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I can't sip a coffee without something to read so I was checking out trove results for Tullamarine in the 1930's when I discovered Sarah's obituary. As soon as I saw Sarah's maiden name, I suspected that her father's name was James and when I found that Sarah's mother had died within two years of their arrival, I suspected that I'd found the reason that James Cousins had become the stepfather of George Hendrie (sic, Hendry):
Was Mrs Parr the widowed Ann Parr or the wife of James Henry Parr?

Although there were many questions to be answered, I just had to use Sarah's obituary. Although Victorian BDM was working briefly last night when I managed to find Gordon Connor's 1899 birth record, it is again offline for scheduled maintenance. Neil Mansfield's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY (P.47) has answered at least one question. James Henry Parr did not marry Emily Mansfield until 1876 so Sarah Cousins was obviously looked after by Ann Parr (whose maiden name has not yet been discovered.) The widowed Ann (d. 1879 aged 72) and her son, James Henry, then about 5 years old, arrived in Victoria in 1853, apparently via New Zealand where Ann's husband had died. Sarah's obituary indicates that the Cousins family arrived circa 1862 and that Mrs Cousins died circa 1864. Sarah was probably the youngest daughter but it will be interesting to see if there were any Cousins children born here.
There were so many Thomas Wrights in Tullamarine's history that my head spins so Herbert Wright's death record will be of value when it becomes available again.

In the passing away of Mrs Sarah Wright, one of the few remaining pioneers of the district has gone to her eternal rest. The late Mrs Wright's father, Mr. Cousins, came from Leicestershire, England, aboard the “King of Algeria" some 73 years ago, bringing with him his wife and family of five daughters and one son. Only one of the family survives, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, of Essendon.

Mrs. Wright’s mother died within two years of their arrival in Melbourne and Mrs. Wright was taken by Mrs. Parr, of Tullamarine, where she lived for a few years, later residing with Dr. Dare and family at Camberwell where he was the minister. After his death she was with Rev. Usher's family until she married Mr. Herbert Wright, of Pine-Lodge, where she resided until a few years ago, when she and her husband came to take a well earned rest in Shepparton residing here until her death.

Although Mrs. Wright reared a family of 12 (one, Ralph, deceased) she found time to help wherever she could in sickness and trouble and her kindness and unselfishness in those early days of the district, when doctors and nurses were scarce and roads so bad, made her many friends by whom she was generally loved. She was an energetic church worker, and had unbounded spiritual wealth, and to the last was always trying to help the cause of Christianity. She was a lover of her church and the Home League and gave great assistance in her quiet way.

The cortege which followed the remains to the Shepparton cemetery on the 24th showed the respect and esteem in which the late Mrs Wright was held. Casket bearers were her three sons-in-law, Messrs P. Colliver, A. Laws, R. McCormack; Mr. Fred Smith (Essendon), a nephew, Mr. D.Wright, nephew, and Mr. C. J. Laws, an old friend of the family, Pall bearers were her eight sons, Walter, Edward, Arthur, Bert. Robert, Alic, Harrie and Fred.
Much sympathy is extended to Mr.Wright and family in their sad bereavement.
(P.4, Shepparton Advertiser, 2-8-1935.)

Mr Herbert Alfred Wright
The death of Mr. Herbert Alfred Wright. 94 years, of 54 Corio Street. Shepparton, occurred on July 31, at his residence. The funeral took place from Wesley Church for the Shepparton cemetery on the following Thursday,the Rev. H. B. Freeman conducting the services.

The casket was borne by one son (Frederick) and five grandsons ( Messrs. Mervyn McCormack,Alvin, Kenneth, Ronald and Leonard Wright), while the pall bearers were Messrs, Arthur, Herbert, Harrie and Alic Wright(sons), Cliff and Leslie Hamilton (nephews). He also has two surviving sisters, Mrs. Agar and Mrs. Hamilton, of Melbourne.
The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Kittle Bros., which was largely attended showing the widespread respect held for an old pioneer of the Goulburn Valley district.

The late Mr. Wright, who celebrated his 94th birthday on July 17 last, was born at Mickleham, old Sydney road, 20 miles from Melbourne, his parents being the late Thomas and Mary Ann Wright. Possessed of a powerfulphysique, his good health and mental alertness continued throughout his long life, the last 27 years of which were spent in retirement in Shepparton. His wife, who was formerly Miss Sarah Cousins, predeceased him in 1935.

He was the father of Alice(Mrs. R. McCormack), Walter, Mary (Mrs. Colliver), Arthur,Edward (dec.), Herbert, Lillian(Mrs. Albert Laws), Ralph (dec.), Robert, Harry, Alex and Frederick. He leaves also 2? grandchildren and 14 great grand children. Mr. Wright was a member of the Pine Lodge Methodist church and also a trustee and treasurer until he retired from his farm to live in Shepparton. He was a man of many ideal qualities and always ready to serve the interests of others. He is translated into a greater life and a wider sphere of service. If our eyes could only see what eternal life means we would rejoice with great joy.
(P.9, Shepparton Advertiser, 17-8-1951.)

A WRIGHT, MICKLEHAM search on trove found a report of Herbert's 90th birthday that gives additional details,such as the year of his marriage, and confirms my suspicion that his parents had selected land at Pine Lodge.

