football Club recruiting officer.
As DHOTAMA is handwritten, it would take too long to transcribe every name, but if anyone (living too far from the three memorials to easily inspect the memorials them selves)would like me to check if any of their family members or friends are listed,please send me a private message,or ask in comments.
One name from each memorial has been put in the surnames list.
Owen Connor and Patrick Phelan were partners in a firm of spirit merchants and pioneers of Keilor. I have mentioned them in previous journals. Patrick Phelan was a member of parliament who became insolvent and lost his grant, Spring Park, which was west of "Niddrie", and is today bisected by MacNamara Avenue to the north boundary of Fraser St houses and included most of the sites of the Niddrie Primary and Secondary Schools with Mirams Court indicating its western boundary.
Much of Patrick Phelan's story can be found on the Victorian Parliament website ("Remember?") but Angela Evans' KEILOR PIONEERS: DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES gives much information about Spring Park and Springfield including Owen Connor's letter written with a hilarious Irish accent. Springfield was west of Spring Park to the Roberts Rd corner, both properties being later subdivided by Henry Roberts. Angela mentioned the Connor/Phelan marital connection,which is made clear in the following extract from a court case.Owen Connor had lost Keilor Binn Farm, the Doutta Galla portion of the Township of Keilor south of Keilor Rd, (which later became John Dodd's farm,through his marriage to publican Goudie's daughter-who insisted that it be called Brimbank) to Hugh Glass and had returned to Ireland. (The book has a photo of Owen's home there.) I'm not sure whether William Connor was Owen's brother or son. William Connor and his wife Sarah later farmed the Keilor Park area for many decades.
I apologise for being vague (e.g.about the publican whose name I think was Matthew etc.) but I though a brief journal was necessary to make this additional information available; I had found it by chance and might never locate it again, but I cannot afford to lose focus on my Bulla and Broady journals,hence this piece entirely from memory.
Patrick Phelan's gripe was that Eaton had ejected the family from its home and sold crops for less than the true value.
PAGE 1s, ARGUS, 15-3-1872, LAW REPORT (EXTRACT ONLY.)
PHELAN V. EATON.
An application for the appointment of a
Mr. Bunny for the plaintiffs ; and Mr.
Stephen and Mr. T. A'Beckett for the de-
From the plaintiffs' bill it appeared that in
1865 Mr. W. Connor settled the Springfield
farm, Doutta Galla, near Broadmeadows*, upon
his sister Ellen, the wife of a farmer named
Patrick Phelan, and appointed the defendant
a clerk in the employ of the Government,
trustee of the land. Under the deed
the rents and profits arising from the
farm werE settled upon Mrs. Phelan,
with a resulting interest to her children, the
present plaintiffs. In 1870 she died, and an
arrangement was made by which her husband
continued in possession of the farm as ma-
nager of it for the two children beneficially
* Now,that is vague! Near Keilor would be a better description Dumbo!
I have not seen the plan referred to in the article, but as I know exactly which roads are involved,I feel duty-bound to reveal this information in case a researcher,perhaps from the Keilor Historical Society,finds the article and makes wrong assumptions about the route of this new link with Keilor.
NEW ROAD.-Yesterday's Government Gazette contains an announcement that a map and a plan describing the courses and bearings of a new road, from the Junction of Broadmeadows and the Deep Creek Roads to Keilor, had been deposited in the office of the Central Road Board.
The same publication gives the following particulars of the road :-The road commences at the junction of the Broadmeadows and Deep Creek roads, at a point marked K on the plan, running due south 42 chains 17 links, to a point marked F, passing through the properties of Messrs. Clark, Baxter, Macdonald, and Colonel Kenny ; thence due west one mile (already proclaimed) to a point marked D ; thence due south 60 chains to a point marked M; and thence south-west by south 25 deg. 20 min. 21 chains 70 links passing through the property of J. V. L. Foster Esq. The quantity of land required to be taken for the proposed road is twelve acres one rood and twenty perches, and the estimated cost of effecting the said work is three hundred and sixty-six pounds (?366) sterling.
(P.7, Argus, 19-4-1856.)
