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This is the death record of John Dunbar Tweeddale/ Tweedale.
EventDeath Event registration number2471 Registration year1897
Personal information
Family nameTWEEDALE Given namesJno Dunbar SexUnknown Father's nameTweedale Jas Mother's nameMargt (Dunbar) Place of birth Place of deathMelb E Age82

It is possible that the doctor's father was a Melbourne merchant who had died by 1868 and the J.W.Tweeddale listed on the Wannaeue parish map as the grantee of crown allotment 1 of section A bounded by Old Cape Schanck, Grasslands and Browns Rds south of Rosebud of which the Tudor Caravan Park at Melway 170E 7/8 was part.

While researching for my review of Rosalind Peatey's SETTING THE SPIRIT FREE, I discovered that one of the Southern Peninsula pioneers had died, probably in Melbourne, despite the efforts of Dr. Tweedale of Essendon, and, as they say, curiosity killed the cat! I found a great story about the doctor and other pioneers living near the junction of Steele Creek and the Maribyrnong River at Melway 27 J4.

Paste the following into your search bar to get the Wannaeue and Doutta Galla parish maps: See c/a 1 of A south of Jetty Rd. Map 1.
Before we get to the story, here is much information about the doctor such as his background as a Naval Surgeon, his family and various residences over the years as well as his having been "Acting Health Officer and Superintendent of the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean 1885, 1888, 1890, 1896 (VGG)"

Section 12 Doutta Galla was known as Main's Estate. It was subdivided in quite early days. Between Rosehill Rd and Buckley St were two farms: Sinclair's farm of 114 acres from Rachelle Rd to Steele Creek and 112 acres 2 roods and 19 perches owned by Dougal McPhail from the creek to Hoffmans Rd.

South of Mains Estate was the Aitken estate, by then leased by Robert McDougall who had commenced his renowned breeding of Booth-strain Shorthorn cattle in the early 1850's on "Cona" on the Glenroy estate and in 1872 would move onto Arundel in Tullamarine where he'd built a mansion that survives today with the balconied facade replaced by fenestration as the architects call it. Main had possibly bought his estate because of the bluestone available in Spring Gully and John Aitken would have bought section 8 as a depot where his sheep could rest on the way to market after crossing the original Solomons Ford at Melway 27 C9 (not 27 B8 as claimed.)

Peter McCracken, who'd rented Stewarton (today's Gladstone Park) 1846-55, owned "Ardmillan" the south half of crown allotment B section 6 and had moved from his dairy south of Derby St at Kensington into his new mansion which was located on present 33-37 (if I remember correctly) Ardmillan Rd, on the uphill side of Smith's Lane in about 1857.

Doctor Tweedale, having been a naval surgeon, would have needed and gained knowledge of European languages and was thus able to translate for the court.

The black man who'd been assaulted could well have been another Cape Verde Islander and speaking Portugese rather than Spanish; he was employed by Robert McDougall on section 8. Catherine Sinclair's maiden name was McIntyre as shown by the court report but I could not find her death record to confirm this.


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Paste the part in bold type into your search bar to go directly to the letter about the various McCrae homesteads on page 25 of The Australasian of 23-10-1915.

This letter was found by chance while I was searching for information about the original Cape Schanck homestead, and past experience has taught me that it is far easier to take a side track from any current research to record such discoveries than to rediscover the source later on.

It is in the last paragraph of the letter that the confusion is revealed. Both "Moreland" and "La Rose" were in the parish of Jika Jika. To access the parish map, paste the following into your search bar.

The last paragraph of the letter follows.
"Some time in the forties - or, indeed, it
may have been in the latter thirties (for
Dr. McCrae first arrived in Melbourne in
1838) - he built a house called 'La Rose' on
a property of his which he named 'More-
land' (and known as such to this day), after
one of the estates of his grandfather in

MORELANDconsisted of crown portions 133 and 126, containing 323 and 316 acres between the Moonee Ponds Creek and Sydney Road, extending, respectively, 2000 links (400 metres) north and south of today's Moreland Road. Michael Loeman, later a pioneer of Bulla, managed and then leased "Moreland" for about 14 years before purchasing "Glenloeman" on Loemans Rd which straddled the boundary of the parishes of Bulla and Tullamarine between Deep Creek and Jacksons Creek. (VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT, 1888.)The Moreland Road bridge over the Moonee Ponds Creek linking the parishes of Doutta Galla and Jika Jika was named the Loeman Bridge to honour Michael's early association with the estate.

LA ROSEwas portion 141 of 270 acres and being elevated presented a far superior site for a homestead with views in mind. Farquhar McCrae purchased the grant and had built what is believed to be the core of what is now called WENTWORTH HOUSE before he dudded John Fitzgerald Leslie (Alphabetical) Foster regarding the transfer of the Eumemmering Run near Dandenong (in which town streets are named after both), was horse whipped by Foster and fled for his life to Sydney where he obtained a prominent position at its hospital. The extant bluestone mansion was completed by Coiler Robertson.
Statement of Significance

Last updated on - July 2, 2004

What is significant?
Wentworth House at Pascoe Vale, known as La Rose during the nineteenth century, was built from c1842 for Dr Farquhar McCrae. He was the brother-in-law of Georgiana McCrae, who made several references to Farquhar and La Rose in her diaries. Farquhar had migrated from Scotland in 1839 with his mother, wife, sisters and children, and moved to La Rose in 1842. He was from the Scottish gentry, and was immediately successful in the colony, becoming a magistrate and the director of several companies and a bank, and was prominent in early colonial society. He got into financial difficulties during the depression of the early 1840s, and in about 1845 moved to Sydney, where he practised medicine. During this time the property was leased and farmed by Coiler Robertson, who purchased it in 1852, after McCrae's death. It passed in the mid 1850s to James Robertson (probably Coiler's son*), a partner with Robert and Peter McCracken in one of Melbourne's most successful brewery companies. The property of more than a hundred hectares remained intact until 1899, after which it was progressively subdivided, after 1920 by the War Service Homes Commissioner. The house is now on about an acre. It was renamed Wentworth House between 1908 and 1911. etc.

