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DETAILS OF SOME PORT PHILLIP ELECTORS IN 1847, VIC., AUST.

REVISED LIST OF ELECTORS FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP.
(P.4, THE MELBOURNE ARGUS, 9-7-1847.)

I was killing time because my edit about John Pascoe Fawkner's mother would not submit when I came across this page.
I'll write a few details about selected electors.

N.B. Moonee Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek, as far North as "Dunhelen", not the suburb of
Moonee Ponds!


JOHN MARTIN ARDLIE of Moonee Moonee Ponds was granted crown allotment 2 of section 4, parish of Tullamarine,consisting of
225 acres, on 31-7-1843. This later became part of Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint" and is indicated roughly by Melway 5 K12 to
6 D12.I have much information about Ardlie in a journal of which he is the subject.

GEORGE ANNAND of South Yarra Yarra was a melbourne grocer who seconded an important motion critical in the democratic
improvement of the Port Phillip District, but I can't remember the details off-hand. He was the grantee of section 2,
parish of Tullamarine, which is roughly indicated by Melway 5 B-D 11 to 15 A-D2 (a continuation of Sharps Rd.) He called
this property"Annandale" but seems to have mainly leased it. Bill Parr,who retained the name for his 165 acre portion of
the property, followed his father James Henry (Pa) Parr as ashire of Keilor councillor.Amnnandale Rd recalls the grocer's
association with Tullamarine's history.

JOHN AITKIN (AITKEN!) of Doutta Galla is probably best remembered because of Mt Aitken west of Sunbury, so named by Governor
Bourke when he visited Aitken's Run during his hasty visit to the Port Phillip District in 1836 to sort out the Over -
straiters. Aitken's landing of his sheep in that March was rather unusual; when the Chili ran aground near Dromana,he
carried them all ashore with the assistance of the Boon-wurrung,to whom Georgiana McCrae was to become such a friend seven
years later.Many squatters bought land where they could rest their stock on the way to market in Melbourne,such as Fairbairn
Park in Ascot Vale and Niel Black's "Stewarton" (Gladstone Park). John Aitken obtained the grant for Section 8, Doutta Galla,
which surrounded the Saltwater River's horseshoe bend which took it close to Braybrook Road (Buckley St),its north west and
north east corners being the present Cannes and Baetrice Avenue corners (Melway 27G3 to 28 A4.) The great thing about this
land was that it was not far from Solomon's Ford (at the west end of Canning St) which was the closest spot to cross the
Saltwater River. Robert McDougall farmed thisland for some years after his tenure on "Glenroy" before moving into his newly
built homestead on "Arundel"at Tullamarine in 1872.

JOHN MOORE AIREY, suburbs and Mooroobool River, Geelong, had a brother named George if I remember correctly. Airey's Inlet
on the Bellarine Peninsulais named after one or the other. Captain J.M.C.Airey was also the grantee of land in the parish
of Bulla Bulla, which is detailed in my journal MAURICE QUINLAN AND FARMS ON OAKLANDS RD, BULLA.

RICHARD HANMER BUNBURY, Williamstown, came to Australia on the same ship as Georgiana McCrae and she wrote a fair deal about
him in her diary.He had lost his right arm in naval combat but Georgiana (herself a talented artist) praised the paintings
he managed with his non-preferred hand. Hewas appointed head of the Water Police at Williamstown,which has Bunbury and Hanmer
streets. He was the purchaser of "Arundel", section 1,parish of Tullamarine, whose northern boundary travels west from a spot
just north of (airport) gate 22 and through the South Localiser Rd corner to the Maribyrnong River,which bounds much of the
907 acres granted on 9-1-1843.A.V.Jennings named Bunbury St in Gladstone Park after the one-armed sailor. Arundel Farm and
Robert McDougall's homestead(as well as Argus editor, Edward Wilson's dairy) are in the angle of Arundel Rd. Glengyle was the
Browns Rd horseshoe bend part of Arundel sold off early and occupied by the Guthries and then Thomas Bertram (subject of a
journal) after whom Bertam's Ford was named.

WILLIAM BUST BURNLEY of Richmond was obviously honoured by the naming of the locality near Richmond.Burnley had moved to
the Port Phillip District by July 1842, leaving his good friend George Fisher in Launceston.
(P.6,Launceston Examiner,23-7-1842.)Burnley, an unmarried merchant,was the M.L.C. for North Bourke from August 1853 to March
1856. He died at Richmond on 21-6-1860.