K= top of Melway 16 J1,the present Mickleham Rd/Melrose Drive corner. Melway indicates that Broadmeadows Rd actually runs south for 47 chains so the typesetter may have mistaken a seven for a one.
Despite a search for "Clark, Tullamarine, 1850-1859" which examined the first three pages of results,I am no wiser about the identity of Mr Clark. It is possible that Walter Clark, who had purchased 17A Tullamarine from Alexander Kennedy in 1856 to establish Glenara, was leasing land in section 3,Tullamarine as a holding paddock for his sheep which would probably require two days on the roads to reach the market in Melbourne.
Mr Baxter presents a problem. Andrew Baxter was the grantee of 4(1),Tullamarine,whose north west and south west corners are indicated by the Lackenheath Drive and a point 193 metres to the south indicated by the east-west part of Elmhurst Rd in Gladstone Park.This is north of Tullamarine Junction. Perhaps Baxter was also leasing land on section 3(i.e. west of Broadmeadows Rd) from the Fosters;he is not mentioned in any of the six trove results.My title research on the land west of Broadmeadows Rd shows that these 400 acres were not sold until 1867. The southern 400 acres was sold to D.T.Kilburn on 25-9-1867. The Kilburns called it ?Fairfield?. I believe that David Milburn of Grange Farm, Victoria?s first irrigator, was leasing it in 1868.
Mr Macdonald got his name in the papers but probably would have preferred not to have,for this reason,anyway.
INQUESTS.--Dr. Chandler, the District Coroner, has recently held the following inquests:-On the 26th inst., at Tullamarine, on the body of John Macdonald, who died on the 24th in consequence of injuries received by a fall from his horse.(P.5,Argus,31-3-1858.)
The above Messrs. Clark and Baxter may have owners or lessees of land east of Broadmeadows Rd that was originally part of Colonel Eyre Evans Kenny's "Camp Hill" and A.MacDonald certainly was. Hoddle surveyed Deep Creek Rd in 1847 and the land west of it was sold by Kenny(in 1851 if I remember.)At the same time that I discovered this sale,I saw the advertisement for Gretna Green,and my memory isn't bad.
MONDAY, JANUARY 31. Gretna Green, Opposite Colonel Kenny's Estate, Parish of Tullamarine.
Subdivision of part of portion No.4 of Section 4, the property of A. M'Donald, Esq. (P.2, Argus, 27-1-1859.)
F= Melway 15 J3,the corner of Broadmeadows and Sharps Rds. D=Melway 15 E3 (top left corner) the corner of Sharps Rd and today's Keilor Park Drive (formerly Fosters Rd.) This was exactly 8000 links (one mile, 1600 metres roughly) and separated William Foster's 640 acre grants, 3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla.
The road from D to F followed the boundary between William Foster's 21 Doutta Galla and John "Alphabetical" Foster's 20 Doutta Galla which went west to the Saltwater River and was known as "Leslie Banks". The 6000 links length of this portion of the road, which, if the line was continued, would run directly into Collinson St, Keilor Park (the western boundary of section 19 Doutta Galla and the Keilor Township), comes directly from the Doutta Galla parish map. It does continue to the point marked M at the bottom of Melway 15 D5 near No. 127 Fosters Rd, where the road turned to the south west, for 2070 links to reach Spence St,the northern boundary of Keilor Township. Thus it could be claimed that the road had reached Keilor.
When was it that Fosters Rd was extended to Keilor Rd? The journey south, as shown on the parish map, would have probably involved a detour to the west along Spence St to a Keilor Township street (not named on the parish map but running from Spence St to Keilor Rd) which is now the south end of Fosters Rd (as indicated by the line of the western boundary of Keilor Cemetery.) As there were no doglegs in Fosters Rd the angle of the south-west bearing section of Fosters Rd must have been changed so the new road would run directly into the
un-named township street, as common sense would dictate.
If it was a hot day,or the traveller was heading to North Pole Road,he might have travelled east along Spence St to the line of Collinson St and headed south to Keilor Rd where he could quench his thirst at Henry Eldridge's Sir John Franklin Hotel on the left corner*.
(*Extract from the c/a 18A entry in my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA.