(*James, described as a brewer aged 17 upon arrival, who was probably instrumental in the early success of the McCracken brewery, was indeed Coiler's son and the brother of Peter McCracken's wife. He is not to be confused with James Robertson Snr and Jnr of Upper Keilor and Aberfeldie (also related to Peter McCracken as J.R. Jnr's daughter married Peter's son, Coiler) or James Robertson of "Gowrie Park", now the suburb north of Hadfield.)

N.B. The source of the horse whipping of Farquhar McCrae by Alphabetical Foster cannot be found on trove and may have been in Sam Merrifield's Annals of Essendon or a history of early Victoria such as Bearbrass. However, while looking for it I discovered an article which gave detail about Andrew and Farquhar McCrae's brother, Alexander (obviously Thomasann Blackburn's ancestor, Captain McCrae*) who also settled in Melbourne, although I have seen no previous mention of him. (P.4, The Australasian, 25-1-1936.)



Rosalind Peatey's PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS was a wonderful history of George and Susan Peatey and their descendants. I discovered it soon after I had started my research on the Mornington Peninsula in 2010. I was really excited when I discovered that Rosalind had written another history in 2004.

The CONTENTS are as below.
Introduction page 9, Port Phillip 11, John Batman 14, Joseph Gellibrand 17, John Fawkner 18, The Henry Brothers 20, Armytage and Franks 21,George Smith 22, Sir Richard Bourke 25, Magistrate William Lonsdale 30, Cape Schanck 37, Edward William Hobson: Kangerong and Tootgarook Runs 40, Maurice Meyricks (sic): Boniyong Run 46, Captain Henry Everest Adams 48, Andrew McCrae: Arthur's Seat Run 50, James Purves 56, Edward Latrobe Batman 58.

Apart from the subjects in bold type, this is more a history of the Port Phillip District than the Mornington Peninsula and new information was limited. In this journal, I will detail information that has not been seen in readily available sources and point out errors that could lead readers astray.

Page 14. "John Batman, who was born at Parramatta in 1801, the son of a freed convict, who had been transported for receiving stolen saltpetre, and a mother who had paid her own way out from England, with two children, to be with her husband. In 1816, Batman was apprenticed to a blacksmith in Sydney. This came to an end when he had to give evidence against his employer. In December 1821, John with his brother Henry, moved to Van Dieman's Land."
These facts are in his biography, but are not often mentioned in articles about John Batman.

Pages 25-7 and 30-33. Rosalind gives an interesting perspective of the difficulties faced by Sir Richard Bourke and William Lonsdale to impose order in the Port Phillip District. While they had authority, anything that might cost money, such as a court and police to enforce proclamations, had to be approved by the Colonial Secretary in England. Lengthy delays in getting such approval were inevitable. Such delays were the main reasons that the Hentys, Port Phillip Association (i.e Batman's group)and Fawkner had decided to settle at Port Phillip without permission- as mentioned earlier in the book.

Pages 28-9.
The New South Wales Government Gazette of 19-4-1837, pages 309 and 303, makes very interesting reading, being scans of the pages rather than a digitised version. Items mentioned include Captain Hobson's plotting of the position of the Crocodile Rock in Bass Strait, the naming of Hobson's Bay, William's Town and Melbourne, and notice of a sale of Melbourne town allotments on 1-6-1837.

Page 32. Dr Thompson and Dr Cotter- see under pages 35-6.

Pages 34 and following folding sheet. The census of 9-11-1836. Luckily this too is a scan rather than the digitised version which cannot reproduce columns. It lists the 43 "occupiers in town or proprietors in country" with the number of persons under and over 12 on each establishment, all free with no convicts. The only heads of establishments connected with the Mornington Peninsula's history on the list were George Smith (from 1843 to 1850) and William Buckley (in 1803.) Buckley had escaped from Collins' settlement and made his way around the bay to the Bellarine Peninsula. This trek has recently been commemorated with a William Buckley Walk inaugurated by former councillor Graham Pittock and the construction of a WILLIAM BUCKLEY REST near the boat ramp at Safety Beach. John Pascoe Fawkner is conspicuously absent from the list. He'd most likely planted his crop on the Crown Casino site and built his inn in Market St.(P.18) which Smith was probably occupying, but he had probably returned to Launceston to wind up his affairs there and obtain necessities such as a printing press for his handwritten newspaper.

The folding sheet has a plan of the part of Melbourne bounded by King, Bourke, Swanston and Flinders Sts., showing sections, crown allotments and purchasers. It shows Fawkner's c/a 14, section 3 in Market St, purchased for 10 pounds, where he built his inn, probably occupied by George Smith on 9-11-1836. Fawkner eventually had Smith evicted from this inn so Smith then built the Lamb Inn. The Lamb Inn might have been built on Crown allotment 2 of section 2, 40 metres east of William St between Collins St and Collins Lane, for which Smith paid 46 pounds. The waterfall at the foot of William St played a significant part in the history of Melbourne. It ensured a supply of fresh water upstream and a wide turning basin for ships where wharves were built, the very reason that the Customs House was at the east corner of William and Flinders Streets and the general market was north of it, between Flinders Lane and Collins St and fronting Market St of course. The rocks were eventually blasted and used to line the Coode's Canal in 1886*.

I've often wondered where St James Old Cathedral (where Henry Everest Adams was belatedly married in 1855 when his son Robert was about 9 years old) was originally located. Perhaps it was in section 15 fronting the west side of William St between Collins and Bourke Streets, reserved for CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Interestingly CHURCH STREET, named on the plan as the west boundary of the block north of Little Collins St, has retained its name and can be seen at Melway map 2F,B5.
This map alone makes Rosalind's book valuable as a source.

