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

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

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

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

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

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

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Research into Barbiston and William Grant, and then a "Hopetoun,Tullamarine" search led me to the man who changed his name. As I have spent countless hours trying to rediscover articles previously read, I prefer to use material as soon as I find it.

HOBBS - KOWARZIK. - June, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs, of Douglas, to Ken, only son of Mr. and Mrs.F.F. Kowarzik, of Tullamarine.(P.8, Argus,9-11-1946.)

AFTER the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria that PROBATE of the WILL, dated 14th January, 1941, of JOHN WALLIS MURRAY, late of 36 Waterdale rd.. Ivanhoe, in Victoria, chief steward, deceased, may be granted to Charles Fairfax Telford, hotel manager,
Temple Court Hotel, cnr. Queen and Little Collins streets, Melbourne, and Frederic Ferdinand Kowarzik, assistant manager, of Broadmeadows rd. Tullamarine, being the executors appointed by the said will.(P.16,Argus, 8-5-1947.)

KOWARZIK PALMER. Lorraine, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Kowarzik, Tullamarine, to Eric, only son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. Palmer, Tullamarine.(P.8, Argus, 7-2-1948.)

WINDFALL FOR AIRLINES ON "ROUTE FEES".Last night in Melbourne, Mr. F. F. Kowarzik, A.N.A.'s acting general manager, said the charges would now be withdrawn. (P.1, Argus, 13-8-1952.)

Mr. F. F. Kowarzik, previously assistant general manager for A.N.A., has been appointed general manager.
(PERSONAL. Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Thursday 30 July 1953 p 3 Article)

Plane Dealer Reports Us Offer For Ana - Google News
The general manager of A.N.A., Mr.F.F.Kaye, said in Melbourne last night that he wrote to Mr Howitt on August 2, acknowledging the offer. (P.1, Sydney Morning Herald, August 9, 1957.)

On 23-8-1857, Ansett-A.N.A.came into existence.

When I saw "Kowarzic" (sic)in Broadmeadows rates replacing the Wrights on the northern half of Viewpoint, I idly thought that the name would be more likely to be found on the Triangular Estate (bounded by today's Melrose Dr.,Broadmeadows Rd and Sharps Rd/Caterpillar Dr.)where many migrants settled in the 1950's.Then I found the same person assessed on "Strathconan" across today's Mickleham Rd from Freight Rd to just north of the freeway.

The Fannings have lived on "Sunnyside" (south corner of Loemans and Bulla-Diggers Rest Rd) for over 150 years. You can find all about the Fannings on Kathleen Fanning's wonderful FANNING FAMILY website. Ed. Fanning told me much of the Fanning story and that of Tullamarine Island almost two decades ago. After his school days, Ed. worked at Essendon Aerodrome and out of the blue he mentioned a fellow called Kowarzik who lived on the way to the aerodrome, was general manager of A.N.A., was persuaded to change his name and was ditched by Reg. Ansett when Ansett A.N.A. was established. Oral history can lead to mistakes but without Ed's story, I would never have been able to trace Frederic's name change as illustrated above!

In about 1950 there were only four properties between the road to old Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows) and the Moonee Ponds Creek from the Albion-Jacana railway bridge. They were Peter Cowan's dairy farm, "Gowanbrae", Palmer and Kowarzic on half each of "Viewpoint" and "Gladstone Park".

COWAN. - On August 30, at a private hospital, Moreland, Olive Beatrice, dearly beloved wife of Peter Cowan, of Gowan Brae, Tullamarine, late of Temora,N.S.W., and loving mother of Newell, Colin, Allan (deceased),
Jean (Mrs. Boon), and Olive (Mrs.Hayman), aged 68 years.(P.15,Argus,1-9-1955.)

The Cowan farm extended north to include Camp Hill Park opposite Green's corner (today's 711 garage.)

Charles Palmer's southern half of Viewpoint was formerly John Mansfield's "Grandview".

On Account of Mr. JOHN MANSFIELD,"Grandview," Junction of Bulla and Broadmeadows Road, TULLAMARINE.
(P.2, Argus,27-3-1917.)
Charles Palmer had bought 166 acres south of Gladstone Park in 1945 32 pounds 10 shillings per acre and in 1958 Stanley Korman bought his farm at 500 pounds per acre. Ansell and Cowen's(sic) dairy farm to the south was bought by a Korman company at an even more inflated price.(P.195 BROADMEADOWS;A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
Korman had the four properties mentioned previously but went broke so when I started the Kindergarten Association paper drive in about 1972, Charles' widow,living in the old timber homestead north of the Shawlands Dr. corner was a most friendly and hospitable supplier of papers. The Kowarzik half of Viewpoint included Scampton Drive and adjoined "Gladstone Park" at the Lackenheath Dr. corner.The boundaries of Strathconan have been described earlier.


Sale by Public Auction of Freehold Farm (166 Acres),Stone Dwellinghouse and Outbuildings, Household Furniture, Milch Cows, Horses, Carts, Harness, Farming Implements, and Dairy Utensils.
By Order of the Mortgagees And The Executors of the late Mr. Thomas Faithful.
for Positive and Absolute Sale Without the Least Reserve.

ALFRED BLISS has been favoured with Instructions from the mortgagees of the property and the executors of the late Mr. Thomas Faithful to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, on the farm, Tullamarine (one mile and a half from the Bulla Hotel), on Wednesday, January 4, at one o'clock, All that valuable FARMING PROPERTY,Containing 166 ACRES,
Fenced In with posts and rails and wire, and divided into four paddocks, 40 acres this year under cultivation, and 10 acres rye grass, half an acre garden, and the remainder grazing ground, on which is erected A SUBSTANTIAL STONE HOUSE, containing four rooms, two rooms of wood in the rear, four-horse stable and chaffhouse, barn, stockyard, cowsheds, &c.

This farm is for absolute sale, on account of the death of Mr. Faithful. It has a frontage to Jackson's
Creek, and is surrounded by the properties of Messrs.Loeman, Stewart, Moses Faithful, Heagney, and Smith ;
has a metalled road to it, is 17 miles from Melbourne, one mile and a half from Bulla Hotel, and close to the
Tullamarine school. A very excellent farming property, with comfortable residence.
This lot will be sold by order of the mortgagees. (P.2, Argus, 31-12-1870.)

Abraham Hodgkinson was the 3rd mate on the Royal Consort which left for Australia on 9-11-1843 and arrived on 18-2-1844. He was paid L8/19/6 for his duties, which indicates that he did not jump ship as many sailors did a decade later during the gold rush. On board as passengers were Thomas Faithfull 37, his wife Mary Ann 39, and their children: Harriet Ruby 19, Sarah Amelia 17, Henry 14, Jane 11, Moses 8, William 4 and Thomas 2. The Faithfull family must have soon arrived in this area for when their eighth and last child, Anne, was born on 9-6-1846 the birth was registered at Bulla.
Now it seems that Abraham Hogkinson, about 31 during the voyage out, was using his time off duty for more than sleeping. A certain 19 year old lass had caught his eye and he was to marry Harriet on 10-2-1850. Abraham was to live only nine years after his marriage but fathered eight children because he started early! Did they elope? The registrations of his childrens births indicate his whereabouts before buying land on Tullamarine Island:
Ester b. Moonee Ponds* & d. Melbourne 1845, Maria b. Gippsland 1848, William b. Keilor 1849, Marian b.1851 and Sarah b.1853 at Jordans Creek (up Castlemaine way), Thomas b.1855 Tullamarine, Harriet b.1857 Flemington (may have needed special medical care for the birth), Abraham b.1860 Tullamarine (d.1861.)
(*This meant anywhere along the Moonee Ponds Creek.)

Several of Thomas Faithfulls children married people who were or became residents on or near Tullamarine Island. The first, Harriet Ruby, married Abraham Hodgkinson on 10-2-1850, probably as the result of a Love Boat romance. Abraham was 3rd mate on the Royal Escort, on which the Faithfulls sailed to Australia in 1853-4, and must have made an impression on the 19 year old Harriet. Sarah Amelia married Henry Mildenhall who bought land from Abe Hodgkinson. Ann married David Mansfield of Roseleigh (later Glenalice just north of the e-w runway) just west of Deep Creek. The third daughter, Jane, married George Nicholls .
Henry Mildenhall is called Harry in title documents so it is possible that George Nicholls was the R.G.Nichols who bought lot 6 on section 10 for 120 pounds on 23-8-1854 and sold it to William Sharp(Harriets second husband) for only 60 pounds on 29-6-1865.(16 196 and 159 339)
Ann McArthur, who married William Faithfull, may have been a daughter of Peter McArthur, the grantee of the 338 acre Glenarthur, which is now covered by the western half of the Greenvale Reservoir. Two of Harriets children, Thomas and Harriet Hodgkinson married locals:Harriet Bedford (lots 1-3 section 10) and Alexander Robb (lots 49-51 on 13B, east bank of Deep Creek.)

