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The names in the surnames list are the members of John Pascoe Fawkner's co-operative which purchased land in the part of sections 6 and 7 on the south west side of Bulla Rd (now Melrose Drive)in the parish of Tullamarine.
Section 5 was "Stewarton" (renamed Gladstone in about 1892 after the Engllsh Prime Minister's cousin. Its south west corner was the present corner of Lackenheath Drive and Mickleham Rd (Melway 5 J11.) Its boundary with the Township of Broadmeadows was Forman St (5 K7.) The eastern boundary was the Moonee Ponds Creek.
By drawing a line between Forman St and the west end of Grants Rd, the northern boundary of section 6 and all but about 180 metres of section 7 can be seen. If you continue the line of Lackenheath Drive 16 centimetres to the west on your Melway,you will find the exact south west corner of section 7 (just 5mm on the map north of gate 22 on Operations Rd.) The boundary between sections 5 and 6 was Broadmeadows Rd (now Mickleham Rd.)
J.C.Riddell, after whom Riddell's Creek was named,purchased section 6 and as the south west corner was across the road (a triangle roughly enclosed by Link Rd, Trade Park and Melrose Drive, he sold it to Fawkner. In return, Fawkner sold to Riddell the north east corner of section 7, a triangle south of the Cleanaway waste facility mainly comprised of Melway 5 E7.
The Melway reference and lot number of each purchaser's block(s)will be given in the journal: JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER AND HIS CO-OPERATIVES.
In comments, garyboy alerted me to the issue in which George Scarlett's land was advertised for sale. The location of the land and lot numbers are given in my comment following his. The map showing subdivision lots has been sent to garyboy and is available to descendants of the other pioneers named in the surname list.The digitisation needed correction,which I have done, so that garyboy can copy and paste from here (there are still a few errors on trove.) The Lady of the Lake hotel was built on section 3 by David William O'Niall,subject of one of my journals, on land leased from William Foster by about 1847 and was a well-known landmark.It was just south of the Derby St corner and adjoined Broombank (Millar Rd area), leased by my great grandfather, John Cock, from 1867 until 1882. The 10 acre lot adjoined lots 31 and 32 and the reason it needed to be fenced separately is that a lane ran between it and the double block. (See my comment under garyboy's.)
MONDAY, 4th SEPTEMBER.
By Order of the Executors of the late Mr. George Scarlett.
Farms on the Deep Creek Road, Ten Miles from Melbourne.
A BLISS and CO. have received Instructions from the executors of the late Mr. George Scarlett to submit to public auction, at the Lady of the Lake, on the Deep Creek road, on Monday, 4th September, at two o'clock,
20 acres of beautiful agricultural land, having erected there a very substantially built four-roomed wooden
house, panelled doors, spouted, with a tank capable of holding water for the year; all fenced in, clear
and ready for the plough.
Also, 10 acres of splendid land adjoining, partially fenced in. To be sold in one lot or separately.
This being the property of a trust estate it must be sold without reserve, for the benefit of those interested
under the will.
Terms-Half cash, the remainder to remain (at the option of the purchaser) for two years at 8 per cent, on mortgage. 101. (Item 8,column 2,page 7, Argus, 26-8-1854.)
And as always when I help a family historian,I receive as much information as I give.
Thanks xxx for your well researched information relating to the location and sale of George Scarlett's land holdings in 1856. Interesting about the nearby Lady of the Lake Hotel and a very good chance George and sons patronized the establishment at some time. Interesting that George sought to acquire a rural acreage as after arriving in Melbourne in March 1841 with his wife and six children he established a jewelry business in Collins street however sales could not have been as brisk as expected and by 1843 he appeared on the Port Phillip Insolvency list. I'm uncertain as to when he applied for and was granted his land at Tullamarine but I know he was living there in early 1854 as his grandson also named George was born there in February of that year. I discovered this fact quite recently when I viewed a copy of George's 1878 (Ballarat) wedding certificate. Young George'e father James who was also residing at the Tullarmarine farm listed his occupation as gardener. Perhaps James and his other two brothers were farming the block however on the 14th June 1854 George (snr) passed away at the Watermans Arms Hotel in Little Collins street of a stroke, aged 52. I was never aware until a few months back whilst conducting a family history that the second son James Scarlett married an Irish Famine orphan girl, Lilly Ann Barber (Barbour) in 1853. They died in 1901 and 1903 and are buried in the Ballarat Cemetery. Lilly Ann was my grandfathers grandmother but I never heard him ever mention his Irish ancestry, Also my father who lived to 95 never mentioned Lilly Barber, George's Bankruptcy or of him dying in the Waterman's Arms. Possibly they never knew or it was things best forgotten. Thanks to Google it's not. Getting back to the Tullarmarine block.... I notice that a large portion of the 20 acres is outside the Airport restricted area so hopefully there isn't a problem with access as much of the area appears to unfenced open grassland. Aspirations to locate the site of the original dwelling which presumably would be on the northern section adjoining Andersons? lane. We'll see how I go and will keep you posted if I'm fortunate enough to stumble upon any relics of the era.. Apologies for straying into my ancestors closet but without your diligent and painstaking research I would have been facing an arduous task researching the Tullamarine connection. Kind Regards, Gary.
To save me sending a further email to Gary,having already told him about the 1858 advertisements, the partly fenced 10 acre block must have sold in 1854 but not lots 31 and 32. There is no doubt that Gary will be able to make a close inspection of the East Collingwood corner block (if he can find out which corner.) The Park/Stafford St intersection is at Melway 2C J8.The house block at Tullamarine (36 x 26 feet, about 10 x 8 metres) occupied only a small part of the 20 acres (140 x 280 metres) so the majority of the land was used for farming.
As stated earlier,each 10 acre block (on map 5 in my 1999 Melway) measures roughly 7 millimetres (frontage) by 14 millimetres (depth), the boundary dimensions having been roughly 700 links X 1400 links (140 metres X 280 metres.) As it would have been ridiculous to try to measure fractions of amillimetreI had to divide up the space filled with 10 acre blocks so that the space was filled and all blocks had the same dimensions (as demonstrated by title documents.) Using the dimensions of 700 X 1400 links,the product is 9.8 acres,fairly close to 10 acres.Gary will find that the total frontage of lots 31 and 32 on the map that I sent him is actually 14.5 millimetres so that the width of each 10 acre block is 7.25 millimetres (obtained by dividing the total space as described above.) As you can see,the Maths I learnt at school was not entirely useless and any subdivision maps I have produced were done with such care that I have actually found mistakes in parish maps as a result,such as the spot where Arundel Creek flows into the Maribyrnong River in Foote's Doutta Galla map.
To Speculators,Persons Seeking Investments, and Others
Unreserved Sale of Valuable Freehold Property.
By Order of tho Executor and Trustee of the late George Scarlett
SYMONS and PERRY have received instructions from the executor and trustee of the late George Scarlett to SELL by AUCTION, at their new rooms, Collins-street, on Monday, 8th inst, at 12 o'clock,
2O acres, a little more or less, part of section 7, parish of Tullamarine, county of Bourke, 10 miles from
Melbourne, on the Deep Creek-road, and near the Beech Tree Hotel, on which is erected a good substantial weatherboard house standing on a frontage of 36 feet, by a depth of 26 feet. There is also a splendid
tank, well built of stone, with a good supply of water. The land is all fenced in.
All that piece or parcel of land situate in East Collingwood, having a frontage of 108 feet 6? inches to
Park street, by a depth along Stafford street of 75 feet. The above is a splendid corner allotment, and is
worthy the attention of persons seeking investments.
Terms liberal, declared at sale.
The auctioneers wish to call the attention of capitalists and speculators to the above really choice pro-
perties as being of sterling quality, and are to be sold to the highest bidder. 1970
(P.2,Argus, 8-2-1858,near bottom of column 2.)
The above is,I think,the earliest reference to the Beech Tree Hotel that I have seen. The earliest reference to it in the Cole Collection of Hotel records was a ball held there in 1864. It is possible that the Lady of the Lake Hotel had been burnt down by this time and the Junction Hotel did not exist for some time, giving John Beech an opportunity to establish his hotel without competition. The Travellers' Rest near the site of Airport West Shoppingtown probably hadn't been built and the Inverness at Oaklands Junction was far enough away.
As shown in advertisements for the Beech Tree,it also had a huge underground tank.It is likely that it was lined with stone as George Scarlett's was.
The names in the surnames list are the members of John Pascoe Fawkner's co-operative which purchased land in section 13 of the parish of Tullamarine, north and south of Mansfields Rd, Tullamarine (Melway 4 A1 and 4 to G3-5).
The Melway reference and lot number of each purchaser's block(s)will be given in the journal: JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER AND HIS CO-OPERATIVES.
This journal arose from my journal about Pascoe Vale and Strathmore. I wished to mention the pioneers on his grants obtained on behalf of his co-op. members in areas outside the scope of that journal.
The following comes from my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF TULLAMARINE. Sections mentioned are in the parish of Tullamarine. As maps are not able to be pasted here, I will give Melway references for the plots of land bought by the co-operative members and transposed on my trusty old Melway.
Only purchasers in section 10 will be included in the surname list here. Surnames of members of Fawkner's co-ops involved in the purchase of land in sections 13 and 6/7 will appear in the surname lists of journals entitled J.P.FAWKNER'S CO-OPS,SURNAMES LIST, SECTION 13 TULLAMARINE and J.P.FAWKNER'S CO-OPS,SURNAMES LIST, SECTIONS 6 AND 7 TULLAMARINE.
Unfortunately I have wasted many hours in the past, retyping surname lists from which the majority of names entered have disappeared after a while. This seems to occur when there are more than about 25 names, and there are 32 for section 10, so the surname list journals are an insurance policy.
This 448 acre section was bought by John Pascoe Fawkner, as chairman of the Victoria Cooperative Freehold Land Investment Society, with money paid in by those who wanted to buy land. Upon the conveyance of each members land an additional 10 shillings was paid to Fawkner. The 10/- payment, probably to cover stamp duty, was also paid on conveyance of Fawkners land at East Keilor, in sections 13 and 7 in the parish of Tullamarine and at Hadfield and Coburg.
Fawkners land was generally broken into lots of about 6 acres, probably to make it possible for even the poorest yoeman farmer to own his own land. However the lots must have proved too small and they were to become consolidated into large farms such as Shelton at East Keilor, Glenalice in section 13 and Loves dairy in section 7.
Memorials concerning section 10 land rarely mention lot numbers; only those for Boone and the Presbyterian church land do so.
Andrew Lemon mentions the above school on P. 38 of his Broadmeadows history but assumes that it was two miles west of Broadmeadows. It is likely that this was the .3 acre site at the north west corner of lot 14 on section 10. This was conveyed into the trust of J.P.Fawkner, Henry Langlands, David Smith and Dugald Stewart on 15-10-1855 (70277). Rev. Reids argument that the parish was intersected by creeks (always flooded in the rainy season) makes me believe that he was talking about Tullamarine Island rather than the area near John Grants Seafield where a school also commenced in 1959. Tullamarine Island School 619 operated 1-7-1859 to 30-4-1865 and 3-12-1875 to 31-8-1882. (2nd period probably on the site on Bulla Park mentioned by I.W.Symonds.)
POSTSCRIPT. Although Henry Langlands was a trustee, it is likely this school was on section 10. Langland's children,if they attended this school would have had to walk from 5 B-C6 to 3 E2, crossing Deep Creek!
The land bought from Fawkner by the following is shown in the section 10 subdivision map.All map references are for Melway.
LOCATION AND PURCHASERS OF LOTS IN THE SUBDIVISION OF SECTION 10.
Vol. Fol.; Purchaser; Date; Lot number(s); Location in Melway.
S 654; Edward Pope; 27-11-1852; 7; 3 B 2-3 and road frontage* in western third of C3. The south west half of the northern part of the horseshoe bend, now entirely part of the Organ Pipes National Park.(* The road once led to a ford over Deep Creek that Harriet Sharp would have used, but it now finishes at the south east corner of lot 7.
S 736; Thomas ;27-11-52; 12, 13; Between Loemans Rd and the western two thirds of the green part of the organ pipes park in the western half of 3 D 3 and eastern half of E3. The Coopers Rd corner is over Loemans Rd from the midpoint of lot 11 and lot 12 is to the east.
S 737; Thomas Collins; 27-11-52; 2; The words ORGAN PIPES NATIONAL in 3 D4 just fit in between the north and south boundaries of lot 2. Its eastern boundary is that of the park.
T 292; Elizabeth Sweetnam; 24-12-52; 23; Top third of the left half of 3 E1 north east of the bend in Coopers Rd. Continuations north and east of the lines of Coopers Rd indicate the west and south boundaries.The eastern boundary of lots 1, 2, 4, 13, 14, 21,22, 23,30,31, 40, 41, 44 and 45, also the eastern boundary of section 10, can be ascertained by extending the eastern boundary of the Organ Pipes National Park(in 3 E 3-4)to the north. If you cross from map 3 to map 176 properly you'll find that the north east corner of section 10 is in the middle of the horseshoe bend in 176 E-F 11.
T 879; William Pollock; 20-12-52; 31; central ninth of 176 E12,its southern boundary an eastern continuation of Coopers Rd and its eastern boundary discussed in bold type under lot 23.
T 980; John Dwyer; 23-1-53; 4;the almost rectangular part of the park in 3 D-E3 extending south to include a third of the incredible formation,the organ pipes.
U 191; Hugh Cameron; 10-12-52; 10; a triangular block in 3 C2, and D 2-3, bounded on the north west by the road that led to the ford,on the south west by the park,its eastern boundary indicated by the west boundary of the rectangle-like part of the park in 3 D4 and continuing to the private access road that runs west from Loemans Rd.
U 195; George Lewis; 10-1-53; 6;southern part of the horseshoe bend in 3C3, with its north east boundary being a continuation (across the road to the ford)of Pope's (lot 7.)
Although the combined maps 3 and 176 map has been attached, I will continue my description of the various purchases in case any descendants wish to mark the boundaries of their ancestors' land on their own Melway.
U 437; Thomas Biggin; 27-11-52; 15; right third of top third of 3 D2.
V 918; John Beasley; 10-12-52; 9; 3 C-D2 between road to the ford and Jacksons Creek.
V 927; Edward Jennings; 26-3-53; 26; top right corner of 3 C1 between Jacksons Creek and Cooper Rd.
W 27; John Christian; 2-4-53; 18; South of lot 26 in small horseshoe bend in 3 C1.
*W 328; Fred. Anthony Thies; 10-12-52; 8;north east half of horseshoe bend protruding into 3 B2 with a frontage to the road to the ford in 3 C3.
3 144; Nicholas Close; 24-10-1853; 27 ;176 C12 fronting Jacksons Creek and the n-s and e-w parts of Cooper Rd and adjoining lot 26 halfway to the bottom of 176 C12.
3 367; Edward Blair; 8-11-53; 11;middle longitudinal third of 3 D 2-3 (between the private access continuing the line of Loemans Rd to the west and the western third of the almost rectangular part of the park north of Jacksons Creek in 3 D-E.
3 407; John McKechnie; 28-10-53; 24; fronts the northern side of the eastern half of Cooper Rd in 3 D-E 1.Northern boundary just above "private access".
4 764; Robert Lechmere; 10-1-53; 20; right third of (almost) bottom third of 3 D1. Frontage to half of the n-s section of Cooper Rd and the eastern third of the e-w section.
4 948; Stewart Davidson; 3-12-52; 37; top right corner of 176 C 12 plus a triangular part in a small portion of C-D 11 where the northern boundary heads east nor' east to meet the eastern boundary (a continuation of the last n-e section of Cooper Rd) at Jacksons Creek. The southern boundary is just south of the easternmost part of the curve near the end of the private access.
5 846; Kezia McCurdie; 29-12-53; 22; Not quite the middle latitudinal third of the west half of 3 E1 between Cooper Rd and the east boundary of section 10.
6 801; John Hughes; 1-12-52; 21; the bottom third of 3 E1 between McCurdie's lot 22 (previous entry)and lot 14 (Cavour Country Club.)
6 802; George Davis; 1-12-52; 32; Middle latitudinal third of 176 D 12 (eastern three eighths)and E12 (western quarter.)
6 805; Alfred Monk; 26-1-54; 30; bottom third of left half of 176 E12. Northern boundary is an extension of the Cooper Rd line to the east.
6 827; William Bedford; 20-12-53; 34 (northern half.The location of the whole of lot 34 is given here.
The southern boundary is just south of the e-w end of Cooper Rd (or it might be the southern boundary because the number of links in the sketch of title,or my transposition is slightly out;I'm discussing a difference of one millimetre on Melway!)The northern boundary is about four fifths of the way to the top of 176 C12 and the eastern boundary is a continuation of the last n-s section of Cooper Rd. William Burrell (below) bought the southern half including (or fronting)the end of Cooper Rd.
8 465; Jn Hy Broughton; 10-12-52; 28; bottom third of (a bit more than) the left half of 176 C12. North boundary is an eastern extension of the e-w section of Cooper Rd.
12 329; William Burrell; 31-12-53; 34 (southern half fronting or including the end of Cooper Rd ; the location of the whole of lot 34 is given under the William Bedford entry (just above.)
23 135; Ben. Escott Cozens; 10-12-52; 19; middle longitudinal third of 3 D1 fronting the south side of Cooper Rd and extending south halfway to the private access between Loemans Rd and the creek.
26 995; B.Brookman; 10-12-55; 25; top left corner of 3 D1 having Cooper Rd as its south and west boundary. North west corner indicated by the E in COOPER RD in 176 D 12.
25 46; Charles Boone; 26-1-54; 5 3 38-45.
Lot 5. 3C-D3. The part of the park south east of the road to the ford between the diagonal park boundary with a parallel south west boundary and the ROSETTE ROCK just inside its southern corner.
Lot 3. 3 D-E 3-4 east of Jacksons Creek. The southern two thirds of the ORGAN PIPES are inside its northern boundary and the south boundary is just above ORGAN PIPES in 3 D4.
Lots 38-45. Top third of 176 D12 and left half of top third of 176 E 12, and north to Jacksons Creek.
30 303; David Smith; 31-8-55; 36; the horseshoe bend in 176 B 11-10 with a southern boundary just inside 176 C and D11.
*30 331 Repeats W 328 correcting errors.
34 804; Alex. Cameron; 10-12-52; 16; same western and eastern boundaries as lot 19 to the north,that is lines leading (magnetic)south from points one third and two thirds of the way along the e-w section of Cooper Rd. Fronts the private access and goes halfway north to Cooper Rd.
70 277; Trustees 15-10-58; 1/3 acre; 14. Cavour Country Club,3 E2. Was this Rev.Reid's school?
161 44; William Jolley; 14-6-1866; 17; western third of 3 D1 part 2 fronting Cooper Rd and the private access leading west from Loemans Rd. The western boundary was a southern continuation of the n-s part of Cooper Rd at the top of 3 D1.
168 702; John Jones; 10-12-1852; 1; 3 D4,the south west portion of the Organ Pipes National Park with its northern boundary between the words NATIONAL and PARK on the map.
COPYRIGHT MELWAY PUBLISHING PTY. LTD. REPRODUCED FROM MELWAY EDITION 27, WITH PERMISSION.
The lot numbers as shown above were unknown until I was trying to establish the locations of farms owned by the Tates and Randalls. Luckily a plan of Fawkners subdivision of section 10 was included in the sketch of title for Application 12224
(by Paul Tate in 1879.)
The plan showed that Fawkners index did not include details about the sale of three lots, unless I missed the entries in my transcription.
LOT 35 WAS BOUGHT BY HENRY JOLLY (285 117).
LOT 29 WAS BOUGHT BY COGAN BRUMBY (6 228).
LOT 33 WAS BOUGHT BY THOMAS HORLEY (HORTEY?)
Joll(e)ys purchase of lot 35 was probably not memorialized until 1880 when Letitia Roy Smith (Davids wife) applied for title, stating that she bought it from Henry Jolley for 90 pounds on 26-3-1856 (Application 13198).
It is obvious that the purchase of lot 33 was never memorialized. Some proof of the purchase must have been provided in application 13537.
In superimposing the lots onto Melway maps 176 and 3, I have used the dimensions given in memorials but I have had to show with a dotted line that the south- west corner of lot 42 was at the bend in the river.
SECTION 10 FARMS.
Abraham Hodgkinsons farm consisted of lots 7, 8 and 9. The part of it that is now part of the park passed to his widow Harriet, who also received the grant for allotment 7A of section 5, Holden on 1-12-1875. (Harriet then lived in Holden, so the farm on lots 7 and 8 was then called the Old Farm.) Harriets second husband, William Sharp, bought lot 6* on 29-6-1865, so Harriet (a daughter of Thomas Faithfull) would have toiled on lots 6, 7, 8 and 9 as well as Starr Grove. The rest of Abrahams farm was sold to Harry Mildenhall, husband of Harriets sister. Henry sold this to George Randall for 75 pounds on 3-4-1862.
*Lot 6 was sold to Sharp by R.G.Nichols (who had bought it from Lewis on 23-8-1854 for 120 pounds) .Was this George Nicholls who married Harriets sister Jane? Nichols sold to Sharp for only 60 pounds.
COPYRIGHT MELWAY PUBLISHING PTY. LTD. REPRODUCED FROM MELWAY STREET DIRECTORY EDITION 27 , WITH PERMISSION.
Allotment B of section 5 in Holden was granted to Paul Tate and the other executors of the will of C. Rhodes. Ed Fanning does not believe that it became part of Pleasant Vale. Paul Tate probably gained title to lots 35 and 27.
George Randall also bought lots 11-15 from Thomas Fraser on 20-11-1861 for 325 pounds (112 484). It is likely that Randall also bought lots 10 and 16 from Fraser. Ed Fanning says that the 108 acres that Alf Randall had after Hall had bought this section 10 farm was in the western quarter of 11B.
William Bedford sold the southern half of lot 34 to David Smith for 40 pounds on 12-3-1861 (6 827). He had bought lot 3 from Boone for 10 shillings on 3-4-1855 and lot 2 from Collins on 12-3-1856 for 112 pounds. He later added lot 1, purchased from John Jones for 129 pounds on 25-1-1867 (Application 26569).
Henry Ernest Hall applied for title to lot 4 (Application 27053) and then Harriet Sharps old farm and lot 6 in 1891. Application 40141 shows Hall in possession of lots 1-13 (all the section 10 land south of the line of Loemans Rd) as well as lots 14 and 16. Ratebooks (1902, 1915) show that he owned 106 acres.
John Heagney bought 11B from the grantees but by 1882 Katherine and James Heagney were reduced to leasing Craigllachie from the OBriens. Paul Tate had the western half of 11B and the Ritchies had the eastern half.
Abraham Hodgkinson was the 3rd mate on the Royal Consort which left for Australia on 9-11-1843 and arrived on 18-2-1844. He was paid L8/19/6 for his duties, which indicates that he did not jump ship as many sailors did a decade later during the gold rush. On board as passengers were Thomas Faithfull 37, his wife Mary Ann 39, and their children: Harriet Ruby 19, Sarah Amelia 17, Henry 14, Jane 11, Moses 8, William 4 and Thomas 2. The Faithfull family must have soon arrived in this area for when their eighth and last child, Anne, was born on 9-6-1846 the birth was registered at Bulla.
Now it seems that Abraham Hogkinson, about 31 during the voyage out, was using his time off duty for more than sleeping. A certain 19 year old lass had caught his eye and he was to marry Harriet on 10-2-1850. Abraham was to live only nine years after his marriage but fathered eight children because he started early! Did they elope? The registrations of his childrens births indicate his whereabouts before buying land on Tullamarine Island:
Ester b. Moonee Ponds* & d. Melbourne 1845, Maria b. Gippsland 1848, William b. Keilor 1849, Marian b.1851 and Sarah b.1853 at Jordans Creek (up Castlemaine way), Thomas b.1855 Tullamarine, Harriet b.1857 Flemington (may have needed special medical care for the birth), Abraham b.1860 Tullamarine (d.1861.)
(Moonee Ponds could have indicated that he was working for Loeman on Moreland, Robertson on La Rose or Fawkner on Belle Vue Park, leasing part of 23 Doutta Galla, working for Kenny on Camp Hill, McDougall etc on Glenroy, Peter McCracken on Stewarton, Coghill on Cumberland, Dewar on Glendewar, Greene on Woodland or Firebrace on Melford Station, i.e. anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek!
Several historians have made the mistake of assuming that Moonee Ponds meant the present suburb.)
Anyhow, getting back to Abrahams farm. On 25-2-54, Abraham bought Edward Popes allotment for 150 pounds (12 981). For an amount that was not entered in the memorial, he then purchased the neighbouring allotment from Frederick Anthony Thies on 4-5-1855. I have not been able to find the conveyance of John Beasleys allotment, but Abe obviously owned this by 1-9-1855, when he mortgaged all three allotments to J.H.Brooke for 100 pounds (30 384).
On 30-7-1858, Abraham conveyed Beasleys lot and the eastern part of Thiess lot (which is not part of the Organ Pipes Park) to Henry Mildenhall for 125 pounds (66 695). Mildenhall became the husband of Sarah Amelia Faithfull, the sister of Abrahams wife, Harriet. Abraham Hodgkinson died on 2-12-1859. In 1862, his widow married William Skill Sharp but Harriet again became a widow when William died on 4-8-1870.
On 15-7-1879, Thomas Hodgkinson conveyed Popes purchase and the western half of the lot originally bought by Thies (both now part of the park) to his mother Harriet Sharp for 140 pounds. (282 230). The memorial indicates that the title was converted (to Torrens?) in 1890 so details of further conveyance cannot be obtained for free.
Harriet Sharp died on 24-12-1885. Her will of 17-12-1885 left the old farm (lot 7 and the western half of lot 8) to her daughter Amy Ann Sharpe and East End Farm, her present homestead (allotment 7A of section 5 in Holden) to her son, John Sharpe. Thomas Hodgkinson was appointed as Amys trustee until she turned 21.John Sharpe, her sole executor, specified on 31-3-1886 that the Holden farm consisted of 36 99/160 acres and the old farm of about 31 acres. (See 11A re spouses of Harriets kids.)
David Smith purchased lot 36 in section 10 from Fawkner. He later acquired the nearby lots originally purchased by Burrell (1854), Cozens (55), Bedford (61) and William Jolly (67). His wife Letitia Roy Smith bought Henry Jollys lot 35 on 26-3-1856. David was one of the four trustees for the Presbyterian land on lot 14.David also owned John Byrnes old farm of about 150 acres (between Overpostle and the westernmost quarter of 11B) from 1862 until he sold it to Paul Tate on 18-3-1876. Letitia sold about 12 acres to speculator, Aaron Waxman, on 17-12-1879.