JOSEPH BRADSHAW,MERRI MERRI CREEK, and his brother, obtained grants at Hawstead (between Essendon and Woodland St) and bought
much land in Temperance Township, Ascot Vale, when Fletcher's triangular grant was subdivided. Essendon Historical Society
can provide much detail.

CAPTAIN HENRY WILLIAM BACCHUS,River Weirabee, was another after whom a locality was named-during his lifetime! His son,
William Henry Jnr.seems to have called his run Merrimu,a name used for the reservoir.

JOHN BEAR,River Plenty, may have been John Pinney Bear who was involved in land subdivision just south east of Moonee Ponds
Junction, along Keilor Rd,and on Main's Estate between Hoffmans and Rachelle Rd, all in the parish of Doutta Galla.

WILLIAM LEANEY BRODIE, Moonee Moonee Ponds,would have been related to George Sinclair Brodie (early Melbourne auctioneer) and
Richard Brodie. Early squatters in the parishes of Bulla Bulla and Yuroke,they owned Harpsdale (Melway 385 E5), Dunhelen
(385J1), 586 acres (20 AB Bulla) north of Bulla Township,which vague memory tells me was called Helensville, and 306 acres at
383 F7-8. George gave his address as Darebin Creek and Richard may not have been old enough to vote.

JOSEPH BURNS, Pascoevale. This isinteresting because the name Pascoeville was commonly used until the 1930's so good
old Burnsy could be the first to have used the current name. He was the first to lease Merai Farm when H.G.Ashurst bought it
from Fawkner in 1842. See my PASCOE VALE AND STRATHMORE journal.

WILLIAM BROWNLIE,River Plenty, was almost certainly William Brown-Lee, who started leasing the northern part of Jamieson's
Special Survey in 1851.He and Charles Graves grew extensive crops of wheaton the Survey, which included the Safety Beach area
but went east to Bulldog Creek Rd. On Boxing Day, 1849,John McLear was killed at a race meeting held near the Plough Inn at
the Plenty River. His groom, William Marshall, tried to protect him but to no avail. How strange that William Brown-Lee,
widow, Mary Ann and William Marshall all started leases on the Survey on 1851. I wonder if they inflenced eachother to give
it a go, and travelled together.

EDWARD JONES BREWSTER, Moonee Moonee Ponds.Grantee of section 15, Doutta Galla, which encompassed almost all of Strathmore,
between Carnarvon Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek.He probably only bought this land with speculation in mind. See my journal
about Pascoe Vale and Strathmore for titles information regarding its subdivision.

A barrister who qualified in Southern Ireland, Brewster was the foundation Chairman of the Court of Quarter Session in
Melbourne in 1839, and on the bench of magistrates in 1841. He represented the Port Phillip District on the N.S.W.
Legislative Council from January 1846 to February 1848. The N.S.W.Parliament website that provides this information goes on
to say that he bought land at Strathmore and soon sold it at a huge profit but that he had lived there (which isbacked up
by the address given in the list of electors. Then laughably (not having the benefit of my note at the start of thisjournal)
it adds:Owned land in Moonee Moonee Ponds. Section 15 Doutta Galla where he lived briefly (till at least July 1847) and which
he soon sold at a huge profit was his land at Moonee Moonee Ponds, its eastern boundary being the Moonee moonee Chain
of Ponds!

DUNCAN CAMERON, Glenroy. There were three Cameron properties in Melbourne's north west:Stony Fields (renamed Ruthven by the
same family and later called Roxburg Park by Thomas Brunton),Ruthvenfield (east of Broadmeadows Station) and Glenroy (bounded
by the Moonee Ponds Creek, Camp Rd, Fairview St, Glenroy, and Victoria St-Rhodes Pde- Boundary Rd (the boundary between the
parishes of Will Will Rook and Jika Jika.) The name of Glenroy was supposedly bestowed by the Camerons. Glenroy was across
Camp Rd from Ruthvenfield so it would be logical to assume that the same family owned both. Ruthvenfield and Stony Fields
finished up with virtually the same name so it would also be logical to assume that the same family owned both.However,a
ship arrivedcarrying something like 243 Camerons in early days so assuming anything could be dangerous!

