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BEECH.--On the 17th January, 1908 at 214 Drummond street south, Mary, relict of John Beech,late of Toolamba;aged 79. Colonist of 68 years. (P.4, The Ballarat Star, 18-1-1908.)

BEECH.—On the 1st inst, at his residence, Toolamba, John Beech, one of the earliest settlers of Victoria, aged 60 years. Deeply regretted. Wiltshire papers please copy.(P.1, Argus, 10-4-1882.)

I recently discovered that the Lady of the Lake Hotel was burnt down between February and October of 1961, and that the Beech Tree Hotel was operating by the latter month. Tonight I found that a fellow called Powell had won the tender to carry mail to the Beech Tree in 1859. John Beech had earlier run a store on the site of this hotel but as it had a different name, which I might never find again*, the hotel would seem to have been operating by that time.**

Lost, from Barkers Creek Diggings, in November last, two red walking bullocks, one branded AT off rump', 895 off thigh, JW near shoulder, and one stag steer, branded ON off rump.
Any one bringing the same to John Beech, Wiltshire Store, Mount Macedon Road, will receive the above reward.
JAMES PURVIS. 9th February, 1852. (P.3, Argus, 10-2-1852.)

**The Argus Saturday 9 April 1859 p 5 Article.)

It was certainly operating in 1860 (as was the Inverness, just beyond the north end of today's N-S runway at Melbourne Airport.) The Lady of the Lake was obviously closed but the O'Nial girls watched the procession through the Cape Broom hedge.

Google BEECH TREE, TULLAMARINE, click on this site and you'll get the right page.
(Following Burke and Wills Across Australia: A Touring Guide
Dave Phoenix - 2015 - ‎Science
Large trees alive with cockatoos and colourful parrots lined the route, which ... the Bulla Road, passing by the Beech Tree Hotel and Tullamarine village, where a ..)

As John Beech's death notice described him as one of the earliest settlers of Victoria, I found details of his marriage which, as the death notices show, gave the wrong name for his wife, unless she had the given names of Margaret AND Mary.

John Beech wed Margaret Purvis in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne.

Mary Beech (Purvis)
Birthdate: 1828 (80)
Birthplace: Cookstown, Cookstown, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: January 17, 1908 (80)
Ballarat City, Victoria, Australia
Place of Burial: Buried at Ballarat New Cemetery/Victoria, Australia
Immediate Family:
Daughter of Henry Purvis and Margaret Purvis
Wife of John Beech
Mother of Martha Groves; Robert Beech; James Beech; John Beech; William Edmund Beech and 3 others
Sister of Henry Purvis
(Mary Beech (Purvis) (1828 - 1908) - Genealogy - Geni

Nothing ties the above John and Mary Beech to Tullamarine EXCEPT FOR MARY'S MAIDEN NAME, PURVIS.

My 1999 Melway is useless as a road directory in any area near Tullamarine because early subdivision lots sold by J.F.L.Foster and J.P.Fawkner have been transposed on those maps, especially between Tullamarine Junction and Grants Lane. Thomas Purvis bought about 15 acres (Melway 5 parts F-G 3) from Foster (volume 30 folio 772) and ON 1-5-1851, John Beech bought land (possibly about 30 of the 56 or so acres always associated with the hotel) adjoining the Purvis land to the north in Melway 5 F-G 10.part 11 (volume M folio 481.)

Thomas Purvis also bought lots 14, 47 and 28 of J.Carre Riddell's Camieston Estate in 5 F-G 8.

A member of the Hendry family was Tullamarine's first official postmaster. (ELECTORAL REGISTRARS: Tullamarine - James Hendry, postmaster.(P.6, Argus, 23-4-1864.)

By special license, by the Rev. Thomas Odell, James Purvis, of Tullamarine, to Christina Hendry, youngest daughter of Mr. James Hendry, of Perth, Scotland.(P.4, Argus, 4-7-1855.)

James Purvis was the four years younger brother of Mary who married John Beech. (Parents Henry and Margaret.)
Name James Purvis
Born 1832 Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Gender Male
Died 1915 New Zealand
Person ID I18688 Purvis Family Tree
Last Modified 24 Jun 2007
Father Henry Purvis, b. 1798, Cookstown, Derryloran, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland d. 10 May 1870, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Age 72 years)
Mother Margaret Parkes, b. 1799, d. 1871, Victoria, Australia (Age 72 years)
Married 1817 County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Family ID F7455 Group Sheet
Family Christina Hendry, b. 1835
Married 1855 Victoria, Australia
1. Child Purvis, b. 1856, d. 185?/6?
2. David Alexander Purvis, b. 1857, Tullamarine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia d. 1927 (Age 70 years)
3. James Henry Purvis, b. 1859, Tullamarine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia d. 1873 (Age 14 years)
4. William John Purvis, b. 1862, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia(Age 3 years)
5. Ellen Purvis, b. 1864, New Zealand d. 1866 (Age 2 years)
6. Mary Christina Purvis, b. 1866, New Zealand d. 1???
7. Annie Jane Purvis, b. 1868, New Zealand d. 1???
8. Minnie Purvis, b. 1869, d. 1???
9. Elizabeth Purvis, b. 1871, New Zealand d. 1???
10. Henry Thomas Purvis, b. 10 Aug 1873, East Taieri, Otago, New Zealand d. 1873, East Taieri, Otago, New Zealand
11. James Purvis, b. 1874, New Zealand d. 1874 (Age 0 years)
+ 12. Samuel Purvis, b. 1876, New Zealand d. 19??
13. Child Purvis, b. 187?/8?

More may be discovered.

The Beech Tree was advertised for lease by tender in 1861 but the name of the owner was not supplied, more likely that of an agent. Every mention of the hotel in the 1860's apart from said advertisement was in relation to elections and did not mention the proprietor until 1866 when James Tenniel was running the hotel. James died in 1874 and his widow married Noah Holland, a drover who used to bring cattle from Lancefield to the Newmarket saleyards, spelling them overnight on his 6 acre block,a tad south of directly opposite the Beech Tree, which is now the 7 acre Melrose Drive Reserve, Handlen's acre block having been added at the north side of the reserve some time after 1971.

The owner in 1861 was John Beech who had started his move north according to his timeline. John's marriage in 1846 is not included. John's age at the time of each birth is given.

John Beech's Timeline
1822 April 1, 1822 Birth of John Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

December 22, 1822 Baptism of John, Corsley, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

1848 April 27, 1848 Age 26 Birth of Martha Groves

1850 October 24, 1850 Age 28 Birth of Robert Beech Brunswick, Moreland City, Victoria, Australia

1853 1853 Age 30 Birth of James Beech Victoria, Australia

1855 May 5, 1855 Age 33 Birth of John Beech Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia

1861 August 8, 1861 Age 39 Birth of William Edmund Beech Woodend, Macedon Ranges Shire, Victoria, Australia

1863 1863 Age 40 Birth of Sarah Louisa Bond Newham, Macedon Ranges Shire, Victoria, Australia

1865 November 18, 1865 Age 43 Birth of Henry Beech Newham, Macedon Ranges Shire, Victoria, Australia

The "Beech, Purvis, Hendry" connection seems to have been maintained as there was a Hendry at Toolambra later and Sarah Louisa, born in 1863, married a Kiwi.

1861. TO LET, by TENDER, If any acceptable tender be sent in before the 16th February, the BEECH TREE HOTEL, Tullamarine, with an adjacent cottage, and with or without 25 or 55 acres of land. The hotel furniture to be taken at a valuation. J. B.Watson, 81 Elizabeth street, Melbourne.(P.1, Argus, 8-2-1861.)

Why did John want to move? The road to Bulla had been THE GREAT ROAD TO THE DIGGINGS until Samuel Brees' bridge was built at Keilor in 1854. By 1861, the road to Bulla was splendid but seldom used and the destruction of the Lady of the Lake by fire prior to October 1861 may not have been accidental. Farmers carting hay and drovers such as Noah Holland sustained the hotel that John built (and its replacement after the 1892 fire) for another 50 years until it was delicensed but the regular turnover of proprietors shown in rate records indicated that it was not hugely profitable.

1866. Broadmeadows. — At the Broadmeadows police court, yesterday, James William Baker was charged with stealing a saddle and bridle, the property of James Tenniel, of the Beech Tree Hotel, Tullamarine, on the night of the 15th inst.(etc.) (P.6, The Age, 26-9-1866.)

1892. FIRE AT TULLAMARINE. The Beech Tree Hotel, at Tullamarine, was burned to the ground yesterday morning. (etc.) (P. 6, The Age, 3-2-1892.)

1889. BOND–BEECH.—On the 10th October, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. John Beech, Malvern-road,Prahran, by the Rev. John Burton, of Box Hill, Geo.Huntley Bond, eldest son of G. B. Bond of Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand, to Sarah Louisa, daughter of the late Mr.John Beech, of Toolamba, Victoria, and granddaughter of the late Mr. Beech, Wiltshire, England.(P.44, Leader, 26-10-1889.)

1929. SELLING AGENTS' REPORTS. 58 crossbred and comeback, G.Y.Hendry,Toolamba;(P.8, The Age, 10-4-1929.)

It's a fair bet that G.Y.Hendry, who served in W.W.1, knew Noah Holland fairly well.

HENDRY.—On February 9 (suddenly),George Young Hendry, 87 Athol st.,Moonee Ponds, beloved husband of Blanche, loved father of Gordon,Hugh, Margaret, and Rosemary. —At rest.(P.12, Argus, 10-2-1949.)

Stockman Dies at Sale Yards
Mr. George Hendry, of Athol-street, Moonee Ponds, collapsed and died during sales at Newmarket stock yards yesterday. Mr. Hendry, who was a stockman employed by Quiney, Mawbey and Co., was assisting at the sale of a pen of bullocks. He has been a well-known figure at Newmarket yards for the past 30 years.(P.3, The Age, 10-2-1949.)