As the Mansfields owned land in both allotments, details of both allotments need to be read in conjunction with each other. See J.P.Fawkners 80 lot subdivision of 13B and the southern half of 13A superimposed on Melway map 4.
CROWN ALLOTMENT A.
This allotment consisted of 492 acres and was granted to John Pascoe Fawkner and George Coghill in December 1850.On 28-9-1852 the allotment was bisected with Coghill taking ownership of the northern half and Fawkner the southern 246 acres. Fawkner then subdivided this land and 13 B (south of Mansfields Rd). The original purchasers of this land are shown on Melway map 4. Lots consisted of about 6 acres.
Purchasers in 13 A whose names persisted in the area for many years were George Emerson (family associated with the area at the start of Loemans Rd), William Trotman (family associated with land between the two parts of Waltham, Glenarthur, Springfield and Greenan, all on the northern side of Somerton Rd at Greenvale), and Donald Gray (land retained until 1915 at least by Agnes).
George Coghill mortgaged his property Glencairn (the northern half of 13 A, 17B and the part of section 16 s/w of Bulla Rd) to Henry Miller for 2100 pounds on 9-6-1856. Perhaps he needed the money to build his boiling-down works on Glencairn.
Most of the Fawkners subdivision blocks, and obviously Coghills half were eventually purchased by David Mansfield. In 1891, David had obviously sold two properties of 343 and 320 acres to Herman who was listed as the owner with nobody listed as occupant. Davids 320 acres farm was obviously Roseleigh plus 50 acres and the 13 acres later added to Glenalice, and the 343 acres was the farm given to Walter later on with the addition of 13 acres.
G.W.Taylor (Gladstone Park and Chandos) and the Essendon Land Tram and Investment Co. (Crotty and Delahey land on both sides of Fosters Rd), had been forced to relinquish their land as well as payments already made when the depression struck. The Hermans (Thomas and Marks) who had also bought Gowrie Park and much land near the Bulla cemetery and shire hall, would have suffered the same fate.
Coghills half of 13A (246 acres) and Fawkners lots 1-14 of 6 acres 12 perches each (88 acres plus the private road 50 links wide and 11620 links long running east-west 1220 links north of Mansfield Rd, another 5.8 acres), became his son, Walters Glenalice. The above adds up to 340.3 acres, fairly close to the acreage of the first farm sold to Herman by David Mansfield. The magnificent duochrome brick Glenalice near the west end of the runway would have been demolished in about 1965 at about the same time as the Inverness hotel. Roseleigh of 257 acres, owned by Walters brother Ernest, was partly north of Mansfields Rd, but its homestead (still standing) and much of its land were on the south side.
A 28 acre block owned by T.W.Taylor/Emerson originally and later occupied by Charles Farnes (1860s) John Duncan McFarlane of Worrough at Keilor (1922-3) and Kevin Ernest Butler (1946-7) was sold for the jetport C 1961 by the Butlers. This block, lots 27-29, fronted north side of the east end of Mansfields Rd. The easement granted to Walter Mansfield in David Mansfields will of 1903 was probably on the western boundary of this 28 acre block. (See section 14 about what I think is a wrong assumption that Samuel Mansfield owned Gowrie Park.)
By 1946-7, the Mansfields had gone, their land having been bought in equal halves of 312 acres. Walters Glenalice was sold in 1939 with the clearing sale on April 12 bringing poor prices such as 5/- for a draught horse.
James Mackie Smith, a chemist according to Keith McNab, owned Roseleigh and Charles William Willers owned Glenalice. In 1950 or before, P.J.Shelley purchased Roseleigh, which was mainly in 13B but extended 1020 links north of Mansfields Rd. The Commonwealth purchased his 115 acres in 13 A in 1961. This 115 acres probably consisted of lots 15-26 of Fawkners subdivision (12 x 9 a. 1 r. 38 p. = 113 acres 3 roods 16 perches). Walter Murphy was trying to persuade the select committee in 1963 and 1970 that the remaining 186 acres should also be purchased.
By 1961 a Mr Finchett had bought Glenalice of 357 acres and sold it for the jetport.
LOTS PURCHASED BY FAWKNER'S CO-OP. MEMBERS IN 13A.(Lot No.; Name; Area; Document; location on Melway.)
14. James Bullied. (Volume 19, folio 934.) 4 B- small part C, fronting south half of eastern extent of horseshoe bend to Perimeter Rd.
13, 12. William Warr. 18 acres 25 perches. (Volume 4, folio 460.)The rest of 4 D2, middle latitudinal third.
11, 10,9, 8, 7. Correction fluid. I'd forgotten to amend what I'd written and, alas, I no longer have my notes.
North east corner of 7 just west of south corner of west end of runway.
LOTS 6-1 FRONT THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RUNWAY BUT BECAUSE THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY IS MAGNETIC EAST-WEST,RATHER THAN BEING TRUE EAST-WEST AS THE RUNWAY IS, THE NORTH EAST CORNER OF LOT 1 TOUCHES THE BOTTOM OF 4 H2 AT A NORTHERN CONTINUATION OF McNABS RD.
6. Charles Snooks. (V.2 f.226.) Small parts E-F 2-3.
5. William Lees.(V.3 f.143.)Small parts F.2-3.
4, 3, 2, 1. William Trotman. F-G 2-3 and H3(top half, to corner mentioned above in bold type.)
THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF LOTS 15 TO 29 IS MANSFIELD RD,THUS MELWAY REFERENCES MEAN NORTH OF MANSFIELDS RD. THEY ADJOIN LOTS 14-1 ON THE NORTH.
15-19. Donald Gray. (V.2 f.639.) Projection in 4 A2 to western quarter of D3.
The part of Mansfields Rd climbing up from Deep Creek (where there were good kaolin deposits)was called Gray's Hill. Malcolm Ritchie of Aucholzie, adjoining Fawkner's subdivision on the south, married a Gray girl.
20, 21. Correction fluid. (V.64 f.332 and V.19 f.890), possibly Gray. 4 D3, part D4.
22.Thomas Brown. (V.2 f.429.) Almost left half of 4 E3. Includes gate 11.
No lot number but obviously 23. School. Almost right half of 4 E3.
24-26. Patrick (probably a given name)correction fluid. (V.2 f.88 written only on 25.)4 F3.
27-28. George Emerson. (V.96 f.92.) Left two thirds of 4 G3.
29. John Taylor. (V.29 f.197.) East to Farnes' corner,the corner of McNabs and Mansfields Rds.
THE LOTS SOUTH OF MANSFIELDS RD WERE IN 13B.
ALLOTMENT B (SECTION 13).
Consisting of 415 acres, this was granted to Fawkner in December 1850. He subdivided it, along with the southern half of 13 A. Original purchasers are shown on Melway map 4. Charles Nash bought the land now occupied by Broadacres Kennels and Cattery and his widow, Mary, still owned it in 1922 and used it to graze dry cows. Harry Nashs widow, Olive still owned it in 1970. The Ritchie family added 110 acres of 13B to Aucholzie and David (and then Ernest) Mansfield seem to have had 186 acres if Walter Murphys details about the Shelleys farm were correct. Patrick Murphy had Ritchies 110 acres in 1914-5 and much of the remaining 119 acres would have been John Mansfields Pine Tree Farm and part of his 205 acres (including the 83 acre Scone) which Alf Wright was leasing. In 1922-3, Christina Elizabeth Turner had 114 acres, probably Pine Tree Farm, which was between Roseleigh and McNabs Rd. In 1946-7, R.J.Gilbertson had 119 and 106 acres in 13 B, obviously having acquired Pine Tree Farm and 4 of the 110 acres being added to the 114. In 1914-5 James Miller, a mechanic, had 12 acres between Nashs block and McNabs Rd and in 1922-3 Robert Miller had it. The 1914-5 acreages ,using Walter Murphys numbers, exceed that of 13B by 27 acres so it seems that Percy Shelley only had 160 acres in 13 B (and hence David and Ernest Mansfield).
CO-OP. MEMBERS AND THEIR BLOCKS IN 13B.(Lot No.;Purchaser;Area; Document;Location on Melway.)
The northern boundary of lots 48 to 30 is Mansfields Rd unless otherwise stated.
46-47. James Timms. Fronts eastern run of Deep Creek from the old ford in James Robertson's Upper Keilor
(west end of dotted line at the end of Mansfields Rd)with the south boundary starting from the bend to the south in 4 C3. Extends eastward just into 4 D3 and small part of C4.
47-48. James Amos. Eastern boundary is the southward-running part of Deep Creek in the bottom left corner of 4 C3. Small parts of C3 and 4. North east corner near the n in Airport Boundary.South of Timms' blocks.
44-43.Archbald McKenzie. Mansfield Rd boundary from the north east corner of Timms' purchase to two thirds of the way across 4 D3. Contains the private access road and goes south halfway to Bassett Rd.
42-41. John Cumming.Manfields Rd boundary from two thirds of the way across 4 D3 to halfway across 4 E3. Same depth as lots 44 and 43.
NO LOT NUMBER(S). Isaac Mansfield. (Volume Y folio 751.) Road frontage to Mansfields and Bassett Rds of about 600 links (6 chains or 120 metres, 6 mm on Melway) and a frontage to the West side of Panton Drive of 3000 links (30 chains or 600 metres.)
NO LOT NUMBER(S). Samuel Mansfield. (Volume X folio 838.)Same dimensions as Isaac's block but fronting the east side of Panton Drive.South east corner a touch east of the proposed runway.
33. John Mansfield. (V. folio 926.) Same dimensions as Issac and Sam's blocks. Northern half of east boundary adjoins Broadacres Kennels and Cattery in 4 G4 (in my 1999 edition but by 2007 acquired for airport expansion.)
This was almost certainly the farm that John called "Pine Tree Farm".
32, 31. Charles Nash. (Volume Y folio 419.) Broadacres Kennels and Cattery land.Frontage to Mansfields Rd of 260 metres, running east from a point 400 metres west of McNabs Rd. Top left two thirds of 4G4 extending southward halfway to the line of Bassett Rd.Charles and his son, Harry, used this land for spelling dry cows.
30.W.Spiers. Corner of Mansfields and McNabs Rd with frontages of about 140 and 300 metres. James Spiers was assessed by the shire of Keilor in 1868. Peter Spiers was assessed in 1900 on 101 acres that later became Bill Ellis's "Ecclesfield" and was probably Langlands purchase in Fawkner's subdivision of part sections 6 and 7.
The southern boundary of lots 49 to 62 is Bassett Rd.
49-51. James Robb. Horseshoe bend in 4 A-B 4 and first quarter of C4 on Bassett Rd frontage. Deep Creek is the western and most of the northern boundary.The northern boundary of this and other smaller blocks can be indicated by drawing a line from the westward flowing portion of the creek that forms Robb's northern boundary to the exact bottom right corner of 4 H4.
52. John Matthews. Roughly the next 120 metres to the east with the same depth as Robb's.
53. Thomas Clements.Ditto. Goes East to a planned (but probably never made) road that ran from Bassett Rd to meet Mansfields Rd at the western side of McKenzie's purchase to provide access for James Amos.
54, 55. Peter Nettleton. Next 280 metres to the east.Left two thirds of 4 D4. Same depth as Robb's.
56. James Jackson. Next 140 metres east. The rest of 4 D4. Same depth as Robb's.
57. William Gapper. Ditto. Left third of 4 E4, part 5.
58. Thomas Thomas. Ditto. Middle longitudinal third of 4 E4 part 5.
59. John Mansfield. Ditto. This block was 280 metres west of John's large block, 2nd east from Pantons Drive.
*Mansfield's large block on the west side of Pantons Drive.Proposed runway at north west corner.
*Sam Mansfield's large block on the east side of Pantons Drive.Proposed runway at south east corner.
* John Mansfield's large block for the next 140 metres east.
(* These blocks fronted both Mansfields and Bassett Rds.)
60. William Adams. Next 140 metres east. Left third parts 4 G4 and 5.
61. John Mansfield. Ditto. Middle longitudinal third of 4 G 4 and 5.
62. Arthur Millington. Last 140 metres to McNabs Rd. Right third of 4 G4 and 5.
The following tragedy led to my poem DEATH AT BERTRAM'S FORD.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 16 October 1906 p 1 Family Notices
... Colonist 53 years. MANSFIELD.-On the 15th October (accidently drowned), at Keilor, William John, beloved lim husband of Catherine Mansfield, and only surviving son of John Mansfield, of Tullamarine, aged 50 years also his eldest son. William John Mansfield Slans aged 7 years. "In ... 1116 words
This clash between brothers led to my poem THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON.The judge told them to shake hands and share a beer together (obviously not in the reporter's vicinity.) They were the best of friends from that day forward. (The late Wally Mansfield.)
An action was tried in the Supreme Court yesterday, before Mr. Justice A'Beckett and a jury of six, in which John Mansfield, of Tullamarine, sued his brother David Mansfield, of the same place, for damages for placing an obstruction across a road in Tullamarine, which it was alleged the plaintiff had a right to use. The plaintiff also asked that the obstruction should be removed from the road, and that an injunction should be granted against its re-erection. Mr. Topp and Mr. R. A. Smith appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Duffy and Mr. Bryant for the defendant. The plaintiff's case was that the road in question ran on one side of the defendant's land, and the defendant put a fence across it, and thereby prevented plaintiff from using it, or having access by it to the Deep Creek, to which it led. The defence was that the plaintiff had no right to the use of the road. The plaintiff produced evidence to show that he owned land in the district, and that his title to the land gave him also a right to use the road in question, the right being derived from the original owners of the land which constituted the road. After the jury had retired to consider their verdict, Sir Bryant stated that an affidavit had been filed with the judges associate by a clerk of the defendant's solicitors, in which the clerk swore that on the previous day he saw the plaintiff and his brother, Samuel Mansfield, enter a hotel together with one of the jurymen who was empanelled in the case. About a quarter of an hour afterwards the clerk went into the hotel and there saw John and Samuel Mansfield drinking and talking with the juryman, but when they saw the clerk they left the hotel by different doors.
Mr.Bryant therefore asked his Honour under the circumstances, to defer entering up judgment until an application could be made to the Full Court. Shortly after Mr. Bryant made the request, the jury returned into court with a verdict for the plaintiff with damages, 1s. Mr. Bryant then renewed his request, but his Honour stated that he did not think it was in his province to take any notice of the affidavit. He entered up the verdict for the plaintiff, damages 1s, with costs, and granted the injunction, the obstruction to be removed within one month. (P.4, Argus,20-11-1890.)
The road that David had closed could have been Panton Drive but might have also been several other subdivision roads that disappeared long long ago.
Bassett Rd is the northern boundary of lots 63 to 80.The south boundary of lots 63 to 80 can be pinpointed by extending the south boundary of the land shaded yellow in the 1999 and 2007 Melway (bottom of 4 F-G 5) to Deep Creek. This line was a continuation of Grants Lane and the boundary between the shires of Keilor (south) and Bulla (north);Fawkner's subdivision was entirely in the latter,as was the one in Section 10. The subdivision on the parts of section 6 and 7 west of Bulla Rd was entirely in the shire of Keilor, being south of Grants lane.
(These are listed from McNabs Rd to Deep Creek.)
63.John Mansfield. 200 metre frontage to McNabs Rd and frontage of 140 metres to west on the south side of Bassett Rd (which ran east to McNabs Rd.)The Grants Lane bridge (at the bottom right corner of 4 G5) was just across McNabs Rd from its south east corner.
64-65. Thomas Saunders. East to just inside 4 F5.
66-7.Thomas Threlfall. East almost to Panton Drive corner.
68-9.Graham Jameson. South west corner two fifths of the way across 4 E5.
70. James Figgins. South east corner almost three quarters of the way across 4 E5.
71. John Dewar. Southeast corner at the left boundary of 4 E5.
John Dewar might have been related to William Dewar, who founded Glendewar (Melway 5 C3 to E6.)
72-3. John Maglehose. South east corner three fifths of the way across 4 D5. In 1999 (with lot 74) comprised Mooreholme Kennels owned by Harry Moore and his wife, Val, both members of the reformed Keilor Historical Society. Harry was a gracious opponent in the 1974 Tullamarine ward election.
74.D.Hill. South east corner nine tenths of the way across 4 D5.The purchaser was possibly an ancestor of Stephen Hill who escaped death in the Mansfield tragedy at Bertrams Ford and was probably living at that time at Danby Farm at the east end of the east-west runway. William Mansfield was on Scone (Airport terminal site) at that time if I remember correctly. The two families had been neighbours for over 50 years by 1906.Like the McRaes, the Hills moved to St Albans.
75-78.Richard Thomas. 4 C5, parts B, D5 and C4.
79. No documents mentioning this were found. Possibly Richard or Arthur Thomas.
80. Arthur Thomas. Southern boundary 200 metres to Deep Creek and northern boundary (line of Bassett Rd)420 metres.
The north west corner of section 7 (and J.P.Fawkner's other subdivision in Tullamarine) was only one mile west along Grants Lane, past John Grant's "Seafield", from the south west corner of his section 13 subdivision.
Sections 6 and 15 were granted to John Carre Riddell an early squatter of Cairn Hill near Gisborne. Section 6 is west of "Gladstone" extending from Freight Rd to Bamford Ave with its western boundary roughly indicated by the northern part of Link Rd. Section 15 is between Bamford Ave and the creek,extending west to the Airport Terminal.
Section 7 was granted to J.P.Fawkner, as head of a co-operative, on 28-6-1850. Section 7 is the square mile west of section 6; its n/w corner is indicated by airport gates 33 and 34 and its s/w corner by the Quantas maintenance area.(1999 Melway.)
On 28-2-1851, Fawkner paid Riddell 217 pounds for the (almost) 107 acres of section 6 south west of Bulla Rd and Riddell paid Fawkner L 63/16/3 for the (almost) 64 acres of section 7 north east of the road.
SECTIONS 6, 7 AND 15.
Copyright Melway Publishing Pty. Ltd. Reproduced from Melway Ed. 27 with permission.
This map shows Fawkners subdivision of sections 6 and 7 south-west of Bulla Rd and Riddells north east of it. The location of the Beech Tree Inn on John Beechs purchase is indicated by a dot. The lane starting at the north west corner of Beechs land became known as Andersons Lane and the one starting between lots 7 and 8 was Conders Lane. Tullamarine State School 2613 was at the south west corner of lot 8. Fergusons purchase, labelled Stewart on the airport acquisitions map*, was actually 46 acres but a very old clerical error (reversing the digits) led the McNabs to believe that the rent and rates they were paying on 64 acres was justified.
See J.P.Fawkners subdivision s/w of Bulla Rd and J.C.Riddells subdivision n/e of Bulla Rd (superimposed on Melway map 5) on the next page.
On 28-2-1851, Fawkner paid Riddell 217 pounds for the (almost) 107 acres of section 6 south west of Bulla Rd and Riddell paid Fawkner L 63/16/3 for the (almost) 64 acres of section 7 north east of the road.
SECTIONS 6, 7 AND 15.
Copyright Melway Publishing Pty. Ltd. Reproduced from Melway Ed. 27 with permission.
This map shows Fawkners subdivision of sections 6 and 7 south-west of Bulla Rd and Riddells north east of it. The location of the Beech Tree Inn on John Beechs purchase is indicated by a dot. The lane starting at the north west corner of Beechs land became known as Andersons Lane and the one starting between lots 7 and 8 was Conders Lane. Tullamarine State School 2613 was at the south west corner of lot 8. Fergusons purchase, labelled Stewart on the airport acquisitions map*, was actually 46 acres but a very old clerical error (reversing the digits) led the McNabs to believe that the rent and rates they were paying on 64 acres was justified.
As much about the airport had changed between 1999 and 2007, I will provide new indicators for the north west and south west corners of Section 7, parish of Tullamarine (and Fawkner's subdivision.)
NORTH WEST CORNER of section 7. In Melway 5 B6, extend the line of Grants Rd west past Airside Rd to a spot above the A in Air (in Aust. Air Express). Make the western boundary by lightly drawing a line from this spot to gate 22 in 5 A10. Gate 22 is just south of the south west corner.
SOUTH WEST CORNER of section 7. Extend the north boundary of Trade Park in Melway 5 G-H11 (dotted blue line, formerly Post Office Lane) to a line joining the north west corner and gate 22.
PURCHASERS ON FAWKNER'S SUBDIVISION OF SECTIONS 6 AND 7.
SECTION 7. (Lot No; Purchaser; Document; location on Melway.)
18(and,apparently 19). David Beckinsale. North west corner with a 140 metre frontage east along Grants Rd to a road leading south which may have been called Spiers Lane. This road went south 280 metres(from the point where Service Rd and Grants Rd now meet) where it met an east west road at the north boundary of Menzies Cargo. David's eastern boundary then resumed 40 metres east along the latter road and was another north-south road that continued to gate 23 on the border of 5 A and B 10.David's south east corner was the top of the C in RESTRICTED AREA (5 B8.)
17, 16, 15, 14, 13. Henry Landlands. The rest of the Grants Lane frontage to Ellis's Corner ( the Bulla Rd corner, in Melway 5 D6.) The start of Grants Rd between Ellis's corner and Centre Rd has been renamed Melrose Drive for the benefit of motorists. These lots are bisected by Francis Briggs Drive. The southern boundary is the northern boundary of MENZIES CARGO extended towards Melrose Drive*, the east-west road referred to earlier.
(*The eastern 280 metres of this road bent about 15 degrees to the north from the eastern border of 5 C7.Apac Drive only extended east to halfway across 5 C7 in 1999 and it is likely that it now meets Melrose Dr at the corner of Landlands' land. It is likely that this was the 101 acre property owned by Spiers, Vaughan and Bill Ellis (who called it "Ecclesfield".)
AS OUTLINED IN COMMENT 1, I WILL NOW DEAL WITH THE BLOCKS BETWEEN THE WESTERN BOUNDARY OF SECTION 7, HEADING TO GATE 22 AND THE ROAD LEADING TO GATE 23.
20 (and, apparently 21).Charles James Watts.The north east corner is indicated by the west end of Apac Drive.The southern boundary is just below the westernmost six red arrows in 5 B8.
22. Joseph Allen. From Watts' southern boundary, three quarters of the way south to taxiway W in 5,parts A and B 8.
23. Timothy Francis. Taxiway W runs across its northern third and the southern boundary was where the (white) north western corner of the Qantas maintenance area touches the boundary between 5 A and B9.
24 and 25. Benjamin Bates. Includes the large Qantas (green) buildings with gates 22 and 23 being the south west and south east boundaries.
NOW BACK TO MELWAY 5 B7.
62 and 63. Mary Ann Vaughan. Northern boundary is that of Menzies Cargo taken east to the eastern boundary, which is the western boundary of Melbourne Gateway Facility. The east-west part of Airside Rd is its southern boundary.
64. J.Murphy. Melbourne Gateway Facility in 5 C7. The eastern boundary (and part of the southern) can be seen on Melway, a faint dotted line. I am prepared to bet that this was the pioneer at Diggers Rest in 1888, whose biography was in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS.I think his first name was John.
63, 12, 11. Richard Hartnett. Fronts Melrose Drive from the Apac Drive corner to the north west boundary of the airport staff car park in parts 5 D-E 7-8.The western boundary is the dotted line referred to as Murphy'seastern boundary. The southern boundary is a continuation east of Murphy's to the centre of the bottom of D7 where it bends to meet Melrose Drive at a right angle.
10, 9, 8. John Parker. Fronts Melrose Drive including the Airport Staff car park, the taxi holding area and LPG refuelling and carwash; Continues south to the Link Rd corner. From this corner, Parker's southern boundary,Conders Lane, ran (magnetic) west through the subdivision to meet the road which ran north from gate 23. Parker's purchase became part of James Love's dairy and the land for State School 2613 was bought from Love.
WE HAVE REACHED THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SECTION 7. BEFORE RESUMING AT LOTS 61, 60 AND 59, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY HOW HISTORICALLY INSENSITIVE ARE THE NAMES OF MERCER DRIVE (5 F7, D8) AND LINK RD (5 E9-10.) I presume these names were bestowed by the same boffins who destroyed Anthony Rowhead's bicentennial project to name airport roads after indigenous, European and aviation pioneers. Mercer Drive should be named after the Nash family and Link Rd should be named after the Parr family. Not one descendant of a pioneering Tullamarine family would disagree with this. Victoria St (of which Mercer Drive is a part) was named after the young Queen but every local called it Nash's Lane. Link Rd runs (on the section 7 and 6 boundary) through Sam Parr's "The Elms" to Bill Parr's "Annandale",just as the Oaklands Hunt used to do.
61, 60, 59.Mary Ann Vaughan. Like her lots 62 and 63 to the north, this purchase has a frontage on the eastern side of the road that runs from Menzies Cargo to gate 23. The northern boundary is the top of the pink area (to what used to be Perimeter Rd) in 5 B-C7.(Perimeter Rd is shown in the 1999 Melway.) Conders Lane,the southern boundary, was just north of taxiway W and can be shown by extending the east-west boundary of the pink area (at the top of 5 D9)to Melrose Drive and west to touch the intersection of the entry to the Qantas maintenance area and taxiway W. The boundary with lot 58 goes from the bend (south of the Melbourne Gateway Facility)in the pink area's boundary to the middle of the bottom of 5 C8.
58. Frederick Plumridge. East of Mary Ann Vaughan's lot 59. North east corner is at the junction of C and D 7 and 8. Fronts the north side of Conders Lane.
57 and 56. E?.M.Dyne. Left half of 5 D8. Bisected from north west to south east corners by border of yellow and pink areas.
55. M.J.McCulla. Triangular block in east side of 5 D8 and part E8,the north eastern boundary being parallel with Melrose Drive. Between Lot 55 and Melrose Drive were John Parker's lots 10,9 and 8 which were discussed earlier.
CONDERS LANE LEFT BULLA RD (MEROSE DRIVE)AT THE LINK RD CORNER AND ANDERSON'S LANE WAS OPPOSITE WRIGHT'S LANE (LATER HEAPS' LANE AND NOW SPRINGBANK ST), ALSO RUNNING (MAGNETIC)WEST TO THE LANE LEADING TO GATE 23. BETWEEN THESE SOME PROPERTIES FRONTED BOTH LANES AND THEY WILL BE SO DESCRIBED. (Anderson's Lane was at a right angle to Bulla Rd before turning west at the back of the Airport Club.)
47, 48, 45, 46. Edmund Parker. 5 B9. Fronts the three lanes.
49 and 44. D? Carroll. (Volume M folio 482), 20 acres 2 roods. Fronts both lanes. West half of 5 C9.
50,51. C.C.Horrett. (Volume M folio 722.) Top half of 5 C-D9 including part of South Centre and Cargo Rds.Fronts Conders Lane.