Allotment A of section 11 was known to Bob Blackwell as Bulla Park. Its southern boundary, along Loemans Rd, is given in documents as 80 chains (a mile) but Melway shows it as 85 chains. This could be because the original survey was wrong or because Loemans Rd was moved 5 chains to the east at a later time. Its western boundary was 62.25 chains and its eastern boundary extended 40 chains north along Loemans Rd to the bend.
Thomas Faithfull bought the 333 acres from the grantees (Cay, Chapman and Kaye) for 1665 pounds on 26-7-1852. (21 821) On 10-9-1854, Thomas conveyed the eastern half of the allotment to his son, Moses, for L832/10/-. Its southern boundary went west 45 chains from the south east corner to compensate for the eastern boundary being only half a mile. (21 822)
Thomas kept the western half, which had a southern boundary of only 35 chains but its western boundary extended 62.25 chains north to the Saltwater River. He mortgaged it to Catherine McKinnon for 200 pounds on 16-5-1855 (26 587) and to John Catto for 200 pounds on 23-5-1857. (49 256) Moses mortgaged his portion to McKinnon for 200 pounds on 20-5-1857. (49 258)


SECTION No. 1, Tullamarine, tho property of Donald Cameron, Esq. Purchasers at the late auction sale by Mr. Dalmahoy Campbell, are hereby informed that a surveyor from the office of the undersigned will be in
attendance on Friday morning next, at 9 o'clock, to show their respective lots, which are now being pegged out. CHARLES LAING," surveyor, No. 20 Swanston-street, 21st February, 1854. 2151 24
(P.7, Argus, 24-2-1854.)

Most of the early story of section 1, Tullamarine is told in my journal HOW GLENGYLE BECAME ARUNDEL.

In his architectural thesis on Arundel (circa 1960), K.B.Keeley stated that Richard Hanmer Bunbury, the grantee of the 907 acre estate on 9-1-1843, had acted as a dummy for Cameron and soon sold it to him. It would seem to be Donald Cameron who called it the Glengyle Estate. With a whole shipload of Camerons arriving in early times,it is unwise to speculate too much but Donald may have been an early squatter whose sheep had scab and wandered off infecting other flocks in the parish of Bolinda,according to Isaac Batey. He also may have been the grantee of "Stoney Fields" near Somerton, later renamed Ruthvenfield by his family and later again, Roxborough Park by Brunton.

Title memorials show that, almost immediately after a property was bought,it was mortgaged in most cases and that when it was cleared another mortgage would be take place. This was most likely the reason that Donald Cameron had been forced to sell off portions of section 1 as mentioned above by the surveyor. That obviously did not help him much because mortgagees were advertising what would seem to be the remaining portion in 1855.

Sales by Auction.
To Farmers, Graziers, Hotelkeepers, Speculators and Others.
A Valuable Farm on the Saltwater River, near Keilor, Parish of Tullamarine, containing 468A. IR. 36P.
Also,The Caledonian Hotel, situated at Prahran. By Order of the Mortgagees.
SYMONS and PERRY have received instructions from the mortgagees to sell by public auction, at the Commercial Sales Room, on Monday, 18th inst., at twelve o'clock sharp,Without tho slightest Reserve,
All that valuable farm well known as the Glengyle Farm, Containing 468A. lR .36P., more or less, situated on the Saltwater River, being portion of the estate the property of Donald Cameron.Esq., being part of portion No. 1, parish of Tullamarine. There are from 150 to 200 acres in cultivation on the above farm, which are chiefly under crop, and the land is well known that, for richness of soil is unsurpassed by any in the colony.
(P.2, Argus, 12-6-1855.)

It was K.B.Keeley's contention that Bunbury had named Arundel and that Edward Wilson had sold off parts of the estate but as the above shows, Cameron named it Glengyle and sold off the portions that became Turner's, Ellengowan and Arundel.

The Glengyle Estate later formed most of the Arundel Closer Settlement except the eastern 1987 links (397 metres) of lots 7 and 8 (later Joe (Butcher) Thomas's "Tullamar") the eastern 4050 links (810 metres) of Alf Cock's"Glenview" on lot 10, and lot 9,known as Geraghty's Paddock.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On Argus 75 years.
The "Gentleman of Newmarket," possibly Victoria's best-known stockyard expert,died at Yea yesterday morning.
He was Mr. C. Peter Blom, who reported the Newmarket stock sales for The Argus for 75 years. He retired two years ago, at the age of 88, and had been living with his son-in-law, Mr. J. Lawson, licensee of the Grand Central Hotel, Yea.

Mr. Blom also wrote for stock journals and prepared reports for broadcasting. He was born at East Melbourne, where his father was head master of the St. Peter's School for Boys.Mr. Blom is survived by his widow, two daughters, and a son. The funeral will take place at Cheltenham on Tuesday. (P.5, Argus, 26-3-1951.)

Every historian has a duty to correct errors when they are noticed. I did not make my mistake in WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR in 1989,only writing his name as C.P.Blom when Keith McNab told me about him living on the second "Victoria Bank" on the north side of Barbiston Rd. Keith told me that Blom was an editor for a Melbourne daily and used to go home from work in a private bus. I did not make my mistake in TULLAMARINE : BEFORE THE JETPORT in 1998.
Page 23. 1926."C.Peter Blom, a noted journalist mentioned by Harry Peck in his MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN had obviously settled on Victoria Bank on the north side of Barbiston Rd and was the T.P.A.(Tullamarine Progress Association) President."
Page 24.1930."..., William Cusack on Aucholzie and Peter Blom is on Victoria Bank."

Relying on memory is a dangerous thing because in my mind Peter morphed into Percival. Along the way I found that his first name was Cornelius so you will see Cornelius Percival Blom all over the internet-which is my big mistake!

The second Victoria Bank was just north of directly over McNabs Rd from the first Victoria Bank. The Mansfield homestead "Roseleigh" on the south side of Mansfields Rd had wrongly been called "Victoria Bank" on a 1931 ordnance map (eight years before the Mansfields sold the farm and they certainly never called it Victoria Bank.) While writing about Victoria Bank,I mentioned the visit of two early descendants of Peter's to the property which the Courtney-Shaws had renamed the Rosebank Stud; Ned Courtney was a horse trainer.

Strangely,I found nothing when I did a trove search for Percy (or Percival) Blom,Tullamarine. I knew perfectly well that he should be there re the Newmarket Saleyards removal and the railway to Bulla in the 1920's. So I did a google search and found that a Blom descendant (nee Looby,born at Melton) was on Neil Mansfield's index for Bulla Cemetery. I also found that a Blom was the secretary of the Butchers' Union in the 1890's.

Having highlighted about two or three pages of articles etc.,with the intention of copying,in case it did not submit, I clicked paste and lost everything apart from Peter's nomination for the R.A.S.V. council. I'm going to have to rely on my memory (which despite turning Peter into Percival) isn't too bad.

On 25th ult., at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. H.H. P. Handfield, O.P.Blom, son of the late Captain
G. Blom, D.S., of Amsterdam, to Jessie, daughter of the late Mr. John Whiteway, of Darlington, Devon.


THE YOUNG LADIES' EVENING CLASS RECOMMENCES April 20-French, music. Mrs.Blom, St Peter's School, Melbourne.
(P.8, Argus,28-4-1862.)


BLOM -On tho 24th inst, at St Peter's School house,Jessie, wife of Otto Pieter Blom, aged thirty seven years.
(P.4, Argus, 25-10-1867.)

THE Friends of Mr OTTO PIETER BLOM are respectfully invited to follow tho remains of his late wife to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his residence, St Peter's school house, THIS DAY (Saturday), the 20th inst., at three o' clock.
(P.8, Argus, 26-10-1867.)

MR. BLOM, of St. Peter's, intends to RE-OPEN the EVENING CLASS for TEACHERS, wishing to qualify themselves to pass the examination required by the Board of Education, and for candidates for the Civil Service. For particulars, apply at the St Peter's School-house, Eastern-hill, Melbourne. (P.1,2-2-1869.)

BLOM.On the 26th inst., at his residence, Barbour-terrace, Illawarra-street, Williamstown, Otto Pieter Blom, principal of tho common school, Williamstown, aged 43 years. (P.1, Argus,28-11-1873.)