90th Birthday
Mr. Herbert Wright Celebrates
To celebrate the 90th birthday of Mr. Herbert Wright of Corio street, Shepparton, 35 members of his family and relatives met at his home on Thursday afternoon last, for the occasion. Mrs. Ager(sic) and Mrs. Hamilton, his two sisters, travelled from Melbourne to be present. Many telegrams and letters conveying birthday greetings and good wishes were read by his eldest nephew, Mr. J. Albert Wright, which had been sent from New South Wales,
Western Australia and other parts of the State.

Mr. Wright was born at Mickleham in 1857 and came with his parents to Pine Lodge in 1873, where he
afterwards bought land and followed farming pursuits. In 1880 he married Miss Sarah Cousin (sic), of Melbourne. Relinquishing his land twenty-five years ago, he came to reside at Corio Street, Shepparton. His wife, after a short illness, passed away twelve years ago.

His niece, Mrs. W. Hillier, baked the birthday cake and decorated it and his sister, Mrs. Agar, lit the candles while his other sister, Mrs.Hamilton, extinguished them. (P.9 Shepparton Advertiser, 22-7-1947.)

Euroke or Yuroke was the parish between Will Will Rook and Mickleham extending north from the line of Swain St (just south of the Providence Rd/ Mickleham Rd corner) to about a mile north of Craigieburn Rd and generally east to Merri Creek. The Machell grant, between Mickleham Rd and Section Rd,subdivided in the early 1850's and largely occupied by Methodists who built the heritage-listed Primitive Methodist Church and called the area Providence Plains, was probably their abode in "Euroke".


WRIGHT. –On the 3rd November, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. T. Agar, Coburg, Mary Ann, relict of the late Thomas Wright, of Pine Lodge, loved mother of James, Herbert, Mrs. Hounslow (Sarah)*, Mrs. Agar (Rose), Mrs. Hamilton (Jennie), the surviving sons and daughters, aged 96 years. A colonist of 71 years.
A beautiful life, a peaceful end; She lived as she died, with God her friend. (P.1, Argus, 4-11-1919.)


STRANKS— WRIGHT.— On the 10th inst.,at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Campbellfield, by the Rev. M.Clarke, George Stranks, of Pascoe Vale, to Ann Wright, of Mickleham.(P.4, The Age, 13-3-1868.)

I was unclear whether Pine Lodge was the name of the Wright farm or a locality; it was the latter! As in Tullamarine, and the earliest subdivision in Greenvale, many residents were Methodists.

Pine Lodge is a rural district in north central Victoria, 12 km east of Shepparton.

In 1839 the Arcadia pastoral run, enclosing all of the Shepparton district, was occupied, and in 1858 it was divided into two. The second part was named Pine Lodge, possibly because of the prevalence of the Callitris tree, known as Murray Pine. The timber is resistant to white ant infestation and was found in the original homestead when it was replaced in 1913.

In the 1870s the Pine Lodge property was subdivided for farm selections. Between 1878 and 1882 four schools were opened in the Pine Lodge district, indicating the extent of the place name, particularly eastwards to what is now Cosgrove. Pine Lodge’s school (1878) was opened in a Methodist Free Church, and the Methodist denomination continued to be the main one, building a new and substantial brick building in 1924. The original Pine Lodge village was westwards, near today’s Orrvale.

Why I am mentioning the Hounslows?
WRIGHT. –On the 3rd November, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. T. Agar, Coburg, Mary Ann, relict of the late Thomas Wright, of Pine Lodge, loved mother of James, Herbert, Mrs. Hounslow (Sarah)*, Mrs. Agar (Rose), Mrs. Hamilton (Jennie), the surviving sons and daughters, aged 96 years. A colonist of 71 years.
A beautiful life, a peaceful end; She lived as she died, with God her friend. (P.1, Argus, 4-11-1919.)

Thomas Wright's daughter, Sarah, married Albert Hounslow but there is no mention of Moorabool Flat in the article about her nonagenerian mother Mary Anne. The article states that Thomas went to Ballarat between their tenures at Mickleham and in the Golburn Valley but Albert and Sarah's wedding notice states that the wedding took place at Moorabool Flat. Their son, Alfred, later settled on 41 acres AT TULLAMARINE immediately south of the Parr property, The Elms, (where Sarah Cousins had probably lived for some years following the death of her mother circa 1864.)

HOUNSLOW—WRIGHT.—On the 12th May, at the residence of the bride's father, Albert Hounslow, of Campbellfield, to Sarah, third daughter of Mr. Thomas Wright, Moorabool Flat.

HOUNSLOW.—At his son's residence,Mooroopna, Albert Hounslow., dearly beloved husband of the late Sarah Hounslow and father of Clara (Mrs. George Knight, Mooroopna), Alfred(Tullamarine), Ada (Mrs. J. Killerberrin,. W.A.);
Frank (Shepparton); Mary (Mr.B. Smith, Shepparton); Fred (Mooroopna). At rest.
Funeral will leave Methodist Church for Shepparton cemetery at 2.30 o’clock tomorrow.
(P.4, Shepparton Advertiser, 18-9-1932.)


FROM "The Story and Burial Listing of the Will Will Rook Pioneers Cemetery (October 2014.)