52, 53, 54,7. John Gibbs*. (Volume 32 folio 433.) Top half of 5 D-E9 east of Cargo Rd. Fronts Conders Lane.
43,42, 41. H.W.Cass. (Volume M folio 505.)Fronts Andersons Lane. 5 C-D 9 (bottom half), 10 (top third).
40-39. John Gibbs*. (Volume 32 folio 433.) Fronts Anderson's Lane. Gate 27 was near its south west corner and it went east three quarters of the way to Link Rd where Gibbs' two purchases adjoined "The Elms".
THE FOLLOWING LOTS WERE BETWEEN ANDERSON'S LANE AND THE SECTION 3 AND 7 BOUNDARY, POST OFFICE LANE (THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF TRADE PARK, EXTENDED EAST TO MEET THE NORTH SOUTH LANE AT GATE 23.)
26-28,part 29. John Ferguson.(Volume M folio 620.) 41 acres.Top half 5 B-C10.The reason it was only part of lot 29 was that the east half of the parking area north of building 48 was reserved as a waterhole. The waterhole and a lane leading to it from Andersons Lane would have consisted of 5 acres making a total of 46 acres,which was recorded in Keilor rate books as 64 acres for almost a century and only corrected during airport acquisitions circa 1960.
30. Name not recorded on my Melway because of insufficient space and I no longer have my notes.. (Volume M folio 157.) 10 acres. Roundabout at the Operations/Sth Centre Rd is the middle of the south boundary and gate 26 is the north west corner.
31, 32. George Scarlett. Bottom half of 5 D10.
33, 34, 35. Benjamin Bates. Bottom half of 5 E10. Lot 35 was actually in section 6.
THERE WERE ONLY THREE PROPERTIES IN THE SMALL PART OF SECTION 6 THAT WAS ON THE SOUTH WEST SIDE OF BULLA RD.
5, 6, 38. I was so excited to find the boundaries of "The Elms"that I forgot to write the purchaser on my Melway.It might have been Ann Parr, the widowed mother of James Henry and grandmother of Cr Bill and Sam. Link Rd runs through The Elms following the section 7/6 boundary as it turns south. Probably about a quarter of the 31 acres would be in section 7.The southern boundary is the east -west part of Anderson's Lane. Surrounds Bengrey's block.
Lot 4? George Bengrey. The Airport Club. North Corner of Anderson's Lane.
36. John Beech. (Volume M folio 481, purchased 1-5-1851.)Melrose Drive frontage between the Airport Club and Trade Park with a western boundary halfway between Link Rd and the proposed Airport Drive Extension.John built the Beech Tree Inn opposite the north west corner of Tullamarine Reserve. (See my journal about hotels near Tullamarine.)
LOCATION OF SECTION 10 PURCHASES AND NAMES/LOCATIONS FOR SECTIONS 13, 6 AND 7 WILL BE ADDED SOON.
COBURG -I HAVE NO DETAILS ABOUT THIS GRANT.CAN'T EVEN GET A JIKA JIKA MAP ONLINE.
BOX FOREST.RATE INFORMATION MAY BE IN MY DICTIONARY HISTORY IN THE HADFIELD ENTRY.
CROWN ALLOTMENT 22C,PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA. NO TITLES INFORMATION AVAILABLE. RATES INFORMATION WILL BE PASTED FROM MY EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA.
This journal arose from my Pascoe Vale and Strathmore Journal. I wanted to give details of the properties mentioned, many of them not relevant to that journal.
HUNTING Oaklands Club By Blue Top.
Meeting at Sherwood, Oaklands Junction on Saturday the Oaklands Hunt Club had a drag run to Glenroy. The throw-off was in the Sanatorium property through J.Attwood's Dundonald Estate to the Mickleham road which was crossed taking the field into K Campbell's Springbank, thence through Willowbank to J Walsh's, Andersons and Underwoods where hounds were checked near the bridge in Broadmeadows road. Taking up the line again in Pahoff's the pack raced down the valley into McLeans and then crossed the railway bridge into Gibson's and on through Proudfoot's, Parker's and Morgan's to W.Burke's Oak Park where hounds threw up their heads near the dam after an excellent run of seven or eight miles.etc. (P.11, Argus, 28-6-1937.)
Follow the hunt on Melway.
SHERWOOD (178 C5)is the headquarters of the Oaklands Hunt.Purchase of this property became necessary when a new owner of Woodlands was not as keen on the hunt as previous owners had been. The hounds had been housed there after spending many years previously at Narbonne(177K4) owned by the Daniel family. The history of the Hunt and Major Firebrace who'd operated a Run from his head station that had been on it (and after whom part of Pascoe Vale Rd, Essendon was originally named)is told by D.F.Cameron-Kennedy in his THE OAKLANDS HUNT.
THE SANITORIUM was at Melway 178 D 10.If I remember correctly ,it was on section 1, Yuroke, which adjoined Woodlands (section 2 Bulla Bulla) and had been a timber reserve. The pursuit probably took the riders south east along the Providence Lane boundary and , although not stated, across the 40 acres between Providence Lane and Swain St (178 G-H 11)owned for some time by Harry Swain.
Dundonald was the name of Donald Kennedy's estate north of Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows.) By 1882, when John Cock moved from Broombank in Tullamarine to Springbank, the estate had been broken up into several farms, each with its own name. Dundonald of 440 /400 acres was leased by generations of the Hatty family until 1929 when the whole estate was sold.The other farms were Springbank, Willowbank, and Kia Ora. I'm not sure whether the two farms entered via Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township were part of the estate; they were Wattle Glen (east of Willowbank) and Annette Farm (east of Springbank.)
It is likely that the name of Kia Ora was bestowed in 1929 by the Orr family, which bought it. (Some members of this family had farmed the residential section of the Moonah Links Golf Course (Melway 252 D2) in 1917 before being succeeded by 1920 by Tommy Loft (who was also farming at Greenvale.) In 1920 the Orr boys (John and Jim) were share farming with George and Sid Lloyd's father on Springbank and Willowbank.
(Flinders Shire ratebooks, Wannaeue parish map, Geore Lloyd's MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-52.)
The farm known as Dundonald and purchased by the Attwoods in 1929 was between the line of Swain St and the southern boundary of the Remount, the southern half of Dundonald, which Jim Atwood sold to the Commonwealth and now houses the Victoria Police horse and dog training and the Victorian Institute of Animal Science. Jim was probably more interested in the Oaklands Hunt than farming so Hatty would have been a more appropriate name for the locality. The ruins of the Dundonald homestead remain on Gellibrand Hill (178 H12)and there are good photos of the homestead at Woodlands Historic Homestead.
The hunt would have continued in a south easterly course, crossing Mickleham Rd at about 5K2. This is the north western corner of Springbank. It was bought in 1929 by Edward Campbell. George Dalley bought Willowbank, (6 A-B5)which is easy to identify because it is now the Alanbrae Estate, but Edward later bought it for his son, Keith, and George followed Michael Reddan on James Sharp's Hillside, on the south side of Sharps Rd, Tullamarine. Edward Campbell was a Lord Mayor of Melbourne who had a holiday house on the foreshore just east of the Rosebud Jetty.Keith was very involved in the Hunt and was the Master of Foxhounds (head honcho) for some time. Crossing the creek branch at the eastern end of Gilmore Drive (one of the streets I named), the hare would havecrossed into Walsh's farm which must have been Wattle Bank,occupied by Corrigan in 1920 if I recall properly,which is now occupied by Harricks Drive. Annette Farm would have been north of Chisholm Ave.Both Springbank and Annette farm are undeveloped because of the flight path.
The bridge at Broadmeadows (Melway 6 A6 between Fawkner and Ardlie Sts.) Hackett St, the original western boundary of the township had never been made but is now part of Mickleham Road. Thus Fawkner and Ardlie Sts are referred to as Broadmeadows road.
ANDERSON and UNDERWOOD were Broadmeadows Township's baker and Butcher. The Andersons' house is next to the Forresters' hall, between it and the bridge. Underwood (Tim?) had followed David Cargill as the township's butcher and may have occupied the same house/shop on the north side of Raleigh St almost opposite St Paul's but a bit further west. (I hope there is a historic plaque to indicate this house and the baker's house!)
One of the township's saddest times was when David's young son was accidentally shot during a rabbiting expedition by the Graco lad.
I presume the Anderson land was between Raleigh and Kenny Sts from which area the hunt would cross Lyons St into Glen Allan but both paddocks may have been near the bridge.
Phayoff (the spelling finally decided upon in ratebooks) owned Glen Allan (6 E-H7), established by John Kerr Jnr and on which John Twomey was growing nine foot high maize by 1909. By 1928 the new Broadmeadows Shire Hall had been built on the Pascoe Vale Rd frontage but Phayoff was still farming most of the land between the township (Westmeadows) and Pascoe Vale Rd.
THE VALLEY would have taken the hunt from approximately 6 E7 to THE RAILWAY BRIDGE at 16 E2. The Albion-Jacana railway had been built circa 1928 so the bridge was probably built soon after to provide access to Glenroy for farmers between the creek and railway, such as the McLeans.
THE PRICE OF MILK AND THE FARMER'S WIFE A sorry story of decreased production, increased costs and no profits at all was told by dairy farmer witnesses at the milk prices inquiry, on Wednesday of last week. It was one of long hours of drudgery, with very little re ward, and the heroine of it, according to at least one of the narrators, was the farmer's wife. After he had told how his wife worked on the farm from 6.15 a.m. until 730 p.m., and slaved at household chores from then on till midnight, Mr D. A. McLean, of Glenroy, commented feelingly, "I don't know how she does it. But I do know that she should be entitled at least to the wage that the girls are getting in munition factories. She should be looked up to," he said, "not looked down on as 'just a cocky's wife."' Turning to the chairman, he added, "You know what farmers' wives have got to put up with." (P.4, Morwell Advertiser, 10-2-1944.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 12 November 1947 Supplement: Woman's Magazine p 10 Article Illustrated
... rd, East Malvern, for her kitten entry. Consolation prizes of 5/ each go to Miss Jean McLean, 34 Finchley av, Glenroy;
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 12 April 1923 p 6 Article
... .PROPERTY SALES. Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co report having sold by auction hi tin Mon, on account of the Trustees, Executors, and Agency Company the brick villa Glenlyn, Glenroy, to Councillor L. McLean;
Obituary. With extreme regret we have heard of the death of Mr Lachlan McLean, J.P., resident of Glenroy and one of the representatives of the Campbellfield riding of Broadmeadows shire council, of which body he was for a time president. Mr McLean was one of the most highly esteemed residents of the district named, deservedly trusted as a public man, and highly appreciated by all for his genial, generous and friendly characteristics. He was aged 62 years and his death took place on Monday after an illness of about a month. He attended the meeting of the council on the last Thursday in May, only remaining a short time as he was indisposed. He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters to mourn the loss of a good husband and father, with whom there is widespread sympathy amongst a large circle of friends. The remains were interred in Fawkner cemetery yesterday afternoon. (P.3, Kilmore Free Press, 25-6-1925.)
McLEAN-BROCK. - Marjorie Jean,elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. McLean, Finchley avenue. Glenroy, to Robert Charles, only son of Mr. R. Brock and the late Mrs. R. Brock. Station street, Glenroy.
(P.11, Argus, 31-12-1949.)
Broadmeadows Shire Council.
Kilmore Free Press (Kilmore, Vic. : 1870 - 1954) Thursday 1 April 1926 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... From G, Taylor, re trees on Glenvale road. Referred to Forests Dept. From ,D. A., McLean, offering premises in Glenroy for shire offices. A long discussion took place,lasting about an hour over ..
Is the McLean house "Glenlyn" still standing?
Glenlyn Aged Care Facility, 34 Finchley Ave
Glenroy VIC 3046, Australia.
The Railways Standing Committee, consisting of Mr. Bell, M.L.C. (chairman), Mr.Chandler, M.L.C., and Messrs. Deany, Lind, Solly, and Webber, M.L.A.'s, took evidence at the Glenroy State school yesterday in regard to the proposed Glenroy-Albion railway.
The president of the shire (Councillor A.M. Miller) said that the Broadmeadows Council was unanimously opposed to the suggested route, which traversed the best part of the town of Glenroy, cutting the portion west of the railway line in two. He advocated taking off from the North- Eastern line at about Craigieburn, and proceeding thence by way of Bulla and Keilor to Albion. This would permit of less costly construction because of the absence of any deep valley to cross. There had been a great deal of land subdivision in Glenroy township and district recently, and the residential value of the areas would be greatly depreciated by the suggested goods line.
Messrs. T.C. Cook, shire secretary; C.W. Candy, civil engineer, Camberwell; A.E. Gibson, auctioneer, Glenroy; B.L.Roberts, estate agent, Pascoevale; and M. Tucker, Moonee Ponds, gave evidence in support of the council's objections to the route of the line. (P.8, Argus, 12-8-1925.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 4 March 1942 p 5 Family Notices
... WEDDING DATES Margaret Wells, only child of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Gwynne, Meran Lodge, North Essendon, to Sgt. Alfred Lyndon Gibson, eldest son of Cr. and Mrs. C. W. L. Gibson, Sherwood, Glenroy.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 16 November 1922 p 1 Family Notices
... Mi hull) _^^_____ TiCAitniACrns. GIBSON - LOBB - On the 12th October, at Scots Church, Collins street, by the Rev. D. S. Jones Ernest, elder son of Mr and Mrs A. E. Gibson "Waverley" Glenroy, to Victoria Male second daughter of Mr and Mrs Arthur W Lobb, 'Hilton, ..
(Waverley is now known as Sawbridgeworth. Hilton the homestead of Bayview Farm, 337 acres between Melbourne Ave and probably north to the line of the southern boundary of Wallace Reserve, was built by Alex Pearson in the 1880's on the north side of Melbourne Rd.)
PEARSON.On the 22nd July, at "Hilton," Glenroy, the wife of A. B. Pearson --a daughter.
(P.1, Argus, 15-8-1902.)
Most results for "gibson, glenroy" concerned sales conducted by A.E.Gibson,the progress association and the council. Gibson St and Sherwood St,Glenroy, were probably related to subdivisions organised by A.E.Gibson and do not help to locate the Gibson land. I presume it was near Bellair Ave, east of the railway bridge.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 10 May 1948 p 2 Family Notices
... Wednesday, and Thurs- day, 7.30 p.m., at No. 82 Finch street, East Malvern.) GIBSON. - On May 9, at Freemasons' Hospital, Alfred Ernest Gibson, Chapman avenue, Glenroy, beloved husband of Sarah,
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 26 November 1954 p 16 Family Notices
... Layne. -Re-united in service. GIBSON. - On November 24, at her residence, 89 Chapman avenue, Glenroy, passed peacefully away, Sarah Morton, beloved wife of the late Alfred Ernest, and loved mother
TIME FOR A LITTLE RESEARCH INTO PROUDFOOT AND PARKER, NAMES NOT IN MY MEMORY BANK.
BENALLACK.-On December l8, at 168 Glenroy road, Glenroy, Elizabeth, beloved wife of Alexander Francis, and loving mother of Charles (deceased), Reginald, Leila (Mrs. Mason), Hilda (Mrs. Broadfordsic), Frank, Henry (deceased), and Stewart, aged 66 years.
BENALLACK.-On December 19, at Glenroy, Elizabeth, dearly loved mother of Frank and Molly (Mr. and Mrs. F. Benallack), and loved grandma of Margaret and Ruth.
BENALLACK.-On December 19, at Glenroy, Elizabeth, dearly loved mother of Hilda and Jack (Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Proudfoot), and loving grandma of Roy and Beryl.
BENALLACK.-On December 19, at Glenroy, Elizabeth, dearly loved mother of Leila and Syd (Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Mason), and loved grandma of Shirley.(All notices P.2, Argus, 20-12-1946.)
Alexander Francis Benallack, who had moved to Glenroy from Colac had been named as the sole executor of the late Charles Frederick Burgess of Colac.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 8 September 1917 p 23 Advertising
... now of Kyabram, in the. said State, water, bailliff, the executors named in and appointed by ... Victoria, in HI J"i-b-tc jurisdiction, to Alexander Francis Benallack for merly of Colac aforesaid, but now of Glenroy, in the said State, grazier, the sole executor named Hierein, are required io M-ND
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 24 August 1908 p 4 Article
... at Glenroy on Saturday afternoon had a moBt pleasant outing in dcid The deputy master again- had ... C I>ire on Brutus D Proudfoot on Barbwire, i> Bran iga n on Postal Note, D Branigan jun oiv Dew ..
John Hopetoun Proudfoot, storeman, and Ken neth McPherson Robertson, drover, residents of Glenroy, were charged at the North Melbourne Court on Monday before Messrs T Crosbie (chair- man), and F JYloung JP's, with having driven horses on the wrong side of Flemington road, North Melbourne without justifiable cause.etc.
(P.11, Argus, 1-5-1928.)
FUNERALS. Proudfoot.The friends of the late Mr Duncan McLean Proudfoot are respectfully informed that his funeral will leave his residence, Macfeldie, Kennedy St, Glenroy this day etc.(P.1, Argus, 19-7-1934.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 7 February 1930 p 1 Family Notices
...bsp; PROUDFOOT.-On the 5th February (suddenly), at Kennedy street, Glenroy, Jessie, the beloved wife of Duncan McLean Proudfoot, loving mother of George and Jack. ...
The following gives a picture of Glenroy West at about the time of the hunt.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 21 September 1940 p 17 Advertising
... SHELTERED RESTING PADDOCKS, CLOSE MELBOURNE MARKETS. GLENROY.-VICTORIA STREET, OFF PASCOEVALE ROAD.
The Proudfoots seem to have been involved with sheep, cattle and horses.
Jack Proudfoot and a Mr Benallack are pictured on page 149 of BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY supplying water to household tanks in 1917.
NO LID ON MILK BUCKET.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 9 February 1928 p 5 Article
... NO LID ON MILK BUCKET. At the Flemington Court on Tuesday, Rosina Parker, married, of Glenroy, was .
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 8 March 1941 p 9 Family Notices Illustrated
... of Mr. G. Hunter, Tooradin, and the late Mrs. Hunter, formerly of Cranbourne. Olive Campbell Parker, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs F A Parker, Allowah, Chapman avenue, Glenroy, to Eric William Bray
CHAPMAN. On the 29th November, at private hospital, Narrandera of pneumonia, Thomas, dearly beloved husband of Lillian M. Chapman, and loving father of Thomas (Solomon Islands), Clara, Lynda, Robert, and Roy, loved eldest son of Mrs. C. Chapman (Healesville), and the late Robert Chapman, Glencoe, Poon Hoon; loving brother of Mrs. E.H. Parker (Healesville), Mrs. Frank Parker (Glenroy), Edith, and Clara (Healesville), E.H. Chapman (Sea Lake), aged 51 years.
Duncan Kennedy sold the Jacana and Glenroy West area (over 1500 acres) to James Chapman for 76 000 pounds in July 1887. (P.81-2, BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
WISEMAN - On the 21st inst., at his late residence,'Sawbridgeworth,' Glenroy, Arthur Wiseman (Wiseman Bros.), the dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Wiseman (nee Parker), born at Widford, Hertfordshire, England, aged 57 years. (P.1, Argus, 23-9-1892.)
That was one piece of digitisation that I didn't have to correct. And guess what. There was no mention of nee Parker in the newspaper! Sawbridgeworth is the historic mansion (pictured on P.96 of BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY) in Widford St, Glenroy. Next door was a mirror image mansion built by Arthur Wiseman's brother, and last occupied by dairyman, Shaw Logan. (Jim McKenzie-see Pascoe Vale and Strathmore journal re Jim.)
The Wiseman brothers were promoting Glenroy (east of Pascoe Vale Rd) as the "Toorak of the North."
The following shows that Albert Wiseman's "Ashleigh" was known by another name when Shaw Logan bought it.
Messrs A.E.Gibson and Co. report having sold the Mansion, Montrose, together with 20 acres surrounding it, corner of Widford street and Glenroy road, Glenroy, to Mr. T. Shaw Logan. (P.9, Argus, 20-12-1921.)
PRESUMED LOCATIONS OF PROPERTIES(FORGOT MCLEAN AND GIBSON. RAILWAY BRIDGE?)
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Morgan (whose address is given as "The Pines" Pascoe Vale) and the Equity Trustees Executors & Agency Co. Ltd. Equity Trustees assumed full proprietorship ...
Strathmore History - Early Farms
Mary Knight, 150 acres, Pascoe Vale. Fred Morgan, 40 acres, Pascoe Vale, (The Pines).
The first website above shows that the homestead that Fred Morgan built on "The Pines" in about 1880 is still standing at 11 Willett Avenue, Oak Park. Described as 40 acres in Broadmeadows Shire ratebooks, The Pines actually comprised 46 acres (if the author of this study has not read a zero as a 6)purchased by Frederick John Morgan from Eliza Walsh and Robert Pilkington in 1877.Fred immediately mortgaged the property to Eliza, discharging the mortgage in 1883, the loan probably being for the construction of the homestead.
Fred died in 1927 and soon after his widow, Ellen Maria (nee Knight)died in 1946, subdivision was underway. In 1872Eliza Walsh had become the owner of 300 acres of Fawkner's Belle Vue Park (bounded by Victoria St, Pascoe Vale Rd and the Moonee Ponds creek, not including Merai Farm across the road.)The old homestead is now divided into two flats.
It is possible that W.Burke was training racehorses on Oak Park as Frank Goyder had done in the past (Harry Peck's MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN)and as Scott was doing on Gowanbrae across the Moonee Ponds Creek.
Whether Sir Harold will run in the Victoria Derby and Melbourne Cup will depend on his performance in the Coongy Handicap this afternoon, said his trainer, W.Burke.(P.26,Argus,12-10-1938.)
RESUMING THE HUNT.
Having discovered a bit about the occupants of the land traversed,we will now examine the locations of their farms.There's a fair bit of guesswork here as acreages and boundaries are unknown.
We resume at the railway bridge (16 E2.)
A.E.Gibson,89 Chapman Ave(formerly Glenroy street). Probably the northern end near Bellair Ave and the bridge; (16F 2)
Proudfoot, Kennedy St.(16 F4.)
Parker. Chapman Ave,probably the south end (16 F-G4?)
Morgan, The Pines, Willett Ave (16 G5.)
W.Burke, Oak Park, top of Oak Park Court, (16 G 6.)
REVISED LIST OF ELECTORS FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP.
(P.4, THE MELBOURNE ARGUS, 9-7-1847.)
I was killing time because my edit about John Pascoe Fawkner's mother would not submit when I came across this page.
I'll write a few details about selected electors.
N.B. Moonee Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek, as far North as "Dunhelen", not the suburb of
JOHN MARTIN ARDLIE of Moonee Moonee Ponds was granted crown allotment 2 of section 4, parish of Tullamarine,consisting of
225 acres, on 31-7-1843. This later became part of Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint" and is indicated roughly by Melway 5 K12 to
6 D12.I have much information about Ardlie in a journal of which he is the subject.
GEORGE ANNAND of South Yarra Yarra was a melbourne grocer who seconded an important motion critical in the democratic
improvement of the Port Phillip District, but I can't remember the details off-hand. He was the grantee of section 2,
parish of Tullamarine, which is roughly indicated by Melway 5 B-D 11 to 15 A-D2 (a continuation of Sharps Rd.) He called
this property"Annandale" but seems to have mainly leased it. Bill Parr,who retained the name for his 165 acre portion of
the property, followed his father James Henry (Pa) Parr as ashire of Keilor councillor.Amnnandale Rd recalls the grocer's
association with Tullamarine's history.
JOHN AITKIN (AITKEN!) of Doutta Galla is probably best remembered because of Mt Aitken west of Sunbury, so named by Governor
Bourke when he visited Aitken's Run during his hasty visit to the Port Phillip District in 1836 to sort out the Over -
straiters. Aitken's landing of his sheep in that March was rather unusual; when the Chili ran aground near Dromana,he
carried them all ashore with the assistance of the Boon-wurrung,to whom Georgiana McCrae was to become such a friend seven
years later.Many squatters bought land where they could rest their stock on the way to market in Melbourne,such as Fairbairn
Park in Ascot Vale and Niel Black's "Stewarton" (Gladstone Park). John Aitken obtained the grant for Section 8, Doutta Galla,
which surrounded the Saltwater River's horseshoe bend which took it close to Braybrook Road (Buckley St),its north west and
north east corners being the present Cannes and Baetrice Avenue corners (Melway 27G3 to 28 A4.) The great thing about this
land was that it was not far from Solomon's Ford (at the west end of Canning St) which was the closest spot to cross the
Saltwater River. Robert McDougall farmed thisland for some years after his tenure on "Glenroy" before moving into his newly
built homestead on "Arundel"at Tullamarine in 1872.
JOHN MOORE AIREY, suburbs and Mooroobool River, Geelong, had a brother named George if I remember correctly. Airey's Inlet
on the Bellarine Peninsulais named after one or the other. Captain J.M.C.Airey was also the grantee of land in the parish
of Bulla Bulla, which is detailed in my journal MAURICE QUINLAN AND FARMS ON OAKLANDS RD, BULLA.
RICHARD HANMER BUNBURY, Williamstown, came to Australia on the same ship as Georgiana McCrae and she wrote a fair deal about
him in her diary.He had lost his right arm in naval combat but Georgiana (herself a talented artist) praised the paintings
he managed with his non-preferred hand. Hewas appointed head of the Water Police at Williamstown,which has Bunbury and Hanmer
streets. He was the purchaser of "Arundel", section 1,parish of Tullamarine, whose northern boundary travels west from a spot
just north of (airport) gate 22 and through the South Localiser Rd corner to the Maribyrnong River,which bounds much of the
907 acres granted on 9-1-1843.A.V.Jennings named Bunbury St in Gladstone Park after the one-armed sailor. Arundel Farm and
Robert McDougall's homestead(as well as Argus editor, Edward Wilson's dairy) are in the angle of Arundel Rd. Glengyle was the
Browns Rd horseshoe bend part of Arundel sold off early and occupied by the Guthries and then Thomas Bertram (subject of a
journal) after whom Bertam's Ford was named.
WILLIAM BUST BURNLEY of Richmond was obviously honoured by the naming of the locality near Richmond.Burnley had moved to
the Port Phillip District by July 1842, leaving his good friend George Fisher in Launceston.
(P.6,Launceston Examiner,23-7-1842.)Burnley, an unmarried merchant,was the M.L.C. for North Bourke from August 1853 to March
1856. He died at Richmond on 21-6-1860.
JOSEPH BRADSHAW,MERRI MERRI CREEK, and his brother, obtained grants at Hawstead (between Essendon and Woodland St) and bought
much land in Temperance Township, Ascot Vale, when Fletcher's triangular grant was subdivided. Essendon Historical Society
can provide much detail.