John Beech died in 1882. James was the eldest son and had probably inherited his father's farm which John Snr. seems to have selected in 1872.
The following transfers have been registered at the Office of Titles- :....;James Beech,Toolamba West, to John Beech, farmer,Toolamba West.(P.2, Riverine Herald, 19-2-1883.)

71. Beech, John, Toolamba, 229a 2r 10p, on Winter's run. Recommended.(P.2, Riverine Herald, 24-2-1872.)

GEORGE YOUNG HENDRY, according to his enlistment details, was not a member of the Tullamarine family but was probably related. There was a youngster named George Hendry at Tullamarine and it seems that his father had died by 1873.

A melancholy accident, resulting in the death of a boy seven years old, named George Hendrie, occurred on Friday last, at Tullamarine, near Broadmeadows. At an inquest begun by Mr. Candler on the 18th, and concluded on the 20th inst, evidence was given to the effect that at about 4 o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, the 17th inst., the deceased boy returned from school, passed the house of his stepfather, James Cousins*, went into the paddock of a Mr. Evans, and got upon top of a stack of hay which was being built, and busied himself taking hay off the top of a fork, with which Mr. Evans was reaching the hay to the top of the stack.

There was a short ladder against the stack,and Mr. Evans placed the fork against the top of the ladder. The boy then began to descend, and tried to reach the top of the short ladder with his feet, while he endeavoured to regulate his movements with the hay fork. Mr. Evans, who was standing at hand, went to the foot of the stack, and warned him to be careful, but the boy did not succeed in reaching the ladder, and fell. Mr. Evans caught him in his arms, and the boy as he fell cried out, "Oh dear!" Mr. Evans saw blood coming from the mouth of the boy, who died immediately. The mother and stepfather heard the boy was hurt, and rushing up in a state of great excitement, accused Mr. Evans of having murdered their boy. When examined at the inquest they said they had no reason to suspect that any injuries had been inflicted wilfully. Dr. E. Barker, made a post-mortem examination, and stated that there were two punctured wounds in the left breast of the deceased, such as would be caused by the prongs of a hay fork. One of the wounds had penetrated the aorta and had caused death. The jury found that the deceased died of a punctured wound of the aorta, and that there was no evidence to show how he came by it, but that in their opinion the wound was accidentally sustained.(P.21, The Australasian, 25-1-1873.)

*Other appointments are made as follow -Bernard Cousins, Tullamarine, to be electoral registrar for the Tullamarine division of the electoral district of West Bourke, and deputy electoral registrar for the Broadmeadows and Bulla and the Merriang and Darebin divisions of the Southern Province, vice J.Hendry, resigned.
(P.5, Argus, 20-1-1883.)

HENDRY. — On the 1st inst., at Tullamarine, Mr James Hendry, aged forty-two. Perth papers please copy.
(P.7, The Age, 25-4-1866.)

I'd first seen the above tragic tale three years ago, probably when I wrote my journal about hotels near Tullamarine or Robert George Ely, a pioneer of Keilor, who was teaching at Tullamarine, obviously the one in the present Cherie St bend which had started as a Wesleyan school in the 1850's. In 1884, this school, which was right across Bulla Rd from the Junction Hotel, was closed along with the Seafield School and replaced by Tullamarine State School 2613 at the Conders Lane corner. John Blanche, who'd taught at the school near the junction for many years offered the block he'd bought from Foster (volume 179 folio 880), between today's Trade Park Drive and the south boundary of Trade Park Reserve, as a site for the new school, but the inspector Mr Ware, said it was far too close to the Beech Tree Hotel.

The two Hendry lads in the following article were almost certainly brothers of the ill-fated George. They were obviously not Methodists like the Nash and Parr families and had lacked the steadying hand of a father as they approached manhood.

(Before Messrs. Davies (chairman),Puckle, Swan, Bellair, and Filson,J's.P.)
Alexander Hendry, James Hendry and Joseph Jackson were charged with using obscene language on the 30th September at Tullamarine.

Richard Glazer, licensee of the Bench Tree Hotel and Richard Craven of the Junction Hotel stated the prisoners
came to their respective houses at one o'clock on Sunday morning and called for drinks as they were travellers. They supplied them. They then left and went towards the State school.Michael Robert Nolan, constable stationed at Broadmeadows, gave evidence as to the arrest of the prisoners on their way to Moonee Ponds. The Bench
considered the case had not been proved and discharged prisoners.

A second charge of wilfully destroying State school property at Tullamarine was preferred against them by Constable Nolan. Richard Craven, Junction Hotel stated the prisoners came to his hotel at one o'clock in the morning, had drinks and then went away in the direction of the State school. He saw them close to the school and afterwards heard hammering in the school. Had no doubt the three men he saw cross the road were the prisoners.

Robert Ely, State school teacher, at Tullamarine, informed the Bench that he left the school at 3.30 on Friday. He locked the door. When he returned on Monday morning found the doors burst in and the school disarranged.
Some of the copy books were written on and torn. He assessed the damage at 11s.

Constable Nolan said on the Sunday he was told that the prisoners had been at Tullamarine creating a disturbance. He then went to the school and foundthe door had been prized open and the copy books strewn about the floor. Some of the books were torn and disfigured by writing, he also found the reading books on the main road outside the school. He afterwards arrested the prisoners near Moonee Ponds, they were all under the influence of liquor at the time.

The prisoners who pleaded not guilty, on being asked if they had anything to say,declared they had never been near the school and called at no house till they reached Parr's on the way to Melbourne.Mr. Davies said they were of opinion that the case had been proved, and fined each 20s. with 5s. costs and 12s. compensation.
(P.3, North Melbourne Advertiser, 5-10-1883.)

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ELIZA WILLOUGHBY? WHOSE WIDOW WOULD SHE BE? (Tasmania and Victoria, Australia.)

Eliza Willoughby?
Whose widow would she be?
His claim as founder caused Fawkner's jealousy!
His identity in this article you will see.


Her legacy lives in Mt. Eliza's name*;
Her tragic end a dreadful shame;
Two daughters married blokes named Collyer;
Find out more on Wikipedia.


One or both of the Mesdames Collier, according to a rumour
Were said to be buried at Toolern Vale; as in my Dictionary History of Bulla.
It wasn't true, there was no evidence,
But they probably both were residents.


*Mt Eliza was supposedly named by Captain William Hobson of the Rattlesnake after his wife but the person so honoured doesn't seem to be documented except in an account of the Rattlesnake's survey of the Bay.
225 Mount Martha and Mount Eliza were named by one of the lieutenants of the Rattlesnake, in compliment to Mrs. Lonsdale and Mrs. Batman, respectively.
226 Part of the description of H.M.S. Rattlesnake' s first visit to Port Phillip is based on the private journal
held in the National Library of Australia) kept by the ship's gunnery officer, John Henry Norcock. See HRV 1, pp. 64-77.


MOONEE PONDS as used in the first decades of Victoria's permanent settlement did not mean the present suburb but "somewhere near the Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds" (Moonee Ponds Creek.)

Today's Strathmore consists of the part of section 16 Doutta Galla east of Bulla Rd, section 15, east of today's Carnarvon/ Arvon Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek, and section 23 (known in early times as St John's) north of section 15 to the Moonee Ponds Creek, whose south west corner was just south of the Nomad Rd, Vaughan St corner.

Title documents for section 23 mentioned a 123 acre farm leased by a Mr Dunn which became known as Dunn's Farm but I was not sure whether this Mr Dunn was Henry Dunn or a Thomas Dunn AND there was no way that the whole farm could have been in section 23. Sir John Franklin was the owner of the 123 acre farm and title documents regarding section 15 showed that 12 acres of Dunn's farm was actually the northern portion of section 15 which John Murray Peck had fenced in 1882 when he moved onto the part of section 15 purchased by William Smith and immediately south of Sir John Franklin's section 15 purchase. Peck paid the rates for this 12 acre block but never claimed title. After Peck's death, J. English bought Lebanon and claimed title for the 12 acres through adverse possession.

Across the creek from St John's was John Pascoe Fawkner's grant, crown allotment 151 Jika Jika of 709 acres, north to the line of about Victoria St/Rhodes Pde where it adjoined the Glenroy estate and east to Northumberland Rd, Pascoe Vale. In about 1842, Fawkner was forced to sell the land east of Pascoe Vale Rd because of losses from his squatting venture near today's Monegeetta but his Belle Vue Park across the creek from St John's was in his wife's name and could not be sequestered. Fawkner had established the Pascoeville Village just north of the Pascoe Vale bridge and the Young Queen Hotel became a landmark. William Smith (from whom Peck purchased his section 15 land in about 1881) was running the hotel when in 1847 he was accused of murdering his servant, which might account for Mr Parslowe being in charge of the hotel at the time of the robbery at THOMAS DUNN'S farm in 1848*.

Major St John's corruption as a Crown Land Commissioner was exposed by Fawkner who was sued by St John, found guilty and fined a token pittance. Disgraced, St John left the colony. Sir John Franklin added section 23 to his several purchases in the area and leased Dunn's Farm to the mysterious Mr Dunn. Thomas Dunn's home would have been near today's Lebanon Reserve, just across the creek from the Young Queen.


This was granted to corrupt magistrate and Crown Lands Commissioner, Major G.F.B.St. John in 1843. J.P.Fawkner exposed his bribe-taking and he fled home embarrassed in 1848. Lady Franklin bought the 516 acres.