Pages 35-6. William Lonsdale's return of dwellings, stock and cultivation in 1836-7 (from the 9-11-1836 census) shows that John Batman's statement to Fawkner (recounted by Fawkner in his memories) that Batman had obtained in his treaty any land worth having is confirmed by most squatters having settled in the Geelong and Dutigalla
area (this having been the original name of Batman's Port Phillip Association.) The area on the west side of Port Phillip Bay must have been prized because access was difficult, involving a trip toward Mount Macedon as far as today's Buckley St West, Essendon, known then and for several decades as Braybrook Road and then west to Melway 27 C9 (not 27B8 as wrongly assumed by several municipalities for whose findings the Victorian Heritage Council takes no responsibility.)
"Dr. Alexander Thompson was appointed assistant colonial surgeon by William Lonsdale but (Lonsdale) was to recommend Dr Barry Cotter over Dr Thompson as medical practitioner in charge of the colony." (Page 32.)
Londale's decision* was probably based on the fact that Alexander had already moved to his run by 9-11-1836 and would not be in Melbourne to perform this role. Alexander had arrived in February 1836 but by November his residence was given as Barwon. His trip to "Kardinia" in January, 1837 as described in his biography must have followed some months spent preparing accommodation for the 11 people on his run.

*The following states that Alexander Thompson had resigned.
Pioneer Public Health Practitioners in the Port Phillip District
Presented by Dr Walter Heale.
Dr Alexander Thomson was employed by the Port Phillip Association to provide health care to new settlers. Arriving in March 1836, he was briefly employed by Government, resigning to pursue pastoral interests. His temporary replacement was Dr. Barry Cotter responsible for the care of military personnel and prisoners, and re-employed in 1840 during the quarantine of the fever ship the Glen Huntly.

Pages 44-5. Edward William Hobson's application of 22-6-1850 for the Tootgarook Run to be transferred to Mr James Purves of Melbourne. The second sheet is a declaration that Edward had held the licence for the previous 12 months, apparently a lands department memorial, volume 51, folio 834.

Pages 48-9. Captain Henry Everest Adams.
"We shall probably never know what drew Captain Adams to the Arthurs Seat area in 1842. Even his descendants have little to fall back on in actual facts.... Among the very first settlers on the Port Phillip side of the Peninsula, they chose the western side of Arthurs Seat where they took up a large area from the corner of Wattle Rd (Wattle Place since Lonsdale St. was built) and Nepean Rd, back to Old Cape Schanck Rd."

Luckily some descendants have worked hard to dispel myths in the family folklore, such as the captain being the illegitimate son of Lord Vivian and receiving a 750 acre grant from the Government in New South Wales. When Dromana was proposed on the other side of Arthurs Seat, it seems that the Village of Wannaeue was proposed on the west side. The captain may have obtained a LEASE of the village reserve until such time that there was sufficient demand to ensure good prices for blocks. When the village was alienated in the mid 1870's, the Captain and his son Robert received the grants for all that part of Section 20 Wannaeue between South Road and Old Cape Schanck Rd. Isaac White, the grantee of section 19, between Parkmore Rd and Adams Avenue was a friend of Henry and his wife and may have acted as a dummy to ensure that Henry could acquire that land too. There is no real proof of when the family arrived. Henry was also the grantee of 36 acres on the west side of Tower Rd on Arthurs Seat and 56 acres between Diamond Bay Rd and Mission St. near Sorrento. There is an interesting fact about Henry's marriage in my comment about the folding sheet after page 34 which explains why Robert Henry Adams and Mary Jane, nee Hopcraft, would want their descendants to have such a hazy understanding of the family history.

A family history may well be underway but anybody wanting genealogical information urgently may private message me.

Page 50-54. Andrew McCrae: Arthur's Seat Run. Very rarely do I read information about the peninsula that I have not already seen. Rosalind has done some great research here. Until I read this book, I was unaware that Farquhar McCrae (about whom I became aware in 1988) and Andrew McCrae had a brother, Captain Alexander McCrae who gave one of his daughters the strange given name of Thomasann. Rosalind can be forgiven for stating that Farquhar's "La Rose" was in Moonee Ponds; Moonee Ponds meant in the early days anywhere near the Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds, not today's suburb, an assumption made by professional historian, Andrew Lemon, who assumed that Glenroy Farm was in Moonee Ponds. Andrew's son, George Gordon, himself made an even worse mistake, assuming that La Rose was on Uncle Farquhar's other property, "Moreland". See:

Rosalind puts Andrew's decision to take up his run in context with her knowledge of the depression of 1842-3. I was thrown into confusion when I read: "Captain Cole had married Thomas Ann McCrae." I thought Rosalind was referring to Captain Alexander McCrae's daughter, Thomasann, who wrote a letter in 1933 signed as Thomasann Blackburn. This letter, shows that George Ward Cole's second wife was one of two sisters of Andrew, Farquhar and Alexander, who had come to the Port Phillip District with them.

EventMarriage Event registration number645 Registration year1842
Personal information
Family nameMCCRAE Given namesThomas Anne SexFemale Spouse's family nameCOLE Spouse's given namesGeorge Ward
Cole arrived in Melbourne on 4 July 1840 in the schooner Waterlily, of which he was part-owner. He set up as a general merchant, and in 1841 bought land on the Yarra River near Spencer Street, where he built Cole's Wharf. In 1842 he married for the second time. His first wife had been a widow, Eliza Cantey, the daughter of Colonel Charles Brietyche. His second wife was Thomas Anne, daughter of William Gordon McCrae, formerly of Westbrook, Midlothian, Scotland. He had one son by the first and three sons and three daughters by the second marriage.

Thomas Ann(sic) Cole MCCRAE
Female 1852 - 1945
Birth 1852 Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Christened 1852 St Peter's Church, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Gender Female
Died 1945 East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Person ID I656 Victoria Pioneers
Last Modified 10 Sep 2008

Father Capt Alexander MCCRAE, b. 1789, d. 1861, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mother Susannah DANWAY, b. Abt 1812, England d. 1870, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Family ID F73 Group Sheet

Family Maurice BLACKBURN, b. 3 Oct 1848, Campbell Town, Tasmania, Australia d. 1887, Avoca, Victoria, Australia
Married 1880 Victoria, Australia

Page 55. See
The Arthurs Seat pre-emptive right became crown allotment 1 of section B (331 acres fronting the bay) and crown allotment 2 of section B (309 acres adjoining Seawinds, south for 395 metres from a line (1160 metres long heading east from the intersection of today's The Avenue and the freeway)to another line 1940 metres long heading east from about Banks St.
Document showing that Joseph Brooks Burrell who had bought 331 acres in 1850 was applying on 16-4-1859 to purchase a further 309 acres to take his P.R. up to the allowed 640 acres, a square mile.