CAPTAIN HENRY WILLIAM BACCHUS,River Weirabee, was another after whom a locality was named-during his lifetime! His son,
William Henry Jnr.seems to have called his run Merrimu,a name used for the reservoir.
JOHN BEAR,River Plenty, may have been John Pinney Bear who was involved in land subdivision just south east of Moonee Ponds
Junction, along Keilor Rd,and on Main's Estate between Hoffmans and Rachelle Rd, all in the parish of Doutta Galla.
WILLIAM LEANEY BRODIE, Moonee Moonee Ponds,would have been related to George Sinclair Brodie (early Melbourne auctioneer) and
Richard Brodie. Early squatters in the parishes of Bulla Bulla and Yuroke,they owned Harpsdale (Melway 385 E5), Dunhelen
(385J1), 586 acres (20 AB Bulla) north of Bulla Township,which vague memory tells me was called Helensville, and 306 acres at
383 F7-8. George gave his address as Darebin Creek and Richard may not have been old enough to vote.
JOSEPH BURNS, Pascoevale. This isinteresting because the name Pascoeville was commonly used until the 1930's so good
old Burnsy could be the first to have used the current name. He was the first to lease Merai Farm when H.G.Ashurst bought it
from Fawkner in 1842. See my PASCOE VALE AND STRATHMORE journal.
WILLIAM BROWNLIE,River Plenty, was almost certainly William Brown-Lee, who started leasing the northern part of Jamieson's
Special Survey in 1851.He and Charles Graves grew extensive crops of wheaton the Survey, which included the Safety Beach area
but went east to Bulldog Creek Rd. On Boxing Day, 1849,John McLear was killed at a race meeting held near the Plough Inn at
the Plenty River. His groom, William Marshall, tried to protect him but to no avail. How strange that William Brown-Lee,
widow, Mary Ann and William Marshall all started leases on the Survey on 1851. I wonder if they inflenced eachother to give
it a go, and travelled together.
EDWARD JONES BREWSTER, Moonee Moonee Ponds.Grantee of section 15, Doutta Galla, which encompassed almost all of Strathmore,
between Carnarvon Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek.He probably only bought this land with speculation in mind. See my journal
about Pascoe Vale and Strathmore for titles information regarding its subdivision.
A barrister who qualified in Southern Ireland, Brewster was the foundation Chairman of the Court of Quarter Session in
Melbourne in 1839, and on the bench of magistrates in 1841. He represented the Port Phillip District on the N.S.W.
Legislative Council from January 1846 to February 1848. The N.S.W.Parliament website that provides this information goes on
to say that he bought land at Strathmore and soon sold it at a huge profit but that he had lived there (which isbacked up
by the address given in the list of electors. Then laughably (not having the benefit of my note at the start of thisjournal)
it adds:Owned land in Moonee Moonee Ponds. Section 15 Doutta Galla where he lived briefly (till at least July 1847) and which
he soon sold at a huge profit was his land at Moonee Moonee Ponds, its eastern boundary being the Moonee moonee Chain
DUNCAN CAMERON, Glenroy. There were three Cameron properties in Melbourne's north west:Stony Fields (renamed Ruthven by the
same family and later called Roxburg Park by Thomas Brunton),Ruthvenfield (east of Broadmeadows Station) and Glenroy (bounded
by the Moonee Ponds Creek, Camp Rd, Fairview St, Glenroy, and Victoria St-Rhodes Pde- Boundary Rd (the boundary between the
parishes of Will Will Rook and Jika Jika.) The name of Glenroy was supposedly bestowed by the Camerons. Glenroy was across
Camp Rd from Ruthvenfield so it would be logical to assume that the same family owned both. Ruthvenfield and Stony Fields
finished up with virtually the same name so it would also be logical to assume that the same family owned both.However,a
ship arrivedcarrying something like 243 Camerons in early days so assuming anything could be dangerous!
The author of THE OAKLANDS HUNT circa 1988 was D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.His name has made me suspect that there was a marital
connection between the Cameron and Kennedy families.Speculators, Hughes and Hosking, bought over 5000 acres in Will Will Rook
parish in 1838, including what was to be "Dundonald" and "Glenroy" and Glenroy was leased to the Camerons (who may have
occupied it as part of a Run before 1838.) Donald Kennedy and his brother Duncan came from New South Wales in 1840 and
prospered from pastoral pursuits. When the depression of 1843 caused land prices to plummet, the brothers were able to buy
Dundonald and Glenroy.Donald's widow,Jessie sold the part of Glenroy east of Pascoe Vale Rd in 1874 and Duncan sold Jacana
and Glenroy West to James Chapman in 1887.Dundonald was farmed in parcels until the family disposed of them in 1929,
the Hattys having farmed the 400 acre Dundonald for generations. The other farms were Kia Ora, Willowbank, Springbank,Wattle
Glen and Annette Farm,the last two accessed via Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows.)
ROBERT and NEIL CAMPBELL,Merri Merri Creek. Campbellfield would have been named after one of them or both. Most of their land
was leased out to farmers.
THOMAS COLCLOUGH, Mercersvale, Kalkallo, was a big fair man with a great voice that could be heard across the paddocks for
half a mile and was not afraid of using it. By contrast, his brothers,John and Richard were respectively very quiet and
painfully deaf.(Memoirs of a Stockman.) Thomas became a member of the Broadmeadows Road Board in 1869.
WILLIAM COGHILL, Moonee Moonee Ponds. There is a Coghill St in Westmeadows and one in Bulla Township. William Coghill would
have been on the 880 acre "Cumberland" west from Melway 5 F 1-4 to the Moonee Ponds Creek with the homestead at 5 C1. Thus
the street in Broadmeadows Township. The family also owned Glencairne (177 C-G12), the southern half of Glenara(established
by Walter Clark in 1856. Glencairne was the reason for the naming of Coghill St in Bulla. The cost of building the beautiful
Cumberland homestead (photo in THE OAKLANDS HUNT and the Woodlands home-stead)was a main cause of the Coghills' financial
downfall. The dam at Melway 177 D12 is known to old timers (and young me) as the Glencairn Dam. It was probably built by
William's son, George, to provide water for his boiling down works.
JOHN DIGHT, Yarra Yarra. If I remember correctly, Dight was a miller operating near Dight's falls.(Falls-MelWay 2D B6;
Mill 2D A6.)
THOMAS EDOLS, Geelong,was probably related to John Edols of Ballan and Dunhelen (which he bought from the Brodies.) See my
Blackwood Jottings journal.
JOHN FITZGERALD LESLIE FOSTER, Leslie Park,Doutta Galla. I've got a surprise for you; he had another given name, Vesey.
With so many given names, he was nicknamed "Alphabetical" Foster. He and his older brother, William, were allowed a ten year
lease of Leslie Park in 1840, which was stupid because the survey was well underway. It probably went from Keilor Rd to at
least a mile past Sharps Rd. William got a square mile (640 acre) pre-emptive right in each parish, section 3 Tullamarine
fronting the north side of Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd and section 21 Doutta Galla, directly across Sharps Rd. When
William returned home to inherit, John lived there in a homestead the Crottys of Broomfield called the "Governor's House."
This two square mile property was called "Springs"for reasons outlined in my ABERFELDIE journal.
John received the grant for section 20, between Fosters Rd(now Keilor Park Drive) and the river, which he called
Leslie Banks. This was leased out to William O'Neil of Horseshoe Bend and the Delaheys who later owned it for some
time before ownership passed to James Harrick.
21 Mar 1857 - Williamstown Chronicle - p3
The nomination and re-election of Mr. J. V. L. Foster, whose appeal to a constituency was rendered necessary by his
acceptance of the office of Treasurer, took ...
John Leslie Fitzgerald Vesey FOSTER was an Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District
of Port Phillip. His pastoral ventures identified him with the colony's conservative squatting element. In 1850 Foster sold
his land rights and returned to Ireland. Married in Ireland in 1850 to Emily Fletcher, daughter of the Rev. J. J. Fletcher
DD, of Dunran, County Wicklow, Ireland, and had issue, 1 son and 4 daughters.
In 1853 returned to Victoria and acted as an administrator for the colony. Became a target of much criticism and was a
scapegoat for the Eureka goldfields. (Victoria before 1848 website.)
Exhausted and soon to die, the scholarly Latrobe retired and it was some time before Governor Hotham could replace him.
Alphabetical was the acting Governor for a while and was followed by John Macarthur's son.
JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER, Pascoeville. See my PASCOE VALE and STRATHMORE journal.
Now I have to find in which issue the list is continued.But I've got other journals to finish first.
As I glanced through my KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS regarding my STRATHMORE AND PASCOE VALE journal,I couldn't help thinking that it would never have been written without the enthusiasm of Jenny Shugg. Then my mind drifted back a further two years, and I realised that I probably would not have started researching and writing local history at all without the enthusiasm of Rosemary Davison. Not much later, the enthusiasm of Bev Brocchi gave me another boost.
The Mornington Peninsula librarians inspired me to start my journals on family tree circles by not showing enthusiasm. Amazed to find that few of the parish maps for the area were available,I obtained the Kangerong and Wannaeue maps,painstakingly fitted the parts together and presented them to the library. Over two years later, they are still not in the map drawer. What a contrast! I decided that it would be a waste of time and energy producing any history for that library. It would probably be hidden in the jail (local history room)rather than being made available for borrowing anyway. How could I make my history available to the public free? I found a way,thanks to Scott. I hope his family tree family is truly appreciative of the service he provides to the world.
Rosemary Davison started the ball rolling. In about August 1988, I discovered, while seeking information about my great uncle, Alf Cock, that the history of Tullamarine consisted of one and a half foolscap pages and decided to improve the situation as a bicentennial project. Gordon Henwood put me onto John Fenton,who had Alf's farm, and John gave me about a dozen names of old Tullamarine residents. Within two weeks, I was turning up daily with a new treasure for Rosemary, provided by these pioneer families. She didn't say, "I'm not sure what we can do with these." Instead, the photocopier ensured that Bev Brocchi at the Niddrie Library and Jenny Shugg at the Gladstone Park High School Library had copies as well. I'd rarely return to Rosemary empty-handed from the other two libraries.
Rosemary put on a display of these treasures and one visitor, Anthony Rohead, a Department of Civil Aviation inspector, was so enthused that he launched a scheme to rename the roadways in Tullamarine Airport after aborigines, early settlers and aviation pioneers. After Anthony had spent countless hours working on information provided by Wurundjeri historian, Ian Hunter, aviation historians and me, and had everything finalised, the project was abandoned, possibly because of privatisation plans.
Not long after Rosemary's display, the treasures were on display again, at the 1989 Back to Tullamarine, organised with great assistance from Winnie Lewis (nee Parr.) Over the years WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR, A TRICKLE OR A TORRENT, KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS and volumes of DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND were added to the collections at the three libraries and the Sam Merrifield Library at Moonee Ponds where Jan Miller was the enthusiastic local history librarian.
I can't remember how long Rosemary was at Tullamarine, but I will always be grateful for the supreme enthusiasm that certainly rubbed off onto me. Due to Jenny Shugg's enthusiasm(which got the High School's history teachers fired up)a V.C.E. student told me about Jim and Peggy McKenzie, leading to the writing of KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS.
Tullamarine library was threatened with closure twice over the years and having been part of the City of Keilor and then the Moonee valley Regional Library, it is now part of the Hume Library System with Rosemary's treasures, and material I donated when I moved to Rosebud,housed at the Global Learning Centre. I just hope it's all being cared for by somebody like Rosemary,Jenny,Bev or Jan.
Refer to my earlier QUINLAN journal and the ones about AIRPORT WEST and ABERFELDIE.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
At Quarter past Two O Clock. At SCOTTS HOTEL MELBOURNE.
GREAT REALISING SALE of VALUABLE LANDHOLDINGS
In the Estate of the Late Mr Maurice Quinlan
Under Instructions from the NATIONAL TRUSTEES, EXECUTORS and AGENCY COY of AUSTRALASIA LTD
A E GIBSON and Co will submit "WARLABY", "'ST JOHNS HILL", " AIREY'S", "WILDWOOD", DONNYBROOK ", "NORTH
ESSENDON" and "ABERFELDIE ".
"WARLABY" is a noble property, consisting of about 648 ACRES having an elegant W B villa, containing 8 lofty rooms thereon with beautiful return verandah surrounded by handsome jarrah picket fence, has also extensive bluestone cattle sheds, stabling, loose boxes, milking sheds, men's quarters, and piggeries.It is situated at Oaklands Junction, in the centre of a flourishing farming district, and renowned for hunting and sport. The country is of volcanic nature, sweet and sound for stock of all descriptions, and is about 7 miles west of Craigieburn railway station and 10 from Essendon by fine metalled road right to the gate.
ST JOHN' S HILL adjoining Warlaby" and Mr Dennis Brannigan's estate, contains about 235 ACRES mostly volcanic land having extensive frontage to the Deep Creek with rich flats and banks thereon admirably adapted for dairying and mixed farming. There is a W.B. house and extensive outbuildings on the property, but in a state of disrepair.
AIREY'S BLOCK, adjacent to the above, is situated on the Wildwood road, about 5 miles from Sunbury, and contains about 18O ACRES of sound grazing and cultivation land having extensive frontage to Deep Creek, with rich irrigable flat thereon, equal to anything in the county of Bourke. This property is fenced and subdivided. Subject to lease expiring 31st March, 1921.
DONNYBROOK. contains 780? ACRES of sound volcanic country, situated on the main Sydney road, about l8 miles from Melbourne, and within 1 mile of the Donnybrook railway station. It is well fenced and permanently watered by the Merri Creek, which forms its eastern boundary. It adjoins the famous Hayesmount Estate of Mr W.Hayes. There is a small W.B. cottage and very fine stockyards erected on the property.
NORTH ESSENDON comprises about 26 ACRES, situated on the main Bulla road, about 1 1/4 miles from the Keilor road electric tram terminus. This property is beautifully fenced, and bordered with live hedges and groups of flourishing handsome gums. Also, about 160 acres separated by a road. It is proposed to subdivide and submit this latter block into 10 allotments, in areas of from about 9 acres to 28 acres each, thus affording persons in quest of farmlets or accommodation paddocks near the city the opportunity of participatlng in the distribution.
"ABERFELDIE", Essendon, the residence of the late Mr Quinlan consisting of handsome bluestone dwelling, containing 9 rooms, bathroom, pantry,scullery, and large vestibule, bluestone stable (5 stalls, loose box, feed room, harness room), man's quarters, and sheds. Land 300ft frontage west side Aberfeldie street situated within ten minutes' walk of Essendon railway station, off Buckley street, and commanding a position that is entitled to be designated as superb.
It is almost superfluous to make further comment on this fine group of freeholds. The brief description given will suggest the importance and value of each property to be submitted. They represent the effort and judgment of one whose knowledge of lands in the county of Bourke was universally recognised.etc.
The un-named road separating the 160 acres from the 26 acre triangle described as North Essendon was Treadwell Rd. Both of these properties were described in detail in my earlier QUINLAN journal.
"Donnybrook" probably included Donovans Rd north of which the Merri Creek is further from Sydney Rd and a 780 or 730 acre property could fit between the road and creek.
OAKLANDS RD FARMS.
I owe my knowledge of these farms to the late Bob Blackwell who drove me all around the district telling me about its history. If you google FANNING FAMILY HISTORY, click on MORE BULLA PARISH MAPS on the right hand side and go to the second map,you can join me on my tour of the area. Right click on VIEW to enlarge the map.
Section 1 was alienated in these small blocks,probably having been the town common or perhaps a timber reserve originally.Section 2 was William Pomeroy Greene's "Woodlands" on which his pre-fabricated house still proudly stands as the focus of Woodlands Historic Park (the Dundonald homestead on Gellibrand Hill and the Cumberland homestead not making the cut!) The east end of Somerton Rd linking with Bulla Rd was named after the family but somehow was rendered as Green, and is now just called Somerton Rd.Rawdon St in Bulla is named after his son.Greene St led to Hunter's "Lockton"(5A), north of which was Captain Airey's grant (5B). If my memory is correct David Patullo of "Craigbank" (across Emu Creek) owned Airey's for quite some time.
Section 4, east of Lochton and Airey's was granted to Ann Greene, W.P.Greene's widow. I think Walter Clark of Glenara bought it as part of the Clark Estate and I am unaware if it ever had a name. Across Oaklands Rd is section 3, granted to Bulla's pioneer, Tulip Wright.This was subdivided quite early with the Daniel (of "Narbonne") and Carroll families being early settlers. James Musgrove, a famed implements maker, settled in its south west corner.
Section 8 and 7B were granted to Peter Young who is mentioned quite extensively in one of my journals,and called his property "Nairn". Section 9 was called "Dunalister" by Walter Clark when he purchased it. The name was possibly associated with Walter's son,Alister,breeder of the black rose and Chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club until his death. Bob Blackwell later managed the property until it was sold and when the new owner decided to call it Balbethan, Bob used the name for his farm at Elmore.
Cameron's section 11 became Robert McDougall's "Warlaby" from which the Oaklands Hunt Club's first event (a paper trail laid out by Farquhar McRae) commenced in 1888. Section 10 was "Oaklands" which gave the road its name. I.W.Symonds' "Bulla Bulla" states that the Brannigans owned St John's Hill(17A) and they certainly did as Maurice Crotty (later of Broomfield on the HONDA corner of Sharps Rd and (now) Keilor Park Drive) worked for the horse-mad Brannigans before moving to the "Springs" at Tullamarine. St John Rd(off Wildwood Rd) was a short cut to the property. The Brannigans had obviously moved to 17B by the time of the above sale.
Section 18 was Harpsdale, Dyson Holland's closer settlement farm (18A)being called "Dunoon" if I remember correctly what Jack Simmie told me over 20 years ago. Jack showed me the Brodie crest set into the floor tiles near the entry of the Harpdale homestead.
I found this advertisement while researching 22E Doutta Galla re Airport West.
Aberfeldie was originally called "Spring Hill" by James Robertson Snr of "Upper Keilor". When he died, "Mar Lodge" passed to his son, Francis, a bachelor who became a politician,and "Spring Hill" to another son,James. The latter stayed at Upper Keilor to care for his mother but after her death,he built a mansion on Spring Hill and called it Aberfeldie.
TO Let by Tender, on Lease for Seven Years or more, one of the most desirable Farms in the colony of Victoria, and only five miles distant from the city, known as Springhill,
The property of James Robertson, Esq., of Keilor, situate in the parish of Doutta Galla, and consisting of 180 acres of rich agricultural land, entirely fenced in, and at present in cultivation.
A dwelling-house is already erected, and the proprietor of the property is disposed to treat liberally with a tenant who may desire to make improvements.
Entry will be given on the first of March next.
Further information may be obtained on application to G. MILLAR, Estate Factor, 32 Queen-street, Melbourne.
Spring Hill was the most southerly of many properties whose names referred to springs. William Foster called his grants (3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla) "Springs",probably due to a never-failing spring at Melway 5K12 in what became Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint",feeding a creek that crossed Broadmeadows Road (now Mickleham Rd) and Macedon Road (now Melrose Drive ) and, following the east boundary of today's Leo Dineen Reserve, passed through the present right of way to meet the western branch of Spring Creeknear the end of Clyne Court. Spring Creek then joined Steeles Creek (which flows through Spring Gully)just south of the boundary between "Springs" and "Springfield" at Melway 15 F7, that point being a water reserve.Another tributary of Steeles Creek starts in Airport West and flows through "Spring Park" to join up just south of the A.J.Davis Reserve.
Wilson and James Anderson's farm on Main's Estate, west of Hoffman's Rd was called Springbank. Dugald McPhail bucked the trend and called his farm (between Rosehill rd and Buckley St)"Rose Hill".
MAURICE QUINLAN AND ABERFELDIE.
Bookmaker Maurie died in 1918 and his residence, the Aberfeldie mansion, was advertised for sale along with part of Airport West and many farms near Bulla.
"ABERFELDIE", Essendon, the residence of the late Mr Quinlan consisting of handsome bluestone dwelling, containing 9 rooms, bathroom, pantry,scullery, and large vestibule, bluestone stable (5 stalls, loose box, feed room, harness room), man's quarters, and sheds. Land 300ft frontage west side Aberfeldie street situated within ten minutes' walk of Essendon railway station, off Buckley street, and commanding a position that is entitled to be designated as superb.
Anyone wishing to know more about the mansion or the development of Aberfeldie should visit the Essendon Historical Society's Courthouse Museum at Moonee Ponds.
I just received another query. I might as well share the information. Unfortunately, I must write this journal off the top of my head, with a little help from trove, as I no longer have all the sources that I would have been quoting a decade ago, such as rates transcriptions, the Doutta Galla parish map, Keilor Souvenirs (1950, 1961 and 1963) etc.
Hope you are well. Just wondering if you know when Matthews Avenue and its associated suburb was built.
The Matthews Avenue referred to is the eastern boundary of Airport West. The western boundary of this suburb is the Albion-Jacana railway line,built in 1928,which separates Airport West from Keilor Park. The suburb was the birthplace of a company called Associated Radio. On a block fronting both Victory and Marshall Streets, the company had a big transmission tower. The company was later bought out by the Australian Broadcasting Commission which called its station 3AR; I trust you've worked out where the two letters in the station's name came from. The transmission tower was eventually replaced by one at St Albans.(Much detail in one of the three Keilor Souvenirs mentioned.)
A BROADCASTING ACTION.
WRIT FOR DAMAGES ISSUED Melbourne, September 11.
Acting on behalf of Alfred Louis Brown, of Rundle-street, Adelaide, Messrs. Madden, Butler, Elder. and Graham, to-day issued a Supreme Court writ, directed against the Associated Radio Company of Australia, of Elizabeth-street; Walter Conder, of Exhibition-street: the Victorian Broadcasting Company, of Queen-street; and J. C. Williamson, Limited, of Exhibition-street. From the Associated Radio Company, the plaintiff claims damages for a breach of several agreements, under which the plaintiff alleges that he was to have the option of purchasing the broadcasting undertakings of the defendant, including an A class broadcasting station license, and all land and buildings and appliances situated and installed on the Victory Estate at Essendon; also all other appliances used for broadcasting, for 10,000. etc. (P.19,The Advertiser, Adelaide, 12-9-1928.)
(The A.B.C. seems to have acquired 3LO from the Australian Broadcasting Co. shortly after June 1932 and 3AR from Associated Radio during 1933.Associated Radio was being sued by creditors in 1935.
ANSWER TO THE QUESTION.
The Morgan family of Niddrie - National Library of Australia
Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Author: Morgan, Richard, 1917-; Format: Book; 157 p. : geneal. tables, maps, ports. ; 21 cm.
This book should be available from the Brimbank or Moonee Valley library system and contains a subdivision plan of the property. Matthews Ave was one of the streets shown but was only a short street, not a through street from Keilor Rd to the northern boundary. Treadwell Rd (part of which in the aerodrome is called Nomad Rd) extended to Bulla Rd creating the Triangular estate of small farms*, Mrs Ford's lolly shop etc. This probably accounts for the bottleneck described in the following article. In about 1943, the Tullamarine Progress Association discovered that Bulla Rd was to be closed because of Airport expansion. Matthews Ave might have been extended because of the closure of Treadwell Rd at this time as well.
(*The late Jim Hume, long-time President of the Broadmeadows Historical Society, lived on one of these farms.)
Reference to a proposed extension of the Essendon tramway service to the aerodrome led to the shire engineer (Mr. Pullar) remarking that no official announcement had been made. He understood the extension might be along either Bulla road, Treadwell road or Matthews avenue, but that he had no definite information. Cr. Parsons considered Treadwell road to be better than Bulla road. Wherever trams went, the district extended and developed. The council should fight for Treadwell road. As long as the aerodrome was served the military did not care which route was followed. The Bulla road extension was not warranted. If Bulla road were adopted, the line should not go past the aerodrome for reasons of safety. With the existing parking trouble it would only create a death trap. The line might go up through the centre of the plantations, but not through the bottle-neck past the aerodrome. The council should use its influence to prevent that. There were enough bottle-necks in the metropolitan area already. Cr. Davis said he understood the trouble was caused by inability to get sufficient buses. Cr. Parsons: I was told the tram would be running up Bulla Road in five weeks. It was decided to write to Cr. W. Parks .(Essendon Council), local representative on the Tramways Board, asking, him to take action to prevent a line being put through the Bulla road bottle neck at the aerodrome. ((P.3,Sunshine Advocate, 7-8-1942, KEILOR COUNCIL.)
Re the following article-
If I remember correctly, Martin St was on "Niddrie", as most of the "valuable building blocks" would have been. One of the houses that would have to be removed would have been the homestead built by Sam Mansfield on his grants on section 16 Doutta Galla (near the present south-west corner of Essendon Airport (Melway 16 C9 roughly.)
KEILOR SHIRE COUNCIL. A deputation of Parliamentary and Municipal representatives of Keilor and Broadmeadows shires waited upon the Minister for Air and Civil Aviation (Hon. A: S. Drakeford), last Friday. Dec. 4. They presented a petition from 330 people directly concerned, and the plea of the ratepayers generally of the two shires, that the proposed expansion of the Essendon Aerodrome and its activities, which would be a disturbing element, be not proceeded with. The Keilor Shire contends that the proposition will be very detrimental to the shire, as many good building blocks will be used and a number of the ratepayers' houses will have to be removed. (P.4, Sunshine Advocate, 11-12-1942.)
It can safely be assumed that Matthews Ave had been made to a reasonable standard to the northern boundary of "Niddrie" by the time the tramway opened.
SOLDIERS IN NORTH WANT ACTION
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 14 May 1943 p 12 Article
... Essendon station and the aerodrome. The first tram on week days will leave Eliza- beth st at 6.13am and ... Chinese Legation in Australia. ESSENDON DROME TRAM BEGINS SUNDAY The tramway extension to Essendon aerodrome will operate from Sunday, Mr H.-JI. Bell, chairman Tramways Board, said yesterday. Trams will ... 313 words
The reason for the name of Airport West was the proliferation of industry associated with the aerodrome such as N.I.C. (National Instrument Company) which fronted Matthews Ave.
It might surprise many people that Airport West had its own hotel in the 19th Century. It was called the Travellers' Rest Hotel and sat on a nine acre block (today bounded by Matthews Ave, Dromana Ave, Louis St and a line just south of Rood St) owned by J.B.Howse. (Titles Office Volume 29 folio 783.)The Oaklands Hunt often assembled at the Travellers' Rest, four times in 1899.
