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1888 geography with the Melbourne Hunt: WEST ESSENDON, NIDDRIE, TULLAMARINE, STRATHMORE, VIC., AUST.
MY APOLOGIES FOR MANY VAGUE STATEMENTS IN THE FOLLOWING. FOR EXAMPLE,"GEORGE MANSFIELD BOUGHT DALKEITH IN ABOUT 1910. BECAUSE I CANNOT ACCESS ANY OF MY COMPUTER FILES (WHICH WOULD CONTAIN TITLE INFORMATION SUCH AS THE EXACT DATE) THIS JOURNAL IS WRITTEN ENTIRELY FROM MEMORY. WITHOUT THIS MEMORY, TROVE INFORMATION WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN FOUND, FARM NAMES PROVIDED BY SUCH AS GORDON CONNOR, KEITH MCNAB, COLIN WILLIAMS, HARRY HEAPS, SID LLOYD, BOB BLACKWELL, EILEEN REDDAN, OLIVE NASH, WINNIE LEWIS (NEE PARR) ETC., BEING A KEY INGREDIENT IN THE SEARCH. LUCKILY I HAD "TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT" ON PAPER AND SOME TITLES INFORMATION WAS TRANSPOSED ONTO MY 1999 MELWAY.
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Later this year the Oaklands Hunt was formed and showed more respect for farmers than the Melbourne Hunt which had tended to trample crops and scare ewes so badly that they stopped lambing,such as at Edmund E.Dunn's "Viewpoint". I hope "Dunn v Waldock" a couple of decades earlier had improved the Melbourne mob's attitude.
THE MELBOURNE HUNT
The Melbourne- Hounds met at Essendon last Saturday and one of the best runs ever enjoyed by the members of the hunt ensued.There was a large gathering-quite 100 horsemen at starting-and a line of country was chosen that could not be surpassed. The throw off was at Tweedside, about half a mile from the railway station, and the course taken was over Mar Lodge Estate, through Budesbach into the late Mr James Wilson's property, across the Keilor road into Niddrie, along the back of Spring park through Sharpe's, Crotty's and Williamson's into Allandale, up by Tullamarine, over the Bulla road into Mr Dewar's property, in an easterly direction across the Broadmeadows- road into Mr Dunn's property, along through Messrs Lonie's, Hall's, Kernan's and Peck's
up to Mr Napier's, into Woodlands street, Essendon, where the hounds were stopped after a run of 14 miles, that would have delighted the heart of any true sportsman. (P.9, Argus,11-6-1888.)
TWEEDSIDE. (top half of Melway 28 E4.)
The land between the McCracken St houses and Lincoln Rd had been granted to James Watson, who was responsible for the names of Flemington, Keilor, Watsonia and Rosanna. The grant was subdivided into fairly large parcels, intended for farming, quite early. Tulip Wright,native of Lincolnshire,early top cop in Melbourne and Bulla pioneer built the Lincolnshire Arms Hotel on the site of Watson's woolshed.
Thomas Smith seems to have owned Tweedside in 1876 and Joseph Snowball was the occupant in 1886 when some of his cattle were stolen. Michael Willis Ferguson,who opposed butcher,Andrew Swan in Essendon ward in 1887 and whose child was born at Tweedside in 1888 was almost certainly the owner of Tweedside at the time of the hunt; Ferguson later became insolvent.
FERGUSON. On the 29th? ult., at Tweedside, Essendon, Mrs. M. W. Ferguson of a daughter. (P.1, Argus, 1-9-1888.)
This stretched from Mr Alexander road (Keilor Rd) to Braybrook road (Buckley St), including McCracken St houses and extending east to the Roberts/Hedderwick St midline, where it adjoined Butzbach.
It was granted to James Robertson of Upper Keilor. On his death,ownership passed to his bachelor son, parliamentarian, Francis, who died at Mar Lodge. Then the McCracken brothers owned it,leasing it to others and establishing a golf course there. A week or so after the hunt they sold Mar Lodge to speculator and Prahran councillor, G.W.Taylor,who had purchased huge tracts of land but was soon insolvent.
North Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1873 - 1894) Saturday 30 June 1888 p 2 Article. Mr. G. W. Taylor has purchased 'Mar Lodge,' Essendon, from Messrs McCracken and Co.
Granted to William Hoffman and stretching east from Hoffmans Rd halfway to Lincoln Rd, this also had frontages to Keilor Rd and Buckley St with an extremely long driveway leading to the homestead from the latter. Alexander Earle McCracken, brother of Robert and Peter, was probably its first occupant and erected its first buildings. He chaired a meeting in 1856 but must have returned to Scotland soon after.
WEST BOURKE-On Wednesday evening the electors of West Bourke met at the Essendon Hotel, to receive Mr. Wilkie, one of the candidates to represent the district. Mr. A.E. McCracken in the chair.
(P.5, Argus, 15-8-1856.)
By 1867,Hoffman was living at Butzbach. Thomas Smith has been mentioned as an early resident at Tweedside.
SMITH-HOFFMAN.-On the 7th inst., at Butzbach, Essendon, by the Rev. J. S. Boyd, Thomas Smith, Esq., to Louisa Ann, only daughter of Wm. Hoffman, Esq. (P.4, Argus, 12-3-1867.)
By 1887,Hoffman had died and his widow was living in Ascot Vale when she passed away,having left Butzbach a few years earlier.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Preliminary Notice Of the Very Important Sale of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, Buggy, Phaeton, Farming Implements Horse, Two Milch Cows, Verandah Chalis?, Dairy Utensils, Stack of tindish? Grass Hay, etc.
By Order of Mrs Hoffman, Butzbach, ESSENDON, in Consequence of Her Removal from the District.
(P.2, Argus, 16-4-1883.)
HOFFMANN.On the 28th ult., at May-villa, Moonee street, Ascotvale, Elizabeth, widow of the late
William Hoffmann, Butzbach, Essendon. (P.1,Argus, 1-3-1887.)
It is likely that the Croft family had bought the house block prior to the clearing sale in 1883. The farm was being subdivided for housing. The Butzback house block was near Croft St and the dogleg in Price St. The Croft family almost certainly witnessed the hunt.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 3 November 1886 p 1 Family Notices
CROFT - On the 19th ult, at Butzbach, Essendon, the wife of T. J. Croft of a son.
JAMES WILSON (SPRINGBANK.)
J.P.Main was granted crown allotment 12, bounded by Buckley St, a line heading magnetic north from the Rachelle Rd corner,an eastern extension of Clarks Rd,and Hoffmans Rd. Full details of its subdivision are in my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA, a copy of which has been provided to Bob Chalmers of the Essendon Historical Society. It is possible that Main was an early squatter like the Fosters near Tullamarine (lease for "Leslie Park" in 1840); none of their grants are labelled as pre-emptive rights. The road to Mt Macedon (Mt Alexander Rd) crossed the Moonee Moonee Ponds near the present Flemington Bridge Station and the original bridge was built by a member of the Main family.
James Wilson purchased Springbank on 9-8-1855. It was bounded by Steele Creek,the eastern extension of the line of Clarks Rd, Hoffmans Rd and extended south to the end of Albert St, south of Ida St. James was destined not to witness this hunt because he died in 1887 about four months after his second son died at only 26 years of age.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 4 April 1887 p 1 Family Notices
... On the 2nd inst., at his father's residence, Springbank, Essendon, Edward James, dearly beloved second son of James Wilson, aged 26 years.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 19 July 1889 p 1 Family Notices
WILSON. -In sad and loving remembrance of our dear father, James Wilson, who departed this life 19th July, 1887, at Springbank, Essendon.
TUESDAY, MAY 29.
Under Instructions from Messrs. George Robinson and Charles Joseph Taylor, Executors in the Estate of the Late Mr. James Wilson, of Essendon, Deceased.
The whole of the Freehold Property Comprised in the Well-known and Beautiful Block of Land Known as
SPRINGBANK, DOUTTA GALLA. Immediately Adjoining the Property of the Late Wm. Hoffman, Esq., which is situated in Buckley-street West, Essendon. AREA, 178 a. 3r. 39p.,etc. (P.2, Argus,24-5-1888.)
James Anderson was the son of William Anderson,a very early pioneer of Keilor. He may have been already on Springbank* when the hunt rode through the property. He farmed it well into the 1900's by which time the area was known as Buckley Park. He later retired to Braeside, a smaller farm north of Church St at Keilor. His son, Don had an Apricot orchard on Horseshoe Bend which was quite a landmark for many years. Don's house is now the Horseshoe Bend park office. Don's son Peter lived in Church St and provided much historical information to me.
SHIRE OF KEILOR. DOUTTA GALLA RIDING. ANNUAL ELECTION.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 12 August 1895 p 2 Article
Mr James Anderson, of Spring-bank Farm. A POLL will therefore be
By 1900, Steele Creek seemed to have been known as Anderson's Creek.
(MELBOURNE HOUNDS. By SURCINGLE.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 3 September 1900 p 7 Article)
Mr. James Anderson, of Braeside, Keilor, will celebrate his 94th birthday to-day. He is a well-known identity in Keilor, and is a regular attendant at the Newmarket sales of dairy cattle on Fridays. He was born in Fifeshlre, Scotland, in 1847, and arrived in Australia with his parents in 1854.
*There's only so much folklore that can be passed on by word of mouth without some being forgotten. Peter Anderson did not tell me about "Shelton". I found this when looking for details of William Anderson's death near Keilor bridge.
ANDERSON- On the 10th inst., at her son's residence,
Shelton Farm, Keilor, Catherine, relict of the late William Anderson of Keilor, aged 87 years.
(P.1, Argus, 12-9-1892.)
My wife worked at Michael Hurst's Ardmillan House reception Centre, and knowing about Peter McCracken's "Ardmillan" mansion, my curiosity led to the writing of a history about Ardmillan Rd. John Beale had a house called Shelton and Catherine Anderson lived in a house on the south side at the bottom of the hill that later became the second private school in the street run by Miss Morris. Dorothy Fullarton,ex-Mayor of Essendon,and a neighbour told me of inkwells found near the filled-in well, confirming my suspicion that the property, now containing two dwellings, had become the school.
The land west of Main's Estate, between Rachelle Rd and North Pole road (Milleara Rd)was granted to John Pascoe Fawkner and the small blocks went to his co-op. members. As in all of Fawkner's co-op.purchases these blocks were consolidated into larger farms. Dr (Crook?)had a sanatorium*, John Duhey had many blocks, Sandy Smith of Norwood (established by Isaac Davis across Buckley St) and later Coilsfield (Essendon Hospital site) bought a couple of blocks, but most of 11B, Doutta Galla became John Beale's "Shelton Farm",which probably absorbed the sanatorium but not John Duhey's land. My Melway shows that Shelton occupied all of 11B Doutta Galla, whose northern boundary was Clarks Rd, apart from the area between Milleara Rd and Quinn Grove (Search 7607.) John Duhey owned the area including all house blocks in The Crossway, Mues St and Chandler St (seemingly Volume 2 folio 307 which would indicate an early 1850's purchase.)
(* I first read about the sanatorium in one of Keilor's 3 centenary souvenirs, most likely the 1960 one. I have written elsewhere in this journal how the areas near Keilor Rd andTullamarine were both known as "Springs" and the predictable confusion was solved by calling the former "Springfield". )
BROMPTON LODGE, Springfield -SANATORIUM for the CURE of CONSUMPTION, Rheumatism, Gout, and Dipsomania. Home for Delicate and Convalescent Patients; visiting Medical Officers- W.Crooke, M R C S Eng. , T Hewlett, M H C S
England, Resident Physician-S. Hunt, MD,M R C S England.
The object of this Institution is to demonstrate that a very large proportion of cases of the diseases above
named, diseases which defy ordinary medical treatment, can be cured when that treatment is supplemented by an approved course of dietetic and physical management administered under favourable hygienic influences.Terms moderate, and governed by the requirements of the patients. Apply by letter to W. CROOKE, surgeon Brunswick street, Fitzroy, or personally at his consulting rooms, 10 to 12 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
(P.8, Argus, 17-10-1867.)
Tho half-yearly meeting of the members of the Victorian Permanent Property Investment and Building Society was held last night...advances which had been made to Mr. Crooke on his property known as the Sanatorium. From the replies of the president and secretary, it appeared that £4,000 had been advanced, and that Mr. Crooke had made repayments at the rate of £42 per fortnight for four or five months, in all about £400. The society had sold a portion of the property for £1,350, and....Though he could not tell what loss might accrue, he believed it would amount to nothing, and he might say that a person was now in treaty for the purchase of the property.
(P.4, Argus, 23-3-1871.)
The Melbourne Hunt crossed Shelton in 1893 passing over Milleara Rd into Dodd's (Pavilion Estate with cricket street names) and Delahey's (Brimbank Park south of the entrance.)The throw off at Moonee Ponds was probably at THOMAS MILLAR'S "Ringwood".
The meet was at Flemington racecourse gates,and, after proceeding along Epsom road until reaching the Maribyrnong road, the throw off took place between that and Aberfeldie, and proceeded through the estate of that name towards Budesbach. Crossing Buckley street, and inclining to the left they crossed Spring Creek and entered Mr Beale's property, and from thence crossed the North Pole road into Dodd's paddock,with Keilor Cemetery on the right, and entering Mr W.Delahey's property they arrived at Mc'Intyre's ford.(P.15, Argus, 8-7-1893.)
I have a feeling that John Beale was first listed as an Ardmillan Rd resident in the directory in 1892. His Shelton Farm homestead may have been on Main's Estate between Steele Creek and Rachelle Rd, John Beale having, on 1-6-1865, purchased lot 8 (east from Rachelle Rd including Craig St) and I distinctly remember that James Anderson was rated on 50 acres, section 12 in a Keilor rate book,separate from "Springbank".
HANG ON! I can access early landowners. Here's a bit about John Beale.
John Beale called his farm Shelton and when he moved into No 18 (now 24) Ardmillan Rd. in 1890, he gave the same name to the house. John Beales twin daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, died of Diptheria on 3-10-1859; I wonder if there is any connection with the naming of Rachelle Rd. His two surviving children married members of the Dutton family, which farmed at Glenroy and Meadow Heights where a school was named after
Bethal Dutton. John Beale Snr. died in 1906 and his son in 1916, after which the Ardmillan Rd. house passed to the latters son in law, Loftus Henry Moran (hopefully not an ancestor of the UNDERBELLY mob!)
And the Sanatorium.
Dr William Crookes Brompton Lodge operated from 1868 until 1872 at which time John Beale bought another 12 blocks from him. (Keilor Pioneers; Dead Men do tell Tales.)
And James Anderson's dad,plus more about the Andersons.
Blacksmith, William Anderson was killed in an accident near the toll gate at the Keilor bridge (Brees 1854 bridge) on 25-2-1862, leaving his wife Catherine (nee Clark) and children, Janet, Catherine, Margaret, Alex. and James. The widow was Keilors midwife for thirty years until dying in September 1892. The daughter named after her seems to have been a pioneer of Ardmillan Rd from 1877 until 1894 (at old No.81, now 65 and 65A and from March 1909 Miss Morriss Blinkbonnie Ladies College), when she probably moved back into her late mothers Keilor residence. James worked at many occupations including that of shearer, was an overseer at Arundel in 1868, and in 1882 bought a butchers shop in Keilor. When that was sold, he and his wife (Annie Grace, daughter of Donald Stewart) went to a farm on North Pole Rd (50 acres in section 12 on the west side of Spring Gully) and afterwards to Springbank.
A press report of the Oakland Hunt Clubs meet of 20-5-1899 says that the quarry was chased around Pinnacle Hill to a slaughterhouse, then east to Andersons well-kept farm etc. James later, some time after 1930, moved to a farm called Braeside (the 30 ½ acres in Keilor containing Meehan Ct, Watson Rise, Fleming Ct and Tan Ct), where he died on 2-6-1943 at 96. His son Don bought a part of William ONeils Horseshoe Bend Farm in 1937 and his orchard became a feature for those descending down Curleys Hill into Keilor. Dons son, Peter, married a daughter of the Hendersons from Tullamarine and still lives across Church St from his grandfathers Braeside land.
In 1900 James Anderson was farming Springbank of 179 acres and 214 acres (probably Sinclairs Farm of 114 acres and two farms of about 50 acres each fronting the north side of Rose Hill Rd. He also had 50 acres accessed from North Pole Road (Coxs Farm, lot 10 of section 12). He later owned Braeside on the hill overlooking Church St. and Green Gully Rd. at Keilor.
I had wrongly thought that John Duhey had died in a road accident; it was John Curry who died following a fall on Keilor Rd. in 1862, when his horse was frightened by camels returning from the search for Burke and Wills.
John Duhy (Duhay on the 1890 map and Duhey in 1868 rates) was a batchelor and died in Buckley St. on 14-4-1890.
John Pascoe Fawkner received the grant for what is now called Hadfield. It was known as Box Forest and its present name honours Cr Rupert Hadfield of the Shire of Broadmeadows. Strangely nearby land not connected with Fawkner assumed his name. The same thing happened in regard to Niddrie. The name crept south to the Keilor Rd shopping centre and then further south to include Main's Estate, mainly east of Steeles Creek, but the quarry on the other side (originally the Cox and Collier farms), was known as the Niddrie Quarry. It was probably a case of "squeeze over, squeezebox",circa W.W.2 because the need for factories to supply components for aircraft led to "Airport West" being coined. Strangely,it was only in recent years that this name was made official. The area known as Airport West crept south but the Primary and High Schools retained the name of Niddrie.
The farm known as "Niddrie" was granted to Thomas Napier, better known for his association with the Strathmore area. It was bounded by Keilor Rd,Treadwell Rd and the Grange Rd/Bowes Ave midline and included Fraser St building blocks. The north east corner was just north of Nomad Rd.
Henry Stevenson owned "Niddrie" for many years and would have been there when the hunt took place.
The wikipedia page for Niddrie has much valuable information.
Between 1843 and 1851, the Scottish settler, Thomas Napier (18021881) purchased the Keilor Road land covering Niddrie and Airport West. In 1869, Napier sold this 249-acre (1.01 km2) land to Henry Stevenson (18101893). By 1871, Stevenson had built a house he named Niddrie, after his birthplace of Niddrie, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. After his death in 1893 the property was transferred to his wife Elizabeth who sold it to Patrick Morgan eight years later. Though not officially registered as a suburb until 26 May 1994 the Keilor Council initiated this in 1955.  A Keilor East Post Office opened on 1 July 1947 and was renamed Niddrie around 1956. The Niddrie North office opened in 1960, though it was known as Airport West from 1974 until 1982.
My journal about Airport West has information about the Morgans.
Treadwell Rd (now Treadwell St and Nomad Rd), the eastern boundary of "Niddrie" is on the same line as Hoffmans Rd,the eastern boundary of Springbank but despite the hunt report,after exiting "Springbank", between 210 and 450 metres of riding would have been necessary to cross 17C, Doutta Galla, before going over Keilor Rd into "Niddrie".
Spring Park (17A, Doutta Galla) was granted to spirit mechants, Patrick Phelan and Owen Connor, the latter also receiving the grant to Keilor Binn Farm, which later became John Dodd's Brimbank Farm and was the original part of Brimbank Park.They over-extended and both farms were lost as detailed in Angela Evans' KEILOR PIONEERS:DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES. Owen returned to Ireland and sent a letter to the court (written in an Irish accent)which is included in Angela's book and hilarious.(At least I tink it was!) Patrick's parliamentary career was most likely ended by his insolvency. If I remember correctly,Patrick's daughter Sarah,married William Connor and they lived on Springfield, the farm west of Spring Farm, which Phelan put in trust for Sarah.
Born 1 November 1815 (Raheen, Queen's County) Died 31 October 1898.
Parents: Patrick and Bridget, nee Delaney Marriage: c.1850 Keilor, Ellen Connor; several children
Occupation: Farmer and businessman Religion: Catholic
Career: A farmer in Ireland; arrived Port Phillip 1841 and by 1856 had agric., commercial and mining interests; was a farmer at Spring Park, Keilor, and a member of the Keilor district road board; partner, Connor, Phelan & Company Melbourne in 1850s and a director Colonial Bank of Aust. 1856-1858?
House Electorate Start * End *
MLA West Bourke November 1856 January 1860 Election declared void
Other seats contested: W. Bourke 1864, N. Melbourne 1864
Spring Park went west from Niddrie's west boundary to the boundary between the A.J.Davis Reserve and the Niddrie primary and high schools. The hunt probably rode through Melway 15 J7, and H6 to reach Sharpe's (sic.)
I no longer have my transcriptions of rate records,but it's a fair bet that the McNamara brothers (after whom the major road was named) were occupying Spring Park when this hunt took place. I think I remember Rupert Percy Steele being assessed on a property in the vicinity at about that time but I can't remember if it was Spring Park.The last occupier of Spring Park before it was subdivided was William Johnson (Glendewar will be dealt with later.)
JOHNSON. On the 28th September 1913 at "Glendewar," Tullamarine, James Alexander, the dearly loved third son of Mrs. W. and the late William Johnson, late of "Spring Park," Essendon aged 39 years.
JAMES SHARP (HILLSIDE.)
After writing TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT for the 1998 Back to Tulla,I was asked to speak to a group from the area south of Keilor Rd and decided to focus on that area's history. This led to my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA which involved months of title searches. As a result my 1999 Melway has transposed title office information from Sharps Rd, Tullamarine to W.S.Cox's Kensington Park racecourse.
