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I found your website when I was looking for something else. You've put a lot of work into it; well done!
I mainly looked at Melbourne's north west, whose history I have been researching since 1988 and the Mornington Peninsula (since August 2010) and have only commented on these. I have not worried about street names, although I might mention some in the following.

I agree completely with your origins for Arthurs Seat, Baxter, Calder Park, Campbellfield, Craigieburn (the Robbie Burns was another hotel near the Craigie Burns,shown on a survey map), Dallas, Deer Park, Flemington, Keilor (which I've seen as Keillor in some sources), Kealba, Kingston (see Graham Whitehead's City of Kingston website) McCrae, Meadow Heights, Moreland (which was leased by Michael Loeman for about 14 years before he moved onto Glenloeman on Loemans Rd near Bulla, with the result that the Moreland Rd bridge was known as Loeman's bridge), Newmarket, Rosanna, Red Hill (one of the roads leading to it is White Hill Rd) and Westgarth.

I have listed other suburbs where I doubt some of the sources or additional information might be useful.
WATSONIA. I have seen sources that attribute the name to James Watson, which seems reasonable, given the proximity to Rosanna. While on that area, Janefield owes its name to John Brock who was an early squatter near Bulla until Big Clarke got his special survey and, I think, was a Scot.

WESTMEADOWS.It was originally known as Broadmeadows Township before the railway went through Campbellfield circa 1872, giving that locality the name of East Broadmeadows; when the "East" was dropped the Township was called West Meadows. Westmeadows now includes former farmland near the township such as Kia Ora, Willowbank (many of whose street names were my suggestions) and Wattle Glen.

ABERFELDIE. James Robertson 2 of Upper Keilor is the correct origin. The source proposing a link with a Napier Estate might be correct; Thomas Napier (of Rosebank in Strathmore) might have called a squatting run by this name and his son Theodore (of Magdala in Strathmore) might have been involved in the subdivision of the West Essendon grants (originally known as Spring Hill) and suggested the name of the house for the estate. Strathmore and streets named after Rosebank and Magdala owe their origins to the Napiers. I believe a Napier was involved in the relief of Lucknow and Magdala was also involved with his exploits in India.
As far as I know, Aberfeldie has everything to do with James Robertson and nothing to do with the Napiers. If another Scottish family was involved with naming the estate, it would be far more likely to be the McCrackens, related by marriage.The reference to a Napier estate might have also resulted from confusion between Aberfeldie and Glenbervie; Grant Aldous probably described the origin of the latter name in "The Stopover That Stayed".
(By the way, there were three James Robertson families in the area: 1.Upper Keilor/Mar Lodge/ Aberfeldie; 2.La Rose/ Trinifour and 3.Gowrie Park at Campbellfield. See itellya's journal about the Robertsons on FAMILY TREE CIRCLES.)

BLAIRGOWRIE. Dr John Blair's Blairgowrie House was built by an Irish pioneer and politician named O'Grady who named it Villa Maria. When he bought the house, Blair renamed it Blairgowrie. When the estate was subdivided, it was called the Blairgowrie Estate but was described as being at Sorrento. (See page 1, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 28-3-1923.) It was not until about 1940 when the Cain family's "Tyrone" east of Canterbury Rd was subdivided that Blairgowrie appeared in the newspapers to describe a locality. Incidentally a gowrie website states that Blairgowrie means "field of goats".

BROADMEADOWS. The earliest reference to the Broadmeadows Hotel on trove was in 1855. Just about the only reference to Broadmeadows in 1850, (apart from the proclamation of a township at Broadmeadows, poor attendances at St Pauls and the calling of tenders for its manse) was a much repeated advertisement about a stallion standing at stud at Samuel Thorpe's farm. In November, 1851, Mrs Brodie, formerly of Moonee Ponds (the vast Brodie squatting run, not the suburb, but possibly Harpsdale or Dunhelen) opened a store in the township. A meeting was called by about 5 Scots about the need for a crossing at the foot of Cameron's estate at THE BROADMEADOWS. In 1852, Machell's estate AT BROADMEADOWS (actually the land bounded by Section Rd, Somerton Rd, Mickleham Rd and Swain St at Melway 178 H7-11) was advertised for sale.

The above demonstrates that BROADMEADOWS described a district which consisted of the parish of Will Will Rook, and even den Machell's grant in the parish of Yuroke, and that the hotel was named because of the district, not the other way around.

An article about Kilmore by "The Vagabond" described the 6000 acres of hay at Broadmeadows and said it was an English name. The first large area of wheat in the colony was grown at Campbellfield by John GRANT who was leasing land from the CAMPBELLS. Nearby were the CAMERONS and KENNEDYS on Glenroy,Ruthvenfield, Stoney Fields and Dundonald, the GIBBS and ROBERTSONS on Meadowbank and Gowrie Park, the McKERCHARS on Greenan and Greenvale, and they were the pioneers, SCOTS, who would have coined the apt name for the district. The place was so full of Scots that the trustees of Will Will Rook Cemetery apparently did not feel a need to have sections for denominations other than Presbyterian and John Kingshott was appointed to the school committee so it would not consist entirely of Presbyterians.Do you think that Broadmeadows was coined by Englishmen? I don't!

BURNSIDE. This suburb was named after James Burnside, a pioneer near Deer Park and a grantee in in the parish of Maribyrnong. His son's obituary was on page 1 of the 15-1-1943 issue of the Sunshine advocate; the son may have married a descendant of James Robertson of Upper Keilor.

GLADSTONE PARK. The name derives from the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park (and the Gladstone Gardens Estate north of Lackenheath Drive on the west side of the freeway.) This was section 5 of the parish of Tullamarine, consisting of 785 acres, 8 acres probably having been lost in the making of today's Mickleham Rd. The parish map records George Russell as the grantee but he bought it for fellow Western District squatter, Niel Black. Black was agent for the firm of Stewart, Black, Gladstone etc back home. Section 5 was called "Stewarton", the same name as another of the firm's farms in the Western District. Black probably wanted section 5 as a holding paddock but it was leased 1846-1855 by Peter McCracken, who moved to his dairy farm on J.R.Murphy's Kensington Park and then to Ardmillan at Moonee Ponds.

Gladstone, a cousin of Disraeli's foe, came into ownership of Section 5 and the farm's name became Gladstone a year after John Cock succeeded John Kerr as the tenant in about 1892. The Gladstones had sold it to G.W.Taylor for 74 575 pounds in mid 1888 but regained it when Taylor could not complete payments in the bust that followed the boom, as Cannon would put it. The Gladstone family owned the property until the 1920's.

GOWANBRAE. This farm was originally named Camp Hill, a name that applied during the tenure of Eyre Evans Kenny, Brown, Lonie, Gilligan, Williamson etc. When Scott, presumably a Scot, bought the farm in the 1930's, he renamed it Gowanbrae. Malvern Ave owes its name to Sir Bruce Small who owned the property and wanted to produce his famous Malvern Star bicycles there but could not get a railway siding on the Albion-Jacana line.

Alexander Gibb leased section 5 Will Will Rook for some time and then it was purchased in two halves, each of 320 acres, in 1848. Gibb called the northern half "Meadow Bank" and James Robertson called his half Gowrie Park. Both, of course, were Scots.
Incidentally, most of Melbourne Airport's operational area (except for the Terminal building on Payne's pig farm,"Scone") are on another Gowrie Park, which is today recalled by Gowrie Park Drive at Melway 5 C5.

Even if this name was a simple description of the landscape, it was coined by a Scot, John McKerchar, for his farm name (which was renamed "The Elms" by a later owner.) Swain St, off Mickleham Rd, indicated the boundary between Dundanald and Machell's early subdivision but also indicates the boundary between the parishes of Will Will Rook and Yuroke to the north. The name of McKerchar's farm came to describe the part of Yuroke near Somerton Rd and the present school on Hughie Williamson's old "Dunvegan" carries the same number as the one started by John McKerchar on the Section Rd corner!

NIDDRIE. This was the name of Henry Brown Stevenson's farm. See his death notice on page 1 of The Argus of 5-7-1893. The Morgans kept the name when they bought it in (1906?) and owned it for many years. The farm was bounded by the Orange Gr/Bowes Ave midline, the King/Fraser St midline, Nomad-Treadwell Rd and Keilor Rd.

Hadfield should be called Fawkner, but the grantee's named travelled to a nearby area and in the same way, the name of the Stevenson/ Morgan farm travelled south of Keilor Rd. It is possible that Niddrie was named by the grantee, Thomas Napier of Rosebank.

The association with Brunton is correct; he probably did not find the Cameron name of Stoney Field (as in the rate records) very appealing. It was not known as Ruthvenfield; this Cameron property is today bisected by Blair St, east of the railway line.

ST KILDA. I have read that the suburb was named after a yacht owned by the family of Big Clarke; this was one of the theories.I had a pleasure craft in mind but a working yacht makes sense because W.J.T. had little time for pleasure and other pursuits that didn't make money (except the girlies!)