The author of THE OAKLANDS HUNT circa 1988 was D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.His name has made me suspect that there was a marital
connection between the Cameron and Kennedy families.Speculators, Hughes and Hosking, bought over 5000 acres in Will Will Rook
parish in 1838, including what was to be "Dundonald" and "Glenroy" and Glenroy was leased to the Camerons (who may have
occupied it as part of a Run before 1838.) Donald Kennedy and his brother Duncan came from New South Wales in 1840 and
prospered from pastoral pursuits. When the depression of 1843 caused land prices to plummet, the brothers were able to buy
Dundonald and Glenroy.Donald's widow,Jessie sold the part of Glenroy east of Pascoe Vale Rd in 1874 and Duncan sold Jacana
and Glenroy West to James Chapman in 1887.Dundonald was farmed in parcels until the family disposed of them in 1929,
the Hattys having farmed the 400 acre Dundonald for generations. The other farms were Kia Ora, Willowbank, Springbank,Wattle
Glen and Annette Farm,the last two accessed via Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows.)

ROBERT and NEIL CAMPBELL,Merri Merri Creek. Campbellfield would have been named after one of them or both. Most of their land
was leased out to farmers.

THOMAS COLCLOUGH, Mercersvale, Kalkallo, was a big fair man with a great voice that could be heard across the paddocks for
half a mile and was not afraid of using it. By contrast, his brothers,John and Richard were respectively very quiet and
painfully deaf.(Memoirs of a Stockman.) Thomas became a member of the Broadmeadows Road Board in 1869.

WILLIAM COGHILL, Moonee Moonee Ponds. There is a Coghill St in Westmeadows and one in Bulla Township. William Coghill would
have been on the 880 acre "Cumberland" west from Melway 5 F 1-4 to the Moonee Ponds Creek with the homestead at 5 C1. Thus
the street in Broadmeadows Township. The family also owned Glencairne (177 C-G12), the southern half of Glenara(established
by Walter Clark in 1856. Glencairne was the reason for the naming of Coghill St in Bulla. The cost of building the beautiful
Cumberland homestead (photo in THE OAKLANDS HUNT and the Woodlands home-stead)was a main cause of the Coghills' financial
downfall. The dam at Melway 177 D12 is known to old timers (and young me) as the Glencairn Dam. It was probably built by
William's son, George, to provide water for his boiling down works.

JOHN DIGHT, Yarra Yarra. If I remember correctly, Dight was a miller operating near Dight's falls.(Falls-MelWay 2D B6;
Mill 2D A6.)

THOMAS EDOLS, Geelong,was probably related to John Edols of Ballan and Dunhelen (which he bought from the Brodies.) See my
Blackwood Jottings journal.

JOHN FITZGERALD LESLIE FOSTER, Leslie Park,Doutta Galla. I've got a surprise for you; he had another given name, Vesey.
With so many given names, he was nicknamed "Alphabetical" Foster. He and his older brother, William, were allowed a ten year
lease of Leslie Park in 1840, which was stupid because the survey was well underway. It probably went from Keilor Rd to at
least a mile past Sharps Rd. William got a square mile (640 acre) pre-emptive right in each parish, section 3 Tullamarine
fronting the north side of Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd and section 21 Doutta Galla, directly across Sharps Rd. When
William returned home to inherit, John lived there in a homestead the Crottys of Broomfield called the "Governor's House."
This two square mile property was called "Springs"for reasons outlined in my ABERFELDIE journal.

John received the grant for section 20, between Fosters Rd(now Keilor Park Drive) and the river, which he called
Leslie Banks. This was leased out to William O'Neil of Horseshoe Bend and the Delaheys who later owned it for some
time before ownership passed to James Harrick.

21 Mar 1857 - Williamstown Chronicle - p3
trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/6309188
The nomination and re-election of Mr. J. V. L. Foster, whose appeal to a constituency was rendered necessary by his
acceptance of the office of Treasurer, took ...

John Leslie Fitzgerald Vesey FOSTER was an Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District
of Port Phillip. His pastoral ventures identified him with the colony's conservative squatting element. In 1850 Foster sold
his land rights and returned to Ireland. Married in Ireland in 1850 to Emily Fletcher, daughter of the Rev. J. J. Fletcher
DD, of Dunran, County Wicklow, Ireland, and had issue, 1 son and 4 daughters.
In 1853 returned to Victoria and acted as an administrator for the colony. Became a target of much criticism and was a
scapegoat for the Eureka goldfields. (Victoria before 1848 website.)

Exhausted and soon to die, the scholarly Latrobe retired and it was some time before Governor Hotham could replace him.
Alphabetical was the acting Governor for a while and was followed by John Macarthur's son.

JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER, Pascoeville. See my PASCOE VALE and STRATHMORE journal.

Now I have to find in which issue the list is continued.But I've got other journals to finish first.

THREE CHEERS FOR GOOD LIBRARIANS AND SCOTT!

As I glanced through my KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS regarding my STRATHMORE AND PASCOE VALE journal,I couldn't help thinking that it would never have been written without the enthusiasm of Jenny Shugg. Then my mind drifted back a further two years, and I realised that I probably would not have started researching and writing local history at all without the enthusiasm of Rosemary Davison. Not much later, the enthusiasm of Bev Brocchi gave me another boost.

The Mornington Peninsula librarians inspired me to start my journals on family tree circles by not showing enthusiasm. Amazed to find that few of the parish maps for the area were available,I obtained the Kangerong and Wannaeue maps,painstakingly fitted the parts together and presented them to the library. Over two years later, they are still not in the map drawer. What a contrast! I decided that it would be a waste of time and energy producing any history for that library. It would probably be hidden in the jail (local history room)rather than being made available for borrowing anyway. How could I make my history available to the public free? I found a way,thanks to Scott. I hope his family tree family is truly appreciative of the service he provides to the world.

Rosemary Davison started the ball rolling. In about August 1988, I discovered, while seeking information about my great uncle, Alf Cock, that the history of Tullamarine consisted of one and a half foolscap pages and decided to improve the situation as a bicentennial project. Gordon Henwood put me onto John Fenton,who had Alf's farm, and John gave me about a dozen names of old Tullamarine residents. Within two weeks, I was turning up daily with a new treasure for Rosemary, provided by these pioneer families. She didn't say, "I'm not sure what we can do with these." Instead, the photocopier ensured that Bev Brocchi at the Niddrie Library and Jenny Shugg at the Gladstone Park High School Library had copies as well. I'd rarely return to Rosemary empty-handed from the other two libraries.

Rosemary put on a display of these treasures and one visitor, Anthony Rohead, a Department of Civil Aviation inspector, was so enthused that he launched a scheme to rename the roadways in Tullamarine Airport after aborigines, early settlers and aviation pioneers. After Anthony had spent countless hours working on information provided by Wurundjeri historian, Ian Hunter, aviation historians and me, and had everything finalised, the project was abandoned, possibly because of privatisation plans.

Not long after Rosemary's display, the treasures were on display again, at the 1989 Back to Tullamarine, organised with great assistance from Winnie Lewis (nee Parr.) Over the years WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR, A TRICKLE OR A TORRENT, KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS and volumes of DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND were added to the collections at the three libraries and the Sam Merrifield Library at Moonee Ponds where Jan Miller was the enthusiastic local history librarian.

I can't remember how long Rosemary was at Tullamarine, but I will always be grateful for the supreme enthusiasm that certainly rubbed off onto me. Due to Jenny Shugg's enthusiasm(which got the High School's history teachers fired up)a V.C.E. student told me about Jim and Peggy McKenzie, leading to the writing of KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS.

Tullamarine library was threatened with closure twice over the years and having been part of the City of Keilor and then the Moonee valley Regional Library, it is now part of the Hume Library System with Rosemary's treasures, and material I donated when I moved to Rosebud,housed at the Global Learning Centre. I just hope it's all being cared for by somebody like Rosemary,Jenny,Bev or Jan.

MAURICE QUINLAN AND FARMS IN OAKLANDS RD, BULLA, VIC., AUST.

Refer to my earlier QUINLAN journal and the ones about AIRPORT WEST and ABERFELDIE.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
At Quarter past Two O Clock. At SCOTTS HOTEL MELBOURNE.
GREAT REALISING SALE of VALUABLE LANDHOLDINGS

In the Estate of the Late Mr Maurice Quinlan
Under Instructions from the NATIONAL TRUSTEES, EXECUTORS and AGENCY COY of AUSTRALASIA LTD
A E GIBSON and Co will submit "WARLABY", "'ST JOHNS HILL", " AIREY'S", "WILDWOOD", DONNYBROOK ", "NORTH
ESSENDON" and "ABERFELDIE ".

