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CLEARING SALE at "PRESTON PARK," TULLAMARINE (4 Miles from Essendon Railway Station).
McPHAlL, ANDERSON, and Co. (in conjunction with MACARTHUR and MACLEOD) have been instructed by Messrs. E. and A. Baker to conduct their Clearing sale, as above.(ETC.) (P.3,Argus,22-9-1920.)

This advertisement was found in a "Tullamarine,1920" search to see if it was in 1920 that Peter Blom had bought "Victoria Bank" (on the north side of Barbiston Rd NOT THE SOUTH SIDE OF MANSFIELDS RD AS WRONGLY INDICATED BY A 1931 ORDNANCE MAP,THIS FARM BEING "ROSELEIGH".See my journal LAZARUS RAISES HERITAGE STUDY ERRORS.)

The nearest part of Preston Park was actually 80 metres more than four miles from Essendon Station. It was bounded by Broadmeadows Rd and Sharps Rd and is now the residential area west of the former as far north as the Catherine Ave/ Janus St midline. It consisted of 200 acres and was the eastern half of the Kilburns' "Fairfield", farmed for many years by members of the Williamson family. James Harrick (whose homestead is now the Keilor Historical Society's base in Harricks Rd near Keilor), later leased and then bought "Fairfield ".

In 1910,George Mansfield bought the eastern half and in that year built a homestead on Broadmeadows Rd north of the present school's site according to the late Gordon Connor. George later sold the 200 acre farm to Ernie Baker and I recall being also told that Ernie Baker had a bad accident on the farm. This was possibly why it was being sold.

You'll probably wonder,in the lack of any proof,why I would confidently state that the buyer of Preston Park, in 1920 or shortly afterwards,was Tommy Loft, who was at Greenvale in 1920 and amazingly at about that time was also leasing the residential section of the Moonah Links golf course west of Truemans Rd on the Mornington Peninsula (Melway 252 D2.) He followed the Orr brothers of Kia Ora (Melway 5 H4) on the Peninsula property* and was remembered clearly and affectionately by the late Ray Cairns ten days after his 100th birthday.
(*158 acres,crown allotment 28 AB,section A, Wannaeue; 165 acres, crown allotment 29,section A,Wannaeue. SHIRE OF FLINDERS RATES 1919-20.)

Tommy,a devout Methodist, renamed Preston Park as DALKEITH and in 1924 convened the meeting at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was established. About five years later,Tommy was responsible for the closure of the Junction Hotel,across Bulla Rd from his northern boundary. (See my DALKEITH journal.)

BAKER.-On the 25th February (the result of an accident), at his residence, Tullamarine, Thomas Harrison, eldest son of the late T. H. and E. Baker, late of Somerton, and brother of G. L. and E. Baker, also Mrs. F. T. Field,
Mrs. A. Mason, Mrs. H. Morgan, and Alice Baker. (P.1, Argus, 26-2-1915.)

This was part of the Fosters? Leslie Park for which William and John gained a 10 year Crown lease in 1840. The southern 400 acres was sold to D.T.Kilburn on 25-9-1867. The Kilburns called it "Fairfield". I believe that (since there was only one 400 acre farm in Tullamarine) David Milburn of Grange Farm, Victoria's first irrigator, was leasing it in 1868. James Harrick was leasing it in 1893 and 1900. By 1913 it had become two farms of 200 acres, Reddan's Brightview and Ernie Baker's farm. By 1930, Brightview had become J.P.Doyle's Ristaro.
Tom Loft was in Tullamarine by 1924 when he convened the meeting at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was formed. He called Baker"s old farm "Dalkeith" and, as stated before, subdivided the Broadmeadows Rd frontage. Keilor rates reveal that Leslie King Dawson owned the farm by 1943 and Percy Hurren by 1956.(Postscript. Percy,the storekeeper/postmaster at Jones' Corner at Moorooduc in 1950,attended his first Tullamarine Progress Association meeting in 1951 so he was probably already on the former PRESTON PARK.)

IMAGES (available on request)
The first stage of Loft?s Subdivision; the Dalkeith homestead on the north corner of Dalkeith Avenue, built by George Mansfield in about 1910 (according to Gordon Connor); and Ray Loft?s Californian bungalow (3 Eumarella St) built in about 1928.
George Mansfield bought Dalkeith from James Harrick in early 1910.( TROVE.The Argus of 5-3-1910, page 2.)