STRATHMORE. See Bruce Barber's Strathmore website. There could be a connection with the Queen Mother but I have seen no mention of this. I quote from page 165 of "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History". "It was not until 1943 that the (North Essendon and South Broadmeadows) Progress Association submitted "Strathmore" (a Scottish name associated with the Napier family) to the Broadmeadows Shire Council." No source is given but I suspect that Andrew Lemon had seen the correspondence. I don't think the progress association would have been aware of any connection between the name and the Queen Mother.

It must be 20 years since I read Richard Broome's "Between Two Creeks" the history of Coburg. But I distinctly remember Bell Manor!

Fingal is a parish south of Limestone Rd and south of the parishes of Wannaeue and Nepean, which are separated by Government-Weeroona Rd. Most parish names have aboriginal origins so Fingal and Nepean are unusual. Parish names would have been decided by surveyors or the Lands Department, whose boss was James Grant, presumably a Scot, at the time Fingal was surveyed.Fingal is Irish for foreign tribe according to wikipedia, and if my recollection is correct the Scots were from Ireland, making them a foreign tribe.

MERLYNSTON. I'm sure Richard Broome discussed the name's origin.

OLIVERS HILL. This was originally known as Old Man Davey's Hill.



SECTION 20 and 21.
The north and south boundaries of both are indicated by Sharps Rd. and Spence St. Section 21 was between Barrie Rd. (named after the son of Joe Thomas who died young) and Fosters Rd (Keilor Park Drive). Section 20 runs from Keilor Park Drive to the river. In 1840 the Foster brothers were granted a 10 year squatting lease on a station called Leslie Park and this might be why much land in the Doutta Galla and Tullamarine parishes was not alienated until 1849-50. Both William and John had Leslie as Christian names and Johns friends called him Leslie. William, the older brother, bought section 21 as well as section 3 in the parish of Tullamarine across Sharps Rd. At the same time, in the early 1840s, John bought section 20. They called their land Springs and the name was confusingly used in 1849 to describe the location of both James Laverty in Keilor Rd. and David ONial, who had opened the Lady of the Lake Hotel (near Millar Rd. at Tullamarine) on his property Broombank at the n.e. corner of section 3, Tullamarine.
In 1843, John horsewhipped Dr. McCrae of La Rose on 1-12-1843 because he thought the doctor had hoodwinked him in relation to the Eumemmerring Cattle Station at Dandenong, and the Doc. bolted for Sydney. It seems, despite the Pastoral Properties of Port Phillip entry under Foster*, that the Fosters were dissatisfied with McCraes former run and stayed only 1839-40, which prompted their move to Tullamarine. (Notice that main streets in Dandenong are named after each of them.) * 1839-45 but only till 1840 under Station entry.
A fine stone house was built on section 21 and John must have lived there after William inherited and returned home, as it became known as the Governors house according to Joe Crotty. John Foster was later colonial secretary and as well as drafting Victorias constitution with his cousin, William Stawell, he served as Governor between La Trobe and Hotham.
In December 1844, one of John Fosters native servants, Booby, was murdered by another aborigine named John Bull while driving a dray back to Springs from Melbourne. Another servant, Maurice Fitzgerald, who was driving a dray behind Booby, was a prime witness.
In 1860, Maurice Crotty, who married a McCormack* lass from Annandale, on the other side of Fosters Rd., started leasing The Springs. Charles Kavanagh was the occupant of The Springs before Crotty moved in. Seven years later, Mrs. Crotty reported that someone had bought part of their farm. That was James Sharp who was probably raised on Craigllachie south of Glenloeman. Tullamarine Park Rd. was close to the boundary between Sharps Hillside and the portion that Maurice bought in 1868 and called Broomfield. The original Broomfield homestead was across Tullamarine Park Rd. from Allied Drive and their 1890 house was on the site of Hondas riding school.

(*A McCormack/ Crotty/Delahey/ ONeil family reunion was held in February 2000. The contact number of 9 739 7182 may help relatives who missed this function to make amends.)
Butcher Thomas bought Hillside in about 1940 and renamed it as Carinya Park. Sharps homestead was extended by Joe Thomas. Sadly, Carinya Parks homestead was bulldozed in 1998 by Vaughan Constructions; the gate pillars made using stone from James Sharps original kitchen will hopefully remain.

In 1847, William ONeil, who later received the grant for 9B with Davies and Robinson and bought Horseshoe Bend Park, was obviously leasing section 20 from John Foster. He was on Lesley Bank, Springs, Mt Macedon Rd according to the directory. Lesley should be Leslie but the inclusion of bank in the farms name would suggest a river (which forms the west boundary of section 20) rather than the small creek running through section 21. As mentioned elsewhere, all three roads heading north (Pascoe Vale, Bulla, Keilor Rds) were called Mt Macedon Rd at various stages, but this time it meant Keilor Rd. Leslie Banks may have included part of section 19 later owned by James Harrick (who was married at Williamstown in 1861 and obviously not yet in Keilor), thus extending to the road.
The Delaheys owned section 20 by 1868 and until at least 1900. Early this century, Thomas Nash, who had been leasing Hillside, bought land south of the bend in Fosters Rd, 150/1 acres straddling the section 20/21 boundary which Edward Cahill had been farming in 1868. Later he added 188 acres north of the present Botanical Gardens. The Wards and then the Williamsons farmed where Keilor Park clubs now play footy and tennis. In about 1943 Claude Butler established the Moonya Dairy Farm on the former Nash land. In 1940, James White found the famous Keilor Skull while digging a sand pit at the junction of Dry (Arundel) Creek and the river. This spot (Melway 14,K/2) is at the north- western corner of both the parish and section 20.

Titles information on sections 21 and 20.
Maurice Crotty bought the north western portion of section 21, roughly bounded by Tullamarine Park Rd and consisting of 243 acres, for 913 pounds on 8-6-1868. The Crotty dairy farm, Broomfield, was a feature of the area for a century. The original house was opposite Allied Dr and the 1890s house near the motor cycle school. Incidentally, in 1867, both Sharps Rd and Broadmeadows Rd were known as Fosters Lane (Vol. 175 folio 509).
Section 20, between Fosters Rd (Keilor Park Drive) and the river, was leased to James Henry Smith for 5 years on 23-6-1857, the lease probably being extended for a further 5 years. On 7-9-1868 Henry and James Delahey bought 692 acres (all but the s/w corner) from Foster/Fitzgerald for 2641 pounds. This farm had been known as "Leslie Banks".

In the land boom of the late 1880s a railway line was proposed, along the east side of the Saltwater River, to Keilor.
This led to subdivisions at the end of Braybrook Rd (renamed as Buckley St) where Ramsay built Clydebank on the
south side and the Rose Hill and Buckley Park estates were placed on sale along Hoffmans Rd.
The Essendon Land, Tramway and Investment Co., which may have been involved in the aforesaid subdivisions,
was certainly expecting to reap quick profits along Fosters Rd. On 4-5-1889 the company signed contracts to buy the Delaheys 692 acres (whose s/e boundary was the diagonal part of Fosters Rd) for L46 318/3/10 and Maurice Crottys 243 acres at the n/w portion of section 21(for L10581/4/9), while Thomas Nash contracted to buy 150 acres in section 21 from the company for L 5536/12/7. (This 150 acres fronting the east side of Fosters Rd south of the bend, and therefore including about 20 acres of section 20, had been leased by Edward Cahill for 5 years from 1-4-1866).
The rescissions of the first and third contracts were memorialised on 20-8-1890 and 1-8-1890.
On 4-5-1889 and 18-7-1889 other contracts cancelled revealed that the Doutta Galla Estate Co Ltd, Evan Roberts and
James Evans (estate agents), and the Ascot Vale Land Co. Ltd. had also been involved in the web of deals concerning the Delahey, Crotty and Nash land.
(356 808, 364 378, 376 110, 356 809, 356 810, 364 900, and V.356 folios 805, 806, 807.)

No memorial of the Crotty contract has been found but its a fair bet that the new Broomfield homestead near the Honda Riding School site was paid for with the speculators money.
Joe Crotty told me that dairy farming on Broomfield was hard work for little financial gain and this claim is backed up by these James Crotty memorials, which almost certainly relate to mortgages:
388 493, 392 697, 400 361, 429 829, 435 769, 473 742, 491 469, 501 688 (14-9-1922), 516 713 (13-11-1925).

On 5-2-1868, James Sharp paid J.F.L.Foster (by then called John Foster Vesey Fitzgerald) L682/10/- for 133 acres 1 rood 10 perches. This had a Sharps Rd frontage from opposite Broadmeadows Rd to 1/3 of the way between Allied Drive and Tullamarine Park Rd. Its s/e corner was near the North/ Thomas St corner and its s/w corner was 160 m west of the start of the off ramp to Airport Dr.(176 786).
Thomas St probably gets its name from the Thomas family, which took over Sharps Hillside in about 1940 and called it Carinya Park. Barrie St is named after Joe Thomass son who died young.
James Sharp enlarged Hillside by buying 22A, of 87 acres 1 rood 28 perches, for L1114/15/4 on 10-7-1877 (267 607).
By 1893-4, Sharp had acquired 303 acres and was leasing 294 acres to Thomas Nash while he remained in the homestead on 8 acres.

