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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 ¼ 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 ¾ 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 ¾ acres), a total of 264 ¾ 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 ¼ 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 ½ 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 ½ acres, n.a.v. 6 pounds) that he was leasing from G.W.Taylor in 1891. The only block of about 11 ½ 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 ¾ 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 ½ 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 ½ 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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DAVID PATULLO was one of the pioneers of the Bulla area and had even earlier connections with the area north of Somerton where the name of Patullos Lane reminds us of pioneers who were obviously members of his family.
A Scot who landed in Melbourne in December 1841 at the age of 24, he spent four years working as a shepherd for Mr Rigg of Donnybrook. ( J.Rigg received the grant to section 30 of the parish of Mickleham which is on the east side of Old Sydney Rd* and occupies the n/w quarter of the area between Donnybrook Rd and Gums Gully Rd.I wonder if James Malcolm, whose farm on the south side of Mt. Ridley Rd. was called Olrig, was related to Rigg.) While there he picked up some specimens of stone, which he thought contained gold, but on showing them to his companions, he was laughed at, and consequently thought no more of the matter. Unfortunately! For the spot was later part of the Bolinda gold reef. He purchased 12 acres and a team of bullocks and after farming and teaming for two years, he farmed on 165 rented acres for a further six years, shearing sheep in his spare time. (* Northern continuation of Mickleham Rd.)
In 1851 he went to the diggings with little success and in 1853 bought Craig Bank of 640 acres where he farmed and grazed until at least 1888.He also owned a large tract of land in South Gippsland. He married Agnes Patton , a native of Kinross, a few months before leaving Scotland and in 1888 eleven of his 18 children were living and he had 20 grandchildren. (VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS. A.Sutherland. P.435.)
Craig Bank was said above to be 640 acres but lot 2 of section 6 in the parish of Bulla consisted of 463 ¼ acres; I wonder if the other 176 ¾ acres were near Patullos Lane. This 463 acre property consisted of all the land on Melway map 384 (edition 26) west of Deep Creek as far north as the Glenwood access road, with long-time neighbours being Martin Dillon, and the McAuliffes of Wildwood to the north, and William Fanning of Emu Flat to the west.
Bullas ratebook of 1879 shows that David, William and Peter Patullo were assessed on a farm with a N.A.V. of 208 pounds and in 1882-3 these details remained the same except that they were also farming additional land (N.A.V.80 pounds.) In 1891 James and Peter Patullo were leasing a house and land (N.A.V. only 175 pounds but Dillons 442 acres just north had a N.A.V. of only 80 pounds; it was probably the land they had added in 1882.)As well in 1891, Peter Patullo was leasing from Capt. Airey. Aireys grant, (320 acres, N.A.V. 120 pounds) was the northern part of section 5 of the parish of Bulla, the southern portion being Lochton of 351 acres. Aireys 320 acres, with the s/e corner just south of the Wildwood Rd./St. Johns Lane junction, is approximated by 176, A-E/1-2. The 1906 Bulla directory seems to indicate that the Patullos were no longer in the area.
As well as establishing Olrig on what I assume to be section 2 of the parish of Kinlochewe, east of Sydney Rd. between the CRAIGIE BURNS HOTEL(on Malcolm Creek) and the ROBBIE BURNS HOTEL (Mt. Ridley Rd. corner), James Malcolm, with Daniel McKenzie, received the grant for section 14 of the parish of Yuroke, east of Dunhelen and north of Camerons Stony Fields (Roxburgh Park). This seems to have consisted of 587 acres and its centre is near179,K/4 with its boundaries indicated by a northern extention of the RANAD driveway, an easterly extension of the northern RANAD boundary, roughly Donald Cameron Dr. and the transmission line which follows the southern boundary.
Broadmeadows rates of 1863, show that Anthony Harrison, William Patullo, James Patullo and Andrew Harrison each had a farm at Yuroke, with nett annual values, respectively, of 49, 84, 64 and 16 pounds. The rate collector, recording geographically, then lists ratepayers in Somerton such as Watt, Ahearn, those at the s/e corner of Pascoe Vale and Somerton Rds. such as Darmody, Hoctor and Hearn, before theoretically heading west along Somerton Rd. Therefore, I assume that he started at about the n/e corner of section 14 after recording Broadmeadows Township and land north and n/w of it. Apparently A.McPherson, Nathan Unwin and James McPherson (leasing from C. Patullo) had farms (N.A.V 83, 15 and 36 pounds) accessed via the RANAD drive which was the boundary between Stony Fields and Waltham (eastern half of reservoir.)
The 1879-80 rates list: James & William PatullA, 240 and 245 acres, Somerton (N.A.V. 75 and 74 pounds which is almost the same as the total of 148 pounds in 1663.) By 1899-1900, James had 242 acres, William 412 acres and Frank was renting a house from Mrs. Olsson. The 1920-1 rates show that there were many small farms in Patullos Lane and no Patullos are mentioned. James Patullo was buried on 15-1-1912 , William on 30-5-1906, having died at 79 and Francis Edward on 10-2-1919. Other family members buried at Will Will Rook cemetery are:
ALICE 25-3-1898, ELLEN 12-12-1870, MARY 7-3-1870, ROBERT ELY (Was there a link with the Keilor teacher/postmaster?) 3-1-1899, THOMAS 12-9-1874, ANN 2-5-1867 aged 34, AGNES 20-1-1862 AT 4, JAMES 23-9-1875 AT 13, ANDREW 13-5-1869 AT 1 MONTH, MARGARET WELLINGTON 21-3-1889 AT 33, DAVID 30-5-1890 AT 73, AGNES PATON 5-10-1891 AT 72, THOMAS 17-11-1862 AT 18, MARY 19-2-1864 AT 1, ARTHUR 19-6- 1866 AT 9, AGNES 17-11-1872 AT 4, DAVID 12-12-1874 AT 20, FREDERICK 27-9?-1878 AT 20, PETER 10-10-1908 AT 65.
Few of the gravestones remain at this cemetery remain, but one of these informs us that William (D. 30-5-1906 was married to Ann (D.2-5-1867) and (some of) their children were Agnes (D.20-1-1862), James (D.23-9-1875), Andrew (D.18-5-1867 -my guesses re faded numerals appear wrong, but are they?), and Margaret Wellington D.21-3-1889).. William must have married Jane after Anns death as the last inscription is William, husband of Jane, died on 30-5-1906 at 79. If the typed records are wrong and my gravestone copying is correct, it would appear that Ann died from complications that arose from giving birth to Andrew. This grave is in what I calculate to be the 6th row from the east (army camp)side.
Peter Patullos grave is near the car park.