P. 10. Discussing the Rosebud area, Rosalind stated, "The struggle to survive in a not so paradisical land was possible, and survive they did, as many of their descendants are part of the community today. Of these, the most prominent are the descendants of the Cairns, Patterson and Crichton families from Boneo, the Adams, Bucher, Freeman, Lacco and the Peaty families from Rosebud, all here between 1850 to 1890." The error lies in the Freemans being given as much prominence as much earlier pioneers.
All apart from the Freeman family were very early settlers, some a decade or more before the Rosebud Fishing Village was alienated in 1872; in 1899, John Freeman had purchased 16 acres in the part of section 14 Wannaeue (between First Avenue and Boneo Rd)south of 50 First Avenue and the Hope St house blocks, that became part of Ramsay and Nora Couper's THE THICKET by about 1908. After Hugh Glass's death, his creditors had divided section 14 into parcels of 29 and 29 acres that became Hindhope, the northern half of the grant, and parcels of 20, 20 and 16 acres that became The Thicket.
In 1893,the Landhold Investment Co.was rated on 56 acres, Wannaeue, almost certainly Hindhope. Mrs Alfred Hicks (Harriet) owned one of the 20 acre farms and Ramsay Couper the other. In 1894 Jeremiah Brosman of South Yarra was assessed on 16 acres Wannaeue. This remained the case until 1899 when John Freeman bought the 16 acre property. In 1900 Ramsay Couper was assessed on Mrs Hicks' 20 acres which for years had stupidly been described as being in Rye (where Harriet actually owned another 4 acres.) In 1908 the 16 acre property had the rate collector guessing and assessment No 831 had Couper Freeman as the person to be rated on 16 acres; in 1909 Nora Couper was assessed,Ramsay having the other 40 acres of The Thicket."

Page 12. The term "De pasture licences" is used on the first of many occasions. The correct term was "depasturing licences".

Page 15. The impression given is that the Port Phillip Association was formed after Batman's treaty was accomplished and "private settlers were steadily arriving at Port Phillip." The land acquired by Batman was stated as being "the Bellarine Peninsula and the coastal strip from Geelong to the Yarra", quite ignoring that the treaty took place on, and included, land well north of the Yarra(such as the parishes of DOUTTA GALLA and JIKA JIKA.) The Henty Brothers were said to be members of the association which seemed strange because they had settled near Portland* before John Batman came to the Port Phillip District. (*Edward went first on the Thistle with labourers, stock, potatoes and seed. After a voyage of 34 days the Thistle arrived at Portland Bay on 19 November 1834 at 8 a.m. EDWARD HENTY, WIKIPEDIA.)

The Port Phillip Association (originally the "Geelong and Dutigalla Association") [1] was formally formed in June 1835 to settle land in what would become Melbourne, which the association believed had been acquired by John Batman for the association from Wurundjeri elders after he had obtained their marks to a document, which came to be known as Batman's Treaty.

The leading members of the association were John Batman, a farmer, Joseph Gellibrand, a lawyer and former Attorney-General,[2] Charles Swanston, banker and member of the Legislative Council,[2] John Helder Wedge, surveyor and farmer, Henry Arthur, nephew of Lieutenant Governor George Arthur of Van Diemen’s Land, and various others including William Sams, Under Sheriff and Public Notary for Launceston,[2] Anthony Cottrell, Superintendent of Roads and Bridges,[2] John Collicott, Postmaster General,[2] James Simpson, Commissioner of the Land Board and police magistrate,[2] John Sinclair, Superintendent of Convicts,[2] Michael Connolly, Thomas Bannister, and John and William Robertson.[3]

Page 17. Joseph Tice Gellibrand only had one connection with the Mornington Peninsula but the page about him dealt with Hesse and Gelliband's disappearance west of Geelong, not his trek through the peninsula.
Joseph Gellibrand - Wikipedia
Joseph Tice Gellibrand (1792–1837) was the first Attorney-General of Van Diemen's Land ... In January 1836 he crossed Bass Strait and, landing at Western Port, walked with companions to Melbourne.

J.P.Manifold and J.B.Were were mentioned as others who arrived from Tasmania. The latter was a major grantee in the parish of Fingal near Cape Schanck so another peninsula connection was missed.

Page 19. "(John Pascoe Fawkner) was one of the Port Phillip Association." Oh no he wasn't. Before law was established, the Association had forced Fawkner to move to the south side of the Yarra* where he planted the colony's first wheat crop.

Melbourne Cricket Club was founded in November 1838 when the population of the Port Phillip District was only about 2000.

The first cricket match was played between the MCC and a military team on the Old Mint site in William Street, Melbourne.

However, this area proved unsuitable and in January 1839 the club established its second ground at the foot of Batman's Hill, now Spencer Street Railway Station.

This was Melbourne's cricket ground until October 1846 when impending acquisition for railway use forced a transfer to the southern bank of the Yarra near the present Crown Casino site.

John Pascoe Fawkner had planted the colony's first wheat crop on this field, but it was susceptible to flooding and the club had to advertise more than once for the return of its dressing shed when the Yarra broke its banks!

Page 22. "(George) Smith's first move was to apply to the Governor Sir Richard Bourke for a de pasture licence, 'beyond the bounds of settlement.' Land at Woul Woul a Ballack, along the southern shore of Port Phillip Bay (seemingly from the early settlement of Lieutenant Colonel Collins at Sorrento.)" The assumption that George Smith's run was near Sullivan's Bay comes from the part of the following passage given in bold type.