Mr. H. S. K. Ward reports having sold the following properties by private treaty:-Mr. George Mansfield's property, situated at Tullamarine, containing 200 acres, for the sum of ?4,200, the purchasers being Messrs. Baker; (P.10, Argus,6-2-1914.)

The following shows the origin of two Tullamarine street names. Ray Loft,Tommy's son, married Maggie Millar and their son was named Gordon. Ray leased "Broombank" whose 1850's homestead stood at the end of a 70 metre long drive off Bulla Rd that is now Millar Rd. Loft's subdivision consisted of 40 acres,with house blocks between Broadmeadows Rd and Gordon St as far north as DALKEITH AVENUE. Dawson St recalls a later owner of the remaining 160 acres. Wahroonga was possibly 3 Eumarella St but Ray owned another subdivision block and may have had an earlier house there, however being a Californian Bungalow,3 Eumarella was probably built by 1929. Wahroonga would not have been the Broombank homestead (through whose Cape Broom hedge the O'Nial girls watched Robert O'Hara Burke's expedition pass in 1860) occupied by the O'Nials/ Beamans,my great grandfather John Cock (1867-1882) and the family of the late Colin Williams (who supplied the picture of the old homestead.)

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 9 February 1929 p 13 Family Notices
... , Essendon. to .Mr. and Mrs. Ray Loft,. Wahroonga, Tullamarine --a son ( Gordon Raymond).
LOFT - (nee Maggie Millar).-On the 1st February, at Sister Davies Private hospital, Scott street ..

GORDON CONNOR (Dalkeith),COLIN WILLIAMS (Broombank), RAY CAIRNS(all deceased); DAVID SHEPHERD (who confirmed that Percy Hurren of Moorooduc and Dalkeith were one and the same and David's wife who told me that Percy used to snore during sermons at church in the Mallee); KEILOR RATES; BROADMEADOWS RATES; TROVE; TITLE MEMORIALS; MELWAY AND RULER; JOE CROTTY (who later lived in 3 Eumarella St and told me that Ray Loft had built it.)

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It was in a few typed pages that came into my hands somehow. I read it about a quarter of a century ago but while chasing some information about the Keilor Road Board asking the Bulla Road Board to use Dewar's metal on Grant's Lane,Tullamarine in about 1863, upon seeing the following, I realised that I had found proof about a snippet of oral history.

The few pages were written by Garnet Price who was the city engineer of the City of Keilor. He and Richard Kelly, the town clerk, had apparently been engaged in a power struggle and although Garnet,whom I never met, had moved to the City of Sunshine by 1974, this power struggle led to Keilor Council being sacked in 1975. See my journal, THE CITY OF KEILOR. Garnet St,between Buckley St and Rosehill Rd,on Dugald McPhail's old "Rosehill" is named after Garnet Price.

Garnet did a great job recording Keilor's history in the 1960's and produced at least one of the celebration booklets (1961-Proclamation as a city; 1963-Centenary of road board formation.) A lot of the information came from old timers whom Garnet interviewed. The few pages recorded the memories of an old council employee, (James?) O'Donnell, who mentioned a hotel had once stood where the A.J.Davis Reserve now is.

On the north side of Keilor Rd in 1863 from "Essendon Cross Roads" where the Lincolnshire Arms had stood for just over a decade was the former Essendon Common, sold off in 19 acre lots the previous year, where John Harbinson (mentioned in the 1950 souvenir of the Keilor Township as an orange-growing doctor from Northern Ireland)had land near Orange Grove (Melway 16 E 12.) From Treadwell St to where Keilor Rd crosses the Calder Freeway was land granted to Thomas Napier of Strathmore fame; this became Henry Stephenson's "Niddrie". Farther west to a line indicated by Miriam Court (Melway 16 H 8) was Spring Park,granted to Owen Connor and Patrick Phelan. The next farm was"Springfield, which extended west to Roberts Rd.

The hotels in the village of Keilor are well documented but if you'd had a drink at each hotel along Keilor Rd, you'd be drunk before you got to the village! The Lincolnshire Arms,the Springfield,the North Pole at the west corner of "the Essendon road" (North Pole/ Milleara Rd)and Henry Eldridge's Sir John Franklin at the east corner of Collinson St, would have seen most travellers spring a leak before they descended Curley's Hill to Samuel Brees' wooden bridge.

