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On the 1st inst., at his residence, Thorngrove, Sydney-road, James Hearn, Esq., aged forty-six years: an old colonist, much respected ; leaving a widow and large family to deplore the loss of an affectionate husband and loving parent. (P.4,Argus, 2-9-1857.)

James Hearn of Mt. Martha and James Hearn north of Broadmeadows were one and the same! Lenore Frost said that W.J.T.(Big)Clarke died at Roseneath in Essendon,the property of his son-in-law,James Hearn. I presumed this James Hearn was the grantee of so much of the parish of Moorooduc but could not find any marital connection between him and a daughter of Big Clarke. Thorn Grove was granted to Big Clarke and might have been a wedding present to James Hearn. A page by Family Tree Circle's Tonkin may have uncovered the Hearn/Clarke family connection.

(PORTER Claude married Caroline HEARN 1878 - Family ...

Groom: Claude Robert PORTER.
Birth place recorded as Launceston.

Bride: Carolind Louisa HEARN.
Birth place recorded as Melbourne.

Year married: 1878.
Place: Victoria.

Claude died 1925 in Malvern East, victoria, aged 67 years.
Parents named as William PORTER and Mary Ann MAKEPEACE.

Birth Note.
Claude was born in Tasmania on 26 March 1857.
Parents named as William PORTER and Mary Ann MAKEPEACE.

Mary died 1913 in Hawthorn, Victoria, aged 62 years.
Parents named as James HEARN and Louisa CLARKE.

James HEARN and Louisa CLARKE had several children in Melbourne but I'm unable to find a baptism/birth for Caroline.

On the 3rd inst., at Thorngrove, by the Rev. M.Clarke, of Castlemaine, William Hann, eldest son of Joseph Hann, Esq., of Coolort Station, Western Port,to Mary Burge, eldest daughter of the late James Hearn, Esq., of Thorngrove, Yuroke. (P.4, Argus, 4-11-1859.)

The connections between the area north of Broadmeadows Township and the Mornington Peninsula keep on coming.
Ferdinand B.Hann owned Dunhelen,north of the Greenvale reservoir, not far from Thorngrove.
05 May 1903 - The Argus - p4
Mr. George Howat reports having sold by private contract, on account of the executor of the late F. B. Hann, part of the Dunhelen Estate, Broadmeadows, ...

Unreserved Sale of Valuable Freehold Property. In the Parishes of Will Will Rook, Mickleham, and Moorooduc. ,
DALMAHOY CAMPBELL and Co. have received instructions from the executors of the late James Hearn, Esq, to OFFER for SALE by PUBLIC AUCTION, at Kirk's Bazaar, Bourke-street west, on Thursday, the 19th December next, at eleven o'clock, Without reserve,
The following very valuable properties:-
Lot 1,
containing 805a. 2r. 22p, situate about 10 miles from Melbourne, on the old Sydney-road,bounded on the west by the said-road, on the north by Portion 6, parish of Euroke ; on the east by Portion 18, parish of Will Will Rook ; and on the south by part of Lot 15.This property is all securely fenced with a four-wire fence. About 30 acres have been cultivated, and the land is well wooded and watered. It is let to Mr. Stephen Toogood for five years from January, 1858, at ?200 per annum.
Lot 2.
containing 476a, in the parish of Mickleham, situate about 20 miles from Melbourne, bounded on the west by the Broadmeadows-road, on the north by the property of Mr. John Hatly, on the east by the property of Captain Pearson, and on the south by the township of Mickleham. This property is securely fenced on the east with a
post-and rail and wire fence, with a brush fence on the south west, and north boundary lines. This land is also well wooded and watered, and is let to Mr.Robert Creely for two years from March last at ?100 per annum.
Lot. 3,
containing 380a 3r, in the parish of Moorooduc, Mount Martha, situate about four miles from Schnapper Point, bounded on the west by a three-chain road, being the main road to the Heads ; on the north and east by Lots 29 and 16, and on the south by a one chain road leading down to Port Phillip Bay. This land is well grassed, and fenced in with a wire and rail fence.
Lot 4,
containing 1,260a. in the same parish, and adjoining the above property, upon which is erected good substantial slab house, with kitchen,store, &c. ; also a good stock-yard and garden. This property is entirely surrounded by roads, and is fenced in with a substantial three-rail fence.
Lot 5,
containing 1,305a. 3r, in the same parish, and bounded on the west by Port Philip Bay, to which it has a magnificent frontage ; on the north by Osborne Village reserve ; on the east by the main road from Schnapper Point to the heads; and on the south by a Government reserve.This lot is fenced in with a three-rail fence on the north, east, and south ; and is, together with the last mentioned properties, situate about 35 miles from
The auctioneers beg to draw particular attention to the sale of the above properties, as the executors have
decided on selling without reserve. The titles are unexceptionable, and the terms are unusually liberal, viz.-26 per cent cash; 25 per cent at six months; the remainder at the option of the purchaser, for three, five, or seven years, at 8 per cent. per annum. (P.2, Argus,23-11-1861, column 3 item 7.)