Contrary to what is widely asserted, he (George Smith) did not hold a licence for Wul-Wul-aBulluk
on the Mornington Peninsula: a thorough search of the original Pastoral
Run Papers produced no papers for Wul-Wul-a-Bulluk in the box which holds
all the original ‘W’ Pastoral Run Papers.50 Wul-Wul-a-Bulluk is not a pastoral
run; it is the name of the house at Capel Sound where he lived in the 1840s.51
He did hold the licence for Tootgarook through the late 1840s,52 and he is on
Commissioner of Crown Lands Edward Grimes’ list for 1848 of people who have
not paid their licence fee.53 George Gordon McCrae described him as a ‘settler’
whose ‘little station’ was seven miles* from Arthurs Seat, the first establishment
past the Old Settlement site when travelling towards Arthurs Seat from Point
. It was ‘called by the natives Wul-wul-buluk’, and it was a little to
the south of what used to be called the Big Swamp**.54 George D Smythe’s 1841
‘Survey of the coast from the west side of Port Phillip to Western Port’55 locates
the first establishment past the old settlement site when travelling towards
Melbourne as Dr Hobson’s sheep station. It is perhaps a quarter of a mile from
the eastern sister on the track to Arthurs Seat and Melbourne, with Cameron’s
station*** a little further on, about midway around Cameron’s Bight.56 Smythe’s
map also locates Tootgarook but he records it as a place or an area with a native
name, not as a run; in fact he makes three of his characteristic dots for locations
of settlers, only one of whom he names, Freeman**** (Thomas records Freeman as
running sheep).
The simple, though for the time, extraordinary explanation is that George Smith
lived with Malvina Hobson nee Lutterell, mother of Edward and Edmund at
Capel Sound. George Gordon McCrae devotes pages to describing their lovely
house and garden and view, and Mrs Smith’s culinary achievements and her
kindness to the McCrae boys. But there is no record of a divorce from Edward
Hobson senior and she died as Malvina Hobson, as indicated earlier.

George Gordon McCrae was a boy, and even adult country people were said to be notoriously bad at estimating distance. Furthermore Georgiana's journal stated that these seven miles were from the Arthurs Seat Homestead ON THE ROAD TO CAPE SCHANCK! This was in relation to four year old Sarah Ann Cain being nursed back to health by Mrs Smith at Wooloowoolooboolook (George's spelling)after being lost in the bush for four days. Seven miles measured from Anthonys Nose extends to Dundas St Rye, and as the McCrae homestead is 60 chains (three quarters of a mile) east of The Rocks, George's seven miles would take us to the left edge of Melway 168 C3 just past Cain Road. As Owen Cain was on Tyrone by this stage, it was unlikely to be part of Smith's run but as C.N.Hollinshed stated in LIME LAND LEISURE that the Tootgarook run extended west to White Cliff, the first measurement (from the rocks) might be fairly accurate, the western boundary of the run being near Dundas St.
However, the following, which has little to do with the peninsula, should serve as a warning that George Gordon McCrae should not be accepted as the ultimate authority on the locations of properties.

**THE BIG SWAMP. Known as the Boneo or Tootgarook Swamp, this was between Boneo and Truemans Rds. Not having a map to consult, young George McCrae presumed that Smith's house was south of the swamp when the Tootgarook pre-emptive right starts roughly 3000 links (600 metres) WEST of Truemans Rd. Complicating matters, Rosalind was unaware that Edward William Hobson had left Tootgarook for Gippsland in about 1843 and been replaced by George Smith while Edward Hobson was managing the RIVER OF LITTLE FISH (Traralgon)* for his brother, Dr Edmund Hobson. She therefore plotted Smith's supposed Run much closer to Sorrento than it really was.

***CAMERON'S STATION could not exist if George Smith's supposed WOUL WOUL A BALLACK run was where it is plotted on page 24.
**** FREEMAN. It is possible that this Freeman was an ancestor of the Freemans named as pioneers of Rosebud, in which case, I'd need to retract my comment about them not being early pioneers, but proof would be required.

Page 23. About this time (circa 1838) Smith's wife, Mary, died."
There is only one death record for a Mary Smith between 1836 and 1843* and as George Smith had a son, apparently approaching manhood,this one would seem to be too young to be George's wife. As the so-called Mrs Smith (Malvina Hobson, nee Lutterell) who nursed Sarah Ann Cain back to health at Wooloowoolooboolook circa 1844 was born in 1799 she would have been about about 44 when she and George moved onto Tootgarook and it could be assumed that she would have been about the same age as George Smith, whose genealogy is a mystery. Malvina died in 1866.

EventDeath Event registration number159 Registration year1839
Personal information
Family nameSMITH Given namesMary SexFemale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthUNKNOWN Place of deathMELBOURNE Age20 Spouse's family nameSMITH Spouse's given namesUnknown

P.24. A map shows George Smith's Woul Woul a Ballack Run. Its location could be between Canterbury Jetty Rd and Portsea or west from Boneo Rd depending on whether features on the north or south coast are used as indicators. As in the case of all run locations shown, this is too vague to be of any use. Transposition on a present day map is the only way to indicate run locations properly but, as Rosalind mentioned, descriptions of run boundaries are so vague that they are useless. For example the Cape Schanck run description below should state how many miles the run extended west from Main Creek and how far north from the "salt water" to the "unoccupied barren land."

Early runs (approximately.)"As there is little to go on, positions of runs can be only approximate.George Powlett was the District Commissioner for the Southern districts in 1841 and later when Andrew McCrae's run was visited. Marks used to certain gum trees leave present day residents in confusion."

Irrespective of the accuracy of the run locations, Jamieson's Special Survey was not a run. Runs were leased from the Crown; special surveys were purchased not leased.The Arthurs Seat run is not in agreement with the 1848 description as in because George Smith had transferred the land west of the rocks between the Cape Schanck road and the Bay to Andrew McCrae's run, as stated by Marie Hansen Fels in I SUCCEEDED ONCE. This former Tootgarook run land is tacked on after the semi colon as an addendum.
" ; also that piece of land
between the Cape Schank road and the
sea, commencing near the rocks or the
point known as St. Anthony's Nose,
and ending at the creek* at the junction
of the Point Nepean and Cape Schank
roads nearly opposite the end of the
paddock fence."
(*Adams Creek, roughly THE AVENUE, McCRAE. Wattle Road must have provided access to the back road to Cape Schanck.)