THE PATULLO FAMILY. November 2001.
Three brothers of this family were pioneers of the Broadmeadows and Bulla municipalities. In Broadmeadows :A Forgotten History, Andrew Lemon provides extensive* detail about James and William:
i.e. Will Will Rook cemetery, established about 1852, on Camp Road. Many district pioneers were buried here, such as Cameron, Patullo, Gibb, Canning and Peck. (P.47 caption.) *Pardon my sarcasm!
In Bulla Bulla, I.W.Symonds seemed more interested in preserving the areas history than making a fast buck. Although his book had no index, I have established that the Patullo name appears on pages 58, 60 and 61. Unfortunately, the only notes I made were from the first reference:
that David Patullo was, with Walter Clark (Glenara), George Coghill (Glencairn or Cumberland), John Grant (Seafield) and William Morrison Hunter (Lochton), appointed an original trustee of The Bulla Presbyterian Church in March 1859.
On page 29 of his unpublished manuscript The Shire That Took Off, available at Sam Merrifield Library, Grant Aldous stated:
the first Bulla Road Board elections were held at Tulip Wrights Deep Creek Inn on 23-10-1862, with Walter Clark, Michael Loeman (Glenloeman), James Mackintosh, W.Bethell (P.O. and general store whose bluestone shell remains between School Lane and the bridge), Hammiel Kerr, Martin Batey (Redstone Hill), Peter Kerley, Dugald Stewart (Fleetbank), Thomas Brannigan (St Johns Hill), John Dickins (Coldingham Lodge) and David Patullo being elected. (N.B. Symonds probably had the same details.)