RICHARDSON BLOM. On the 17th inst., at the residence of the bride's aunt, Gore-street, Fitzroy, by the Rev. W. Macdermid, Frederick Thomas, second son of George Richardson, Violet Town, to Jessie, younger daughter of the late Otto P. Blom, Williamstown. (P.1, Argus, 21-7-1888.)

BLOM-MACDOWELL -On the 19th ult, by special license at St James's Church Melbourne, by the Rev. A C Kellaway, Pieter C Blom, youngest son of the late Otto Pieter Blom, of Williamstown, to Mabel Mary Helen MacDowell, eldest daughter of the late Swanston May MacDowell, of Her Majesty's Customs, Melbourne, and granddaughter of Colonel W.T N. Champ*, of Melbourne. (P.1,Argus,2-9-1890.)

*Biography - William Thomas Napier Champ - Australian ...
William Thomas Napier Champ (1808-1892), by J. W. Beattie ... He was largely responsible for the building of Pentridge gaol, and his administration was ..


BLOM.-On the 6th inst., at Woodhall, Walpole-street, Kew, the wife of Pieter C. Blom-a son.

BLOM.On the 17th August, at "Ecclestone," Dandenong-road, Oakleigh, the wife of Cornelius Pieter Blom --a daughter.(P.1, Argus,28-8-1902.) AND...
BLOM. On the 27th August, at "Ecclestone," Dandenong-road, Oakleigh, the wife of Cornelius Pieter Blom, eldest daughter of the late Swanston Macdowell and Mrs. Catherine Green, of Kew, and granddaughter of the late Colonel Champ, of Melbourne. (P.1, Argus,28-8-1902.)

BLOM.On the 9th August, 1906, the wife of C.P.Bloma daughter.(P.1, Argus, 11-9-1906.)

Braybrook Junction was an early name for Sunshine because the Ballarat and Bendigo lines joined there. Being close to both lines,it was a good spot for H.V.McKay to build his Sunshine Harvester factory from which came the suburb's name. Due the company's unwillingness to pay a fair wage,Judge Higgins wrote the Harvester Judgement,probably at Heronswood in Dromana,which resulted in the basic wage. Peter Blom was lucky that he was in the right train.

The Worker (Wagga, NSW : 1892 - 1913) Thursday 21 May 1908 p 31 Article
... . Mr. Kendall, station-master at Sunshine (Braybrook Junction), admitted that he gave a wrong signal to

Mr. Pieter Blom, who is well-known at the Flemington stock markets, was a passenger on the Bendigo train. "I was in the smoking compartment of the boudoir car, next but one to the engine," he said."When we were approaching Sunshine we felt a severe bump, and could not imagine what was the matter, though it did not
seem that anything serious had occurred. "Beyond the fact that one man had the rim of his hat broken, owing to his being jerked against the wall of the carriage, noharm was suffered by anyone in our compartment. One or two ladies in other compartments of the same carriage appeared to suffer from shock, but I don't think anyone
else in the Bendigo train was hurt.

"We all scrambled out of the train as quickly as possible when it was realised that dreadful damage had been done ahead. We found that the latter part of the Ballarat train, with which we had collided, had been completely wrecked. The scene was awful. We all joined with the railway officials in doing all we could for the relief of the suffering passengers on the Ballarat train."Judging by the number of apparently inanimate bodies that were lifted from the wrecked carriages, it appeared to me that from 12 to 15 people had been killed and
double that number severely injured."There did not seem to be any damage to the Bendigo train, with the exception ofthe engine, which could not move." (P.5, Argus, 21-4-1908.)

R.A.S.V. 1915.
The council of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria consists of 33 members,eleven of whom retire annually. Nominations for the election of new members(there being twelve vacancies to fill this year) have been received for the election at the annual meeting. The nominations include the eleven retiring members of the
council viz.:-J. A. Beattie of Gisborne Park; W. P. Brisbane, Gowrie Park, Weerite; C. W. Campbell, Mornington; H.A.Currie, Mount Elephant; T. A. Grant,Geelong; J. Lang, Heidelberg; W. M'Nab, Oakbank, Tullamarine; H.H.Peck, Pascoe Vale; A. D. Rowan, Werribee; Job Smith, Kew; G. L. Wilson, Berwick. The new candidates are:-A. C. Gibb, Campbellfield; C. P. Blom, Melbourne; and Clement Davidson, Melbourne. (P.23-1-1915.)

BLOM.-Killed in action, in France, on October 4, 1917, Gunner Ronald Champ, youngest son of C.P., and the late Mabel Blom, and dearly loved grandson of Mrs. Green, Reno, Kew, aged 20.
BLOM.-Killed in action, France, October 4, Gunner Ronald C. (Jack), youngest son of C, Pieter Blom, 21 Auburn grove, Auburn.

Classified Advertising
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 31 August 1920 p 2 Advertising

Had Peter moved to Tullamarine between August (see below) and October in 1925?

Representatives of the Tullamarine Progress Association, headed by the president (Mr. C. P. Blom), attended the meeting of the Town-planning Commission on Friday, and gave evidence in support of Oaklands Junction as a site for the new saleyards. The commission will again discuss the saleyards problem on Friday, and hopes soon to be in a position to issue a report on the subject. (P.12,Argus,26-10-1925.)

Keilor-Bulla Railway, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 5 May 1925 p 17 Article.
The paper called him G.P.Blom and the Tullamarine Progress Association President spoke of the benefits that the railway would bring,supporting an extension to Craigieburn. A battle over routes had put the proposal on the backburner. Peter didn't say which route he preferred but I'm sure that earlier he'd preferred the route on the east side of the Maribyrnong River/ Deep Creek (which Keilorites and Aberfeldie residents wanted) rather than along Bulla Rd through Tullamarine.

Sir.In my letter of last Saturday I did not attack Mr. A.J. Thaw, or the Bulla Railway League; in fact I commend them for their unremitting energies in trying to get the Bulla railway line built. Mr.Thaw does not want any opposition to his well laid plans and the last paragraph of his letter of 10th August proves this. I
do not know what stake Mr. Thaw has in the district but I do know that I am deeply interested in a hundred thousand pounds worth of houses and land at North Essendon which perhaps gives me the right to have my say. I have nothing to sell, as Mr. Thaw suggests, all my estates being disposed of and therefore no axe to grind personally. Disposing thus of his red herring, I would remind him that I received three invitations to meet the Railways Standing Committee at Tullamarine State school last Friday. All Friday morning I collected residential and subdivisional statistics of this charming locality of North Essendon, and armed with these I attended
the meeting. I informed Mr. C.P. Blom , and he conferred with the other gentlemen around him, and he informed me that they would be pleased to have my figures later in the debate. However, after one speaker had expressed the view that North Essendon and Tullamarine should be the dumping ground of the Coburg pig farms,
another painted a wonderful picture of the opportunities of extensive wheat and sheep farming 10 miles from Melbourne, and a third thought the value of freight of an obscure clay deposit would keep the railway going. To everybody's astonishment the spokesman stated to the committee that there was no further evidence, and the committee rose.

Mr. Thaw's remarks to-day that "an opportunity was given for anyone present to speak for or against the
proposal" is not correct. The line will undoubtedly be a suburban one, and the fares, not the freights, would be its mainstay. Evidence of the rapid growth of this beautiful and healthy district was sought by the committee, but no evidence was allowed to be tendered on this subject. May I add that the Railways Standing Committee was scrupulously fair in this matter, and it was only the conduct of a few residents of Keilor in stifling discussion at the meeting to which I refer. I have abundant evidence that this section does not want the Bulla road-North Essendon corner of the Shire of Keilor to go ahead, and have gone out of their way
to put every opposition in the way of development, but the first and natural development of this beautiful district has confounded them. The paramount matter however is to get the Bulla road route for the Bulla railway line, and to get it quickly.There has been quite enough talk, juggling and wire-pulling over this line already,
and the little section at Keilor flatter themselves if they think they can bluff the Railways Standing Committee.Yours, &c., C.H. NELSON. Equitable Buildings, Aug. 11. (P.16, Argus,11-8-1925.)

At Tullamarine evidence was given by Mr. C.P. Blom (Essendon Progress Association), who submitted the consolidated views of the association's central executive railway league. The route favoured by the league, he said, would begin at the showgrounds in the vicinity of Epsom road, and thence go parallel to Epsom road, across the Maribyrnong River, thence across Buckley street and west of the Keilor road state school to a point north west of Bulla. (P.32, Argus,8-8-1925.)