As mentioned earlier, William and John Foster were given a lease of a run called "Leslie Park" in 1840. It obviously straddled Sharps Rd and Section 3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla (fronting Sharps Rd west of the Broadmeadows Rd corner) must have been their pre-emptive right in each parish. They obviously called both square miles "Springs" and this name was used,confusingly, to describe the location of the Lady of the Lake hotel, just south of the Derby St corner at Tullamarine,and residents south of Keilor Rd such as Laverty. This confusion was overcome by calling the latter area "Springfield". In about 1860, Maurice Crotty, who had been working at the Brannigan's St John's Hill (Melway 384 K5) started leasing all or part of 21 Doutta Galla. Before long, his wife (nee McCormack)wrote that somebody had bought part of their farm "The Springs".
This was James Sharp. Volume 176 folio 786 shows that James Sharp had purchased 133 acres. The eastern boundary was a southern continuation of Broadmeadows Rd, and the western boundary was just west of Allied Drive. James Sharp would definitely have been on Hillside when the hunt took place.
SHARP. On the 6th December, at his late residence, "Hillside," Tullamarine, James Sharp, beloved husband of Mary Sharp, aged 87 years. A colonist of 63 years. (P.1,Argus, 7-12-1916.)
Mary died at Hillside in 1920. (P.1, Argus, 8-4-1920.)
For many years before their deaths, James and Mary occupied only the house and homestead block of 8 acres with such as P.R.Johnson leasing the rest of the farm. Thomas Nash was leasing Hillside in 1892-3.
Clearing Sale at Tullamarine.
On 13th February, McPhail. Anderson and Co. held a successful farm sale at Hillside. Tullamarine, on account of Mr. P.R.Johnson, which property he has been leasing for some time--all his buildings,farming plant; etc., being dispersed at satisfactory rates. (P.2,Flemington Spectator, 22-2-1917.)
Hillside was occupied by a succession of lessees. Michael Reddan was there in 1928 when the Albion-Jacana railway line was being built and Joe Crotty told me that Michael's hay harvest was so prolific that one could hardly drive between the sheaves.
Joe Thomas became the owner of Hillside in about 1943 and rebuilt the homestead, using the stone from Sharp's kitchen as pillars for the entry gates. His farm, which he renamed "Carinya Park" became the home of the Tullamarine Pony Club for many decades. Joe used to run film nights at the farm to raise funds for the community. In the 1970's hay band donated by Mrs Thomas helped the Kindergarten Association's financial gold mine paper drives. My plans would have not been successful without the hay band, Noel Grist's truck and a fantastic band of volunteers.
The name of Barrie Rd honours Joe's son who died very young.
Master Barrie Raymond Thomas.
Deepest sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. S. Thomas, Sharps' Rd.Tullamarine, in the tragic loss of their youngest son, Barrie Raymond, who passed away on Sunday last at the age of 4 years 7 months, after a short illness. Mr. and Mrs. J. E.Brown, Phoenix St., Sunshine, and Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Thomas, Rockbank, are the grandparents of the little boy who was the 5th generation of the Opie family of Deer Park.
At the Royal Melbourne Show, Barrie won a prize with his Shetland pony, and at the funeral on Tuesday, the pony (with the riding boots reversed in the stirrups) led the cortege through the Footscray Cemetery gates. The jockey cap and the whip were buried with their owner.
Five mourning coaches and a floral car with 56 wreaths, were in the funeral procession, which left his parents' home. Rev. Cohn, Broadmeadows C. of E., officiated at the services and Walter. A. Warne had charge of arrangements.
Pall-bearers were: Mr. Cox, Mr.Bruce Daly (Sunshine), Mr. Dempster (Moonee Ponds), Mr. Frank Thomas (Rockbank), Mr Jack Yates, Mr. Ron Parkinson, Mr. Alan Cook(Sunshine) and Mr. Jack Doyle.
(P.1, Sunshine Advocate, 21-11-1947.)
Joe had enlarged the homestead but it was not big enough for the 21st birthday party of Cecil Thomas where guest ate a birthday cake fit for a Queen.
Her cakes are in demand for Christmas and birthdays.Last year she made twelve lOin. cakes (one specially de-
corated, the others for cutting) for the 21st birthday party of Cecil Thomas, of "Carinya Park," Tullamarine-a party for 512 people at Moonee Ponds Town Hall.(Bake the cake the Queen will taste
The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 6 March 1963 p 5 Article Illustrated)
Maurice Crotty's arrival on "The Springs" has been mentioned in relation to James Sharp. The Fosters may have planted Cape Broom as boundaries on their grants. There was a Cape Broom hedge in front of the Lady of the Lake hotel at Tullamarine through which young Minnie and Catherine O'Nial watched Robert O'Hara Burke's expedition straggle by on its way to the second camp site by the lagoon south of the Inverness Hotel. The 33 acre farm, which included the site of the burnt out hotel, leased by my great grandfather, John Cock, from Beaman (who married the girls' mother after the death of their father) became known as "Broombank". Ray Loft, who married Maggie Millar (after whom Millar Rd was named) leased Broombank for many years and wanted to buy it, but Catherine and Minnie refused to sell so he had to wait until they died in the 1930's.
Broom covered much of the old Crotty farm when I ran through TWENTIETH CENTURY CITY with my mate,Graeme,in the 1970,so it is no surprise that Maurice Crotty named his portion of The Springs as Broomfield. After the death of Maurice, his sons took over the tedious task of milking twice a day. James Crotty's son, Joe, told me that there was no sadness when the farm was sold after a century of dairy farming because it was such hard work. Forfeited part payments circa 1890 from the Essendon Tramway and Land Investment Co. had made life more comfortable,paying for the building of a new homestead on the site of the Honda motor cycle riding school. Tullamarine Park Rd became the main through road on Broombank when TWENTIETH CENTURY CITY became an industrial estate.
There is no doubt that the Crotty family saw the hunt thunder by. My great Uncle, Alf Cock was one of Jim Crotty's pall bearers.
OLD TULLAMARINE RESIDENT DIES.
Sunshine Advocate (Vic. : 1924 - 1954) Friday 26 July 1929 p 7 Article
... OLD TULLAMARINE RESIDENT DIES. Mr. James Crotty, one of the oldest of native-born residents, died at his home, "Broomfield," Tullamarine, on Sunday last
MAKING SENSE OF THE HUNT REPORT.
Before moving on to WILLIAMSON'S, I must mention that "and a line of country was chosen that could not be surpassed" had me puzzled. The hounds were undeterred if they could not see the quarry, so instead of using a hare or fox (or Deer at Deer Park) a trail of scent could be laid by dragging a corpse. However "throw off" would seem to refer to a live quarry so it seems strange to imply that the route was chosen by a member of the hunt. (Postscript. The 1900 hunt report that mentioned Anderson's Creek started with "a throw off" not far from where this 1888 hunt started and stated that "the game" swam the river.)
ROUTE SO FAR.(Part in bold type is an amendment made when I discovered that Williamson's was "Fairfield".)
Tweedside (Melway 28 E4); probably west nor' west through Mar Lodge Estate (28 D3) and Budesbach (28 BC2)veering north through James Wilson's (28 A1, 16 A12), across the Keilor road into Niddrie heading north west (16A9, to cross the creek (bike track)near the north end of Ridge Crescent), and along the back of [Spring park (15 J7 to North/Thomas St corner), west through Sharpe's (15 H5, crossing Spring Creek at the Airport Drive bridge),and north through Crotty's (15 F 5 to 15 F3.) After crossing Sharps Rd into George Williamson Jnr's leased 400 acre "Fairfield" fronting that road west of the Broadmeadows Rd corner,the quarry must have veered west into Annandale and perhaps followed Steele Creek to its source at about Melway 5 C12.
From there a run due north of 2 kilometres,passing through J.P.Fawkner's subdivision of section 7 Tullamarine would take the quarry to another type of quarry (now the Cleanaway tip,most of which is in the north east corner of "Dewar's".) Turning south east to avoid the pit from which Keilor Shire's favoured road metal (Dewar's) came, and crossing William Love's triangular paddock containing the eastern sixth of the Cleanaway tip (5 E7),and smaller paddocks south of Charles Nash's "Fairview" (5 F/G8),the quarry would have followed the line of Derby St between J.C.Riddell and Hamilton's "Hamilton Terrace" (between Derby St and Melrose Drive) and "Chandos", then crossing the north east corner of "Broombank" (Boyse Court),and the later Junction Estate (Andlon, Londrew, Northedge) associated with the Junction Hotel, finally entering Edmond Dunn's 337 acre "Viewpoint" at a point south of Scampton Cres. Scampering parallel with Melrose Drive,the terrified creature would have passed through Lonie's "Camp Hill",and east sou' easterly through John Hall's (later Jack Howse's "South Wait", now Strathmore Heights to the east end of Caravelle and Tasman.)It probably kept to the south east bank of the Moonee Ponds Creek passing through St John's,firstly through Henry Stevenson's paddock and then Robert McDougall's*.(*See below.) It then cut south past Peck's Lebanon (Wendora St,built 1882) and John Kernan's (probably near Loeman St) before crossing the line of Glenbervie/Uplands Rd into Napier's 100 acres.
N.B. There is no way Kernan could have had land north of Peck who added the northernmost 12 acres of 15 Doutta Galla to Lebanon without paying for a lease or purchase.(Google "strathmore, 12 acres, sir john franklin".)
* Harry Peck refers to Harry Stevenson and Robert McDougall as being neighbours in MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN. This seems strange because "Niddrie" and "Arundel" are miles apart but they did have neighbouring paddocks in Strathmore North.(Google "strathmore, stevenson, mcdougall, shorthorns".)
WILLIAMSON(LESLIE BANK or FAIRFIELD?)
SHIRE OF KEILOR RIDING of TULLAMARINE.
The Annual Ordinary ELECTION for the above will be held on Thursday the 6th day of August, 1889, to elect a COUNCILLOR in the room of Mr Malcolm Ritchie, who retires by rotation but is eligible for re-election ; and I hereby appoint Tuesday, the 30th day of July 1889 as the nomination day, and also appoint Monday, the 29th day of July,1889, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for nomination papers and deposits to be delivered to Mr. E. Bonfield, my deputy, at the Courthouse, Keilor.
GEORGE WILLIAMSON, Returning Officer. Fairfield, July 23, 1889.
(P.7, Argus, 24-7-1889.)
I had Williamson (in my mind,for a very good reason) occupying Leslie Bank, and I WAS WRONG! George Williamson seems to have been a lessee of farms rather than the owner. See below.
WILLIAMSON, -On the 14th inst., at his residence,
Camp Hill, Tullamarine, George Williamson, aged 53 years. (P.1, Argus, 15-10-1892.)
Had George Williamson or his father been on Leslie Bank in 1888. The answer is no. His father was dead by 1883 when his mother died at Fairfield,the residence of George and his brother.
WILLIAMSON - On the 19th inst, at the residence of her sons, G and A Williamson, Fairfield Farm, Tullamarine, Margaret Johnston, relict of the late George Williamson, Melbourne, aged 66 years.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 20 September 1883 p 1 Family Notices.)
Thus it was Fairfield that the hunt passed through in 1888, but I will explain why I connected the Williamsons with Leslie Bank. Section 20 Doutta Galla between Keilor Park Drive (formerly Fosters Rd) and the river, from the line of Sharps Rd to the line of Spence St, Keilor Park, was granted to John Foster. John and his older brother, William,both had Leslie as given names, thus the name of their 1840 run lease (which was cancelled before the ten years expired) and "Leslie Banks". When John was returning home, the Delaheys bought it and leased it to such as William O'Neil of Horseshoe Bend. James Harrick later owned or leased it (I forget which.)
It was later subdivided and the Moonya dairy was established by Claude Butler in 1941.
By 1943, the Crottys were leasing 217 acres from the Williamsons (whose homestead was on the site of the playground near the tennis courts at Melway 15 D5.) The land owned by the Williamsons is now the Keilor Park Recreation Reserve.
William Foster's grants passed to his brother John who lived on 21 Doutta Galla in the GOVERNOR'S HOUSE, such name coined by the Crotty family; John and the son of Merino breeder, John Macarthur, acted as Governor for short periods between the retirement of Latrobe and the arrival of Hotham. Glen, a Crotty descendant, told me the site of the Governor's house (Melway 15 F6) and on examination I found remnants of 140 year old rose bushes there and lady of the lake lilies in the creek.
Section 3 Tullamarine was north of the part of Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd. It went north to Post Office Lane (indicated by the northern boundary of Trade Park opposite the Derby St corner.) Its north east corner is where the Freight Rd/Londrew Court midline meets Mickleham Rd opposite Lackenheath Drive (the boundary between Stewarton/Gladstone and Viewpoint.) East of Bulla Rd (now Melrose Drive)were the 6 acre Lady of the Lake hotel block (Millar Rd/Boyse Court) later added to the 27 acre Broombank (Tadstan Drive area),the junction hotel site (711 service station,formerly Mobil garage and before that Cec and Lily Green's store and petrol station after Tommy Loft had the Junction hotel closed) and its associated paddock (later the junction Estate, later the Butterworths' farmlet and Doris Rorke's block adjoining her Bulla Rd block, now Northedge and Andlon and
Unable to access my titles information, I was uncertain whether the parts of Section 3, other than the Kilburns' Fairview had been sold by Foster or Kilburn, I searched for a court case that I knew was on trove. I had not been able to correct the digitised text on trove, and that still being the case, I will correct it in the journal. It shows that David William O'Nial must have been leasing from Foster and that it was Foster who sold off the various portions (through an agent, having returned home.) David died "On the 4th inst., at his residence, at the Lady of the Lake, Springs, Mount Macedon Road, aged 38 years.," (P.4, Argus, 6-1-1853),and an application was made "that letters of Administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, rights and credits of the said David William O'Nial, may be granted unto Ellen O'Nial, the widow of the said David William O'Nial.((P.8, Argus, 25-3-1853.) Ellen married Richard Beaman who became stepfather to Catherine and Kitty, who seven years later watched Burke's expedition through Broombank's hedge. The girls soon had a baby brother: 23rd inst, at the Lady of the Lake, the wife of Mr. Richard Beaman, of a son.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 26 May 1855 p 4 Family Notices.)
N.B. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY THE EARLIEST REFERENCE I HAD FOUND TO DAVID WILLIAM O'NIAL RUNNING THE LADY OF THE LAKE WAS IN 1849. IT WOULD APPEAR THAT HE HAD ESTABLISHED THE HOTEL IN 1846,OR PERHAPS EARLIER.
LICENSES RENEWED. D. W. O'Nial, Lady of the Lake, Springs (P.2, Melbourne Argus, 23-4-1847.)
FOSTER, V. BEAMAN.
Mr. Higinbotham for the plaintiff; Mr.Wood for the defendant.
An action on a bill of exchange. The defendant pleaded a failure of consideration. The plaintiff was John V. F. Leslie Foster,Esq. and the defendant was the landlord of the Lady of the Lake public-house, on the Deep Creek-road. In January 1855, the plaintiff agreed, through Mr. John Mackenzie, to sell to defendant a piece of land of about thirty-six acres, near the public-house. The defendant wished to buy half for his children and half for himself, and it was eventually sold in this way-half to the trustees of defendant's children, and half to the defendant. |
The trustees paid for their half, and the defendant took possession of that portion of the land, which formed half of a paddock, of which his own purchase formed the other half. The terms were to be bills at twelve and twenty-four months' date;possession of the land to be given to defendant within ten days from the signing of the agreement to buy, and tho conveyance to be completed on the bills being paid. At the time of the purchase, one Agnew was in possession of one part of tho paddock-having a stack of hay upon it; and on one occasion when tho defendant went to ask for possession Agnew was not there to give any answer to the application. The de-
fendant's case was that he had never been let into possession, and he gave evidence to that effect. For the plaintiff, it was proved that defendant had been present on the occasion when Agnew's hut was pulled down, and Agnew proved that the defendant had given him permission to take a small portion of the materials away. This was the only distinct act of exercise of ownership proved, but it was shown that defendant's horse used to graze all over the paddock, as well over the half which was purchased for the children as over the other, which was not fenced off in any way. Plaintiff also proved that in the course of a conversation he had with
defendant, the latter admitted he had not thought of refusing payment of the bill on the ground of not being let into possession until after it became due and he found himself unable to meet it. Plaintiff then told him he could have two or three years more time to pay the bill, if he only got a good name to it, or gave security.
His Honor told the jury that if at any time before the bill became due, the defendant took possession of any portion of the premises, it did not matter whether it was a profitable possession or not, the plaintiff must recover, as the defendant would then have failed to make out his plea.
The jury found that the defendant had possession on the 28rd March, 1855; and then
gave damages to the plaintiff £565 1s. 10d.,including interest on the bill.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 7 August 1856 p 5 Article.)
The part of Section 3 north of the Janus St, Catherine Ave midline was sold in small blocks fronting the south side of Post Office Lane and Bulla Rd to Ann Parr, John Wright, Charles Nash, George Mounsey, and John F.Blanche, most (perhaps all) being staunch Methodists. Charles Nash also bought 109.5 acres including Catherine Ave, Phelan Court, Burvale Court, International Square and airport land to Melway 5 E parts 11, 12. He called this farm "Bayview".In the mid 1900's the farm was owned by Campbell and then John Denham.
The land south of the Catherine Avenue/Janus St midline comprised 400 (or 404) acres. This was purchased by the kilburns, grantees of land along Keilor Rd who also owned land at Strathmore. They called the farm Fairfield but probably leased it to locals mainly. Basket Davey Milburn of Keilor, Victoria's pioneer of irrigation, seems to have been assessed on Fairfield in Keilor Shire's first available rate record of 1868*. (*The oldest ratebook found in the strongroom while I transcribed rates in 1988-9.)
As explained previously, George Williamson and his brother,A.Williamson, would have been on Fairfield when the hunt crossed Sharps Rd from Broomfield and then veered west into Annandale at about Melway 5 D1.
Fairfield was later bought by James Harrick, (perhaps when the current Williamson lease finished)who sold it as two 200 acre farms. In about 1910, the eastern half was sold to George Mansfield who built the "Dalkeith" Homestead, later occupied by Dawes, Baker, Loft, Dawson and Hurren. I was told the homestead was on the west corner of Dalkeith Avenue but a photo taken from the top of the Drive-in screen circa 1960 indicates that it was nearer to the Dawson St corner. Dalkeith which went west to include the Fisher Grove house blocks was later owned by Tommy Loft who convened the 1924 meeting at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was formed and subdivided the Eumarella and Gordon St area; Gordon Loft was the son of Tommy's son,Ray. Dawson St is named after Leslie King Dawson who was on Dalkeith by 1943. Percy Hurren,storekeeper and postmaster at Jones Corner at Moorooduc in 1950 was on Dalkeith in 1951 and soon joined the progress association.
LOFT - (nee Maggie Millar).-On the 1st February, at Sister Davies Private hospital, Scott street,Essendon. to Mr. and Mr.Ray Loft, Wahroonga, Tullamarine --a son ( Gordon Raymond).
(P.13, Argus, 9-2-1929.)
Wahroonga would be 3 Eumarella St, a Californian Bungalow, which I hope has not been demolished. Joe Crotty lived here after Broombank was sold and in the 1970's, Ben Hall,descendant of the bushranger, lived here with his Cobb and Co. coach and running a period clothing hire business before continuing same from the residence (demolished now)of the Henderson's old post office on the north corner of Henderson Rd.
The western half,to the end of Sharps Rd, and now airport land, was for some time Michael Reddan's "Brightview". Michael also farmed Hillside and Seafield (on the east side of McNabs Rd and south side of Grants Lane with the proposed future e-w runway being its southern boundary.) Michael managed Aucholzie (across McNabs Rd) for Gilbertson the butcher while farming Seafield.
The Doyles moved onto Brightview prior to 1943. Their son and my uncle, Alf Cock junior were the only residents whose names were added to the Tullamarine war memorial after world war 2,both having lost their lives. The memorial was originally on the site of Tullamarine State School 2613 at the Conders Lane corner (Melrose Drive/Link Rd corner)but after the school was relocated because of airport acquisition in 1961, Walter V.(Major) Murphy moved it to the Dalkeith Avenue corner.
Annandale was section 2, Tullamarine, granted to Melbourne grocer, George Annand.
COUNTY OF BOURKE.(At the Police office, Melbourne, at 11 o'clock of Friday the 29th day of June next.)
2. 640, Six hundred and forty acres,parish of Tullamarine, section No. 2.
Bounded on the north by section 7 (SEE "TULLAMARINE") ; on the east by W. V. L. Foster's 640 acres (SECTION 3 TULLAMARINE) ;on the south by J. F. L. Foster's 712 acres (20 DOUTTA GALLA, LESLIE BANKS) ; and on the west by R. H. Bunbury's 790 acres (SECTION 1 TULLAMARINE, ARUNDEL.) (49-112 ) (P.1, Argus, 1-6-1849.)
The details in upper case have been added to the advertisement!
I have seen no evidence of George Annand living at Tullamarine. It was most likely leased out until William Taylor added it to the Overnewton Estate, part of it, such as Cr John Fox's Geraghty's Paddock and Alf Cock's Glenview, being resumed under the Closer Settlement Act of 1904 to form part of the Arundel Closer Settlement, while east of Steeles Creek, Cr.Bill Parr had 165 acres which he called Annandale and (Tom?) Nash had 165 acres which would have included the 1850's McCormack farm of 44 acres called "Chesterfield". (Crotty researcher, Glen.)