I have been contacted by Brenda Lee, who has asked me for details of the land on which the clubs ovals are located; the following may supplement her story of how the club was formed. This information comes from Titles Office documents, Keilor Council rates, directories and oral history (Gordon Connor and Colin Williams from the pre W.W.1 days and Joe Crotty and Noel and Joe Butler regarding later times.)
The land between Sharps Rd, the lines of Barrie Rd and Spence St, and the river was granted to William Vesey Leslie Foster and his younger brother John Fitzgerald Leslie Foster on 15-10-1842. This land would have been part of Leslie Park, on which the brothers received a 10 year lease in 1840. Williams 640 acres, section 21 of the parish of Doutta Galla, was east of Fosters Rd and Johns section 20 of 712 acres was west of it.
William sold his 640 acres to John on 31-3-1843 and returned home to claim his inheritance.
In 1847 William ONeil, who later purchased Horseshoe Bend Farm, was leasing Lesley Bank, Springs, Mt Macedon Rd, which was probably section 20, on which the clubs ovals now stand. On 23-6-1857, section 20 was leased to James Henry Smith for 5 years and it is likely that he occupied it for another five years.
On 7-9-1868, 692 acres of section 20 was bought by Henry and James Delahey for 2641 pounds. The vendor, John Foster Vesey Fitzgerald, was none other than John Foster, who had changed his name and returned home to inherit from his late brother. This was all of section 20 apart from the area including the courts running east off Fosters Rd and the western end of Ranwick Drive; the northern part of Keilor Park Drive indicates the boundary between sections 21 and 20. The Delaheys owned the land for many decades. A contract of 4-5-1889 to sell the land to the Essendon Land, Tramway and Investment Co. for 46 318 pounds was rescinded on 20-8-1890; the land boom and the prospect of a railway line to Bulla had ended abruptly. The Delahey family, and their relatives, the Dodds, also owned most of the land between Milleara Rd and the river. James Harrick was leasing the 692 acres from the Delaheys in 1900-1.

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With the Nash and Wright families, the Parrs were mainstays of the Tullamarine Methodist Church. The family also gave great service to the Keilor Shire Council with James Henry serving as President six times and his son, Bill, four times. James and his wife were known by locals as Da and Ma Parr. James and later his son, Sam, farmed The Elms (5,F/10) and Bill lived n/w of the west end of Sharps Rd (15, D/1) on part of Annandale which was not absorbed into the Arundel Closer Settlement, keeping the name of grocer Annands grant for his farm. The Parrs left England in 1853, going to New Zealand before arriving in Australia with Ann Parr seeming to have lost her husband during that time. The family lived in Tullamarine until The Elms was bought for Airport Purposes in about 1960. More information in my Before The Jetport.
The success of the Back to Tullamarine reunions of 1989 and 1998 was chiefly due to Winnie Lewis, daughter of Sam Parr (the first beardless man one oldtimer ever saw.)


Annette Davis says in her Greenvale : Links With The Past that Henry Papworth and Elizabeth (nee Johnson) had nine children but Martha(3yrs), Susanna (10 months), Sarah Ann (4 yrs) and Edward (17 yrs) died young and were buried at Will Will Rook Cemetery. After Elizabeth (D. 1899 at 75) and Henry (D.1904 at 74) were laid to rest in the same place, their 2nd son, William continued to live in the mud brick house near the bend of Section Rd. A map in Annettes book shows that the Papworths owned a block at the n/e corner of Providence Lane and Section Rd. with about a mile frontage to each, about 33 acres. Near the s/w corner of this block is the Methodist Church built in 1969, services having been held much earlier though as Sarah Jane and Martha Ann Papworth were baptised there in the 1850s.
In 1863, Henry Papworths farm had a N.A.V. of 13 pounds. The 1899-1900 records show that Henry had a house and 6 acres and Elizabeth was the occupant of Henrys house on 13 acres. Also, with a greengrocer named Henry Jenkins, Charles Papworth was leasing a house and 66 acres from the executors of John Lawrence; this land would have been lots 6 and 7 of Machells grant ( lot c of sect. 2 Yuroke) and consisted of the corner block previously mentioned (lot 7) and lot 6 on which the church was built (later owned by the Musgroves according to the map.) By 1920-1, James Graff was leasing lots 6 and 7 from J.Musgrove and Amos Papworth was leasing 19 acres and a house (probably in Section Rd.) from Mrs. A. Fowler.
Amos Papworth had a brother named Percy who moved to Bulla and had an apricot orchard near Deep Creek. Based on a description of its location by Albert Schwartz (last property on the east where Loemans Rd. turns to the west), the orchard was on Craigllachie (lot A of section 12, parish of Tullamarine). Percys son, Keith, married Lavinia Schwartz.

(3-2-2012 addition) Henry Papworth's wife would almost certainly have been related to Peter Robertson of Gellibrand Cottage and the Johnsons who owned land between Swain St and Providence Lane later owned by Harry Swain. The Johnsons also had Greenhill near Crowe's Hill, Glendewar and Spring Park on the north side of Keilor Rd as well as leasing Cumberland after the death of Alexander McCracken. A book about the Johnsons can be seen at the Woodlands Historic Homestead (Seeds of Time if I remember correctly.) A separate Johnson journal may be posted soon.

ARGUS 1-4-1902, P.1. Mrs Hannah Cuthbert who had died at her son's residence at Greenvale was the mother-in-law of George Papworth and John Bond. The son with whom she had been living was Charles Cuthbert junior, whose house was in Sanitorium Lane; his death notice was in the Argus of 12-3-1918 on page 1. These notices show that George was at Sale in 1902 and in New South Wales by 1918.
Sanitorium Lane would have been the current name for Providence Lane, the Sanitorium being such an important feature in the quiet community. Providence Lane may have been coined by Den Machell, who subdivided his roughly half square mile grant in the parish of Yuroke in about 1853, to indicate that all good things would come to those who purchased his blocks or it might have had something to do with the church being built there. The Bonds were early pioneers on the estate (hence Bonds Lane) and John Bond later had a farm of about 360 acres about a mile east, on the south side of Somerton Rd. John Bond who married Hannah's daughter seems to have moved to the Footscray area.

North Melbourne Advertiser 13-3-1891, p.2. C.H.Papworth had applied for a hawker's licence, Messrs Dean and Connor offering the necessary security. I believe that he would have been a member of the Greenvale or Tullamarine Papworth families. The Deans by then had their "Dean's Hotel" at the east corner of Wildwood Rd (see I.W.Symond's "Bulla Bulla)as well as the one built by Robert Shankland on the corner of Dean St in Moonee Ponds. William Connor was a farmer in present day Keilor Park. It was most likely in the Bulla, Greenvale, Keilor area that Papworth intended to sell his goods. Greenvale, which took its modern name from that of John McKerchar's farm half a mile west of Mickleham Rd on the north side, had only John Lavars' hotel (on the south west corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds, not the N.E. corner as shown in "Greenvale: Links with the Past" by Annette Davis)as a retail outlet for most of its history. Bulla had only William Bethell's bluestone store, as well as pubs and a coffee palace, and Keilor's shops would have supplied few of the non-necessities that housewives craved, such as a nice dress to wear to the dances at Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows) or willow patterned plates.

North Melbourne Advertiser 30-6-1893, p.2. This describes an enquiry into the death of William Papworth, late of Greenvale,who was killed as the result of a fall from a dray. Elizabeth Papworth, his wife said she had last seen him at 4:30a.m. when he left the house to go to work for Mr Trotman. They had five children. (Much more detail in the article!) The incident is also reported on page 6 of the Argus of 29-6-1893 with William's age given as 40.
The farms on the north side of Somerton Rd, heading east from Mickleham Rd (from memory) were Springfield, Glenarthur and Waltham (which was two thirds of the crown allotment. Springfield, east of the reservoir, was divided into Springfield North (now the site of Aitken College,renamed Brocklands by the Gambles after John Brock an early squatter in the area dispossessed by Clarke's Special Survey, who then moved east with Janefield near Latrobe Uni being named after his wife)with French Rd in the southern half named after Wal.French. I do not have time to research the Trotman land, no longer having my Broadmeadows Shire rate records but I think the Trotmans had Glenarthur (the western half of the reservoir) and the middle third of the crown allotment containing Waltham (the eastern half of the reservoir.)
The only mention of the Trotmans in Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History is that Arthur Trotman was elected as a Broadmeadows Shire councillor in 1898. I hope this illustrates to you why I have such a passion to acknowledge pioneers. Andrew Lemon can take the credit for my 24 years of research and writing!
Neil Mansfield's The David Mansfield Story has much more detail about the Trotmans (pages 85-7.) Thomas Robert Trotman was born in 1857, the last of seven children to William Timbrell Trotman and Emma Keziah (nee Williams.) William Bethell, whose store at Bulla has been mentioned previously, was the father in law of Thomas who married his daughter, Elizabeth (b.22-4-1858) at Tullamarine in 1880, obviously at the Methodist Church built in 1870 and now sadly demolished (but with its stained glass windows incorporated into the Uniting Church, Carrick Dr., Gladstone Park.)
Thomas and Elizabeth had four children, all born at Greenvale: Ethel 1881, Leonard 1882, Edgar William 1885, Edmund Atholston (Athol)1890. Both Ethel and Leonard married siblings in the Vincent family of Coburg. (More detail can be supplied if requested.
As W.T.and Emma Trotman had seven children, a visit to the Sam Merrifield Library at Moonee Ponds (between the court house museum and town hall) to inspect "Greenvale Links to the Past" will probably reveal much more than I have been able to do.