That Magnificent and Celebrated
Known as Springfield,
Substantial Dwellinghouso, Out-offices, &c.
The Property of the Late James Kavanagh, Esq.
To Capitalists, Farmers, and Others,
FRASER and COHEN have received instructions
to SELL by AUCTION, at their rooms, 33 Collins
Street west, on Friday, February 20, at half-past eleven
o'clock precisely,
That magnificent and justly celebrated farm,
known as Springfield, on the Keilor-road, the
property of the late James Kavanagh, Esq.,
consisting of l61 acres of land, situate at Spring
field, and lying in one block on the right-hand
sido of the road from Melbourne to Keilor,-and
eight miles from the former place.
There is a stono house containing 25 rooms on the
land, which was formerly occupied by James Kava
nagh, and known as tho Springfield Hotel. (P.2, Argus, 17-2-1863.)


Valuable Farm and Buildings. Deep Creek, about l8 Miles from Town.
To Speculators, Trustees, Farmers, and Others. FRASER and COHEN have received Instructions from the mortgagees to SELL by AUCTION, at their rooms, 83 Collins-street, on Wednesday, 18th February, at twelve o'clock precisely,
That valuable farm known as Hill's Farm, consisting of 640 acres, situate at Deep Creek, Bulla Bulla, about IO miles from town, partly under cultivation, on which is built a substantial residence, with out-offices. etc., in good condition, and being described in the deed as being all that piece or parcel of land in the colony of Victoria, containing by admeasurement 640 acres, be the same more or less, situated in the county of Bourke, and parish of Bulla Bulla, Portion No.9 ; bounded on tho north by Section No. 10,containing 640 acres, bearing west 80 chains; on the west by Section No 8, containing 640 acres,bearing south 80 chains ; on the south by Sec-tion No 3, containing 640 acres, bearing east 80 chains ; and on the east by tho parish of Yuroke,bearing north 80 chains. (P.2, Argus,17-2-1863.)

Section 9 was known for many decades as Dunalister. It is probable that Walter Clark bought the property at the above auction to make it part of the Glenara Estate along with other farms on Oaklands Rd; Walter named it after his young son Alister who later became the owner of Glenara, a famed breeder of roses and inaugural chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club from its formation until his death. In about 1956, while Bob Blackwell was managing Dunalister, it was sold and as the new owner wanted to call it Balbethan, Bob used the former name for a poll shorthorn stud he established near Elmore.

In 1849,Cartland Taylor was listed as being a resident of Parish Bulla Bulla
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 3 July 1849 p 4

I had a feeling that this pioneer, whom Isaac Batey described as a former soldier who was given a FREE GRANT* because of his service to the crown, was actually CORTLAND Taylor. The only vowels not used as the second letter of his given name were i and u!
(*Sailors such as Bunbury at Tullamarine and E.E.Kenny at Tullamarine were allowed a dispensation (discount) on the purchase price. The word grant meant his or her gracious majesty had allowed somebody to buy the royal land, not a gift.)

Alfred Taylor - Reocities (VICTORIA BEFORE 1848.)

Cortland Taylor, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Parish Bulla Bulla Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Certland Taylor Owned Property Parish of Bulla Bulla - Freehold Property
Cortland Taylor, freehold, Parish Bulla Bulla The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names

The date of the issue of the grant of section 9,Bulla Bulla to C.Taylor has rubbed off on the original or my paper copy from the P.R.O. at Arden St. The following tells us that he had served in the army in India and that he had selected section 9 in 1842.

Download or print gazette [PDF, 2.1MB]
Lot 27, portion 9, county of Bourke, parish of. Bulla Bella, selected Ist September. 1842; purchaser, Cortland Taylor, India; 640 acres.

The parish map can be obtained by googling BULLA,COUNTY OF BOURKE. It reveals that C.Taylor received the grant (title) on 24-3-1847. His freehold land in 1843 must have been somewhere else.

A "Hill,Bulla" search produced many results,such as Emerald Hill (South Melbourne) but did little to establish the identity of our mysterious Mr Hill. Then I remembered "Danby Farm" between the east end of the east-west runway at Melbourne Airport, which had been occupied by a Hill family, and an insolvent in about 1900. Perhaps Taylor's grant had been occupied by Michael Hill who died at Tullamrine in 1906.