"WARLABY" is a noble property, consisting of about 648 ACRES having an elegant W B villa, containing 8 lofty rooms thereon with beautiful return verandah surrounded by handsome jarrah picket fence, has also extensive bluestone cattle sheds, stabling, loose boxes, milking sheds, men's quarters, and piggeries.It is situated at Oaklands Junction, in the centre of a flourishing farming district, and renowned for hunting and sport. The country is of volcanic nature, sweet and sound for stock of all descriptions, and is about 7 miles west of Craigieburn railway station and 10 from Essendon by fine metalled road right to the gate.

ST JOHN' S HILL adjoining Warlaby" and Mr Dennis Brannigan's estate, contains about 235 ACRES mostly volcanic land having extensive frontage to the Deep Creek with rich flats and banks thereon admirably adapted for dairying and mixed farming. There is a W.B. house and extensive outbuildings on the property, but in a state of disrepair.

AIREY'S BLOCK, adjacent to the above, is situated on the Wildwood road, about 5 miles from Sunbury, and contains about 18O ACRES of sound grazing and cultivation land having extensive frontage to Deep Creek, with rich irrigable flat thereon, equal to anything in the county of Bourke. This property is fenced and subdivided. Subject to lease expiring 31st March, 1921.

DONNYBROOK. contains 780? ACRES of sound volcanic country, situated on the main Sydney road, about l8 miles from Melbourne, and within 1 mile of the Donnybrook railway station. It is well fenced and permanently watered by the Merri Creek, which forms its eastern boundary. It adjoins the famous Hayesmount Estate of Mr W.Hayes. There is a small W.B. cottage and very fine stockyards erected on the property.

NORTH ESSENDON comprises about 26 ACRES, situated on the main Bulla road, about 1 1/4 miles from the Keilor road electric tram terminus. This property is beautifully fenced, and bordered with live hedges and groups of flourishing handsome gums. Also, about 160 acres separated by a road. It is proposed to subdivide and submit this latter block into 10 allotments, in areas of from about 9 acres to 28 acres each, thus affording persons in quest of farmlets or accommodation paddocks near the city the opportunity of participatlng in the distribution.

"ABERFELDIE", Essendon, the residence of the late Mr Quinlan consisting of handsome bluestone dwelling, containing 9 rooms, bathroom, pantry,scullery, and large vestibule, bluestone stable (5 stalls, loose box, feed room, harness room), man's quarters, and sheds. Land 300ft frontage west side Aberfeldie street situated within ten minutes' walk of Essendon railway station, off Buckley street, and commanding a position that is entitled to be designated as superb.

It is almost superfluous to make further comment on this fine group of freeholds. The brief description given will suggest the importance and value of each property to be submitted. They represent the effort and judgment of one whose knowledge of lands in the county of Bourke was universally recognised.etc.
(P.3,Argus, 26-4-1919.)

The un-named road separating the 160 acres from the 26 acre triangle described as North Essendon was Treadwell Rd. Both of these properties were described in detail in my earlier QUINLAN journal.

"Donnybrook" probably included Donovans Rd north of which the Merri Creek is further from Sydney Rd and a 780 or 730 acre property could fit between the road and creek.

OAKLANDS RD FARMS.
I owe my knowledge of these farms to the late Bob Blackwell who drove me all around the district telling me about its history. If you google FANNING FAMILY HISTORY, click on MORE BULLA PARISH MAPS on the right hand side and go to the second map,you can join me on my tour of the area. Right click on VIEW to enlarge the map.
Section 1 was alienated in these small blocks,probably having been the town common or perhaps a timber reserve originally.Section 2 was William Pomeroy Greene's "Woodlands" on which his pre-fabricated house still proudly stands as the focus of Woodlands Historic Park (the Dundonald homestead on Gellibrand Hill and the Cumberland homestead not making the cut!) The east end of Somerton Rd linking with Bulla Rd was named after the family but somehow was rendered as Green, and is now just called Somerton Rd.Rawdon St in Bulla is named after his son.Greene St led to Hunter's "Lockton"(5A), north of which was Captain Airey's grant (5B). If my memory is correct David Patullo of "Craigbank" (across Emu Creek) owned Airey's for quite some time.

Section 4, east of Lochton and Airey's was granted to Ann Greene, W.P.Greene's widow. I think Walter Clark of Glenara bought it as part of the Clark Estate and I am unaware if it ever had a name. Across Oaklands Rd is section 3, granted to Bulla's pioneer, Tulip Wright.This was subdivided quite early with the Daniel (of "Narbonne") and Carroll families being early settlers. James Musgrove, a famed implements maker, settled in its south west corner.