In 1989, I commenced writing DHOTAMA (Dictionary History of Tullamarine and Miles Around), in an attempt to record details about the hundreds of pioneers who dont rate a mention in local histories and supplement or clarify details that are provided. Pity help us if family historians have to rely on the Andrew Lemons of this world.

The first mention of David Patullo that I saw was on P. 435 of Victoria and Its Metropolis: Past and Present. Here I learnt that David found gold a decade before the gold rush. He rented 165 acres between the mid 1840s and 1851 when he headed off to the goldfields; Beryl Patullo has evidence that this was on Ruthvenfield so I have been able to indicate on maps the Crown section on which David leased this land.

The Campbellfield directory for 1869 gives the name of John Camerons farm as Ruthvenfield. David Patullo was probably leasing the 165 acres from Donald and Sarah Cameron, who bought their 500* acres about nine months after arriving in 1839. (V&I.M. 422)
It is possible that David was leasing the southern quarter of section 11, of about 142 acres, fronting Camp Rd (including the future Will Will Rook Cemetery site), from Donald Kennedy of Dundonald.
(The Camerons and Kennedys were related by marriage and the Camerons probably originally owned the whole of section 6, Will Will Rook. In 1888, Sarah was a widow farming only 22 acres of the original farm and must have forgotten it was originally 545.5 acres.)

I believe that the 165 acres at Ruthvenfield would have consisted of the southern 142 acre portion of section 11 plus an extension of this into the triangular portion of section 10 east of Pascoe Vale Rd, up to about Nicholas St, consisting of about 23 acres.
Later, David bought a farm called Craigbank at Bulla in 1853.
He implied, in 1888, that the farm was originally 640 acres; like many others he gave the farms current, rather than original, size. The Bulla parish map shows that David Patullo was granted allotment 2 of section 6, consisting of 463 ¼ acres, on 4-10-1854.
Bullas rates of 1879 show that David, William and Peter were occupying land in the Craigbank Subdivision (later called the Craigbank Road Division, i.e. Wildwood Rd was known as Craigbank Road). It had a nett annual value of 208 pounds. As the Fannings Emu Flat of 346 ½ acres (adjoining Craigbanks western boundary) had a N.A.V. of 112 pounds, it can be reasonably reliably calculated that David had about 643.5 acres, the 640 acres claimed in 1888. DAVID MUST HAVE BOUGHT OR LEASEDALLOTMENT A OF 177 ACRES FROM JOHN MURPHY, NORTH OF AIREYS GRANT, GIVING AN EXACT TOTAL OF 640 ACRES.
By 1882-3 another parcel (N.A.V. 80 pounds) had been occupied, other details being the same.
On 20-8-1891, Emu Flats N.A.V. had dropped slightly to 110 pounds. Martin Dillon senior owned the 442 acres between Emu Flat/Craigbank and Wildwood, whose N.A.V. was only 80 pounds. Was this the land that the Patullos had in 1882?
Dillon had not yet bought Craigbank, In 1891, it was the property of the late David Patullo, had a N.A.V. of 175 pounds, and was occupied by James and Peter. The latter was also leasing the whole of Captain J.M.C.Aireys grant, allotment B of section 5, from Captain Airey. The grant, seemingly grown from 319 acres to 320, had a N.A.V. of 120 pounds.
The drop of Craigbanks N.A.V. from 208 to 175 pounds is strange. No land seems to have been sold to adjoining property owners. It may have been that Wildwood Rd. north of Deep Creek had been constructed since 1882. However if the parish map is correct in stating that the road occupied just under 9 of the 442 acres to the north, ratios would determine that the winding road through Craigbank would occupy 27 acres, leaving 436 acres (not the 417 acres bought by Dillon or the 415 acres on which he was assessed in 1902 and 1914.) It is possible that a survey of Craigbank was done when the road was being planned and that an error in the original survey (done using chains) was corrected.