Sketch of Title 11578 seems to indicate that St John made Charles Hotson Ebden a dower trustee on 25-2-1843 (B 304). On 17-12-1844, section 23 was conveyed to Sir John Franklin by Ebden, Frederick Armand Powlett (who was probably also a trustee) and St John (c 341).
On 31-3-1852, Sir John and Dame Jane leased 414 acres of section 23 to Thomas Lawson for 10 years at a rent of 100 pounds p.a. This land went east to “Nursery Corner”. On 17-3-1862, Henry Mawbey (mentioned by Harry Peck) started a 5 year lease of 123 acres commonly known as Dunn’s Farm and recently occupied by Eliza Guest. As mentioned before, section 23 only consisted of 525 acres, and these two farms had a total area of 537 acres. Dunn’s farm actually comprised 111 acres of section 23 plus the northernmost 12 acres of section 15.

On 15-2- 1847, Sir John Franklin bought the northern 12 acres of section 15. From Brewster memorials it has been established that the northern boundary of section 15 is indicated by the intersection of Esmale, Lebanon and Amar Sts. From this line, Franklin’s land went 295 links (59 METRES) south to the e-w section of Lebanon St (D 847).

46645. John M.English.
Part allotment 15 Doutta Galla.
1080 pounds.
Claim by possession.
L.R.O. Sir John Franklin
(see D 847* set out on ??) also see 11578 from which it appears that his widow Jane Franklin is interested.
John Morgan English, the registered proprietor of abutting land in 9 T? Vol. 2209 Fol 441708 (records available only go to volume 999) from which the land applied for was with other land excised **thus necessitating this present application
(* D 847 records the sale of the 12 acres to Franklin by Brewster.)
(** Broadmeadows Rate books show that in 1900 Alex Robertson had just replaced dairyman, Robert G.Bryant as lessee of “200 acres Doutta Galla” owned by the Hodgson executors. It is known that this was Thomas Kelly’s former eastern portion of section 23, which was roughly between the Strathaird/Menarra St corner and Lebanon Reserve.
His application states (inter alia)
That Crown Grantee was Edward Jones Brewster- But he conveyed
That he has never acknowledged ownership or been called on to do so and no rent or payment has been made by or claimed from him except rent under lease from Land Investment Coy to whom he has sold under contract of sale dated 4 Dec 1923
He occupies under Co lease-
That from 1902 or sometime prior unto: up to 26 June 1918 land was occupied by himself and his brother (probably Joseph English) for grazing purposes and since that date by himself as owner? or lessee as ###? for same purposes:
All rates paid by him or his brother till 1918 and from 1918 to 1923 by him since then by Co. ?? Coy.
Since 1902 a fence has always stood on south boundary of land on south of land applied for- red on survey plan (survey plan not enclosed) and was erected on line upon which an old fence had stood for at least 15 years prior to 1902.
19 Dec 1925 Staty Decl of Harry Huntington Peck
456830 He well knows land in survey plan ???A
(Of course the future author of “Memoirs of a Stockman” should have known the land; his father had squatted on it for about 20 years.)
He is joint owner of land abutting (on portion of south side ) of red and blue and first became acquainted with (said?) land in 1882 when such land was enclosed by fences on south, west and north west sides shown on plan and land has been enclosed by fences from 1882 (to date?) except that about 1902 a new fence was erected on south on line on which original fence stood since 1882.

Thomas Dunn later bought portions of section 15. Details can be supplied on request.


While looking for early references to "Springs" near Tullamarine, I came across an 1839 article about the Port Phillip District's harbours and rivers.

Having discovered that the Maribyrnong River was first called the Arndell by Hume and Hovell in 1924, I wondered what I'd find if I googled, ARDNELL RIVER, MELBOURNE, and found a fantastic article about the history of Melbourne's western suburbs with some great historic photos.

Unfortunately the wrong source was consulted about the Arndell River, as the Arndell was confused with the Exe, BUT the origin of the name (as confirmed below) was explained.

Hovell, William Hilton (1786–1875)

by T. M. Perry

This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, (MUP), 1966

William Hilton Hovell (1786-1875), sailor, explorer and settler, was born on 26 April 1786 at Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. He went to sea as a boy and by 1808 commanded a vessel trading with South America. In London on 10 May 1810 he married Esther, a daughter of Surgeon Thomas Arndell, and in November 1811 applied for permission to settle in New South Wales. (etc.)


POSTSCRIPT. The earliest reference that I had seen to the hotel was in 1849 but that has changed as of 6:50 on 27-11-2017. HENCE THE TITLE OF THIS JOURNAL HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY ALTERED IN REGARD TO THE HOTEL'S YEAR OF ESTABLISHMENT. The hotel was already occupied in February 1846 and could have been established well before that*. The 52 or 54 acre farm mentioned as being seven miles from Melbourne was probably at about Melway 16 C7 if the stated distance is correct. The 10 km arc equivalent to 6.21371 miles, passes through the Tullamarine Freeway/Bulla Road interchange on the Melway key map. 11-2-1846
* It is more than likely that David William O'Nial's hotel had been built in late 1845 as his first application for a licence that has been found was refused on 21-4-1846.

The Victorian Farmers Journal and Gardeners Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1860 - 1862) Saturday 19 October 1861 p 16 Article
At a distance of about twelve miles from
Melbourne, on the road to Bulla, is situated
Tullamarine, hamlet, village, or township,
whichever it may be, but under which of these
designations it now ranks we should be rather
perplexed to decide. Time was, when Tulla-
marine might have hoped for development into
a full-blown village, but that was ere railways
had an existence, and before also the now
capitally metalled, but little used road, had re-
placed the rugged and at times im-
passable bush track, the only faci-
lity afforded for travellings in those days.
It was then that butchers, bakers, and store
keepers, plied an active trade with the multi-
tude of draymen who thronged to the levées of
the “Lady of the Lake,” (peace to her ashes)
alas, no more. The “Beech Tree” alone now
offers the shade of its wide spreading branches,
as a rest for the thirsty traveller
; the slight
wooden tenements, in which a thriving business
once was done, are apparently deserted, and the
traffic on the road is insufficient to prevent the
metal becoming nearly as verdant as the fields.(ETC.)

An attempt to find an article about the destruction of the Lady of the Lake Hotel at Tullamarine occupied hours with not one result being found. However, I'd known of the above article for years and it indicates that by 19-10-1861 this hotel had been burnt to the ground and that the Beech Tree Hotel was already in operation, information that I don't recall being in R.K.Coles' COLLECTION OF HOTEL RECORDS. (I no longer have my notes from this source but it certainly did not mention the demise of the Lady of the Lake and if I remember correctly, the first mention of the Beech Tree concerned a ball held in 1864.

Here is some information about the Lady of the Lake.
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Melway 5 H11.)This hotel was established by David William O'Nial. His wife's name was Ellen. David O'Nial died. Ellen O'Nial did not die! I suspected 23 years ago that Ellen O'Nial did not die when I was researching Broadmeadows rate records in relation to John Cock who leased a farm called "Broombank" from 1867 until 1882, when he started a lease on Donald Kennedy's "Dundonald Estate" between Broadmeadows Township and Gellibrand Hill.

He was followed on "Broombank" by the Williams family. One of the sons of that family, Colin Williams, was 99 when I first met him. Colin told me of the many coins found by his father while ploughing.

David and Ellen O'Nial had four daughters; two of them married but the ones Colin told me about were the two spinsters, Catherine and Minnie. These two were well-known to Colin and to Harry Heaps and Maggie Loft, another two of my informants.

Catherine and Minnie told Colin how they had peered through the Cape Broom hedge that gave Broombank its name as the Burke and Landells expedition passed on its way to the second encampment near the site of the Inverness Hotel. Because of childhood attachments such as this momentous occasion in Australian history, when the ownership of Broombank passed to the two spinsters, who lived in Docker St, Richmond according to the rate records, they refused to sell the property.

After the Williams moved, Ray Loft (son of Tommy Loft of Dalkeith) leased Broombank for many years until, on the death of the last remaining spinster, he was finally able to purchase the farm. Ray lived in the Californian Bungalow at 3 Eumarella St on Tommy's subdivision. The Broombank homestead was over 80 years old and probably a restorer's delight as the real estate agents put it.

Colin Williams, who showed me a photo of the building, told me that it was at the end of a 70 yard driveway from Bulla Rd; When Ray Loft subdivided Broombank in 1952, he named the drive after his wife, Maggie (nee Millar.) The homestead was NOT*, of course, the old Lady of the Lake Hotel! John Cock told Colin's dad that it was haunted.
(*POSTSCRIPT 26-11-2017. As the hotel was mere ashes by October 1861- as described in the farms article- it could not have been the same building as the homestead.)

Okay I'll fess up! Firstly, you probably wondered what this Burke and Landells business was. Landells, who organised the camels was second in charge but left in a huff. William Wright (not Tulip) was engaged to replace him but lingered at Menindee, thus causing the deaths of Burke, Wills and Gray.Secondly, Mrs Ellen O'Nial did not die, but Mrs Ellen Beaman , relict of the late David William O'Nial did. I thank the Broadmeadows rate collector for filling in the details regarding the owner of the 33/37 acres that John Cock was leasing- R.Beaman. Without this detail I would never have thought of googling Beaman.

Before moving onto a chronology with the aid of trove, I need to tell you about SPRINGS , which was given as the location of the Lady of the Lake. Springs was a very vague location, about as vague as Moonee Moonee Ponds, which is mentioned in my historical howlers journal. The fact that SPRINGS was on the way to both Keilor and Bulla made Isaac Batey think that Jack O'Nial may have also operated the Springfield Inn on Keilor Rd. Spring St, Tullamarine and Spring St, Niddrie are reminders of how vague the location name was.