The Sir John Franklin hotel, shown on the east corner of Collinson St and Keilor Rd in the 1860 survey map, was actually on lot 1 of allotment A and Henry Elridge?s purchase of this land from Charles Bradshaw is recorded in 20 361. Eldridge bought his corner block for 278 pounds on 1-6-1854. It consisted of 1 acre 3 roods and 17 perches, having frontages of 132 ft to Keilor Rd and 606 ft on the western boundary (Collinson St).
Most of the township blocks in today's Keilor Park were consolidated into farms by the likes of William and Sarah Connor and James Harrick and the township streets heading north-south were never properly made and mostly disappeared.
When I was elected to Keilor Council in 1974, I pledged to focus on Keilor Park and one of the main issues was to get the government road (Fosters Rd) properly made. One of the residents who became a good mate,Mrs Lee, wrote an excellent history of the Keilor Park Reserve which has been quoted in the history of the Keilor Park Football Club. My shrewd Tullamarine Ward colleague,Leo Dineen, managed to get most of the main roads near Keilor Park and Tullamarine made at the expense of the Commonwealth Government.
Information about Bulla's schoolteacher from about 1885 who was teaching at Trentham by 1893 and owned a property at Eltham where he became a Justice of the Peace can be found in the GILSENAN entry in my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA. If his wife, Harriet (nee Wilkins),was like most mothers of the bride she must have spent most of 1904 planning weddings and knitting clothes for the expected grandchildren!
You'll never guess the clever name the Watsons had for their farm at Trentham!
The failed North Melbourne to Essendon railway, built by Hugh Glass and Peter McCracken and others, closed in 1864 and the government's slowness to purchase the line was probably responsible for the "accidental" medication overdose that caused the death of Glass and Peter McCracken's loss of "Ardmillan". However the government finally acted, extending the line circa 1872 as the North Eastern railway which eventually reached Albury.
There was no station at such a lonely place as today's Strathmore but by the mid 1850's there were two pubs virtually across the road from each other. A descendant of the Morgan family has a terrific website about the Cross Keys Hotel which includes a photograph of the original hotel.This is the website.
Morgan family at Cross Keys Hotel Essendon - Home
North Essendon was formerly known as Hawstead and was in the Parish of Doutta Galla, County of Bourke. Bob said the details were a bit confusing and I have ...
The researcher asked the owner of the new Cross Keys about the original Cross Keys and was told that it was across the road. There was certainly an old hotel across the road but it wasn't the Cross Keys. I have sent the researcher the following information.
The owner of the Cross Keys was right about an old hotel being across Pascoe Vale Road from the Cross Keys but wrong about assuming that it was the original Cross Keys. It was on the site of Melfort Avenue,the block at Hawstead granted to John Haslett.
Ellen Haslitt (sic), National Hotel, Moonee Ponds. Granted.
(P.6, Argus, 16-4-1856.) N.B. Moonee Ponds meant near the Moonee Ponds Creek, not the suburb.
Sam Merrifield's Annals of Essendon had an entry circa 1888 about a fellow called Robinson who apparently had just bought the hotel and was advertising some sort of race (bike?) to promote his hotel which he must have renamed as the Melfort. My old mate, Bob Chalmers, does not seem to have included this entry in his annals.
Hotel owners were wise to follow Morgan's scheme to protect his Cross Keys ( as you have described) because the Melfort was soon targeted.
CLEARING OUT A HOTEL.
Between 1 a.m. and 6 ajn. on Thursday,
burglars made a raid, which in its particular line
has not often been surpassed, on the Melfort
Hotel, which stands in a rather lonely spot on the
Pascoe Vale-road, Moonee Ponds, near Melbourne.