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5.3.4 Fruit-growing
An advertisement that appeared in 1888 for land at Redstone Hill, promoted it as ‘A beautiful
stretch of undulating country … lightly timbered, fenced, and subdivided into convenient
paddocks, with rich alluvial flats admirably adapted for Fruit Growing, and easily irrigated.29
An article of 1937 claimed that the first fruit tree planted in Victoria was possibly planted by
Martin Batey at Redstone Hill.30
In the 1870s it was noted that there were many orchards in
the Sunbury area.31

30 Source has not been identified, but was taken from a search in


The source was an article about THE OLDEST FRUIT TREE IN VICTORIA which I should be able to locate on trove with this subject and the words FLINTOFF and BATEY. The tree was planted at Greensborough!


BROADMEADOWS ROAD DISTRICT.-Notice is hereby given, that it is deemed expedient by the Broadmeadows Road Board to MAKE a NEW ROAD through part of Section 6, parish of WOLLERT, being the continuation of a one chain road from the Old Sydney-road through to tho New Sydney-road.
A plan showing the site and extent of the land required is deposited for inspection at tho offices of the Board, Victoria hotel*, Broadmeadows.
All persons affected are hereby called upon, within 10 days from the date of this notice to set forth in
writing all objections they may have to the proposed work.
By order.
HOLLAND LOXTON, Clerk to the Board.
Broadmeadows, May 25,1864. (P.3, Argus, 27-5-1864.)

*There are many historical plaques in Westmeadows. One on the Broadmeadows Tavern discusses the Victoria Hotel.

Google YUROKE, COUNTY OF BOURKE and WOLLERT, COUNTY OF BOURKE to access the parish maps.

I have read that parishes were to consist of about 25 square miles with boundaries being streams or existing roads when the land north of Melbourne was surveyed. Jika Jika, Doutta Galla and Maribyrnong/Cut Cut Paw were divided by streams (the Moonee Ponds separating the first two and the Saltwater River the latter two.)

If the south east part of the parish of Yuroke (sections 5 and 6), had gone east to the Merri Creek, the above notice would have been unnecessary. The Yuroke parish map shows the new Sydney road TOUCHING the north east corner of section 6 Yuroke as does the Wollert parish map (which shows the end of the unlabelled Cliffords Rd MEETING THE NEW SYDNEY ROAD WITHIN SECTION 6 YUROKE. However at some early stage the new Sydney Road was much nearer to Merri Creek than as shown on both parish maps. Nobody was quite sure where the Yuroke/ Wollert boundary actually was! If you look at Melway 180 D6, you will see that the last dot of the dotted Cliffords Rd is on the same alignment as O'Herns Rd on the other side of the Hume Highway. The NEW SYDNEY ROAD may well have been at the bend in O'Herns Rd at the middle top of 180 E6.

CLIFFORD RD, the "one chain road from the Old Sydney-road through to tho New Sydney-road" was named after Samuel Clifford, grantee of crown allotments 12 and 13, section 6 Yuroke. The ORIGINAL Sydney road was past the Young Queen Hotel (on the left,just north of the Pascoe Vale bridge)to Melway 6 G9, with a descent into Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows south of Kenny St) and a long climb up the Ardlie St hill past the Broadmeadows Hotel, a store/p.o. later run by George Couser for many decades and the VICTORIA HOTEL (WHERE THE ROAD BOARD HAD ITS OFFICE)which was burnt down in about 1871. At the top of the hill, Ardlie St joined Mickleham Rd, which today north of Donnybrook Rd and the "Marnong" gates is still called OLD SYDNEY ROAD.

When the timber bridge linking the two parts of Ardlie St in Broadmeadows Township was built in 1854, travellers could access the Ardlie St hill via Tullamarine. The direct route to Sydney past the settlement and stockade that gave Coburg its original name of Pentridge was boggy near the Campbellfield/Somerton area and there was even a third route along today's Plenty Valley Highway, all three routes joining near Wallan.

Carters with heavy loads would have found the climb either way through Broadmeadows Township difficult, a drag being employed for descents, which didn't do much for the road surface, so once the new Sydney road was planned, the southern part of the original road (Pascoe Vale Rd) was extended to the south west corner of section 6 Yuroke where it connected directly with Cliffords Rd on the north west side of Samuel Clifford's grants. In about 1872 the defunct private Essendon railway was extended as the North Eastern Railway (to Sydney)and the south west end of Cliffords Rd was closed (now being roughly David Munroe Drive in Roxburgh Park.) The new connection to Somerton Rd is on c/a 13.

Cliffords Rd could well have been called Blakey Rd or Kernan Rd. Charles Blakey, grantee of much of section 6 Yuroke, a pound keeper at Somerton was involved absently at Rosebud, selling a block on section 18 Wannaeue to Jack Jones. LAKE V JONES 1889

Yvonne Kernan, a stalwart of the Craigieburn Historical Interest Group, who grew up at Somerton,is a descendant of Joseph Kernan, another grantee on section 6 Yuroke.