The hotel was described as being in Tullamarine (as were James Sharp's "Hillside" and Maurice Crotty's "Broomfield" on the south side of Sharps Rd) because the land between the aforementioned farms and Niddrie, Spring Park and Springfield (fronting Keilor Rd and extending to the line of Spence-Fraser St) had no locality name. The Thomas family took over Hillside in about 1943 and renamed it Carinya Park,the property becoming the home of the Tullamarine Pony Club. Joe Thomas's wife, Edie, was living at 160 Matthews Ave, East Keilor in 1954, probably while Joe was extending the old Hillside homestead. I haven't time to check now but the condolences she had received were probably related to the death of their young son Barrie, after whom Barrie Rd on part of Carinya Park was named.
THOMAS - Mrs E THOMAS and Family 160 Matthews avenue Keilor East and Relatives wish to THANK friends for beautiful floral tributes letters telegrams cards and personal expressions of sympathy in their recent sad be- reavement. (P.19, Argus, 4-9-1954.)
FIRE AT TULLAMARINE.
AN HOTEL DESTROYED
A fire broke out at 23 minutes past 3 a.m. on Sunday at the Travellers' Rest Hotel Bulla road, Tullamarine of which Mr E.J. Wilson is the licensee, The building was a wood and iron structure, one- storey, and contained nine rooms. A firm hold was established by the flames, and the efforts of four hose carts and 14 men with hand pumps failed to save it from total destruction. There was no insurance on the building, which was the property of Mr J Howse. The contents, destroyed were insured for 100.(P.6, Argus, 4-12-1899.)
Somewhere I have written details of Airport West being officially so-named decades after the name came into common useage. Hopefully I'll find these details. One of the aforementioned souvenirs had a big article about Airport West.You could access these souvenirs through the Keilor Historical Society.
Luckily I had quoted part of the Airport West article in my other QUINLAN journal and I have pasted it below.
So it can be seen that this quote from the article AIRPORT WEST WAS OAT FARMS in PROCLAMATION OF THE CITY OF KEILOR 29-4-1961 was based on fact:
The 260 acre farm of Dr. Morgans father (i.e. NIDDRIE) and the farm of a neighbour, Maurice Quinlan, occupied much of what is today Airport West and the airport. (Niddrie was actually 249 acres but thats another matter.)
The part of Airport West south of Fraser St houses was originally three crown grants; heading west from Treadwell Rd, they were Niddrie, Spring Park and Springfield.
Niddrie was crown allotment 17B of the parish of Doutta Galla, consisting of 249 acres, situated entirely on the northside of Keilor Rd between Treadwell Rd and the midline of Grange Rd and Bowes Avenue. Although this name, bestowed by Harry Stevenson, crept south to describe the present "locality" of Niddrie (Nicholson and J.P.Main's grants), both Niddrie primary and high schools used the name. My 1999 Melway shrewdly described the location of Elstone Ave as being in both Airport West and Niddrie but Cameron St as being in Airport West only.
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.
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. (Niddrie wikipedia.)
Who ever wrote this entry in wikipedia can be excused for thinking that Thomas Napier's grant straddled Keilor Rd and included the area now known as Niddrie.
Spring Park was crown allotment 17A of the parish of Doutta Galla,consisting of 193 and 3/4 acres, adjoining the western boundary of Niddrie and extending west to the line of Olive Grove, Hansen Reserve being in its north west corner.It was granted to spirit merchants, Owen Connor and Patrick Phelan but they became insolvent. Angela Evans and colleagues told (in KEILOR PIONEERS: DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES) how Phelan's daughter had married Connor's son and Springfield (see below)evaded the creditors' clutches. Owen Connor had returned to Ireland but sent a letter written with an Irish accent! William and Sarah Connor shared with James Harrick the farming of the Keilor Park area for many decades.
CONNOR. On the 27th August, at her residence,5 Williams-road, Moonee Ponds, Sarah, relict of the late William Connor, of Keilor, aged 58 years. (P.1, Argus, 28-8-1903.)
DILLONCONNOR.On the 24th April, at St. Monica's R.C. Church, Essendon, by the Rev. Father Nolan, James, only son of James Dillon, 84 Napier-street, Essendon, to Ellen (Nelly), eldest daughter of Sarah and the late William Connor, "The Franklyn," Keilor.
So that's where William and Sarah Connor lived! The Franlyn was actually the Sir John Franklin Hotel, built by Henry Eldridge on the east corner of Keilor Rd and Collinson St, Keilor Park.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 14 December 1857 p 8 Family Notices
... The Funeral to move from his residence, Sir John Franklin Hotel, Keilor-road, this day, Monday, at twelve o'clock noon. JOHN DALEY, Undertaker, corner La Trobe and Spring Streets, Melbourne. ... Funeral Notices. --- THE Friends of Mr. HENRY ELDRIDGE are re- spectfully invited to follow ... 62 words
The last to farm Spring Park as an entire farm was William Johnson. The Johnson family also owned Glendewar and leased Cumberland before moving back to Glendewar(probably when Alexander McCracken's beautiful Cumberland homestead was burnt down;its ruins can be seen at Melway 178 C12.)
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.(P.1, Argus,30-9-1913.)
The McNamara brothers had farmed Spring Farm and other parts of Airport West for many years so it is fitting that Spring Park is bisected by McNamara Ave.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 23 July 1903 p 1 Family Notices
... farmer, who died at Spring-park, Essendon, 23rd July, 1901. "May her soul rest in peace." -(Inserted ... Mary E. McNamara, who died at Sping-park, Essendon, on July 23. R.I.P. (In- serted by her ... B. Ballantine, F. M. Robertson and G. B. Cabena.) McNAMARA.--In ... 636 words
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 29 October 1903 p 1 Family Notices
... missed (Inserted by her lov- ing husband, John T. Lee.) McNAMARA.--In sad and loving remembrance of our affectionate father, Patrick McNamara, who died at "Spring-Park," Kesendon, October 29, 1896.
An advertisement of the subdivision of the Spring Park Estate into 44 small farms appeared on page 1s of the Independent (Footscray) on 20-3-1915. The so-called plan shows Spring Park enormously out of scale, with Morgan's "Niddrie" seeming to have a twentieth of the road frontage shown for the Spring Park Estate. Edwin Roberts was the developer; hence Roberts Rd.
The sale of the Spring Park Estate caused problems for Patrick Morgan of Niddrie, who wanted to continue farming.
Mr. P. Morgan, who owns 250 acres adjoining the property recently cut up and sold by Mr. Roberts, was also in attendance to object to the assessment of his land. The land was valued by the State at 19 per acre, and he contended that the assessment was unfair and should not have been accepted as a basis for making the shire valuation. Cr. Delahey: In order to exist as a shire we were compelled to increase valuation. Mr. Morgan said the increase in his case was from 240 to 380, and the valuation was prospective. He bought the land at 14 per acre, and that was as much as it was worth to-day. The land did not return more now than when it was bought. It was simply valuing a farm as if it were cut up in building allotments. , Cr. Parr: The land adjoining has been submitted to auction and brought high prices. The question arises whether Mr. Morgan is using the land to the best advantage. Mr. Morgan contended that he was using the land to the best advantage. Cr. McFarlane: It has been publicly stated that you have refused 40 per acre for the land. Mr. Morgan: I have never received such an offer. I bought it 15 years ago at 14 per acre. It is simply farming and grazing land. Cr. Parr: The same might be said of land in Buckley Park. If Essendon annexed this territory, I wonder what the valuation would be. Mr. Morgan said that probably many of those who bought the land adjoining his property would never go through with their payments. The auctioneers told them to buy by the acre and sell by the foot. The Land was boomed, and values were inflated by its proximity to the Essendon boundary. Cr. White: And Essendon claims that our values are too low. Mr. Morgan: I do not think I could get 25 an acre cash for my land. In my opinion even the old valuation was too high. The matter was referred to committee...etc.
(P.1, Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla, and Broadmeadows Reporter, 18-1-1917.)
Springfield was crown allotment 18b of the parish of Doutta Galla,consisting of 151 acres and adjoining Spring Park on the west, extending west to the corner of Keilor Rd and Roberts Rd. Thus it was part of Edwin Robert's Spring Park Estate.
NORTH OF FRASER ST.
EXTRACT FROM MY "EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA" (NOT A JOURNAL.)
The boundaries of section 22 are indicated by: Thomas St/Barrie Rd, Sharps Rd, Nomad Rd. and the Fraser/ King St. midline. Information regarding its occupants comes mainly from Keilor Shires rate records except for lots B and D, which were in Broadmeadows Shire.
ALLOTMENT F of 147 acres between Fraser St. And Parer Rd., was granted to early squatters, A.Wright and J.& T.Crighton in 1848 and in 1868 it was being farmed by John Commons. Its eastern boundary was the same as for allotment E.
ALLOTMENT E consisted of 128 acres and extended north to Moore Rd. In 1868 it is likely that Sam.Mansfield had lot E as well as his 56 acres in section 16 and 87 acres in 22c as another property of 130 acres is listed. At the turn of the century, Robert G.Stevenson was leasing lot F, part of St Johns between Bulla Rd and Treadwell Rd (Wirraway and Nomad Rds.), lot E (which was mistakenly called lot G) and a few small blocks between Bulla Rd. And a now-closed road*. This gave him a total of 329 acres.
(* This road left Bulla Rd. at Webb St. to run to the corner of English St. and Nomad Rd., the n.w. Corner of section 16. The 1860 survey map shows this road finishing at the north boundary of 17B. It may have been the original road to the Springs or the old Macedon Rd,which title deeds show to have cut, respectively, though section 15 and section 21.)
Rupert Percy Steele was leasing Niddrie and a memo reveals that Steele had taken over lot F and Maurice Quinlan lot E plus the s.w. Corner of St. Johns.
ALLOTMENT C, between Moore St. And Dromana Ave., granted to J.P.Fawkner, was occupied in 1868 by: Sam. Mansfield 87 acres, J.B.Howse 17 acres and Catherine Howse 9 acres and licenced house. This was the Travellers' Rest (whose location is already described in this journal.) The occupancy of 22C, which contains much of Westfield Shoppingtown, had not changed much in 1900. Sam Mansfield still had 68 acres, J.B.Howse, who now owned John Hall's "South Wait" across Bulla Rd, had 40 acres and Edmund Tucker had the 9 acres on which the Travellers' Rest had stood.
Crown allotment 22A, between Sharps Rd (now Caterpillar Drive) and Dromana Ave,mostly across the railway line from Airport West, was mainly farmed as part of Hillside/ Carinya Park. Joe Thomas sold the majority of the 87 acre block to Caterpillar prior to 1956. The Tullamarine Progress Association was concerned that the Caterpillar factory would mess up the area but Percy Hurren of Dalkeith reassured his fellow members, and he was right.
Extract from my journal MAURICE QUINLAN AND OAKLANDS RD, BULLA.
NORTH ESSENDON comprises about 26 ACRES, situated on the main Bulla road, about 1 1/4 miles from the Keilor road electric tram terminus. This property is beautifully fenced, and bordered with live hedges and groups of flourishing handsome gums. Also, about 160 acres separated by a road. It is proposed to subdivide and submit this latter block into 10 allotments, in areas of from about 9 acres to 28 acres each, thus affording persons in quest of farmlets or accommodation paddocks near the city the opportunity of participating in the distribution.
(P.3,Argus, 26-4-1919.)- RE SALE OF QUINLAN'S FREEHOLDS.
STOCK GRAZED IN RESIDENTIAL AREA At the meeting of the Keilor shire council last Saturday a letter was re- ceived from a number of ratepayers owning land in the Victory Estate, North Essendon, complaining of sheep being grazed continually in portions of the Victory Estate and stating that the practice was unhealthy and offensive. The council decided to ask for the names of the offenders with a view to taking legal action.
(P.6, Sunshine Advocate, 9-10-1936.)
SHEEP AND CATTLE. Sheep grazing on vacant land at North Essendon was referred to in a communication received from F. B. Roberts, who said 1000 acres were concerned, carrying some thousands of sheep. Differences arose between drovers, some of whom left dead sheep lying about. Drovers could not carry on with out supervision. He had bought a property to handle sheep between his place at Mickleham and the Melbourne market, and had tried to keep things shipshape in the district, to avert a crisis.(P.3, Sunshine Advocate, 12-6-1942.)
As this concerned Keilor Council, North Essendon meant on the west side of Bulla Rd, north of the Essendon boundary(which was north of Keilor Rd), so the land being grazed was probably the part of Essendon Aerodrome south west of Bulla Rd (part of which is now Wirraway Rd), and Airport West.
The un-named road separating the 160 acres from the 26 acre triangle described as North Essendon was Treadwell Rd. Both of these properties were described in detail in my earlier QUINLAN journal.
North Essendon land 220 acre
A block of 74 acres of vacant land at North Essen- don, west of the aerodrome, and about half a mile west of the tramline, was sold at auction yesterday for 220 an acre, or 10,280.(P.7,Argus, 20-11-1954.)
Much information about Pascoe Vale, Oak Park, the naming of roads (Bell St after Bell Manor, O'Hea's Rd after Father O'Hea) and locations (Westbreen school after West and Breen etc) can be found in Richard Broome's BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, the history of the City of Coburg. BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY has quite a lot about Pascoeville,the Young Queen,Belle Vue and John Kernan/Merai.
Bruce Barber's website on the history of Strathmore supplies information from rate books and other sources about Strathmore.To locate Bruce's website, google HISTORY OF STRATHMORE, RAY or you'll have to wade through countless pages about Strathmore in Canada.
From Harry Heaps at Tullamarine to Ron Doig at Tootgarook, everyone seems to have have told me about a plane crash in the early days of aviation. Here's one about a crash at Pacca.
PLANE FORCED DOWN IN PADDOCK
Forced down by engine trouble, a light plane, piloted by Mr Howard Morris of North Essendon made an emergency landing yesterday afternoon in a paddock near Cumberland road, Pascoe Vale. Neither Mr Morris nor Mr McFarlane of Coburg, a passenger, was injured. The plane was only slightly damaged. After the wings were removed the ma- chine was towed back to the Essendon aerodrome.(P.2, Argus, 16-12-1937.)
THE BOARD TRACK AT NORTH ESSENDON.
This article is about Jack Campbell, the man who owned the board track. Only part of the article appears here.
He moved back to his old hunting ground (the Motordrome)in 1934 with an agreement he thought was "water tight." However, there was a loop- hole, and after two years he was forced to look for a new venue for his races. He bought a block of land at North Essendon, and within a month shifted the whole track there and had racing in full swing. That was 12 years ago, and the Campbell era of cycling now is drawing to a close.
(P.10, Argus, 1-5-1951.)
BOARD TRACK CHANGE
Site at Essendon
The Broadmeadows Council yesterday approved a proposal for the transfer of board track cycle racing from the Exhibition to a site near the Napier Park coursing ground. The work of re-erecting the track would cost about 4 000.
Councillor Mutton said that it was merely a proposal to transfer the Exhibition track to North Essendon. He thought the track would be a great acquisition to the district.
An amendment to defer consideration for a fortnight to enable the people of North Essendon to express their views was defeated.
After the council had granted the application Mr J Campbell said that he was the promoter of the proposal. An area of about seven acres of land had been obtained about 100 yards from the North Essendon railway station Legal action had forced him and his partner to leave the Exhibition.
If a track were not obtained for the coming season professional and amateur cycling would decline and Olympic Games aspirants would not be afforded facilities to prepare themselves for Finland. Racing would be held on Wednesday and Saturday nights. (P.15, Argus, 1-9-1939.)
The Station is now called Strathmore. It would be clearer to say that the Napier Park greyhound track and the board track were on opposite sides of the railway line, not of the station.
The site is on the opposite side of the station to the coursing ground. Work on the new track will begin on Monday, and the first races will be held on the first
Saturday in November.
Rosebank, one of Strathmore's historic houses, was built by Barber, who was part of one of Melbourne's early law firms before moving to Warrnambool. He was buried at Warrnambool.
DEATH. BARBER.-On the 21st March, at his residence, "Rosebank," Wood land-street, North Essendon, George Page Barber; also of Staywood Park, Warrnambool, in his 76th year. (P.2, Warrnambool Standard, 24-3-1914.)
The shire of Broadmeadows was huge in 1944, stretching as far north as Wallan. Most of the councillors were farmers and although money had been set aside for facilities at Strathmore,the Pascoe Vale residents (west of Northumberland Rd)were far from happy.This area was later transferred to the Coburg municipality.
At the Council Table Notes From Broadmeadows. THE JUNE MEETING OF THE BROADMEADOWS SHIRE COUNCIL WAS HELD AT NIGHT ON THE 29th-AND AT THE NIGHT GATHERINGS THERE IS ALWAYS A "GALLERY" OF INTERESTED RATE PAYERS. ON THIS OCCASION A DEPUTATION WAS IN ATTENDANCE, AND COUNCIL HEARD SOME UNDISGUISED CRITICISM OF ITS POLICY REGARDING STREETS AT PASCOE VALE. NOT MANY MATTERS RELATED TO THE "NORTH" WERE ON THE AGENDA.
(P.6, Kilmore Free Press, 13-7-1944.)
There is some information from BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY and BETWEEN TWO CREEKS in regard to this Pascoe Vale farm. John Pascoe Fawkner purchased section 151 of the parish of Jika Jika, consisting of 780 acres, on 1-8-1839.This land was bounded by the Moonee Ponds Ck, Victoria St-Rhodes Pde, Northumberland Rd and Gaffney St.
Fawkner was affected by the depression but was saved from bankruptcy by putting his property,Belle Vue or Grand View, in his wife's name. In 1842, the 218 acre part of the property east of Sydney Road (Pascoe Vale Rd)was sold to H.G.Ashurst (after whom a section of Pascoe Vale Rd within the Township of Essendon was named)and was known from that time as Merai Farm. It was leased by Ashurst to various tenants, Joseph Burns being the first. John Kernan commenced leasing Merai Farm in 1856.
In 1871,John Kernan, by that stage owning or leasing about 500 acres in that area appeared before the Royal Commission on Noxious Trades and said that he'd improved the yield on his farms fifteen-fold on the poorer soil by using animal matter from the Maribyrnong meat Preserving Company as fertiliser. He had to confess that the smell was pretty strong.(P.63-4, B.A.F.H.; not in index.)
John Kernan died in 1879 and Merai Farm was carried on by his widow, Mary, and his son, John. The Kernans had not bought Merai Farm and in 1885, a group of Melbourne businessmen from Melbourne were parleying with the Ashurst family to buy the land.
John Kernan was a great friend of Michael Loeman of Glenloeman at Bulla according to Harry Peck of Hiawatha in Strathmore. John Kernan was supposed to have subdivided land in Strathmore and given Loeman's Rd (Strathmore) its name.
KERNAN,MERAI FARM ON TROVE.
John Kernan Jnr was still on Merai Farm in 1898.
FIELD TRIAL OF IMPLEMENTS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 11 March 1898 p 3 Article
... FIELD TRIAL OF IMPLEMENTS. A field trial of agricultural implements took place yesterday at the farm of Mr. Jolm Kernan, Merai, Moonee Ponds. The trial, which was under the auspices biih w is undei tin nuspius of the louil Agutullut li ?o ntl, nts luteiulid lo bung out competition bctwien miihi ... 588 words
THE GRAND NATIONAL EXHIBITION AT GEELONG.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 12 October 1866 Supplement: Supplement to The Argus p 1 Article
... in foal-Board's prize, 10, J. F. Donaldson ; board's second prize, 10, John Kernan, Merai ; third ... farm purposes, also property of exhibitors-Board's prize, 6, Alfred Douglas, Geelong. Three Colts and ... 2256 words
BACCHUS MARSH AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL SOCIETY. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6.
The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918) Saturday 8 October 1887 p 2 Detailed lists, results, guides
... Vale; second, 2; third, 1. 1st, John Kernan, Merai, Moonee Ponds, Switzerland; 2nd Hon H. Miller, ... Melbourne. Farm and Garden Produce-Mr. E. Richardson, Nagambie; Mr. D. S. Hughes, Lonsdale street, ... and G. Burnip. Farm and Garden Produce-Messrs. G. Dickie and H. Vallence. Implements and ... 7129 words
KERNAN, PASCOE VALE ON TROVE.
ROLL OF HONOUR
The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 11 October 1917 Edition: Morning p 3 Article
... ROLL OF HONOUR -4-- Lieut. E. J: Kernan, of "Merai." Pascoe Vale, youngest son of Mr. John Kernan, died of wounds in France on September 22. He was employed at electric supply branch; Town Hall, ... Ascot Vale, has been wound ed for the third time. and.. now an in-. mate of a hospital at Bouen, where ... 336 words
ROLL OF HONOUR
Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 11 October 1917 p 3 Article
... ROLL OF HONOUR -----+---- Lieut. E. J. Kernan. of '*Merai." Pascoe Vale, youngest son of Mr. John Kernan, died of wounds in France on September 22. He was employed at electric supply branch, Town
Kilmore Free Press (Kilmore, Vic. : 1870 - 1954) Thursday 6 February 1930 Edition: MORNING p 2 Article
... 'Obituary., An old and highly esteemed resident of Pascoe Vale. passed away to eternal reward when -Mr John Kernan departed; this life on 28th ultimo. The deceased,, who:had.been in rather delicate health1 for some. time,.was 7.4 years ofage, spent, most. of his .long life in-.the district; .
KERNAN, JIKA JIKA ON TROVE.
North Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1873 - 1894) Friday 22 January 1886 p 3 Advertising
... the Pascoo Railway Station, and the well-known residence of Messrs. J. M. Peak, Kernan, Anderson ... of December, 1885
(This article seems to indicate that John Kernan Jnr was living in present-day Strathmore.)
TUESDAY JULY 14
CLEARING SALE Of DAIRY CATTLE &C.,At MERAI, PASCOEVALE
WM ADAMSON and Co have received instructions from Mr John Kernan Merai Pascoevale to SELL,as above through their auctioneer James McPhail.
The whole of his choice herd of dairy cattle,
horses and dairy utensils as under -
123 HEAD of CATTLE,
Comprising 80 cows in full milk 23 springers,20 heifers 12 to 20 months old the progeny of the above cows.
HORSES 5 saddle and harness horses
DAIRY UTENSILS. 2 refrigerators
15 milk cans and numerous other articles used in connection with a dairy.
Everything offered will be sold as Mr Kernan s instructions to us are to sell without the slightest reserve. We would draw attention to the fact that there are no store cows or strippers amongst the Milkers they being all cows in full milk, and cows that we can highly recommend to those in want of first class milkers.
The sale of cattle will start at one o clock sharp. Luncheon provided.
Trains leave Spencer street Station for Pascoevale at 8.37 a m and 12 noon.
Wm. Adamson and Co 408 Bourke street.(P.2,Argus, 13-7-1891.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 1 March 1886 p 2 Advertising
... luitrueted by John Kernan, Esq., to SELL by AI'011 ON' at Mcrai, .Moonee Ponds, Pmscoevale-road, on .
John Kernan had probably been concentrating on hay production, draught horses and elevators being among the items on sale. Ashurst must have sold Merai but the subdivision possibly stalled. Therefore another 5 year lease seems to have been negotiated with John turning to dairying; hence the clearing sale of 1891.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 3 April 1886 p 2 Advertising
... that valuablo freehold property, being part of Crown Allotments 150 and 151, parish Jika Jika, countv ... Is at present In the occupation of Mr. J. Kernan, and It is splendid FARM LAND. The crops obtained ...
The description of Merai containing land in crown allotment 150 puzzled me but I figured it must have been a small parcel between Pascoe Vale Rd and the railway line and sure enough,there was the tiny Kernan Ave at Melway 16 K10.
The Kernans were pioneers of Somerton as well.
Coburg Police Court. Tuesday, May 12th. SUNDAY TRADING CASE.
The Coburg Leader (Vic. : 1890 - 1913) Saturday 23 May 1908 p 4 Article
... Coburg Police Court. rt. Tuesday, May 12th. SUNDAY TRADING CASE. John Francis Kernan, licensee of the 'Somerton, Hotel, pleaded guilty that being the licensee of licensed premises known as the Somerton Hotel in the Broadmeadows licensing district, a sale of liquor took place on such
John Kernan seems to have been the first licensee of the Lincolnshire Arms Hotel, built by Bulla pioneer,Tulip Wright. The following Gazette notice describes the hotel as being on the corner of Macedon and Keilor Roads. Over the years Bulla Rd was called Macedon Rd, Deep Creek Road, the Great Road to the Diggings (until Brees' bridge was built at Keilor in 1854),Bulla Rd,Lancefield Rd, and now (north of Keilor Rd), it is called Bulla Rd, Wirraway Rd and Melrose Drive.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 1 April 1851 p 2 Article
...esterson, Richmond ; John Kernan, junction of the Mount Macedon and Kielor roads C ... ; George Vutgo, Somerton ; Sarah Wulle, Pentridge.
Macedon Road was mentioned re the location of the hotel for which John Kernan wanted his licence.I found this when I entered "Sydney Road, Pascoeville.
Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 13th April, 1848.
HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, having deemed it expedient to open and make certain Parish Roads, in the District of Port Phillip, viz. ;
1. New line of road from North Melbourne to the Village of Bulla, known as the Mount Macedon Road.
2. Proposed Keila, or Portland Road, from the Mount Macedon Road, to Keila Bridge.
3. Occupation Road, leading from the Mount Macedon Road to Taylor and Green's purchases in Bulla Bulla
4. The old Sydney or Pascoeville Road,leading from the Mount Macedon Road to the New Sydney Road.
((P.4, The Melbourne Argus, 5-5-1848.
The first became Bulla Rd, the second Keilor Rd, the third Oaklands Rd and the fourth Pascoe Vale Rd.
JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER.
FOR SALE, at Pascoeville, orders for which will be received at the Patriot office, Melbourne, a small quan tity of Lucerne, and of twelve varieties of English Grasses, either for lawns or meadows. A few English Trees which have been nearly two years acclimatised, consisting of Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Maple, Acacia, Walnut, Chesnut, Filbert, and Spanish Chesnut. These persons who really delight in ornamenting their country residences Will be blind to their own interests if they neglect the present opportunity. JOHN P. FAWKNER.
(P.1, Geelong Advertiser,16-5-1842.)
No doubt Fawkner planted some of each type of tree on Belle Vue Park. Only one of the trees he planted remains; it is an oak. After Fawkner's widow, Eliza, died, John? English bought the property and built the double storey brick building which remains today. A later owner, Hutchinson, a Glenroy flour miller, renamed the property Oak Park because of all the oak trees Fawkner had plantedor so it had been written!
TODAY IS A POPULAR CHOICE FOR BRIDES
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 26 April 1952 p 6 Article
... TODAY IS A POPULAR CHOICE FOR BRIDES Today will see a rush of weddings. It will be the most popular Saturday for marriage since the new year. One of today's biggest weddings. will be that of Patricia Catherine, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R, J. Hutchinson, Oak Park, Glenroy, to James Francis ... 238 words
Hutchinson was on Belle Vue by 1949 when Patricia's engagement was announced to another bloke.