By 1849 the name Springs was used to describe the location of Sandy Smith of "Norwood" (Melway 27 E2-3), James Laverty of "Spring Vale" (15 E9) and David O'Nial of the Lady of the Lake (5 H 11.)This obviously created confusion so by 1856 Bernard Cavenagh (sic, Kavanagh) of Springfield, James Collier (55 acres 2 roods and 3 perches comprising the northern part of the Niddrie quarry- east of Quinn Grove Reserve), Patrick Phelan of Spring Park (bisected by McNamara Ave)and Edward Fegan, operator of the North Pole Inn, were all described as living at Springfield. You might find something common to most of the farm names; they have spring as the first part of the name. Add to these James Robertson's Spring Hill, which became Aberfeldie!

Why a 10 year lease was issued to William and John Foster in 1840 for Leslie Park is beyond me, for by the end of 1842, land in the parish of Tullamarine was put up for alienation (purchase from the Crown.) William V.Leslie Foster received the grants for section 3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla on opposite sides of Sharps Rd and west of the line of Broadmeadows Rd. John Foster received the grant for 20 Doutta Galla, between Fosters Rd (now Keilor Park Dr.) and the river, which was later called "Spring Farm" (The Argus, 29-11-1867 p.2). It is likely that the brothers called all of this land "The Springs" as by 1850 there was a school on it with "The Springs" used to describe its location. The name was also used to describe the Fosters' property in the case of a murder that took place on the road to Keilor in, I think, 1843.Why would they call their property "The Springs"?

The Fosters were early squatters, John Vasey Leslie Foster (later John Fitzgerald Leslie Foster) had challenged Dr Farquhar McCrae to a duel over the transfer of the Eumemmerring run (which accounts for Foster and McCrae Sts in the heart of Dandenong) and in 1840, John and his older brother, William, were given a 10 year lease on Leslie Park, which Sam Merrifield stated was located at Essendon. (Sam Merrifield, who was born in the old Wordsworth house on the south side of the Strathconnan Square/ Melrose Dr. corner, according to Harry Heaps,became a much loved member of parliament and historian; the Moonee Ponds Library is named after him.)

Back to the origin of the name. In the 1860 Geological Survey Map at a spot north of the present Camp Hill Park (Melway 15 J1) is written "a constant supply of excellent water." As the contours do not indicate a catchment, it must be assumed that the origin of the water was a spring.The water then flowed west one chain into section 3, curving south on the east side of the Spring St (Leo Dineen) Reserve and through the pedestrian access at the south end of the oval where it met another stream that originated north west of section 3 and flowed through what became Michael Reddan's "Brightview". It then joined the Steele chain of ponds at 15 F 7, which was set aside as a water reserve in the subdivision of 18A Doutta Galla.(Memorial 24734(2).
Information about SPRINGS comes mainly from page 95 of my "Early Landowners;Parish of Doutta Galla."

LADY OF THE LAKE ON TROVE.(All from The Argus unless otherwise stated.)
16-4-1851. LICENCES.P. Donohue's application for the filthy Bridge Inn at Bulla was postponed but that of D.W.O'Nial, Springs, was granted.

115-5-1852 p.2. An inquest into the death of Joseph Morgan, bullock driver was held at the Lady of the Lake Hotel.

19-4-1855 p.7, MISCELLANEOUS. The secretary of the Port Phillip Farmers'Society, A.E.McCracken advertised that body's annual ploughing match, to be held on the farm of Mr Beaman, Lady of the Lake Hotel, Deep Creek Rd, on 10th May. (The secretary was Alexander Earle McCracken of Butzbach, brother of Robert and Peter, who returned to Scotland in 1857 due to his wife's poor health. See the J.T.Smith and his electors journal.)

26-5-1855 p.4, BIRTHS. At the Lady of the Lake Hotel on the 23rd, the wife of Richard Beaman of a son.

13-11-1856 p.5. INSOLVENT COURT. In re Richard Beaman. The official assignee elected to abandon the property over which Mr Foster held security. This was almost certainly the Lady of the Lake. The northern part of Foster's section 3, east of Melrose Drive, was bounded on the east by today's Mickleham Rd to a point just north of Londrew Court. Up to 1952, It contained only two properties, Broombank and the land associated with the Junction Hotel that became known as the Junction Estate. The rest of the northern 240 acres (west of Melrose Dr.) can be accounted for: Charles Nash ("Bayview" of 109 1/2 acres) and smaller blocks owned by Nash and George Mounsey, J.F.Blanche (teacher at the Wesleyan school at the Cherie St bend), Thomas Purvis, John Wright and Ann Parr. They were all Wesleyans.

15-4-1865 p.5. W.J.O'Nial was given a 30 yard start in the half mile handicap and was also entered in the sack race over 80 yards at the Melbourne Amateur Athletic Sports on the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He might have been related to David.

20-2-1875 p.1, MARRIAGES. On 9-11-1874 at St Patrick's Cathedral, Charles John, the only son of Richard Beaman Esq., Collingwood to Elizabeth Neil, second surviving daughter of Andrew Knox Esq. late of Edinburgh.As Charles was an only son, he may have been the boy whose birth was reported on 26-5-1855. It's a pity that the mother's name was not mentioned in these notices and that I don't remember the address of the owner of "Broombank" in 1867 when John Cock started leasing it so that I could state with certainty that Richard was the new owner of "Broombank"circa 1855 and Charles his newborn, and only, son.

23-12-1884 p.1.DEATH. On the 21st at her residence, Clyde Terrace,Collingwood, Ellen Theresa, the dearly beloved wife of Richard Beaman and relict of the late David William O'Nial, an old colonist of 43 years standing.

(Postscript, 22-11-2017. Above, I have mentioned vaguely that David William O'Nial had died.
On the 4th inst., at his residence, at the Lady of the Lake Springs, Mount Macedon Road, Mr David William O'Nial, aged 38 years. (P.4, Argus, 6-1-1853.)

In the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria.
In the goods and chattels, rights and credits of David William O'Nial, late of the Springs, in said Colony, Licensed Victualler, deceased.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at the expiration of fourteen days from this date, an application will be made to this Honorable Court, that letters of Administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, rights and credits of the said David William O'Nial, may be granted unto Ellen O'Nial, the widow of the said David William O'Nial.
Dated this twenty-fifth day of January, A.D.1853.

Administration granted to the widow of deceased.
Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856) Saturday 12 February 1853 p 1 Article

It can be assumed that the Lady of the Lake was still standing in January 1861 when the following advertisement was published. It is unlikely that it was still operating. Richard Beaman, who married Ellen (and her inheritance) had become insolvent in 1856 and the hotel was, apparently unsuccessfully, advertised for sale in 1857.

Trial of Mowers and Reapers.
The public trial of Mowers and Reapers will take place at Mr. William Dewar's farm, near the Lady of the Lake Hotel, Deep Creek road,on Friday, 4th January. The machines must be in the field and ready to start at nine o'clock a.m. By Order, -ARTHUR J. C. SKILLING, Secretary.(P.1, The Age, 3-1-1861.)

On the 23rd inst, at the Lady of the Lake, the wife of Mr. Richard Beaman, of a son.(P.4, Argus, 26-5-1855.)
PLOUGHING MATCH, Open to all the Colony.
-The Port Phillp Farmers' Society (Patron,His Excellenoy Sir Charles Hotham, K.C.B.), will hold its Annual Ploughing Match, on the Farm of Mr. Beaman, Lady of the Lake Hotel, Deep Creek Road, 10th May (rain permitting).
(P.7, Argus, 19-4-1855.)



LADY OF THE LAKE HOTEL, on the Deep Creek-road.—Alfred Bliss and Co. are instructed by tho owner to DISPOSE OF the LADY OF THE LAKE HOTEL, by Private Contract. For further particulars apply at their offices, 60 Chancery -lane.(P.8, The Argus, 3-7-1857.)

Richard Beaman obviously gained ownership of his 33 acre farm, Broombank, which John Cock leased from him from 1867. Later John Cock was assessed on 37 acres which obviously included the FOUR ACRE BLOCK* ON WHICH THE LADY OF THE LAKE HOTEL HAD STOOD (*as mentioned in the almost identical advertisement:P.8, Argus, 14-8-1857.)

The Highland gathering had probably been the last big fling for the historic landmark which David William O'Nial had operated by 1849. Beaman had probably lost his licence and J.F.L.Foster, who'd changed his name to Fitzgerald to inherit the Fitzgerald estate, was hardly likely to return to Australia to run it so it probably became a squat for vagrants or travellers until its sad end in 1861.


EDWARD ROW &t CO. have received instructions from James Hassell, Esq;, to sell by public auction, at his residence, GREENVALE, near Broadmeadows, adjoining the estate of Donald M’Kerchar, Esq, ON TUESDAY, the 16th MAY INSTANT, At 11 o’clock sharp, The entire Farming Stock, consisting of— (etc.) P.3, The Banner, 12-5-1854.)

This seems to be connected to the same James Hassell of whom I'd never seen mention before in regard to the parish of Yuroke, the first Broadmeadows rate record seen being that of 1863 and I'm sure he was not mentioned in GREENVALE: LINKS WITH THE PAST by Annette Davis (Ferguson.)

On the 10th inst., at the residence of Mr. Edwin Gill, Richmond, Mrs. Hassell, the beloved wife of Mr.Hassell, (late of Carshalton, Surrey, and mother of Mr. James Hassell of Moorrabbee Station, Heathcote,(late of Richmond), in her sixtieth year. (P.4, Argus, 11-2-1854.)

At Moorrabee, on Sunday morning, the 8th inst.,the wife of James Hassell, Esq. of a son.
(P.8,The Banner, 12-5-1854.)

extended from the top left corner of Melway 178 C11 east to Merri Creek and north to the parishes of Mickleham and Kalkallo at a line generally indicated by the bend in Mickleham Rd at bottom left of Melway 385H2.