Broadmeadows Farm Sale
Negotiations are almost complete for the sale of Gladstone Park, Broadmeadows. Gladstone Park is a farm of 777 acres, at present used for stock fattening. Subject to Treasury approval the price will be £2 5 an acre, making a total, of £19,425.
Special interest is attached to the sale because of its association with the famous British Prime Minister, (Mr. Gladstone) to whom the property is said to have been granted by Queen Victoria. Relatives of Mr. Gladstone once
resided in the nine-roomed brick homestead.
Gladstone Park adjoins Essendon aerodrome, and has a boundary of about two miles long Broadmeadows-road; running
right into Broadmeadows township. Moonee Ponds Creek forms the eastern boundary. During the war, it contained an emergency landing ground, which was used extensively for training purposes.
Agreement to the sale was received this week from the trustees of the Gladstone Estate in England. Attorneys for the trustees are the solicitors, Moule, Hamilton and Derham, Collins-street,city. Agents were A. E. Gibson and Co., Queen-street, city. The purchaser's name was not disclosed.
It is thought likely, because of the value of the land, much of it will eventually be subdivided.The homestead and about 100 acres may be retained as a stud farm. It is understood that the present tenant, Mr. J. E. Barrow, will remain in possession until the present lease expires in four years.(P.3, The Age, 21-9-1946.)

(Gladstone Park) "had been owned by a Scot, Thomas Steuart Gladstone from 1869 until his death in 1883 and returned him an income of a few hundred pounds a year. Gladstone was a cousin of the British Prime Minister, W.E.Gladstone. He never came to Australia but had been an associate of the land's previous owner, Neil Black, and he came into possession of the land as the result of a business agreement. On Gladstone's death the property had passed to his three sons Robert, Samuel and John, all of Liverpool.

N.B. If the link doesn't work, google TULLAMARINE, COUNTY OF BOURKE and click on the first result.

Gladstone Park was section 5. The Broadmeadows Rd (now Mickleham Rd) frontage of "Gladstone Park" was 8000 links (80 chains, a mile or 1600 metres.) The farms BETWEEN THIS FARM AND ESSENDON AERODROME were Viewpoint on crown allotments 1 and 2 of section 4, Camp Hill, (Gowanbrae from about 1940) on c/a's 3 and 4 of section 4, and Southwaite Gill on 22B and D Doutta Galla (today's Strathmore Heights.)

The original name of section 5 (and another farm in the Western District) was probably derived from one of the four members of the syndicate that Niel Black represented in Australia (see bold type below.) Peter McCracken leased Stewarton from 1846 till 1855, when unable to get an answer from Niel Black about renewing his lease, he moved to his dairy in South Kensington until his Ardmillan" mansion in TODAY'S Moonee Ponds was completed in 1857.

A.D.Pyke, author of THE GOLD THE BLUE (a history of the Lowther Hall school in Leslie St, Essendon) stated that Peter McCracken's Stewarton was in Moonee Ponds, unaware that properties as far north as Dunhelen were given this location name. The original name was still used when John Cock first occupied the farm but its name was recorded as "Gladstone" in the second year of his lease. This would have been when ownership reverted from the insolvent G.W.Taylor to Gladstone's sons.

The original homestead was a four roomed weatherboard house near Claredale Avenue. The nine roomed brick house, grain silos and stables were near the corner of Lyndhurst Avenue and North Circular Rd. The new homestead would have been built early in John Cock's tenure, no doubt financed by Taylor's forfeited deposit and part payments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Origin of the name of the suburb, Roxburgh Park.

The myth of the prime minister being the owner of Gladstone Park seems to have arisen before the death of Niel Black in 1880 as this quote from Niel's obituary illustrates.

"We extract the following memoir from
'Victorian Men of the Time':--"The Hon. Neil Black,
M.L.C., was born in the year 1804, at Cowal, in
Argyleshire, and is the son of Mr Archibald Black,
an extentive sheep farmer. Up to the age of thirty-three
Mr. Neil Black lived with his elder brother
Walter, and acquired a thorough knowledge of the
breeding and management of stock. He then
determined to visit Australia, and on hearing that he
was about to emigrate, several gentlemen were
desirous that Mr Neil Black should take out money
to invest for them, and an agreement was drawn up
between himself, Mr. Finlay (of Toward Castle,
Argyleshire), Mr. William Ewart Gladstone (since
premier of England), and Mr Stewart (of Glenormiston),
each of whom entered into a partnership for
five years, on equal shares, and entrusted Mr. Black
with the management of the joint funds, some
£8000, together with the selection of the territory,
the sole condition being that he should pay cash for
everything he bought."

As the source* quoted was not published until 1882, it is possible that the reference to the prime minister was in a draft of the book and was corrected before publication. It can be assumed that Andrew Lemon based Thomas Steuart Gladstone's (and his sons') ownership of section 5 Tullamarine on documents; otherwise he's made another mistake (like the one about James Robertson of "Gowrie" at Campbellfield being a Keilor farmer)and the myth is true! (See POSTSCRIPT.)

*Men of the time in Australia : Victorian series / compiled by H. Morin ...
Men of the time in Australia : Victorian series /​ compiled by H. Morin Humphreys. Also Titled. Spine title: Men of the time, Victoria, 1882. Other Authors. Humphreys, H. Morin. Edition. 2nd ed. Published. Melbourne [Vic.] : M'Carron, Bird, 1882. Physical Description. clxxxii, 274 p. ; 22 cm. Series. Australian men of the time.

Andrew Lemon was correct about Thomas Steuart Gladstone being a member of the Niel Black syndicate and gaining sole ownership of section 5 Tullamarine in 1869. The syndicate was dissolved in 1868-9, not after Black's death in 1880 as I had thought. See:

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The Champion Ploughing Match took place yesterday in the Royal Park, near Brunswick. The prizes, consisting of a silver cup and a plough, were carried off by two brothers named Brodie,who are in the employment of Mr.
M'Conachie, of Broadmeadows. (P.2, Bendigo Advertiser, 13-8-1858.)