When did Dillon buy Craigbank? The memorial (Volume 373 folio 3) was signed on 9-2-1892, recording that the farm was in three parcels and the purchase price was L 3633/4/6. Peter Patullo was described as a grazier, of Craigbank, Bulla and James Patullo as a farmer of THE TERRICKS near Rochester.
The three parcels consisted of 280 acres 3 roods 24 1/10 perches, 1 acre 2 roods 8 1/10 perches and 134 acres 3 roods 6 perches or thereabouts. This gives a total of 417 acres and 38 2/10 perches.
Pardon my use of about, but if the title office clerk could specify 1/10 of a perch (160 cm x 160cm) and then use thereabouts, I thought Id try to match his humour.
The memorial tells us that Davids will was made on 10-1-1877 and that he died on 30-5-1890 without revoking this will.
In 1902, Martin Dillon owned Craigbank while Michael Dillon had just replaced John McVicar Heaney on the 442 acres to the north. In 1915, Martin Dillon still had the 415 acres while J.L.Reid had the 442 acres. The 1922-3 ratebook specifies that the 412 acres occupied by John, Elizabeth and Margaret Dillon was lot 2 of section 6.



The brothers application for title (10236) in 1877 shows the following.
Section 14 Yuroke was granted to Daniel McKenzie and James Malcolm on 25-3-1851.
Malcolm sold his share to McKenzie on 28-3-1853.
McKenzie sold the entire allotment 14 (587 acre) to James and William Patullo, farmers of Yuroke, on 21-5-1853. (They may have been leasing it since the grant was issued!)
The farm was mortgaged on 24-8-1858, and on 26-2-1877 receipts were produced showing that 207 and 258 pounds had been paid.
Broadmeadows 1879-80 ratebook lists James and William Patulla as owners and occupiers of 240 and 245 acres at Somerton. The N.A.V. of their property had risen by one pound since 1863. Vague locations given in the 1879 rates make it hard to determine who had the other 102 acres but Philip Benson (27 acres) and Thomas Oliver (85 acres) offer a possibility.
In 1899-1900, Frank was renting a house from Mrs Olsson, James owned 242 acres and William owned 412 acres. Benson and Oliver were not listed.
By 1920-1, the Patullos were gone and Edmund A.Porters Roxburgh Park consisted of 846 acres. As the Camerons grants totalled 659 acres, Porters farm seems to have extended into section 14.
A descendant, Harry Richards of Bulla Park, connects the family to Tullamarine Island, but there is an earlier connection. This connection possibly extends to David Patullo having land in South Gippsland.
Thomas and Mary Faithfull bought 11A Tullamarine (Starr Grove, later Bulla Park on Tullamarine Island) from the grantees on 26-7-1852. Their daughter, Harriet married Abraham Hodgkinson and moved to a farm on Tullamarine Island. Their daughter Marion married David Ferrier from a neighbouring Island farm and their daughter, Amy Maria married George Alfred Yann. One of their grandchildren, Judy Sloggett of Camberwell, provided this information.
George Yanns father, George, had a brother, Fred, who was a blacksmith at Campbellfield. George senior, probably while visiting Frederick at Campbellfield, met Maria Sophie Benzley, who emigrated to Victoria in 1871. A big move for a young lady on her own? Not really! Jacob Benzley had settled on his Vineyard in Vineyard Rd, Sunbury in about 1866 and Rudoph Benzley had arrived some years earlier. It is unlikely that they had visited Campbellfield, but I am sure that they would have arranged employment there for her. My guess is that Rudolph and Jacob knew David Patullo and that David asked his Somerton brothers if they could give Maria a job.
Sophie Benzley emigrated to Victoria in 1871 and took up residence at Campbellfield, probably because an employment opportunity arose there.It appears she accepted the position of housemaid to a well known family named Patullo. (The Patullos had a large farming property in the district). Sophie married George Yann on 29 January 1873 at the age of 18.George and (Maria) Sophie lived in South Preston until 1878 when they bought an undeveloped farming property at Lang Lang East in South Gippsland.
Amelia Phillips Miller Relationships and Associated Miscellany Howard R. Hallo.