The place had been closed by Mr. Thomas
Adams, the licensee, at the usual hour, and
he and his family retired to rest. It was rather
a wild night, and. they, slept soundly. No noise
was heard by them, but on rising at 6 o'clock
Adams was astonished to find the front door open,
and a large proportion of his liquor stock
gone, in addition to six large boxes of
cigars and some cash. When the place
was thoroughly examined, it was found tbat the
work of the robbers had been effected with much
determination. They bad first examined all the
windows on the ground floor looking into the
street ; but finding the catches too strong, and
probably being chary of breaking the glass and
thus causidg- a noise, had obtained a carpenter's
brace and bit, and bored boles all round
the the woodwork near the back of the
bar door. The wood was then taken out
in one piece and the lock pushed back. Tbe
bar was then at their mercy, and they carried. ofiE,
amongst other property, 24db of tobacco, a keg of
whiskey, a number of bottles of brandy and
whiskey, a dozen bottles of ale, and so forth.- The
money bad been taken from the till. In order to
carry the plunder away they must have bad a
horse and conveyance. They left no clue.
(CLEANING OUT A HOTEL.
Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) Saturday 3 August 1889 p 5 Article.)
Incidentally the names of HASLETT and BERGIN will be discussed in my BULLA or BROADMEADOWS journal re the Somerton Rd area. I will be checking but offhand,Haslett was the grantee of Sherwood/Ballater Park if I remember correctly and Bergin had a small grant on section 3 Bulla Bulla near the cemetery.
xxx thanks so much for your contact on my webpage http://morganandkellyfamilyhistories.weebly.com/ and the information you have sent me regarding the other Hotel on Pascoe Vale Road.
One of these days I will find time to go through the land titles for the Cross Keys Hotel for myself. Probably not until I retire though.
I "googled" you and have found your Strathmore History page. I'm looking forward to reading through it. I must admit I get so confused with all the different names in the area, ie Hawstead, North Essendon, Pascoe Vale, Moonee Ponds. I suppose boundaries changed over the years?
I also see you are into Tullamarine history. I have been searching for more descendants of my Morgans from the Cross Keys Hotel. My grandmother's eldest brother was John "Jack" Adams who apparently died in a nursing home at Tullamarine in 1983. I have been told Jack may have been some sort of caretaker at a farm around Craigieburn/Yuroke. In the Vic electoral roles his address was with his son Morgan Adams at 51 Fraser Street Niddrie from 1963 until 1980.
If you happen to use ancestry.com the link to Jack in my tree is http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/6900954/person/-1207540832
It may just be co-incidence but Fraser St was close to the northern boundary of "Niddrie" (17B, Doutta Galla) whose eastern boundary is indicated by Treadwell St off Keilor Rd and Nomad Rd in Essendon Aerodrome. If I remember correctly,the farm was purchased by Dr. (Patrick?) Morgan in 1906. Patrick may actually have been the author of the family history THE MORGANS OF NIDDRIE. I don't know if this family was connected to your CROSS KEYS mob but family folklore would know of any doctors in the family.
There were plenty of Morgans around the area, Fred Morgan who married a Knight girl and farmed The Pines at Pascoe Vale and was somehow related to Joseph and John English who bought Fawkner's Belle Vue Park and built the mansion at the top of Oak Park Court; I think The Pines was part of Belle Vue Park.
(BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, Richard Broome.)
There was also a Morgan who bought Camp Hill at Tullamarine (from the Gilligans in about 1913 if I remember correctly) and W.R.Morgan who started an engineering firm in Glenroy and later transferred his operations to about the site of Hannah Pascoe Drive on the Moonee Ponds Creek floodplain on Camp Hill (renamed Gowanbrae by Scott.)
You wouldn't happen to have any idea of the owner of the property that Jack Adams was managing near Yuroke/
Craigieburn? Poole,Saunders,Simmie, Alston etc?
Hawstead was probably a place in the old country that the surveyor had come from and is the only case I have come across where suburban blocks (surveyed in every township) were actually given a suburb name. The name probably disappeared because it was replaced by NORTH PARK, which was probably a farm name before Alexander McCracken built his mansion of that name (now the Columban Mission) on the block. Part of Pascoeville/ Pascoevale/ Pascoe Vale became Oak Park when Hutchinson of the Glenroy flour mill changed the name of Fawkner's Belle Vue Park to Oak Park because of the many oak trees that Fawkner had planted.
Strathmore was known as North Essendon, as was the area near the Essendon Crossroads (near Keilor Rd corner) until the North Essendon Progress Association finally got a station near the Cross Keys. Names for the Stations (Strathmore, Glenbervie) were both places associated with Thomas Napier's native area in Scotland.