Section 8 and 7B were granted to Peter Young who is mentioned quite extensively in one of my journals,and called his property "Nairn". Section 9 was called "Dunalister" by Walter Clark when he purchased it. The name was possibly associated with Walter's son,Alister,breeder of the black rose and Chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club until his death. Bob Blackwell later managed the property until it was sold and when the new owner decided to call it Balbethan, Bob used the name for his farm at Elmore.

Cameron's section 11 became Robert McDougall's "Warlaby" from which the Oaklands Hunt Club's first event (a paper trail laid out by Farquhar McRae) commenced in 1888. Section 10 was "Oaklands" which gave the road its name. I.W.Symonds' "Bulla Bulla" states that the Brannigans owned St John's Hill(17A) and they certainly did as Maurice Crotty (later of Broomfield on the HONDA corner of Sharps Rd and (now) Keilor Park Drive) worked for the horse-mad Brannigans before moving to the "Springs" at Tullamarine. St John Rd(off Wildwood Rd) was a short cut to the property. The Brannigans had obviously moved to 17B by the time of the above sale.

Section 18 was Harpsdale, Dyson Holland's closer settlement farm (18A)being called "Dunoon" if I remember correctly what Jack Simmie told me over 20 years ago. Jack showed me the Brodie crest set into the floor tiles near the entry of the Harpdale homestead.

ABERFELDIE NEAR ESSENDON, VIC., AUST. (HOW SPRING HILL BECAME ABERFELDIE.)

I found this advertisement while researching 22E Doutta Galla re Airport West.

Aberfeldie was originally called "Spring Hill" by James Robertson Snr of "Upper Keilor". When he died, "Mar Lodge" passed to his son, Francis, a bachelor who became a politician,and "Spring Hill" to another son,James. The latter stayed at Upper Keilor to care for his mother but after her death,he built a mansion on Spring Hill and called it Aberfeldie.

TO Let by Tender, on Lease for Seven Years or more, one of the most desirable Farms in the colony of Victoria, and only five miles distant from the city, known as Springhill,
The property of James Robertson, Esq., of Keilor, situate in the parish of Doutta Galla, and consisting of 180 acres of rich agricultural land, entirely fenced in, and at present in cultivation.
A dwelling-house is already erected, and the proprietor of the property is disposed to treat liberally with a tenant who may desire to make improvements.
Entry will be given on the first of March next.
Further information may be obtained on application to G. MILLAR, Estate Factor, 32 Queen-street, Melbourne.

(P.3, Argus,21-11-1855.)

Spring Hill was the most southerly of many properties whose names referred to springs. William Foster called his grants (3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla) "Springs",probably due to a never-failing spring at Melway 5K12 in what became Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint",feeding a creek that crossed Broadmeadows Road (now Mickleham Rd) and Macedon Road (now Melrose Drive ) and, following the east boundary of today's Leo Dineen Reserve, passed through the present right of way to meet the western branch of Spring Creeknear the end of Clyne Court. Spring Creek then joined Steeles Creek (which flows through Spring Gully)just south of the boundary between "Springs" and "Springfield" at Melway 15 F7, that point being a water reserve.Another tributary of Steeles Creek starts in Airport West and flows through "Spring Park" to join up just south of the A.J.Davis Reserve.
Wilson and James Anderson's farm on Main's Estate, west of Hoffman's Rd was called Springbank. Dugald McPhail bucked the trend and called his farm (between Rosehill rd and Buckley St)"Rose Hill".

MAURICE QUINLAN AND ABERFELDIE.
Bookmaker Maurie died in 1918 and his residence, the Aberfeldie mansion, was advertised for sale along with part of Airport West and many farms near Bulla.


"ABERFELDIE", Essendon, the residence of the late Mr Quinlan consisting of handsome bluestone dwelling, containing 9 rooms, bathroom, pantry,scullery, and large vestibule, bluestone stable (5 stalls, loose box, feed room, harness room), man's quarters, and sheds. Land 300ft frontage west side Aberfeldie street situated within ten minutes' walk of Essendon railway station, off Buckley street, and commanding a position that is entitled to be designated as superb.
(P.3,Argus, 26-4-1919.)

Anyone wishing to know more about the mansion or the development of Aberfeldie should visit the Essendon Historical Society's Courthouse Museum at Moonee Ponds.

BLACKWOOD JOTTINGS (1)

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DROMANA MUSEUM, VIC., AUST.

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