William Fraser Grant,of Craigllachie on Tullamarine Island, was the father of Elsie May who married Percy Papworth on 25-10 1907 at Williamstown.(Argus 25-10-1932 p.1 Silver Wedding, W.F.Grant's death notice Argus 2-5-1916 p.1) Percy was the eldest son of the late William (died 1893 as above) and Elizabeth Papworth. Albert Schwartz, who married Jean, daughter of Bill Ellis of Ecclesfield and Gowrie Park and lived next door to her sister Vivien (Sutherland)opposite the Tullamarine Methodist Church, told me that Percy was an orchardist on Craigllachie. By the way the farm's Scottish name is pronounced Craig Ell Locky according to the late Bob Blackwell. We will soon see how Albert happened to know about Percy. Albert, however, told me nothing about Percy's driving. Perhaps this Percy was his cousin.

Argus 20-1-1925 p.21. MOTORS COLLIDE. A motor truck driven by Percy Papworth of Greenvale and a car going in the opposite direction collided outside the tram sheds in Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon (Melway 28 K10!)The car was badly damaged but nobody was seriously hurt.
Argus 11-2-1925 p.8. Percy Papworth, orchardist of Bulla was charged with driving on the wrong side of Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon on January 19th.
Argus 20-11-1947 p.9. This is the death notice of William Frederick Schwartz who had a son named Albert and a daughter, Lavinia, who became Mrs Papworth.

As Lavinia's brother told me (see above), she married Percy's son Keith.

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(Compiled by Luke Reddan, grandson of Michael Simon Reddan on 11-1-1997.)
John Reddan travelled to Australia on the Arabia which arrived in Melbourne in October 1860. He came from Ryan, Mullagh (near Miltown Malbay) in County Clare, Ireland.

John was joined in Victoria by his brother Michael who arrived in November 1863. It is understood that two sisters also migrated to Australia- one being Johannah who married a Faithful and the other being Mary who married a Markham. Family remaining in Ireland apparently included two brothers, James and Patrick.

On 11-1-1870, at St. Francis Church, Melbourne, John Reddan married Ellen Geary, who had arrived in Victoria from County Clare on the Bates Family in about June 1863.

Their six children were: Mary Ann (m. Patrick Gaynor), Michael Simon , John Thomas, Patrick James Joseph, Ellen Elizabeth (d. at 11 months), and Catherine Ellen (m. a Glenane).

John signed his marriage certificate with an X and probably never learnt to read or write. However, by 28-7-1871 he had earned enough money to buy two blocks of land ( Crown Allotments 5 and 6, Parish of Bulla) adjoining the south side of the Township of Bulla. These blocks consisted of 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) and 5.1 hectares (12.7 acres). On 14-2-1876, John purchased Allotment 1, Section 16 of the Parish of Holden ( 21.2 Hect. or 52.4 ac.) on the opposite side of the Bulla- Diggers Rest Rd. from Holden View ( Allotment 5, 21.5 hect. or 53.15 ac.) which was bought by his brother Michael on 17-1-1876.

John spent his life farming near Bulla. He had a thick, bushy beard and participated in local events such as the turn of the century ball at Caloola. He died on 19-9-1909 at Holden View at 75 according to the death certificate but other records indicate that he may have been younger. Ellen died at 82 on 30-10-1927.

Johns brother Michael, also a farmer, built the 1870 bluestone school in School Lane ( which replaced the original school on the Sunbury side of the bridge next to Tulip Wrights inn). He married Sarah Dale (?) in 1871 and had two sons, James Michael (d. 1906 at 37) and Michael Jnr. (d. 1888 at 14.) Michael outlived both his sons, dying on 5-1-1907 at between 64 and 68 while Sarah died in 1911 at 80.

(Compiled by Anne Craddock, his great grand daughter and grand daughter of Mary Wordsworth (nee Reddan).

Michael (1873-1965) m. Margaret Gilligan (1880- 1938) and their children were:
A. Eileen unmarried, 1906-1992.
B. Annie (1908-1983)- m. Vincent Frewen (1909-73). Children: Vincent,Michael, Kevin, Mary.
C. John (1910-1980)- m. Irene Shanley. Children: John, Marie, Joan, Patricia.
D. Martin (1912-1995) m. Eileen Perrott. Children: Carmel, Bryan, Dennis.
E. Michael m. Mary Fox (1915- 1995). Children: Margaret, John, Leo, Michael, Gerald, Mary Rose, Frances.
F. Thomas m. Rose Fox. Children: Mary Gemma and Luke.
G. Bernard m. Noreen Toohey. Children: Pauline, Bernadette and Patricia.
H. Mary (1921-1993) m. Robert Wordsworth. Children: Laurence, Carmel, Brian, Anne Therese and Margaret (who married Colin Craddock ).
The notice of the marriage of Michael Reddan and Margaret Gilligan was in the Sunbury News of 31-10-1903. It mentioned that the young couple would settle at Victoria Banks; this should be Victoria Bank, a 93 acre farm on the north side of Barbiston Rd, adjoining "Aucholzie". Michael managed Aucholzie for butcher, R.J.Gilbertson, but due to not having my notes any longer, I can't be sure whether it was in this period or when he later owned "Seafield"; I suspect the latter because I think Ritchies still owned Aucholzie. In any case they might have changed their mind or stayed only a year on Victoria Bank because their oldest child, Eileen, told me nothing about it.

Reddan, Fox, Gilligan and Frewen farms.
Holden View.
Section 16 of the parish of Holden is north of the Bulla-Diggers Rest Road from Duncans Lane in the west to Jacksons Creek which forms its eastern boundary. It was originally divided into five lots (A,B,C,D and E) with lot E being designated Reserve for Wood. As in the case of section 1, Yuroke, which was designated Timber Reserve, lot E seems to have been sold in the mid 1870s. I am almost certain that it was sold in 8 lots of roughly 53 acres. Bernie Reddan told me that Holden View was between the road (from the bridge to Dickins Corner) and Jacksons Creek with an easterly extension of the E-W section of the road forming the boundary between Holden View and Dickins Coldingham Lodge to the south. In 1879, Michael and John Reddan both had land in Holden with nett annual values of 20 pounds and in 1891, Michael owned a house and 54 acres (N.A.V 25 pounds) and was leasing 53 acres (N.A.V. 20) from S.Callanan. John owned 53 acres; he must have been living in his house in Bulla Township, probably on lot 5 or 6 between the south end of Rawdon St. and Glenara.

By 1922-3, Ellen and Patrick Reddan owned a house and 105 acres (lots 1 and 5) and 52 acres (lot 4).
In 1946-7, the owners of Holden View were Margaret and Eveleen Reddan and it now consisted of lots 1,4,5 (house and 158 acres) and lots 6 and 7 (106 acres), a total of 264 of the 424 acres that I assume the former wood reserve consisted of. The eastern boundary of lot E is indicated by the section of the road which runs due (magnetic) north from Dickins corner so the remaining 159 acres (lots 2,3,8?) must have been north -west of the road where it climbs the steep hill. (LOT 5 WAS ON THE N/W SIDE OF THE ROAD ACCORDING TO LUKE REDDAN.)

This land was in Melway 176,B/9. Its northern boundary is indicated by the south ends of Rawdon and Coghill Sts. with southern extensions of Greene St. and Coghill St. being the west and east boundaries. Rawdon St. indicates the boundary between lots 6 and 5, which consisted of 12 71/160 acres and 8 145/160 acres respectively. By 1891, John Reddan owned a house and land in Bulla (Main Deep Creek Rd. Subdivision) which had a N.A.V. of 25 pounds and was probably lots 5 and 6. He was also leasing from G.W.Taylor, a speculator who had bought much land near Bulla and Broadmeadows Rds. in the certainty that his mate Tommy Bent would use the public coffers to build a branch railway to both towns, blocks of 43 and 13 acres, which were probably just north or east of Deans Hotel (cnr. Wildwood and Bulla Rds.)
In 1914-5, Ellen, Patrick and James Reddan were the owners of 24 acres and a closed road. This would have been lots 6 and 5 (21 56/160 acres) plus, probably, the 5 128/160 acres of lot 4 between lot 5 and Glenara Drive. By 1922-3, Ellen and Patrick (or Mrs John Reddan, which the rate collector wrote) were assessed on twenty SIX acres which supports my theory that Alister Clark sold lot 4 to the Reddans when he bought Glenara from his fathers estate in 1891.