Moonee Ponds meant NEAR THE MOONEE PONDS CREEK for a great many decades.
If any other researchers of the Morgans of the Cross Keys Hotel would like to get in touch with Kerryn Taylor,send me a private message or contact her through her website.
DROWNED IN A TANK.
Dr. Cole, district coroner, held an inquest yesterday afternoon, at the Cross Keys Hotel, Pascoevale-road. Essendon North, on the body of John Morgan, licensee of that hotel. He was found drowned on Thursday afternoon, in a tank on the premises containing 10ft. of water. The deceased had employed two men to effect some repairs to the tap, which was out of order and during the course of their work they had to go to a buggy-shed, some few
yards away, to obtain some implements.
Morgan at that time was standing on the top of the tank, the lid of which was off. Hearing a splash they returned, to find Morgan missing. About 10 minutes elapsed before they could recover his body, life being
then extinct. There being no evidence to show how the deceased had got into the water, an open verdict was returned.(P.19, Argus, 1-3-1907.)
In a history of Essendon's historic houses, or historical origins of street names in the Essendon area,probably written by Lenore Frost,it was stated that James Hearn was the son-in -law of William John Turner Clarke (often referred to as "Big" Clarke.) At the time of Big Clarke's death,he was practically paralysed and was being cared for at "Roseneath",the residence of James Hearn.
Roseneath was just east of the water reserve at the south corner of Mt Alexander Rd and Woodland St and was later the residence of William Salmon who donated part of his estate (Salmon Reserve) to the Essendon Council. The part of the Township of Essendon north of Glass St, named "Hawstead" contained larger "suburban" blocks and the one on which Roseneath was built seems to have been granted to a member of Big Clarke's family. GET ALLOTMENT DETAILS. SEE POSTSCRIPT 10-8-2017 BELOW.
Despite claims that William Pomeroy Greene of Woodlands was responsible for the name of Woodland St,the above author (if my memory is correct)stated that the street name came from a huge estate/run in the west of Victoria held by Big Clarke. Greene may have been responsible for the naming of Essendon, being associated with a village of that name in England whose Anglican Church still has a font donated by the Greene family. This latter article (font etc)was in the Essendon Historical Society newsletter. The Water Reserve,fed by Five Mile Creek,is now Woodlands Park.
Since I started researching my SAFETY BEACH journal,I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to prove that either James Hearn or John Vans Agnew Bruce (a big contractor from Essendon who owned, by 1863,the 1000 acres of Safety Beach etc north of the line of Martha Cove Waterway or Tassells Creek leased by Edwin Louis Tassell)was a son-in-law of Big Clarke.
"THORNGROVE" in the parish of Yuroke was granted to Big Clarke and later owned by James Hearn, as was a grant a bit further south in the parish of Will Will Rook that Hay Lonie had been leasing as a dairy farm. Big Clarke was said to have bought all of Jamieson's Special Survey in stages and (a) sold the northern 1000 acres to Bruce at a big profit (LIME LAND LEISURE) OR (b)given it to his son-in-law,Bruce, as a wedding present (A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.) The Survey was the northern part of the parish of Kangerong and immediately north of the Sea Lane (Ellerina/Bruce Rd)in the parish of Moorooduc, was the Mount Martha Run,last held by James Hearn who received the grants for most of it, along the coast from Balcombe Creek's mouth to Hearn's Rd,the Dalkeith pre-emptive Right (north to White's Lane, now Range Rd)and other land east to the Tubbarubba diggings.
The passing of ownership from Big Clarke to James Hearn of two large tracts north /west of Melbourne and ownership of adjoining property near Mt Martha and even Clarke's death at Roseneath could just indicate a very close friendship,akin to that between Edward Williams and Sidney Smith Crispo,the former managing Manners-Sutton (west of Canterbury Jetty Rd)in early days and buying the latter's Eastbourne estate at Rosebud West,even caring for the great Crispo there during his last days. However it seems more likely that the association between Clarke and Hearn was more than just a friendship,probably a relationship.