Section 14 Yuroke, the basis of James and William Patullos Somerton farms.
In 1900, the extra 67 acres were probably to the west on Richard Brodies grant.
After lengthy calculations, I have determined that 1063 .38 acres of allotments w, v, t and u (in sections12 and 13) lay east of Mickleham Rd. That part of Brodies grant, west of this road, was farmed by the Crinnions (426 acres) and Michael Crotty (200 acres).
This 63 acres could be slightly out because my measurements were taken to the nearest millimetre and then had to be multiplied by 1.6 to convert to chains.
However, as James Pigdons Dunhelen consisted of only 1000 acres and the only other properties, in the Broadmeadows Riding, of about 60 acres were known to be near Providence Lane and on Waltham, it might be assumed that the Patullos had about 67 acres on Dunhelen and the rate collector didnt consider that it should be entered in the Broadmeadows* Riding assessments. The second most northerly tributary of the Yuroke Creek runs south from Mount Aitken (as it was known c.1910) between 160 and 100 metres west from the western boundary of section 14. Did James and William buy land to the gully to enable them to build dams. The four waterholes on section 14 indicate that water was in short supply.
(* Their farm was listed in the Broadmeadows Division in 1863, but by 1879 it was in the Campbellfield Riding.)
The following map shows all the Patullo farms mentioned and homesteads are shown as small black squares. (Trees are indicated by shadows i.e. 0_)

An afterthought.
Because there were so many Camerons* (and the Scots made a habit of naming their children after uncles), it is difficult to establish the relationship between the Camerons that gave Glenroy its name and those on Ruthven and Stony Fields. It is possible that the John, known to be on Stony Fields in 1663, had transferred the Ruthvenfield name from Will Will Rook to Yuroke. However it is certain that the property near Broadmeadows Station had this name at the time David Patullo was leasing his 169 acres.

The original part of Craigbank seems to have been Murphys 177 acre grant, unless David had earlier selected allotment 2 of section 6.
Application for title 29234 (by James and Peter Patullo in 1893) records that James Murphy sold his entire grant to David Patullo, farmer of Deep Creek, on 28-9-1852. The memorial of this conveyance (R 506) gives the purchase price as nine hundred pounds. The sketch of title mentions that the property had been sold in two pieces. Most of it, (170.5 acres) had been sold to William, Donald, Angus Duncan and John McNab, farmers of Bulla, on 11-2-1892. A road running along the northern boundary of the 177 acres turned to the south just west of the creek, obviously heading to a ford that linked the two parts of Craigbank (7A and 6 (2).) The 4 acres 3 roods between this southward section of road and a loop of Deep Creek was sold to Alfred Patullo, of Cubitt St, Richmond, produce dealer, on 1-12-1891.
Application 39872 (Maurice Quinlan 1912) tells us that John Moore Cole Airey, the grantee of 5B, became Viconde De Airey of Portugal and died in Lisbon on 17-7-1893. Had this British naval captain been rewarded for heroic deeds on behalf of an ally?
Aireys will of 30-7-1889 said that his farm of about 313 acres (Wildwood Rd taking the other 6 acres), called GLEN AIREY, was let to Mr Patullo for about 120 pounds a year.
Quinlan bought the southern 180 acres 3 roods 10 perches (which was still called Aireys) and William Michie made the northern portion part of his Cairnbrae.
It is likely that David Patullo was leasing the 442 acres between Craigbank and Wildwood in 1882. Application 5518 shows that the grantee (W. Shiels) sold it to Ralph Dixon of Woodside on 19-5-1857. Dixon mortgaged it to Paterson and, on 13-4-1869, it was sold to Walter Clark of Glenara by Paterson and Dixon. The sketch of title was completed on 15-9-1873 so Clark probably gained title soon afterwards. Walter died after falling from a buggy before the end of the year and Glenara (1378 acres) and farms along Oaklands Rd such as Dunalister and Nairn (1930 acres) were leased to Davis and Russell.
The Clark estate seems to have been sold in about 1890 so it is likely that David Patullo leased 13 (2) from about 1874 till about 1890.