Following a motion of thanks to new member of Parliament,Mr Pollard for attending Cr J.D.McFarlane's dinner:
Mr. Blom, in seconding the motion,disclaimed any bias in political matters. In the old days he had been
associated with Messrs Trenwith, the great debater, Hancock, of the Typographical Society, and the present
Chief Secretary, Mr. Prendergast. He had had many ideas in common with them, although he did not hesitate to say that all of them, himself included, entertained some crude notions. (Laughter.) Labor was quite worthy of its present position, but he advised care in tackling questions. He joined in wishing Mr.Pollard every success in parliament.(P.6,Sunshine Advocate, 9-7-1927.)

Peter must have been a bit slack about keeping his animals from going walkies.

Cr. Fox moved that P. Blom be written to in connection with his fencing. Cr. Butterley seconded. Carried.
(P.5, Sunshine Advocate,11-4-1930.)

BLOM.On March 25, passed peacefully away at private hospital, Yea, C. Pieter Blom, dearly loved husband of Mildred, loved father of Hoy, Helen and Ena (Mrs. Lawson), and father-in-law of James Lawson, aged 88 years.
BLOM.The Funeral of the late Mr C. PIETER BLOM will leave Tobin's chapel, Flemington road, Melbourne,TOMORROW, (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. for the New Cheltenham Cemetery.Tobin Brothers.P.16, Argus,27-3-1951.)

BLOM (nee Mitchell). - On June 11, Mildred Beatrice, relict of the late Cornelius Pieter Blom loved mother of Ena and Helen, and mother-in-law of James Lawson, of the Brooklyn Hostel, Braytonville, aged 77 years. -At rest.
BLOM. On June 11, Mildred Beatrice, dearly loved gran of Kay and Boyle, and great-grandmother of Philip and Paul. At rest.
BLOM. On June 11, Mildred Beatrice, deeply loved gran of Jacqueline, Damien, and Pieter Lawson. At rest.
(P.12, Argus,13-6-1956.)

"MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN" is available online.
Mr. Walker was the fastest cattle salesman that Newmarket has ever seen. He would sell a whole lane in 12 to 15
minutesand it took a mighty smart clerk, like Peter Blom, who was with him early, to keep up with him.
P.15.with him at billiards.
Of the regular habitues at Newmarket, who does not know Peter C. Blom? To-day he is the able reporter of
Newmarket sales for The Argus. Peter joined J.C.Walker and Co. as a boy, and after rising to a responsible position in the firm, was appointed the first secretary of the Associated Stock and Station Agents, with John
Murray Peck as the first chairman on April 6, 1888. This berth he held for many years. To his credit be it said, that although he must have been well over age, he enlisted for service in the Great War, and on his return took up his present appointment.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Alfred Taylor - Reocities (VICTORIA BEFORE 1848.)

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

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

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

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

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

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


Samuel Lazarus, who registered the death of Sidney Jim (buried in the Will Will Rook cemetery) was the second teacher, after John Cassidy, at the Seafield National School in Tullamarine,according to the Historic site assessment below,which quoted my journals extensively (although itellya did not exist until 2011) and has so many mistakes that I'll have to write a journal to correct them.
Historic Sites Assessment - Department of the Environment
May 2, 2014 - The Tullamarine area was settled early in Melbourne's history with ...... The first teacher was J. Cassidy followed by Samuel and Fanny Lazarus ...

One mistake that should not have happened was the continuation of the mistaken belief that the second Victoria Bank was in Mansfields Rd. The second Victoria Bank was established by Angus McNab on about 93 acres (part 13A, Tullamarine,previously occupied by Agnes?-Ritchie) fronting the north side of Barbiston Rd. Much later it was subdivided into blocks of about 10 acres, one of these amusingly called THISTLEDOME. This name had me baffled me for a while until I twigged that it meant-This will do me! When I interviewed Mrs Shaw at the homestead that Angus McNab had built,the house had been renamed ROSEBANK. The Mansfield homestead on the south side of Mansfields Rd has always been called ROSELEIGH so you'll see how confusion of ROSEBANK and ROSELEIGH caused the mistaken conclusion that the second Victoria Bank was in Mansfields Rd and owned by the Mansfields.

A history is only as good as its sources. Heritage studies are often used as sources. I have notified several councils of errors in their studies but I have been told that once a study has been accepted it can't be changed. Simon Lloyd, a great loss to Mornington Peninsula Shire, fortunately saw it differently and referred perpetuated errors re Edward Jones' Spring Farm at Moorooduc to the study's author,along with my evidence. Hume Council did not correct the error of calling Roseleigh the second Victoria Bank or notify Gary Vines, the author of the above study, which I will examine page by page. You will need to download the study.

Historic Sites Assessment - Department of the Environment

P.iii. Cultural Heritage Assessment Results.
3rd paragraph.
A number of early farms date from the early 1850's including the McNab brothers' Seafield, Oak Bank and Victoria Bank should read:
..........from 1848,when they were settled (Victoria and its Metropolis,Keith McNab,Newspaper article about THE CLAN MCNAB circa 1960), including John Grant's "Seafield" and the McNab brothers' Victoria Bank and Oakbank to the south

P. iv. 2nd dot point should be Roseleigh,Mansfields Rd. (It is NOT the second Victoria Bank.)

P. 13. No error but it could be mentioned that the Ritchie's Ruin site on 12B is on a farm known to the late Bob Blackwell and Ed Fanning of Sunnyside as "Overpostle". It included some 11B land as well.(Bulla rates,title documents.)

Hermes No. 11985. To provide access to the recent Arundel Closer Settlement from Keilor Rd in 1906,a contract was let for the trestle bridge but a flood washed away the partly completed bridge, ruining the contractor. A new contractor finally built the bridge which opened early in 1907,too late for William John Mansfield and his 6 year old son, William John, who had drowned trying to cross Bertram's ford.

The construction of a bridge over the Saltwater River, which was to provide communication between the Arundel Estate and the township of Keilor, was in progress when the floods of last September came and washed away a considerable portion of the structure.After experiencing considerable difficulty,the Keilor Shire Council let
another contract, and this has now been satisfactorily settled etc. (P.18, Argus, 14-9-1907.)The bridge was about 20 metres east of Bertram's ford on Milburn land and was sometimes called Milburn's Bridge. (P.3, Sunbury News, 17-8-1907, Correspondence.)

Table 2.
Hermes No.8734. The location is vague but this could be the quarry from which Dewar's Metal was extracted in about 1863. (Source noted on trove and remembered because Grant's Lane was so-named so early. The newly formed Keilor Road Board had requested Broadmeadows Road Board to use Dewar's metal on Grant's Lane. Source not found, probably because of poor digitisation of key words.)

Hermes No. 8736. Delisted site 09/12/2009. Ford, with basalt floaters, across Moonee Ponds Creek between original Portion 15 and Portion 7 (Yuroke). Could date 1842- late 1860s, when these portions were purchased respectively. It should read "portion 7, Will Will Rook".

The ford would have been to get from one farm to another rather than a creek crossing on a road. The two farms would have been Glendewar on section 15 and Cumberland (the whole of section 7 WILL WILL ROOK . The only known connection between the two farms is the Johnson family of Glendewar which moved to Cumberland (obviously after the death of Alexander McCracken circa 1915)most likely in about 1920 and later returned to Glendewar, probably because the beautiful Cumberland homestead was burnt down (in 1927?) They built a new homestead on Glendewar. (Johnson descendant who wrote Seeds of Time and another book available for perusal at Woodlands Homestead;Keith Brown?)

D7822-0201 8841 Glen Alice Homestead
Concrete footings and slabs of outbuildings related to Glenalice homestead. Homestead itself appears to have
been destroyed during runway and service road construction.
Former Sect. 14. Perimeter Rd on Nth side of present E-W runway

Comment. This should be the southern (Fawkner) half of 13A.

D7822-0209 10403 Larundel Orchard Earth Mound
Small rectangular earth mound measuring 6.4 x 5.1 metres Overnewton Rd, Kingsbury

Comment. I presume Kingsbury was supposed to be Keilor. The only Overnewton Rd in my 1999 Melway is at Keilor. I could find no mention on trove of a Larundel Orchard at Keilor, nor an Arundel Orchard. William Taylor probably owned Arundel for about two decades before it was resumed for the Arundel Closer Settlement and may have had a ford to get across the river to Arundel. It is also possible that a heritage place card for the Kingsbury area,about an orchard associated with the Larundel Mental Institution just past Kingsbury, was accidentally filed under Keilor,but why would it have Overnewton Rd on it? A google search for "Overnewton Rd, Kingsbury" produced only one result,namely:
larundel orchard earth mound - Victorian Heritage Database
Location. OVERNEWTON ROAD KINGSBURY, DAREBIN CITY. Google Maps and Google Streetview. Heritage Inventory (HI) Number. D7922-0209. This states the location as DAREBIN, so the orchard obviously was associated with the mental institution near Kingsbury. What a tangled mess!