While asking that great detailer of history,Isaac Batey, about John Rankin with the aid of trove,the truth may have finally emerged.
During my stay in the Riverina, falling in with Mr. James Hearne, a first cousin of the late Sir William Clarke,I learnt that (etc.) (P.4, Sunbury News, 4-7-1903.)
Sir William was Big Clarke's son and built Rupertwood (named after his own son) where the tradition of "The Ashes" started. I'm hoping that a F.T.C. member has a copy of the Clarke family history and can provide the exact details of the Clarke-Hearn relationship.My guess is that Big Clarke's wife was a Hearn. Help!
Thank you to Rod210205 for your comment.
Paste DOUTTA GALLA, COUNTY OF BOURKE into your search bar and click on the first result, then click sheet 2.
The suburban allotments north of Essendon were described as Hawstead. Crown allotment 12A at the top left corner of sheet 2 was a water reserve with overflow being carried by Five Mile Creek to the Moonee Ponds Creek at Melway 28J2, just south of Government Rd.(on which stood the forerunner of Essendon Primary School.)
I believe that Roseneath comprised crown allotments 12 and 11, granted to M.Skehan and possibly c/a 10 granted to David Duncan who is said to have built Roseneath. Other lots to the east may have been added to the property. As I have not researched Essendon rates or sale notices, the acreage of the property at various times is yet to be determined but the Salmon Rseserve might indicate its eventual eastern extent.
Rod210205 and other Hearn researchers may already be aware of the following article whose digitisation was corrected three years ago by Keith Morris but there are several facts, such as James Hearn Snr's trade, his other son, John, whom I've never seen mentioned before, and James Jnr. being unmarried, of which I was unaware.
JAMES HEARN-or Hearne as was the
popular spelling in the '40's-married
he third daughter of William Clarke, a
former Devonshire man and an authority
on cattle breeding. Hearn came from
Somerset. His wife was a sister of
W. J. T. Clarke-better known in the early
colonial days as Big or Money Clarke.
W. J. T. Clarke came to Van Dieman's
Land in 1829; he became a leading pas-
toralist there, and in 1837 he extended to
It was on Clarke's advice that Hearn
came out to Port Phillip with, his wife and
four children, two boys and two girls, aged
seven years and downwards. In Bourke
street, Melbourne, Hearn set up as a
wheelwright, and stayed for some years in
that business. His first venture into a
grazing speculation was in 1855, when he
purchased Dallimore's run on Mt. Martha
from John Aitken, and soon after be
bought the Thorngrove Estate at Somerton.
James Hearn, sen., died in 1857.
The sons, James and John, then formed
a partnership with the Wragge brothers,
Thomas and William, and the firm pur-
chased Uardry from Ray and Angel. That
was the beginning of the famous Uardry
merino stud flocks. But they sold out of
Uardry and purchased the Lachlan run
Tom's Lake. Later they added Restdown,
Cultowa. Warparilla, and Marathon to
their holdings, and were among the lead-
ing pastoralists. Thomas Wragge was the
first to retire from the partnership, and
it was not till the first year of the present
century that John Hearn sold his share
to his brother. Then the firm was dis-
solved. William Wragge took over the New
South Wales properties, and James Hearn
retained Restdown until his death at
Essendon in 1904.
James Hearn was a familiar figure in
sporting circles. He was a leading mem-
ber of the Royal Agricultural Society, and
of the Old Colonists' Association. He mar-
ried twice, and had four sons and a daugh-
ter, all of whom have been associated with
the pastoral industry. John Hearn, jun.,
died unmarried. (P.43, The Australasian, 20-11-1937.)
James Hearn Snr's death record is absent from Victorian BDM.
EventDeath Event registration number8576 Registration year1904
Family nameHEARN Given namesJas SexUnknown Father's nameHearn Jas Mother's nameLouise (Clarke) Place of birth Place of deathEsdon Age62
Isaac Batey's yarn about David Duncan building Roseneath etc. Paste link in search bar.
SALE OF PROPERTY.