It's not strange that the match took place at Royal Park. The venue would have been the MODEL FARM. It is not strange that Mr Machonochie of "Stewarton" (section 5, parish of Tullamarine)would have employed ploughmen. It is the fact that the Brodie family was involved during the squatting era with huge runs north of Broadmeadows and Bulla Townships, and purchased extensive grants in these areas such as those comprising Dunhelen and Harpsdale.

Isaac Batey wrote in great detail about members of the Brodie family but I don't remember him or anybody else discussing insolvency in regard to the family. The mention of the Brodie brothers scratched the itch of curiosity that I first felt years ago when I saw mention of a Mrs Brodie running a store in Broadmeadows (Township)- found by chance and unlike the above par about the ploughing match, not included in a journal. A brief attempt to find the mention of Mrs Brodie's store at Broadmeadows again indicates that a miracle would be required to do so. I have a feeling that I had seen the report of the ploughing match at the same distant time but not wanting to get side-tracked from my objective at the time, did not follow up why the Brodie brothers would be mere ploughmen for another family rather than assisting on family farms such as Harpsdale and Dunhelen.

Another mystery involves the brothers' acquisition of skill in ploughing. From what I understand, squatters were not allowed to conduct agriculture on their runs, their licences being only for depasturing of stock. It is most likely that they were the sons of David Brodie, the family member most involved in the area, but they may have been David's brothers and therefore sons of George Sinclair Brodie.

Who was Mrs Brodie, the lady running the store at Broadmeadows Township?

Amazingly there doesn't seem to be an AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY entry about G.S., R.S., or David Brodie but- as almost expected- the Craigieburn Historical Interest Group (CHIG) had produced an article which details financial transactions which make it unlikely that family members would become mere ploughmen.

The PIONEERS OF PORT PHILLIP GROUP has published information about the Brodies but this does not seem to be available online.

Perhaps the identities of the ploughmen and the Broadmeadows Township storekeeper, and the reason for their occupations, will be discovered by chance or revealed by family descendants.

The mention of Mrs Brodie was an ADVERTISEMENT and I may not have found it because I limited my search to articles.

AHA! If I say something is on trove, IT IS, even if I can't find it.
MRS. BRODIE, late of Moonee Pomb,H»
to inform tl.o Settlers nail others, lint
she has oponed a Store nt Uroitl'iiwlo*» ml» »
complete Sloe!; nf Grocery, Dinpery. Irouraw
gery.nttd «eneml Stores, all ofu-Lich ski? tnlrudi
Fix this textoffering at Melbourne prices.___

MRS. BRODIE, late of Moonee Ponds, begs to inform the Settlers and others, that she has opened a Store at Broadmeadows with a complete Stock of Grocery, Drapery. Ironmongery and general Stores, all of which she intends
offering at Melbourne prices. (P.4, Argus, 20-11-1851.)

N.B. MOONEE PONDS meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek and in this case almost certainly DUNHELEN, which extended east from the creek, as indicated by Dunhelen Lane at Melway 385 F11. Mrs Brodie must have been one of the earliest storekeepers in Broadmeadows if not the first. Was Mrs Brodie the widow of Richard Sinclair Brodie? (See the CHIG article.)

GEORGE BRODIE did become insolvent but in 1861 which would not account for the Brodie Bros. becoming employees or Mrs Brodie running a store.
George Brodie, of Melbourne, stock and sharebroker. Causes of insolvency : Losses in mining speculations, bad debts, and depreciation in the value of property. Liabilities, £2674 2s ; assets £2159; deficiency, .-£515 2s. Official assignee, Mr Courtney. (P.5, The Age, 16-5-1861.)

It seems almost certain that one of the brothers was John Brodie.
Ploughing with Horses or Bullocks.
First prize, £10, or a piece of plate of equal value, to No. 4, James Templeton, ploughman to Mr Cochrane.
Second prize, £6, or gold medal, to No. 25, John Brodie, ploughman to Mr Maconachie.(P.5, The Age, 10-6-1858.)

Janilye's comment under the journal would seem to indicate that John was not a son of George Sinclair Brodie.

It is possible that John's brother was David. A report of the first ploughing match run by the Gisborne Agricultural Society (in 1862)shows that David used horse teams and John, bullock teams.

David Brodie of Harpdale was a Presbyterian according to his 1905 obituary. Unfortunately it names only one of his three sons. However, as he was born in about 1836, if he had sons named John and David, they would not have been old enough to be ploughmen circa 1860.

The death notice of David Brodie's widow, Fanny, does name their children. He had a son named David but not one named John.
BRODIE.-On the 7th April at her residence, 271 Park-road, Royal Park, Fanny,relict of the late David Brodie of "Harpsdale" Broadmeadows, and loving mother of Rev. George Sinclair, William McKenzie,(Mrs.J.H.Forsyth), Irene. Frances,Jean and David. Private funeral.(P.1, The Age, 8-4-1931.)

Incidentally the locations (Mickleham, Bulla, Broadmeadows) given for Harpsdale indicate just how vague such descriptions were. The homestead was and is at Melway 385 E5 near the eastern boundary of crown allotment 18, parish of Bulla at the north east corner of that parish and shire. Immediately east was the shire of Broadmeadows. Land added to the estate immediately north was in the parish of Mickleham.