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Cooper's Hill Drive was once known as Black St (after Neil Black, the Western District squatter granted* the 777 acre part of Gladstone Park north of Koonalda Rd)but was renamed because of confusion with the other part of the street. Mark Cooper owned much of the land between Coopers Hill Drive and Forman St. John Henry Cooper was without doubt his father. According to "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History" John Henry Cooper was originally a saddler, but he probably snapped up land forfeited during the 1890's depression and was described as a farmer in 1908 when his wife or widow applied for administration of his estate. Alma Koch, Mark Cooper's daughter (and granddaughter of Charles Nash of Fairview) told me all about her father but nothing about Grandfather Cooper. Alma probably never saw him.I bet the township's gossips had a field day when the complete story appeared on page 9 of The Argus of 22-5-1911!
* The name of George Russell appears on the Tullamarine parish map as grantee of "Stewarton" (Section 5) but he had purchased it on behalf of Black who was acting as agent for his father and other syndicate members including Stewart and Gladstone (the Prime Minister's cousin.)The farm's name changed from "Stewarton" to "Gladstone" in assessments shortly after John Cock leased it in 1892.

'Twas known as Broadmeadows till the days of the trains
In a picturesque valley cut through the plains.
The ancient St Pauls upon the hill
Looks down on the township which slumbers still.

Kingshott and Ted Wright made their anvils sing;
The Broady and Franklins for having a fling!
Jack Hoctor brought bread and Cargill the meat,
While Boundy's sold a range of goods very complete.

Mark Cooper had much land south of the creek.
When babies were due, Nurse Mitchell we'd seek.
Jim Ahearn was the man who kept peace in the town;
Albert Cook, Shire Secretary of well-won renown.

Up the hill going Greenvale way
Were the Orrs on Kia Ora growing hay:
The Campbells, Hatty, Attwood and Harry Swain
And Bob Jefferies' farm past Dench's Lane.

The monument stands where the windmill once stood.
Our boys went to war to prove their manhood
But grief came to parents, son or daughter;
At Gallipoli they were led like lambs to the slaughter.

On the tops of the hills, subdivisions grow fast,
But the township retains the charms of the past.

Broadmeadows Township was declared in 1850. It fulfilled what I presume were the two requirements for township sites: being on well-used routes and having a good supply of water. In the early 1870's the Government bought the failed Essendon railway and extended it to Sydney as the North Eastern Railway. The nearest station was at Campbellfield but that area became known as East Broadmeadows and finally Broadmeadows, which meant that, to avoid confusion, the old township became known as West Meadows. Just like Keilor whose nearest station was Keilor Road Station (later renamed Sydenham), Broadmeadows Township became a sleepy hollow. Both were service centres for local farmers, providing farm hands and goods but hardly self-sustaining.St Pauls was built in 1850 and served as a school for a while. The vicarage across Raleigh St was built later.

John Kingshott and his (brother?) operated smithies over the road from each other. Ted Wright took over the one on the garage site (I'd better say the east corner of Coopers Hill Drive, formerly Black St, and Fawkner St because of the way that service stations are disappearing today)and operated as a wheelwright. (George?)Kingshott had his forge on the site of the fruit Mart across Fawkner St. Once when a customer had left a horse to be shod the next morning, George was taken aback to discover it had changed colour overnight, courtesy of some local rascals and their whitewash. John Kingshott was appointed to the school committee so that it would not consist entirely of Presbyterians.

The Broadmeadows Hotel was on the present site with the Victoria Hotel a few yards further up the Ardlie St hill. The latter burnt down in about 1870 and Henry Franklin, the baker, built the Franklins Hotel on the west corner of Fawkner and Bent Sts. Jack Hoctor mistakenly believed that this was named after Sir John Franklin. This hotel also burnt down and the bluestone was used to build the vestry at St Pauls. When town houses were being built on the Bent St corner, the owner discovered the bluestone blocks lining the hotel's cellar; they are still there!