Messrs. Campbell and Sons, Kirk's Bazaar, report having sold, on account of Messrs. W. C. Hearn* and Thomas Wragge, trustees in the estate of the late James Hearn, their farm, situate at Somerton, and known as the Thorngrove Farm, and containing 338 acres. Mr. John Hearn was the purchaser, at a satisfactory price.
(P.4, Argus, 18-2-1892.)
(*William Clarke Hearn, second son of James Hearn Snr.)
Thorngrove of 338 acres, being crown allotment 4J of the parish of Yuroke, was granted to William John Turner (Big) Clarke. It was bounded on the east by the final 4100 links (820 metres) of the north end of Pascoe Vale Rd and on the north by Somerton Rd with a frontage 8100 links (1620 metres) to the west. Today this is Meadow Heights with the bend in Tarcoola Avenue indicating its south east corner.
Paste digital.slv.vic.gov.au/dtl_publish/simpleimages/22/2588594.htmlinto your search bar to get the parish map.
WILLIAM WESTGARTH AND EARLY MELBOURNE. (Index of pioneers in order of appearance at start of journal.)
PIONEERS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE.)
Bold type indicates a major mention. I wanted to include these names under appropriate chapter heading in the CONTENTS below to better indicate their location given the lack of page numbers, but every time I edit, I lose most of the surnames, so the journal will remain untouched. All names are of Victorian pioneers, with the exception of Darwin (friend of Edward Wilson after his return to England.) I believe James Sceales should be James Scales.
WESTGARTH, DRUMMOND, LOCKE, LIARDET, LINGHAM,FAWKNER, SMITH,CRAIG, KERR,HOLMES,TURNBULL,ORR,FORSYTH,PITTMAN, DINWOODIE, TOWNEND,JAMES,HOOD,CASHMORE, CARSON, CHISHOLM, BENJAMIN, WITTON, HOWITT, ERSKINE, HOBSON, MORISON, FORBES,WELSH, SAYERS, WATSON, WIGHT, WERE,BARNES,STRACHAN,NODIN,BRODIE,CAREY,SMITH, CAMPBELL,RUSSELL, MARTIN, HUTTON,NANTES, BROADFOOT,ALISON, KNIGHT, LATROBE,ROACH,THOMSON, MANTON, JACKSON,RAE, ARDEN,CARRINGTON, CONDELL, PORTER, HEAP,GRICE, BELL,BUCHANAN,KELSH,LOVELL,CAMPBELL,WILLIAMS,PATTERSON,GRAHAM,RYRIE,
PURVES,KING, KERR, BROWNE,DAVIDSON, MOORE, TORRENS, JACKSON(SUNBURY), PINKERTON,SCEALES, HOYLE,HARDIE,MURRAY,MORRIS, BOYD, RYRIE(YERING),DE CASTELLA(YERING),FENNELL,ROBERTSON, MANIFOLD,GORRIE,MCGREGOR,IRVINE, MCKNIGHT, SUTHERLAND, BURCHETT,HENTY, BYASS,HAMILTON,ALLEN,BLACK,WEBSTER,MCCRAE, COPPIN,HENTY,MCKINNON,WILSON ,SINCLAIR, BATMAN,MCKINNEY,FENNELL,COLLYER, AITKEN, RUSSELL,CONDELL, INGLIS, KAYE, BUCHANAN, PORTER,THOMSON, CRESWICK, GELLIBRAND,HESSE, SMITH,MACKILLOP,WEBB,FAWKNERMOOR,MURPHY,MCARTHUR, WRIGHT,LALOR,SIMPSON, MCARTHUR(BANKER), LATROBE, WILSON,KILBURN, KERR, JOHNSTON, GILL, MACKINNON, JACKSON, RAE, DALGETY,DUCROZ, CASSELL,SYME,SPOWERS, DARWIN(ENGLAND),GRYLLS, CLOW, WILLIAMSON,SMITH,SIMPSON, STAWELL, BARRY,FOSTER, SLADEN, RUSDEN,CLARKE, CAMPBELL, FINLAY, HEARN,MCCOY, IRVING,PEARSON, WEBSTER,WESTBY, JAMES, WESTBY, MOOR,PATTERSON, PERRY,ELDER(S.A.), NEUHAUSS, MILLER,O'FARRELL,PALMER,BARKER,O'SHANNASSY, SERVICE, KERR,EBDEN, STAWELL, CASSELL, RUTLEDGE,SPLATT,POHLMAN, CAMPBELL, DUNLOP,STRACHAN,COWDEROY, REID, HENTY, JOHNSTON,MARSDEN,WOOLLEY, WIGHT, DAMYON, BRAHE, BARKER, SHADFORTH,HAM,BLACK,STAWELL,MURPHY, HENTY,MCARTHUR, MURPHY,WRIGHT,WERE,MCCRAE,CRESWICK,THOMSON, LANGHORNE,RALEIGH, RENNY, CASSELL, GILL, ROSS,WESTGARTH, HOBSON,WILLIAMSON, CURR, CASSELL
George Sinclair Brodie was heavily involved in Melbourne's early history and I expected to find an Australian Dictionary of Biography article about him. I found plenty of information about his arrival,his possible return home in 1851 and a possible divorce in the 1860's,his wife having remained in Australia. But not the Biography I had expected. However every cloud has a silver lining.