Argus editor and co-owner, Edward Wilson of Arundel was one of the early lessees and would not have renewed because he had sold Arundel to Robert McDougall (sworn enemy of Niddrie's Henry Stevenson.)
TO LET, 640 acres of LAND, known as Annandale, parish of Tullamarine, near Keilor, and recently in the occupation of Edward Wilson, Esq, Arundel, Offers will be received by the undersigned until the
20th instant for leasing the property for three years.GEORGE WHARTON (Probably an agent.)
(P.8, Argus, 13-7-1869.)
TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT reveals that Anderson and Parr were leasing Annandale in 1893 but not the next year,probably because of the depression. The Anderson and Parr families were stalwarts of the Tullamarine Methodist church and one of the lanes in Fawkner's subdivision was known as Anderson's Lane. (By the way George Williamson's brother was named ANDREW; I had correctly concluded that they were on Fairview in 1890.)
Parr would have been James Henry Parr son of widow, Ann Parr, and father of Bill and Sam Parr; Sam took over his father's Elm Farm (see TULLAMARINE) while Bill farmed the 165 acre Annandale.
PARR.--On the 15th July, at her son's residence, Annandale road. Tullamarine, Emily, the beloved wife of James Henry Parr, and loved mother of William, Samuel, Mrs. C. Nash and Mrs. J. Wright,aged 68 years. Till the day dawns.(P.2, The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter, 18-7-1918.)
I CANNOT SAY WHO WAS OCCUPYING ANNANDALE WHEN THIS HUNT TOOK PLACE.
Tullamarine's centre of population in 1888 was near and north of Post Office Lane. Foster had sold mainly small blocks to a bunch of Wesleyans on the south side of Post Office Lane and Fawkner 65 blocks to the north. The same Wesleyan families had bought mainly small blocks on Riddell's Camieston Estate and his Hamilton Terrace had many one acre blocks.
The location of public buildings usually gives a fair idea of the centre of population. The most southerly was the Wesleyan School 632,on one acre at the bend in Cherie St (volume 420 folio 301.) The northern boundary of D.T.Kilburn's 400 acre "Fairview" had a kink near Bulla Rd because of the school block. During the height of the rush to the diggings John Hendry ran the post office at Tullamarine Junction nearby but by 1888, the P.O. would have been at Post Office Lane. In 1884, the Seafield school (4 J6) and the Wesleyan one were closed and replaced by S.S.2613 at the Conders Lane corner (5 F9.)
"Up by Tullamarine" would mean 5 C 12(Annandale) to 5 C6 (Glendewar)through Fawkner's subdivision.
John Pascoe Fawkner received the grant for section 7 Tullamarine whose northern boundary was Grants Lane from just west of gate 18 in Melway 5 B6 with the north east corner where Western Avenue ends in 5 F6. The south boundary went from the middle of 5 B10 to where Link Rd crosses the bottom of 5 E10. John Carre Riddell of Cairn Hill near Gisborne was granted section 6, adjoining it on the east,5 F6 and 5 E10 being its north west and south west corners. The north east and south east corners were at Mickleham Rd opposite the Forman Rd and Lackenheath Drive corners.
Land in the parish of Tullamarine must have been surveyed in 1841/2 because the first grants were issued on 30-11-1842. A descendant of E.E.Kenny of Camp Hill informed me that Mt Macedon Rd (Deep Creek Rd/Bulla Rd/ Lancefield Rd/Melrose Drive) was surveyed through the parish in 1847, later becoming (until Brees' bridge was built at Keilor in 1854) the GREAT ROAD TO THE DIGGINGS.
Riddell also was granted section 15 fronting the Moonee Ponds Creek,north of section 7 and 6, with its south west corner at 5 B6. When Bulla Rd was made, the south west corner of section 6,the north east corner of section 7 and the south west corner of section 15 were isolated from the rest of each grant. Fawkner and Riddell sold these isolated triangles to each other so that Riddell's land was now all on the north east (Broadmeadows Shire) side of Bulla Rd and Fawkner's was on the south west (Keilor Shire) side. The shires (and their predecessors,the road boards) did not exist then,of course.
(Incidentally, the cutting off of triangles continued further north and explains why Phillip Hill was involved with the 1906 Mansfield drownings at Bertram's ford. The south west corner of section 15 was a Mansfield property in 1906 with William John Mansfield and W.J.Jnr living there. It was later Alan Payne's pig farm, "Scone" from the 1940's until airport acquisition circa 1960.It now contains the airport terminal except for the arms where planes are loaded and unloaded,which jut out into the 560 acres of section 14 on the south west of Bulla Rd (Gowrie Park.) The other 80 acres, between the east end of the e-w runway and the Moonee Ponds Creek and adjoining "Glendewar" to the south east, included the Hill family's "Danby Farm". Thus as well as attending school 2613 together,young Willy and Phil were neighbours living only the width of Bulla Rd apart at the dead centre of 5 B4.
MANSFIELD.On the 15th October (accidently drowned), at Keilor, William John, beloved husband of Catherine Mansfield, and only surviving son of John Mansfield, of Tullamarine, aged 50 years also his eldest son, William John Mansfield aged 7 years. (P.1, Argus, 16-10-1906.)
Harry Heaps told me that planes used to be parked on Donovan's Gowrie Park during W.W.2 but Arun Chandu has found that this was only to a limited extent and that far more planes were parked on the 80 acres containing Danby Farm,Phil Hill moving to St Albans previously or because of this requirement.)
Getting back to Fawkner and Riddell,the former did not bestow a name on his section 6 and 7 land on the Keilor side of Bulla Rd because the land was already sold, to members of his land co-operative, who on the payment of a further pound (the cost of the land transfer)were given title to their blocks. To provide access to their blocks, lanes were reserved. Post Office Lane was the southern boundary with Section 3 and other lanes acquired the names of Anderson's and Conder's Lane. (See my journals about Fawkner's co-ops.)Among longtime residents on Fawkner's subdivision were Beech, Tenniel etc of the Beech Tree Hotel,the Andersons (Pineleigh?) the Parrs of Elm Farm (whose western boundary was a little west of the northern third of Link Rd, Love's dairy farm which was bought by the McNabs after the fire,and Peter Spiers on the 101 acres near Grants Lane that became Ecclesfield when Bill Ellis bought it. John Love won many prizes with his boars. Spiers committed suicide.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 13 April 1878 p 1 Family Notices
.PARR.-On the 6th inst., at Elm Farm, Tullamarine, the wife of Mr J. H. Parr of a daughter. Both doing well
Riddell and Hamilton,early squatters on Cairn Hill near Gisborne, named their land the Camieston Estate.* The land fronting the west side of Broadmeadows Rd (Mickleham Rd north from Freight Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek became the 467 acre "Chandos" which was sold to John Peter (Volume 170 folio 2 according to my Melway.)My great grandfather, John Cock, bought it in 1902 and subdivided it keeping the middle 198 portion (later Bill Lockhart's "Springburn", the northern 123 acre portion eventually becoming Percy Judd's Chandos Park and the southern (140?) acres Frank Wright's Strathconnan. (Frank Wright married Jessie Rowe, the teacher at S.S. 2613 (formerly at the Holden school,west of Tullamarine Island)who had the sad task of informing her pupils of the Mansfield drowning.
*Camiestown (sic), Moonee Ponds, acre lots in Hamilton terrace, fronting the main road, with a road 1 chain wide at the back. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 27 July 1853 p 7 Advertising.)
N.B. Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek.
FOR Sale, that beautiful Estate on the Moonee Ponds, consisting of about 480 Acres, now in the occupation of Mr. Love, and well known as Riddell and Hamilton's Accommodation Paddock. If not sold by the 1st of January, this property will be Let by tender, in part for cultivation, for five or seven years; enry 1st February. For particulars as to price and conditions, apply to Mr. J. C. RIDDELL, Carlton Gardens.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 26 November 1855 p 8 Advertising.)
Land between Victoria St and Wright St from Derby St to Moonee Ponds Creek(roughly 5 G5-8)was sold to Charles Nash (Fairview, lots 1-6,15-20,7,21,77 acres),George Goodwin,John Anderson, Thomas Purvis and James Anderson.
Charles Nash must have bought Goodwin's blocks as Fairview was traditionally 100 acres.
The land between Bulla Rd and Derby St was called Hamilton Terrace and was divided into acre blocks, one chain wide and ten chains deep (20x200 metres.) Noah Holland, a well-known drover was a good customer of John Beech's Beech Tree Hotel (MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN.) He owned 6 acres on which he was assessed for years but after his death, apparently nobody was paying the rates and schoolteacher/Tullamarine Progress secretary, Alec Rasmussen had the bright idea of gaining the six blocks through adverse possession (according to the late Leo Dineen, whose grandfather taught at S.S. 2613, after Alec, in the 1930's.)The T.P.A. constitution stated that meetings were to be held on nights of the full moon, obviously on what is now the Tullamarine Reserve. The Beech Tree Hotel was across Bulla Rd on Fawkner's part of section 6,just south of the Henderson Rd corner. Handlen's one acre block was added to the reserve,possibly in the 1970's. There is a photo of Colin Williams and others from the Methodist church in front of Handlen's house, which was still standing-about a metre back from the footpath,when I started my runs to the airport in 1971.
Mary Ann Mansfield, the fourth child of Issac Mansfield, and Ann(nee Seeley) and sister of David, married James Degville Tenniel in 1859. James, a policeman at Broadmeadows Township in 1857, died in 1874 aged 50. Mary Ann* married Noah Holland in 1877. Noah had previously been married to May Jane Sage who died in 1873. Noah died in Footscray* in 1919 aged about 84 and Mary (nee Mansfield) died at Flemington* in 1904. (*Noah's work would have revolved around the Newmarket saleyards.)
(P.61, THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY,Neil Mansfield.)
James Tenniel ran the Beech Tree Hotel hotel, virtually across the road from Noah's 6 acres and died there.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 24 January 1874 p 1 Family Notices
... TENNIEL.- On the 23rd inst., at the Beech-tree, Tullamarine, James Tenniel, aged 50 years. ..
(*Marian Holland was assessed on the Beech Tree Hotel in 1877. P.15,TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT.)
I wonder if Noah's accident (below) led to his death.
An action brought by Noah Holland, drover, of Macaulay road Kensington, against the Railways Commissioners,came to an abrupt termination, in County Court yesterday, before judge Box and a jury. Plaintiff claimed £500 damages for in-juries he sustained, caused by the horse he was riding falling over a heap of earth thrown up by the department, in Newmarket street, Flemington. The accident occurred early on the morning of June 14.
Plaintiff ,who is an old man, had a rib fractured, his chest crushed, and sustained a severe shock.
Just after the case had been opened, a settlement was arrived at, and the case was struck out. Under the settlement the plaintiff agreed to accept £100.(P.10, Argus,17-10-1916.)
William Dewar was an early Bulla councillor. Victoria St was the boundary separating Bulla Shire from Broadmeadows and Grants Rd was the boundary with Keilor. Glendewar was the part of section 15 between Bulla Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek, containing most of the Cleanaway facility the Centre Rd/ Melbourne Drive intersection and Melway 5C 3-4. The south west corner of section 15 was bought from Riddell by John Mansfield (volume 106 folio 595.)
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 14 May 1868 p 8 Article)
... Election Notice. WALTER CLARK, Returning Officer,BULLA: hereby give notice that papers nominating William Dewar, Esq., and Charles Daniel, Esq., to fill tho EXTRAORDINARY VACANCY in the Shire ... declare William Dewar. Esq., to be duly elected as a member of the Bulla Shire Council.
Glendewar, consisting of 377 acres 2 roods and 25 perches, was bought from Riddell by William Dewar (volume 46 folio 766.) I have seen an obituary which stated that he had managed the property for Riddell before buying it.
The following show that William's daughter married Dugald McPhail's son,James and that the Johnsons were on Glendewar soon after William's death. James McPhail and Jennet moved to Brighton St in Newmarket where Dugald died. Like William Dewar,Dugald McPhail was a councillor, among the first at Essendon and Flemington and also at Keilor. Dugald was also prominent in the Presbyterian Church, being the prime mover in the foundation of St John's at Essendon and also taking a leading role at state level.He lived at North Park where Alexander McCracken later built his mansion "North Park" which is now the Columban Mission on the south side of Woodland St and at Spring Hill, which was probably James Robertson Snr's grant on which his son James built the mansion Aberfeldie,from which the locality gained its name; it could also have been an early name for Rose Hill. Dugald was eligible to become a Keilor councillor because Rose Hill was bounded by Buckley St, Steele Creek,Rosehill Rd and the Keilor/Essendon Boundary, Hoffmans Rd.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 4 March 1872 p 4 Family Notices
... Dugald M'Phail, Essendon, to Jennet D. Dewar, eldest daughter of William Dewar, Tullamarine.
DEWAR.On the 3rd May, at his late residence,68 Collins-street, Essendon, William Dewar (late of Glendewar, Tullamarine), in his 91st year. A colonist of 62 years. No flowers. (P.1, Argus, 4-5-1903.)
MELBOURNE MARKETS. WEDNESDAY, APRIL, 19. RETAIL MARKETS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 20 April 1911 p 4. J. Johnson, Glendewar,
The Johnsons, early pioneers on Machell's subdivision between Swain St and Somerton Rd at Greenvale, had made the Glendewar tennis court a weekend attraction to Tulla and Bulla youngsters but they moved across the creek to Cumberland for some years,possibly until the destruction of Coghill's beautiful mansion by fire. (Photo in THE OAKLANDS HUNT, D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.)Returning to Glendewar,they built a new homestead.
JOHNSON-MANSFIELD. - On the 14th February, 1925 at St Mary's Church of England,Bulla, by the Rev. E. Faulkner, Reginald Graham, third eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Johnson, Cumberland Estate, Oaklands Junction, to Irene Gladys, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs. Ernest Mansfield, of Roseleigh, Tullamarine.
(P.7, Argus, 28-3-1925.)
John Johnson had known Glendewar since at least 1876.
A man named John Johnson, 30 years of age, was engaged rolling some land for Mr.Dewar, at Tullamarine, on Saturday, when one of the horses bolted and the roller went over him, fracturing his ribs and causing
other internal injuries. He was conveyed to the Melbourne Hospital for treatment.(P.4, Argus,5-6-1876.)
Edmund Dunn was a J.P.(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 11 July 1885 p 10 Article) and a trustee of the Tullamarine Wesleyan Church but he felt no guilt about exiting his 337 acre property in various places to avoid the toll gate (shared by the Keilor, Broadmeadows and Bulla Shires)which was located near the Junction Hotel site right near the south west corner of Viewpoint (Tullamarine Methodist Church Centenary, 1970.) If he was going south,he'd probably cut through Camp Hill.
(The toll gate is shown in the advertisement for the village of Gretna Green (under LONIE'S, CAMP HILL) to have been near Sharps Rd but the God-fearing Methodists would hardly have invented Edmund's avoidance, so the toll gate must have been moved to "Green's Corner" in the 1860's.)
You may recall that I hoped the hunt (in 1888) took more care while they crossed Dunn's farm than they had previously. This is what I had in mind. (Excerpt only given.)
DUNN V. WALDOCK.
Mr. Higinbotham and Mr. Michie, Q.C, for the plaintiff. Mr. Ireland, Q.C. ; Mr.Fellows, and Mr. Madden, for the defendant.
Mr. HIGINBOTHAM read the declaration,which stated, that on the 25th July, and on certain other days between that date and 15th August, the defendant, with men, horses, and dogs, entered certain land belonging to the plaintiff, trampling down crops, and killing and injuring certain sheep and lambs, the property of the plaintiff. The defendant had paid £5 into court as satisfaction of damages, and upon this idea issue was
Mr. MICHIE, in stating the case, said that the plaintiff was a farmer, who was carrying on his business at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows, and the defendant was Mr. Samuel Waldock, who was no doubt known to the jury as a gentleman of sporting tastes, and the master of the Melbourne hounds. Tho action was to recover damages for the wanton injury inflicted by the defendant, accompanied by other persons, in going with horses and hounds over certain land belonging to the plaintiff. The plaintiff's object was not to obtain large damages, but he said that unless he took some very decisive action in order to make these persons responsible for their repeated transgressions of this kind, he might as well abandon his farming business altogether.(etc.)
Accidents and fatalities involving horses were probably as common as those involving cars today and one of Edmund's workers was a victim in 1871.
On Wednesday the city coroner (Dr. Youl) held an inquest on tho body of Martin Hehir, aged 27 years, a labourer, unmarried. Deceased, who was in the employ of Edmund Dunn, a farmer at Tullamarine, after having
been to Melbourne with a load of hay on Saturday, the 11th Inst., returned home at about 9 o'clock in the evening slightly under the influence of liquor, and was taking thehorse out of the dray, when he forgot to un-
hook one of the dray chains, and the horse finding this, on moving forward plunged, and deceased was struck in the belly by the shaft. Deceased said it was an accident, and a doctor was sent for, but did not come, and next
morning deceased was sent to the hospital. The horse was a quiet one, and deceased was accustomed to horses. Dr. Moloney found him to be suffering from a rupture of the muscles of the right belly, and that a large quantity of intestines protruded through the muscles, being only retained by the skin. Inflammation of
the bowels came on : deceased never rallied, and died next day, the 13th inst. The cause of death was inflammation of the bowels from external violence, and the case was hopeless from the first. A verdict of accidental death was found. (P.7, Argus, 16-3-1871.
After John Cock started leasing Stewarton (soon renamed Gladstone), replacing John Kerr in 1892, he was also leasing Viewpoint from Edmund Dunn who must have mortgaged it (or donated it) to the Church of England which was then recorded as the owner. Within a few years, the lease was shared with a member of the Wright family,jointly and then on separate parts. The Wrights later owned the northern portion but did not seem to have a name for it. The southern part, including Perry and Lucas Court and the Carrick/Trentham Drive corner,south to the junction and (nearly)Lupin Court on Basil Elm's subdivision of Gowanbrae, became John Mansfield's Grandview. Mansfield's portion was put on sale in 1917 (SEE BELOW) but in 1920 Heazelwood was leasing the 169 acres from the Estate of John Mansfield while Frank and Thomas Wright had the northern 169 acres of Viewpoint.(P. 21 TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT.) John Healey Cussens was on Grandview in 1930,having replaced George Dalley who had moved to Hillside, replacing Michael Reddan.
In 1948, the Wrights still had the northern part of Viewpoint and Palmer was on Grandview. The Wrights had sold STRATHCONAN*,across Broadmeadows(Mickleham) Road to Kowarzic, who changed his name to Kaye and was the manager of A.N.A.until Reg Ansett took it over. In the 1970's the lovely Mrs Palmer on Grandview provided many bundles of newspapers and with Mrs Butler and Joyce Morgan (paper that had been collected for the doomed Methodist Church's organ fund) got the Kindergarten Association's paper drives off to a flying start. "Charles Palmer had bought 166 acres south of Gladstone Park in 1945, paying 32 pounds 10 shillings per acre.In 1958, he offered it to Stanley Korman at 500 pounds per acre. Korman accepted." (P.195 BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
(*Harry Heaps told me the name of the farm, which also is the name of the street formed in the subdivision of his Melrose Drive block.He pronounced it with a long o sound but the street name is spelt with a double n. It is not spelt with double n in the notice of Frank Wright's funeral below.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 23 April 1936 p 1 Family Notices
The Friends or the late Mr Frank of Strathconon Tullamarine are respectfully informed that his funeral will ... 3532 words
Koast, Morris and Miles will, on Tuesday, 27th inst., at 2 p.m., hold a
clearing sale at Tullamarine, on account of Mr. John Mansfield, "Grandview," junction of Bulla and Broad
meadows roads. The horses, cattle, farming implements and 200 tons of hay will be included. The horses and cattle are all of the best stamp, the implements are those used on a first class farm, there is a quantity of harness, and the hay includes 130 tons oaten and 70 tons wheaten. Time can be arranged to remove the hay at a
purchaser's convenience. An inspection of the lots may be had prior to the day of sale.
(Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 15 March 1917 p 2 Advertising.)
Another careless click has just lost 70 minutes of work so the replacement will be much briefer;actually my ancient computer actually clicks itself at times!
On 31-7-1843, Eyre Evans Kenny was granted crown allotment 4, section 4 of 300 acres at the south west corner of the parish of Tullamarine. It was bounded by the line of Sharps Rd, Broadmeadows Rd,roughly the line of Sycamore Ave, and the Moonee Ponds Creek.He later acquired J.Dunbar's c/a 3 section 4 of 150 acres between his grant and Dunn's future Viewpoint. Kenny was getting on a bit and when Macedon road (Melrose Drive)was "the great road to the diggings" he sold the land between Bulla Rd and Broadmeadows Rd, a speculator later having plans to establish a village on it, called,if I remember properly, Greenwich or Gretna Green.
FRIDAY, 4th MARCH.
Important and extensive sale of eighty acres of fine arable land in the Parish of Tullamarine, in allotments suited to the requirements of small capitalists and others.
SYMONS & PERRY
Are favored with instructions from the owner, Colonel Kenny, to sell by auction, at his residence, Camp Hill, on the road to the Lady of the Lake Hotel, on FRIDAY, 4th INST., Immediately after the sale of Household
Furniture,ALL that portion of the Colonel's well-known and valuable Estate lying on the western side of the Mount Macedon Road,consisting of a magnificent triangular block of land, containing about 80 Acres of prime Agricultural Land, being portion of Allotment No. 4, of Portion No. 4, in the Parish of Tullamarine, subdivided for the greater convenience of purchasers, into Three convenient Farms of equal size, about 20* acres, more or less each. -all having frontages to the great leading road to Mount Macedon and the Gold Fields, immediately opposite the entrance to Colonel Kenny's residence.