Donald and John McKerchar were jointly granted c/a's 10Q and 9 P, the latter's property, 10Q, being named "Greenvale" and Donald's 9 P being named "Greenan". James Hassell would have been leasing one of the following properties which adjoined either "Greenvale" or Greenan": the eastern part of John Haslett's 10 R at Green Gully, a northern part of Machell's 2 C,(Providence Plains), all or part of"Springfield" (c/a 9 O)or Brodie's 11S or 12T to the north and part of the Dunhelen Estate.

John McKerchar's "Greenvale" was later leased to Robert Millar whose son, Alex, renamed it "The Elms".Donald McKerchar's first wife Colina died and he married Margaret Robertson, who was born at Greenan in Scotland.

Although the names of residences were not always written in inverted commas, it is presumed that Greenvale in the notice of the clearing sale means the locality , not the name of his residence. John McKerchar's biography on page 430 of Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT (1888)indicates that he settled on "Greenvale" in 1851; although he may have leased 10Q to James Hassell, there is no way to prove that James Hassell was actually on "Greenvale".

It has been assumed that the use of Greenvale to describe the area near Somerton Rd arose when the Section Road school at the north west corner of Machell's subdivision was built and as it needed a name, John McKerchar suggested the name of his farm.

"Plans and specifications were drawn up allowing room for 60 pupils to be housed at School 890 and the
estimates for building costs amounted to Ł379. As the sum of Ł102.15.0d had already been collected
locally with a guarantee to raise additional money, work commenced and the school was officially
opened in March 1868. The appointment of Mr George R Hancock as first Head Teacher at the Green
Vale School (which took its name from the McKerchar property opposite) had also been made. "

While the following does not prove that James Hassell was on "Greenvale" (c/a 10Q), it certainly indicates that he could have been (in which case he did not name the locality.)

Cows and Horses, Implements, & c.
M. M'CAW and ANOTHER have received instructions from Mr Henry Norman (in consequence of expiration of lease), to sell by auction, at Greenvale Farm, near Broadmeadows on Friday, 4th inst., at twelve o'clock,
The whole of his dairy stock, horses, implements, &c., comprising — (ETC.) P.2, The Age, 4-4-1862.)

The next mention of Greenvale in the 1860's seems to indicate that the locality name was first used in March 1868 which raises the likelihood that James Hassell had been leasing c/a 10Q Yuroke, Greenvale farm.

APPLICATIONS will be received by the Committee of the Greenvale Common School for tho appointment of a first-class TEACHER (must be married), at noon on Saturday, the 7th prox. Applicants must attend personally.
For further particulars apply to the undersigned.
JOHN M'KERCHAR. Greenvale, Broadmeadows, 27th February, 1868.(P.1, Argus, 6-3-1868.)


I knew nothing about trove and in fact nothing about computers or the pioneers of Tullamarine when Gordon Henwood told me to see John Fenton who gave me a list of a dozen names of descendants of those pioneers. Those people then referred me to others as well as supplying information and documents that would never have been found on trove. It was probably Olive Nash or Alma Koch who put me into contact with Gordon Connor. It was a rapidly expanding snowball of informants.

EventBirth Event registration number18326 Registration year1899
Personal information
Family nameCONNOR Given namesGordon SexUnknown Father's nameJos Mother's nameAmelia (Nash) Place of birthESDON

Gordon's father was a bootmaker at Moonee Ponds and at Christmas would go to the Nash farm at Fairview to help with the hay harvest. Gordon remembered that Cam Taylor's farm (later the original section of Essendon Aerodrome) was green when all the surrounding pasture was as dry as a bone because of Essendon's nightsoil being dumped there, fields of golden hay as far as the eye could see, and George Mansfield building the Dalkeith homestead in about 1910 (which has since been confirmed on trove.)

A feature on the Bulla road that Gordon told me about was the Travellers' Rest Hotel which he described as being near the garage near the Airport West Shoppingtown. Whether the charred remains were still there three or so years after its destruction in the year of Gordon's birth when Gordon was old enough to ask what it had been, or his father just pointed out the site to him, I was able to confirm the site from titles information in my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA*.

A fire broke out at 23 minutes past 3
a.m. on Sunday at the Travellers' Rest
Hotel Bulla road, Tullamarine of which
Mr E.J. Wilson is the licensee. The
building was a wood and iron structure,
one- storey, and contained nine rooms. A
firm hold was obtained by the flames, and
the efforts of four hose carts and 14 men
with hand pumps failed to save it from
total destruction. There was no insurance
on the building, which was the property of
Mr J Howse. The contents, however,
were insured for (£100?). (P.6, Argus, 4-12-1899.)

* This was the Travellers’ Rest Hotel, which was located on the block bounded by Dromana Ave, Louis St, Rodd St and Matthews Ave (from location described in Volume 29 folio 783). It was destroyed by fire on 3-12-1899.
The occupancy of 22c, which contains most of Westfield Shoppingtown, had not changed much in 1900; Sam. Mansfield had 68 acres, J.B.Howse, by now the owner of John Hall’s South Wait, had 40 acres and Edmund Tucker had the 9 acres on which the old pub had stood.

Olive was the daughter of Tullamarine's postmistress and the Nash family of Fairview was probably wondering why Harry was all of a sudden so keen to check if there was any mail at the post office.

EventMarriage Event registration number8699 Registration year1928
Personal information
Family nameNASH Given namesHy Alexander SexUnknown Spouse's family nameSIMMONS Spouse's given namesOlive Ricketts

Like the original Mrs Nash of Fairview (nee Mary Gage of Broadmeadows Township), Olive was doomed to a long widowhood. Harry who had been a leader of the community, such as his truck carrying the fire-fighting tank, dying 26 years before I interviewed Olive and her old friend, Joyce Morgan, in 1989.

EventDeath Event registration number1524 Registration year1963
Personal information
Family nameNASH Given namesHenry Alexander SexMale Father's nameNASH Charles Mother's nameEllen Eliza (Parr) Place of birthTullamarine Place of deathParkville Age61

Olive supplied many photos which were included in my 1989 and 1998 histories, unfortunately, as poor quality photo copies, but luckily I later scanned her photo of the Fairview homestead. See:

It was Olive who led me to Alma Koch.

Alma was the grand daughter of Charles Nash Snr who had established Fairview in 1852 and married Mary Gage two years later. Her father was Mark Cooper, after whom part of Black St was renamed Coopers Hill Drive by the City of Broadmeadows, probably at the suggestion of Cr Ed. Hoctor who introduced me to Jack Hoctor. Alma told me about walking across Percy Judd's Chandos Park as a child to visit Grandma (Mary) Nash at Fairview and enabled me to draw a map of the portion of Broadmeadows Township in the parish of Tullamarine, between Forman St and the Moonee Ponds Creek, showing the land farmed by her father. She'd obviously been kept in the dark about her father's suicide. But it was her husband Fred who provided the greatest information that will never be found on the internet. After their marriage, Fred moved into their house in Forman St, part of the boundary between Broadmeadows Township and "Gladstone" which Stanley Korman bought from F.N.Levin as detailed in Andrew Lemon's BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.

Korman went broke which resulted in many shareholders in his companies losing their life savings so I'd regarded him as a villain until Fred explained why he went broke. Korman's grand plan on page 197 of Lemon's book would have become a reality in the mid 1950's if the M.M.B.W. had not refused to extend the water mains to what became a decade later Costain and Jennings' GLADSTONE PARK. Fred learned this during a chat with Korman across the boundary fence and had the greatest admiration for Korman.

EventMarriage Event registration number12347 Registration year1936
Personal information
Family nameCOOPER Given namesAlma Flor SexUnknown Spouse's family nameKOCH Spouse's given namesFredk Jas

EventBirth Event registration number26158 Registration year1911
Personal information
Family nameCOOPER Given namesAlma Flor SexUnknown Father's nameMark Mother's nameEllen (Nash) Place of birthBROADMEADOWS

EventDeath Event registration number23913 Registration year1972
Personal information
Family nameCOOPER Given namesEllen SexFemale Father's nameNASH Charles Mother's nameMary (Gage) Place of birthTullamarine Place of deathGreenvale Age96

While reading page 45 of WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR, I discovered that Colin had actually named his parents as Bill and Marion and that I had the wrong birth record for Colin. Why he was born at Maldon is unknown; perhaps his mother's family was there. (Marion Agnes was born at Majorca in 1867 and married in 1888, the year that they moved to Tullamarine. The distance from Majorca to Maldon is (39.2 km) via Baringhup Rd.)

EventBirth Event registration number21411 Registration year1896
Personal information
Family nameWILLIAMS Given namesCollin Andrew SexMale Father's nameWm Thos Mother's nameMarion Agnes (Barr) Place of birthMALDON

I was told about Colin by Gordon Connor and I drove Gordon out to the Salvation Army Aged Care facility in the eastern suburbs where Colin resided so the two old mates could have a chin wag.Colin's parents followed my great grandfather, John Cock, on Broombank which occupied the Melrose Drive frontage from a point opposite the Catherine Avenue corner to the Derby St corner. My G.G.F. had warned them about ghosts in the house. Timothy Hoctor was employed by Colin's parents, (BILL AND MARION!*) and as farmers started and ended their working day in the dark they suggested that he could sleep in the barn rather than walk home to the township every night. He only lasted one night, a sleepless night due to the rats and refused their hospitality stating, "I'll not sleep here one more night or I'm likely to wake up and find myself dead entirely!" (P.45 WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR.)

It was Colin who first made me aware of Alec Rasmussen, the first of the three men I have named as Tullamarine's three great leaders, and helped to inspire two poems.