There was a John Brodie, a Roman Catholic, who died at North Melbourne in 1913 and may have been the same one almost murdered at Flemngton in 1859, and others of that name who might have been the ploughman but some clue needs to be found before a line of inquiry is started.

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On page 74 of Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Thomas Ferby is listed as one of those mentioned in George McLear's account books. The only detail supplied was the year, 1863.

In 1865, Thomas Farnby (possibly a spelling error or my wrong decyphering of the rate collector's handwriting) was assessed on 14 acres 1 room house in the Kangerong division (parish of Kangerong including Dromana Township and Jamieson's Special Survey.)

A trove search for "Thomas Fenby" produced one 1868 result related to the Dromana area. Rate records show that Thomas Clooney was in Dromana Township (west of McCulloch St) and Thomas Fenby's 14 acres probably were too.

Dromana (Friday).— Before Messrs . B.Burrell and Robert Anderson. Thomas Fenby was fined £3 and 9s costs for rescuing cattle from Thomas Clooney. The defendant seemed inclined to elect the alternative of a month's
imprisonment, but the fine was ultimately paid.(P.3, The Age, 24-11-1868.)

A "Fenby" search on trove soon led to a 1866 article about a kangaroo hunt at Borneo (Boneo) which shows that William McLear was Thomas Fenby's chief** (boss) and that Fenby was in charge of bringing supplies (obviously from Richard Watkin's FOUR* year old Dromana Hotel) as well as gathering the trophies and delivering same to Watkin. (*ESTABLISHED IN 1862, ACCORDING TO WATKIN IN AN 1880 ADVERTISEMENT, NOT 1857 AS SPOUTED FOR YEARS.)
(** POSTSCRIPT. It suddenly occurred to me that Thomas Fenby was the only driver (of deliveries) and that William McLear was chief of the horsemen whose job was to find mobs of kangaroos and drive them towards the hunters waiting at various points. Therefore William McLear may not have been Thomas Fenby's employer.)


"and now the captain confers with the leader of tho drivers, and it is decided to meet at the ' Cherry Tree.' Tom Fenby receives orders to be there with his horse and dray
to bring home the slaughtered game."

"The horsemen having started on their circuit, the captain, assisted by William M'Lear, the drivers' chief, proceeded to post his men. "

"Various loads of kangaroo having previously been sent on to Mr Richard Watkins, of Dromana, on Wednesday the party sailed for home, having killed nearly two hundred head of kangaroo,besides ducks, teal, pigeons, &c., which were
mostly found near Mr Ford's*, at Borneo."

*This could mean Cr William Ford of "Wannaeue Station" bounded by today's Boneo, Eastbourne, Jetty Rds and a never made government road, (called Hiscock Rd near Truemans Rd) on the south bank of Drum Drum Alloc Creek (Melway 170 E-A 7.)

Mr Ford might also have been Edward Ford, a blacksmith, whose relationship to James and William Ford, if any, has not yet been confirmed. Edward was the grantee of crown allotment 5B, Fingal at Melway 252 H-J 4, now the Boneo Maze and Wetlands Centre.

The waterbirds were most likely near the creek or a waterhole such as Desailley's ( bottom right corner of Melway 252J5 near the Maxwell Rd bend.)


None of the Wannaeue parish maps available online by Googling WANNAEUE, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON shows this cemetery. When I started my Mornington Peninsula research in about August 2010, I asked the shire where I could find rate records and parish maps and received a reply along the lines of DUNNO. Luckily a blonde lady, who thankfully is still working at the Rosebud library as she is really the only one in the library system who shows any interest in my research, showed me the rate records from 1864-1919, and volunteers at the Rye Historical Society went out of their way to provide me with a paper copy of the Wannaeue map. Therefore the map to which I refer should be available at this society's museum in the old schoolhouse in the grounds of Rye Primary School.

My paper copy of the map shows that the cemetery was 300 links (60 metres) east of Rosebud Avenue with a Hove Rd frontage farther east of 700 links* (140 metres.) The block extended 1000 links (200 metres) south to a point at almost the latitude of Herman St., the head of the golfer in Melway 170 H4 being precisely in the south east corner of the seven acres. Waterfall Gully Creek crosses Hove Rd at its north west corner and was on the western boundary and up to about 15 metres east of the south west corner, being virtually parallel with the boundary.The eastern boundary was 20 metres east of the driveway to the Rosebud Tennis Club clubhouse.
(*100 links = 1 chain = 20 metres, or to be precise, 20.1168 metres. 10 square chains = 1 acre = 4000 square metres.)

The map states that the cemetery was gazetted in '77. This should mean 1877, five years after the Rosebud Fishing village was alienated or at about the time that Wannaeue Village (between The Avenue and Parkmore Rd) was alienated, and there were private subdivisions on land between Parkmore Rd and Adams Ave (south to South Rd) and R.R.Woolcott's estate between Jetty Rd and the line of Norm Clark Walk.

The Rosebud Tennis Club operated on the foreshore,in front of where the Kindergarten was built, between the C.R.Coleman Park and the Village Green. Exactly when the club was relocated to Hove Rd is unknown but the said cemetery would hardly have been declared in 1977. (oops, see postscript!)