Jack Hoctor was the township's lamplighter and delivered bread for Anderson's bakery between the Oddfellows' Hall and the historic (1869?) bluestone bridge. Anderson's bakery and the old Coach House on the Broad St corner (where Jack was born) remain as reminders of the quiet village. Bob Cargill was the son of one of the township's original butchers. He lived on the north side of Raleigh St near St Pauls and his Victorian house remains. Like all butchers, he had a gum branch to swish flies away from his cutting cart. The death of Bob's young son caused great sadness in the town but he was buried at Bulla! It was assumed in the early days that if you lived near Broadmeadows you were a Scot and as far as I know, the Will Will Rook cemetery (Melway 7 B9)had no sections for each denomination as was the norm. For this reason, many Catholics from Broadmeadows were buried at Keilor or Bulla. The boy was killed when another boy's gun discharged accidentally on a rabbit hunt. The other boy's family (Gra--) felt so uncomfortable that they moved to near the site of the E.J.Whitten bridge.

Boundy's store was where the milk bar operates near the bridge and bike track. As well as cash trade, they operated a barter system whereby a local could, for example, supply eggs to buy goods.(George?) later expanded to Keilor Rd.

Mark Cooper's pioneering endeavours are recalled by Coopers Hill Drive. He was a farmer and related to the family of Charles Nash of Fairview (Melway 5 F6.). Nurse Mitchell was one tough lady. Once she entered the house and rolled up her sleeves, the most domineering husband became a compliant assistant or quickly disappeared, whichever was required. Jim Ahearn was the old-fashioned type of policeman who saved the time of busy magistrates by applying his boot to the backside of any youths who were getting out of hand; and those same rascals loved him for putting them on the right path.
Albert Cook was not only a much respected and long-serving shire secretary of Broadmeadows; he and his wife
brought up Norm Woods who won similar regard as secretary of Keilor Shire. They lived in a residence attached to the Old Shire Hall, another relic remaining in the township. When a more central hall was built on Glenallan (present site), Albert moved to Cook's Cottage (probably Peck's Wannaeue)which was on the Red Rooster site, across Pascoe Vale Rd from the east end of Mascoma St, Strathmore.

See my comment under RHYMES OF OLD TIMES IN TULLAMARINE about the Hatty website for details of the Orrs etc north of the township. Dench's Lane, named after a prominent butchering family, is across Mickleham Rd from Swain St which are both part of the boundary between the parishes of Will Will Rook and Yuroke.The next farm north of Bob Jefferies' was Hugh Williamson's Dunvegan which went to the Somerton Rd corner. Hughie was highly regarded as an amateur vet by local farmers.

There was a plantation just east of the bridge at the junction of Ardlie St and Raleigh St. In the old days there was no problem going around the war memorial and gas-lamp pole but by the 1950's when W.V.Murphy bought on Ray Loft's subdivision of "Broombank", the memorial had become a traffic hazard.Some townsfolk were upset when the monument was moved to its present site by Major Murphy. The town's water supply originally came from
the creek and that is why the early butchers were kept on their toes regarding pollution. "Lambs to the slaughter" is a direct quotation of Jack Hoctor's words. The poem was written in 1989 but much charm does still remain in 2012.
SOURCES: Jack Hoctor, Harry Heaps, Olive Nash, "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History", Sid Lloyd, George Lloyd's "Mickleham Road: 1920-1952".



They were leading a horse that they'd sold to McRae
Who lived near St Albans, over Keilor way;
Will Mansfield was driving, his son sitting near;
Stephen Hill,leading the horse, sat in the rear.

Will Mansfield and Stephen were mates at the school,
Spent their free time together as a general rule,
So Will's dad let him come on the trip o'er the river;
But his wife wasn't happy and spoke with a quiver.

With a look at the sky and the storm clouds that loomed
She pleaded, "Bill, don't go now or you'll all be doomed!"
But he reassured her as they clambered on board,
"I've been through deeper water than you get at Bertram's Ford."

Halfway there the sun vanished- came a curious silence-
Then the sky opened up with murderous violence;
The clouds, basalt black,turned day into night
As the three reached Arundel and turned to the right.

"Young Hilly, don't wind that rein round your arm;"
His friend's father said, "'twill bring you to harm!"
Then they ceased their descent, to the right they curved;
The roar of river the horses un-nerved.