HEARN-CLARK.-On the 28th ult, at Lyndhurst,Brunswick, at the residence of the bride's brother-in-law, by the Rev. A. McVean, William Clarke Hearn, second son of the late James Hearn, Esq , of Thorn grove, to Elizabeth Anne, fourth daughter of the late Lieut Charles Griffin Clark, R.N. (P.4, Argus,2-8-1869.)

Read about Big Clarke and his residence,as he declined,at Roseneath. Read my journal:


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Gray's hill was described by the late Wally Mansfield a quarter of a century ago as the eastward climb up Mansfields Rd, Tullamarine, from Deep Creek. This meant little at the time because I had not yet inspected Bulla rates and it was not for another decade that I saw a plan of John Pascoe Fawkner's subdivision of Crown Allotment 13 A in the parish of Tullamarine. It is likely that it was Malcolm Ritchie walking from Overpostle on Tullamarine Island (Melway 3 J3) to Aucholzie (4 F6) in the following article. They might have been going in the opposite direction but in each case, Ritchie would have passed the Gray family's "Bellno" and young Gray's problem most likely happened as he walked uphill.

The coroner held a second inquest at the same place (Tullamarine) on the body of Charles Edward Gray, aged twenty-eight years, who died on the 27th ult. On Wednesday morning deceased, accompanied by a farmer, named
Ritchie, were proceeding to a farm belonging to the latter person, but they had not walked 200 yards when deceased fell down and complained of a pain in one of his legs. He became worse, and suffered from pain in the
region of the heart until the time of his death, which occurred within an hour after his illness. A post-mortem examination made by Mr. Gibson showed the cause of death to have been effusion into the pericardium. A verdict was returned that deceased died from disease of the heart.

On the 26th ult., at North Melbourne, by the Rev.John Reid, Mr. Malcolm Ritchie, Aucholzie, Keilor,to Miss Jane Gray, daughter of Mr. Donald Gray,Bellno, Deep Creek.(P.4, Argus,2-10-1856.)

GRANT-RITCHIE.-On the 28th inst., at Aucholzie, by Rev. Hugh McKail, Angus Francis Grant, Yarrawonga, son of John Grant, Esq., Seafield, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Malcolm Ritchie, Esq., Aucholzie, Tullamarine.
(P.1, Argus,30-1-1880.)
Seafield (Melway 4 J7) was across McNab's Rd from Aucholzie and young Angus and Elizabeth had probably been schoolmates at the Seafield school under Samuel Lazarus. William took over Craigllachie,(Melway 4A2) directly across Deep Creek from Donald Gray's Bellno but he displeased David Mansfield by blocking the road that joined Loemans Rd to Gray's Hill on Mansfields Rd via the ford.

From J. R.Thompson, solicitor,Melbourne, stating he had been consulted by Mr. David Mansfield with reference
to a fence which obstructs and is placed across the Government road leading from his client's property at Tullamarine to Sunbury. He understood the fence was on that part of the road that crosses 'Tullamarine Island.' His client asked that the council, whose duty it was to keep open for public use and free from obstruction every road on the public highways, would take steps to have the said fence removed.

The Secretary said the road was on Grant's property on Tullamarine Island (Loeman's)road and there was a swing gate available. The President said he understood the road was only required to bring stock to Sunbury, a saving of four miles being effected. The track was not safe for vehicular traffic, but a slight deviation on to Peters' property (Overpostle, now owned by William Peter)would give a good crossing. (etc.)
(P.2,Sunbury News, 22-8-1903,Bulla Shire.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Alfred Taylor - Reocities (VICTORIA BEFORE 1848.)

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

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

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

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

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

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