The 1879 rates show that Michael Reddan, farmer, owned land in Bulla (n.a.v. 6 and 1 pounds). The Bulla Township map indicates that Michael was the original purchaser of lot 10 in section 16 of the township and in 1891 it was specified that Michael owned this lot whose n.a.v. was still 1 pound. Section 16, consisting of the typical ten equally-sized blocks of apparently acre, is bounded by Greene, Cahill, Rawdon and Bourke Sts. and lot 10 at the eastern end had frontages to the last three. The 1914-5 ratebook records the owner as the executors of the late Michael Reddan. In 1922-3 lots 1-9 of section 16 were owned by Martin Cahill and, because time restraints caused me to record only holdings of about 10 acres or more after Mc., I dont know who had lot 10, but it was probably still the Reddans.

Michaels land (n.a.v. 6 pounds) which he owned by 1879 was probably the land (11 acres, n.a.v. 6 pounds) that he was leasing from G.W.Taylor in 1891. The only block of about 11 acres in the township was 11 acres 2 roods 2 perches being suburban lot 10 bounded by Greene St. and Felspar St. with a northern boundary running due west from the western end of Cahill St. The Shire Hall is on this block whose ownership would have reverted to Michael in a year or so when Taylor became bankrupt.

As stated in Proclamation of the City of Keilor(1961), Fifty eight years ago he married and brought his young bride to live in Tullamarine. Three years later he bought 200 acres and began to grow hay and oats.
His daughter, Eileen, told me that the Tullamarine farms were, in order, Paynes, Brightview, Hillside and Seafield. Going by the above, they were on Paynes Scone (Melway 5,C/6) about 1903-6, during which time Eileens best friend was Etty (Henrietta) Johnson of Glendewar. The corners of this 82 acre triangular farm, which was at the s/w corner of section 15, Tullamarine, are indicated by the bend in Melrose Dr. which was the Bulla Rd./ Grants Lane corner, gates 33&34 and Qantas valet parking at the north end of the terminal.
Eileen said that they then spent about 20 years on Brightview (15,F/1) which consisted of 200 or 202 acres, depending on the source, and is that section of airport land north of Sharps Rd to the latitude of a midline between Janus St. and Catherine Ave., with an northerly extension of Keilor Park Dr. indicating its western boundary. This was later the Doyles Ristaro. It was the western half of the southern 2/3 of section 3, Tullamarine. During this time Eileens friends included Molly, Eileen, Maurice, Kathleen, Joe and Mick Crotty of Broomfield directly across Sharps Rd. Together they would walk through the paddocks, probably following 15&5, F on Melway, on their way to state school 2613 on the Conders Lane (Link Rd.) corner.
Next, they leased Hillside, James Sharps old farm. This was originally 157 acres at the n/e corner of section 21, Doutta Galla whose eastern boundary is a southern extension of Broadmeadows Rd. However, as it consisted of 332 acres including the 8 acre homestead block when George Dalley was leasing it shortly afterwards, in 1930, it is fair to assume that the Reddans had the same acreage. This would have included the 87 68/160 acres of lot A in section 22 and 31 acres of lot f in section 22 near the Thomas St./ Parer Rd. corner in Airport West. Lot 22A was bounded by Sharps Rd., Bulla Rd., Dromana Ave., and a southern extension of Broadmeadows Rd. It today includes the sites of Caterpillar, SCI and K Mart. As it has been mentioned that they were on Hillside at the time the Albion-Jacana railway was being built, and the trestle bridges were built in 1928, I would guess that the Reddans were here about 1925-7. During this time, the hay grew so well that a cart could scarcely be driven between the sheaves to load them, according to Joe Crotty.
Keilor Shires 1930 rate records show that M.Reddan owned a stone house and 391 acres. This was Seafield, the northern half of section 8, Tullamarine. No details had changed in 1943 but by 1956-7 Seafield had grown by 10 acres and Bernie Reddan was assessed on the house on Aucholzie which he was managing for Gilbertsons. When Seafield (Lot 21, Reddan) was bought for airport purposes in about 1960, it consisted of 325 acres. The missing 76 acres was the Seafield River Frontage at the south corner of McNabs and Barbiston Rds. which had been part of John Grants Seafield before the old Seafield school closed in 1884. One of Eileen Reddans memories of the property was swimming in the huge dam. As there is a virtual forest of deciduous trees near the McNabs/Grants Rd. corner, I wouldnt mind betting there would have been the odd game of hide and seek too.
The bluestone house, a photo of which Id like to include in Tullamarine Memories for the 2000 Back To Tullamarine, was just south of Incinerator Rd and the McNabs used to go past it to get to the tree-lined (still) Oakbank drive. It might seem strange to pass through another farm to get to your own but the Oakbank entrance from McNabs Rd. could only be used in dry weather and Seafields founder was related to the McNabs. I suppose continued Oakbank access was a condition of purchase.
Keith McNab said that Mick Reddan bought Seafield from Jim Kennedy and a Mr English.
Seafields boundaries were Grants Rd. (N) indicated at the west end by Incinerator Rd., a line joining gates 33-34 and 23 (E), an easterly extension of the northernmost boundary of the Tullamarine Country Club (S) and McNabs Rd. (W). The acquisition map shows that the Seafield dam was at the start of a gully right near the west side of Operations Rd. and about 70 metres N.N.W. of the house.
Bernie Reddan remained on Gilbertsons Aucholzie as manager well into the 1970s.

The Reddans were related by marriage to the Fox, Gilligan and Frewen families, also the Wordsworths.
In Tullamarine, Michael Fox and his sons farmed Barbiston, on the south side of Barbiston Rd (164 acres, lot b of section 9, Tullamarine), Geraghtys Paddock (120 acres, lot 9 of Arundel Closer settlement with the start of Steele Creek at its S.E. corner) and lots 1 and 2 (127 acres west of McNabs Rd. and with its north boundary just north of the Arundel Rd. junction with that road.
Michael Fox was also a big landowner further south. In 1900-1, he owned lots c and d of section 18, Doutta Galla consisting of 344 acres and bounded by Keilor Rd., Rachelle Rd., Clarks Rd. and Webber Rd. He also owned lot 45b of section 19 south east of Keilor cemetery. Later his sons leased Oakley Park (the part of Brimbank Park south of the transmission lines) to spell dry cows. More in F volume of DHOTAMA and Before The Jetport.
The Frewens, related by marriage to the Fox family, have for many decades farmed the 32 acre lot 11 of the Arundel Closer Settlement which contains the quarry just west of the Arundel Creek bridge and extends west to the bottom of the Arundel Rd. hill near the river. It was on this property that James White found the famous Keilor Skull in 1940. Vincent Frewen from Moonee Ponds married Annie Elizabeth Reddan at St. Annes Church in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows) in 1935, just after he had obtained the position of manager of Arundel Farm, which he retained under the ownership of F.P.Smith till 1949 and W.S.Robinson till 1962. Vincent, who bought lot 11 from Dr.Bill OLaughlan in the 1930s,died on 24-5-1973 at 73 and Annie on 29-6- 1983 at 75. Their son, Vin, acquired a farm called Larapinta at Creightons Creek near Euroa. MORE ON F. 90-92.
The Gilligans farm in Tullamarine was Camp Hill, later renamed Gowanbrae, which was 366 acres of lots 3 and 4 of section 4 of the parish of Tullamarine. It was east of the part of Melrose Drive between Malvern Ave. and Camp Hill Park near the Tangemere Ave. corner. Thomas and Augustine Gilligan had just sold Camp Hill to W.R.Morgan in 1912-3 having bought it from the Lonie Estate after 1900 when the Williamsons were leasing it from the Lonie executors. In THE SHIRE THAT TOOK OFF, Grant Aldous states that the Gilligans leased George Evans famous Emu Bottom between 1880 and 1887. Most people of the past would have known the Gilligans best as residents of Oaklands Rd. Walter Clark who established Glenara in 1856 had bought land up Oaklands Rd. before his death and in 1882-3, Russell and Davis were leasing 1930 acres there as well as Glenara (1378 acres). It is known that Alister Clark purchased Glenara from his fathers Estate in 1891 and it was probably at the same time that W.D.Peter bought Dunalister and Augustine and Martin Gilligan bought the house and 385 acres on which they were assessed on 20-8-1891.They were also leasing 194 acres from Croker of Woodlands,which they owned by 1914-5. The 1922-3 rates show that Martin and Augustine had the same land, in section 4, although it had become 2 acres smaller, now 577! James Joseph, probably the bloke (D.1938) who refused the too-dangerous joyflight and was killed in a jinker accident on the way home from the Inverness, owned a house and 100 acres, lots 19 and 20 of section 4. Also, John Lawrence, probably the daredevil (D.1936) who rode his horse up the internal staircase of the Inverness and was killed jumping, well after dark, a fence, whose top rail was replaced without his knowledge, owned a house and lots 2 and 3 of section 8, consisting of 305 acres.
The 386 acres first mentioned was between Oaklands Rd. and the southern end of St Johns Lane and went north to a westerly extension of the south boundary of the Readymix quarry. The 194 acres leased from Croker(lots 9 and 10, section 8) was the southern 2/3 of the eastern half of section 8 (actually 193 128/168 acres) with the Inglis sales complex being part of lot 10 and the northern boundary of lot 9 almost directly across the road from the Balbethan (formerly Dunalister) entrance.
James Joseph Gilligans 100 acres (lots 19 and 20, section 4) consisted of two 50 acre blocks on the north side of Somerton Rd. with the eastern boundary about 16 metres west of directly across Somerton Rd from the Blackwells Rd.corner. It extended 533 metres to the east and 704 metres north. The farm was directly across Somerton Rd. from the Bulla Creamery, run by Mrs. Ralston, a widow and a hard taskmaster. At nightfall, her workers who had often jumped ship, would complain that the Gilligans labourers across the road had finished while they were still toiling in the dark. Never mind,she would reply, they might finish before you but youll start earlier than they will in the morning! (Bob Blackwell)
John Gilligans 305 acres in section 8 would have been lots 3 and 11 of the Glenara estate, being the western half of section 8 and consisting of 305 acres and owned at some stage by Powderley. This had a frontage to St. Johns Rd. and included the present Benbullen Stud and Nos. 70-120 along this road. It extended halfway (1/2 mile) to Oaklands Rd.
Harry Heaps lived at Sunnyside from 1923, arriving when he was 13. In about 1950, he moved to the other end of Wright St. (which is now called Springbank St. to prevent life-threatening confusion). He demolished a 100 year old house in which Mary Reddans husband had been born and where much-respected politician and historian extraordinaire, Sam Merrifield, had lived. Mary Reddans husband was Robert Wordsworth. In Broadmeadows 1899-1900 rates, William Holdsworth, a greengrocer was recorded as the occupant of a house and land at Tullamarine (which had to be on the N.E. side of todays Melrose Dr. and on the Tullamarine side of the now-closed Greenhill St.) I believe the rate collector had a slip of the mind and the greengrocers name was actually Wordsworth.