He was there by 1945.
Mr Justice O'Bryan, in the Practice Court, upheld an appeal on behalf of Hutchinson's Finley Flour Milling and Agency Co Pty Ltd, of Hartington st, Glenroy, against a conviction and fine of 50 by Mr Nicholas, PM, at the City Court for an offence under the Prices Regulations. His Honour made the order nisi to review the decision absolute, with costs, and set aside the fine.
The appellant company had been fined on a charge of having overcharged for bran and pollard.
At the City Court there had been 10 charges of a similar nature against the company, and 10 against Robert Graham Hutchinson, of Oak Park, Glenroy, a director of the company.etc. (P.10, Argus, 2-3-1945.)
The farm had been called Oak Park much earlier than this.
ALCORN - In loving memory of George James eldest son of James and Annie Alcorn, and loving brother of Wallace and Jack accidentally killed at Pascoevale, November 1 1924. (Sadly missed by his loved ones at Oak Park Glenroy). (P>1, Argus, 1-11-1926.)
Subdivision of "Oak Park" began in 1946 and an aerial photo of the area in 1954 (on page 173 of BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY) shows the homestead and the beautiful garden surrounding it in the centre with quite a few houses, especially near Pascoe Vale Rd.
Joseph English bought Belle Vue when Fawkner's widow, Eliza (nee Cobb) died in 1879. It is probable that he named the property Oak Park at about that time.Hutchinson did not bestow the suburb's name!
ENGLISH. On the 24th March, at "Oak Park," Glenroy, the wife of J. M. English a daughter.
(P.13, Argus, 14-4-1917.)
English St in Essendon Aerodrome was most likely named after Joseph or John English. Joseph let part of Belle Vue to either the Knights or Fred Morgan (can't remember which but the two families were related by marriage and one family was related to English)and their property was called The Pines. (Fred's place. See Victoria and Its Metropolis and BETWEEN TWO CREEKS.) Other tenants known to be on Belle Vue were Rob. Bryant,dairyman and Frank Goyder, a thoroughbred enthusiast mentioned in detail by Harry Peck in MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN. Another occupant is mentioned in this report.
HUNTING Oaklands Club By Blue Top.
Meeting at Sherwood, Oaklands Junction on Saturday the Oaklands Hunt Club had a drag run to Glenroy. The throw-off was in the Sanatorium property through J.Attwood's Dundonald Estate to the Mickleham road which was crossed taking the field into K Campbell's Springbank, thence through Willowbank to J Walsh's, Andersons and Underwoods where hounds were checked near the bridge in Broadmeadows road. Taking up the line again in Pahoff's the pack raced down the valley into McLeans and then crossed the railway bridge Into Gibson's and on through Proudfoot's, Parker's and Morgan's to W.Burke's Oak Park where hounds threw up their heads near the dam after an excellent run of seven or eight miles.etc. (P.11, Argus, 28-6-1937.)
Follow the hunt on Melway.----------------------------------------------
I think that Hannah Pascoe was really Australia's first saint. She performed a miracle! Hannah, from a well-to -do family married a silversmith who earned a free trip to Australia- as a convict. Did Hannah go back to her parents with her young son,where they would both prosper? No. Hannah chose to accompany her husband, John, halfway around the world to establish Victoria's first settlement at Sullivan Bay, near Sorrento, in 1803. She obviously worried about her son, John Fawkner being contaminated by the dregs of English society (as most of the convicts were), but she wanted to keep the family together.
When Collins relocated to Hobart after a few months because of supposed difficulty in obtaining fresh water, the locale changed but not the corrupting influence that could turn young John to a life of crime,laziness, drunkenness, cursing and so on. When John's father obtained his ticket of leave, he was granted some land but much of the income he earned from it was wasted on drink. Hannah and her son were facing a life of poverty.
Hannah was informed of an inheritance and had to return to England to claim it.Here was her chance to return to the comfortable life she had known before her marriage, and although C.P.Billot does not say in THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER whether she took her son with her,it is hard to imagine her leaving her son in the care of his drunken father. Hannah returned and it is almost certain that the various enterprises started later by John Fawkner in Launceston were made possible by Hannah's inheritance.
John Fawkner developed into a hard-working, community-minded, literate, law-abiding man. Considering the environment in which he grew up,that was Hannah's miracle. There was one slight blip on young John's record regarding the law but it illustrates his caring nature, generosity and championing of the cause of the common man rather than lawless tendencies. When Hannah died on 15-1-1825,the 33 year-old John Fawkner adopted her maiden name as a second given name as a mark of respect for everything that she had done for him.
When R.K.Morgan's old factory site on Gowanbrae was to be developed into a residential area,the Moreland Council asked for suggestions of street names.I was delighted that this wonderful woman was honoured by my suggestion of a street being named after her was adopted.(Hannah Pascoe Drive, Melway 16 C3.)
By googling "john pascoe fawkner, land co-operatives",I came up with the following:
Place: Victoria Bank
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the 1851 John Pascoe Fawkner land co-operative estate on Sections 13A and 13B Parish of. Tullamarine; for its association with the locally prominent Mansfield ...
Heritage story - Organ Pipes N.P. (PDF File 388.6 - Parks Victoria
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Batman's old rival, John Pascoe Fawkner. It is believed that Fawkner intended to subdivide the land and sell it to members of his Victoria Co-operative Freehold ...
Port Phillip Apostle No 3: John Pascoe Fawkner | The Resident ...
Nov 20, 2008 Now what on earth is John Pascoe Fawkner doing here? .... his plans for a Tradesman's bank and schemes for a co-operative land society.
Oh dear! The report on Victoria Bank contains some excellent research and documentation but unfortunately, the author has confused two different farms. More about that later.
My research in the titles office had given me the impression that little 5 foot 2 tall Johnny had obtained his grants (except for Belle Vue)on behalf of co-operatives consisting of his beloved yoeman farmers (as C.P.Billot put it.)These grants were Box Forest (now Hadfield); Coburg Central (parish of Jika Jika); 22C, Doutta Galla (now the Airport West Shoppingtown site south of Dromana Ave historically occupied mainly by J.B.Howse and Sam Mansfield); Section 7 Tullamarine; section 13 Tullamarine (bisected by Mansfields Rd) and Section 10 Tullamarine on Tullamarine Island (containing Cooper Rd and the part of Organ Pipes National Park east of the river.) I will not go on about the pioneers on these grants as this entry is about a pioneer of Oak Park, not Tullamarine etc.
There were two farms called Victoria Bank in Tullamarine's history and they were both owned by members of the
McNab family,not the Mansfields. The first one consisted of 160 acres of section 8 Tullamarine,with its northern boundary being an eastern extension of Barbiston Rd,the adjoining parts of section 8 being Seafield (John Grant) of 320 acres to the north and Oakbank(McNab) of 160 acres to the south. The MCNab who owned Victoria Bank moved to Lilydale and his son,Angus,returned to Tullamarine* and bought 93 or 95 acres fronting the north side of Barbiston Rd between Barbiston to the south and Aucholzie to the north.
(*Before 1888, exact year probably in the VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS entry for Angus.)
The member of the Mansfield family was talking about "Roseleigh" in Mansfields Rd (which is still standing and on land granted to John Pascoe Fawkner!) The author's confusion was probably caused by the homestead block of the second Victoria Bank (on the north corner of Barbiston and McNabs Rds) being called Rosebank by the Courtney-Shaws, whom I interviewed circa 1989 as well as videotaping the old brick house and beautiful garden. The website shows timber structures and if I remember correctly they fronted Barbiston Rd within the homestead block.
GREEN GABLES.(Melway 16 J9.)
This historic house was across the footbridge from Cook's Cottage (demolished and replaced by Red Rooster.) Green Gables was demolished in about 1989 for the construction of the Ruth Bednell Retirement Village. It was a two-storey weatherboard mansion on two acres. It could have been bought for a thousand pounds during world war 2. The house was used for prisoner rehabilitation after the war. (I believe this information came from Lenore Frost's book about Essendon's historic houses.)
This cottage was built by John Murray Peck of Lebanon, according to the owner of Lebanon in 1989-90. Sam Merrifield gave its name as Wanganui in his house name index according to Lenore Frost but this was probably a guess at its spelling by a typesetter who had been given the name orally. Many newspaper advertisements for its sale spell the name as Wannaeue, the name of a parish containing McCrae, Rosebud, Tootgarook, the part of Rye east of Government Rd and Boneo north of Limestone Rd.
There is a claim on the Walking Melbourne website that the house was a changing station for Cobb and Co. As Peck moved into Lebanon in 1882 (having previously lived in Mascoma at Ascot Vale,recalled by a street name there), this claim,if true,should not be taken as an indication that the house was built in the 1850's. It was probably built after 1882 and as Cobb and Co was not likely to be providing a service on what had been a sleepy country road for a quarter of a century, the coach service was more likely to be run by a local operator.
(The Walking Melbourne website has some excellent history of the area with photos of the house built by English on the site of Fawkner's Belle Vue homestead, a classified Oak tree nearby- in Oak Park of course! Wentworth House (the La Rose homestead)and so on.
To find these photos and articles, google WALKING MELBOURNE, OLD SYDNEY ROAD.)
I no longer have my Broadmeadows Shire rate transcriptions but I am almost certain that Mrs Alexander McCracken was assessed on the house in 1920.She was John Murray Peck's daughter. Alex died in 1915 and his widow probably leased their country estate, Cumberland, out; the Johnsons of Glendewar moved onto Cumberland shortly afterwards but moved back to Glendewar later,probably because the beautiful homestead (whose cost ruined George Coghill) had burnt down. She may have done the same with the North Park mansion (now the Columban mission on the Essendon side of Woodland St) and moved to the cottage so she could be close to Lebanon and her brother, Harry's "Hiawatha" at the top of Kilburn St.
LA ROSE and MORELAND.(THE DOC,THE BRIDGE, LE CATEAU ST,THE ROBERTSONS, TRINIFOUR)
Dr Farquhar McCrae took the hippocratic oath but more than one person thought he was a hippocratic oaf. One was Alphabetical Foster who horsewhipped him because the doctor had dudded him in relation to the transfer of a squatting licence for a Run near Dandenong. (Streets in Dandenong are named after both of them.)His own brother, Andrew, who held the Arthurs Seat Run near Dromana, was struggling financially but Farquhar, who had borrowed money from him, made repeated excuses instead of repayments.
Farquhar was granted land in the parish of Jika Jika, which probably extended one or two hundred metres north and south of Moreland Rd. (I'd have to check the parish map to be sure which.)He named it "Moreland" after an uncle's plantation in Jamaica. However he bought La Rose, (which if I remember correctly had already passed from the grantee to another owner)and got Bulla pioneer Michael Loeman to manage it; Loeman later leased "Moreland"for 14 years. The first bridge over the Moonee Ponds Creek in Moreland Rd was called the Loeman Bridge.
According to Richard Broome in BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, McCrae built the core of Wentworth House but most of it was built by Coiler Robertson. He probably only spent a few years there before the horse-whipping saw him flee to Sydney.I have a feeling that Coiler Robertson bought the property in about 1845 but he was certainly there by May, 1849, as the electoral list for the County of Bourke (P.4, Argus, 1-5-1849)shows:
Robertson, Coiler,dwelling house,La Rose,Moonee Moonee Ponds.
This is slightly earlier evidence.
Ploughing match.-The farmers on the Moonee Moonee Ponds have formed themselves into a society under the designation of the Moonee Moonee Ponds Farmers' Society, formed on the model of the Farmers' Societies in Scotland, and they have so far matured their arrangements as to have appointed Friday next, the 28th instant, for holding their first ploughing match, which is to come off on Mr Colyer Robertson's farm, La Rose, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. (P.2, The Melbourne Argus,25-7-1848.)
Coiler also bought land in the parish of Doutta Galla on which still stands a house named Trinifour (on the south side of Park St just west of the railway gates). I don't know if that is the house described below; my memory tells me that Coiler's son, James, built Trinafour in the 1880's. James was the brother of Peter McCracken's wife, Grace, and arriving in the colony as a brewer had probably been responsible for the success of the McCracken Brewery.Coiler had over-extended himself.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20. Preliminary Notice.
Sale of Freehold Farm, Comprising 107a. 38p.Together with The Dwelling house and Building Erected Thereon,
In tho Insolvent Estate of Coiler Robertson.
By Order of John Goodman, Esq , Official Assignee.
ALFRED BLISS has been favoured with instructions from John Goodman, Esq., Official Assignee, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, on the premises (lately in tho occupation of Coiler Robertson), on Thursday, November 20, at twelve o'clock,
All that piece or parcel of land in tho colony of Victoria, county of Bourke, and parish of Doutta Galla, being part of Allotment B, Section No 6, commencing at the north-west oorner of the said Allotment B, and bounded on tho north by Allotment A, containing 107a and 38p., being a line bearing east 1OO chains 35 links ; on tho east by a road one chain wide, being a line bearing south 36deg. east,11 chains 82 links; on the south by other part of tho said Allotment B, conveyed to Robert M'Cracken and Peter M'Cracken, being a line bearing west 67 chains 17 links ; and on tho west by part of Allotmont No. 4 of Section No. 7, containing 80 acres, being a lino bearlng north 10 chains to the commenclng-polnt ; containing, in fact, 107a. and 38p.
Together with the Dwellinghouse and building thereon.
(P.2, Argus, 17-11-1860.)
NOTES RE THE ADVERTISEMENT.
Robert McCracken was the brother of Peter and father of Alex McCracken, and lived (from the mid 1860's) at Ailsa on the north side of Kent St. This property was the first playing venue for the Essendon Football Club in the 1870's with the McCrackens being heavily involved,the ground probably on the area where streets bear the names of John Filson and his wife. Alex, a 17 year old Scotch College student was its first secretary and was later the foundation President of the V.F.L. from late 1896 to shortly before his death in 1915. Peter farmed on Stewarton (Gladstone Park) 1846-55 and then leased a dairy on Kensington Park (North Melbourne side of Kensington Rd,where William Samuel Cox later ran the Kensington Park Racecourse)until his Ardmillan mansion was built (on the site of 35-39 Ardmillan Rd, I presume, as Nos 35 and 37 do not exist.) Peter,a majority shareholder,with Hugh Glass, of the private Essendon Railway,had to sell Ardmillan shortly before the Government bought the railway and built the North Eastern Railway to Sydney through Strathmore/ Pascoe Vale and Campbellfield in 1872, turning Campbellfield into Broadmeadows and Broadmeadows into Westmeadows. Allotment 4 of section 7 was part of land granted to James Robertson Snr of Upper Keilor. His son,James Robertson Jnr built Aberfeldie on what had formerly been called "Spring Hill" and his daughter, Margaret, married Coiler McCracken who built Earlesbrae Hall (now Lowther Hall.You can see how historians mix up these two James Robertsons, both related to the McCrackens through marriage: James, son of Coiler of La Rose and Trinifour (the brewer),and James Jnr of Upper Keilor and Aberfeldie. Andrew Lemon confused another James Robertson (of Gowrie Park, Campbellfield) with the Upper Keilor family!
THE LA ROSE ESTATE. The increase of population and the extension of the City of Melbourne on all sides has necessitated a development of suburban settlement and a consequent occupation of land, which, a few years ago was hardly ever mentioned except perhaps in cases like La Rose when its aspect elicited an expression of admiration from some passing traveller. The estate above-mentioned has been most asiduously advertised by Messrs Munro and Baillieu, the jubileo auctioneers and if the public, do not know the ins and outs of La Rose, together with the almost ridiculously cheap terms at which it is to pass under the hammer, they must be singularly obtuse. We may, however, remind our readers of the vicinity of this charming spot, but the means of access to it have been rendered so easy that we would advise them to take a run out and see for themselves. The estate is situated on gently undulating ground sloping away in the direction of the Moonee Ponds Creek, and commanding an extensive view of Melbourne and its northern suburbs. The handsome villas and snug cottages of Essendon, are seen in close vicinity, on one hand and on the other the environs of Brunswick meet the eye while far away in the distance is the city with its spires and prominent buildings, the whole presenting a panorama which needs to be seen to be fully aprreciated. We. strongly advise our readers to follow the advice of an advertisement in another column and make themselves thoroughly au fait as regards everything connected with LaRose especially the terms which are within the reach of all. A few years ago Moonee Ponds and Essendon had only hourly trains and a scant and scattered population, and now both are two of the most prosperous suburbs round Melbourne and there is every reason to believe that La Rose will follow in their wake, and even eclipse, by reason of its picturesque situation and hygienic advantages the older suburbs as regards prosperity and popularity.(P.3,North Melbourne Advertiser,2-4-1887.)
This advertisement appeared fairly close to the peak of the land boom which came to a crashing halt because of the depression a handful of years later.The next boom was in the 1920's following W.W.1, but it was not until 2-2-1954 that development justified the opening of Pascoe Vale South State School.
This article about North Melbourne and the General Election seems to be having a dig at the La Rose Estate, so extensively advertised in 1887.
The number of ' roses' about was quite a feature. Indeed one would think that a flower show was 'on,' or that a certain estate at Pascoe Vale, which in the days of the alas now defunct boom was advertised extensively, was again in the market...(P.2,North Melbourne Advertiser, 30-3-1889.)
The first auction sale of a suburban subdivision for some years has been announced for August 16, when H. P. Knight and Co and Mr G, T. Collins, Brunswick, will submit a further complete section of La Rose Estate. West Coburg.(P.19,Argus, 31-7-1947.) The subdivision, which contains 81 allotments, is close to the Bell st bus service and a few minutes from North Essendon station. (P.19,Argus, 31-7-1947.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 10 August 1878 p 1 Family Notices
... the beloved child of Mr. John M'Caffrey, aged 6 months. ROBERTSON.-On the 9th inst., at Trinafour, Essendon, Mrs. Coiler Robertson, in her 90th year.
THE Friends of the late Mrs COILER ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the Melbourne General Cemetery The funeral will leave the residence of her son, Mr Jas. Robertson, Trinafour, Moonee Ponds, on Monday, the 12th August, at 2 o clock p.m. (P.8,Argus,12-8-1878.) Had she been living on La Rose?
The McCracken letters mention The Coiler Robertsons being in financial difficulty and leasing out their property. William McCulloch who had made his fortune as a Murray River paddle-steamer operator bought Glenroy Farm of 636 acres (stretching north from Rhodes Pde halfway to Camp Rd )in 1874. He seems to have been living at La Rose. Was it the quality of the house or the view that attracted him? Did he own it or was he leasing from the Robertsons?
It is likely that McCulloch had married a sister or daughter of John vans Agnew Bruce, who (with Cornish) had built much of the railway to Castlemaine in 1858, owned the northern 1000 acres of Jamieson's Special Survey between Bruce Rd and the Martha Cove Waterway and was apparently a son in law of Big Clarke.
McCULLOCH.On the 28th inst., at La Rose, Essendon, Catherine Vans Agnew, youngest daughter of William and Catherine McCulloch, aged 10 months and 11 days. (P.4, Argus,29-4-1873.)
Well,this has me in a real tangle! Do they mean the youngest daughter of the late CoilerRobertson because James was still apparently still alive and living at Trinifour two years later.
LANGTRELROBERTSON.October 28, at the Presbyterian Church, Albert Park, by the Rev. D. S. M'Eachran, assisted by the Rev. M??k, J. S. Langtrel, of Bourke, to Alexandra, youngest daughter of the late James Robertson, of La Rose, Essendon.(N.B. Coiler McCracken had moved to Bourke after losing Earlesbrae Hall. Alexandra mustn't have been very young if her mother was nearly 90!)
The Robertsons were still on La Rose in 1869 when an organisation was formed to stop the Melbourne Hunt Club trampling farmers' crops. Robert McDougall of Aitken's Estate (between today's Aberfeldie and Avondale Heights)took the chair. Reference was made to the case of Dunn v Waldock in which Edmund Dunn of "Viewpoint" in Tullamarine hd unsuccessfully sued Waldock, Master of the Hunt, for damage to his crops and ewes.
As the Robertsons were still on La Rose in 1969,they must have bought it from creditors or leased it from the new owners. Mr. Alfred Bliss reports the sale of La Rose estate, Moonee Ponds, consisting of 276a. 2r. 37p., for the sum of 6,018 cash ; or at the rate of 21 15s. per acre.(P.4, Argus, 31-10-1860.)
It is likely that La Rose was still an intact whole in 1933.
Reference to the Cooks being on La Rose in 1933 has been deleted because Mrs Cook (nee Bottoms)appears to have been occupying a HOUSE of that name whose address was 2 Fitzgerald Rd, Essendon.
BOOTH VERSUS BATES.
These were two strains of shorthorn cattle. Robert McDougall of Arundel in Tullamarine and Henry Stevenson of "Niddrie" (see Airport West journal)hardly spoke to each other because Robert was a Booth advocate and Henry was a supporter of the Bates Strain. This made things difficult when they bought farms on St Johns (North Strathmore area), Henry the 300 acres near Bulla Rd and Robert the 200 acres near Pascoe Vale Rd. At least Robert had an ally close at hand, William McCulloch of La Rose and Glenroy Farm.
THE YOUNG QUEEN INN.
The preferred route to Sydney was past the Young Queen Inn. (murder, 2nd at Coburg etc.)
THE McKENZIE ORAL HISTORY. (From my KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS, Dec.,1990-not a journal.)
Jim McKenzie's parents moved into Prospect St,Pascoe Vale in 1937 when Jim was about 13. Peggy McKenzie(nee Holmes) was about 5 in 1935 when her family moved into Gaffney St just uphill from Burgundy St,five years later shifting to Fawkner St a bit further up the hill.
Most of the boys had horses and many of their rides took them through Cow Dung Flats,the name they gave the area between Kent Rd and Camp Rd.
Most boys had a horse by the age of 12 or 13. There were plenty of vacant blocks between the isolated houses to keep them on.Another place the boys rode their horses was Happy Valley,across the creek from Boeing Reserve.
Deliveries of milk were made with horse-drawn carts but road traffic in the 1970's caused a change to motorised transport.
FLEET ELECTRICS, on the corner of Pascoe Vale Rd and Woodland Ave, which manufactured electric ovens there before W.W.2, probably pioneered secondary industry in the area.
After leaving the army in 1947, Jim found it hard to settle back into civilian life and preferred outdoor work. He found a job at the Coburg City quarry in Newlands Rd that later became the Coburg drive-in.
The area started to build up in the 1950's as a result of Arthur Caldwell's boost to immigration.
Jim's father, who had come from the bush, was able to use the wide open spaces of Prospect St to break horses. He would buy them for one pound ten shillings each at South Melbourne market and lead them along Spencer St etc to Flemington Bridge from where he and young Jim could take various routes such as along the creek or Oak St. Once a tram in Melville Rd made their horse bolt,throwing them out of the jinker. After being broken in, the horses were sold for two pounds each and with the brisk demand, this was a good earner.
After the war, Jim and his father leased, trained and drove trotters. They used tracks at Westbreen, Happy Valley and alongside the narrow Hume Highway* to train them and swam them in the Maribyrnong River near the Anglers' Arms Hotel at Maribyrnong. Another training venue was near the dog and cycling tracks.(*Jim would often use slow moving trucks as mobile barriers, following them on the left hand side for some distance before accelerating past them!)
Jim and his mates would often ride through Strathmore in about 1940. Dotted about the area were Mrs Barrett's dairy, Rosebank, and Lebanon, now owned by boxing writer, Jack Oates.Near the eastern end of MascomaSt, Randalls,a real estate firm,was selling house blocks for 10 pounds which rapidly increased in value to 50 pounds.The Mills lived on the south side of the road and Jim Flood,the policeman,and his wife lived near the future site of the Strathmore North Primary School.Another policeman,Mr James,and the Rutherford family lived near Lind St. One house that Jim didn't mention was "Hiawatha" in which Harry Peck was probably hard at work writing MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN.
On the east side of Pascoe Vale Rd, Miss Roberts owned all the land from Cook's Cottage* to the garage to the south. Miss Roberts was probably a niece of Louisa Ellen Roberts (B. Bond St, London 6-6-1840, d.at Lebanon 5-7-1928) who married John Murray Peck. (*Albert Cook, Broadmeadows Shire Secretary, moved from the old shire office near the bridge in Westmeadows to this cottage in the late 1920's when the new shire hall was built on the present site on Twomey's "Glen Allan". The cottage was probably J.M.Peck's "Wannaeue". It was bulldozed without a permit and Red Rooster now occupies the site.)
As you've probably realised Jim's history of Pascoe Vale is really a history of Pascoe Vale AND MILES AROUND. The same thing happened to my histories of Tullamarine and Rosebud. Jim and his mates went several times to Sunbury in a covered wagon for a weekend spent rabbiting and fishing for redfin at Rupertswood. Mascoma St was then a track with road metal spread on it occasionally. The Gowanbrae dairy was the most prominent feature at itswestern end in 1940 and still in 1970 when Jim and Peggy moved into Tasman Avenue.
HALF HOUSES were common in the years after the war and like most growing suburbs, Strathmore and Pascoe Vale had their share. Buildersactually needed a permit to obtain materials such as timber. Councils were forced to relax the regulations so that part houses could be started and finished when more materials became available. Concrete roofing was common in this era.
Peachey-Kelly Town was the locals' name for Westbreen despite District Inspector Davies coining the latter name for state school 4158. Some other residents of the area were the Toys, Marshalls, Wilsons, Cockerells, Plunketts, McGowerys and Tomkinsons. Most residents had other jobs such as droving but were free to erect fences on vacant land and run sheep as a sideline. The owners didn't mind as it kept grass down and reduced the fire hazard.
Alma Toy ran dances at the Westbreen hall near which she lived. The Pascoe Vale youth would pay threepence for the bus trip ans a shilling to get into the dance.
COONAN'S HILL. This area near the corner of Woodland Avenue and Reynolds Parade was another venue for training trotters. In this area there were market gardens, many run by Chinese.Reynolds Pde and other nearby streets were made using a horse and scoop.
HAY AND CORN STORES are now rare but, up to 1950, they were very common. Rationing of petrol continued for some time after W.W.2 and many cars had charcoal burners in order to keep them operating. With so many youngsters owning horses they had plenty of customers. Tommy Loft of "Dalkeith" in Tullamarine had a corn store on the site of Tullamarine Primary School (which transferred there in 1960) and there was another one in
Middle St, Ascot Vale, near Mt Alexander Rd that sold shell grit for chook houses as well.
FIRST SELF-SERVICE? Harry Shell's self-service on the corner of Bell St and York St was the first shop of this type that Jim remembers.