From school 632 near Nash's "Bayview",
To Seafield 546 which also had pupils few,
Rushed the teacher at lunchtime for half a year,
Till notice was taken of a common idea.

In June '84 the schools in Grants Lane and near the junction
Closed down and school 2613 took over their function;
For the new school John Blanche offered a site.
But because of the Beech Tree, Ware said,"It's not right."

A site farther north was eventually found,
At Conders Lane, on Love's, for thirty pounds,
And there the school stood for seventy six years,
Full of much happiness and occasional tears.

In nineteen o6 came the Mansfield demise;
Miss Rowe told her pupils with tears in her eyes.
Mr Rogers took over when she met "Mr Wright",
Then an accident happened that caused a real fright.

Colin Williams fainted after lunch at the school;
The teacher first thought he was playing the fool.
When 'twas found that he'd hit his head on a rock,
To the post office they flew to ring Essendon's doc.

Who in twenty minutes was tending the head
That almost rendered Colin Williams dead.
It took six whole months before the problem was licked;
Meanwhile Col. heard rumours of a teacher so strict!

Alec Rasmussen came in nineteen hundred and nine
And spared no effort bringing brats into line.
Colin was scared to go back to school
As a result of stories of the teacher's stern rule.

But Alec Rasmussen a tyrant was not
And all of his pupils admired him a lot.
He gave them all an education sound;
His picnics and community work were renowned.

Wally Mansfield and his mates emptied the pan
In a hole that they'd dug; then they teased and they ran,
Jumped over their disguised pit and those in pursuit
Fell into the mess; the smell wasn't so beaut!

Around 1930 another teacher was seen,
The grandfather of our Leo Dineen
Who did so much for Tulla forty years later;
No man's contribution could ever be greater.

So many families through its portals have passed
That many were sad when its end came at last.
In the 60's the jetport swallowed up its abode
But its pupils remember the school up the road.

Although ours was a small population
On councils we had good representation:
Grant, Ritchie, Nash, Cock, Fox, Parr and son,
The McNabs and Lockhart were some who got things done.

But in the district around Tullamarine,
Such fine leaders ne'er were seen
As Rasmussen, Murphy and Dineen.

Alec Rasmussen much progress did inspire
When the T.P.A.met around an open fire
On the oval he suggested that they buy.
The saleyards bid was a well-planned try.
The Pioneers' Roll was presented in 1935
To keep the district's heritage alive.

The Major organised more suitable abodes
For a church and two monuments along the roads,
Planned preventative measures against dangers fiery,
Represented people at every enquiry.
He was honoured most highly for his work with the scouts
But removed from our presence at the hands of some louts.

Leo Dineen was a man with vision and skills
To make a fine oval from rat drains and hills.
With Hedger, Garnar, Boots, he worked hard for our hall;
He started each sport club that plays with a ball.

Yet where are the streets and ovals after them named?
Till something is done, we should all be ashamed.

POSTSCRIPT 2017. The Spring St Reserve is now officially named the Leo Dineen Reserve and a plaque installed on a boulder at the Melrose Drive Reserve honours Alec Rasmussen's earlier contribution to the community.


EventBirth Event registration number901 Registration year1916
Personal information
Family nameLLOYD Given namesSydney Evans SexUnknown Father's nameWm Morris Mother's nameSarah Elzth (Smith) Place of birthBERWICK

Syd took me for a road tour, allowed me to photocopy his slightly younger brother, George Morris Lloyd's MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952, told me about Bill Stoney's house in Mickleham Rd and the Lloyd & Denham marital connection to Hughie Williamson's family of "Dunvegan", Greenvale, and introduced me to Bob Blackwell who was a fund of information about Bulla and Greenvale.

EventBirth Event registration number18335 Registration year1916
Personal information
Family nameBLACKWELL Given namesRobt Arth SexUnknown Father's nameJoseph Jno Mother's nameElizth (Bedford) Place of birthBULLA

Bob took me on a road tour, including 5 foot 2 Gilbert Alston's house at Bulla with a very low doorway which was no problem for his maternal grandfather William Bedford who followed Gilbert as the owner and was also 5 foot 2, Felix Fitgerald's well dome built by William Bedford and Dunhelen where Bob's paternal grandfather,William Blackwell, who'd downed a few at Lavars' hotel on the way back from Melbourne despite being warned not to, stood up on the wagon as it approached the homestead and shouted, "Nobody can say I'm drunk!"* which had Dunhelen's owner in such a fit of laughter he forgot to fire William, after whom Blackwells Lane was named. Bob told me about Dunalister, where he was the manager until the new owner decided to rename the property as Balbethan** and allowed Bob to use the old name for a poll shorthorn stud he established in Elmore. He showed me the wrought iron surround which Gilbert Alston, Bulla's blacksmith, had made for his own grave. Bob's information alone could have filled a book and was used in many entries in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.


**Place: Balbethan Stud Homestead - Hume City Council
Balbethan Stud, formerly Dunalister homestead, erected in about the late ... This homestead is located on Section 9 of the Parish of Bulla Bulla, which was first.

Jack's birth record does not seem to have been entered on Victorian BDM. He used to walk from Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows south of Kenny St.) to the Broadmeadows Army Camp with goodies his mother had cooked for his older brother who had enlisted, so he'd probably been born in the first decade of the 1900's. I was introduced to him by Eddie Hoctor who had been president of the Doutta Stars Football Club when I played with them in the early 1970's and Mayor of the City of Broadmeadows. If I remember correctly, Jack's father was Timothy Hoctor, probably the same Timothy mentioned in Colin Williams' hilarious anecdote.

Timothy had been accused of pressuring a member of the pioneering Kingshott family to enlist.

The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 16 March 1916 p 3 Article
(To the Editor.)
Sir - Kindly allot me space in your columns to contradict the rumour current in this district to the effect that
I induced O. Kingshott to enlist. I would like to say here for the benefit of those who think they have an axe
to grind, that O. Kingshott enlisted of his own free will, and not through any inducement of mine. With all respect due to the man who has decided to fight for his country, I think it is time those others concerned, who make the balls in the dark, should come out in the light and fire them. It is hardly fair at this time that one of two knock kneed patriots, conscious of their shortcomings, should seek to side-step their own shufflings by holding their neighbour up to ridicule.--Yours, etc.
Broadmeadows, 14/13/16.

Jack Hoctor informed me of the sale of the Dundonald Estate in 1929*, and told me about the Hoctor farm "Broomielaw" on Pascoe Vale Rd, his birth in the heritage listed coach house on the Broad St corner in the township and Nurse Mitchell who TOOK CHARGE at the birth of many township babies.

*Jack knew nothing about the detail of the sale in George Lloyd's history and thus independently confirmed it.

Here's some detail that Jack and other sources, such as George Lloyd's MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952, provided about Broadmeadows Township which inspired a poem.

John Kingshott and his (brother?) operated smithies over the road from each other. Ted Wright took over the one on the garage site (I'd better say the east corner of Coopers Hill Drive, formerly Black St, and Fawkner St because of the way that service stations are disappearing today)and operated as a wheelwright. (George?)Kingshott had his forge on the site of the fruit Mart across Fawkner St. Once when a customer had left a horse to be shod the next morning, George was taken aback to discover it had changed colour overnight, courtesy of some local rascals and their whitewash. John Kingshott was appointed to the school committee so that it would not consist entirely of Presbyterians.

The Broadmeadows Hotel was on the present site with the Victoria Hotel a few yards further up the Ardlie St hill. The latter burnt down in about 1870 and Henry Franklin, the baker, built the Franklins Hotel on the west corner of Fawkner and Bent Sts. Jack Hoctor mistakenly believed that this was named after Sir John Franklin. This hotel also burnt down and the bluestone was used to build the vestry at St Pauls. When town houses were being built on the Bent St corner, the owner discovered the bluestone blocks lining the hotel's cellar; they are still there!

Jack Hoctor was the township's lamplighter and delivered bread for Anderson's bakery between the Oddfellows' Hall and the historic (1869?) bluestone bridge. Anderson's bakery and the old Coach House on the Broad St corner (where Jack was born) remain as reminders of the quiet village. Bob Cargill was the son of one of the township's original butchers. He lived on the north side of Raleigh St near St Pauls and his Victorian house remains. Like all butchers, he had a gum branch to swish flies away from his cutting cart. The death of Bob's young son caused great sadness in the town but he was buried at Bulla! It was assumed in the early days that if you lived near Broadmeadows you were a Scot and as far as I know, the Will Will Rook cemetery (Melway 7 B9)had no sections for each denomination as was the norm. For this reason, many Catholics from Broadmeadows were buried at Keilor or Bulla. The boy was killed when another boy's gun discharged accidentally on a rabbit hunt. The other boy's family (Gra--) felt so uncomfortable that they moved to near the site of the E.J.Whitten bridge.

Boundy's store was where the milk bar operates near the bridge and bike track. As well as cash trade, they operated a barter system whereby a local could, for example, supply eggs to buy goods.(George?) later expanded to Keilor Rd.

Mark Cooper's pioneering endeavours are recalled by Coopers Hill Drive. He was a farmer and related to the family of Charles Nash of Fairview (Melway 5 F6.). Nurse Mitchell was one tough lady. Once she entered the house and rolled up her sleeves, the most domineering husband became a compliant assistant or quickly disappeared, whichever was required. Jim Ahearn was the old-fashioned type of policeman who saved the time of busy magistrates by applying his boot to the backside of any youths who were getting out of hand; and those same rascals loved him for putting them on the right path.

'Twas known as Broadmeadows till the days of the trains
In a picturesque valley cut through the plains.
The ancient St Pauls upon the hill
Looks down on the township which slumbers still.