See BETHELL journal under TROVE re Michael Reddan being run over by a train at North Melbourne Station in JANUARY 1880.

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The Quinlans were involved in Airport West and along Oaklands Rd. as well as in Tullamarine.
Keilors rate record of 1900-1 has a memo at the end of the section listing ratepayers north of Mount Alexander Road (as Keilor Rd. was still known) that Rupert Percy Steele had 157 acres in lots F and G of section 22 as well as leasing Niddrie and M.Quinlan had 26 acres in section 23 and 142 acres in 1,2,3,4,?,? section 22. Steeles 157 acres were between Parer Rd. and a line indicated by the northern boundary of St. Christophers School, with Thomas St. and Nomad Rd. being the west and east boundaries.
Steele had obviously just bought or started leasing this land from the Stevensons of Niddrie.
Quinlans 26 acres in section 23 had to be west of Bulla Rd (now Wirraway Rd.), with English St. and Nomad Rd. its other boundaries. The 142 acres, which so confused the rate collector, would have been mainly in lot E of section 22, which was between Moore Rd. and Parer Rd., divided into lots 1,2,3 and 4, and totalled 127 156/160 acres. East of this was lot J of section 22 , consisting of 13 89/ 160 acres, and with Bulla Rd. as its eastern boundary. This makes a total of 141 85/160 acres so the rate collector was accurate about the acreage even though the lot names had him stumped. While recording Tullamarine ratepayers for 1913, I fortunately recorded Maurice Quinlan as having been assessed on 189 acres in sections 22 and 23, which would have been the 26 and 142 acres described above plus lot G of section 22 ( which was an almost triangular block with Nomad Rd. and English St. as its E. and S. boundaries and the police air wing indicating the apex) consisting of 9 99/160 acres; this had been farmed by Steele in 1900-1.
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. On 29-7-1935, Lawrence Patrick Quinlan, whose address was given as Kilsyth, Croydon, was buried in the R.C. section at Keilor cemetery. This would indicate, to paraphrase Peter Allens lyrics, the Quinlans still called Keilor home.
Morris (Sic) Quinlan was listed as a resident of Oaklands Junction in the 1906 Sands & McDougall directory. As his name is tacked on unalphabetically at the end, he may have just arrived in that area. Bullas ratebook of 1914-5 shows that he had 510 acres in the East Riding in the parishes of Bulla and Bolinda and was leasing another 180 acres in Bulla parish to Thomas Millar. The 510 acres were probably the same 510 acres in the two parishes which grazier Robert Fairbairn had been leasing from L.J.Caffikin in 1891 when the Coolahans were occupying only 100 acres and leasing 429 acres to John Butler. A Bulla parish map has lots 3 and 4 of section 21 (494 acres) and section 15 (about the same area) labelled M.Coolahan. This pioneer, who had arrived in Melbourne in 1840 and settled on land hed bought at Bulla in about 1849, still owned 820 acres in 1888, so he must have sold about 500 acres shortly afterwards and I believe that this was the land which Quinlan was leasing in 1914-5. The Coolahans approximate 1000 acres is indicated by Melway 383,B-H/1-4, with an easterly extension of Sunningdale Rd. (parallel with Gellies Rd.) forming the southern boundary. The parish of Bolinda is just north of map 383. This was the area in which the 510 acres were located. The 180 acres which Quinlan was leasing to Thomas Millar was probably the farm known as Aireys (described as house and 181 acres, part 5B, when Noel V. Seeley owned it in 1922-3.) This was between Wildwood Rd. and Lochton (about 177, B-C/2), the part of Aireys grant north of the road having become part of William Michies Cairnbrae.
Also in 1914-5, Maurice Quinlan owned a total of 1963 acres, consisting of Warlaby (384,G-K/6-9), Oaklands (385,A-D/ 6-9) both of a square mile or 640 acres, 440 acres which was probably the northern half of section 17 which Thomas Ryan owned in 1922 (i.e. 385,A/1-2 and west to Deep Creek), and 243 acres which might have been west of the 440 acres (about a mile east of 383,K/1).
In Bullas rates of 1922-3, the Quinlans were lessees rather than owners. Maurice, Lawrence and John Quinlan were leasing a house and 640 acres, section 10, (Oaklands) from the OHalloran Estate while John and Stanley Quinlan were leasing 804 acres in lots A and B of section 4 of the parish of Bolinda from J.J.Feehan. The latter was probably near Feehans Rd. which is shown running east from Wildwood Rd. on Melway Key Map 8. Incidentally, someone, probably Bob Blackwell, told me that Maurice Quinlan was a bookmaker.
Maurice Quinlan was indeed a bookmaker according to Sam Merrifields House Names Index edited by Lenore Frost. This book mentions that Maurice Quinlan owned the bluestone "ABERFELDIE" mansion built by James Robertson (J.R.2 in Robertson entry) between the south ends of Combermere and Aberfeldie Sts.

Broadmeadows rate record of 1879-80 shows that Timothy Quinlan owned a house and land (N.A.V.12 POUNDS) at Tullamarine. This house was probably near the Junction Hotel on the Mobil garage site (5,J/12) which he also owned and was leasing to James Matthews. In 1876 the hotel had been owned by S.Quinlan and leased by S.Cummins.


James Pigdon was a man with a sense of humour. A tale related to me by the late Bob Blackwell appears under BLACKWELL in the B volume but I will give the gist of it here. Bobs grandfather, William, worked for Pigdon on Dunhelen and tended to have an ale or six at Lavars Hotel whenever he was passing the hotel, which was located at the s/w corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds.(not at the n/e corner as wrongly shown in some maps.) Pigdon warned Blackwell not to stop at the hotel or he would be sacked. The latter could not resist the temptation so to disguise his state, he stood up on the dray as it bounced up the driveway to the bluestone homestead and loudly declared, Nobody can say Im drunk! James Pigdon laughed so much that his threat was never carried out.
Broadmeadows rate record of 1899-1900 shows that James C. Pigdon was leasing a house and 1000 acres from the Ham executors. The rate collector was obviously not acquainted with the late owner, Ferdinand Bond Brown Shortland Hann, who bought the Dunhelen estate of 2500 acres in 1885.
Dunhelen, whose historic house and stables still stand at 1240 Mickleham Rd., originally consisted of sections 11,12 and 13 of the parish of Yuroke, a total of just over 1980 acres, whose location is indicated by Melway 178, E/1-2 to 179, H/2-4. By Pigdons time, Dunhelen land west of Mickleham Rd. had been sold to the Crinnions (426 acres) and Michael Crotty (200 acres); this later became the Hall familys Kentucky. Pigdons leased 1000 acres was on the east side of Mickleham Rd.