LANDLUBBERS! When the Pascoe Vale Swimming Pool in Prospect St opened, Jim and his brothers were regarded almost as superhuman beings. Having come from Port Melbourne, they had developed their swimming skills at the beach and hardly any of the other children could swim.
GOAT FARMS were common and doctors would recommend goat's milk for sick children. One farm was bounded by Essex, Cumberland and Landells Rd and Dawson St.
BEFORE STRATHMORE HIGH. The Napier Park Dog Track was on the High School site and the Board Track was near the overpass. Jim and his mates would ride their horses to the hill west of Pascoe Vale Rd overlooking these venues for some free entertainment.
THE HOUSE ON THE ISLAND. An elderly lady lived in a house on an island in the present High School grounds. My book about the creek could not have had a better title than A TRICKLE OR A TORRENT. While normally a (Moonee Moonee) chain of ponds,levels could rise with alarming speed and the island was flood prone. With the community spirit that existed in any pioneering community, locals were concerned for her safety at such times.
The creek was straightened in the 1960's to allow freeway construction and it is likely that the High School's sinking Library was built on one of the channels that had skirted the island. This extract comes from the Strathmore Secondary College website re architect, Simon Thornton's renovations in the mid 1990's.
There have been major obstacles to Strathmores renovations. One significant problem facing any design is the unstable soil found across much of this site. This resulted in part from the re-aligning of the Moonee Ponds Creek which previously meandered across the site and was covered with fill in the 1960s. In order to reinforce buildings, before any construction could begin, large concrete supports had to be driven into the ground. With Simons buildings these supports have extended anywhere from half a metre to 12 metres below the surface.
FLOOD AT THE SWING BRIDGE. The footbridge near Cook's Cottage was originally a swing bridge. Now as any parent or teacher will tell you little girls like to change their environment by making it prettier but little boys' attempts to mould the environment are more likely to resemble an episode of the mythbusters. A swing bridge can be made to swing like a pendulum or bounce like a trampoline, neither of which are guaranteed to do the bridge much good. The only torrent in this case came from local policeman,Jim Flood, who,as you know, lived not far away in Mascoma St. Riding a bike across the bridge was also a no no, as was riding bikes at night without lights.
TASMA THEATRE. This theatre, in Bell St between York St and Cumberland Rd, was popular with the Pacca youth. Because of its construction materials,it was a real fire trap, especially as smoking was allowed and the brats of those days delighted in rolling firecrackers under the seats of elderly female patrons.
KIRK'S BAZAAR. Located between the old Essendon Hotel (De Marco's,the Grand etc)and Woodlands Park over Bulla Rd from the Keilor Rd junction, Kirk's Bazaar had alare building at the front where second-hand goods of every description were sold and behind this were machinery and animals.Kirks relocated to the north side of Keilor Rd, past Matthews Ave in about 1975. The Kirks had traded in horses from Melbourne's early days.
DOD LANE. In MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952, George Lloyd wrote, in reference to Bulla Rd in Essendon:
A very old identity in those days was Dodd Lane who traded in horses and anything connected with the horse industry.
Jim McKenzie recalls Dod being a real character and the youth from far and wide rode over Strathmore's open, grassy hillscape with their destination being Dod's place in Dublin Ave.
My search for mentions of Dodd Lane on trove was fruitless. I had a theory that he might be a member of the family of James Lane of "Gowrie Park" in Tullamarine. Therefore, I gave up looking for Dodd Lane, (Essendon, North Essendon, Dublin St etc) and entered Lane,Gowrie Park. I struck gold!
LANE.-Died of wounds on 24th Septem-ber, somewhere in France. Corporal Arthur Ernest. the dearly loved second youngest son of James and Mary Lane. "Gowrie Park." Tullamarine, and much loved brother of Henry (on active service, Jack, Dod, Albert (on active service), Annie and Cora. (After two years' active service abroad.) He gave his life for King and country. One of Australia's best.
(P.2, Essendon Gazette and Keilor,Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter,1-11-1917.)
If I remember correctly, three sons of James and Mary Lane are recorded on Tullamarine's war memorial (moved from the Conders Lane corner,site of Tullamarine S.S.2613, to the Dalkeith Ave corner by W.V.(Major) Murphy.)
Grants Lane which left Bulla Rd in Melway 5D6 ran west to McNabs Rd. Part of the road from Ellis's Corner has been renamed Melrose Drive. Grants Rd was the boundary between the shires of Keilor, and (to the north) Bulla. Unfortunately the most recent Bulla rate book I was able to transcribe was 1914-15. It is known that James Lane still owned Gowrie Park in 1920. "The Essendon Gazette of 2 January 1920 reported that 'Mr James Lane's well-known farm at Tullamarine has been taken over for the purpose of an aerodrome and will suit splendidly for the purpose.'"(P.153, BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
Gowrie Park was section 14 of the parish of Tullamarine, bounded on the south by Grants Rd from Melway 5 B6 to 4 G5 (McNabs Rd),its north corner at the corner of Perimeter and South Glide Rds and the east end of the east-west runway just inside its north east corner. If you look west or north at the airport from the terminal building, you are looking at Gladstone Park, which was owned by the Donovans by W.W.2, when planes were parked there at night in case there was a night raid on Essendon Aerodrome. Bill Ellis bought "Ecclesfield" (at the south corner of Grants and Bulla Rds) in 1943 ,if I remember correctly,and later bought the southern, major, part of James Lane's old farm(also known as Gowrie Park) while the Donovan's retained the northern part, historically known as "Gowrie Side".
Between the south east part of Gowrie Park and Bulla Rd was a triangular 80 acre farm that was called Scone (pronounced with a long o) by pig farmer, Allan Payne. This is now occupied by the airport terminal building and Depot Rd etc.
PUBLIC NOTICES HEALTH ACT 1938.-Application for a Noxious Trade Licence.-I hereby give notice that it is my intention to APPLY to the Bulla Shire Council at its next meeting, to be held on Tuesday. 8th February. 1949, for permission to ESTABLISH a NOXIOUS TRADE, viz., piggery, on premises known as Payne's, corner Bulla road and Grants lane Tullamarine. Dated 6/1/49. (Signed) ALLAN PAYNE.(P.9, Argus,10-1-1949.)
STRATHMORE SUBURBAN PIONEERS.
Wilma Hood settled at the corner of Peck Ave and Melissa St in 1958. Beth Tempany had lived on the opposite corner since 1952. Wilma told me of a Dutchman who had built a half house just down Peck Ave. Beth (in 1990) was involved in Scouting and told me the sad tale of how "Lebanon" had been dropped from the local pack's name during the conflict in the country with the same name and, to make matters worse, the Cobb and Co. coach was dropped from the badge.(Lebanon was the name of the town on the Mascoma River in New Hampshire, U.S.A., from which John Murray Peck came to establish Cobb and Co. with Freeman Cobb and two other young Yankees.)
Extract from my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA(not a journal.)
STRATHMORE (SECTIONS 15, 16, 23.)
This map shows subdivision of 15 by the grantees, crown allotments on 16 and two divisions of section 23 into farms (A.414 ac + Dunns Farm. B. Stevensons + McDougalls).
Anyone wanting these maps etc that can't be pasted here could send me a private message with their email address and I could attach the appropriate pages to an email.
COPYRIGHT MELWAY PUBLISHING PTY LTD. REPRODUCED FROM MELWAY STREET DIRECTORY EDITION 27 WITH PERMISSION.
See Bruce Barbours Strathmore web site at www.vicnet.net.au/~strthmre/
This was bounded by Lincoln Rd (Carnarvon Rd), Woodland St and the Moonee Ponds Creek and ran north to the southern tip of Strathmores home ground, Lebanon Park. Granted to E.J.Brewster, it was soon subdivided and sold. The southern 100 acres was bought in 1845 by Thomas Napier, who called it Rose Mount, renaming it Rosebank later. Napier had been a pioneer of Mulgrave in 1839 as a squatter* and in 1851 received the grant for Niddrie (17B). After he died, his son in law, G.P.Barber, built the Rosebank house near the original dwelling; it stands behind St. Vincents school. The 1900 ratebook of Broadmeadows Shire called the remaining 22 acre property Rose Hill. When his son, Theodore was old enough, Thomas gave him 20 acres and Magdala was built near Lincoln Rd. Just before his death, Theodore donated Napier Park to Essendon Council; strangely the park was in the Shire of Broadmeadows! Magdala was destroyed by fire in 1927.
(* The Melbourne Story P.220.)
While reading Wilbur Smiths Cry Wolf, I came across the probable origin of the name of Theodore Napiers property. Nearly 70 years before 1935, the British general Napier had marched on MAGDALA with less than fifty thousand men, meeting and defeating the entire Ethiopian army on the way, storming the mountain fortress and releasing the British prisoners held there Websters New International Dictionary gives the following details for the entry NAPIER OF MAGDALA: Robert Cornelis Napier, first baron, British general, 1810-1890. Magdala, south west of Lake Tana, is situated at roughly 39 degrees west and 11 degrees north.
John Murray Peck, the co-founder and action man of Cobb and Co., who was probably the first Yank to hold an official position in Aussie Rules (V.P.of Ess. F.C.), built Lebanon in 1882 and the Italianate mansion still stands in Wendora St. Lebanon was his native town near the Mascoma River in New Hampshire, U.S.A. About a decade later, his son, Harry, built Hiawatha, where he wrote most of his Memoirs of a Stockman; this house still stands at the top of Kilburn St. Others involved in the history of section 15 were William Smith, who ran the Young Queen Inn across the bridge, William Jones, John Kernan, the Kilburns, Samuel Jackson, and William Salmon who had a farm of about 140 acres on the north side of Rosebank and Magdala. A Grammar School planned to move to section 15 in the 1920s; this explains many of the street names such as Head St.
SECTION 15 TITLE INFORMATION.
The map on P.21 of Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History shows the subdivision of section 15 reasonably well, but Andrew Lemon has made several mistakes, one of which is referring to Brewsters grant as being section 5.
His research did not reveal that Brewster bought section 15 in partnership with Philip Holland. Lemon shows a huge area between the land labelled Napier and Holland. This was part of the land conveyed to Holland when they partitioned the unsold portion of the grant. Lemon failed to show Sir John Franklins purchase of the northernmost 12 acres (adjoining section 23, which Franklin also owned).
*This envisaged government road was probably Pascoe Vale Rd, which was a track through paddocks to Sydney at that time; travellers made a beeline to the Young Queen Inn just north of the creek (near Bass St) and then passed through Broadmeadows Township (now Westmeadows.) This map calls Pascoe Vale Rd Road to the Young Queen Pascoevale.
Thomas Napier was first to buy land from Brewster, paying 320 pounds for his 100 acres on 30-12-1845. It had a frontage of 105 chains to the future Woodland St and 10 chains to the future Carnarvon Rd. Its northern boundary, running east to the Moonee Moonee Ponds, is precisely indicated by Glenbervie and Upland Rds. Two roads were reserved out of this land, with Brewster and his successors given right of passage over them. I thought the first, running north from a point 35 chains east of the s/w corner of section 15 would be Napier St, but this street is actually 42 chains east, so the road would have run through Napier Park. The second was to run along the north boundary of Napiers purchase from the first road to the creek with Brewsters right of passage to be terminated if a government road* was opened along the western extremity of the second road within 6 or 8 chains (C 933).
On 19-2-1846, Brewster conveyed 236 acres 8 perches to his co- grantee, Philip Holland, who had received half of the proceeds from land previously sold as well as this land, conveyed for 10/-, as an act of Partition. With a western boundary of 2835 links, Hollands land adjoined Napiers and went north to the York/Lloyd St midline (D 20).
SIR JOHN FRANKLIN.
On 15-2- 1847, Sir John Franklin bought the northern 12 acres of section 15. From Brewster memorials it has been established that the northern boundary of section 15 is indicated by the intersection of Esmale, Lebanon and Amar Sts. From this line, Franklins land went 295 links south to the e-w section of Lebanon St (D 847).
The E.J.Brewster 1st and 2nd series do not refer to a memorial concerning the land extending the next 8 chains (roughly) south to Peck Ave. If Andrew Lemon was right, it was purchased by William Smith.
(Luckily Doutta Galla microfiche 85 gave the title application number 13 676. The Sketch of Title under this number contained the following information. The blocks western boundary started 295 links south from the north west corner of section 15 (see frontage of Sir John Franklins purchase) and went another 709 1/4 links further south. Its northern and southern boundaries went east 41 chains and 5425 links respectively to the Moonee Moonee Ponds. On 4-2-1848, the same day that McCord, Jackson, Dunn and Callaghan bought their blocks to the south, Brewster sold this block to William Smith, a farmer of Glenroy.
The memorial recording this conveyance (G 460) was not listed in the Brewer index so luckily it appeared in this document. It revealed that William Smith paid L114/0/6. William Smith finally sold it to William Henry Fletcher, yoeman of Yan Yean, on 1-2-1872. The memorial listed for this conveyance (217 310) was consulted. The description of the land was perfectly copied from G 460, which failed to specify the blocks area. Fletcher paid 940 pounds, 8.25 times the price Smith had paid 24 years earlier.)
McCORD, JACKSON, DUNN, CALLAGHAN.
These men bought the land between William Smiths purchase and the area partitioned to Philip Holland.
They bought their land on the same day as Smith (4-2-1848) and luckily, their purchases were recorded in the E.J.Brewster index.
James McCords 35 acres went 658 links south to a line indicated by the end of Roslyn St and cost him L110/5/- (F 81).
Samuel Jacksons 22 acres 3 roods 9 perches went south from there 383 links to the e-w part of Loch Cres.and cost L71/15/- (F 80).
Thomas Dunns 62 acres and perch (2.5 m x 2.5 m) went south 1041 links to the northern boundary of Johnston Reserve and cost him L195/6/- (F 242).
Henry Callaghan bought 67 acres 2 roods and 37 perches extending south to the York/Lloyd St midline, where it adjoined the land partitioned to Holland, for L237/1/- (F 167).
Further information about the ownership of these blocks and some of the pioneers. Sketch of title 16466 reveals that Brewster subdivided his post-partition land into four blocks, each having a western boundary of 1041 links. However lot 4 was sold in two parts (Franklin and Smith) as was lot 3 (McCord and Jackson.) Franklin and Smiths blocks had a combined western boundary of only 1004 links, which necessitated a special survey in sketch of title 16466.
FRANKLINS 12 ACRES. This obviously became, with William Smiths purchase, part of John Murray Pecks Lebanon. The total of the two, which comprised lot 4 of Brewsters post-partition subdivision, was about the 34 acres that Lebanons owners were assessed on over the years. Neither the 1st nor 2nd series index for Sir John Franklin mentions any sale of his 12 acres. I checked the index for Archibald McLachlan and Frederick Armand Powlett, who acted as his agents at various times. I checked the index for Dame Jane Franklin. There was no mention of this part of section 15, Doutta Galla! In desperation, I returned to the ground floor and consulted Doutta Galla microfiche 85 again.
There I saw 46645s and was partly rewarded when I raced up to the 6th floor to try application 46645. The search certificate referred to Sir Johns purchase of the northern 295 links of section 15 but there was no sketch of title. The search certificate referred to the land being fenced in 1882. This was probably done by John Murray Peck, who had bought William Smiths original purchase and established Lebanon. I think Peck noticed that nobody used the land between his 22? acres and section 23, so he just started using it as if he owned it. Broadmeadows Shire was receiving rates on his whole 34 acres so there would have been no question of his right to use Franklins land. Indeed, in 1879-80, Hugh Peck may have been occupying Franklin and Smiths purchases when he was assessed on 34 acres; names were listed alphabetically and Pecks name appears where the name of W.H.Fletcher would be expected to be. J.M. Peck died on 19-11-1903 and he does not seem to have been listed in Broadmeadows 1899-1900 rate book. It was probably at this time that the Pecks realised that their lack of title to the 12 acre block would be discovered. Did they just abandon it?
In 1879, John Morgan English, had bought Belle Vue ( renamed Oak Park and separated from Franklins land only by the creek and Lebanon Reserve) after the death of Fawkners widow, Eliza, and converted Fawkners single storey weatherboard house into the double storey mansion still standing at the top of Oak Park Court. He leased out the farm to his relatives, the Morgans and Mrs Morgans mother, Mary Knight but was still involved in the area, purchasing the 200 acre eastern part of section 23, which adjoined Franklins 12 acres. He seems to have done the same as I suspect Peck did earlier and, in 1902, just squatted on the land and paid the rates. In 1926, J.M.English applied for the title to Franklins land.. (Application 46645, Broadmeadows Rates.)
In 1920-1, Louisa Ellen, the widow of J.M.Peck had 38 acres, which probably consisted of lot 4 (Franklin and Smiths purchases from Brewster) plus about 4 acres of subdivision lots in the Byron Vale Estate or another estate nearby.
Why didnt Franklin sell the 12 acres when the section 23 land was sold? My guess is that he and his heirs (and the titles office) forgot that this land was on a separate title to the St Johns Estate. If hed left his land to his wife, Dame Jane Franklin, she might have been aware that the 12 acres existed. However he seems to have punished Jane for not bearing him a son. He left her only her clothes and gave the rest of his estate to a daughter from a previous marriage. This daughter had probably never been to Australia.
The confusion seems to have set in when a man named Dunn leased a 123 acre farm from Sir John. He was followed by Elizabeth Guest prior to 1862 but the 123 acre farm was still called Dunns Farm. As explained in bold type under section 23, Dunns Farm must have included the 12 acres (adjoining section 23) at the northern end of section 15. This lessee could have been Thomas Dunn of section 15 or Edmund Dunn of Viewpoint in Tullamarine.
When the 123 acre Dunns Farm was leased to Henry Mawbey for 5 years on 17-2-1862, it was wrongly described as being entirely in section 23. Significantly no boundaries of the farm were described in the memorial! (121 455).
I had intended to include a copy of Sketch of Title 46645 but the clerks scribble is so illegible that readers would not be able to make head or tail of it. Heres what it says.
46645. John M.English.
Part allotment 15 Doutta Galla.
Claim by possession.
L.R.O. Sir John Franklin
(see D 847* set out on ??) also see 11578 from which it appears that his widow Jane Franklin is interested.
John Morgan English, the registered proprietor of abutting land in 9 T? Vol. 2209 Fol 441708 (records available only go to volume 999) from which the land applied for was with other land excised **thus necessitating this present application
(* D 847 records the sale of the 12 acres to Franklin by Brewster.)
(** Broadmeadows Rate books show that in 1900 Alex Robertson had just replaced dairyman, Robert G.Bryant as lessee of 200 acres Doutta Galla owned by the Hodgson executors. It is known that this was Thomas Kellys former eastern portion of section 23, which was roughly between the Strathaird/Menarra St corner and Lebanon Reserve.
His application states (inter alia)
That Crown Grantee was Edward Jones Brewster- But he conveyed
That he has never acknowledged ownership or been called on to do so and no rent or payment has been made by or claimed from him except rent under lease from Land Investment Coy to whom he has sold under contract of sale dated 4 Dec 1923
He occupies under Co lease-
That from 1902 or sometime prior unto: up to 26 June 1918 land was occupied by himself and his brother (probably Joseph English) for grazing purposes and since that date by himself as owner? or lessee as ###? for same purposes:
All rates paid by him or his brother till 1918 and from 1918 to 1923 by him since then by Co. ?? Coy.
Since 1902 a fence has always stood on south boundary of land on south of land applied for- red on survey plan (survey plan not enclosed) and was erected on line upon which an old fence had stood for at least 15 years prior to 1902.
19 Dec 1925 Staty Decl of Harry Huntington Peck
456830 He well knows land in survey plan ???A
(Of course the future author of Memoirs of a Stockman should have known the land; his father had squatted on it for about 20 years.)
He is joint owner of land abutting (on portion of south side ) of red and blue and first became acquainted with (said?) land in 1882 when such land was enclosed by fences on south, west and north west sides shown on plan and land has been enclosed by fences from 1882 (to date?) except that about 1902 a new fence was erected on south on line on which original fence stood since 1882.
WILLIAM SMITHS PURCHASE. (Lebanon).
Andrew Lemon states that, in 1874, William Jones bought William Smiths properties, about 21 acres on the north of the creek and a similar area on the south. (P.75.) The 1879-80 Broadmeadows rate book lists William Jones as the owner and occupier of 20 acres at Pascoe Vale, but as this was in the Campbellfield riding it would have been north of the bridge. This was probably the land he bought from Mr Heron in about 1865, and on which he was harvesting 2 tons of hay per acre in 1888 (Victoria & Its Metropolis P.704). The rate collector made no mention of Jones having about 20 acres south of the creek, unless my transcription was faulty.
The owners of Smiths purchase.
William Smith (not the man associated with Flemington and Moonee Ponds, P.697 Vic. & Its Metrop.) bought the Young Queen Inn from John Watson in December 1842. The inn, being on the most popular of the three routes to Sydney until the Broadmeadows Township bridge was built in 1854(Lemon P.17.) This was on lot 3 of Pascoeville, consisting of 1 acre 2 roods and 5 perches, on the s/w side of the government (Pascoe Vale) road. Lot 4 was s/e of it, probably fronting the creek and lot 2 was n/w of it. The south west boundary was a lane leading from Sparke St to the Moonee Moonee Ponds (Sydney 1523). This memorial, detailing the sale of lot 3 by the hotels builder, Edward Butler, to Watson on 29 and 31 May 1841, unfortunately gives no measurements but I think Sparke St would have been near Marks St if all blocks were about 1 acres. Fate might have decreed that Smith would never purchase his block from Brewster in 1848. He was charged with the manslaughter of his servant, Joseph Plant, in 1847 but he was acquitted. (Between Two Creeks Richard Broome.)
William Henry Fletcher.
It is unknown whether this was the same man after whom Fletcher St in Essendon was named. The latter was granted land including the Target store at Highpoint (Maribyrnong: Action in Tranquility), 260 acres between Maribyrnong-Ormond Rd and a line indicated by Gladstone St- stretching from Scotia St to the Moonee Ponds Creek, and south of this the 320 acre triangle bounded by Epsom and Ascot Vale Rds. Surely he would describe himself as a gentleman rather than a yoeman.
John Murray Peck.
Arriving in 1854, at the age of 21, with three other young Yanks (Freeman Cobb etc.), Peck was the action man who could drive huge teams of horses on the Cobb & Co line that soon opened to Castlemaine. His powerful voice and commanding presence later established him as Australias foremost auctioneer of fat cattle. Before moving to section 15, Peck lived at Mascoma in Ascot Vale. (See volume 2.) His family pioneered the area in New Hampshire, U.S.A. near the Mascoma River where the town of Lebanon sprang up. Peck, his London-born wife and their son, Harry Huntinton Peck were buried at the Will Will Rook cemetery.
In the Essendon Conservation Study (Call No. 720.288099 BUT), Graeme Butler confirms some of the title information I have supplied, apart from calling William Smith John. In his entry for Lebanon, Butler states that Smith lost the property surrounding the house to William Fletcher via a series of mortgages in 1872. Fletcher converted the title to Torrens in 1881 and J,M.Peck bought 40 acres soon afterwards*.
John Murray Peck built Lebanon (still standing in Wendora St ) in about 1882.
*As Lebanon consisted of 34 acres, it must have included Sir John Franklins 12 acres between Smiths land and section 23. The Broadmeadows rate book did not state that Peck was leasing the 12 acres so I can only assume that the co-founder of Cobb and Co had just squatted on it and paid the rates, as J.M.English did from 1902. (See details under Franklins 12 Acres.)
This land includes the Red Rooster site, where stood the illegally demolished Cooks Homestead. This name was bestowed on the house by Pascoe Vale kids of the 1930s, such as the late Jim McKenzie and his future wife Peggy, because it was owned by Broadmeadows Shire Secretary Albert Cook. (See Kilts and Cow Dung Flats.) Its name was actually Wanganui, and it was said to have been built by J.M.Peck of Lebanon. (Sam Merrifields House Names Index P.37.) Peggy McKenzie told me that a Miss Roberts owned the Wanganui land (south to the garage site); she was probably related to J.M.Peck, whose wife, born in Bond St, London on 6-6-1840, was Louisa Ellen Roberts. (Gravestone, Will Will Rook cemetery.)
McCORDS 35 ACRES.
McCord mortgaged this to Thomas Clark for 70 pounds on 1-5-1849 (G 437), and to Charles Payne for 100 pounds on 28-6-1850 (1 997). On 20-4-1853, a memorial entitled releases to uses recorded that Thomas Dunn paid McCord L5450 (X 221). This obviously gave ownership to Dunn, who mortgaged the 35 acres to McCord for 2000 pounds on 17-4-1853, three days before the releases to uses was memorialised (Y922).
On 15-5-1854, the 2000 pounds having been repaid, the 35 acre lot was reconveyed to Thomas Dunn
(12 17). Dunn now owned his original purchase of 62 1/640 acres plus McCords 35 acres and five days later, on 20-5 1854, he mortgaged both to Thomas Clark for 2200 pounds (12 20).
Dunn lost both properties to Clark, who sold the part of McCords portion of lot 3 west of Pascoe Vale Rd to Samuel Jackson on 18-3-1857. A quarter of a century later, on 8-9-1882. William Lynch signed a contract with Jacksons agent to buy 51 acres 2 roods and 15 perches for 1500 pounds. As McCord and Jacksons original purchases total 57 acres 3 roods and 9 1/4 perches, Lynch probably bought only the part of lot 3 west of Pascoe Vale Rd. (Sketch of title 16466).
On 4-6-1856, Thomas Clark conveyed that part of McCords original purchase east of Pascoe Vale Rd to Samuel Jackson. John Kernan, who started leasing Merai Farm (between Gaffney St and Devon Rd) from H.G.Ashurst during that year, had obviously contracted earlier to buy from Clark. Kernan directed, as an intermediate buyer, that the land be conveyed to Jackson. This land had a frontage of 625 links to the private road* and the average of the north and south boundaries was 550 links. This equates to 3.4 acres so it is probably the 3 acres 1 rood and 5 perches that Samuel Jacksons agent contracted to sell to Elizabeth Cochran (sic) for 600 pounds. This agreement was dated 23-5-1882. The land is recorded only as being in Doutta Galla and the unfortunate clerk compiling the sketch of title wrote, Where is this?
Elizabeth Cochrane (the spelling used on the search certificate) had become the wife of Edward Egbert Welby by the time she applied for the title, which was issued on 2-5-1884. (Application 16359.) She was probably the widow of John Cochrane, who had leased Glenroy Farm (between Rhodes Pde and Hilton St) from the Kennedys from 1853 until 1874, when it was sold to William McCulloch.
(The Stopover That Stayed G.Aldous, Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History A.Lemon.)
In the Essendon Conservation Study, Graeme Butler states that this land was subdivided as the Byron Vale Estate, declared by A.W.Craven in 1886. Because of the 1890s depression, this subdivision fizzled, like so many others.