The south west corner of the Arthurs Seat Run was at Melway 170 E 7-8 where the Old Cape Schanck Rd crosses Drumdrumalloc Creek (as stated below) but the map seem to show the south west corner just west of Boneo Road.
"On the north by Mr. Jamieson's spe-
cial survey 4 miles, on the west by the
coast line of the bay to the nose of the
mountain called St. Anthony's nose,
from thence along the Cape Schank road
to the Drumdunnuallock creek, being
boundary line with Mr. Barker, and on
the south by the creek to its source,"

No source is given for the locations of runs but since Marie Hansen Fels has mentioned Smythe's survey of 1841, let's see if it shows the WOUL WOUL A BALLACK AND CAPE SCHANCK runs extending almost to Point Nepean.
N.B.Some idiot in the lands department has transposed James Purves' Tootgarook pre-emptive right, purchased on 22-10-1855, onto the original map!

It must have been this second version of the map that Marie Hansen Fels discussed. It shows Dr Hobson and Cameron's establishments.

The following map shows that the Tootgarook run extended to the Bass Strait coast near St Andrews Beach. This completely dismisses the assumption that the Cape Schanck run extended almost to Point Nepean,and explains why the survivors of the ELIZABETH were given refuge by George Smith and why George bought the wreck.

The 'Elizabeth' Brig. — The wreck of
this brig, cast away on Sunday week, on the
shore near to Cape Schank, has been sold by
Mr G. Ralston, by public auction, and rea
lised the sum of £30 10s. The purchaser is
Mr. George Smith, Settler, at Point Nepean,
the gentleman who gave refuge to the ma-
riners shipwrecked in the above vessel. (P.2, The Melbourne Daily News and Port Phillip Patriot, 8-11-1848.)

P.38 (Re Cape Schanck.) "New laws had reduced the area to 960 acres. Barker gave the property to his daughter Edith, who had married Robert Anderson, and it was in their time that Barragunda was built. It was designed by Edward Latrobe Bateman, who shortly afterwards designed Heronswood in Dromana."

Robert Anderson married Edith Howitt*. There is doubt expressed in many sources that Bateman was wholly responsible for the design of Barragunda with a suggestion that he was responsible for the interior design. The original homestead of the Cape Schanck run was at Cape Schanck and it was the subject of a painting by Edward Latrobe Bateman.(

A history of Boneo, discovered by the late Ray Cairns when he was clearing out Maroolaba before his departure to Rosebud, claimed that Barker had wanted Cape Schanck as his pre-emptive right but the surveyor did not allow this because he wanted treasures from the Angel Cave to decorate his garden. Howitt and J.B.Were were granted the portion of the run in the parish of Fingal and Barker's new homestead (which eventually became Clondrisse) was built east of Main Creek in the parish of Flinders.

*EventDeath Event registration number14385 Registration year1884
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesEdith Mary SexUnknown Father's nameHowitt Godfrey Mother's namePhebe (Bakewell) Place of birth Place of deathTOOTGAROOK Age50 Spouse's family nameANDERSON Spouse's given namesRobert

EventMarriage Event registration number2825 Registration year1866
Personal information
Family nameHOWITT Given namesEdith Mary SexUnknown Spouse's family nameANDERSON Spouse's given namesRobert

Also on page 38 is a map showing the Cape Schanck Run running north west along the Bass Strait coast from Cape Schanck. On Page 37, Rosalind states,"Cape Schanck Run was an area of approximately 9600 acres.." so it was the same size as described in 1848.

No. 20.
John Barker
Name of run—Cape Schanck Estimated area—9,600 acres
Estimated grazing capabilities—600 head of cattle
Bounded on the W by the Wooloomerang Creek, on the N & NE by unoccupied barren land, and on every other part
by salt water. (P.1, Argus, 26-9-1848.)

The western boundary of the run was the boundary between the parishes of Flinders and Fingal, shown on the Fingal map as Main Creek south to Melway 260 B2 and Wallermeryong Creek from there to 259 J12.

The Flinders part of the Barkers' run must have been originally called the Burrabong run but when the parish of Finders was alienated crown allotment A of B (roughly Melway 260 A-D 10-11), consisting of 640 acres and granted to John Barker on 15-10-1855, was described as CAPE SCHANCK P.R. Therefore the Barkers' Cape Schanck run eventually extended east to adjoin Henry Tuck's Manton's Creek Run.

"The records only state that Edward Hobson bought Tootgarook Run from Smith in 1838." Which records?
"Tootgarook and White Cliffs were runs that seemed to overlap." I have seen no reference to a run called White Cliff. It is possible that Owen Cain's lime licence was for a portion of Tootgarook but he called his property TYRONE, not White Cliff.
"It was in 1844 that Hobson overlanded sheep from New South Wales for himself and the Meyricks. His own were driven to Tootgarook."
I have read plenty about E.W.Hobson and have seen no reference to him overlanding sheep from north of the Murray.He was no longer at Tootgarook from 1843.
His younger brother, Edward William Hobson (1816-1890?), grazier, was also born at Parramatta. As a youth he served as a sailor on ships plying between Tasmania, New Zealand, Western Australia and Port Phillip. Early in 1837 he established a small run on the Darebin Creek, near Melbourne. By June 1837 he had moved to the south-eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay and held a run, Kangerong, on the slopes of Arthur's Seat. This was followed by the establishment of Tootgarook, a run between Rye and Point Nepean.* In 1843 he also took over a run at Tarwin Meadows, on Anderson's Inlet and held it until January 1845. (*Actually between Anthonys Nose and about White Cliff until George Smith transferred the bay frontage (east of Adams Corner to the Rocks) to Andrew McCrae.)

In June 1841 he visited parts of Gippsland, in the area of the Latrobe River. In April 1844 he left Port Phillip with a large mob of cattle, paused at Tarwin Meadows, and then moved on into the Traralgon district. Four months later he took up, on behalf of his brother Edmund, a run of 19,000 acres (7689 ha) in this area. On Edmund's death in 1848, the control of this run passed to his executors, J. H. N. Cassell and J. R. Murphy, although Edward remained in occupation. In 1853 the run was divided into Traralgon East and Traralgon West, Edward Hobson occupying the latter for a few months. Although reasonably successful up to this time Hobson, who had been made a justice of the peace in 1847, now lost substantially in investments in shipping*.
(*The oft-repeated claim that he owned the Rosebud when it was beached in 1855 and it was uninsured is wrong. He did own it in 1854 but had obviously sold it to James Purves who had insured it for 700 pounds with a group of a dozen brokers, some of whom would not pay their share of the payout, thus providing terrific evidence of these facts.)