There are only two results on trove for "Rosebud Cemetery" as below. Edward Williams of Eastbourne may have written the death/ burial notice for Sidney Smith Crispo but it could also have been written by Crispo's sister who may have been living in Sydney, SSC himself referred to Eastbourne as being variously at Rosebud and Rye. A Brighton undertaker who submitted Mary Jane Bottomley's funeral notice may have been unaware of Mornington Peninsula cemeteries. As SSC was the most fascinating peninsula pioneer that I have come across, it's a pity that the Mornington Standard did not publish a report of his funeral. SSC's gravestone is at the Rye Cemetery! Perhaps a descendant of Mary Jane and Joseph Bottomley (if there is one) will shed light on the question.

CRISPO.—On the 13th October, at the residence of Mr. Edward Williams, Eastbourne, Rye, Sidney Smith Crispo, late secretary and paymaster,Admiralty Survey, Victoria, aged 71. Buried at Rosebud Cemetery.
(P.1, Argus, 18-10-1899.)

There is little doubt that AMICUS was Edward Williams or his daughter Carrie Williams (whose grave is directly across the main path of Rye Cemetery from that of SSC just before the steep climb commences.)

Small space I crave from you kind sir,
A dead friend's worth to sing ;
Small tribute to his kindly deeds,
A kindly requiem.

God bless thee, Crispo, in thy bed,
With ti-tree blossoms strewn;
God rest the weary heart and head,
For me, all gone too soon.

What though thy brain with fancy teemed,
Fostered and led by fools;
What though thy airy castles gleamed,
Fashioned by dreamland's tools.

Beneath the haze of fancy's dreams,
A kindly heart and true;
An honest hand and steadfast will,
To fight life's battle through.

Take then thy well-earned rest, old friend,
Short space of time, and we
May meet thee on that brighter shore,
Au revoir S. S. C.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 19-10-1899.)

BOTTOMLEY. — On the 18th May, at Brighton,Mary Jane, relict of the late Joseph Bottomley,born Adelaide 1850, and late of Warrnambool,aged 81 years.

BOTTOMLEY. — The Friends of the late Mrs.MARY JANE BOTTOMLEY are most respectfully informed that her remains will be interred in the Rosebud Cemetery. The funeral will leave J. Monkhouse and Son's Funeral Parlour, Carpenter street, Brighton, Tomorrow (Wednesday), at 10 a.m. (Both P.8, Argus, 19-5-1931.)

Mary Jane Bottomley (born Wasley), 1850 - 1931
Mary Jane Bottomley (born Wasley) was born on month day 1850, at birth place, to John Wasley and Mary Ann Wasley (born Spargo).
John was born circa 1823, in St Day, Cornwall, England.
Mary was born circa 1831, in Redruth, Cornwall, England.
Mary had one sister: Elizabeth Ann Freeman (born Wasley).
Mary married Joseph Bottomley on month day 1867, at age 17 at marriage place.
Joseph was born circa 1836, in London, England.
They had 10 children: Alfred Joseph Bottomley, Edwin Harold Bottomley and 8 other children.
Mary passed away on month day 1931, at age 81 at death place.
She was buried on month day 1931, at burial place.

My attempt to find a funeral notice for Mary Jane's late husband was unsuccessful, so on an impulse, I looked at another Wannaeue paper map I'd obtained at the P.R.O.V. I'd enlarged some sections of the map so I could read the details on the Rosebud Fishing Village lots and one enlarged section showed the details on the 7 acre reserve for the cemetery on Hove Rd that could be read clearly without a magnifying glass. The cemetery reserve was proclaimed in 1927 not 1877 or 1977 (Gaz. 27 2984.)

Therefore Sidney Smith Crispo's burial was definitely at the RYE cemetery.

Hopefully a descendant of Joseph and Mary Bottomley can tell us where they were buried. There is no record of their burials at Warrnambool, Brighton, Dromana or Rye.


(As my additional information re the early pioneers of Tullamarine in the 1850's (BEECH, PURVIS, HENDRY) will not submit in that journal, any information that I discover until that can be achieved will be posted here.)
The following shows that John Beech's Wiltshire Store of 1852 had become the Beech Tree Hotel by mid 1855. It also shows that John was an enthusiastic member of the community.

Minutes of the first meeting of the Victoria
Volunteer Yeomanry Corps, held at Woodlands.
June 16th, 1855, Rawdon Greene, Esq., in the
The following members having been duly
sworn :
Thomas Bertram, John Raleigh, Alfred Locke,
W. F. Greene, Robert Laudale, George Mel-
ville, Dugald M'Phail, James Duncan, Thomas
Branagan, James Miller, Archibald Forsyth,
David Patulla, George Harris, James Daniel, Al-
exander M'Kintosh, John M'Nab, William Smith,
John Beech, Angus M'Nab, Henry Mosely. (etc.)

3rd. Proposed by Mr Smith, and seconded by
Mr. Laudale,
That Mr Rawdon Greene Mr. Raleigh, Mr.
Bertram, Mr. Smith, Dr. Harris, Mr. William
Greene, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Miller, Mr. M'Phail, Mr.
M'Kintosh, do form a commlttee, five of whom to
form a quorum, for the purpose of framing a code
of rules to be submitted to the meeting on 30th
June; and, that this committee meets at the Beech
Tree Hotel on Saturday, 33rd June, at one o'clock
(P.5, Argus, 20-6-1855.)

In 29 years of research, I have not come across any mention of the Laudale, Forsyth or Mosely families.