The public are respectfully informed that,for agricultural or market garden purposes, for building sites, or for the pursuits of trading, the above property is particularly well suited, containing fertile soil with the advantages of a cleared and unencumbered surface on the most important road in the Colony. Thus presenting to the trader an opportunity of obtaining his stand where the richly-laden Gold-Digger will be delighted to refresh himself, and expend a portion of His rapidly acquired fortune.The astonishing increase of population in
this locality, the majority of whom are compelled to pay the license for occupying Crown Lands, is in itself a guarantee that investment in the above property will afford handsome profits and quick returns. (P.10, Argus, 3-3-1853.)
20/26- This could have been 26 acres, but as stated, I did not correct the digitisation of this and some other pieces from the actual article. If it wasn't it should have been, because Mansfield's triangle was assessed in Keilor ratebooks as 26+52(2x26)+11 acres, the 11 acres being north of about Sycamore Ave on crown allotment 3 of section 4.
great road- The government spent a fortune in 1854 building the road to Mt Alexander, including Brees' bridge at Keilor. What we now know as the Calder Highway probably did not exist in 1847 when the Macedon road was surveyed by Hoddle; to get to Mt Aitken, John Aitken crossed the river at Solomon's ford and followed the east branch of the Kororoit Creek to the north.(City of Hume Heritage Study?) Following the construction of the route through Keilor,traffic past Camp Hill declined, apart from diggers heading to the McIvor diggings near Heathcote who made Broadmeadows Township a lively place. Bulla had even lost its mail delivery, the Portland mail carrier going through Keilor rather than leaving Bulla mail with Tulip Wright on the way through; the protest of Peter Young of Nairn having little effect. The mail carrier did not require a bridge so much and this change of route happened before 1854; passing through Keilor,he could then use Ballarat Road (Keilor-Melton Highway.) A township sprang up at "The Gap" and soon outgrew Sunbury, which like Bulla,became a sleepy Hollow. (BULLA BULLA I.W.Symonds.)
population- As well as buyers of farmlets from Foster, Fawkner and Riddell (as discussed under the TULLAMARINE heading), the population increase was caused by all the crown allotments in the parish of Tullamarine having been granted by 1850, the majority in that year. Nobody in the vicinity was leasing from the Crown in 1853.
AND THE VILLAGE!(Excerpt only.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 27 January 1859 p 2 Advertising
MONDAY, JANUARY 31.
Opposite Colonel Kenny's Estate,
Parish of Tullamarine.
Subdivision of part of portion No.4 of Section 4, the property of A. M'Donald, Esq. Subdivided by the proprietor specially for the accommodation and convenience of newly-arrived couples, carriers, little shopkeepers, farm laborers, gardeners, and Immigrants. All pegged off at you go along just on the other side
of the toll-bar, Deep Creek-road.
I had presumed that the toll bar was on the site of the Junction Hotel but the above seems to indicate that it was near Caterpillar (Drive?), the original east end of Sharps Rd. This would catch anyone wanting to take Sharps Rd (Keilor Shire), Melrose Drive (To Bulla Shire) or Mickleham Rd (Broadmeadows Shire.)
This sold land was assessed by Keilor Shire in parcels of 26, 52 and 11 acres, and with all eventually coming into the ownership of Sam Mansfield,the locals called it Mansfield's Triangle. This made Camp Hill 361 acres with today's Camp Hill Park (minus the plaque on the boulder, about which I've alerted Hume Council)at its north west corner.
The oldest ratebook found in the City of Broadmeadows' strongroom in 1988, that of 1863, assessed a bloke named Brown on Camp Hill. What had happened to Kenny, after whom Eyre and Kenny Sts in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadow) were named? And who was this Brown (with the famous daughter!)?
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 20 September 1861 p 4 Family Notices
KENNY.-On the 19th inst., at Camp Hill, in his seventy-eighth year, Lieut.-Colonel Eyre Evans Kenny, late of the 80th ...
WOMEN WHO HAVE HELPED TO BUILD AUSTRALIA No. 3 of Series: Pattie Deakin
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Wednesday 11 December 1935 Supplement: Woman's Realm p 3 Article Illustrated
BORN at Camp Hill, Tullamarine, Victoria, on that momentous day, January 1, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln pro-
claimed the freedom of the American slaves, the daughter of Elizabeth and Hugh Junor Browne, little Pattie spent her infancy there, and came to Melbourne at the age of four. "One episode in my early life stands out vividly in my memory," she states in her diary. "At Camp Hill, Broadmeadows, the meet of the hounds-the deer with a broken leg across the creek-the return of the hunters-my mother and father mounted-and my mother giving me her whip to hold-and again father looking splendid holding their two horses and letting me pat them."
Both parents were born of preachers, her father being the only son of the Rev.Archibald Browne, first preacher of St.Andrew's, Demerara, whère a monument is erected to his memory on account of his work for anti-slavery ; and her mother the daughter of the Rev. John Turner, of Taunton, Devonshire. Her father was educated at Edinburgh Academy, and her mother at Dieppe, in France, where she was born. Her father's relatives were all militarymen, some of high rank, serving with great distinction in the Indian Mutiny; and her mother's only brother was the distinguished Dr. George Turner; of Iowa, U.S.A.
With such forbears the fearless nature of the little, girl, which early manifested
itself, is understandable. In 1867 the family moved to Victoria Parade, Melbourne, where Hugh Junor Browne became a prosperous merchant etc.
When the hunt rode across Camp Hill from Dunn's to Hall's in 1888, David Williamson was the occupant,leasing from Hay Lonie. David was probably a brother of George and Andrew Williamson of Fairview; George died at Camp Hill in 1892.The Gilligans of Bulla (who lived close to Hay's Lochton), soon after bought Camp Hill,possibly after Hay had drowned. It was claimed by some that Hay had committed suicide but a broken tooth indicated that he may have fallen into the Yarra after being mugged, as financial difficulties, sadness and intoxication were not factors.
MELBOURNE MARKETS. THURSDAY, JAN. 5.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 6 January 1888 p 7
. Mr D Williamson, Camp Hill Tullamarine
MELBOURNE MARKETS. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13. THE MILLS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 14 October 1886 p 10
Mr David Williamson, Camp Hill, Tullamarine,
DEATH OF MR LONIE.
Mr Hay Lonie, whose lamented death we alluded to last week, was an old colonist, having arrived here in the year 1854 , being then 12 years old, he was born 22nd November 1842 at Cooperfife, Scotland. He was at the Ovens a short time after his arrival and at the age of 16 years he started dairying about Preston, and in 1868 he was the largest dairyman in the colony, as he was then milking 800 cows at Pasture Hill*1, Campbellfield.
Soon after 1868 Mr.Lonie bought the Golden Vein property in this district from the late Mr.L. Bourke, M.P. , which property he added to very considerably later on. About 12 years ago, he permanently settled in this
district, and at the time of his death he held about 6,500 acres, principally in Moranding, and he also
retained Camp Hill property Tullamarine, and Lochton, Bulla*2. He leaves three in family, the eldest boy being 18 years of age, one girl of 9 years, and Mrs R. G. Hudson, of Kilmore; from all the circumstances related, above as to his property it would appear that the rather vague rumors set abroad as to his position, are unfounded. We may say the feeling of sympathy for Mrs Lonie and family has been very great, and the respect in
which deceased was held was evinsced by the large number who attended the funeral on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Allison had the funeral arrangements at the Melbourne end and Mr Bossence took charge locally.
(P.2, Kilmore Free Press, 29-12-1892.)
(*1. Pasture Hill, containing 383 acres and 10 perches, was bounded by Pascoe Vale Rd,and Camp Rd east to a line that bisects the lake in Jack Roper Reserve,with the south east corner being that of Wallace Reserve. (Melway 6 H 10-11 to 7 B 10-11.)Boundaries based on knowledge of Will Will Rook crown allotment boundaries and a map on page 78 of BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY showing the 1874 sale/subdivision of the estate of the late Donald Kennedy, between Camp Rd and Rhodes Pde., into Pasture Hill, Bayview Farm (both bought by John Kerr Snr who built the historic Kerrsland which is part of Penola College)and Glenroy Farm.
*2. Lochton, north of the line of Somerton Rd and between the north-south part of Wildwood Rd and Deep Creek (Melway 177 C4) was crown allotment 5A of the parish of Bulla Bulla, consisting of 354 acres.
TUESDAY, 11th MARCH, CLEARING SALE at "CAMP HILL," TULLAMARINE, On the Bulla-road, 7 Miles from Melbourne.
McPHAIL BROS. and Co. have received Instructions from Messrs. T. (and) A. Gilligan to SELL, on the
above date, at Uolte o'clock, their DAIRY CATTLE, DRAUGHT HORSES. FARMING PLANT, HAY, &c (P.4, Argus,1-3-1913.)
In travelling from Camp Hill into Hall's,the hunt went from the parish of Tullamarine into the parish of Doutta Galla after doing the reverse when they crossed from Crotty's into Williamson's. The railway line was not there and wouldn't be there for 40 years. Sid Lloyd was the one who told me about South Wait, or it might have been his older brother George who wrote MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952. Nobody could tell me how the name came about. I had trouble getting "hall,tullamarine" on trove so I tried Howse, tullamarine and struck gold.
HOWSE.In loving memory of our dear mother Ellen Howse who died on the 18th November,1900 at "Southwaite" Tullamarine. (P.1, Argus, 18-11-1910.
So much for my theory that Southwaite resulted from a one lane bridge over the 1928 Albion-Jacana railway requiring those travelling south (or approaching from the south)to wait. Was the name bestowed by John Hall?
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 May 1880 p 1 Family Notices
HALL. -On the 17th, at her residence, Southwaite, near Essendon, the wife of John Hall of a son. Both doing, well.
My great grandfather, John Cock, arrived in 1864 as an labourer indentured to John Hall for three years. The birth of his child shortly after his arrival was registered in the area, so he was almost certainly working for John Hall on Southwaite. By 1888, he was a prominent citizen and the "shameful" fact of having been an indentured servant was concealed by a claim in his VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS PAST AND PRESENT biography that he arrived in 1867 and leased a farm (Broombank) for 15 years etc. John Cock's time on Southwaite explains the Cock/Howse family connection.
John Hall was granted 22D, Doutta Galla, consisting of 42 acres 2 roods 24 perches on 17-2-1865. The south west boundary was Bulla Rd which can be plotted with a line joining Wirraway Rd and Melrose Drive. The eastern boundary can be plotted by extending Nomad Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek, section 23 (St John's) being to the east.The northern boundary of 22D is the aerodrome boundary south of the Tasman Avenue houses.
John Purnell was granted 22B of 65 acres 3 roods 15 perches which now includes the Malvern Avenue area (which probably became part of Camp Hill/Gowanbrae from 1928 when the railway was built;Malvern Avenue is named after the Malvern Star bicycles which would have been built on Gowanbrae if a siding had been provided by the railways. Bruce Small later became Sir Bruce Small of the Gold Coast who publicised his tourist destination by bringing meter maids to Melbourne. John Hall purchased Purnell's grant making a total of 108 acres 1 rood 39 perches.
Another Doutta Galla map available online,is a shambles, namely:
[Parish maps of Victoria]. Parish of Doutta Galla - National Library of ...
Victoria. Dept. of Crown Lands and Survey. [Parish maps of Victoria]. Parish of Doutta Galla [cartographic material] 1860 - 1880. MAP RM 2741/90.
It shows, east of 22BC, Stevenson (of "Niddrie") 300 acres, Hodgson 225 acres (the land that Stevenson's "enemy", Robert McDougall of "Arundel" had occupied but with an incorrect eastern boundary) and a huge area north of both fronting the creek and a south boundary linking Moore St, Airport West, with the creek near the Mascoma St, Strathnaver Ave. corner. This area is labelled John Hall and no acreage is given.Why?
Section 23, St John's, consisted of 525 acres, accounted for by the land owned by Stevenson and Hodgson. Therefore Southwaite could not possibly have been on section 23.Another minor detail is the boundary shown between the west and east parts of St Johns. In the above map,it is a line due north from the bend in perimeter Rd (16 E8) to the Mascoma/Strathnaver corner. Title documents V.246 f.841 and V.246 f.901 show that the actual boundary went n.n.w. through the bend in Perimeter Rd, through the Strathaird/Mennara corner to Lamart St and then northeast through the Mascoma/Woolart corner to the creek.
These two documents and V.246 f.842 (re the 26 acre triangle bounded by Nomad and Wirraway Rds with a southern boundary indicated by the bend in Larkin St)give the total acreage as (310+206+26=542acres), 17 acres too many.
This can be partly explained by Dunn's farm,leased from Sir John Franklin, which was thought to be entirely in section 23 but actually contained the northern 12 acres of section 15 purloined by John Murray Peck of Lebanon.
Therefore the various Lands Department clerks were only 5 acres out, based on what they knew. Not like the draftsman who drew the 1860-1880 map and invented another roughly 108 acres to fit "Southwaite" (22BD) into St John's.
THE PROPERTIES at the start of my TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT includes rate information heading north along Bulla Rd. Right side. St John's (Stevenson,Taylor)300 ac., South Wait(sic)(Hall, Howse)100 ac., Camp Hill (Kenny, Brown, Lonie,Williamson,Gilligan, Morgan, Scott who called it Gowanbrae, Small,Cowan) 366 acres, etc.
PECK, KERNAN, NAPIER.
By 1888, Strathmore was well and truly caught up in the land boom. I'll repeat the end of my summary.
Scampering parallel with Melrose Drive,the terrified creature would have passed through Lonie's "Camp Hill",and east sou' easterly through John Hall's (later Jack Howse's "South Wait", now Strathmore Heights to the east end of Caravelle and Tasman.)It probably kept to the south east bank of the Moonee Ponds Creek passing through St John's,firstly through Henry Stevenson's paddock and then Robert McDougall's*.(*See below.) It then cut south past Peck's Lebanon (Wendora St,built 1882) and John Kernan's (probably near Loeman St) before crossing the line of Glenbervie/Uplands Rd into Napier's 100 acres.
N.B. There is no way Kernan could have had land north of Peck who added the northernmost 12 acres of 15 Doutta Galla to Lebanon without paying for a lease or purchase.(Google "strathmore, 12 acres, sir john franklin".)
* Harry Peck refers to Harry Stevenson and Robert McDougall as being neighbours in MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN. This seems strange because "Niddrie" and "Arundel" are miles apart but they did have neighbouring paddocks in Strathmore North.(Google "strathmore, stevenson, mcdougall, shorthorns".)
I am all worn out now so try getting Bruce Barber's website, to which I contributed many years ago, by googling the names in bold type above (first two results.) You'll also find some journals I've written about Strathmore since the nuclear explosion or whatever turned me into itellya.
SURNAMES IN THIS JOURNAL'S SURNAME LIST.
ANDERSON ANNAND CONNOR CROFT CROTTY DELAHEY DEWAR DUNN FERGUSON FOSTER HALL HARRICK HILL HOFFMAN KERNAN LONIE MAIN McCRACKEN NAPIER O'NEIL PECK PHELAN ROBERTSON SHARP STEVENSON WATSON WILLIAMSON WILSON WRIGHT BEALE
CONNOR, MCNAB, WILLIAMS, HEAPS, LLOYD, BLACKWELL, REDDAN, NASH, LEWIS, PARR, WALDOCK, SMITH, SNOWBALL, SWAN, TAYLOR,BOYD, ROBINSON, BEALE, FULLARTON, MORRIS, FAWKNER,DUHY, CURRY, CROOKE, MILLAR, McINTYRE, DUTTON,MORAN, HENDERSON,COX, COLLIER, MORGAN,STEELE,JOHNSON, THOMAS,McNAMARA, LAVERTY, McCORMACK,BRANNIGAN, REDDAN,GRIST, COCK, LOFT, O'NIAL,RIDDELL,HAMILTON,HOWSE,McDOUGALL,BUTLER,GREEN,KILBURN, RORKE,BEAMAN,MOUNSEY,BLANCHE, CAMPBELL, DENHAM, MILBURN,HURREN,GILBERTSON, DOYLE,MURPHY,FOX,GERAGHTY, HENDRY, MANSFIELD,DONOVAN, SPIERS, ELLIS,LOCKHART,BREES,PETER, ROWE,HANDLEN,WILLIAMS,TENNIEL,SAGE,JUDD, GOODWIN,PURVIS,HOLLAND,SEELEY
RESUME AT "DEWAR'S"
The Royalauto for October, 2013 has an article on page 8 called THE FISH SHED in its feature CURIOUSLY VICTORIAN.
It states that five generations of Hutchins have fished Port Phillip at Mornington since 1860. It's a fair bet that George Hutchins and his wife Harriet were members of the first generation.
IN the SUPREME COURT of the COLONY of VICTORIA: In Its Probate Jurisdiction.-In the Estate of GEORGE HUTCHINS, late of Osborne, in the County of Mornington, in the Colony of Victoria, Fisherman, Deceased, Intestate.-Notice is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of the colony of Victoria, in its Probate Jurisdiction, that LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION of the estate of the above-named George Hutchins, deceased, be granted to Harriett Hutchins, of Mornington, in the said colony, the widow of the said deceased.
Dated this 25th day of April, A.D. 1878. WISEWOULD and GIBBS, 61 William-street, Melbourne, proctors for the said Harriett Hutchins. (P.3,Argus, 26-4-1878.)
The Royalauto article has a photo of the shed and Neville Hutchins,61,who with his brother,Dalton,59, still sells their catch from the shed. Their original shop at Fisherman's Beach was obliterated by storms,just one of several setbacks the family faced. The brothers still use an old technique used by such as the Watsons of Portsea and Sorrento, but with a modern advantage. Neville tracks shoals of fish from the headland,directing Dalton's run of nets by walkie-talkie.
It's now some years since I read LIME LAND LEISURE, and ,although I made no note of it, I seem to remember that there was a connection between the Hutchins of Sorrento and Mornington. It is interesting that two fishing families were thanked for their support for the Hutchins of Sorrento. The Watsons were fishing at Portsea by 1862 and Erland Erlandsen commenced fishing near Sorrento after (jumping ship?) in 1879.
WATSON.-Mrs. WATSON, sen., and Family, Sorrento, wish to convey their sincere THANKS to many kind friends for letter, cards,and personal expressions of sympathy during their recent sad loss of son and brother, especially thanking Hutchins Bros, and Mr. Erlandsen and sons. (P.1, Argus, 8-1-1923.)
The Sawyer family was not known to be involved in fishing but the well known fishing families of Prosser and Hutchins were related to it by marriage. Isaac Sawyer married Sarah,the daughter of Henry Prosser, one of the founders of the Frankston Fish Company, and after Isaac's death she remarried to Amis Renouf,a director of the same company.
RENOUF.-On the 15th July, at her daughter's residence, Dromana, Sarah, widow of the late Amice Renouf, Frankston, and dearly beloved mother of Mrs Jonah Griffith (Dromana), Mrs.John Hopcroft (Caulfield), Mrs. I. Sawyer(Neerim South), Mr. H. Sawyer ("Sylvan," Neerim Junction, Gippsland), Mr. J. Sawyer(Moorooduc), Mr. F. Sawyer (Bittern); grand-mother of Mr. Alex Henry and his sister, Mrs.W. Martin (Mt. Eliza), aged 93 years. A colonist of 68 years. (P.13, Argus, 29-7-1916.) See my journal RENOUF ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA.
Thus, Sarah Renouf, mother of Fred Sawyer, was the grandmother of John Hutchins' bride, Caroline Sawyer.
Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 16 September 1911 p 2 Family Notices Marriage. HUTCHINS-SAWYER.-At St. James' Church, West Melbourne, on the 25th August, by the Ven. Archdecon Hindley, John Hutchins, Mornington, to Caroline third eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs F. Sawyer, " Glenfield," Bittern.
This journal results from a private message conversation between myself and Shah, who has consented to her information being published.
COMMENT UNDER MY JOURNAL ABOUT THE DROMANA MUSEUM.
Very interested in all you have written about the Mornington Peninsula.
In regard to the Thistles in Boneo Road. My grandparents ran this as a guest house around the 1930s. I understand it was then a double storey house.
Would this be correct and is there anything else you could tell me about it?
Researching Moser, Rogers, Munday, Bennett, Dixon, Pilbeam, Belsar, Parkinson, Fitzgibbon, amongst others.
Hi Shah. You referred to "The Thistle" by which I presume you mean "The Thicket". This was bounded by First Avenue, Eastbourne Rd and Boneo Rd and contained the curving streets such as Warranilla Ave. It adjoined the Hope St houses which were part of "Hindhope", a farm which occupied the northern half of crown allotment 14 Wannaeue.
Unfortunately I know very little about The Thicket. The late Ray Cairns told me that the homestead was near the site of the church that stands at the corner of Boneo Rd and The Drive. I need to know the name of your grandfather who ran the guest house in what must have been an extension of the homestead described below. The only mentions of The Thicket seem to be the following sale notice and a fire and a brief advertisement re holiday accommodation in shallays (chalets) in the 1940's. With a bit more information, I might be able to find other articles or advertisements about the property on trove.