Naming of the grid squares would be as in Melway with the westernmost partial column of (probably partial) squares being labelled A, the next B and so on. The northernmost row of squares (or partial squares) would be labelled 1. In this way, a square mile would be divided into 16 small squares. Thus the Seafield National school site on Grants Rd could be (this is only an estimate) Section 8 Tullamarine, J 8. Each grid square could be divided into nine smaller squares named north west, north centre,north east;west centre,centre, east centre; south west,south centre and south west. Thus the school site could be described as (an estimate):
Section 8, Tullamarine, J8 n.w. Now the area in which to locate the heritage site measures only 132 x 132 metres instead of 400 x 400 metres ( whole grid squares.) Incidentally Mr Melway made his grids exactly the same size as I suggested but because Melway north is true north and parish maps use magnetic north,it is impossible to describe the location of a farm accurately with a Melway reference.

Instead of the above, G.P.S. co-ordinates could be given. Preferably both descriptions could be used as a fail-safe procedure so we know whether the heritage site under discussion is likely to become part of Melbourne Airport OR NEAR KINGSBURY!

Victoria Rd Homestead (H 7822-0352). Victoria Rd may have been so-named on a plan of John Carre Riddell's Camiestown Estate but appeared on every road directory I've ever seen as Victoria St until the freeway was built and the part south of it was called Greenhill St and the southern part of Wright St was called Springbank St. Tullamarine old timers called Victoria St NASH'S LANE because of Charles Nash's farm, FAIRVIEW, which fronted its eastern side. Part of Mercer Drive leading to the taxi holding area is on part of the closed Greenhill St. Victoria Rd homestead should properly be called FAIRVIEW HOMESTEAD.
Google "Victoria Road Homestead, Tardis". (They quoted itellya but didn't call him that.)

Wright St homestead ruins are most likely the remains of the "Sunnyside" homestead built by Wallis Wright and owned from 1923 by William Heaps. This farm is discussed in the Tardis archeological survey re the Victoria Rd homestead.

H7822-2308 185972 Oaklands Road paving
Area of paving beneath boxthorn bush, handmade bricks, surface scatter of ceramics and glass.
Cnr of Oaklands and Somerton Rds .

The fault here would lie with the heritage place card. I might be able to shed some light on the origin of the relics if I knew which corner they are on. Surely north west,south west,north east or south east could have been inserted in front of "corner". If it was the N.E. corner,the paving could be connected with implement manufacturer James Musgrove or later Percy Bockholt's shearing depot.

Page 16. Annandale Homestead ruins (H7822-2322.) The government resumed section 1 (Arundel) and part of section 2 (Annandale)in about 1906 to establish the Arundel Closer Settlement. George Annand was the grantee of section 2 and seemed to have sold it to William Taylor. It also seemed to be leased to local farmers*,probably for grazing and it is doubtful that a house was built on section 2 before 1906.

*TO LET, 640 acres of LAND, known as Annandale,parish of Tullamarine, near Keilor, and recently in the occupation of Edward Wilson, Esq., Arundel.(etc.)(P.8,Argus,15-7-1869.)

Cr Bill Parr bought the north eastern part of Annandale,retaining that name for his farm.He was living there by 1918 when his mother,known to all as Ma Parr, died.

PARR.-The Friends of Mr. JAMES H. PARR are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his dearly beloved wife, Emily, to the place of interment, the Bulla Cemetery.
The funeral will leave the residence of her son,William, Annandale road, Tullamarine, TO-DAY (Wednesday, 17th July), at 2 o'clock. (P. 1, Argus,17-7-1918.)

From what I remember the house was red brick with a walled verandah to about chest height and concrete pillars from there supporting the verandah roof. The homestead was located near the top right corner of Melway 15 D2. The Keilor rates of 1913 show that Bill Parr was assessed on 165 acres of section 2, and Thomas and Arthur Nash another 165 acres of section 2 east of the closer settlement,the boundary between their farms possibly being the future route of South Centre Rd, which could be confirmed on the airport acquisition map circa 1960. Bill's 165 acre farm adjoined his father's The Elms (originally Elm Farm)in Bulla Rd, through which the north-south section of Link Rd now runs, which Bill's brother,the whiskerless Sam, inherited.

Glenview homestead (H 7822-2323) has been demolished,probably because Johnny Fenton died. He bought Glenview from my great uncle, Alf Cock, and renamed it Dunnawalla. If it had not been for John supplying me with a list of ten Tullamarine oldtimers,there would never have been an itellya. After airport acquisition,John was allowed to lease all of Dunnawalla apart from the radio tower area.The homestead was only a few metres east of the long hill climb eastwards up Annandale Rd from the creek (Melway 15 A or B1.)

£19,000 FOR 252 ACRES
MELBOURNE. A 252-acre farm at Tullamarine, only 10 miles from Melbourne, has been sold for nearly £19,000.
The property, Glenview, was used by the vendor, Mr. A. Cocks (sic), for fattening lambs and wool growing, but he also won prizes at the Royal Melbourne Show with wheat and oats grown there.The purchaser, Mr.J. H. Fenton, will use it for grazing. (The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW : 1906 - 1957) Friday 24 June 1955 p 34 Article)

Glenview consisted of lot 10 of the closer settlement,nearly 115 acres, and about 137 acres to the south in section 20 Doutta Galla.

PAGE 19. Historic Background.
Paragraph 3. OH DEAR!
The study states:
In 1834 John Batman, a grazier and businessmen, arrived in Port Phillip from Van Diemens Land.

The Australian Dictionary of Biography states:
On 1 May 1835 Batman gave Gellibrand a zero date for departure, and asked for the draft of a treaty with the Port Phillip natives. On 15 May the press published his intention; on 13 June it announced his triumphant return.

The study states:
With John Pascoe Fawkner, Batman formed the Port Philip Association to legitimise land claims in the district (Calder, 2002).
Calder needs to read C.P.Billot's THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER. The aims of Batman and Fawkner were completely opposed, the former aiming to establish a pastoral empire and the latter a settlement.
If Batman had said that snow was white,
Fawkner would have said, "No, black!" out of spite.

Fawkner was certainly not a member of the Port Phillip Association!

PAGE 20.
A source for Alexander Kennedy building the Inverness Hotel in the 1850's is I.W.Symonds' BULLA BULLA.
In case detail is required,this might be better:

Figure 2 is supposed to be a map of squatters' runs but is simply a composite map showing portions of the parishes of Maribyrnong, Tullamarine,Jika Jika(J.P.Fawkner), Will Will Rook, Bulla (Brodie,Wright, Greene*) and Yuroke. Those named on the map indicate their grants. The Brodies were squatters all right, until the parishes were surveyed, at which time they could buy as much of their former run as they liked (in competition with other buyers) and lease their pre-emptive right (usually a 640 acre homestead block) until they were ready to buy it(without competition) or failed to pay the yearly fee. None of the others named had been squatters in the area although Fawkner, the great opponent of the Squattocracy had leased the Monjetta? run, until the 1843 bust, which gave Monagetta its name. (Symonds or Richard Broome's BETWEEN TWO CREEKS?)

*Ann Greene's name is written on 2C Yuroke, subdivided by Machell in the early 1850's, and bounded by Section, Somerton and Mickleham Roads and Swain St on the south. It should be on section 2, Bulla, south of William (Tulip)Wright's section 3.

PAGE 20-21.
The study states, at the start of the last paragraph on page 20:
Section 1, south of the present study area, was known as Arundel when occupied by the Bertrams, and later
Glengyle Estate when the Guthries lived there.

Comment. Section 1 was originally called the Glengyle Estate. The Guthries called it Glengyle and Thomas Bertram later used this name for their portion near Bertram's Ford before changing it to Ellengowen. See the proof of this in newspaper articles in my journal:

The study states:
. Sections 6 and 15 (the latter overlaps the north-eastern extent of the present study area slightly, the former is east of the south-eastern corner) were granted to John Carre Riddell; the part which fronted present day Mickelham Road north of Londrew Court (probably Section 6) © Biosis2013 Leaders in Ecology and Heritage Consulting 21 became known as Chandos (later when owned by Wright it was known as Strathconnan, then Springburn when owned by Lockhart, and later Chandos when owned by Judd). Bamford built his timber house here. Riddell later swapped this land with Fawkner (Itellya, 1998)

Riddell sold "Chandos" to John Peter very early (Volume 170 folio 2). The Peter family (which also owned Overpostle on Tullamarine Island for some time)leased Chandos out to local farmers for many decades until early in the 20th century. It is possible that Peter had lived on the property for a while. The late Colin Williams told me that the Tullamarine kids used to swim at a waterhole called the bone mill which was at the north end of Wright St and owed its name to a bone mill (producing lime for mortar or to break up the clay soil of the area?)established by Charles and John Nash. The late Jack Hoctor told me that the Broadmeadows Township kids used to swim at Peterson's Hole on Chandos. As lengthy research find to find any connection between PETERSON and CHANDOS, I believe the name of the latter hole morphed from Peter's son's hole.