But Bill urged them on and into the current;
Soon a horse lost its footing, so swift was the torrent
And the jinker was swept like a leaf in a gale;
Mansfield grabbed for his son who had started to wail.

By lightning above, the ghoulish scene shown,
The three from the overturned jinker were thrown.
Sounds of whinnies and screaming and, "Where are you son?"
And the Grim Reaper's harvest had already begun.

While the Mansfield lad to the murky depths sank
The towed horse's reins dragged his mate to the bank.
The father, now desperate, with a weakening yelp
Gasped, "Stevie, please Stevie, go and get help!"

At first, due to shock, comprehension he lacked
But his friend's father's plea soon made him react;
He mounted and thundered away up the slope,
And Bill dived again; he'd ne'er give up hope.

With the last of his strength, Mansfield surfaced again:
That would have been it- for lesser men.
But for Bill Mansfield, that would not suffice;
His son was worth any sacrifice.

By the time that help came it was far too late;
The son and the father had shared the same fate.
Miss Rowe and her pupils on the morrow
Would share the grieving widow's sorrow.

With William Mansfield and his son,William, was Steven Hill of "Danby Farm" (Melway 5 B3 approximately) and I believe these Mansfields were on the triangular 80 acres of section 15, Tullamarine (the Payne pig farm called "Scone" when acquired for the jetport c 1960)now occupied by the airport terminal buildings and north of Melrose Dr/Grants Lane. This land was owned by John Mansfield (memorial 106 595.)
The building of the Arundel bridge in 1906, to improve access to grantees on the Arundel Closer Settlement had started but, partly built, it was swept away by a torrent, ruining the contractor. A new contractor was found and the bridge was built not long after the Mansfield drowning. Stephen Hill escaped because he disobeyed instructions but if my memory serves me correctly, he was killed in world war 1. The McRaes were involved in the formation of the Oaklands Hunt while on Glenara and were related by marriage to the Mansfields.

The story behind the poem was told to me in 1988-9 by Wally Mansfield, Colin Williams and Gordon Connor, all independently of each other. Somehow, I gained the impression that the father, William John Mansfield was known as John but I have changed his name in the poem to Bill, just in case that wasn't the case. He was the only surviving son of John Mansfield who owned the airport terminal area.

Miss Rowe, the teacher at S.S.2163 (on the north corner of the present Melrose Dr and Link Rd)married Frank Wright who had Strathconnan, if I remember correctly, and was followed by Mr Rogers who (possibly) was the teacher when all the pupils disappeared to the Bone Mill at the end of Wright St one lunchtime and certainly was in 1908 when Colin Williams' head was split open in a playground accident. In 1909, Alec Rasmussen arrived, Saint Alec as I call him.

There are two things in the poem that I am not going to change at the moment. The newspaper article mentioned below states that the lad leading the horse was Phillip Hill but I'm not sure that Phillip wasn't his father. If his name was Phillip, why was S.Hill a pallbearer for the son's coffin? Call the second thing poetic licence if you like. When I was writing the poem, I had The Ballad of The Drover (Fifth Book, i.e. Grade 5 Reader)in mind. The article said that there was no particular flood at the time but I love the bit about the inky black sky turning day into night etc.

The article is on page 3 of the Sunbury News of 20-10-1906. The pallbearers lived near the present airport.The following locations are from Melway.
Fred Wright, blacksmith 5F8; Frank Wright, Strathconnan?; 5 H9, E.Wright,Ted Wright, the wheelwright mentioned in "Broadmeadows Nestles" who may still have been working with brother, Fred, at this stage; Peters Spiers, 101 acres 5 C7; W and A. McNab (Oakbank 4 J9 or Victoria Bank 4 F7), A.Grant, Seafield, 4 K7; T.Nash, Fairview, 5 F6 and 20 acres for dry cows (Broadacres Kennels and Cattery, 4 G4); B.Lane, Gowrie Park, 560 acres, 4 K3; J.Handlon, very old house demolished in the 1970's at bottom right hand corner of 5 G10; A. and F. Wright, Sunnyside or the northern half of Edmund Dunn's old Viewpoint, 6 A 12) and S.Hill(as above.)