Page 42. "The name Woul Woul a Ballak had been dropped." George Smith, from 1843 to 1850, called the run TOOTGAROOK. As Marie Hansen Fels concluded, the W word was the name of his homestead, not his run.

"Hobson had already transferred his horses to Tootgarook by 1840. His very enterprising attitude and aptitude always alert, for he now discovered he also had lime deposits on his land at Tootgarook. (That sounds fair enough!) He erected three kilns and put in tramlines across the foreshore (there was no coast road then)at Boneo Rd, Truemans Rd and White Cliffs (where a restored Kiln is on the foreshore.) The last Kiln at Truemans Rd was there until as recently as 1997-8."

The tramlines may have existed and lime was certainly loaded at Boneo Road, by the Cairns family and possibly by James Patterson who was an early lime burner too. The tramlines folklore and the 1997-8 kiln were more likely to do with G.W.Hiscock and the 1920's tramline his Cicada fertiliser company built from the swamp along the east side of Truemans Rd to their manufacturing plant on the motel site. I'm not sure whether the kiln on the east side of White Cliff is a restored one or just a replica. He would have needed an awful lot of workers if he established three kilns and it is more likely that the lime loaded at White Cliff was Owen Cain's; if I remember correctly, today's Centre Drive was Owen's loading road.

Page 43. "In 1850, James Purves, an estate agent and auctioneer in Melbourne, whose brother Peter had managed Tootgarook for Hobson for the past few years was to purchase it and continue to raise bloodline horses."
Although there was a notice re payment required for depasturing licences from George Smith in 1850, Smith may have already left for California by then. Without any certainty about when he'd be back, Smith had probably asked Edward Hobson if he wanted to take over the lease, but still being on the run named with a corruption of the aboriginal phrase for RIVER OF LITTLE FISH (TRARALGON), he would have needed a manager for Tootgarook until he could dispose of the lease. Peter Purves would have been running Tootgarook for only about a year before Edward sold the leasehold to Peter's brother. Two years later, Peter was joined by James Purves, his long-alienated son, after whom Purves Rd on the south slope of Arthurs Seat was named.


The Meyrick information generally agrees with that found in biographies and heritage studies but the surname does not end with S. "In 1845, Hobson and Maurice Meyricks travelled to Gippsland to investigate grazing there" needs some clarification. Edward William Hobson had INVESTIGATED Gippsland in 1841 according to the portion of his biography pasted above and leased land at Tarwin River from 1843 before arriving at Traralgon (Doctor Edmund's run)in late 1844 while, following the arrival of Brodribb, Bennett, Gorringe and Turnbull, "Another settler who came here towards the end of 1845 was Maurice Meyrick. The Meyricks were friends of Hobson. There were three of them. Alfred and Maurice were brothers, and their cousin was Henry Meyrick. Henry Meyrick wrote some very interesting letters to his people at home in England while he was staying at Hobson's and they have all been kept for us to read, and are in the La Trobe Library in Melbourne.

Maurice Meyrick thought that there was enough room for him to squeeze in between Traralgon run and Hazelwood run, but he had to get out, and Hobson let him run his sheep on Traralgon run while he looked for another place for them.",according to THE RIVER OF LITLE FISH, CHAPTER 2 (

Rosalind mentioned that because of the harsh conditions Alfred became ill and died and Henry's loneliness was eased by the arrival of Eagle, a young man from their home village, but Eagle died shortly afterwards as well. The above source confirms and adds to this information. "Early in 1846, Henry Meyrick set out from Port Phillip for Gipps' Land with his sheep. He came round through South Gipps' Land like all the others, and left his cousin Alfred in Melbourne to collect their cattle and to follow on. Henry had, as one of his assistants, a young fellow called George Eagle, about whom I will tell you more later*. Eagle also had 200 sheep in the flock. The Meyricks had decided to take up two runs on the Macalister River called Glenmaggie and Glenfalloch. Of course you have heard of those names even today.

Well, Henry Meyrick eventually reached Hobson's with his sheep in April, and in his letters he tells his brother in England how he has lived under a tarpaulin for the last twelve months. The way of making a camp in those days, was to throw your tarp over your dray, and you had a ready made home. He had three flocks of sheep, one each Alfred, Maurice, and himself - but he had only had one man to help him look after them. He had 1500 lambs born to his sheep in 1846, and 1350 of those lived !"

*"Henry Meyrick kept the sheep on Hobson's run during the winter, and decided to go on to his runs up the Macalister after the shearing in the spring. But, on 31st July, 1846, death came to Hobson's. George Eagle and Henry were working together when about four o'clock in the afternoon, Eagle felt ill and lay down. He died within an hour. Nowadays we think he may have been bitten by a snake, but it was in the wintertime and there should have been no snakes about. Henry thought he had burst a blood vessel. Henry and Hobson got some boards to make a coffin, but when they went down the next day to where he had died, they found the poor fellow's body in such a condition that all they could do was put him between some sheets of bark and to bury him where he lay. If you are allowed to pass through Mr. Gilmour's farm, and go down onto the creek flats, you can see his grave. For over one hundred years there was just a grassy mound, and nothing more to show that there lay George Bolton Eagle, the first pioneer to die here at Traralgon, far away from his home in England, with just his two friends here, Edward Hobson and Henry Meyrick, to bury him."

Rosalind mentions that Henry drowned later riding for a doctor to attend a neighbour's wife. This too is confirmed by THE RIVER OF LITTLE FISH.
"After leaving Glenmaggie, Henry and Alfred Meyrick went to live for a while with the Desaillys at their station on the Thomson River. It was here that in May, 1847, a further tragedy occurred. Mrs. Desailly became gravely ill, and Henry insisted on riding all the way to Alberton to get a doctor, there being none anywhere else in Gipps' Land at that time. The Thomson River was in flood, and in swimming his horse across, he drowned. A coffin was made for his body when it could be found, but poor Mrs. Desailly died a few days later, and his coffin was used for her. His body was found later and was buried on the banks of the Thomson River."