Thomas Bertram was at Glengyle (Melway 14 G-H2) near Browns Rd and a ramp just near the corner house led down to a ford, known for generations afterwards as Bertram's ford which provided access to and from Keilor Village until 1906 when the Arundel bridge was completed not long after William John Mansfield and his namesake son were drowned at Bertram's ford.

John Raleigh was probably from Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows south of Kenny St) where Raleigh St is a main street and its first school was conducted in a building provided by Mr Raleigh according to the Westmeadows Primary School history.

The Locke family was much involved in Essendon's history, Richard Locke being one of the original councillors of the Borough of Essendon and Flemington elected at its formation on 25-1-1862. (P. 13, Bob Chalmers' THE ANNALS OF ESSENDON.)

W.F.Greene was probably the younger brother of Rawdon and son of William Pomeroy Greene who established Woodlands circa 1843. (See street names below.)

George Melville was probably by this time running the Inverness Hotel at Oaklands Junction (Melway 177 J 11 near Perimeter Rd) and was still doing so when the Shire of Bulla was formed about seven years later and he allowed the shire free use of a room as an office and for meetings until the old shire hall ( was built near the Bulla end of Somerton Rd, named after William Pomeroy Greene (a fact that seemed to escape the notice of Melway); Rawdon St was named after his son.

Dugald McPhail, in 1855, could have been on James Robertson's Spring Hill at Aberfeldie where the first services of the Presbyterian congregation that formed St John's were held, Dugald being acknowledged as the Church's founder, or Rose Hill east of Steeles Creek between the road of that name and Braybrook road (Buckley St.)

James Duncan was probably living on Gowrie Park, the operational area of Melbourne Airport west from the terminal building to the line of McNabs Rd, and son of David Duncan the co-grantee of the land.

Mr Miller owned land to the east of Aberfeldie, known as Miller's Paddock as well as a property called Ringwood near the east end of Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds. James was probably his son.

Thomas Brannigan came out with the Greenes as their groom and may have by this time established St Johns at the west side of the start of Konagaderra Rd opposite Harpsdale.
(See I.W.Symonds' BULLA BULLA.)

David Patullo may have found the first gold in Victoria while working for Mr Rigg near Donnybrook but his workmates thought it was fool's gold. Perhaps they were the fools because the proceeds of his discovery may have enabled his purchase of "Craigbank" (Melway 384 A 10, 11 east to Deep Creek.)

George Harris may have been related to Thomas L. Harris who was the Bulla Shire engineer and departed amid a scandal a decade and a half later.( HOWEVER, the mention of Dr Harris makes this unlikely. Trove gives little information about the doctor.

James Daniel may have been a member of the Daniel family which established "Narbonne" near Daniels Rd (Melway 177 K4) not far north of "Woodlands". See Symonds' BULLA BULLA.

"James Mcintosh - who spent just two years on the (Boroadmeadows Road) Board and apparently left the district*" was probably related to Alexander. (James did not leave the district; he moved a mile or so west into the Bulla Road District! (* P. 47, BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)

John and Duncan McNab would have been on the southern 320 acres* of section 8 Tullamarine south of John Grant's "Seafield". (*Melway 4 G 8, 9 east to 5 A7 roughly.)

William Smith was almost certainly the proprietor of the original Young Queen Hotel at Pascoeville (Melway 16 H8 near Bass St), having bought it from John Watson in December 1842 according to P. 17 BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.) He'd earlier been involved at Bulla.

John Beech. The location of his hotel is given above. By 1861, he'd moved to the Woodend area and advertised his hotel to lease by tender.

In 1857, William McNab was working as a servant at the Beech Tree Hotel for John Beech and was called as a witness in a court case regarding a robbery at the hotel.

As stated earlier John Beech was in the Woodend area by 1861 when he advertised the Beech Tree Hotel for lease by tender. It seems that he was at Newham, as was Thomas Purvis (of Springhill, Newham), possibly the brother of John Beech's wife. In the 1850's, Thomas had land across Post Office Lane at Tullamarine from the land John Beech purchased through J.p.Fawkner's land cooperative on 1-5-1851, and also land on Riddell and Hamilton's Camieston Estate near the Andersons. If I remember correctly, his wife Mary Jane, who died at Springhill in 1873, was an Anderson girl. (To be confirmed on Victorian BDM!)

W O O D E N D.
One of the largest funerals that ever took place in the district was that of Mrs. Purvis, the wife of Mr. Thomas Purvis of Newham, who was interred in the Woodend Cemetery on Tuesday, the 21st inst. There were between two and three hundred persons present,from Woodend, Newham, Kyneton and surrounding districts, this numerous attendance showed the high esteem and respect in which the deceased lady as well as all the members of the family have been and are held by the residents of the neighbourhood. (P.2, The Kyneton Observer, 23-1-1873.)

Thomas died in 1876, his funeral procession, with 100 horsemen and 50 vehicles, moving from the 470 acre Spring Hill to Woodend cemetery on 29-10-1876. (Keilor Guardian P.3, 28-10-1876 and P.2, 1-11-1876.)

The following gentlemen have been appointed by the Board of Education, members of the local committees of the undermentioned schools—Gisborne school, John Connell; Newham school, James Anderson, John Beech, and Richard Adams. (P.2, The Kyneton Observer, 27-4-1869.)

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This is not a good time for Victorian BDM to be offline due to scheduled maintenance!

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.