Chandos was bounded on the south by the boundary between sections 3 and 6 Tullamarine which is best seen as the northern boundary of Trade Park Industrial Estate (Melway 5 G-H 11) but near the road to Broadmeadows Township (Mickleham Rd)is the mid line between Londrew Court and Freight Rd. The south west boundary was the n.w.-s.e. part of Derby St to Wright St (the western boundary),the northern boundary was the Moonee Ponds Creek and the eastern boundary was the unmade Hackett St of Broadmeadows Township to Fawkner St and then Old Broadmeadows Rd.

The above passage from the study gives the impression that the whole 466 or so acre Chandos was owned in turn by Wright,then Lockhart,then Judd. The reality is that Chandos became three farms occupied simultaneously by the three families for many years as shown by Broadmeadows Shire assessments and the following trove results in italics.

The northern 123 acre farm was Percy Judd's Chandos Park which went south to the south end of Pelican Court which indicates the boundary between section 15 and 6. For some unknown reason the boundary went west for 1668 links (about 334 metres) and, after a shot dogleg north west,the remaining 3384 links to Wright St.

Opposite Post Office. And "Chandos Park,' BROADMEADOWS. (P.2,Flemington Spectator,28-2-1918)

JUDD. On the 24th October, 1933 (suddenly),at her residence, 40 Maribyrnong road, Moonee Ponds, Maria Ann, beloved wife of Charles Henry Judd, and loved mother of Percy and mother-in- law of Ruby, fond grandma of Bob, Allan, and Heather, of Challos* Park, Broadmeadows, aged 74 years. (P.1,Argus,25-10-1933.)

The middle portion,consisting of 198 acres,was bought by Cr.John Cock (my great grand daddy)who had earlier owned or leased the whole of Chandos from the Peter Estate. This later became Cr. William Lockhart's "Springburn". Its southern boundary is indicated by the end of International Drive. The eastern end of Western Avenue was known as Lockhart's Corner.(Keith McNab.)

LOCKHART (nee Rhodes) - On the 18th August, at Llandysil, Scott street, Essendon, to Mr and Mrs F. W. Lockhart, of Springburn, Broadmeadows -a son (Both well. )(P.7, Argus,22-8-1936.)

The southern portion,consisting of 140 acres, was Frank Wright's Strathconan. Frank married Jessie Rowe who had transferred from the Holden school to Tullamarine State School 2613 at the Conders Lane (now Link Rd) corner in 1903.When they married,Mr Rogers took over the school until Alec Rasmussen arrived in 1909(during which time Colin Williams split his head open and all the pupils disappeared one hot lunchtime for a swim at the Bone Mill The late Harry Heaps wanted the subdivision street on his Bulla Rd property named to recall his former neighbour but unfortunately Strathconnan Square does not have the same spelling as that seen on trove or match Harry's pronunciation (with the long o sound.)

.-A very enjoyable evening was spent in the Tullamarine State School on September. 28th, when about eighty of the scholars and their friends assembled to say goodbye to Miss J.T.Rowe, the late head teacher, who has severed her connection with the Education Department.----- During an interval, the correspondent of the local Board of Advice, Mr J.H.Parr, presented Miss Rowe, on behalf of the scholars and their friends,with ---- (and described Miss Rowe as a diligent,capable,and sympathetic teacher, who during the time she had been at the school-some five or six years-had won the hearts of the scholars as well as the esteem of the parents. He also
said that although sorry to lose such a good teacher they had the pleasure of knowing that Miss Rowe would
not leave the district, but as Mrs Frank Wright would still reside amongst them (Cheers). (KEILOR SHIRE NEWS
Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Saturday 10 October 1908 p 1 Article)

WRIGHT. On the 22nd April, Frank, second son of the late Wallis and Mary Wright, Tullamarine. (Interred Bulla Cemetery, April 23.) (P.13,Argus,25-4-1936.)

The last sentence before the page 21 map states:
Bamford built his timber house here. Riddell later swapped this land with Fawkner (Itellya, 1998).

These two sentences are part of the study's discussion of Chandos so the first sentence is correct.My memory is pretty good but unfortunately my recollection of the source of the photo of William Bamford's timber house in Ashford Crescent was not correct. I thought it was in Andrew Lemon's BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY but it must have been in Sue O'Callaghan's BROADMEADOWS HISTORY KIT which might be hard to locate. I may have accessed it at Gladstone Park High School when the most helpful Jenny Shugg was the council librarian in the shared library. (Without Jenny,Rosemary Davidson at Tullamarine and Bev Brocchi at Niddrie there would never have been an itellya.)

As I last saw the history kit a quarter of a century ago I have no idea where it is now located and will have to rely on a memory that William Bamford bought Percy Judd's Chandos Park in 1949. (I can check the Bamford entry in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND if anybody wants this confirmed.)

Among those noticed lunching were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bamford, of Chandos Park, Broadmeadows; their son, John;
Mrs. Lin Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gallagher and Mrs. J. X. O'Driscoll.(P.10,Argus, 24-8-1954.)

However,the second sentence wrongly implies that Riddell swapped Chandos with Fawkner. The parish of Tullamarine was surveyed by 1842. A descendant of E.E.Kenny told me that Melrose Drive,then known as Macedon road was surveyed in 1847. Therefore it cut through crown allotments all the way from North Melbourne to Bulla, including sections 7 (Fawkner), 6 and 15 (Riddell). Fawkner sold the north east corner of section 7 (roughly Melway 5 E-F7)to Riddell and Riddell sold the south west corner of section 6 (roughly Melway 5 F 9-10)to Fawkner. Neither of these triangles included any part of Chandos (roughly Melway 5 H-J 6-10.

PAGE 21.
White pages show the Fannings to be still living at Sunnyside.
Fanning E J Loemans Rd, Bulla VIC 3428.

The COGHILLS also purchased Cumberland, across the Moonee Ponds Creek from sections 15 and 16 Tullamarine in the parish of Will Will Rook,most likely from the grantee,Thomas Wills. Glencairne was purchased by Walter Clark in 1856. The Clarks of Glenara had no e in their surname!

PAGE 24.
The last 4 lines before table 4 read:
. In 1856, George Coghill mortgaged his property Glencairn (northern half of Section 13A,
17B and part of Section 16) to Henry Miller (Itellya, John Pascoe Fawkner's Co-operatives North-west of
Melbourne, Vic., Australia, 2013). George Coghill's half of Section of 13A and Fawkner's Section 13A Lots 1-14
later became Glenalice, owned by George's son Walter Coghill (Itellya, 2013).

Comments. It is possible that Walter Clark bought the northern half of 13A from Henry Miller. This land was part of Glenara,not Glenalice. The last sentence should read:
Fawkner's section 13A lots mainly became the Mansfield farm, "Glenalice". Some lots adjoining section 14 were occupied by Charles Farnes,leading to the corner of McNabs and Mansfields Rds being called Farnes' Corner.

P.24-6. TABLE 4 and TABLE 5.
I can supply Biosis with a map of the Fawkner subdivision lots transposed on Melway from descriptions in countless title documents.

Page 26. William and Kezia Trotman would have moved to SPRINGFIELD crown allotment 9 o of the parish of Yuroke,not Springvale. SPRINGFIELD was on the north east corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds and was much later split into two halves; the northern half became the Gamble family's "Brocklands" (now Aitken College and a recent housing estate) and the southern half was owned by Wal French after whom French Rd was named.

The information about William and Kezia Trotman quoted by Moloney and Johnson in 1998 probably came from Annette Davis's GREENVALE : LINKS WITH THE PAST which discussed the Trotman connection with the Greenvale Primitive Methodist Church in some detail. Their mistake in calling it Springvale is yet another example of a mistake in heritage studies not being corrected and thus being perpetuated as gospel.
N.B.1. Annette Davis now has a new surname under which she has been quoted in relation to this history.
2. Annette wrongly showed John Lavars' Greenvale Hotel on the north east corner of Somerton and Mickleham Rds. It was actually on the south west corner,not on Springfield.

The next paragraph discussed GLENALICE and states:
The Glenalice homestead was constructed in bichrome brick and located west of the present east-west
runway; it was sold in 1939 for a poor price and is thought to have been demolished around 1965 (Itellya,
2013). The Roseleigh homestead owned by Ernest Coghill****, Walter's brother, was situated on the south side of
Mansfield Road in Section 13B.