CLEARING SALE At "THE THICKET," BONEO ROAD, ROSEBUD, THURSDAY. JUNE 22.
At One O'Clock. On the Premises.
McInnes, Whinfield, and Co. (late J.K. Jennings and McInnes) have received Instructions to SELL , on the above date A farm property, consisting of 56 ac. 2 rd. 22 perches, situated close to Rosebud township, and only a stone-throw from the water frontage,
A good house, consisting of 5 rooms and conveniences, is erected on the property, including a garage, extra good well equipped bails and sheds, machinery shed, pig run and sty, buggy shed, chaffhouse, &c, &c.
The properly is subdivided into 7 paddocks. This includes three very good orchards, peaches, apple, pears, and other fruit in full bearing, and is watered by windmill, pipes laid, and an abundant supply.
CATTLE. 14 dairy cows, 3 heifers, 3 bullocks, 1 bull, 4 calves.
HORSES. 1 draught gelding 5 years old; 1 medium draught mare, 7 years old, extra good.
PIGS.-2 sows with broods, 1 boar.
IMPLEMENTS.-Seed drill, disc plough, 2 single furrow ploughs, cultivator, mower, 1 set harrows, 1 grindstone, 1 spray pump, 1 portable engine (Richardson), 1 shellcrusher, I chaffcutter, complete with belt; shovel, forks, garden utensils,
&c, 2 incubators, 3 brooders, pair of scales.
HARNESS. 2 sets of buggy harness, 1 set of dray harness, collars, and hames.
DAIRY.-Separator (Globe No. 1), 2 milk churns, 2 butter churns.
FURNITURE. 4 bedsteads and mattresses, chest of drawers, small tables, washstand &c.
VEHICLES.-1 dray, 1 springcart, 1 buggy, 1 phaeton.
Terms on Land Purchase 1230 may remain on mortgage for 3 years, bearing 5 per cent. interest,balance cash.
The auctioneers have inspected this property, and have to report that it is a snug, comfortable home, well equipped, and a very fine front garden. The land is good black sandy loam, and well suited for growing maize, lucerne, onions, and the like, and, being within a stone-throw of the bay frontage, must eventually command a big price for building blocks. We strongly recommend it as a comfortable home and a good Investment.
Further particulars from McInnes, Whinfield, and Co., 411 Bourke street, Melbourne.
Local representative, Mr. Jennings, land and estate agent, Rosebud.
Yes, I did mean the Thicket! My great grandparents names were Sydney and Mary (May) Moser. My grandmother Mona Moser was married there. She married Bartholomew Rogers who had bakeries in Rosebud and then managed the pine plantation*. (*See "Bogies and Birdies" the history of the Rosebud Country Club-itellya.)
Are you interested in my grandparents businesses and where they lived etc?
Bartholomew (Barty) Rogers was on many committees such as the building of the local high school and memorial hall. He has a road named after him in Cape Schanck where he owned a lot of land at one stage.
Thank you for your reply.
I'd love any information concerning your ancestors in relation to Rosebud and the Mornington Peninsula. I think I remember Peter Wilson mentioning Bart Rogers in relation to the memorial hall.
Did your great grandparents own just the homestead block of The Thicket or the whole (almost) 57 acres? Did they know Keith McGregor who had probably leased the homestead block from Alf Rawlings while he ran the transport business and owned Hindhope Villa (50 First Avenue) after his return from the Western District?
Who were their friends in the area? Was Cr.Forrest Edmund (Joe) Wood one of them? If you have any anecdotes in the family folklore about funny incidents, accidents, events etc., I'd love to hear about them.
When did the Mosers arrive in the area from Swan Hill and what was M.A.Moser doing at Dromana in 1948? I presume this was Murray who escaped serious injury in 1938 while presumably living at Rosebud. Did Murray run a garage in Rosebud West?
MOTOR Mechanic A grade or equivalent experience Furnished house
available right man reasonable rent Apply giving complete details of qualifications and experience M Moser Chatfeld ave Rosebud West
(The Argus, Saturday 17 July 1948, p 18 Advertising.)
Just in case you haven't used TROVE, I'll include the articles referred to above.
CAR SNAPS POST
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 October 1938 p 3 Article
... CAR SNAPS POST ROSEBUD, Sunday.-Struck - Struck by a motor-car when it swerved after a collision lision with another car this afternoon, an electric light pole on the Sorrento road was snapped off at the base. The driver of the car, Mr. Murray Moser, escaped with a cut nose and a passenger ... 80 words
SWAN HILL MIGRANTS MANY SETTLED ON PENINSULA
Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Thursday 18 March 1948 p 11 Article
... T. Atherton (Rosebud), H. Atherton (Main Ridge), R. Donaldson (B3alnarr ing), J. Fanning, L. ... W. G. Cochrane (Merricks), W. Pedley, W. Brace (Red Hill South), G. Brasser, MA. Moser (Dromana), ... 292 words
I also tried Rogers, Rosebud and found this one.
P G Rogers of Rosebud applied to the board for permission to carry with one commercial vehicle goods within a radius of 20 miles of Rosebud. He applied also for permission to carry goods to and from Flinders and Portsea to places within a radius of five miles of the G P O Melbourne. Tho application was opposed by the railways E G
White. W A Peterson and B A Cairns The board reserved its decision.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 1 September 1938 p 12 Article)
I will have to get back to you re some of the questions. Yes, Murray Moser ran a garage in West Rosebud that has in the past few years been knocked down and there are units and a café there. Dad has just told me they bought a house that was at the back of where the garage was they lived in. I am regularly on Trove.
I have found my grandfather Barty better by searching for BP Rogers. He owned Bakeries in Kilmore and I've found recently Hurstbridge, but not at the same time.
I think the Moser's arrived in Rosebud quite possibly in 1938. I have a photo of my grandmother Mona standing in a garden, that mum thinks was the Thicket. Only shows a palm tree in the background. My grandmother's father Sydney Moser worked on the Rosebud Hotel, bricklaying (I think). They would not have owned the Thicket but probably rented it. They weren't well off due to my great grandfather's roaming.
They lived quite a number of places in Victoria before settling in Rosebud.
His father Herman Frederick Moser was a quite well known photographer and was involved in getting the bridge over the Murray in Swan Hill. He was the first person to take bullocks and dray across it; though I don't think he was supposed to!
The Mosers were distantly related to cricketer (Pontrose?) who owned a holiday home in Rosebud on the corner of Point Nepean Road and Rose Road. Sydney Murray Moser was born in Deniliquin in 1888 and married Mary Ann (May) Bennett in Deniliquin in 1910. May Bennett was a granddaughter of two convicts Elizabeth Taylor and Samuel Benjamin Bellamy Bennett. Her maternal great grandfather has an island named after him near Swan Hill called Belsar's Island. Barty Rogers had two bakeries at different times in Rosebud, one where the now ANZ bank was and the other where the men's wear shop is now next to Peebles. This shop was more of a milk bar/mixed business which granddad owned with May Moser. I rang Dad, Charlie Munday,to ask where grandad's 2nd shop was and he said he thought the information you have about Bill Chatfield may not be correct as he doesn't remember him fishing. He had a truck and did cartage work and put in Electric power poles etc. Murray Moser bought the garage from him and when they extended the garage, this is where the house was moved back. It is no longer there. Chatfield also built a shop next to the garage where a Tattoo place is now. Dad also said there was a man called Chadwick and another man called Lynch who ran the store. Lynch went on holiday to Queensland and drowned. The PG Rogers you found about permission for cartage may well have been my grandfather except they have the initials wrong. He did carry bricks etc. He used to buy concrete bricks my other grandfather Charles Munday made.
Charles Munday (my dad has the same name) used to sell the bricks to Barty and Barty would often return to buy more as he had lost some of his load on the journey.
Dad's side Charles William Munday and Amy Evelyn Munday(nee Parkinson) came to Rosebud on the 12th March 1946 and lived in a shed just behind where McDonalds is now. Grandad then built a house and built units in Fourth Avenue that still stand though are totally changed now. He also built the house opposite which is now behind the Tyre place. My grandparents ran a boat hire place where the Scout hall now stands. They then built a house in Murray Anderson Road and lived there until my grandfather's death in 1976. Barty and Mona Rogers and their children lived in the old pine house that used to stand beside the drive to the Rosebud Football Ground. They then built a brick home opposite the site of the present high school but this was demolished by the power company who used the land. They built another home two doors down that still stands in Boneo Road.
I will speak to my Uncle (mum's brother) as he may remember more.
Thanks for taking the time to record all this; it is fascinating!
This is fantastic because I rely on rates (available only until 1919) and old residents for most of my information, many of the latter having now died. With so many changes (e.g. McDonald's, the transmission station on the Boneo/Eastbourne corner that you mention, K.F.C.-formerly a caravan park mentioned in one of my journals etc),only people that have "been there; done that" can fill the gaps.
In regard to William Chatfield, he had been a fisherman before becoming a shopkeeper,living in a hut on the foreshore which was probably taken over by a (Swede)who is mentioned by Vin Burnham in his memories of Rosebud in the early days. Vin (Owen) had forgotten his surname but I've got it somewhere.(Axel Vincent!)
See "Life in Rosebud in the early years: by Vin Burnham | steveburnham.net
By Owen Vincent (Vin) Burnham. Unknown-3 When I was quite young (about seven, early 1920s) the Nepean Highway was a gravel and dirt road right up to ..."
In seeking information about William Chatfield, I made the fascinating discovery that residents of Rosebud West and Tootgarook had decided to call the area "Eastbourne".
At a public meeting held at Eastbourne a committee of management, consisting of Messrs D.Cairns, W.Chatfield, F.Luscombe, and W.Truman, was formed to take over control of portion of the foreshore between Rye and Rosebud. It was decided to name the locality Eastbourne.
Eastbourne is the name given to his West Rosebud grant by Sidney Smith Crispo and used by Edward Williams, his great friend when he took over the property before Crispo's death in 1899. Williams had a new limestone homestead built at 17 William Crescent, and the name now applies to the primary school and Eastbourne Rd as well as the historic house.
Eleanora Davey Cairns lived at Eleanora, which was also built in the early 1900's and having been donated to the Alfred Hospital as a nurses' refuge,is now part of the Rosebud Hospital. Luscombe might have been a poultry farmer at Rosebud West,perhaps on "Woyna" east of the Truemans Rd corner. William Trueman had the eastern half of the land granted to his father,James. This land was later occupied by poultry farmer, Alf Doig, who was responsible for the area west of Truemans Rd being officially named Tootgarook. It is possible that the shire had denied a request for Eastbourne as an official name because of possible confusion with another place in Victoria of that name. (The Pascoe Vale Girls' School, established in a prominent house named Mt. Sabine could not be given that name because of such a situation.)
In the Sands and McDougall directory of 1950,Bartholomew P. Rogers is listed as a Rosebud resident and M.Moser, motor garage,was one of 24 Rosebud West residents. Also listed under Rosebud were Charles W. and Ernest H.Munday.
One thing I need to establish is the location of the Narooma Guest House. Jim Dryden said it was between First Avenue and Boneo Rd but his brother, Bill, claims it was on the site of McDonalds.
What I would like to do is write a journal about Rosebud, featuring your families, in the form of a conversation. In other words,to copy and paste our conversation, deleting any info of a private nature or that you don't want published. Something like MOSER, ROGERS AND MUNDAY MEMORIES OF ROSEBUD,VIC., AUST. How does that appeal to you?
Eastbourne Rd was a government road shown in the survey of the parish of Wannaeue. In about 1900,It was known as Ford's Lane because of Cr William Ford who had earlier owned the Wannaeue Estate bounded by Jetty Rd, Hiscock Rd (which continued eastward to the Old Cape Schanck/Jetty Rd corner), Boneo Rd and Eastbourne Rd. Later it was owned by Jack Raper (apparently pronounced Roper for obvious reasons)and the lane was known to locals as Roper's Lane by such as Ray Cairns and Bill Dryden.Jack built the house on the east side of the Olympic Park driveway in which Bart Rogers lived. Its demolition illustrates how little effort the shire has made to document Rosebud's heritage; thank goodness my curiosity has saved the Boyd Cottage in Rosebud Pde!
My father has given me some names and places you may be interested in.
I also know other old locals if you would like their input as well.
Narooma Guest house was on the corner of 4th Avenue where the current Safeway Petrol Station is. Dad also mentioned an old lady that used to live in quite a substantial house on the foreshore where the current Village Green is. He doesn't remember her name but she used to cut men's hair during WW2. She boarded a man by the name of Bucher who drowned when he fell in a drain. (As the village Green was the footy ground, the house probably adjoined the eastern end of it-itellya.)
(TROVE. ROSEBUD. MAN'S BODY IN CANAL
The body of Lewis Thomas Bucher, 71, of Rosebud was found in a drainage canal near his home yesterday. He had
been missing from his home since Monday. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
(P.6, Argus, 23-6-1948.) N.B. The drain was probably Chinaman's Creek. itellya.)
On the current site of Woolworths next to Rosebud Primary School there was the Presbyterian Church and a menswear that used to be owned by the Weatherheads. This was moved to its current site. Patterson's garage also used to reside there (woollies site).
Where there is a doctors surgery near the site of the old Rosebud tennis courts, this used to be the Methodist Church.
Dad mentioned Bill Paige. Frank Whittaker owned a furniture shop amongst other things. Bobby Weatherhead, Ernie Jensen, Bruce Jensen who was a Panel Beater and Micky Dark. I haven't been able to establish if my great grandparents knew the people who you asked about but dad played cricket or baseball (forgotten) with the army person you mentioned. Happy to have the information I provided in the journal.
It's not often that I base a new journal on just one incident. There are six people mentioned in this story, an Australia-wide hero in 1905, a renowned wooden boat builder, an un-named Greek fisherman, the son of a circa 1871 Dromana pioneer, a boy who saved a life shortly before leaving for America (1918) and achieving fame and the son of one of the PIONEERING NEIGHBOURS NEAR CARRIGG ST,DROMANA.
The funny thing is that I would never have found this story if I had not been contacted by Shah about her ancestors who arrived in Rosebud in about 1938. Her father had not known Bill Chatfield of Rosebud West to be a fisherman and I told her that Bill's fishing operation was taken over by a Swede,but like Vin Burnham in his memoirs of life in early Rosebud,I couldn't remember his name. (I just remembered that it was Axel Vincent!)
In the hope of finding it,I did a search for "Rosebud, fisherman" on trove.
DRIFTING TOWARDS HEADS
MOTOR BOAT IN DIFFICULTIES.
A strong easterly wind, a choppy sea, A motor engine in need of repair, and a lucky escape were the chief features of an unpleasant experience which befell Mr Ernest Rudduck, a well-known grocer of Dromana, on the Bay last evening. Intending to have the engine repaired at Rosebud Mr Rudduck arranged with an elderly Greek fisherman to tow the boat, but he started from the Dromana pier alone shortly before 6 p.m., presumably
through a misunderstanding. The Greek failed to overtake the boat, and as the wind increased in force, Mr Rudduck was soon in difficulties. A return to Dromana was impossible, and to continue to drift meant increasing the danger of his already perilous position.
Observing Mr Rudduck's plight from the pier, Ewart Brindle, a lad of about 12, rode to Rosebud on a bicycle to seek assistance. A few minute after his arrival William Ferrier and Mitchell Lacco, well-known fishermen, John McLear, grocer, and Brindle were facing the gale in a fishing boat, and being drenched to the skin as the waves dashed over the vessel.
When the motor boat was reached it was drifting rapidly in the direction ofthe Heads, and had the rescue been delayed the incident might have been attended by still more unpleasant effects. The fishing boat, however, towed it safely to the Rosebud jetty, where the little group of watchers congratulated Mr Rudduck on his escape, and warmly commended the rescuers on their skilful handling of the boat in the trying circumstances.
Ferrier and Lacco are noted for their fearlessness at sea. Some years ago when the barque La Bella was wrecked offWarrnambool, and when all others considered it suicidal to attempt a rescue, Ferrier rowed to the scene of the disaster in a dinghy saving three of those on board. For his courage the citizens presented him with a purse of sovereigns.
(P.4,The Ballarat Courier, 24-1-1916.)
Ewart Brindle was more likely on the pier to sketch vessels sailing past rather than fishing. It hardly seems to have been a day for fishing. Twenty or so years after leaving Dromana,he produced a fabulous map of Dromana that is a history on its own. This map is available from the Dromana Historical Society. With such fabulous recall,his omission of his heroic deed from his recollections of his days as a schoolboy at Dromana, must have been due to modesty. See my journal THE FAMED MELBOURNE BRINDLE.
FREDERICK VINE (VEAN)THE UN-NAMED GREEK FISHERMAN.
Much information about Fred and his stepdaughter Mary B.Stone (a.k.a. Polly Vine)is given in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD. Fred was one of the original grantees in the Rosebud Fishing Village but was associated with Dromana from early days,Vine being one of the original names on the Dromana State School roll in 1873,the Rosebud school opening a decade later. Fred later lived in a hut on the Dromana foreshore,roughly opposite Seacombe St. How would I know this? Melbourne Brindle's map,of course! There is a photo of Mary in Peter's book and one of Fred on page 73 of Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.
Son of Nelson and Jane Sophia Rudduck, Ernie expanded the family business to Rosebud and when the shop was burnt in a bushfire, he soon replaced it. He leased the shop to Rosebud residents. Nelson was the grantee of two Rosebud Fishing Village blocks and donated one of them for the Methodist Church. Three reminders of the Rudduck family in Dromana are the beautiful two-storey Piawola, on the highway just east of Arthur St, Karadoc St on "Karadoc" (as is also the vacant paddock donated by the family for the Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital) and Ruddock Square on the foreshorejust east of the Pier.
See my journal WILLIAM FERRIER: AUSTRALIA-WIDE HERO IN 1905. William sailed out to the wreck with his disabled arm strapped to the mast. Despite this error,the article does credit to the journalist.
I've written a journal about the Laccos. Fort Lacco married a King girl whose sister married a Greek fisherman who probably died after their son, Tony, was born. His mother, Emily, later became Mrs Durham and Tony adopted this surname. Emily later owned Fort's Rosebud Fishing Village block on the east side of Durham Place. Tony's grand daughter was Judith Mavis Cock,better known as Judith Durham of The Seekers. The Laccos are revered as builders of wooden boats and the Rosebud Chamber of Commerce has installed a wooden statue of Mitch Lacco on the Murray-Anderson Rd corner, just across that road from thesite of his boat building premises. Mitchell St may have been named after Mitch.
John McLear married Janet Cairns of Boneo and settled just east of the Dromana Hotel. With Harry Copp and Dohn Griffith,he was one of Dromana's professional fishermen. As he was about 70 at the time of this incident,and died in 1918,it was more likely his son, John (Nip), aged 32, who took part in the rescue. I quote from page 104 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.
John (Nip) lived out his life at his father's home.He was Ern Rudduck's right-hand man in the (Dromana) Jetty Store for forty years or more and roved to him in the local football team.... In earlier days he had fished with his father. At one stage he drove Rudduck's grocery cart around the mountain bringing supplies to customers.
As Ernie Rudduck's wife's family seems to have arrived in Dromana not long before W.W.1, the four heroes probably also ensured the lives of Ernie's three children: Rene (Mrs King)who died at Mt Martha in 1988, Grenfell, a very prominent architect honoured by a plaque near Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, and Jack, who starred in sport and academics at Wesley College and was the school captain before becoming a pioneer of the great Australian outback. Jack was killed in 1956 while accompanying his sick youngest daughter on a Flying Doctor plane; it crashed in a violent storm and all aboard were killed.(A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)
Red Hill and Main Ridge residents don't have the same access to local papers as Peninsula coastal dwellers but thanks to the Red Hill District Lions Club,they enjoy the HILL 'N' RIDGE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER. The September 2013 issue has an article by Bev. Laurissen (a descendant of Sarah Wilson,subject of one of my journals)about the Bayne family. I will quote it in full for the benefit of those not fortunate enough to live at Red Hill or Main Ridge.
BAYNES ROAD RED HILL SOUTH. Located behind RedHill Village shops from Shoreham Road to Point Leo Road.
When William Bayne decided to leave Perthshire Scotland I wonder if he thought he would have a road named in his honour.
William,his wife Annie and daughter Ellen, arrived in Melbourne on the "David Fleming" from Liverpool in November 1859. William had sent his two sons James and John ahead. They had arrived on the "Ida" a month earlier. The boys were listed as labourers, but William was a farmer as well as a skilled stonemason.
William and family settled in the Dromana area. It didn't take himlong to find work. In 1861 William was awarded thecontract to build the Electric Telegraph Office at Mornington for 861 pounds. This is now the home of the Mornington Historical Society,pictured below (in the newsletter.)
He also set about becoming a farmer in his new country.
In 1862, William had a lease on 208 acres close along the west side of Shoreham Road in the Parish of Balnarring. The family acquired more land in the parishes of Flinders and Wannaeue and by 1874 had possession of most of the land on both sides of Shoreham Road to Punty Lane. When William died in 1889 he left his extensive landholding to his wife and family. Annie died in 1891 and her share went to her children. Ellen married Tom Eynon (pronounced Eenon)and lived on the property below Shands Road,nearer to Shoreham. Today, longstanding Red Hill folk remember the hill below Red Hill Estate as Eynon's Hill*. James and John were bachelors. James died in 1913: John in 1915 and members of the family are buried in the Flinders Cemetery.