Kingshott and Ted Wright made their anvils sing;
The Broady and Franklins for having a fling!
Jack Hoctor brought bread and Cargill the meat,
While Boundy's sold a range of goods very complete.

Mark Cooper had much land south of the creek.
When babies were due, Nurse Mitchell we'd seek.
Jim Ahearn was the man who kept peace in the town;
Albert Cook, Shire Secretary of well-won renown.

Up the hill going Greenvale way
Were the Orrs on Kia Ora growing hay:
The Campbells, Hatty, Attwood and Harry Swain
And Bob Jefferies' farm past Dench's Lane.

The monument stands where the windmill once stood.
Our boys went to war to prove their manhood
But grief came to parents, son or daughter;
At Gallipoli they were led like lambs to the slaughter.

On the tops of the hills, subdivisions grow fast,
But the township retains the charms of the past.

EventMarriage Event registration number19320 Registration year1942
Personal information
Family nameHEAPS Given namesHarry SexUnknown Spouse's family nameROBINSON Spouse's given namesOlive Alice Emily

Harry Heaps came to Tullamarine in 1923 as a twelve year old,his family settling as pig farmers on Wallis Wright's old Sunnyside in Wright St near the Moonee Ponds Creek and east of Harry Nash's Fairview. Young Harry,a nuggety rover, helped to plant the pines around Noah Holland's old 6 acres south of Handlen's house,which The Tullamarine Progress Association acquired and donated to the Broadmeadows Shire at the suggestion of Alec Rasmussen, and is now the Tullamarine Reserve. When he married he moved to a block now occupied by Strathconnan Square (which Harry named for the farm across Derby St.) where he changed to poultry farming.

It's just as well that I had a video camera when I interviewed Harry because he had a story a minute. When a juicy one came up,he'd preface it with, "I shouldn't say this, but..." I remember giving the family a copy of the interview.They'd still be chuckling at the bit when Olive walked in and announced to the camera,"Would you like a cup of tea?" Good old Harry and Olive!

Dr Arun Chandu was writing a thesis about Melbourne Airport and I'd been helping him for some time. He asked:

Do you remember where you got this from?

'An aeroplane race from the Essendon Airport to the Inverness Hotel in the 1930's resulted in a huge fire when a plane crashed, bringing down power lines." Can't find anything about it on trove. I am assuming it was the aero club's race.

Of course it was just another of Harry's anecdotes. The locals probably assumed that it was another Victorian Aero Club race.


This photograph shows all that remained of the Moth aeroplane, in which Mr. Brian Rhodes and Mr. Alfred Heaton crashed near the Essendon aerodrome yesterday. The fabric of the machine had been completely burnt, and pieces of molten metal lay about the ground. On the left is the battered petrol tank; in the centre are the engine and one of the landing wheels, and on the right is the metal portion of one of the wings. P.8, Argus, 27-12-1928.)

The map on page 7 shows that although understanding of the location of the relatively new St. John's Field/ Essendon Aerodrome was fairly vague, the crash happened at the south east corner of Tommy Loft's "Dalkeith".

Walter George Mansfield b.30-7-1909 d. 29-7-1992. (P.588 THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY, Neil Hamilton Mansfield.)

Although Wally thought that the later Mansfield home was Allas instead of Glenalice, his anecdotes were so great that I was inspired to write them in verse, such as DEATH AT BERTRAM'S FORD, THE STUDEBAKER, THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON and this one about cunning David Mansfield.

A river frontage came up for sale
Near Aucholzie’s in Deep Creek’s vale.
Malcolm Ritchie determined this prize to win;
“I’ll outbid Mansfield!” he swore with a grin.

When the auction began, the bidding was keen
But David Mansfield was nowhere seen;
Soon Ritchie had all his opponents licked
Apart from a swagman most derelict.

Ritchie bid with cunning stealth.
“This ragged fool can’t have much wealth,”
He thought, “It won’t be long,
And I’ll snap this land up for a song!”

The question then came, “Are you all done?
Has Malcolm Ritchie this prize land won?”
But the stranger’s hand was raised again
And a hush came over the assembled men.

The swaggie’s bids, forever higher,
Saw Ritchie’s iron resolve expire;
From the stranger then, the last bid came.
“The property’s yours sir! Now what’s your name?”

All faces turned to this ill-clad bloke,
Waiting expectantly until he spoke.
Ritchie’s anger was scarce concealed,
His blood flow stopped, he almost keeled,
As a lift of the hat, the stranger’s face revealed
And everyone gasped, “It’s David Mansfield!”

According to Neil Mansfield's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY, Winnie, born in 1918 and named Freda May Parr, was the daughter of Samuel Noah Parr and Florence Maria, nee Wright. She married Gordon Lewis and was living in Collins St, North Essendon in 1989. She supplied much information including that she'd grown up at The Elms outside which was the 10 mile post from Melbourne and the Oaklands Hunt used to ride through this property and her Uncle Bill Parr's property (Annandale) which adjoined it. Unfortunately her birth and marriage records have not been entered on Victorian BDM.

By far, Winnie's greatest contribution to the celebration of Tullamarine's fascinating history was her black book. She was responsible for contacting all of the pre-suburban Tullamarine residents who attended the 1989 and 1998 reunions at the Spring St hall while Leo Dineen contacted all the later residents before 1971 that I did not personally know.

No birth record can be found for Keith but the caption under the photo of him at the field day at Tullamarine in 1935 stated that he was three years old.

As Keith's place in May St was only 5 minutes walk from my place in Dorothy St, I probably pumped him for information more than any other of my informants. On my first visit, he produced the article about THE CLAN McNAB written in about 1960 when Oakbank was purchased for airport purposes. He was a wizard on names of properties in the area and could spin a yarn as well, like Harry Heaps and Wally Mansfield. One of the Fox boys didn't use a whip if his horses were a bit lazy when delivering milk to Hogan's dairy in Queen St at the south corner of Mt Alexander and Keilor Rds in Nth Essendon; he'd just fire a couple of mud balls that he'd scraped off his gumboots. Cornelius Peter Blom, a journalist who farmed the second Victoria Bank on the north side of Barbiston Rd used to arrive home from work in a chartered bus. When electricity became available, the McNab brothers didn't bother getting the Oakbank homestead wired and would listen to a radio which was powered by a car battery.

Keith supplied a thorough genealogy of the McNab Clan and information about their properties.

Gary Vines contacted me in 2014. It turned out that he was doing an archeological survey of land along Mansfields and Barbiston roads which will become part of Melbourne Airport to allow construction of the second E-W runway. One of the sources that Gary emailed me was an ordnance map which had the original Mansfield residence, Roseleigh, wrongly labelled Victoria Bank (see attached map.) Information supplied by Keith and Neil Hamilton Mansfield enabled me to explain to Gary why this was wrong.

Dear ---,
I have had your comments on the Tullamarine study passed on to me and they make fascinating reading, although I have to confess, I am still mightily confused as to the various owners of properties in the area. While there are references to the area around Tullamarine Township, I am presently most concerned about the remaining building ruins on blocks in Sections VIII, IX, XIII, XIV & XVII – i.e. the land between the runways and Maribyrnong River. I note your remarks about Rosebank/Roseleigh and the identification of the second Victoria Bank, but I wonder what your view is of the 1930s Army Ordnance Map that shows buildings on Mansfield Rd labelled 'Victoria Bank', which has possibly led David Moloney and myself astray.

I put Gary and Neil in touch with each other.

From: [email protected]
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎23‎ ‎June‎ ‎2014 ‎11‎:‎19
To: Neil Mansfield

Thanks for the information and pictures Neil.

Unfortunately the airport people demolished the house some time ago. We are only looking at the site for possible archaeological features now.

We are also looking at Glen Alice, the McNab's Victoria Bank, Seafield and Oakbank, Barbiston, Aucholzie, a stone ruin near the Glenara dam, and a stone ruin on the bend of the river at the west end of Mansfield Road, that --- ---- has suggested was Gray/Grey's farm.

This last one is interesting as it may be related to Fawkner's land company.

Would it be OK for us to use your photos in our report on the area (with proper acknowledgment of course) We hope to get the Airport management to at least do some interpretation of the history of the area.

All the best



You can't always believe what you read and Frank Wright's death notice is a prime example.

WRIGHT.—On the 22nd April, at private hospital, Darling, Frank Wright, of Strathavon, Tullamarine, husband of the late Jessie Wright, and loving father of Mary (Mrs. E.Barwick, Glen Iris), Harry (Landsborough West), and Alex, loving granddad of Judith and Peter Barwick, in his 78th year. (P.1, Argus,23-4-1936.)

WRIGHT.— On the 22nd April, Frank, second son of the late Wallis and Mary Wright, Tullamarine. (Interred Bulla Cemetery, April 23.) P.13, ARGUS, 25-4-1936.

The death notice illustrates why I had not find a death record for Frank in Victorian BDM. Frank had married Jessie Rowe not long after she had transferred from the Holden school to Tullamarine S.S. 2613. She had died in 1935 at the Alfred Hospital.
Miss Rowe, the new teacher, was tendered a complimentary social on leaving the Holden school for Tullamarine.--'Essendon Gazette.' (P.2, The Sunbury News, 25-4-1903.)

A very enjoyable. evening was spent in the Tullamarine State School on September 28th, when about eighty of the scholars and their friends assembled to say goodbye to Miss J. T.Rowe, the late head teacher, who has severed herconnection with the Education Department.------. He (James Henry Parr) also said that although sorry to lose such a good teacher they had the pleasure of knowing that Miss Rowe would not leave the district, but as Mrs
Frank Wright would still reside amongst them.(P.1, Independent, Footscray, 10-10-1908.)