Michael Hill of Tullamarine, farmer Cause of insolvency-losses on the purchase of land in 1887, and losses in business as a farmer. Liabilities, L 667/16/10, assets, L29; deficiency, L638/16/10 . Mr.E.H.Shackell, assignee. (P.10, Argus, 6-8-1898.)


N.B. Sydney Jim is a real mystery. The name indicates that he was from Sydney but the lack of a surname indicates that he may have been aboriginal. Angela Evans said that he was a half caste but no proof has been found. If Angela was correct, how would a half caste who obviously came from Sydney have ended up in Victoria? My theory is that his father was one of John Batman's dusky friends that he took to Van Dieman's Land and later to the Port Phillip District to help in negotiating his well-meaning treaty.

I had earlier assumed that Sydney Jim was a mounted trooper but Bezza's suspicion that mounted constable 245 was George Couser proved to be correct.

State of Victoria Early Postal Cancels (and History) Illustrated


Post Office opened in June 1855.

When the village of Broadmeadows, on the banks of the Moonee Ponds Creek, was proclaimed in February 1850, the naming may have had a lot to do with the Scotsmen in the region - there is a Broadmeadows near Selkirk - and a large number of the original purchasers of land in the April and August sales were also Scots including J.H.Ardlie*, and one John Bryan who tried unsuccessfully for the next three years to get his pub licensed.
(*John Martin Ardlie)

Churches had more luck; by the time there was a licensed hotel in town there were three places of worship
- Anglican from 1850 (although attendances were generally poor), Catholic from 1851 (they did a bit better), and Free Presbyterian also in 1851 (which did a roaring trade).

"The settlers....complain much of the want of a bridge across the Moonee Ponds....At present no direct
communication can be effected....and much inconvenience is the consequence. There is a Flour Mill at Campbellfield, and there is an abundance of wheat at Broadmeadows, but the wheat can no more get to the
Mill than the Mill to the wheat, which entails on the former the cost of further cartage, and on the Mill-owner
the loss of custom." In 1852 a subscription was raised to build a bridge, and soon Messrs Barber & Low's Flour
Mill was getting plenty of custom.

The village picked up quite an amount of passing trade from travellers heading north in their quest for gold, and from at least the middle of 1854 there was a loose-bag mail service to the Broadmeadows Hotel from the
contractor who delivered to Bulla and beyond. As was shown with the Bulla Post Office, deliveries ceased
when the Mail Contractor was killed toward the end of 1854, and it took six months before the department
could find someone else to fill the position, when Thomas Chadwick, mine host of the Broadmeadows Hotel, and John Bethell, Esq., got their pockets together and employed a bloke on the twice-weekly run from the
beginning of June 1855.

The local surgeon, George Smith Harris, got the nod as Broadmeadow's first official postmaster a couple of
weeks later. He continued as both postmaster and Deputy Registrar until his finances went belly-up toward
the end of 1857, and he resigned both positions. Sarah Cullen took over the postal duties for 12 months before
John Bethell became Postmaster. Our Mr. Bethell was a busy lad; he was heavily involved in local politics and
took an active interest in the formation of the Broadmeadows Road District which was proclaimed at the end of November 1857.

John Bethell was Postmaster for only 12 months, and then it appears the post office wandered around the town, generally finding a home with whoever happened to be the Deputy Registrar at the time, until it landed at
George and Mary Couser's store in 1873. George had first turned up in Broadmeadows as a Mounted Constable about 1860, liking the area enough to raise a family there and become interested in the local politics of
the place.

The Post Office remained with the Couser family into the 20th century; not an exceptionally arduous job because
the Broadmeadows Shire was mostly small farm holdings until the 1950s. (etc)

Hi XXX, it has been said that there is an aboriginal buried in the (WILL WILL ROOK) cemetery, the nearest I have come to possibly being one is a Sydney Jim d 1864 Bulla b NSW informant is George Couser then it looks like underneath his name, "M.Cons 245 Broadmeadows" the death was registered in Bulla & Tullamarine by Samuel Lazarus, parents unknown consumption a few hours not certified or a medical attendant... Did you ever find that George was also a policeman??