Glenalice,like many new farm homesteads (such as the Crotty family's second Broomfield homestead on the site of the Honda riding school in Sharps Rd)was built with forfeited deposits and part payments from speculators. Glenalice was inherited by Walter Mansfield, son of David Mansfield. Roseleigh,on the south side of Mansfields Rd (which I will remind you was NOT the second Victoria Bank)was inherited by Ernest Mansfield brother of Walter Mansfield. Walter and Ernest are wrongly assumed to be members of the Coghill family in the passage quoted above. (Joe Crotty,Keilor Rates,THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY by Neil Hamilton Mansfield.)

PAGES 26-7. TABLE 6.
A map showing Fawkner's section 6 and 7 subdivision lots transposed onto Melway will be supplied if requested.

The study states:
The Mansfields went on to buy most of the blocks on either side of Mansfield Road, including most of Fawkner's subdivision lots and Coghills property, purchased by David Mansfield (Itellya, 1998) (Itellya, 2013).

Comment. The Coghill northern half of 13A was always part of Glenara and was never bought by the Mansfields!

The study states:
. In 1891, David Mansfield sold two properties of 343 and 320 acres to M. Herman, who was listed as the owner (nobody-else was listed as occupant, Error! Reference source not found.)
Another source states that the Roseleigh cottage (also known as the second Victoria Bank), on the south side of
Mansfield Road in Section 13B, was probably built 15 or more years after the property was settled by the
Mansfield family rather than by Ernest Coghill.

Neil Mansfield had wrongly assumed in THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY that David had owned Gowrie Park (section 14, parish of Tullamarine.) I sent him an email to convince him that this was not so containing much information from shire of Bulla rates. I most likely included this special year by year research in a new journal about David Mansfield and that was probably the reference source not found.

Not all parish maps show grantees and one shows Gowrie Park as being owned by Marks Herman as well as many sections up Oaklands Rd being labelled GLENARA ESTATE (such as section 8, "Dunalister", named after young Alister Clark, which was renamed Balbethan and today is partly the Oaklands Junction quarry.)

The "other source" that wrongly called "Roseleigh" the second Victoria Bank was a heritage study for the City of Hume on the part of the municipality that was "the former shire of Bulla". To give credit to Gary Vines,he presented this as a theory rather than a fact and realised that there was something wrong about ERNEST COGHILL. See Ernest Coghill**** at start of page 27 in the journal.

The Roseleigh homestead was built in 1870 if my memory is correct.

The study states:
Kaye, Chapman and Kaye, the original purchasers of Sections 11, 12 & 13, sold Section 12B in December 1852 to brothers John, James and Malcolm Ritchie, farmers of Merri Creek. Section 12B is bounded by Deep Creek to the east and Jacksons Creek to the south, on the eastern boundary of the study area. The Mitchells went on to purchase part of Section 11B, all of 12B, and east of Deep Creek parts of Section 13A and 13B; by 1883 they had formed the 1005 acre property Aucholzie (shown in 1931 map in Figure 8).

Comments. (See bold type above.)
Section 13 should be 18B,near Glenloeman. Mitchells should be Ritchies. 13A and 13B should be 13B and 9A.

PAGE 27-8.
The Aucholzie homestead was still standing but decaying and unoccupied in about 1989 when I videotaped it. I suspect that my 18 hours of videotape was given to the Sam Merrifield Library. My historic 1999 Melway shows that the homestead,at the end of a 1.2 kilometre long driveway was about halfway between dead centre and the south east corner of Melway 4 D5. The driveway left McNabs Rd 480 metres south of Tower Rd.

PAGE 29.
Figure 8. All the named house are correct apart from "Victoria Bank." This should be "Roseleigh" and led to mistakes in previous heritage studies and the heritage place card. With the first column of the grid called A and the top row being 1,the two homesteads on the SECOND VICTORIA BANK are shown close together in D4 on the north corner of McNabs and Barbiston Rds.

The western one was right on the southern boundary and was probably the original Aucholzie homestead. The eastern one was called "Rosebank" in 1989,facing McNabs Rd but set a fair way back from the road behind a delightful garden featuring a large pond with a bridge across a narrow part.

Much information about(the second) Victoria Bank and its owners,such as Cornelius Percival Blom, has been supplied to the study's author.For a time the property was named "Valvee" after a racehorse by Al. Birch. Ned Courtney who had earlier had a stud in the Avondale Heights area (near Rose Creek), renamed it the Rosebank Stud. Mrs Shaw,who escorted me through the property and told me about two elderly Misses Blom visiting, had married one of Ned's jockeys.


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N.B. Sydney Jim is a real mystery. The name indicates that he was from Sydney but the lack of a surname indicates that he may have been aboriginal. Angela Evans said that he was a half caste but no proof has been found. If Angela was correct, how would a half caste who obviously came from Sydney have ended up in Victoria? My theory is that his father was one of John Batman's dusky friends that he took to Van Dieman's Land and later to the Port Phillip District to help in negotiating his well-meaning treaty.

I had earlier assumed that Sydney Jim was a mounted trooper but Bezza's suspicion that mounted constable 245 was George Couser proved to be correct.

State of Victoria Early Postal Cancels (and History) Illustrated


Post Office opened in June 1855.

When the village of Broadmeadows, on the banks of the Moonee Ponds Creek, was proclaimed in February 1850, the naming may have had a lot to do with the Scotsmen in the region - there is a Broadmeadows near Selkirk - and a large number of the original purchasers of land in the April and August sales were also Scots including J.H.Ardlie*, and one John Bryan who tried unsuccessfully for the next three years to get his pub licensed.
(*John Martin Ardlie)

Churches had more luck; by the time there was a licensed hotel in town there were three places of worship
- Anglican from 1850 (although attendances were generally poor), Catholic from 1851 (they did a bit better), and Free Presbyterian also in 1851 (which did a roaring trade).

"The settlers....complain much of the want of a bridge across the Moonee Ponds....At present no direct
communication can be effected....and much inconvenience is the consequence. There is a Flour Mill at Campbellfield, and there is an abundance of wheat at Broadmeadows, but the wheat can no more get to the
Mill than the Mill to the wheat, which entails on the former the cost of further cartage, and on the Mill-owner
the loss of custom." In 1852 a subscription was raised to build a bridge, and soon Messrs Barber & Low's Flour
Mill was getting plenty of custom.

The village picked up quite an amount of passing trade from travellers heading north in their quest for gold, and from at least the middle of 1854 there was a loose-bag mail service to the Broadmeadows Hotel from the
contractor who delivered to Bulla and beyond. As was shown with the Bulla Post Office, deliveries ceased
when the Mail Contractor was killed toward the end of 1854, and it took six months before the department
could find someone else to fill the position, when Thomas Chadwick, mine host of the Broadmeadows Hotel, and John Bethell, Esq., got their pockets together and employed a bloke on the twice-weekly run from the
beginning of June 1855.

The local surgeon, George Smith Harris, got the nod as Broadmeadow's first official postmaster a couple of
weeks later. He continued as both postmaster and Deputy Registrar until his finances went belly-up toward
the end of 1857, and he resigned both positions. Sarah Cullen took over the postal duties for 12 months before
John Bethell became Postmaster. Our Mr. Bethell was a busy lad; he was heavily involved in local politics and
took an active interest in the formation of the Broadmeadows Road District which was proclaimed at the end of November 1857.

John Bethell was Postmaster for only 12 months, and then it appears the post office wandered around the town, generally finding a home with whoever happened to be the Deputy Registrar at the time, until it landed at
George and Mary Couser's store in 1873. George had first turned up in Broadmeadows as a Mounted Constable about 1860, liking the area enough to raise a family there and become interested in the local politics of
the place.

The Post Office remained with the Couser family into the 20th century; not an exceptionally arduous job because
the Broadmeadows Shire was mostly small farm holdings until the 1950s. (etc)

Hi XXX, it has been said that there is an aboriginal buried in the (WILL WILL ROOK) cemetery, the nearest I have come to possibly being one is a Sydney Jim d 1864 Bulla b NSW informant is George Couser then it looks like underneath his name, "M.Cons 245 Broadmeadows" the death was registered in Bulla & Tullamarine by Samuel Lazarus, parents unknown consumption a few hours not certified or a medical attendant... Did you ever find that George was also a policeman??

No. George was the storekeeper/postmaster in Broady Township for yonks and was an electoral/ births and deaths registrar for Broadmeadows and Bulla for much of that time,but not in 1864 when the electoral registrars were William Bethell (Bulla), John Bethell (Broadmeadows) and James Hendry (Tullamarine.) John Bethell returned to England, possibly in 1864 and was obviously replaced by George Couser.