The Bulla parish map shows that section 9 was lots 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Glenara Estate. It seems to have been granted to C.Taylor and it later came into the possession of Walter Clark who obviously named section 9 Glenalister after his son, Alister. In 1879 and 1882-3, C.P.Davis and John Russell were leasing Glenara of 1378 acres and the 1930 acres up Oaklands Rd. from the estate of Walter Clark who had been killed in a buggy accident in 1873. Lots 5-8, consisting of 651 149/160 acres were probably sold in about 1891 when Alister bought Glenara from the estate and are labelled W.D.Peter on the map. The rate records presented on 20-8-1891 show that William Peter owned a house and 640 acres which was obviously Dunalister despite the larger acreage of lots 5-8 shown on the map.
In 1914-5, William D.Peter is shown as the owner and occupier of a property specified as Dunalister and consisting of 651 acres. David Peter was leasing 95 acres from Mr. Hoctor. The 1922-3 rates show that Margaret Hoctor was occupying the 95 acres that David had been leasing.W.Peter still owned Dunalister which had now grown to 656 acres! It seems that Melville had been leasing it from him but had recently left the farm to succeed David Peter as lessee on 86 acres on section 3 which was also owned by W.Peter.
Michael J.Phelan died at Dunalister on 28-9-1918 aged 52, so he must have been leasing the farm at that time. The locations of these farms are:
Dunalister (now Balbethan)- 177,K/1 to 385, D/11.
Hoctors 95 acres (Lot 4 of the Glenara Estate on section 8)- 384, H-J/10.
86 acres Section 3 is the square mile between Dunalister and Somerton Rd. ie. north of Woodlands. The 86 acres were probably north of Daniels Rd. and adjoining Dunalister. e.g. 177,K/2.
William D. Peter also owned a farm called Overpostle on that area south of the Bulla-Diggers Rest Rd. between Deep and Jacksons Creeks, which was known as Tullamarine Island. The 1914-5 rates show that William D.Peter owned a property of 636 acres. The location of Overpostle described to me by the late Bob Blackwell indicated lot B of section 12 in the parish of Tullamarine, south of the Grants Craigllachie, but as this consists of only 300 acres, Overpostle must also have contained the eastern half of section 11b: the house was definitely on 12b.
The location of Overpostle is: Melway 3,K/3-5 and 4, A/3-5 (11B); 3,H-J/3-5 (EASTERN HALF OF 12B.)

Broadmeadows rate records show that from 1896-7 to 1901-2 the 450 acre Chandos was owned by the Peters Estate before it was bought by John Cock. This was bounded by Wright St., the Moonee Ponds Creek, Broadmeadows (now Mickleham)Rd. and Freight Rd. and later became Judds Chandos, Lockharts 198 acres and Wrights Strathconnan.
The late Jack Hoctor told me the children from Broadmeadows Township had a favourite swimming spot in Chandos called Petersons hole. I believe this was Peters sons hole and became corrupted as knowledge of the source of the names origin faded. I also believe that an s was wrongly added by the Broadmeadows rate collector, but we cant be too hard on him as this seems to have been a common mistake among locals. In the Broadmeadows directory of 1884-5, one of the entries was Mary Peter, Runholder. Was the Estate which owned Chandos hers or, perhaps, her late husbands?

William D.Peter also had land in Keilor Shire. In 1913 he owned 5 acres in lot C of section 22 in the parish of Doutta Galla. Lot C of 22, consisting of 117 acres was bounded by Dromana Ave., Matthews Ave., Moore Rd. and a line joining Thomas St. and Broadmeadows Rd. As this land was still being farmed, the 5 acres probably had a frontage to the main road.

Neil Mansfield of Longford has provided me with a print of a photo taken at Millars property at Tullamarine in 1904. I believe the property was 20 acres associated with the Junction Hotel whose boundary with the 450 acre Chandos is indicated by Freight Rd. The photo was taken on the occasion of the marriage of Gerrard Peters* and Ethel, the daughter of Robert Millar. Identified guests included members of the Trotman, Mansfield and Wright families but one would assume that many in the photo were members of the grooms family. *Probably Peter but written with the s in a key to the photo.

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John Murray Peck came from the town of Lebanon, near the Mascoma River in New Hampshire, U.S.A. With Freeman Cobb and two other young Yankees he set up the famous Cobb and Co. coachline to Mt. Alexander in 1854; Cobb was the man in the office while Peck, with his daring and commanding voice, took charge of huge teams of horses on their hair-raising trips along the poor roads. He once drove a 14 horse team which hauled 40 passengers to the Melbourne Cup. Before long the partners had sold out and the firm went on to cover many more routes. Peck had another brief period in the coach business but was later to establish himself as Australias foremost auctioneer of fat cattle, often travelling to other colonies to conduct sales. He was enticed into this occupation by Dal Campbell in 1862, and later teamed with William Hudson (who owned much of Peter McCrackens Ardmillan from 1872) and T.R.Raynor, an accountant, to establish a stock firm which dissolved amicably in 1887 when John established Peck and Son with his son Harry.
He served as Mayor of Essendon and must have been the first American -born official of a (future) A.F.L. club, being a vice-president of the Essendon Football Club; his strong voice (which Mrs. McCracken could hear at Ailsa when he was conducting auctions at Newmarket Saleyards) and the Sturt desert pea he wore ensured that others in the crowd at the footy were left in no doubt about which team he supported. No doubt some of his grandchildren barracked for Essendon as in 1884 his daughter, Mary, married that clubs first secretary (and the first V.F.L. President from 1897 till his death in 1915), Alexander McCracken.

His son, Harry Huntington Peck, was born at Gisborne in 1860, left school on 1-1-1878 and in January 1884 became an auctioneer. When he retired in 1938, he had the longest-running licence among stock salesmen in Australia. Luckily, Harry was not content to fade away and started to write at the age of 81. His book MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN gives wonderful pen-pics of a great number of pioneers as well as providing extensive information about properties and is a much-used local history source.

John Murray Peck built a house called Mascoma in Ascot Vale (on part of lot 2 of section A in the parish of Doutta Galla). It consisted of 8 rooms and was situated on lots 29 and 30 of the Fernhill Estate on the south side of Mascoma St. The house was probably built shortly after April 1880 when William Fleming bought the estate. Peck must have wanted more land for (shortly after William Fletcher had converted Smiths old land just south west of the Pascoe Vale bridge to Torrens in 1881) he bought 40 acres and in 1882 built his Italianate mansion, Lebanon, which is now a private residence in Wendora St., Strathmore. His son, Harry, built Hiawatha, still standing at the top of Kilburn St., on the Byron Vale Estate in 1891. It may have been designed by Harrys brother, Solon.A.Peck, the resident architect of the Howie estate* in the city and was modelled on the lodge of the family home at Lebanon, New Hampshire-in which area the Pecks had been pioneers. (*Henry Howie was an early squatter near Gisborne, gaining in 1837 the licence for Cairn Hill which was taken over by J.C.Riddell and Hamilton later on. Howie and his family perished when the Sarah Jane foundered en route from Sydney in 1838 but he had obviously bought city land, which his relatives in England still owned in 1942.)

It is likely that J.M.Peck built Wanganui, a house later referred to as Cooks Homestead, which was on the Red Rooster site at the East end of the footbridge over Pascoe Vale Rd. near Peck Ave. The house was said to have been built for Pecks THREE boys and occupied by Harry for some time. It was later the home of Albert Cook, probably from about 1928 when Broadmeadows Shire, of which he was Secretary, opened new offices at the present site. In 1920-1, Richard O.Peck* had 7 acres in Norfolk Rd. (Gaffney St.) and it is likely that this was the same land owned a decade or so later by Miss Roberts, which extended south from Cooks Homestead to the garage built by Fred Chisholm and his mechanic, Mr. OShea. (Peggy McKenzie, a resident of Gaffney St. from 1935.) The Roberts family was related by marriage.
(*Richard Osborne (Dick) Peck had started in the wool trade and had risen to the position of buyer for Edward Jowitt & Sons of Yorkshire but in the late 1890s joined his fathers firm, its name changing to Peck and Sons.)
In 1920-1, Mrs. Louisa Ellen Peck owned a house and 38 acres (Lebanon) as well as a house and land which Mrs. M.McCracken (her daughter and Alex. McCrackens widow) was renting from her, Harry owned 5 acres (Hiawatha) and with Richard owned 18 acres at the west end of the Byron Vale Estate (probably near Lincoln St. ie. Carnarvon Rd.) and 20 acres adjacent to Lebanon. Dick Peck had earlier owned land, which in 1914 was acquired to extend the army camp at Broadmeadows. (Broadmeadows: A Forgotten history A. Lemon. P. 131.)
Buried in the Will Will Rook Cemetery, just west of this piece of land are:
JOHN MURRAY PECK, born at Lebanon, New Hampshire,U.S.A. in January, 1830 and died at Lebanon, Pascoe Vale on 19-11-1903.
LOUISA ELLEN NEE? ROBERTS, wife of above, born Bond St., London 6-6-1840, died Lebanon, Pascoe Vale 5-7-1928
.ANNIE M.PECK, died at Hiawatha, Pascoe Vale 11-11-1940 (after which Harry moved to Bolobek at Macedon where he was living when Memoirs was published in 1942),wife of
HARRY HUNTINGTON PECK who died at Wangaratta on 24-7-1943 and their son
GUNNER HARRY HUNTINGTON PECK of the 4TH. F.A.B., 1st. A.I.F., who died on 6-10-1947.
In the equally historic Bulla Cemetery, in the 12th. Row of the C.of E. section lies SARAH SWINBORNE ROBERTS who died at Lebanon, Pascoe Vale on 31-1-1916.
(Sources as stated plus: Sam Merrifields House Index & Street names of Essendon by Lenore Frost, Essendon Conservation study by G.Butler, Kilts and Cow Dung Flats and Ardmillan by MYSELF and of course, Harrys book.)