In 1920-1, Harry Peck of Hiawatha (top of Kilburn St) owned 5 acres on which his house stood (probably the whole south side of Kilburn St), 20 acres adjoining Lebanon (Jacksons purchase from Brewer?) and, with his brother Richard, 18 acres at the Carnarvon Rd end of this estate. As George Gibson had 5 acres and Ralph Lind a house and land (possibly 5 or 7 acres), the 20 acres had to be Jacksons purchase.
(* The private road was Pascoe Vale Rd, which despite being the main route to Sydney in early days and retaining the name of Old Sydney Rd for many decades, had never been declared a government road. It looks as if Brewsters expectations of 1845 were never realised. See Napiers purchase details.)
JACKSONS 22 13/16 ACRES.
In Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History, Andrew Lemon states that William Lynch paid Samuel Jackson L1500 for 51 acres close to Pascoe Vale station on the Strathmore side, in 1882. Broadmeadows rate book of 1879-80 shows that Joseph Nixon had just replaced Samuel Jackson as the occupant of 40 acres in Doutta Galla and Jackson himself was assessed on houses and 15 acres in Doutta Galla.
The entry for Mrs Ellen Jackson on P.704 of Victoria and Its Metropolis shows that in 1888 Sams widow was living on 18 acres at Essendon. A gardener, Sam followed this trade for a while after his arrival before taking to farming on 52 acres of purchased land. The 52 acres (actually 51 acres 2 roods and 15 perches) seems to have been that part of McCord and Jacksons original purchases west of Pascoe Vale Rd. The details of Samuel Jacksons acquisition of the northern 658 links of lot 3 and his conveyances to Lynch and Mrs Cochrane in 1882 are given under the previous heading.
DUNNS 62 ACRES AND PERCH (2 M X 2 M).
Apparently from 20-4-1853, Dunn also owned McCords 35 acres and the last mention in the 1st series index was of Dunn mortgaging both to Thomas Clark as mentioned above. This land was lot 2 of Brewsters post partition subdivision and was to pass into the hands of Clark, Michael Brown (11-3-1856) and John Kent Pow (22-7- 1863). Pow mortgaged it to his northern neighbour, Samuel Jackson on 22-2-1865 and it was reconveyed to him on 24-7-1868. On 8-10-1870, Pow sold it to Douglas Thomas Kilburn of Essendon for 1200 pounds. Kilburn, the grantee of much of Hugh Glasss Flemington Estate and the 163 acres across Keilor Rd from Springfield had recently bought 400 acres of section 3 Tullamarine and named it Fairfield. D.T.Kilburn died on 10-3-1871. His will of 19-11-1870 appointed his wife, Anna Maria, and Edmund Augustus Cartwright as executors. The title was issued to Anna Maria Kilburn on 4-4-1887. (Application 21915.) Andrew Lemon gives the impression (P.77) that Buzzards sold lot 2 in 1886, but surely the title would have to be issued first! Despite this discrepancy, Lemon gives a good description of the property, which consisted of 56 acres west of Pascoe Vale Rd and 6 acres on the creek side of the road. The sand was probably being extracted from the creek by Michael Fox, who continued to do so for many decades (as described in George Lloyds Mickleham Rd: 1920-52), despite his acquisition of 18 C and D, Doutta Galla and Barbiston at Tullamarine.
Like Byron Vale, this subdivision fizzled. In 1920-1, subdivision was being tried again, obviously by Mrs Emily Lind and Ralph Lind. The Pascoe Vale Estate had frontages to Lind St, Vernon St, Hood St (demolished for the freeway C 1967) and Lincoln St (Carnarvon Rd).
CALLAGHANS 67 (ALMOST) ACRES.
Callaghans land was lot 1 of Brewsters post-partition subdivision. All four lots had 1041 link western boundaries, the difference in their areas being caused by the course of the Moonee Ponds.
The 1st series index for Callaghan mentions two memorials which I presume are mortgages.
4 388. Thomas Napier paid 1000 pounds to Callaghan on 28-11-1853.
69 901. Mary McLachlin paid 700 pounds to Callaghan on 9-10-1858.
Broadmeadows ratebook of 1863 shows that Patrick Callaghan was owner and occupier of a house and land (nett annual value L22) and was leasing a basic house to Bridget Murphy. Lawrence McLachlan (Marys son?) was leasing a farm (N.A.V. L46) from John Kernan.
The 1920-1 ratebook reveals that the Callaghan family was still involved in the area. Mrs M and Frank Callaghan were named in connection with the Sunrise Estate (between the Essendon Hill and Terminus estates).
Sketch of Title 370 reveals that the property was also mortgaged to Thomas Napier (4 388, reconveyed 50 845). The mortgage to Mary McLachlan was transferred to John Badcock and John Guthrie (111 275), with the property then being reconveyed to Patrick Callaghan on 11-7-1863 (137 387). Three days later Patrick Callaghan conveyed the land to John Kernan (130 388)*. Broadmeadows rate book of 1879-80 shows that James G.Brisbane was leasing 320 acres in Doutta Galla from John Kernan. Andrew Lemons map shows that Callaghan and Hollands purchases were later owned by John Kernan; their total area is 303 acres so only 16 acres of this leased land need to be accounted for.
(* On 9-4-1864 John Kernan bought 6 acres 3 roods 3 perches in Doutta Galla and part of section 142 Jika Jika from the Callaghans (138 94). Patrick Callaghan was Henrys son and heir. The Jika Jika land was part of the Bolingbroke Estate across the creek from the Callaghan/ Holland purchases. This explains why Kernan St and Kernan Ave are only 840 metres from each other.)
PHILLIP HOLLANDS 236.05 ACRES.
On 11-8-1846, Holland leased this land to R.MacNamara and Duncan Cameron for 100 pounds paid before sealing and a rent of 70 pounds p.a. (D 376).
On 5-4-1852 Holland sold the land to James William Dunbar for 608 pounds. As Mary MacNamara and Duncan Cameron were named as the parties of the second part, I presume they were still leasing the land(P 635).
The MacNamara name was associated with the area for a long time and a street name in Airport West recalls this. The Camerons were early lessees on Glenroy (sections 6 and 1 Will Will Rook, 2313 acres), which they were said to have named. The Dunbar name was associated with the Moonee Ponds (Deans) and Flemington Hotels.
Edward James Kernans application for title (21650) indicates that I may have misread Dunbars purchase. The lease of 11-8-1846 had included the option for Robert McNamara and Duncan Cameron to purchase the 236 and a bit acres. On 11-12-1852, this option was exercised despite Robert McNamara having died. The land was partitioned with the McNamaras taking the northern 1285 links and the Camerons the southern 1550 links. The boundary between the two is the Kernan St/ Henshall Rd midline and explains the bends in Bournian and Collegian Avenues. The McNamara land was conveyed by Robert McNamaras widow, Mary, to her sons Matthew and Joseph on 27-4-1853. Mary McNamara was about to marry John Kernan. The McNamara land , north to the York/ Lloyd St midline (which explains the other bends in those two streets) was lost to the Bank of New South Wales, which sold it to John Kernan on 3-9-1875.
The Cameron land, south to Glenbervie/Upland Rd, passed into the hands of Thomas Knight Bennett, who sold it to John Kernan on 20-9-1873 for 2634 pounds. Kernan mortgaged it to Josh Henry Kay who died. John Kernan also died, on 6-1-1877. He left no will but on 29-3-1877, probate was granted to his widow Mary and John Kernan (junior). On 22-6-1877, Kays executors reconveyed the land to John Kernans executors. The land was mortgaged to John Kernans great mate, Michael Loeman of Bulla, on 17-2-1880 and despite the mortgage apparently not being paid off, Loeman agreed to Edward James Kernans application to apply the certificate (of title) to himself.
Three interesting details found in sketch of title 21650 are:
(a)Edward James, Mary Jane, Mary and John Jun. were the only Next of Kin of John Kernan.
(b)Pascoe Vale Rd was called Road to the Young Queen, Pascoevale.
(c)This could be a mistake but Bulla Rd might have originally branched off Napier St and is shown meeting the future Mawbey Rd / Lincoln St/ Carnarvon Rd near Alf Pearce Park. It was called Road from the Springs to Melbourne. This could be correct as even in Tullamarine the Old Mt Macedon Rd did not follow the present course of Melrose Drive; in 1844 it was west of Barrie Rd on section 21, Doutta Galla, where William and John Foster established The Springs.
This is the map shown on sketch of title 21650.
NAPIERS 100 ACRES. (Without repeating too much of information already on Bruces web site.)
Thomas Napier called his farm Rose Mount in 1847 but the mount or Napiers perception of its height shrank so that the name was adapted to Rosebank. Thomas gave the western end of the farm to his son, Theodore, who named this portion Magdala. At the time of Thomass death in 1881, Magdala consisted of 20 acres (east only to a point opposite Salmon Ave) and did not include Napier Park, which he donated on 20-8-1920. In 1900, Magdala was still only 20 acres and was being leased by John Scott. In 1920-1, obviously after the donation had been deducted, Magdala consisted of 33 acres extending east to Noble Ave, and was occupied by Theodore. Before the donation, Magdala would have comprised 43 acres.
Thomas Napiers widow remained in the stone and brick house (apparently just west of the later mansion) on 23 acres until the property passed to her daughter Eleanor in about 1891. During the next two years Eleanores husband, George Page Barber, built the house at the n/w corner of St Vincents. The 1899-1900 rate book of Broadmeadows Shire assessed the nett annual value of the house at 200 pounds, ten or 20 times as much as most houses. Eleanore Barbers Rosehill, 22 acres surrounding the house, had a N.A.V. of only 50 pounds; it would be far more valuable than the well-kept mansion today.
Barber died on 26-3-1914 and Eleanore two days later. Their son, Dr Norman Charles Barber subdivided the property as the Rosebank estate.
(Essendon Conservation Study, 1847 directory, rates, Annals of Essendon R.W.Chalmers.)
In 1879-80, Thomas Napier was listed as the occupier of 80 acres. Ten acres of this, immediately across the Moonee Ponds Creek from La Rose, seems to have been traditionally leased by the occupants of that 270 acre farm. On 13-10-1873, Thomas Napier agreed to lease this land to William McCulloch from 1-8-1873 for three years at a rent of 10 pounds p.a. The land had been previously occupied by James Robertson, owner of La Rose, who had leased his farm to McCulloch. It is unlikely that McCulloch of riverboat fame saw out the lease as he bought Glenroy Farm from Donald Kennedys widow in the next year or so.(Search 8066E, McCracken letters). Because the part of Rosebank between the railway and creek is split among four Melway maps it is difficult to calculate its area. However, using the south and north boundaries of 10 and 29 chains (obtained by deduction from dimensions in memorials), I have reckoned it as 4.5 + 10 + 4.5 acres.
In 1920-1, Mrs A.Walker was leasing 20 acres, on the creek and on the north side of Woodlands St, from Willy, close enough to my calculated 19 acres. Apart from the Rosebank estate, also listed in Woodland St were: Harry Hudson, house and land and Michael J.White 22 acres* and a house and 15/2? acres. Magdala was 33 acres, the park 10 acres, Mrs Walker had 20 acres, White had 22 acres and the last confused entry should be 15 acres; these add up exactly to the 100 acres purchased from Brewer 75 years earlier.
(* The same land Eleanore Barber had in 1900.White was either leasing the land or an agent for Barber.)
The first map, part of the 1860 Geological Survey, shows different allotment boundaries to those existing when section 16 was alienated in 1862 (n/e of Bulla Rd)and 1865.
This was the old Town Common. It was surrounded by Treadwell Rd, the latitude of English St (Mawbeys Lane), Mawbey Rd ( later called Lincoln Rd or St, now Carnarvon Rd) and Keilor Rd. Mawbey Rd, shown on the eastern boundary of section 15 in sketch of title 16466 of about 1882 and still known by that name in 1942 according to Harry Peck, ran along the eastern boundary to St Johns where John Mawby was leasing land from Lady Franklin in 1863. Search Certificate 11578 of 1890 shows that Mawbeys Lane ran between section 16 and section 23 to the north. (See section 23.)
These maps, from the sources specified above, show Mawbeys Rd and Mawbeys Lane.
The portion of section 16 east of Bulla Rd., in the Broadmeadows Road District, was sold in 1862 with W.Williams buying 8 of the 13 blocks of roughly 20 acres. His land occupied most of the area (between the N-S runway and Carnarvon-Arvon Rds) north of the freeway and south of the latitude of English St, which is the northern boundary of section 16.
Lot 13 (of 14 acres) bounded by Bulla Rd., Woodland St. and the eastern section boundary, Lincoln Rd. (Carnarvon Rd.), went north far enough to include the Cranwell Ave. houseblocks. In 1863, Townsend Somerville, was leasing it from the grantee, R.Chance, and in 1879-80, Sommerville was rated on land with the same value as Theodore Napiers nearby 20 acre Magdala. House Names of Essendon calls Berrena, the home in 1882 of Essendons Clerk of Courts and Electoral Registrar but this might have been the name of a building in which his office was located. Commenting on Somervilles death, the Essendon Gazette of 10-9-1891 stated that hed lived on his Essendon property Summerhill for 40 years. Why was his name so seldom listed in directories for Essendon and never for Moonee Ponds (except as follows) and Ascot Vale? It is known that he spent the last two years of his life at present No. 26 Ardmillan Rd., Moonee Ponds, probably to be near a doctor. The 1888 directory for Essendon has him listed under Deep Creek Road as follows:
Mt.Alexander Rd. John Bruce (west side), Keating brick yard, Lincoln Rd., W.T.Kendall vet. Surgeon, Robert Spivey, Townsend Somerville.
There is fair evidence that lot 13 was Summerhill. It is likely that, in 1920-1, the house and 14 acre property was owned by Edward Wood. He was possibly a son of Mary Wood who had owned the nearby Essendon Hotel* for over half a century when she died on 26-4-1906. (* the Grand presently, formerly De Marcos.) For Somerville to have lived on lot 13 since 1851, he would have had to have leased the land from a squatter such as John Foster before the town common was declared and then been allowed to continue his occupancy by Chance from 22-7-1862. Certainly this location was handy to Keilor where he, as Clerk, and Charles Shuter, as Police Magistrate, conducted the Court of Petty Sessions every Tuesday in 1868. The courthouse later became the Shire Hall.
Incidentally the bends in the streets either side of Bulla Rd. (at Kerferd St. to the west and in the middle of Dublin Ave. etc.) were caused by a diamond shape in the subdivision plan, the northern half of it covered now by the airport.
Broadmeadows Road Board/Shire extended south to Woodland St on the eastern side of Bulla Rd (until 1979). By 1863, it seems that the Franklins had bought land in section 16. As Young and Morby (sic) were wholly occupying section 23, the farm (N.A.V. 90 pounds) that James Smith was leasing from Lady Franklin had to be in section 16. Williams still had land (N.A.V. 72 pounds and leased to Alex. Kearney), J.T.Smith had the 19 acres between the walking track and Carnarvon Rd, and Sommerville was leasing quite some house (N.A.V. 27 pounds) on the 14 acres (now bisected by Wood St) owned by R.Chance.
In 1880, Thomas Kelly had land (N.A.V. 134 pounds) in the Essendon Division. This was not the eastern part of section 23 because Robert McDougall was occupying that 200 acres (which Kelly had leased from 1871 and bought in 1875) so it had to be on section 16. Sommerville had bought Chances grant, which now had a N.A.V. of 50 pounds.
By 1900, Henry Carr had bought 44 acres on Deep Creek (Bulla) Rd. Michael Fox, a contractor of Keilor, had a small block on Essendon Hill, where he probably kept the horses and drays used to carry the sand he obtained from the Moonee Ponds Creek. Martin Delaney, also a contractor, was leasing 20 acres (lot 10, i.e.Alf Pearce Park) from J.Lyons. Jane Anderson and dairyman, Alfred Smith, also had small blocks. The rate collector only seems to account for about 70 of the 230 or so acres in the Broadmeadows portion of section 16.
The 1920 rates show that John S.Kelly (of Blair & Sons, Melb.) had 199 acres, Edward Wood the 14 acres bisected by Wood St and Thomas Lyons the 20 acres including A.Pearce Park. This rate collector, with the aid of geographical instead of alphabetical listings, was able to account for all of section 16 within the shire.
The confusion in 1900 might have been caused by subdivision. First Avenue, on lots 10 and 9 (both granted to Williams), was declared a Public Highway on 27-5-1887. Second Ave, obliterated by the freeway, was obviously part of the same subdivision. Due to the 1890s depression, the subdivision probably failed and much of the land would have been vacant.
The western part of section 16, under Keilor road board/ shire from 1863, seems to have been subdivided twice. The 1860 survey map (see start of section 16) shows it divided into lots 1-9 and 20 south of a road leaving Bulla Rd opposite Woodland St and running (parallel to Keilor Rd) almost to Treadwell Rd. It met another road running from the Keilor/ Treadwell Rd corner to the corner of English and Bulla (Wirraway) Rds, which separated lot 23 (adjoining 17B or Niddrie) and lot 22 which contained road metal quarries. Lot 25 takes in the area of Royal Ave and lot 24 the Orange Grove area. I presume lots 10-19 etc were to be on the east (Broad-meadows Shire) side of Bulla Rd. The Keilor Shire part of section 16 may have been sold three years later than the eastern half because the quarries on lot 22 were still required. (Perhaps until the quarry on William Dewars Glendewar at Tullamarine could supply enough Dewars metal to use on Bulla Rd. as the Keilor Roads Board had requested on 24-8-1867.)
Again in blocks of about 20 acres, continuing the diamond inside a quadrilateral pattern, and with Treadwell (Nomad) Rd. as its western boundary, the Keilor portion was sold to five men in 1865*. South of the freeway course, fiery and recently deposed Essendon councillor, B.J.Cooke bought the blocks fronting Keilor Rd. to about Birdwood Ave. and Dr. J.Harbinson, from Northern Ireland bought all the blocks on the northern side of Kerferd St and fronting Bulla Rd. Much of Cookes land became the Devonshire estate where streets were named after Premiers. The next few streets west were probably named just after the Prince of Wales visit in 1920. Officers of his ship, the Renown, planted pine trees along the river near Aberfeldie Park. Field Marshall Birdwood commanded Australian troops early in W.W.1. The land between Bulla Rd and Kerferd Rd was sold as the Royal Gardens Estate.
The land north of the freeway was bought by D.Mairs (see journals re Blackwood and Bittern) , T.G.Anderson, and Samuel Mansfield from Tullamarine. Mansfield farmed there for many decades. Sam had blocks between Birdwood Ave. and Treadwell Rd. as well, with the farmhouse near the s.w. corner of the airport. Mairs received the grants for about 73 acres between the intersection of the two runways and (almost) Vaughan St. By 1900, Walter Aitken was leasing (possibly from John English) a total of 113 acres. This land consisted of lots 29 and 32 (north of where eastbound Calder Freeway traffic tries to merge, granted to Anderson) and 31, 33-36 (Mairs grant). C.Aitken had been farming the same 113 acres in 1893.
The western 17 chains or 340 metres of the airport are part of Niddrie. (See 17B.)
This was granted to corrupt magistrate and Crown Lands Commissioner, Major G.F.B.St.John in 1843. J.P.Fawkner exposed his bribe-taking and he fled home embarrassed in 1848. Lady Franklin bought the 516 acres and in 1863 leased three farms to men such as John Morby*. Later Henry Stevenson of Niddrie bought 300 acres called St. Johns and Robert McDougall of Arundel had 200 acres to the east. John Hall was supposed to have owned part of section 23 north of an easterly extension of Moore St as part of South Wait according to a parish map but this could not be possible. Early this century, when Gordon Connor was being taken from Moonee Ponds to his Grandma Nashs Tullamarine farm every Christmas, Cam Taylors St. Johns was always green in summer because of Essendons nightsoil being dumped there. Jack Howse had South Wait, between Bulla Rd and the n/w part of section 23, on which he had a slaughteryard. On 3-8-1921, John George Taylor, probably Cams father, sold 91 acres of St. Johns to the Commonwealth Government. A 15 acre lot on section 16 was also purchased to enable sufficient length for the runway and eight days later St. Johns Field opened. On 7-8-1923, it was given the official title of Essendon Aerodrome. Cameron and J.G.Taylor might have been related to G.W.Taylor, who bought many properties in the late 1880s north of section 23, in the hope that a railway to Bulla would follow Bulla Rd; in case it hugged the west bank of the Saltwater River, he also bought section 18 land.
(* This spelling was used in Broadmeadows 1863 ratebook. Harry Peck spells it Mawby. The 1866 and 1871 Kensington directories, and title documents, spell the name Mawbey. Mawbey or Mawbeys Rd was an early name for Carnarvon Rd and was still being used in 1940 according to Harry Peck. Mawbeys Rd is shown on sketch of title 16466 of about 1882.) Mawbeys Lane separated sections 16 and 23.
Section 23 is east of Vickers Ave and north of English St with its s/e corner indicated by Lebanon Reserve. It was granted to Major George Frederick Berkley St John on 22-2-1843 and the part east of Bulla Rd consisted of 525 acres. St Johns corruption, as a police Magistrate and Crown Lands Commissioner, was exposed by John Pascoe Fawkner, his neighbour north east of the creek. According to C.P.Billot in The Life and Times of John Pascoe Fawkner, St John sued Fawkner for libel in 1848 and won the case. However the costs awarded against Fawkner amounted to peanuts and embarrassment caused St John to resign his position.
Incidentally Billot manages to spell Berkeley a bit better than the titles office clerk responsible for search certificate 11578.
Sketch of Title 11578 seems to indicate that St John made Charles Hotson Ebden a dower trustee on 25-2-1843 (B 304). On 17-12-1844, section 23 was conveyed to Sir John Franklin by Ebden, Frederick Armand Powlett (who was probably also a trustee) and St John (c 341).
On 31-3-1852, Sir John and Dame Jane leased 414 acres of section 23 to Thomas Lawson for 10 years at a rent of 100 pounds p.a. This land went east to Nursery Corner. On 17-3-1862, Henry Mawbey (mentioned by Harry Peck) started a 5 year lease of 123 acres commonly known as Dunns Farm and recently occupied by Eliza Guest. As mentioned before, section 23 only consisted of 525 acres, and these two farms had a total area of 537 acres. Dunns farm actually comprised 111 acres of section 23 plus the northernmost 12 acres of section 15.
Running from the present Arvon Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek, this section 15 land ran 295 links south from the Lebanon/Amar St corner to the Lebanon/ Melissa St corner. Franklin bought it from E.J.Brewster on 15-2-1847 for 48 pounds. Because the block was always referred to as part of section 23, there is no sketch of title in J.M.Englishs application for title No.46645. When Franklin died he gave Dame Jane, who had borne him no children, only her clothes and left his estate to a daughter from a previous marriage. This 12 acre block was fenced in 1882, possibly by John Murray Peck, but was never sold by Franklin. English claimed title through long occupation.
On 16-2-1863, Thomas Henry Lawson Young agreed to lease 419 acres at 294 pounds p.a. Young obviously did not see out the lease as on 1-6-1871 Henry Mawby bought 525 acres from Dame Jane Franklin. Earlier on 28-2-1871, Mawbey had memorialised a lease in duplicate in which Thomas Kelly agreed to pay him 200 pounds p.a. for 5 years for 200 acres (poorly described but probably the land later occupied by Robert McDougall.)
On 28-6-1871, Mawbey mortgaged section 23 to Bishop Charles Perry for 2500 pounds. By 9-10-1873, Mawbey was forced to mortgage it (now 521 acres) to Tondeur and Lempriere. He was now a meat preserver at Warrnambool and Mawbey, Collins & Co. owed money to the Melbourne merchants. Mawbey conveyed the 525 acres to Lempriere for 5645 pounds on 23-7-1874 and on 23-1-1875 his mortgage was cleared. On 23-2-1875, William George Lempriere leased 310 acres 23 perches (St Johns Farm) to Thomas Kelly and mortgaged this farm and the triangular 26 acre 1 rood 20 perches (the s/w corner of section 23 on the other side of Bulla Rd) to Joseph Henry Kay for 4000 pounds. On the same day, Thomas Kelly surrendered the lease on 200 acres (from Henry Mawby) that was memorialised on 21-2-1871. The lease had been intended to run for another year. Vol. 246 folio 901 memorialises a conveyance in fee of the next day in which Thomas Kelly paid Lempriere 5162 pounds for the eastern 206 acres of section 23. On the next day (25th), Kelly mortgaged this 206 acre twice to Lempriere and his partner, Andrew Murray of Wool Wool (near Larpent) for 3500 pounds (V.246 f.902) and 1074 pounds 18 shillings (V.246 f.903).
Henry Stevenson paid Lempriere L7066/17/- on 23-3-1877 for St Johns Farm (310 acres) and the 26 and a bit acres at the s/w corner of section 23. By 1920 Cam Taylor was farming St Johns whose grass was green in the driest summer because of Essendons nightsoil. J.G.Taylor sold part of the farm to the government for Essendon Aerodrome not long after.
Lemprieres sale of the eastern 206 acres to Kelly seems to have been short-lived as, on 20-8-1880, Lempriere transferred the mortgage on this farm to John Ware from whom he received 3500 pounds.
Although no memorial has been found, Lempriere, or perhaps Kelly, seems to have sold or leased this land shortly afterwards to Robert McDougall who was assessed on 200 acres, Doutta Galla in 1879-80.
Broadmeadows rates of 1899-1900 show that it was owned by the Hodgson executors and had been farmed, along with Oak Park, by Robert Bryant and then Alexander Robertson who had just replaced him. (A parish map of about 1890 shows that Hodgson had 225 acres and Stevensons St Johns was now only 300 acres. It wrongly had the north western 1/3 of section 23 labelled John Hall; Stevenson and Hodgsons land totalled 525 acres, exactly the acreage of the part of section 23 n/e of Bulla Rd, so Hall couldnt have had any of it. His land consisted only of 22 B and D.)
My parish map shows section 23 as 515 acres 3 roods and 29 perches. The number of acres given seems to have resulted from a draughtsman transposing the tens and units figures. Memorials consistently show that the part of section 23 east of Bulla Rd consisted of 525 acres. When the 26 acre triangle, now bounded by Nomad Rd, Wirraway Rd and the English/ Vaughan St midline, is added, the total area of section 23 is 551 acres.
The 1920-1 ratebook lists John S.Kelly as renting two houses and a total of 199 acres from Blair and Sons. Kelly could have been a descendant of Thomas Kelly who, after leasing and then buying land in section 23, was recorded in 1879-80 as the owner of land in the Essendon Division (i.e. section 16). J.S.Kellys land was in the north-east half of section 16.