After John died his land was auctioned. In the Peninsula Post April 1916, the substantial holding of over 300 acres of his rich farm and orchard areas, seaside blocks etc in and around Red Hill, Shoreham and Flinders were listed for sale. Some of the land listed was the original land owned by William. These were "the 208 acres A and B, Crown allotment 78 parish of Balnarring, situated opposite the well known Simpson's Orchard and within one mile from the proposed Red Hill Railway. Lot D was 142 acres of Crown allotment 89 opposite the last named commanding beautiful views of Westernport bay."
This early settler family is now remembered only by a road name.
Thanks so much for this great information, Bev!
*Not being aware of the topography, I can only surmise that Eynon's Hill was on 66B or 65 Balnarring.
Baynes Rd was part of Shoreham Rd until 1921 when the Country Road Board built a deviation from the west end of the station in c/a 74K Red Hill Village Settlement and through the McConnell grant, c/a 75,reaching its farthest point west at Beaulieu Rd (named after the native abode of the Nash family) which is called Simpson Rd east of the deviation. The land between the original road and the deviation was purchased by one of the Simpsons. (See the JOSEPH SIMPSON entry in my journal DROMANA PIONEER PATHWAY.)
The 208 acre property advertised in 1916 was 76 AB, not 78AB at the south corner of Stanleys and Red Hill Rds, granted to W.Gibson (A.190 acres; see DROMANA PIONEER PATHWAY) and J.B.Journeaux (B1. 95 acres.) The mistake was probably caused by a hard-to-read parish map used by the auctioneer or the Post's typesetter.
THE BAYNE GRANTS. (C/A; ACRES; GRANTEE; DATE OF ISSUE OF GRANT; LOCATION.)
76 AB; 104a. 0r. 18p. each; W.Bayne; no date; Cherry, Allorn, Russell Rds and Webb St area,Melway 190 J 10.
89B; 142a. 1r. 21p.; W. Bayne; 8-9-1880; between Pine Ave and Oceanview Ave with s/e boundary of c/a 89 (including Joseph Simpson's 89A) being a line between the bends just west of 202 Pt Leo Rd and 19 Oceanview Ave.
90 and 91; 322a. 0r. 19 p.; J&J.Bayne; 4-9-1879; fronting sth. side Oceanview Ave and Shoreham Rd with s/e boundary indicated by a line from Punty Lane corner to Rahona Rd corner.
66 B; 39a. 3r. 26p.;H.Bayne; 24-4-1889; between Shoreham Rd and Stony Ck with road frontage opposite No 49 and including No 58,roughly 255 J2. (South of 66A, granted to George Wilson, son of SARAH WILSON.)
65; 99A. 3R. 23P.; Helen Bayne; 14-3-1881; east of 66B, between 58 Shoreham Rd and Punty Lane.
64A; 69a. 3r. 26p.;John Bayne; 14-3-1881; east of Punty Lane to Stony Creek at 256 B/C4 border and 30 Shoreham Rd.
No grants found until I read the Mornington Standard advertisement of 1916. See locations after this advertisement. Most were very early grants.
24D, section B.; 84a.1r.22p. J.Bayne; 18-1-1905; fronting east side Purves Rd between bend in 171 F2 and Whites Rd, roughly 171G 2-3.
23A1,section B.; 52a. 1r. 8p.; J. Bayne; 18-1-1905; fronting south side of Whites Rd to middle of 171 J4. Southern boundary is an extension of the northern boundary of Austplan Nurseries to the east.
William Bayne was obviously still using his building skills in 1874 when he was a witness in the case of the Schnapper Point Murder.
(THE SCHNAPPER POINT MURDER. (BY OUR SPECIAL REPORTER.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 14 September 1874 p 6 Article.)
John Bayne, of Shoreham, farmer,left real estate valued at £2947 and personal estate valued at £924. Testator bequeaths certain allotments of land at Balnarring to a friend, the residue of the estate to the Melbourne Hospital. (P.24, Weekly Times, 4-3-1916.)
A quiet wedding took place on Tuesday at the residence of Mr. Bayne,when Miss H. Bayne and Mr. T.Henan were joined together in the holy bonds of matrimony. The Rev.Somerville performed the pleasing ceremony. When they returned on Saturday a number of the young fellows accompanied with their usual instruments, gave them the usual salutation. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 21-3-1895.)
JOHN BAYNE'S LAND WAS ALSO ADVERTISED IN THE MORNINGTON STANDARD. (Excerpt only.)
Red Hill District.
A.-146 acres, 2 roods, 30 perches being Crown Allotments 23A1 and 24D,parish of Wannaeue, situated in Purves
road about 3.5 miles from Dromana and proposed Red Hill Railway Station. A fine block, partly fenced, with timber largely killed, comprising a nice slope and rich flats, watered by a good creek and carrying rough natural grasses, the soils being chocolate and grey and well adapted for orchard and other purposes.
B. 73 acres. 1 rood, 16 perches, allotment 23A, section A, parish of Flinders, with long frontage to Main Creek and Dromana and Flinders road. A good irrigable block with rich soils.
C.-208 acres, subdivisions A and B of allotment 76, parish of Balnarring, situated opposite the well-known Simpson's Orchard and within 1 mile of the proposed Red Hill Railway Station. The land is fenced and nearly all cleared with the exception of a few dead trees and logs, with good soils, watered by Creeks and Springs. This land is exceptionally adapted for Strawberry and Orchard purposes or for subdivision into small blocks for which the demand is increasing greatly in the locality.
D.-142 acres, 1 rood 21 perches, being Crown allotment 89B, parish of Balnarring, situated immediately opposite the last named. A fine block, commanding beautiful views of Westernport and having fine eastern slopes and good flats watered by permanent creek.
E.--197 acres, 2 roods. 20 perches, being Crown allotment 20, section A, parish of Flinders, fronting the Merimendicwokewoke Creek and close to the Main Coach road to Bittern and Flinders, 3 miles from Flinders and adjoining the well-known property of Mr Henry Tuck. A splendid, partly cleared, but practically virgin block, with rich chocolate soils, very suitable for a growth of English grass, root crops, etc, and well-known in years past for its fattening qualities, though now partly overgrown with sapling timber.
F.-381 acres. 1 rood, 12 perches, being Crown allotment 18 and 19, section A, parish of Flinders, adjoining the last mentioned, and fronting the Dromana and Flinders road, close to the well-known properties of Dr. Spark and Mr Beecher with good chocolate soils, fenced and partly cleared, and watered by the Merimendicwokewoke and Cotton Creeks. This is also a fine block and suitable for cultivation and subdivision.N B.-Together with last-mentioned it would make a fine area for subdivision into orchard and agricultural blocks.
G.-19 acres, 2 roods, 18 perches, being Crown allotment 2 and 3, township of Balnarring, at Shoreham, situated close to the charming sea-side residence of Mr Churnside, and also to the pier, school, post-office, etc., commanding uninterrupted views of the Bay. Phillip Island, etc. This is a very attractive block and the
only one available on the shore frontage.
H.-1 acre, 3 roods, 10 perches, being allotment 9A, at Shoreham, parish of Flinders, fronting Flinders road and forming a choice week-end block.
I.--69 acres, 3 roods, 26 perches, being Crown allotment 64A, parish of Balnarring, situated on the Red Hill to Shoreham roads, comprising a commanding chocolate soil hill* and rich flats, nearly all cleared and-fenced, watered by permanent creek and overlooking Westernport. This is both an ideal residential and a first class farm block. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 15-4-1916.)
*This would probably be Henan's (Eynon's) Hill.
PARISH OF FLINDERS AND BALNARRING TOWNSHIP LAND.
23A, Section A.(Lot B, 73 acres.)There was no crown allotment 23A. Crown allotment 23 of 159a.1r.26p. was granted to Edmond Riley and must have been subdivided. c/a 23 is roughly Melway 256 B-E8.
20, Section A. (Lot E, 197 acres.)Granted to William Bayne on 7-7-1863. Roughly 255 G10.
18, Section A.(Lot F.) Granted to James Bayne on 28-8-1878. Roughly 255 H9.
19, Section A. (Lot F.)Granted to James Bayne on 28-8-1878. Roughly 255 J11.
C/A18 and 19 fronted the south side of Punty Lane from Musk Creek Rd to Merimendiewokewoke Creek, and south east of them was c/a 20 which extended south east to adjoin Henry Tuck's 20A about 80 metres past No 95 Musk Creek Rd.
C/a 2 and 3, Balnarring Township (Lot G, 19 acres)were at the end of Shoreham Rd in the parish of Balnarring. Townships almost always straddled a stream which was often,as in this case, a parish boundary. J.Bayne was granted all but one of the seven township blocks (most on 9-7-1869), lot 4 being acquired by lime merchant W.A.Blair. Lots 2 and 3 were between Prout Webb and Cliff Rds, south east of the Steen Ave house blocks.
9A, Shoreham in the parish of Flinders (Lot H) was part of the same township and was granted to J.Bayne on 19-9-1871. Being triangular it had the whole frontage on the north side of Higgins Lane, a fair frontage to Stony Creek but none to the main road.
Mornington News 10-9-2013. "100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK."
A meeting of the Beachdale Progress Association was held at Latimer's store etc.
Where the hell was Beachdale? Beachdale was the original name of Seaford!
Moved by Mr Hall, and seconded by Mr Erwin, " that the name of the
Association be changed from Beachdale to Seaford, which is the name of the new station." Carried.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 8-11-1913.)
How long had residents called the area "Beachdale" and who were they? This was the article reproduced in the Mornington News,which would have been useless for family historians researching Seaford pioneers unless they knew the area's original name.
Beachdale Progress Association.
A meeting of the above association was held at Mrs Latimer's store on the 6th inst, when there was a large
attendance of members, and the following business was transacted:
Mr Martin moved that the secretary (Mr Wilson) interview Cr Ritchie, and point out that the Government reserve between the railway line and Kananook Creek may be suitable for an approach to the new railway station, from Martin's road, instead of a road to the east of the line; also to urge the opening up at once of the entrance to the station from Broughton's road. Mr McInnis seconded the motion, which was carried.
Mr Hall moved that the Hon. A. Downward. M.L A., be asked to assist in securing a school for the district. Mr McInnis seconded the motion, which was carried.
Mr Klauer moved, and Mr Martin seconded, that the secretary write to the secretary of the Carrum Downs Progress Association, requesting a delegate to attend next meeting, to confer to Abbott's road, which is a new outlet to the new station.Carried.
Mr Klauer moved, and Mr Roche seconded, that the secretary write to the proper authorities, and ask that a
quantity of scrub cut and stacked on the Government reserve, between the creek and railway line, near the new
station, be removed, as it is a harbour for fires.-Carried. Mr Wilson drew attention to what he considered a criminal neglect on the part of the authorities in allowing such a quantity of dry wood and rubbish to gather on the foreshore, between Frankston and Carrum. Should a fire start through some careless person there would be no possible chance of saving the whole of the reserve. Houses are now being erected on the opposite side of the road to the reserve, and the owners are in constant dread for fear of a fire starting in the reserve and sweeping all before it. Other members spoke, supporting Mr Wilson's contention.
Mr Wilson then moved that the Frankston Council be urged to form a deputation and wait on the proper authorities, with the view of having what is now a wilderness transformed into a beautiful seaside park of Mel-
bourne, of which thousands of city people would gladly take advantage of during the summer months. Mr M'Innes seconded the motion, which was carried. (P.3,Mornington Standard, 13-9-1913.)
Beachdale Progress Association.
On the 2nd inst the Beachdale Progress Association again met at Mrs Latimer's store. The President, Mr.H. Broughton, occupied the chair. Mr Martin moved that the secretary write to the Frankston council and ask that their officers pay a visit of inspection to roads leading to the new station between Carrum and Frankston.-Mr McInnis seconded the motion, which was carried. The President (Mr Broughton) moved that the Railway Commissioners be asked to erect a milk dock at the new station.--Mr Martin seconded the motion, which was carried. Mr Wilson (secretary) moved that a letter of thanks from the association be forwarded to the-Hon. A. Downward, M.LA., for the great amount of work and trouble he had to secure the erection of the new station between Frankston and Carrum.-Mr McInnes seconded the motion, which was carried. Mr Wilson (secretary) moved that the Frankston Council be written to with the view of urging the Government to clear all dead timber and
rubbish from the Government Reserve, which extends along the beach between Carrum and Frankston, and thereby make it a beautiful seaside park, which would be visited by thousands from the city every summer. Also to have notices posted cautioning persons from lighting fires. The cost of clearing the dead timber would be paid for by selling the timber gathered for firewood. Also, it would give employment to numbers of persons.-Mr Klauer seconded the motion, which was carried. Mr Martin moved that the Education Department be again written to,
with the view of obtaining land for a school -Mrs Latimer seconded the motion, which was carried.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 9-8-1913.)
No wonder the progress association was willing to change its name. Beachdale was not a traditional name for the area and was only used for about two months. It would seem that the council was allowed to choose the name of the new council and decided on the one which recalled Assistant Aboriginal Protector, William Thomas, wading waist deep across the Kannanook Creek, at the north end of Long Island, in 1839 on the way to his protectorate at Kangerong.
BEACHDALE PROGRESS ASSOCIATION.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,-As secretary of our newly formed Beachdale Progress Association between Frankston and Carrum I have been instructed to furnish you with a few particulars. The new railway station between Frankston and Carrum will be completed in about 6 weeks. It will be the means of opening up without exception the finest beach in the Commonwealth. The public during the summer months will find the benefit of 2 miles of beautiful shelter, the ti-tree being all Government reserve. No such advantages are to be had at other watering places. Therefore, this new station should be one of the busiest on this seaside line. I might state that a name has not yet been selected for the new station, but several names are at present being considered by the Frankston council.
A very large gathering of residents met on the 11th last at Mr Latimer's store and a progress association was quietly formed, Mr Harry Broughton being elected first President and Mr W. Wilson secretary and treasurer. The name of Beachdale was selected as the name of the progress association,pending the naming of the station. Business was gone into and the Education Department is to be urged to open a school. Aspendale, Chelsea and Carrum Progress Associations have done a great deal for those parts, and before very long our Beachdale Association should be one of power.
Yours, etc., W. WILSON, Secretary of Progress Association.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 19-7-1913.)
The Seaford Post Office opened on 6 March 1914. (Wikipedia.)
MR COPPIN AND SORRENTO.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir.-In your issue of the 18th May Mr Coppin is called the discoverer of Sorrento. This is a mistake. When
the Hon. James Grant was Minister of Lands and Survey, Mr Charles Gavan Duffy and` Mr Blair, lime merchant,
each applied fpr the site of Sorrento, no doubt on account of the limestone in the ground, but by some oversight, it could not be discovered who had made the first application, and a long dispute arose, appearing in the press at the time. But as both applicants had much land I wrote to Mr Grant, and suggested the site should be cut up into small lots and put up at £4 an acre, so as to give other people a chance to get land.
This was done, and a Government township surveyed, and a jetty built. Mr Kerferd and Mr Anderson, Commissioner of Trade and Customs were the first to build houses, and then I believe followed the Sorrento hotel. Who built next I do not know, but old Sorrento residents may be able to supply the information. Some considerable
time afterwards Mr George Coppin got a company to promote journeys to the Back Beach, but at that time the
cost of steamboat fares was £1, and I wrote to Mr Coppin suggesting that his company should run a steamer at
reduced fares, after trying to get the fares reduced without result. Mr Coppin's company, after a time, bought and ran the Golden Crown, and reduced the fares to 3s 6d. This made the place go ahead quickly, and great credit is due to Mr Coppin and his Coy. Mr Duffy suggested the name Sorrento as he had been travelling in Italy, and named it after a town there. Long before Sorrento was founded I tried to start a town for summer resort threemiles east of Sorrento, but no lots were sold at that time. After Sorrento started I sold many lots. Canterbury never became a township, being eclipsed by Sorrento. Some place Mr Duffy, and some Mr Coppin as the founder of Sorrento, but no one has placed Mr Grant or myself in that position.
(Crispo should have stuck to his own experience because he concluded by giving the wrong origin of Dromana's name, supplied by an Italian. Drom is a Celtic word for hill and Dromana is of Irish origin.)
S. S. CRISPO.
Rye. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 1-6-1899.)
Duffy and Blair had been fighting court battles over land before Crispo suggested the village of Sorrento be created.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 15 January 1869 p 6 Article
... dummies, preferred against Mr. C. G. Duffy And Mr.W.A.Blair., Yesterday the decision of the ... Blair against the Hon. Mr. Duffy, and tho other a counter-charge brought by Mr. Duffy Against Mr. Blair. The charge in each case is one that is commonly called dummy ism. It has been referred to ... 3570 words
Crown Lands Office, Melbourne,
December 21, 1869
A SALE of CROWN LANDS by public auction will be held at 2 o'clock on Friday, 11th January,1S70, at the auction rooms of Mostró. Gemmell,Tuckott, and Co, Colllns-ntreet west, Melbourne,
The following lots will bo offered :
Sorrento, oounty of Mornington, parish of Nepean, on Port fhillip Bay, at Point Sorrento. Upset price,
£1 per acre. Allotments Í to 6, Sec. 1 ; 1 to 8, Sec.
2. Dr. 8p. to la. ICp.
County of Mornington, parish of Ncpoan, adjoining the last-named lot«, on Port Phillip lUy. Upset price,
£3 per acre. Allotments 1 to 12, 9.1 to 16A, 13 to 30, la 8r. 17p. to 0a. 2r. IE 4-10p.
, Piano and Information can be obtained at tho Crown Land Office, Molbourno.
(P.7, Argus, 10-1-1870.)
Extract from: It's a Small World - Vicnet
IT'S A SMALL WORLD
Since I began entering the details of our pioneering ancestors into the records from 1977 onwards, there have been many amazing co-incidences and stories that have emerged, but none more so than the tale which can now be told.
Two men - James Sandle Ford, baptised on 12th of May, 1811, at Havant, Hampshire, England, and Samuel Morey, baptised on 2nd of May, 1811, also of Havant, Hampshire, were among a large group of men who were convicted at the Winchester Assizes on 30th of December, 1830, on a charge of machine breaking. Both men were sentenced to seven years transportation per the ship "Eliza II" (3rd voyage), which arrived at Hobart, Van Diemen's Land on the 26th May, 1831.
It is known that James Sandle Ford received a Free Pardon on the 3rd February, 1836 and that he left Launceston, VDL for Melbourne, Port Phillip, on 9th December, 1836, per the vessel "Enterprise".
Meanwhile, Samuel Morey was married at Hobart, VDL on 2nd May, 1836 to Catherine Travers. It is not yet known how or when they crossed to Melbourne.
James Sandle Ford was married on 8th February, 1841 at St. Francis' Roman Catholic Church, Melbourne, to Hannah Sullivan and Samuel Morey and his wife, Catherine, were the witnesses.
James Sandle Ford died on 18th July, 1890 at Portsea, Victoria; his wife Hannah having died there on 15th December, 1878.
Dennis and Honora Sullivan arrived at The Heads in about 1843(from memory) and their daughter, Hannah, married James Sandle Ford. They had probably met in Melbourne where some Sullivans had astounded everyone with their giant cucumber and an Honora Sullivan had committed an offence against the Masters and Servants Act,leaving the employer with whom she had undertaken a contract to serve another who had offered her more money. (BEARBRASS and EARLY MELBOURNE.) It is extremely likely that cucumber-growers were the elderly Dennis Sullivan and his children. If so their horticultural skills were extremely handy for James Sandle Ford who supplied vegetables and other produce to the Quarantine Station, which displaced the Sullivan family. Patrick Sullivan moved the family to the Rye area, married William Grace's daughter and later built the Gracefield Hotel on the site of the present Rye Hotel. When Patrick died,the management of the lime kiln (on The Dunes golf course site) was left in the hands of Antonio "Albas*" while his son James concentrated on firewood for bakers' ovens in Melbourne and the Gracefield Hotel. Later Mrs Weir (a Sullivan girl) ran the hotel for many years.
*It was stated in Lime Land Leisure that the kiln manager might have actually been Tony Salvas; such misinformation was the reason I wrote my first FAMILY TREE CIRCLES journal, about Antonio Albress!
The Farnsworth Track - Visit Mornington Peninsula
The first European explorers described the Nepean Peninsula as park-like, with Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticilla) and Moonah (Melaleuca lanceolata) interspersed with grassy clearings. When Lieutenant John Murray aboard the Lady Nelson entered Port Phillip Bay in 1802 he described the topography of the southern shore as . . . bold and high land with stout trees of various kinds ... The trees are at a good distance apart and no brush intercepts you. This timber was rapidly cleared when European settlers came; larger grazing areas were required, fence posts and firewood were needed, and the Sheoak was used to burn limestone to make lime for
the Melbourne building industry.
Arriving in 1840, James Sandle Ford was the districts first successful settler. Convicted of machine breaking in the agricultural unrest in southern England in 1830, he had been transported to Van Diemens Land, then pardoned before finding his way to the Peninsula.
He named the area Portsea after his home town in England and his energy and enterprise were soon evident, as he shipped lime to Melbourne and supplied produce to the nearby Quarantine Station established in 1852.
The Farnsworth family
The local Farnsworth family originated from John Farnsworth, who built some notable Sorrento and Portsea houses; the Sorrento Hotel and the Nepean Hotel, Portsea. John married James Fords daughter, Anne. Their son John Nepean Farnsworth farmed the area between Campbells Road and Portsea Golf Course (north of the walking track) and operated a horse-drawn transport business. Twentieth-century developments were introduced by John Nepeans two sons John James and Harry, who developed an extensive transport business.