Who was Hugh Peck? He was obviously related to John Murray Peck because of an entry in Broadmeadows rates of 1879-80 which throws into doubt the claim that John bought the Lebanon land in or shortly after 1881. The entry shows that Hugh Peck owned a house and 34 acres at Pascoe Vale with a nett annual value of 60 pounds. This was probably Lebanon. Hugh Peck was also leasing a house and land at Yuroke,N.A.V.12 pounds from Henry Papworth; this was probably in Section Rd., Greenvale.

In 1900, Hugh Peck, landowner, owned 6 acres on J.P. Fawkners grant, 11B of Doutta Galla between Milleara and Rachelle Rds. in East Keilor. This was probably a site Fawkner reserved for a school just south of Groves St. or a block east of that street labelled Fawkner Executors on a C.1890 map.
I also recall having seen a map 10 years ago, which showed Hugh Peck as the owner of section 19 of the parish of Maribyrnong. This accounts for the naming of Pecks Rd., Sydenham, which is its eastern boundary. As confirmation of this hazy recollection, I have found notes from a discussion with longtime Sydenham farmer, Merv Landers, in which he described the land west of Pecks Rd. as having been Bob Mortons and earlier Pecks.
Was Hugh an alternate name for J.M.Peck, an older son or a brother? I prefer the first theory.
On 30-7-1903, the late James Robertsons Upper Keilor estate was sold by Pearson, Rowe and Smith in conjunction with J.M.Peck and Sons. This land was between Calder Highway and the river, and on the north side of the Melton Rd. from Calder Park Dr. to the Beattys (Sic!) Rd. corner. Just south of the Melton road was William Taylors Overnewton Estate, which was sold at about the same time*, probably by the same firms. If J.M. was indeed Hugh, he had only a few months left to buy the land near Pecks Rd. before he died.
(*Taylor died in 1903)

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A native of Cambridgeshire, STEPHEN PEACHEY married in England before sailing from Southampton on 1-3-1854 for Melbourne. Going straight to Box Forest (see Pascoe), he also leased 27 acres at Fitzroy and later purchased this and 30 acres at Box Forest which he still owned in 1888. VICTORIA & ITS METROPOLIS P. 741.
I can find no mention of Stephen Peachey at Box Forest in Broadmeadows 1863 rates but in the Broadmeadows Division , he was assessed on a farm he owned in Jika Jika (N.A.V. 11 pounds). This land had to be west of Northumberland Rd. because the rest of the parish of Jika Jika was in Pentridge (Coburg) as Fawkners Pascoeville had been until May, 1862 or Jika (Preston) Road District. As Merai Farm occupied the land between Gaffney St. and Devon Rd., Peacheys farm would have had to be between Devon Rd. and Rhodes Pde. A map on P.78 of Andrew Lemons book shows the northern boundaries of three farms fronting Rhodes Pde in 1874. Standens,recently bought by Bowring went east to the fenceline between Grevillia Rd. and Watt Ave., while the Dowd Res. Western boundary indicates the boundary between Murray and Peachys (Sic!) farms, the latter extending to Northumberland Rd.
The 1879-80 rates show that Joseph Bowring had 100 acres and Mrs William Murray 77 acres. As land described as being at Box Forest totalled 919 acres plus the (present) First and Last Hotel as well as Cavenagh land, and Fawkners Section 2, Will Will Rook (i.e. Hadfield) consisted only of 640 acres, it is fair to assume that the 56 acres owned by the Peacheys at Box Forest was actually at the s/w corner of Rhodes Pde. and Northumberland Rd. as shown on the 1874 map. It is also reasonable to assume that the Bowring, Murray and Peachey total of 233 acres extended south to Devon Rd. (BETWEEN TWO CREEKS. R.Broome. Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History. A. Lemon).
In 1879-80, Stephen and George Peachey owned two blocks at Box Forest, of 26 and 30 acres. By 1899-1900, this land had been divided with George, Henry, James and Stephen each owning a house and land while Henry had another 20 acres. By 1920-1 much subdivision was taking place with North East, South, West and Middle Streets in Hadfield (as Box Forest was later to be called in honour of Cr. Rupert Hadfield) having been named, and I could see no mention of the Peacheys. Keith McNab said that there had been an outbreak of swine fever, which accounted for Stephen Peacheys move to Tullamarine.
The area at the north end of Northumberland Rd. took on the name of Westbreen after the school opened. It was discovered that naming the school after Mt. Sabine, a farm just to the east, would cause confusion so the district inspector coined a combination of the names of two bus proprietors, Weston and Breen. Richard Broome said that the area was previously known as Mt. Sabine or Peacheytown after a local farmer. (Jim McKenzie*, a Prospect St. youth in the 1930s, said that it was known as Peachey-Kelly town and the area to the north was called Cow Dung Flats.) In 1922 Harry Peachey and W.J.Weston-Smith chivalrously formed a footpath beside the Kent and Cornwall Rd. gluepot for the ladies from the 300 families which were settling in. BROOME, VISION& REALISATION. *Many anecdotes in my Kilts and Cow Dung Flats.
In Broadmeadows History Kit, Sue OCallaghan say that George Peachey, a farmer, also worked as a gardener for Frank Stuart, tending his flower and vegetable beds and an orchard. This would have involved a bit of travelling as Stuarts house was on the south side of Tudor St. in Glenroy. (3-3-1888 sale plan).

By 1920-1, Stephen Peachey had established a dairy on 6 acres at Tullamarine. The triangular farm on section 6 of the parish of Tullamarine, was bounded by two lines from the Derby St./ Melrose Drive corner, the first Derby St. itself and the second the boundary of sections 6 and 3, which is indicated clearly by the fence running at a 45 degree angle from the corner and due east. The third boundary was a southerly extension of the part of Derby St. which runs past the factories. The neighbouring properties were Strathconnan to the east and Broombank to the south. Boyse Court and the part of Millar Rd. that it meets are on the site of Peacheys Dairy while St.Tropez Gardens is just inside Broombanks north boundary and thus in section 3. In late Nov. 1998, I approached Hume Council about the possibility of the two Millar Roads costing a life and suggesting that the one on the old dairy land be renamed Peachey St. Incidentally, the name of Boyse Crt. comes from Snowy Boyse of Barbiston who subdivided the land.
Stephens daughter, Flo., married Tom Wright whose family farmed Strathconnan and another 159 acre farm across Broadmeadows (Mickleham) Rd. His other two children were Mavis (Buckingham) and, by a second wife, Stephanie (Ammann). Stephen went to W.W.1., serving in the Light-Horse, and after his return his wife died when Mavis was only 18 months old. Mavis started work in Coles Cafeteria in town when she was 19, catching the bus at Greens Corner each morning. As she left home at 22, Mavis feared that she wouldnt be able to tell me much! She recalled being read bible stories by the very religious people living in the old post office across Bulla Rd. (Lucy Andrews or the Thorburns maybe.) She thinks that her father left the Tullamarine property in about 1960; he moved to Reservoir.
Her Grandma Peachey lived in West St., Hadfield and Bill Peachey lived in a corner house backing onto the golf course and facing the Westbreen hall; Rhodes Pde. may have been only a fenceline at that stage, so this was probably on Dowd Reserve, the old farm. Stephen Peachey (1)already had two sons, George and Henry, when he came to Australia. One of Georges 12 children was Stephen (2) who married one of John Watts daughters as did his brother, Henry. Stephen(3) of Tullamarine was a son of Stephen (2). John Watt received the grant for Oakfield at the east corner of Somerton and Pascoe Vale Roads but was living in Sydney Rd near the K Mart site by 1920. Stephen(3) of Tullamarine was a son of Stephen (2). Incidentally, Mavis met her husband on a blind date; he was not a resident of Tullamarine or Peacheytown.
Lily Peachey, Stephens sister, married Mr.T.W.Hosking and, now aged 90, lives in Gaffney St., Coburg.
Stephen Peachey (1) died in 1919 at 69 and was buried in the Fawkner Cemetery.
Te following members of the Peachey family were buried at the Will Will Rook cemetery on the dates specified:
Annie Marie 10-10-1907, Elsie Katherine 2-3-1907, George 23-9-1929, George Warder 19-10-1906, Rachael 12-12-1904.
Peachey descendants interested in family history should contact Lil Peachey of Essex St., Pascoe Vale or John Peachey of West St., Glenroy.

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