No. George was the storekeeper/postmaster in Broady Township for yonks and was an electoral/ births and deaths registrar for Broadmeadows and Bulla for much of that time,but not in 1864 when the electoral registrars were William Bethell (Bulla), John Bethell (Broadmeadows) and James Hendry (Tullamarine.) John Bethell returned to England, possibly in 1864 and was obviously replaced by George Couser.

I Hereby notify that GENERAL LISTS for the Broadmeadows Division of East Bourke District and South Province are PRINTED, and ready for INSPECTION at my office up to the 18th October, 1865. George Couser, Electoral registrar, Broadmeadows. (P. 2s, Argus, 4-10-1865.)

Samuel Lazarus, who registered the death was the second teacher, after John Cassidy, at the Seafield National School in Tullamarine,according to the Historic site assessment below,which quoted my journals extensively (although itellya did not exist until 2011) and has so many mistakes that I'll have to write a journal to correct them. The school was at Melway 4 about halfway down the boundary between J6 and K6. Lazarus was at the Seafield school by 1859 until 1866 (at least) as shown by birth and death notices (below.) He resigned as registrar and was replaced in May 1868.

Samuel must have been teaching at Bulla in 1855 when he was appointed as a registrar because the Seafield and Tullamarine Island schools did not open until 1859.(P.10 Tullamarine Before The Jetport.)

Wm.Hastings, for the district of Bulla, vice (in the place of) S.Lazarus, resigned;
(P. 7, Argus, 9-5-1868.)

-The Governor has appointed the undermentioned gentlemen to be deputy-registrars ,of births and deaths:-Dr. Andrew Plummer, for the district of Emerald Hill and Sandridge ; Mr. W. Latham, district of Yan Yean ; Mr. Samuel Lazaras, district of Bulla, vice Mr. Latham, resigned. (P.7, Argus, 24-10-1855.)

It is possible that Fanny,whom Lazarus had married, was John Cassidy's sister. (see marriage notice below.) If I remember correctly, a Bulla Shire Secretary ran off with Cassidy's wife (and a heap of money!) See the CASSIDY entry in my BULLA DICTIONARY HISTORY journal.

On the 25th ult., at the house of Mr Boreham,Campbellfield, by the Rev. P. Gunn, Samuel Lazarus,Esq., Master of the Deep Creek Schools, Bulla, son of J. G. Lazarus, Esq., of Liverpool, to Fanny, youngest daughter of the late Captain F. Cassidy, of H. M. 60th Regiment. Liverpool and Derby papers, please copy.
( The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 5 January 1859 p 4 Family Notices)

On the 10th inst., at Seafield National School, Tullamarine, the wife of Mr. S. Lazarus, of a daughter. (P.5 Argus, 14-11-1859.)

LAZARUS. -On the 6th inst., at Seafield, Tullamarine,the wife of Mr. S. Lazarus of a daughter.
(P. 4, Argus, 11-6-1866.)

ADDEY-WILSON--LAZARUS. -On the 13th ult., at All Saints Church of England, Northcote, by the Rev. C. P. Thomas, George, second son of G. Addey-Wilson, Esq. of Gippsland, late of Moonee Ponds, to Elizabeth Henrietta, younger daughter of Samuel Lazarus, Esq., of Hatherlie, Clifton Hill, and granddaughter of the late Captain Frank Duff Cassidy, of H. M. 60th Rifles, formerly private secretary, Castlereagh Ministry. (P.1 Argus,3-2-1891.)

Historic Sites Assessment - Department of the Environment
May 2, 2014 - The Tullamarine area was settled early in Melbourne's history with ...... The first teacher was J. Cassidy followed by Samuel and Fanny Lazarus ...


Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 2 November 1912 p 2 Advertising

GOLD MINING (Column 4, item 4.)
BLAIR'S (Column 3, item 2.)

Sometimes when I'm looking for something on trove,I happen to notice another item on the same page. I read it out of curiosity but not wanting to be sidetracked, especially when a massive amount of time will be required to correct digitisation, I get back onto the original search. Unfortunately,my memory is so good that I will remember this chanced-upon item years later, and wishing to post it in reference to the subject currently under discussion, spend countless hours trying to find it again.