EventMarriage Event registration number5670 Registration year1908
Personal information
Family nameROWE Given namesJessie Thomson SexUnknown Spouse's family nameWRIGHT Spouse's given namesFrank

EventDeath Event registration number6724 Registration year1935
Personal information
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesJessie Thompson SexFemale Father's nameROWE John Henry Mother's nameCath (Mcivor) Place of birth Place of deathPRAHRAN Age63

Frank was one of the sons of Wallis and Mary Wright of "Sunnyside" (which from 1923 became the property of William Heaps and his 14 year old son, HARRY HEAPS.) In 1908, Mary died at Frank's farm, which is ALMOST correctly named in her death notice.

WRIGHT.—On the 17th September, at the residence of her son, "Strathconon," Broadmeadows-road, Tullamarine, Mary, relict of the late Wallis Wright,Surrey Sid.(Sunnyside), Tullamarine, aged 80 years. A colonist of 5[] years.

HARRY HEAPS grew up on Sunnyside and when he married in 1942*, he moved to Bulla Rd onto two acre blocks(judging by his frontage of about 40 metres in 1989) now occupied by Strathconnan Square at Melway 5 G 9-10. His interest in Tullamarine's history was intense and many of his anecdotes are recorded in my WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR (1989.)

EventMarriage Event registration number19320 Registration year1942
Personal information
Family nameHEAPS Given namesHarry SexUnknown Spouse's family nameROBINSON Spouse's given namesOlive Alice Emily

His blocks backed onto Derby Street and the north west corner of Strathconan was just across Derby St, or the back lane as it was known. When he subdivided the land around his house, he named the subdivision street. Come to think of it, Harry might have been the person who told me that Frederic Ferdinand Kowarzik, manager of Australian National Airways and owner of Strathconan in the 1940's and 1950's till he sold it to Stanley Korman, was persuaded to change his surname to Kay.

The only thing that puzzled me was that Harry pronounced the farm name with a long O but the street name appeared in Melway as STRATHCONNAN; the DOUBLE N would have made the vowel short. Strathconnan is a place in Scotland but there was no such place in Victoria. Therefore I believe the following stock report refers to Frank Wright and his brother at Tullamarine and has the correct spelling of their farm name.

Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954) Saturday 2 March 1918 p 34 Article
... . Parrls; Blairgowrie Estate, to £1/0/9; 59, Wright Bros., Strathconan,; at £1/2/,

However, as in the case of Clackmannon or Clackmannan, Strathconnan (in Scotland) also seems to be commonly written as Strathconon so the spelling in Mary Wright's death notice could be correct. The farm's name was definitely not STRATHAVON as written in Frank's death notice.


KOWARZIK —PALMER. —Lorraine, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Kowarzik, Tullamarine, to Eric,only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Palmer, Tullamarine.(ENGAGEMENTS. P.8, Argus, 7-2-1948.)

Both families were on Old Broadmeadows Rd, since renamed Mickleham Rd, probably when the road was constructed north of Forman St to cross the Moonee Ponds Creek because of the bottleneck caused near the Broadmeadows Hotel when cars had to turn left up the Ardlie St hill to reach Mickleham Rd.

The Palmers had John Mansfield's former "Grandview", the southern 169 acres of "Viewpoint" fronting the east side of the road with the north boundary near Finningley Drive and the south boundary adjoining Camp Hill Park in Melway 15 J1. Kowarzik had "Strathconan", 142 acres bounded by the Freight Rd/ Londrew Court midline (S), the line of Derby St (SW) and Mickleham Rd north to about the McDonalds site.

Having been acting manager of Australian National Airways, F.Kowarzik had become general manager by 1952.

The name of the owner of Strathconan in Broadmeadows rate records soon after changed to Kay. I can't recall who it was that told me he had been pressured to change his name, possibly Keith McNab. He'd become F.Kay by 1955!

Mr. F. Kay, A.N.A. general manager, said his company's tourist class service would operate from October 2
with DC-4 Skymasters seating 60 passengers. (P.5, Argus, 21-9-1955.)

Takeover by Ansett Transport Industries
After initially dismissing his offer, the ANA board began talking with Reginald Ansett, head of the much smaller Ansett Transport Industries; with its main interstate operation Ansett Airways. Finally, ANA was sold to Ansett, on 3 October 1957, for £3.3 million. The two airlines were merged to form Ansett-ANA on 21 October 1957[9] and the name was retained until 1 November 1968 when it was renamed Ansett Airlines of Australia.

Frederic Kowarzik's sister, Anne, married Ted Dalley, a descendant of Samuel Dalley a Hawthorn pioneer in 1852.

FROM ted dalley*s story - Hawthorn Historical Society

Charles married Sarah Power, the daughter of Thomas Power, another Hawthorn pioneer, at the family home Denmark Hill, Upper Hawthorn. They had six children; one of whom, Selina, married Albert Hatherley of Hatherley & Horsfield paint merchants of Burwood Road, Hawthorn. Charles & Sarah’s youngest son was Harry Power Dalley, the father of Ted, who married Anne Kowarzik . Anne’s brother Frederic became managing director of Australian National Airlines.

Frederic Ferdinand Kowarzik was on "Strathconan" by 1946.
JOHN WALLIS MURRAY. Late of 36 Waterdale Road,- Ivanhoe, Chief Steward, Deceased.-After fourteen clear days we, Charles Fairfax Telford, of Kyneton, contractor, and Frederic Ferdinand Kowarzik, of Broadmeadows road,
Tullamarine, the executors appointed by deceased's will (dated the 14th day of January, 1941) will APPLY to the
Supreme Court for grant of PROBATE of the said WILL.(P.22, Argus, 3-7-1946.)

HOBBS - KOWARZIK. - June, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs, of Douglas, to Ken, only son of Mr. and Mrs.F.F. Kowarzik, of Tullamarine. (ENGAGEMENTS, P.8, Argus, 9-11-1946.)

Having been born at Traralgon in 1898, Frederic was of an age to enlist in W.W.1.

EventBirth Event registration number7089 Registration year1898
Personal information
Family nameKOWARZIK Given namesFrederic Ferdinand SexMale Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameJanet (Wilson) Place of birthTRARALGON

Frederick Ferdinand KOWARZIK
Regimental number 1220
Place of birth Traralgon Victoria
Religion Presbyterian
Occupation Operator
Address Drouin, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 18
Next of kin Father, E Kowarzik, Drouin, Victoria
Enlistment date 4 February 1916
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 37th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/54/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll 3rd Divisional Signal Company
Fate Effective abroad (still overseas)*

*PHOTO OF FREDERIC WITH FURTHER SERVICE RECORD DETAILS (but his father's name is wrongly given as Frederick.)
Ko-Kz - WWI Pictorial Honour Roll of Victorians

EventMarriage Event registration number9313 Registration year1925
Personal information
Family nameKOWARZIK Given namesFrederick Ferdinand SexUnknown Spouse's family nameTHYER Spouse's given namesNorma Elaine

Charles Palmer and Frederick sold their Tullamarine farms (as shown in the map on page 196 of Andrew Lemon's BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY)to Stanley Korman in the 1950's and while Charles Palmer's widow was still living in the homestead of their farm in 1973, Frederick Kay had probably moved away in 1957 when Reg. Ansett bought Australian National Airways.


In the early 1950's Stanley Korman had purchased three farms on the east side of Old Broadmeadows Road between Forman St, the south boundary of Broadmeadows Township, and today's Camp Hill Park. The farms were "Gladstone" from Forman St south to the Lackenheath Drive corner purchased from F.N Levin in 1954, the northern 159 acres of Viewpoint south to about 40 metres north of the Scampton Crescent corner purchased from Bill Stoney and the southern 169 acres of Viewpoint purchased from Charles Palmer. These purchases and others are shown on page 196 and 197 of Andrew Lemon's BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.

Korman's Bullseye plan of subdivision of his land between old Broadmeadows and the Albion-Jacana railway line fronted Old Broadmeadows Road but Korman's companies went broke and development of Gladstone Park did not start until Costains purchased Gladstone in 1964. By this time the construction of Tullamarine Airport had begun and land was reserved for the Tullamarine Freeway, thus isolating land on the three farms mentioned above, west of the freeway to Old Broadmeadows Rd, which was developed later as the Gladstone Gardens Estate. This estate may have included Strathconan whose main access roads were Freight Rd and Garden Drive because the service road on the east side of Old Broadmeadows Rd (now called Mickleham Rd)was directly linked with Garden Drive in Melway 5 J11.

When Bill Stoney and Charles Palmer, who obviously regained ownership of their farms due to Korman's insolvency, sold their farms again, they must have done so on the condition that their ADJOINING homestead blocks would be exempted from the Gladstone Gardens subdivision and with these two house blocks fronting the original chain wide road there was an 80 metre gap in the service road with access to the southern section of the service road provided just north of the Scampton Crescent corner.

Incidentally, Korman's original bullseye plan on page 197 of BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY (which Andrew Lemon vaguely describes as being from "a brochure issued during the campaign against siting a new jetport at Tullamarine") was actually from THE CASE AGAINST A JETPORT AT TULLAMARINE, published by Walter V. Murphy, a copy of which was provided to me by descendants of Tullamarine pioneers, was given to the Tullamarine Library and should be available at the Hume Global Learning Centre at Broadmeadows. No doubt Korman financed the brochure.

Charles Palmer had died by 1973 when I started the Tullamarine Kindergarten Association's paper drives. Dear old Mrs Palmer, who lived in the weatherboard house immediately south of Bill Stoney's brick house and part of the break in the service road, saved her papers for me and always insisted that I share a cuppa with her before I left. Her house was possibly built by John Mansfield when he bought the southern 169 acres of "Viewpoint" and called it "Grandview" but may have been Edmond Dunn's original homestead built in 1849 or even John Martin Ardlie's homestead of 1843.