I Hereby notify that GENERAL LISTS for the Broadmeadows Division of East Bourke District and South Province are PRINTED, and ready for INSPECTION at my office up to the 18th October, 1865. George Couser, Electoral registrar, Broadmeadows. (P. 2s, Argus, 4-10-1865.)

Samuel Lazarus, who registered the death was the second teacher, after John Cassidy, at the Seafield National School in Tullamarine,according to the Historic site assessment below,which quoted my journals extensively (although itellya did not exist until 2011) and has so many mistakes that I'll have to write a journal to correct them. The school was at Melway 4 about halfway down the boundary between J6 and K6. Lazarus was at the Seafield school by 1859 until 1866 (at least) as shown by birth and death notices (below.) He resigned as registrar and was replaced in May 1868.

Samuel must have been teaching at Bulla in 1855 when he was appointed as a registrar because the Seafield and Tullamarine Island schools did not open until 1859.(P.10 Tullamarine Before The Jetport.)

Wm.Hastings, for the district of Bulla, vice (in the place of) S.Lazarus, resigned;
(P. 7, Argus, 9-5-1868.)

-The Governor has appointed the undermentioned gentlemen to be deputy-registrars ,of births and deaths:-Dr. Andrew Plummer, for the district of Emerald Hill and Sandridge ; Mr. W. Latham, district of Yan Yean ; Mr. Samuel Lazaras, district of Bulla, vice Mr. Latham, resigned. (P.7, Argus, 24-10-1855.)

It is possible that Fanny,whom Lazarus had married, was John Cassidy's sister. (see marriage notice below.) If I remember correctly, a Bulla Shire Secretary ran off with Cassidy's wife (and a heap of money!) See the CASSIDY entry in my BULLA DICTIONARY HISTORY journal.

On the 25th ult., at the house of Mr Boreham,Campbellfield, by the Rev. P. Gunn, Samuel Lazarus,Esq., Master of the Deep Creek Schools, Bulla, son of J. G. Lazarus, Esq., of Liverpool, to Fanny, youngest daughter of the late Captain F. Cassidy, of H. M. 60th Regiment. Liverpool and Derby papers, please copy.
( The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 5 January 1859 p 4 Family Notices)

On the 10th inst., at Seafield National School, Tullamarine, the wife of Mr. S. Lazarus, of a daughter. (P.5 Argus, 14-11-1859.)

LAZARUS. -On the 6th inst., at Seafield, Tullamarine,the wife of Mr. S. Lazarus of a daughter.
(P. 4, Argus, 11-6-1866.)

ADDEY-WILSON--LAZARUS. -On the 13th ult., at All Saints Church of England, Northcote, by the Rev. C. P. Thomas, George, second son of G. Addey-Wilson, Esq. of Gippsland, late of Moonee Ponds, to Elizabeth Henrietta, younger daughter of Samuel Lazarus, Esq., of Hatherlie, Clifton Hill, and granddaughter of the late Captain Frank Duff Cassidy, of H. M. 60th Rifles, formerly private secretary, Castlereagh Ministry. (P.1 Argus,3-2-1891.)

Historic Sites Assessment - Department of the Environment
May 2, 2014 - The Tullamarine area was settled early in Melbourne's history with ...... The first teacher was J. Cassidy followed by Samuel and Fanny Lazarus ...


Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 2 November 1912 p 2 Advertising

GOLD MINING (Column 4, item 4.)
BLAIR'S (Column 3, item 2.)

Sometimes when I'm looking for something on trove,I happen to notice another item on the same page. I read it out of curiosity but not wanting to be sidetracked, especially when a massive amount of time will be required to correct digitisation, I get back onto the original search. Unfortunately,my memory is so good that I will remember this chanced-upon item years later, and wishing to post it in reference to the subject currently under discussion, spend countless hours trying to find it again.

One such item, LAKE V JONES, that I have been looking for during the past two years, was found by chance again last night and posted as a comment regarding 858 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud in my FERRIER, HUTCHINS journal. In that comment I mentioned another case, JAMIESON V LAKE/LEAK/LEAKE, that I had discovered by chance and had never been able to find again. My latest attempt involved a JAMIESON,WANNAEUE search on trove.

I have included such chance finds in "Notes" journals re the Tullamarine,Blackwood,Mornington Peninsula etc. areas but I thought it best to make this morning's finds the subject of a new journal. The digitisation is not corrected but the print on the actual newspaper is easy enough to read.

Much has been written about the Tubbarubba diggings in LIME LAND LEISURE, THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBEREL and so on. They were in James Hearn's easternmost grant in the parish of Moorooduc and to the south at the eastern end of Jamieson's Special Survey in the parish of Kangerong. There were rushes circa 1860 and again during the 1890's depression when the mysterious Mr Eaton (BERNARD Eaton) was a major operator and the Moat boys found a watch that had been a missing clue in the Schnapper Point murder case about two decades earlier. Not much success had been found at these diggings although Mr Barnes was apparently an exception.

Jamieson's Special Survey's western end is indicated exactly by the north and south boundaries of Safety Beach and it extended east to the line of Bulldog Creek Rd. The northern 1000 acres,north of the line of the Martha Cove Waterway (formerly Tassell's Creek) was by 1864 owned by John Vans Agnew Bruce (after whom Bruce Rd was named)and leased by Edwin Louis Tassell until his death and then others. Bruce, who with Cornish built the Murray River and Mt Alexander railway to Sunbury and beyond, and lived in Essendon, spent the summer "season" there and employed Maria Stenniken,who married Godfrey Wilson,as a servant.

The southern and major part of the 5280 acre survey was owned by William John Turner (Big)Clarke and was leased by many pioneers of the Dromana area, as detailed in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Luckily the workers in the Titles Office caught my infection of enthusiasm and provided me with free copies of the subdivision of Clarke's Estate, and all the lot boundaries are transposed on my Superpages. Lot 14 has the eastern end of Wallaces Rd as its northern boundary and the eastern boundary is the line of Bulldog Creek Rd south to the northern end of Junction Rd. The western boundary runs north from the top left corner of Melway 161 G7 to meet Wallaces Rd about 40 metres east of the barrier in 161 G3. As you will notice, Bulldog Creek runs diagonally through lot 14 and the 40 acres that O'Connor applied for would have been along this approximately 70 chains (1400 metres) portion of Bulldog Creek.

As mentioned before,much has been written about the Tubbarabba diggings circa 1860 and in the 1890's (although names of the diggers are not much mentioned) but little has been seen about later mining there.

William Allison Blair bought most of his Mornington Peninsula land because of what was under it. It is wrongly stated by Charles Hollinshed in LIME LAND LEISURE that Blair settled at Ngarveno near the (future) Moonee Valley but it was actually (Netherly?-See Blairs of Essendon journal.) This was the site of the former Essendon Technical School at Melway 28 D4.

The Mornington Peninsula west of Boneo Rd was in the early days the preserve of lime burners.William Allison Blair,a lime merchant bought as much land as he could at West Rosebud and mainly south of Rye Township to displace these pioneers, getting their kilns and creating a near monopoly. Irish tenants' rights hero, Charles Gavan Duffy,bought much land west of Owen Cain's Tyrone to subdivide. It was inevitable that the two would clash as Blair sought land further west. There was a huge court case with each accusing the other of employing dummies. One parcel of land in dispute between the two could not be decided so Sidney Smith Crispo suggested that it be proclaimed a village and it was. It was named after Sorrento in Italy which had so impressed Duffy during his voyage to Australia.

Blair, whose son married a daughter of John Murray Peck of Lebanon and lived at "Wannaeue" (now Red Rooster, Melway 16 J9), later moved to a farm at Braybrook. When the Lilydale quarries opened,peninsula lime lost its value and this probably convinced Blair that buying land for subdivision rather than what was under it was a better prospect.However with so much land on his hands that had lost much value because of the 1890's depression, it was noted in the 1900 rates as "In lig." which I presume meant insolvency. The lime burners had loosened the topsoil providing a suitable habitat for ti-tree and rabbits. The former Blair "Lime" land along Browns Rd was bought from the banks for a song by James Little Brown who transformed the devastated area into the beautiful pasture we see today.

Blair's as mentioned in the advertisement was certainly not bought for its lime deposits.


TALK ON CHANGE. "I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you." SHAKSPEARE. "Quamquam ridentem dicere verum, Quid vetat?"HORACE.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 5 January 1884 p 17 Article

And the talk is of Dusky Joe, who owns the pleasure boat from Rosebud, and who plays seven musical instruments.