One such item, LAKE V JONES, that I have been looking for during the past two years, was found by chance again last night and posted as a comment regarding 858 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud in my FERRIER, HUTCHINS journal. In that comment I mentioned another case, JAMIESON V LAKE/LEAK/LEAKE, that I had discovered by chance and had never been able to find again. My latest attempt involved a JAMIESON,WANNAEUE search on trove.

I have included such chance finds in "Notes" journals re the Tullamarine,Blackwood,Mornington Peninsula etc. areas but I thought it best to make this morning's finds the subject of a new journal. The digitisation is not corrected but the print on the actual newspaper is easy enough to read.

Much has been written about the Tubbarubba diggings in LIME LAND LEISURE, THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBEREL and so on. They were in James Hearn's easternmost grant in the parish of Moorooduc and to the south at the eastern end of Jamieson's Special Survey in the parish of Kangerong. There were rushes circa 1860 and again during the 1890's depression when the mysterious Mr Eaton (BERNARD Eaton) was a major operator and the Moat boys found a watch that had been a missing clue in the Schnapper Point murder case about two decades earlier. Not much success had been found at these diggings although Mr Barnes was apparently an exception.

Jamieson's Special Survey's western end is indicated exactly by the north and south boundaries of Safety Beach and it extended east to the line of Bulldog Creek Rd. The northern 1000 acres,north of the line of the Martha Cove Waterway (formerly Tassell's Creek) was by 1864 owned by John Vans Agnew Bruce (after whom Bruce Rd was named)and leased by Edwin Louis Tassell until his death and then others. Bruce, who with Cornish built the Murray River and Mt Alexander railway to Sunbury and beyond, and lived in Essendon, spent the summer "season" there and employed Maria Stenniken,who married Godfrey Wilson,as a servant.

The southern and major part of the 5280 acre survey was owned by William John Turner (Big)Clarke and was leased by many pioneers of the Dromana area, as detailed in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Luckily the workers in the Titles Office caught my infection of enthusiasm and provided me with free copies of the subdivision of Clarke's Estate, and all the lot boundaries are transposed on my Superpages. Lot 14 has the eastern end of Wallaces Rd as its northern boundary and the eastern boundary is the line of Bulldog Creek Rd south to the northern end of Junction Rd. The western boundary runs north from the top left corner of Melway 161 G7 to meet Wallaces Rd about 40 metres east of the barrier in 161 G3. As you will notice, Bulldog Creek runs diagonally through lot 14 and the 40 acres that O'Connor applied for would have been along this approximately 70 chains (1400 metres) portion of Bulldog Creek.

As mentioned before,much has been written about the Tubbarabba diggings circa 1860 and in the 1890's (although names of the diggers are not much mentioned) but little has been seen about later mining there.

William Allison Blair bought most of his Mornington Peninsula land because of what was under it. It is wrongly stated by Charles Hollinshed in LIME LAND LEISURE that Blair settled at Ngarveno near the (future) Moonee Valley but it was actually (Netherly?-See Blairs of Essendon journal.) This was the site of the former Essendon Technical School at Melway 28 D4.

The Mornington Peninsula west of Boneo Rd was in the early days the preserve of lime burners.William Allison Blair,a lime merchant bought as much land as he could at West Rosebud and mainly south of Rye Township to displace these pioneers, getting their kilns and creating a near monopoly. Irish tenants' rights hero, Charles Gavan Duffy,bought much land west of Owen Cain's Tyrone to subdivide. It was inevitable that the two would clash as Blair sought land further west. There was a huge court case with each accusing the other of employing dummies. One parcel of land in dispute between the two could not be decided so Sidney Smith Crispo suggested that it be proclaimed a village and it was. It was named after Sorrento in Italy which had so impressed Duffy during his voyage to Australia.

Blair, whose son married a daughter of John Murray Peck of Lebanon and lived at "Wannaeue" (now Red Rooster, Melway 16 J9), later moved to a farm at Braybrook. When the Lilydale quarries opened,peninsula lime lost its value and this probably convinced Blair that buying land for subdivision rather than what was under it was a better prospect.However with so much land on his hands that had lost much value because of the 1890's depression, it was noted in the 1900 rates as "In lig." which I presume meant insolvency. The lime burners had loosened the topsoil providing a suitable habitat for ti-tree and rabbits. The former Blair "Lime" land along Browns Rd was bought from the banks for a song by James Little Brown who transformed the devastated area into the beautiful pasture we see today.