Having googled "George Sinclair Brodie,Victoria", I tried this result:
Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria - Project ...
I had long looked forward to one more visit to Victoria, perhaps the last I should ..... where I first met my most worthy old friend, George Sinclair Brodie, so well ...
William Westgarth's history had been much quoted in a history of the Lalor/ Epping area (in regard to its early Lutheran influence) that Irma Hatty kindly offered to lend me years ago so the portion about his involvement in the encouragement of German immigration came as no surprise. His history is absolutely wonderful and gives much information about prominent residents of early Melbourne, squatters, parliament etc. Even though it did not give the detail I sought about G.S.Brodie,I was compelled to read it to the very end.
William attended the wedding of John Batman's daughter at John Aitken's Mt Aitken and his description of how guests coped with the lack of accommodation has the sort of anecdotal detail which makes eye-witness history so valuable. He provided fascinating insights into the Jacksons of Sunbury, Edward Wilson of the Argus, James Stewart Johnston of "Craig Lee" and so many other pioneers.
Thanks to Project Gutenberg Australia for making this great history available online.
Here is a table of contents.
AN INTRODUCTORY MEDLEY.
MR. FROUDE'S "OCEANA".
UNITY OF THE EMPIRE.
EARLY PORT PHILLIP.
MY FIRST NIGHT ASHORE.
INDIGENOUS FEATURES AROUND MELBOURNE.
THE ABORIGINAL NATIVES IN AND ABOUT TOWN.
EARLY CIVILIZING DIFFICULTIES.
"THE BEACH" (NOW PORT MELBOURNE).
EARLY MELBOURNE, ITS UPS AND DOWNS--1840-1851.
THE MELBOURNE CORPORATION, 1842.
EARLY SUBURBAN MELBOURNE.
THE EARLY SQUATTING TIMES.
EARLY WESTERN VICTORIA ("AUSTRALIA FELIX").
SOME NAMES OF MARK IN THE EARLY YEARS.
THE HENTY FAMILY, AND THE FOUNDATION OF VICTORIA.
SOME INTERJECTA IN RE BATMAN, PIONEER OF THE PORT PHILLIP SETTLEMENT.
JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER, FATHER OF MELBOURNE.
JAMES SIMPSON, FIRST MAGISTRATE OF "THE SETTLEMENT".
DAVID CHARTERIS McARTHUR, FATHER OF VICTORIAN BANKING.
CHARLES JOSEPH LA TROBE, C.B.
SIR JOHN O'SHANASSY.
WILLIAM KERR, FOUNDER OF "THE ARGUS".
CHARLES HOTSON EBDEN, ESQUIRE.
EDWARD WILSON, CHIEF PROPRIETOR OF "THE ARGUS", "THE TIMES" OF THE
EARLY SOCIETY: WAYS, MEANS, AND MANNERS.
THE GERMAN IMMIGRATION.
THE GERMAN PRINCE.
EARLY VICTORIA, FROM 1851.
MOUNT ALEXANDER AND BENDIGO.
EARLY VICTORIAN LEGISLATION.
MELBOURNE IN 1888.
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