John James Farnsworth (1902 -1984) had a long and active association with the district. After the Second
World War he established a red bus service linking Sorrento and Portsea via Mt Levy. He is mainly remembered for the Sorrento- Portsea-Queenscliff ferry service that he initiated in 1953 with the Judith Ann; he worked actively on the ferries until 1979. His desire to encourage more people to share the beauty of the ocean beach led to a long involvement with the former Ocean Park Committee.
MORE PORTSEA MEMORIES...
THE VILLAGE OF THE FORTIES
By B.H. McKERNAN
My grandfather, James Sandle Ford, with his wife and several young children settled at Portsea in the forties and named it after Portsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. At that time is was open well grassed country without tea-tree. After getting a home together my grandfather began to rear cattle and horses. The cattle he sold as meat to the shiploads of early settlers who landed in the adjacent quarantine station where they had to stay till granted a clean bill of health before proceeding up the bay to Sandridge. After weary months on board ship they
must have enjoyed fresh meat and eggs and butter from the dairy of my grandfather. The horses were driven in large mobs to Melbourne to be sold.
My father Alfred Ford was born in Portsea in 1850 and he lived most of his life there till his death in 1928. He often told us of his first visit to Melbourne at the age of 11 years, when he rode on horseback with some of his father's stockmen who were taking a mob of horses to be sold. When they reached the city they had great trouble in getting the horses safely across the ford at the Yarra where Princes Bridge now stands. My father spent some of his time fishing at this ford.
From the cottage in which he lived my grandfather built the present Nepean Hotel which has been added to and increased. It remained in his family for many years being kept by himself, a son and a son in-law for some years. It changed hands about 30 years ago. It again came into the family being bought by a son-in law John Cain whose daughters still own and conduct it. John Farnsworth who afterward married a daughter of James Ford and died there last year and whose son became a coach proprietor was the contractor and builder who erected the Nepean Hotel and houses owned at present by Mrs O'Hara (previously owned by Mr Ross Cox) and Mr Le Souef (originally built for Dr Robertson of St Kilda father of Dr W.Robertson of the Department of Agriculture) My grandfather reserved the beautiful block of land in front of the Nepean Hotel for a park and also built at his
own expense the first portion of the Portsea pier which extended to where the steps now are but was then deep enough to permit vessels such as the Golden Crown to load and unload their cargoes. He also built sea baths several piles of which are still standing and bathing boxes.
My father received his first education in a building which stood where some of the bungalows at Marshalls Hotel
now stand. The late Walter Knight, father of Charles Jack and Archie was also a scholar there. My father was
sent to school at Dromana later to finish his education. Later a school conducted by the late Mr and Mrs Hiskins was erected between Portsea and Sorrento where children of both places were taught. About 40 years ago a school was erected in the grounds of the quarantine station but it was not very satisfactory. When the quarantine station was closed during an epidemic the teacher stayed in quarantine and taught the children of the station hands. The few children who went from Portsea had to sit on a form outside the fence and receive their instruction,as well as the cane,from the mistress on the other side. The present State school built at Portsea about 17 years ago is really its first school.
The Lime Kilns...
Until all the limestone was taken from the ground lime burning was for many years the main industry. At one time my father had about 20 Chinese quarrying for him. The stone was burnt in kilns and sent to town in lime craft. As a child I remember going for our daily mail to the Nepean Hotel whither it was brought by coach from Dromana. It had been brought by another coach from Mornington where it had arrived by train. As there was not a post office the post mistress had a room at the Nepean Hotel. There was then not even the small wooden store which was afterward built by Mr Roberts and later bought by Mr W H Goss who enlarged it and had the post office transferred to where it now is.
My father told us that 60 years or more ago Portsea was the holiday rendezvous of men of letters learning and law from the city. Some of their descendants even to the fourth generation are still regular visitors. Before the death of the late Dr Fitchett there were four generations of his family there on holidays together.
More than 40 years ago Portsea became a garrison town. Barracks and fort were built and guns now long obsolete and dismantled were its pride and joy. For many years a company of permanent soldiers consisting of about 80 men and officers was stationed there. They were called the Victorian Permanent Artillery. Many had served in British regiments and it was a great delight to us children to see them march to the pier headed by the band which was sometimes stationed at Portsea. They wore navy uniforms well tailored with white helmets and white gloves. Once a month they boarded the little Mars or Vulcan to attend a full dress parade at Queenscliff. For many years now the barracks and fort have been deserted and left in charge of one gunner.
In the early days people came for a change and a rest, and wore their oldest clothes. When mixed bathing began,
about 35 years ago, and the women wore bathing gowns from neck to ankle, how horrified the inhabitants were to see them bathing by the pier with their menfolk clad only in bathing trunks! In spite of all the crowds which have bathed at Portsea, there has never been a drowning accident, which speaks well for the safety of the beaches. When one sees service cars arriving and departing frequently throughout the day one thinks how means
of transport have improved during the last 30 years. During the winter months, from May till November, one relied on the S.S.Dispatch, which called once a week, to get either to or from the city. This little steamer, calling at Queenscliff and Portsea on the way, was advertised to leave Melbourne for the Gippsland Lakes
every Saturday at 2 p.m, but on the amount of cargo to be loaded often depended the time of sailing. Given a favourable wind and tide, and not too much cargo to unload at Queenscliff,
the Dispatch arrived at Portsea at any time between 7 p.m. and midnight. This weekly arrival was the social event of the week. The village turned out and often waited for hours in the cold and wind on the pier or in the shed. On her return from Lakes Entrance the Dispatch was due to call at Portsea to pick up passengers and cargo at 9 a.m. on Thursday, which she did if weather permitted. Sometimes passengers waited for a couple of days on
the pier, and the Dispatch would pass through on Saturday morning without calling and go to town to set off on her weekly trip outward bound. The intending passengers then had to wait till the following Thursday for their trip to the city.
How eagerly the residents waited for the Hygeia or Ozone to commence the season on Derby Day! They ran for six
months until the end of April. Everybody turned out on Derby Day to meet the boat at Sorrento and to welcome
friends and relations whom they had not seen for six months. Visitors during the winter months were few and rare, though several families which had seaside cottages came for the midwinter holidays.
Mr. William B. Ford, late of the Nepean Hotel, Portsea, and a member of the Flinders Shire Council, committed suicide yesterday by cutting his throat. He was missed from his room by his wife, and upon a search being
made he was found with his face downwards on the floor, quite dead. The police immediately took possession of the place, and a magisterial inquiry will be held tomorrow. Troubles of a pecuniary nature are thought
to have been the cause of the fatal act.
The journalist beat the shire by thirty years in dropping Kangerong from its name!
William had lived on Wannaeue Station, bounded by Eastbourne, Jetty/Old Cape Schanck, Hiscock and Boneo Rd and had a hero, named William Salmon, as his cook.
SHIRE of FLINDERS and KANGERONG.-Notice is hereby given, that an ELECTION to fill an ordinary vacancy in the council for the West Riding of the above shire will be held on Thursday, the 9th day of August next.And I hereby appoint Tuesday, tho 31st inst, as the day before which, and my residence, Wannaeue, as the place at which, nominations of candidates, shall be delivered. WILLIAM FORD, Returning Officer.
The following account of the history of Portsea and Sorrento by Sidney H.Wilson is excellent although the newspaper ink must have been running short, resulting in about 1% of the digitised text resembling English.
ORTSEA and SORRENTO MEMORIES OF SIXTY YEARS AGO
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 12 March 1932 p 8 Article Illustrated.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 21 February 1877 Supplement: The Argus Summary for Europe p 1 Article
... age in March. He is employed as cook on the station of Mr. Ford, at Wannaeue, between Rye and ..
Apart from lime burners and James Ford, many early settlers in the Portsea/Sorrento area were fishermen. See my journal about the Watsons and Stirlings of Portsea and Sorrento. Don't forget to visit the Nepean Museum and John Watt's nearby limestone cottage. Oh,and one more thing, while there,the tramway station above the Sorrento pier.
If I interpret the following correctly, James Murray married James Sandle Ford's sister and James Ford's father had died the day after Murray, both being buried in the same grave,presumably on the Vic.market site.
CORONER'S INQUEST.-Yesterday a Coroner's Inquest was convened at Mr. Howard's Union Inn, Elizabeth-street, upon view of the body of Mr. James Murray, landlord of the Melbourne Tavern, Elizabeth-street, who died at the
station of his brother-in-law, Mr. Ford, at Point Nepean, on the evening of Wednesday last. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased had latterly been drinking to such an excess as to bring on an attack of delirium tremens. The jury returned as their verdict, " That the said James Murray died by the visitation of God whilst in a state of delirium tremens the effect of previous intemperance." It is a somewhat extraordinary coincidence that the father-in-law of the deceased expired four and twenty-hours after his son-in-law; he was an old man named Ford, and had been bed ridden for some time. They were yesterday both consigned to one tomb.
(P.2, Melbourne Argus,16-2-1847.)
THE EAST COAST OF PORT PHILLIP BAY, CHAPTER 6, WEST OF RYE 1840-1850, SORRENTO'S FIRST BABY,TYRONE AND BLAIRGOWRIE.
I have read much about the area west of Rye but as the Nepean Historical Society has published so many books, I never felt a need to write about the area and thus made no notes. Elizabeth McMeekin's THOSE COURAGEOUS HARDY WOMEN and Jennifer Nixon's FAMILY, CONNECTIONS, SORRENTO AND PORTSEA both give a comprehensive history of the Nepean Peninsula and its pioneers, with the Skelton family as a starting point.
Naturally, as I examined other areas and pioneers on trove, I found out things about this area that nobody had mentioned previously, so I will confine myself to this new information. Both of the above authors discussed Clark's Cottage, which was unfortunately demolished after the Clark family's Mornington Hotel had become the Koonya. Jennifer stated that the cottage was built in about 1850 by a Mr Wells, despite contrary claims.
This extract comes from THE WELLS STORY which is available online.
Henry Cadby Wells born in September 1820, in the Parish of Potterne, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, to Richard Wells, (who was well-known as Dick Wells in the coaching world as he drove the four-horse coach across Salisbury Plain when highwaymen were not uncommon); and his wife Martha, nee Cadby.
Henry Cadby Wells was a boot-maker, he married Hanna Hill on the 9-9-1839. In December 1839 the young couple boarded the ship 'ADROMACHE' in Plymouth and sailed to Australia. When the ship was just off the Isle of St. Paul, during a raging storm, a daughter was born. The little girl was named Mary, but at the suggestion of captain she was nick-named Polly. Sadly Polly did not live very long and was buried at sea. The ship arrived in Melbourne on the 28-6-1840 after being becalmed off Port Phillip Bay for several days, (source; Bert Polglase's book)
All ships at that time had to anchor in Hobson's Bay off shore from Williamstown; the emigrants were taken by boat along the lower Yarra towards Melbourne. Both banks of the river were then still densely covered with tea-tree and Wattle. At the township immigrants scrambled through mud, or as is recorded, 'grandfather had to carry his wife ashore through water waist-deep' to a landing bank on the north side, where warehouses, inns and stores were replacing earlier hovels along the west end of Flinders street. Slightly uphill from this flood prone area, Collins Street West had already developed into the main retail location, especially between Queen and King Streets. 'There were good shops with drugs, groceries, haberdashery, ironmongery; indeed each shop seemed to be quite an emporium', (wrote J.B.Were)
Henry and Hannah are believed to have made their way down to Frankston where they stayed for a short time This would require first crossing the river on a punt or a ferry as no bridge existed until the mid 1840s. They would then have travelled through virgin bush, either on horse back or perhaps with a horse and jinker or cart of some sort. They may have had some bullock tracks to follow, but we can be sure the track was slow and difficult. It probably took some days for the young couple, camping overnight along the way. One may wonder how many other travellers they might have met along the way, or did they only see Kangaroos, Wallabies, Dingoes and other wild life, as well as bird life and the Aborigines. No doubt there was also a large population of snakes.
They may have passed some of the 500,000 sheep and 15,000 cattle that were in Victoria by that time, the property of licensed squatters, (Old Melbourne Town; P. 8)
It is believed that after a short stay in Frankston, Henry and Hannah made their way down to Sorrento, they known as Point Nepean. They were blessed with another daughter, Mary Louise Wells, also nick-named 'Polly', born 7-6-1841 at Sorrento and Baptised in the Church of England, Parish of St. James on the 10-10-1841. Polly was the eldest of 13 children, having 12 brothers ! ! Polly is believed to have been the first white baby born to permanent settlers of the Mornington Peninsula.
Most of the following history comes from Robert Cadby Wells, published in the Frankston Standard, in 1951/52. He states his grandfather, Henry Cadby Wells went into partnership with ship mate Robert Rowley in the business of lime burning, "Robert Rowley and Richard Kenyon began the industry in Sorrento. The depresion of 1842/43 put most of these pioneers out of business. Gideon Lang's map of 1842, when he applied for leasehold of much vacant land on the Peninsula, showed none of the original names. By 1845 business had recovered and 17 kilns, each employing several men, hard at work burning lime between Rye and Portsea.
Robert also states his grandfather maintained an interest in the lime burning industry and travelled between Sorrento and Melbourne, staying at Frank Stone's hotel after whom Frankston was named.
In 1846 the family moved to Melbourne where Henry worked at his trade of boot-making, he had learnt the art of tanning and dressing leather; riding boots were in great demand in those days; these were his speciality. He was there for some years, then sold the business and started a similar one in St. Kilda. After a few more years Henry was ready for another change, so he sold out again and had a go at Cray fishing. he bought an up-to-date boat and gear and with ship mate friend Rowley went down to Western Port Bay to catch crayfish. From a money point of view this venture exceeded all expectations. After being there for a few months they decided to go home for a few days, which they did but extended their stay to seven days. they had made the fatal mistake of leaving the boat anchored in the bay. the tide in this bay has a rise and fall of about 8 feet, and consequently when the tide ebbed the boat settled on the anchor, with the result that a hole was broken through the bottom. He sold the boat and gear for a few pounds and retired from the fishing business.
Robert Rowley's father was a soldier stationed in Sydney but some time after his transfer to Van Dieman's Land, he retired and was granted some land. Too fond of drink, he was fishing one day and drowned after falling out of his boat. Robert's mother later married Richard Kenyon and the couple moved to The Heads to burn lime, possibly for John Pascoe Fawkner. Robert did not go with them but visited them in about 1839. How Robert, who must have kept close links with Tasmania, marrying Christine Edwards from Longford, knew Henry Cadby Wells is a mystery but it would seem that he had received a letter from Robert outlining the lime-burning plans; why else would he risk travelling all the way to Sorrento with a pregnant wife? I believe the references to Robert being Henry's "old shipmate" relate to their crayfishing venture.
Owen Cain was from Tyrone in Ireland, where limestone was a feature of the landscape. His property Tyrone stretched from the Whitecliffs/Cain Rd midline, where it adjoined the township of Rye,to Canterbury Rd. Street names on this area recall Cain in-laws (Murray, Neville, Ford),Owen's son (Michael), the name of a Cain house (Roslyn)as well as the farm and its owners. Centre Rd follows the course of Owen Cain's loading road where lime was taken from the kiln to be loaded into boats on the west side of White Cliff.For many decades Catholic services were held at Tyrone and Rosslyn,priests coming across the bay.
Mr Owen Cain died near Rye, on Thursday last, aged 98. He settled in the district early in 1842.
(Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle (Vic. : 1882 - 1918) Thursday 2 July 1896 p 2 Article.)
Councillor Anderson referred to the death of one of the oldest and most respected residents of the district, Mr.Owen Cain, of Rye, father of the president, Councillor John Cain, J.P. He moved " That as a mark of respect this council adjourn until 2 o'clock to transact the business of importance." then he would move a further adjournment. Councillor Callanan also spoke of the deceased gentleman as a highly respected resident. He seconded the motion, which was carried. (COUNCIL NEWS. Flinders and Kangerong Shire Council.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 2 July 1896 Edition: MORNING p 3 Article.)
CAIN-FORD.-On the 9th inst., at St. Finbar's Church, Brighton, by the Rev. Michael Carey, John, son of Owen Cain, of Rye, to Julia, daughter of James Ford, of Portsea.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 10 August 1877 p 1 Family Notices.)
On Sunday, 28th June, about one of the largest funerals ever seen in the peninsula took place at Rye, when
about 500 people followed the remains of an old and respected resident named Mr. Owen Cain, sen. to its last
resting place in the quiet and picturesque little cemetery at Rye. Mr. Cain was 98 years of age, and was a native of Ireland. He has been a resident of Rye for the last 55 years. and had always taken a great interest in mattersconnected with the district in the early days. When Mr. Cain first settled at Rye he commenced business in the lime trade and in the early (40's?) supplied most of the lime that built the principal buildings in Melbourne. Doing such a large trade in lime, he employed a large number of hands in and around the place. Mr. Cain and his wife will long he remembered for their hospitality by many a weary traveller who had travelled many miles through the bush under a broiling sun, and always found a welcome rest under their roof. Mr. Cain had enjoyed good health almost up to the time of his death. Just a few hours before his death he had been out walking in the paddock, looking at the men ploughing, and had just returned to the house (the residence of his son, Mr. John Cain. J.P., with whom he had been living for some time) and was sitting in the arm chair when he passed quietly away. About eight months ago* he lost his wife, who had also reached a ripe old
age. The loss he deeply felt, and he never completely recovered from the blow.
(P.3, Mornington Standard,2-7-1896.)
I remember reading that Owen had said that he knew he was getting old when he had trouble mounting his horse (when aged over 90!)
*A very old colonist and resident of this district, Mrs. Sarah Cain, aged 96, died at the residence of her son, Councillor John Cain, J. P., president of the shire of Flinders and Kangerong, on Saturday last. She, with her husband, Owen Cain, who survives her, arrived in the colony in 1841, and settled in this district in February, 1842. Deceased and all her family were very popular, as was testified by the large number of persons in conveyances and on horseback, who attended the funeral in the Rye Cemetery on Monday last.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 31-10-1895.)
Another careless click has wiped out my quote from page 32 of Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, which I had just discovered was the source of my story about Rye's little girl lost. It contradicted I SUCCEEDED ONCE, which gave the location of George Smith's Wooloowoolooboolook as fronting Capel Sound, whereas John McLure, the McRae tutor, seems to have given its location as being 7 miles from the McCrae homestead on the road to the Schanck,which would put it in the vicinity of Pattersons Rd, Fingal. Luckily the following article about Georgiana McCrae's journal gives most of the story.
THE EARLY DAYS OF MELBOURNE.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 3 January 1885 p 4 Article
...nbsp; the discovery and safety of Sarah Ann Cain, the child of the lime-burner. She was only four ...
" October 26. (1844)News from Arthur's Seat of the discovery and safety of Sarah Ann Cain, the child of the lime-burner. She was only four years old, and had been lost for four days and five nights in the bush. Some of
the nights were very severe, with heavy rain. She had heard the men cooeying, but did not answer, fearing they were blacks. When found, she was warding the attacks of the crows on her face with her hands, and was all but exhausted. A warm bath and the administration of food in small quantities (a teaspoon at a time,by Mrs Smith*)
brought her completely round ; and she afterwards grew up a fine young woman.
*Mrs Smith was Edward Hobson's widowed mother and no proof of a marriage to George Smith has been found, according to Marie Fels in I SUCCEEDED ONCE. I have added the year and detail from Colin's account in brackets.
Lived in Victoria for Almost 94 Years.
MORNINGTON, Friday-Mrs Sarah Ann Rogers, the last member of the Cain family, pioneers of the Rye district, has
died. She was aged 94 years She was the widow of Mr James Rogers of Balnarring, and she had lived in Victoria for almost all her life, having arrived from New York (USA) in 1840. Her parents were Irish emigrants to the United States. (P.20,Argus,30-6-1934.)
There is extensive Cain genealogy in LIME LAND LEISURE but emigration to the U.S.A. and Sarah Ann's marriage are not mentioned as far as I remember. Phil Cain, a great researcher for the Rye Historical Society, would get a chuckle out of Sarah being the last of the Cain family. The journalist probably meant to say "the last of Owen Cain's children". James Rogers was the grantee of crown allotments 20,19A and 19B in the parish of Balnarring, 296 acres on the south side of Bittern-Dromana Rd,indicated by Melway 162 F-H12,the southern boundary being a line heading east to the corner of Warrawee and Balnarring Rds.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 3 April 1869 p 2 Advertising
... and Hollins, TUESDAY, APRIL 6. At Two O'Clock. The Marine Village of Manners-Sutton. Sale of Allotments of Two Acres Each. G.WALSTAB has received Instructions from S. S. Crispo. Esq., to SELL by A ... favourite watering-place of the colony, known as MANNERS-SUTTON. It is situate between Point Nepean and ...
The Governor, Sir John Manners-Sutton, had been elevated to Viscount Canterbury while in office and Crispo, who had built a jetty, quickly changed the name of his village,which was across Canterbury Jetty Rd from Owen Cain's Tyrone.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 11 May 1874 p 7 Advertising
... A R Y NOTICE* COUNTY of MORNINGTON STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY It has been suggested hy Mr Crispo that ... tho following places -Frankston, Mornington, Dromana, Rye, Canterbury, Sorrento, Portsea, and ...