Blair's as mentioned in the advertisement was certainly not bought for its lime deposits.


TALK ON CHANGE. "I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you." ?SHAKSPEARE. "Quamquam ridentem dicere verum, Quid vetat?"?HORACE.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 5 January 1884 p 17 Article

And the talk is of Dusky Joe, who owns the pleasure boat from Rosebud, and who plays seven musical instruments.


I recently wrote about Cr William Ford's nautical cook on Wannaeue Station. This was bounded by Eastbourne Rd (still known as Ford's Lane in about 1903),Jetty/Old Cape Schanck Rds, Hiscock Rd and Boneo Rd. When I mentioned the old house that was demolished in the last decade on the east side of the entry to Rosebud's footy ground from Eastbourne Rd, that Bill Dryden remembered being the only house on Eastbourne Rd, the late Ray Cairns said, "That's right,Jack Roper's place." Jim Dryden had told me that Eastbourne Rd was nothing but a track,named as Roper's Lane. Was it Raper or Roper?

Rosebud Patriotic Fund Concert.
Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 10 April 1915 p 2 Article
The following donations were inadvertently omitted from list published last week :-Mr G. Z. Woinarski*, 2
bags of potatoes; Mr J. Roper, 2 bags of potatoes and 1 bag of onions. (*"Woyna" in Rusebud West.)

J. W. Raper, hon.. sec. Rosebud Progress Association, re water supply at Rosebud and request providing of pump and piping for well.-On the motion of Cr Marsden the sum of 25s was donated towards cost.
(P.3, Mornington Standard,2-8-1913.)

Under Instructions from William Roper to
rp li n MORTON and SON, per J. L. Parkes,
-f-. one of tltetr auctioneers, will SELL, ai
.bote. Hie well-known ,
on Cape Schanck road, 3/4 mile from the Beach road,
at ROSEBUD, being Crown Allotments 8, 9, 10,
and 11, parish of Wannaeue.(etc.) (P.3, Argus,8-9-1917.)

I reckon that the owner of the above estate was a former Essendon footballer and that Rosebud people could not bring themselves to speak such a rude surname.

The funeral of the late Mr William Raper left his home Elizabeth street,Elsternwick yesterday afternoon after a
Service conducted by the Rev. A.Penry Evans for the Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton. Among those present were
members of the committee and former players of the Essendon Football Club of which the late Mr Raper was formerly a player and president up till 1924. The chief mourners were his sons - Messrs.J.R.* W.R. and E.A.Raper - and grandsons - Dr Ian Cuming, and Mr Derek Cuming (etc.) (P.12,Argus, 10-6-1939.)

*In 1919, John R.Raper was assessed on the 660 acre estate. It was later sold to a paper manufacturing firm which planted the pine plantation through which the freeway extension runs to Boneo Rd. It is now the Rosebud Country Club and associated housing subdivisions. BIRDIES AND BOGIES,the history of the country club,available in the local history room at Rosebud library, describes how the land had been the dairy farm of Mr John Rapir. Was this another socially-correct way of avoiding embarrassment?

The Purves name has long been associated with the area, possibly managing Tootgarook from the mid 1840's when Edward Hobson went to the river of little fish (Traralgon);it was Peter Purves who coined the name, Tootgarook.And so it was written in ratebooks. Why then was the name of the original Peter's grandson written as Peter Purvis in the 1919 assessment of his 283 acres of land on Purves Rd,on the southern slope of Arthurs Seat? Before this time,there is no doubt that young men were seen,in the words of the song STANDING ON THE CORNER,WATCHING ALL THE GIRLS GO BY, but there was probably not a name for those indulging in this activity.It is possible that the name had always been pronounced as Purvis but I had not seen it written in this way before the 1919 assessment. Purvis is an English adaptation of Purves.

An introduction to Purves Family History / Genealogy
The name has an occupational, or role, origin stemming from the the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign Purveyance (purvea(u)nce, purvya(u)nce in middle English and purveance in old French).

Bev Laurissen was related to the Purves family and says that the family pronounced the surname as Purv-ess. See my journal: MEMORIES, POST 1940, OF RED HILL NEAR DROMANA, VIC., AUST.

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