The house that gave Blairgowrie its name was built as Villa Maria by a prominent Irish parliamentarian. When it was bought by Dr. John Blair,he renamed it as Blairgowrie. An excellent free pamphlet detailing the history of the house can be obtained at the Nepean Historical Society Museum at Sorrento. The house was described as being in East Sorrento and the first instance I have found of the area being called Blairgowrie was in an advertisement for the sale of the Cain Estate.
BETWEEN RYE AND SORRENTO
And Between Canterbury Jetty and Mac's Corner
The subdivision of this newly opened up section of the Mornington
Peninsula, held by the descendants of the original Crown Grantee, John Cain,
for over three-quarters of a century, presents you with a unique opportunity
lo secure a seaside home site. Here, you and your family can enjoy all the
pleasures and excitement of Sun Bathing, Swimming, Surfing, Ocean, Bay,
and Rock Fishing, Flounder Spearing, and Cray Fishing.
The new roads that have been formed have made possible entrancing walks
of hitherto unrevealed beauty . . . roads which lead lo the surf beach of Bass
Strait or to the placid beach of Port Phillip Bay.
Already, attractive and modern homes have, been built there, and others
arc in course of construction. Situated between Rye and Sorrento (actually
2.5 miles on the Melbourne side of Sorrento), Cain's Estate commands a
glorious view of ocean, bay, and bushland scenery.
The Mornington Peninsula Bus Service, which runs from Frankston Rail-
way Station to Sorrento passes the Estate, and maintains a regular time-table.
Mac's Corner, the well-known landmark, is but 500 yards from St. John's Wood
Road, and provides a Post-office and Store.
This Estate offers the ideal site for a Holiday Home and an investment for
letting purposes.(P.15, Argus,15-12-1951.)
N.B.The above estate was not "Tyrone" which was granted to Owen Cain in 1860. John Cain's estate was probably comprised of crown allotments 32, 33,34,Nepean, 92 acres 2 roods and 15 perches on the north west corner of Canterbury Jetty and Melbourne Rds granted to John Cain in 1875, extending 982 metres to the west and an average of about 400 metres to the north. As St JohnsWood Rd was probably not officially named,it was probably called Mac's Corner. Blairgowrie residents would be surprised to find that the shopping centre was built on the site of Wilson's old abbatoir.
Further investigation into the first use of Blairgowrie to describe the locality is prompted by a memory that the post office was opened (and called Blairgowrie) before 1951. The following is from wikipedia. The first sentence is nonsense. Dr. Blair gave the same name to his other estate in Berwick. It does not state that the post office was called Blairgowrie when it opened;it may have been called the Sorrento East P.O.at first.
Blairgowrie was named after the Burgh of Blairgowrie, the second largest town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. A post office was not opened until 1 November 1947.
We continue our journey to The Heads.
NO RYE TOWNSHIP IN 1850 BUT WHO WAS IN THE AREA? TYRONE, NO SORRENTO BUT ITS FIRST LIMESTONE COTTAGE.
COURAGEOUS HARDY WOMEN AND JENNIFER NIXON'S BOOK.
Not expecting much,I set out to find mention of limeburners on the peninsula a decade each side of 1850.
NOTICE.-The undersigned has CEASED to be in any way CONNECTED with tho BUSINESS now carried on by George Lancaster, in tho name of GEORGE WHITE, a limeburner, at Point Nepean, and will not be responsible for any debts that may be contracted by him on any account whatever from this date.Dated this 21th day of November, A.D. 1858.
GEORGE X WHITE,
Witness, Walter Barter.
(P.8, Argus, 25-11-1858.)
I didn't have much luck finding articles about peninsula limeburners on trove but the above entry prompted me to check my journal about George White's family to see if I had provided detail re the 1859 petition there, which I had. (It can be found at the end of the TOOTGAROOK entry.) I did find an article about Owen Cain being robbed near Tullarook circa 1858.
My commentary concerning the petition lists the limeburners operating near Rye in the 1850's and the WHITE journal from which it came gives the locations of the White Brothers' kilns. As most of the kilns were not on the coast their locations will not be mentioned here but these can be checked in the maps in LIME LAND LEISURE.
In the 1850's Rye would have been a few huts on or near the foreshore. Their inhabitants probably combined limeburning and fishing to eke out a living. The township was proclaimed in 1861 and several histories claimed that the township was officially known as Tootgarook. I believed this until a search for the township of Tootgarook on trove produced not one result. So I searched for the township of Rye.
RYE. . .
County of Mornington, Parish of Nepean, situate on the south shore of Port Philip (sic)Bay, eight miles east of the Quarantine ground.
Upset price, £8 per acre.
Lot 1.-2r., £5 6s. the lot. Alex. K. Cowan. Lot 2.-2r., £4 Ids. Gd. the lot. Jno. Campbell. Lot 8 -2r., £6 the lot. J. Campbell. Lot 4.-2r., £5 10s. tho lot. Thos. T. Anderson. Lot 6.-2r., £4.5s. the lot. Joseph Eagin,
Lots 6 to 10.-No offer. Lot 11.-2r., £7 7s. 0d. tho lot. Alice Grace Cook. Lot 12-2r., £5 10s. the lot. A. G. Cook. Lot 13.-2r., £9 6s. the lot. Mary Ann Stenniker. Lot 14-2r" £4 the lot. M. A. Stenniker. Lot 15.-2r., £5 10s. the lot. M. A. Stenniker. Lot 16.-2r., £9 tho lot. William Grace.
County of Mornington, parish of Kangerong, adjoining the township of Dromana, on Port Phillip Bay.
Upset price, £8 per acre.
Lot 17.-2a 3r. 26p., £3 per acre. John Campbell. (P.7,Argus, 28-4-1864.)
Alex K.Cowan's grant was crown allotment 5 of section 1, with frontages of 20 metres to the Esplanade and Nelson St between points 100 metres east of Napier St and 80 metres west of Lyons St.
John Campbell's adjoining grants were c/a 7 and 6 of section 1, on the western side of Cowan's between points 300 metres east of Napier St and 100 metres west of Lyons St. This would have been the site of the original RYE HOTEL which gave the township its name. John Campbell and William Cottier, both former Dromana residents, built this hotel.Campbell was supposed to have built the first Rye jetty in 1860. He was probably involved in the lime trade. Both Cottier and Campbell signed the petition of 9-1-1861 requesting that Robert Quinlan's school be chosen (rather than Nicholson's) to become the Dromana Common School, so they were obviously still residing at Dromana. (If they weren't, Nicholson would have pointed this out!)
Thomas Y.Anderson's grant, c/a 8 of section 1, was west of Campbell's, between points 40 metres east of Napier St and 140 metres west of Lyons St.
Joseph Eagin purchased c/a 5 of section 2 which had a frontage of one chain (20 metres) to both Nelson and Collingwood Sts and was between points 100 metres east of Napier St and 80 metres west of Lyons St.
Alice Grace Cook's grants were c/a 1 and 2 of section 3, fronting the west side of Napier St with 40 metre frontages to the Esplanade and Nelson St.
M.A.Stenniken was probably Mary Anne Stenniken (nee Sherlock),the wife of Ben Stenniken. The above mis-spelling of the surname was not an isolated incident. It is written properly on the Rye Township map but as Stenniker and Stenigain on the parish of Nepean map! As her grants were consecutive lots, I presume they were c/a 5, 4, 3 of section 3 with frontages to the Esplanade and Nelson St of 60 metres between points 100 metres east of Dundas St and 40 metres east of Napier St.
William Grace (who established the 250 acre "Gracefield" near Dromana in 1857) was granted c/a 6 of section 3 which had frontages of 20 metres to the Esplanade and Nelson St between points 80 metres east of Dundas St and 100 metres west of Napier St. His daughter married Patrick Sullivan who built the Gracefield Hotel on this site. The hotel was demolished about 50 years later by Mrs Hunt who built the PRESENT RYE HOTEL in its place. (See the foundation stone!)
Rye first developed because of lime and one of its old families can trace its time in the area to the late 1830's. It is known that Robert Rowley was lime burning ,with Henry Cadby Wells, by 1841 but his mother, a widow who remarried to Richard Kenyon, had already been there for about two years. James Little Brown,the man who transformed the ti-tee and rabbit infested wasteland south of Rye into beautiful pasture from about 1909, stayed with Robert Rowley for a couple of weeks when he arrived. No doubt Robert shared many stories of the old days with James, but not many would be as interesting and funny as this one.
"NO GOOD DAMPER INN."
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
Sir,In the interesting article, "The Gippsland Mystery," on Saturday, by Ernest McCaughan, it is stated that a
party of five whites and ten blacks were sent out under the leaderhip of De Villiers, an ex-police officer who kept the extraordinary named No Good Damper Inn. Apropos of this, a story was related to me by the late Robert Rowley, then of Rye (a very old colonist who had known Buckley, the wild white man). The story, which may be of interest, is that about the year 1840 lime was being burnt about Sorrento and Rye. A layer of sheoak logs was laid on the ground, then a layer of limestone. Another layer of logs, then again stone, and so on, until there was a considerable stack. Fire was next applied. By this rough and ready, though wasteful, system, lime used in the building of early Melbourne was then burned. The lime was then "slacked", afterwards sieved through a fine sieve, and forwarded to Melbourne by ketch. One of these old windjammers had the misfortune to go aground
near the site of Frankston. The lime was taken off undamaged, stacked, and carefully covered a little way from the shore.
A number of blacks were in the vicinity. They had had some little experience of the white fellow's flour. When they found the lime, sieved and done up in small bags under a tarpaulin, they were sure they had got the genuine article in plenty. So they mustered in force, took away all they possibly could, and, fearing pursuit, did not stop running till they put about 12 miles between them and the stack of lime. The blacks then mixed their flour with water upon their 'possum rugs and put the dough in the ashes to bake, the result being
spoiled rugs and bad damper. In the words of Mr. Rowley, "they called that place Dandenong," which means "no good damper. Yours, &c., J. L. BROWN
Sandringham, Sept. 8. (P.4, Argus, 9-9-1924.)
Though the following report from the Rye Correspondent comes well after 1850, it does relate to that era. The pier was required for the lime trade (which co-existed with fishing) and the void caused by the downturn in demand for lime was filled by the firewood industry.
We have to record the death of Mr. John Campbell, a very old resident of this township, at the age of 77 years. He was one of the first contractors for the erection of the Jetty at this place, and afterwards followed various occupations up to the time of his decease. He was buried on the 11th inst., in the Rye general
cemetery-his funeral being well attended. He has been residing with his married daughter, Mrs. Jas. Cain,
for a long period, and he expired at her house.
The wood trade is very brisk, and the demand almost difficult to supply, as the ti-tree is so much required by
bakers and others, that it keeps the local suppliers at full pressure, for there are so many craftsmen* in the
trade, and the trip being short to Melbourne. they are able to make their passages very frequently.
A petition signed by nearly all the fishermen of Sorrento, Rye, Rosebud, and Dromana, to the " Anglers' Protection Society," and which was presented some time ago with regard to the destruction of the fish in the
Bay by different parties using mesh nets, has not yet had the desired effect, viz., the stopping the use of
them; but it is confidently expected that at the next meeting of that body, they will continue to urge upon the
Government the necessity of taking action before the Bay is denuded offish by this wholesale way of destroying them, and eventually depriving a number of industrious men from gaining a livelihood by hooking.
(P.2, Mornington Standard,18-5-1907.)
* Men sailing lime/firewood craft.
Another report in the same year is about one of the above-mentioned "craftsmen*." Ben Stenniken had land grants on both sides of Rye, on the west corner of Truemans Rd and south of Rye Township near the start of Melbourne Rd. He supplied the limestone for Rye's original church/hall/school on the site of the historic Anglican Church. When this was rebuilt as the church, some of Ben's limestone was re-used, supplemented by other limestone supplied by James Trueman, his neighbour at Wannaeue. Ben's lime was also used for the construction of the Dromana Anglican Church.
*Ben probably employed a skipper. I think I've read that John Cain was also a lime craft owner.
Ben's daughter, Maria, married Godfrey Burdett Wilson whose second given name (and his mother's maiden name)is recalled by a street on the Wannaeue grant. Ben's wife was the sister of Sam Sherlock who carried mail on horseback between Rye and Cheltenham in early days. The Stennikens eventually moved to Port Melbourne but Mary Ann (nee Sherlock) owned property at Dromana, which is probably how a Stenniken lad married (Lily?*) Clemenger of Parkmore at Rosebud whom he married. Mary Jane Stenniken received the grant of crown allotment 14, Fingal (Melway 253 J11), which would explain family connections with the Kennedys, (Pattersons?*) and Harry Prince.
* I just had to check. M.Wilson was Maria who married Godfrey Burdett Wilson. The Kennedy, Patterson and Stenniken graves are on the south side of the main path at Rye Cemetery about 30 metres from the gate.
PATTERSON. In loving memory of my dear sister, Rachel, who passed away at Dromana,May 27, 1923.Ever remembered.
Loved In life, treasured in death. A beautiful memory is all we have left.
(Inserted by her loving sister, M. Wilson,Dromana.)
PATTERSON (nee Stenniken).-In loving memory of my dear wife, Rachel, and our dear mother,who passed away at Dromana on the 27th May,1923. (P.1, Argus, 27-5-1925.)
STENNIKEN (nee Lily Clemenger). -On the 5th September, at Nurse Sandford's private hospital, Canterbury road, Albert Park, to Mr.and Mrs. J. Stenniken-a daughter. (P.17, Argus,15-9-1923.)
We are happy to state that the favorite ketch " Gertrude" belonging to Mr. B. Stenniken and which sank in
the lagoon at Port Melbourne during the late gales, has been successfully floated, and it is sincerely hoped by the residents here that she will shortly be again carrying her cargoes of wood and lime, etc., to Melbourne as she has been doing for a great number of years.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 14-9-1907.)
We continue our journey to The Heads.
James Purves' contribution to Mornington Peninsula history.
1.He was one of the two most important horse breeders in the colony's early days, his prime interest being business activity in Melbourne and his stud near Kilmore, but the horse business was also a major focus at Tootgarook.
2.Being a successful businessman he was able to purchase in 1850, the lease of the Tootgarook Run from Edward Hobson, incorporate the Wooloowoolooboolook Run (which was probably between Boneo Rd and Truemans Rd as it fronted Capel Sound according to I SUCCEEDED ONCE) and buy the Tootgarook pre-emptive right soon after.
3. He owned the Rosebud when it was stranded in May 1855 and had it insured for 700 pounds. Edward Hobson moved to Gippsland in about 1843,managing and naming his brother Edmund's Run and naming it by the aboriginal term for river of little fish,corrupted to Traralgon. It is possible that Tootgarook was managed by the Purves brothers, mainly Peter, with James paying the occasional visit. Edward Hobson got into financial difficulties and James Purves may have bought the Run and the schooner as a favour to help him out.
Charles Hollinshed, author of LIME LAND LEISURE (history of the shire of Flinders) was an architect and devoted many pages to James Purves and Edward Latrobe Bateman who followed the same profession. I don't recall him mentioning Peter Purves.
If you enter PURVES on trove and choose the decade 1850-1859,you'll find that James Purves did indeed spend much of his time in Melbourne, much of it in the courts.
Come on itellya, how can you say that James Purves spent little time at Tootgarook? A search for PURVES,TOOTGAROOK on trove produced these results.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 4 July 1862 p 4 Family Notices
...ohn Corboy, hotelkeeper, of Nenega, Ireland. PURVES -QUINAN-On the 16th ult, at the residence of the brides father, Dromana, by the Rev. James Glover, of Schnapper Point, James Purves, of Tootgarook,
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 11 November 1867 p 4 Family Notices
PURVES.-On the 3rd inst., at Broomielaw, Tootgarook, Mrs. James Purves of a daughter.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 13 June 1878 p 4 Article
... Purves was born in Berwick-on-Twccd, and carno out to Tasmania at tho ugo of 21. He arrived at Hobart ... \oyago occupied over a week, and the sheep were nearly famished on their ar- rival. Mr. Purves took up ... the Chintin station, at Deep Creek, and was also owner of Tootgarook station, near Dromana,
My first answer is that only the obituary concerns the architect and that it refers to Tootgarook only as an after-thought. The marriage and birth concern his nephew, the son of Peter Purves. This James Purves was born to Peter Purves and his wife Barbara(nee Scott)on 29-9-1835 in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. A month later, Barbara died and heartbroken, Peter left the babe in the care of an aunt, and sailed to Van Diemans Land to join his brother James. Their expertise as architect and mason won them many bridge building contracts. At 18, young James had a burning desire to get to know his father and arrived at Tootgarook in 1852. Father and son had 8 years together before Peter died in 1860.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 31 March 1860 p 4 Family Notices
... daughter of Mr. Charles Cumming, farmer, Bacchus Marsh. DEATHS. On the 16th inst., at Tootgarook, Point Nepean, formerly of Berwick-on-Tweed, Mr. Peter Purves, aged 58 years, deeply regretted
If you were looking for James Purves, the architect and owner of Tootgarook,the following results for James Purves, Tootgarook, give a fair indication where to look.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 16 October 1856 p 8 Advertising
... Tom o'Lincoln. These will stand at Tootgarook, fifty miles from Melbourne, and near Arthur's Seat. _ For further particular seo Circulnrs, or in- quire of JAMES PURVES, 74 Collins-street west,
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 23 June 1863 p 8 Advertising
... tho Breodiug Establishment at Tootgarook, consisting of impoittd thoroughbred mares, colonial do, ... For further particulars apply to J. PURVES, Scott's | Hotel, Collins stroot.
The clincher,if further proof is needed that the architect spent little time at Tootgarook,cannot be found on trove but is available in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD and Jennifer Nixon's FAMILY, CONNECTIONS, SORRENTO AND PORTSEA. (P.S.I have pasted a commentary about the petition at the end of the TOOTGAROOK entry.) It involves a dodgy petition opposing a plan to build a fence from White Cliff, circa 1859, to enclose the police paddock. Investigation by a government official found that many who signed the petition did not really oppose the fence, many actually wanting it. They had been persuaded to sign by James Ford and Peter Purves, who between them had something like 600 bullocks obtaining free grazing on the police paddock. It would have taken some time to get all the signatures and they don't seem to have missed anybody except James Purves, Peter's brother, the owner of Tootgarook!
The Tootgarook pre-emptive right started 833 metres west of Truemans Rd (Keith/Morris St midline), extending west to Government Rd, Rye. The southern boundary is indicated by the ends of streets heading south off Brights Drive. The architect had also purchased crown allotments 1, 2, 3 of the parish of Nepean, 174 acres between the pre-emptive right and the township of Rye (originally called Tootgarook.)
The following commentary about the 1859 petition comes from my journal about the WHITES OF SORRENTO AND RYE.
THE 1859 PETITION.
At this time, there was no township of Rye, and according to LIME LAND LEISURE, the Rye Hotel was in Dromana! When the Township was declared in 1861, it was called Tootgarook, probably because it had been part of the Tootgarook run. John Campbell apparently had built a jetty in 1860 and this probably prompted lime burners to erect houses near the pier so they would be close to home when they brought the day's production for shipping. One house, occupied by John Berry, and later by the Sullivans when they moved from the Heads in 1852, is said to have been the first house in the township area. In 1869, almost all of the suburban blocks south of the cemetery and west of Dundas St were bought by limeburners ( more truly lime merchants such as W.A Blair. It has not been definitely established whether Thomas Monahan was connected with the lime industry or just a land speculator.)
James Purves bought his square mile pre-emptive right on 22-10-1855. Ford's land was mainly near Portsea. The Wannbaeue parish map does not indicate when the Fords acquired Wannaeue Station bounded by Eastbourne Rd, Boneo Rd, an eastern extension of Hiscock Rd and Jetty/Old Cape Schank Rd. O'Shannassy reported that Purves and Ford were the only landowners.
Many of the limeburners would have been illiterate. Their names would have been printed (by Peter Purves or James Sandle Ford) and followed by "their mark", usually a cross (X). The names on the petition opposing construction of the fence were: James Ford, Peter Purves, Robert Rainey, James Patterson, George Mitchell, Robert Quinan, George White, Robert White, Richard White, Jeremiah White , James Swan,
Arthur Robinson MATCD (presumably the other Melbourne resident), Alfred Evans, Nathan Page, John Dillon, Edward Russell, Patrick Sullivan, Edward M.Williams, Richard White, George White, Isaac Prout, Owen Cain, Mrs John Devine, Ben Stennigan (Stenniken), Timothy Sullivan, Thomas Clancy, George Baker, Charles Dean, Mrs Edward Skelton, Samuel Clark, Samuel Williams, Richard Kenna (Melbourne resident!)
Snr Constable O'Shannassy was asked to ascertain why the settlers and limeburners had signed the petition. He found that Clark, Williams, Nathan Page, Mrs Skelton and Jeremiah White had not signed and weren't even asked to sign. George White senior and Robert Quinan, both limeburners, had signed, not wanting to offend their old neighbours,even though they actually wanted the fence. Thomas White and 15 other limeburners wanted the fence to prevent Ford and Purves overgrazing the area with their combined 800 head of cattle. They complained that their own bullocks (obviously used for ploughing and hauling lime)were dying from starvation.
Robert, George and Richard White, Ford, Purves, Cain, Stennigan (sic), and Patrick and Timothy Sullivan feared that their cattle would be turned out of the area.
N.B.Much genealogical information regarding Peter Purves and the descendants of his son, James, are available in Hec. Hanson's MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN. Send a private message if you would like this information.