In looking for an account of the Port Phillip Association "persuading" Fawkner to relocate to the south side of the Yarra, I stumbled upon Fawkner's memories of the events leading up to his desire to relocate to Port Phillip, his attempt to reach an agreement with Batman, his supposed sea sickness which prevented him accompanying Captain Lancey, the Jacksons, George Evans etc. Fawkner lists all the members of the Port Phillip Association (not including the Hentys as I had earlier speculated.) Above all, his account betrayed his jealous obsession to belittle the role Batman had played in the founding of Melbourne. Did you know that Batman's Hill had originally been named Pleasant Hill?
"On Saturday the 28th of August, the ‘Enterprize’ was duly moored to the growing trees close to the shore opposite to a Hill on which my men pitched their first tent and called by them Pleasant Hill, this hill subsequently by Mr B's toadyism, finding Milk, Butter, eggs and Poultry &c to the ruling powers that arrived in 1836 got changed to Batmans Hill."

A very interesting read.

Re Edward William Hobson, the Desaillys and Robert Jamieson. The Christmas dinner at Hobson's place is mentioned on page 41 of Rosalind's book. She wrote about the hardship (the struggle to survive)faced by the early settlers on page 10. The following article describes the party and the ordeal faced by Hobson's friends just to attend it.

Just like George Smith's so-called run WOUL WOUL A BALLACK, the Desailly run TONDOMOHUE seems to have been a rumour rather than a fact. After two whole days of research on trove, no mention was found of Tondomohue. (It has been found now. See below.) Marie Hansen Fels seems to provide an explanation* for the naming of Desailly's Waterhole (Melway 252, bottom of J5)in I SUCCEEDED ONCE.

*Edward William Hobson sent the Desailley brothers to Capel Sound to erect some dwellings there. Bear with me while I search for this reference. On page 176 the first reference to Capel Sound appears."He" is Dr. Edmund Hobson.
"He accompanied Lady Jane Franklin on her overland journey from Port Phillip to Sydney in 1839, and while on a stopover at Port Phillip, he visited Kangerong. In 1840 he returned permanently to Port Phillip with his wife Margaret, spending time at Kangerong while he was convalescing from pulmonary disease. While at Kangerong he travelled by gig to Wul-wul-a-bulluk, the station at Capel Sound, for which he held the licence with his brother, and the place where a substantial house was built by the time the McCrae family took up their run at Arthurs Seat."

This, at the bottom of page 176 would seem to disprove any claim that Hobson bought the lease of the run at Capel Sound* from George Smith in 1838.
"Edward Hobson was the first squatter on the Mornington Peninsula, and the extended families, together with their connections, were deeply engaged with the Bonurong."
(*As shown on the Melway key map, the western end of Capel Sound, accessed from the Rye and Sorrento Channels, is at the most, just east of Canterbury Jetty Road where George Gordon McCrae's seven miles from the Arthurs Seat homestead would have been.)

Aha! I would far rather prove than disprove unsubstantiated claims. Tondomohue is said to be shown on Smythe's 1841 survey for which I've provided a link, but the spelling used was Tondanue.

I found some labels in the first map (with Purves' P.R. superimposed)and can find labels approximating Boniyong and Drum Drum Alloc Creek (emptying into the swamp)but I can find nothing resembling TONDANUE.

The second map (untainted)only goes as far east as Freeman's station and Tootgarook as mentioned by Marie Hansen Fels and does not include the area where TONDANUE or Tondomohue was supposed to be.

Page 181."George Desailley
George Desailley was another youngster, just 17 years old when he crossed
over from VDL. His father was Dr Francis Desailley and his brother was Francis
Junior. They arrived in the ill-fated Britannia on 1 April 1839: the father went to
the Glenelg River, then to Gippsland. The two young brothers went to Edward
Hobson’s Kangerong station and seemingly formed an outstation for Hobson,
marked on Smythe’s 1841 map as Tondanue at the back of Rosebud, en route to
Boniong. The connection was a family one; Edward Hobson’s grandfather, Dr
Lutterell, was a friend of both Dr Francis and Dr TA Desailley. The Desailley
brothers ended up in the Riverina holding 2,000,000 acres – the largest
landholding in New South Wales.31 Desailley’s hut is shown near Tondanue at
the back of present Rosebud on a Thomas map.32"

I failed to find the reference to Hobson sending the Desailley brothers to Capel Sound to erect dwellings in I Succeeded Once , heritage studies or my journals but I know that I have given the source in a reply to Clive Smith of the Nepean Historical Society in a Facebook group in regard to Hobson's kiln and associated huts on section 13 Wannaeue (Melway 170A 2,3 west to about Chinamans Creek.)

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According to Victorian BDM, Nathan Page did not die in Victoria but he certainly did. According to one report of his death, he left no family* so it would be reasonable to assume that he never married. That's what I thought when I first wrote about Nathan's death and knew nothing of the availability online of Victorian BDM.

*A case of determined suicide was discovered on the 17th inst., when an old man named Nathan Page was found
dead in his hut at Canterbury, about three miles from Sorrento, with a bullet wound through his head. He was dead when found, and was lying across the bunk, with a revolver grasped in his right hand. One chamber was discharged. Death must have been instantaneous,the bullet having passed through the brain, and out at the top of the skull. Deceased was about 70 years of age, and an old resident of the place. For years he had been employed by Mr Cain, as storekeeper, but about two months ago he left, and started lime quarrying. He leaves no family. A coroner's inquiry was held yesterday, when a verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind was returned. (P.15, Weekly Times, 25-2-1899.)

I had found this death notice during my earlier research but there was no information that Bridget was the widow of the early limeburner. But it was enough to produce the sort of loose end which I detest!

PAGE. — On -May 26th, at her residence,63 Hawke-street, West Melbourne), Bridget, relict of the late Nathan Page, and dearly loved mother of Louisa(Mrs. Noonan), Elizabeth (Mrs. Childs), Edwin, Sarah, Fred, James, Dan, and the late Mary (Mrs. Brazil),and Will- May her soul rest, in peace.(P.18, Advocate, 9-6-1917.)

Having been unable to find Nathan's death record*, I wondered if there was a marriage record and without limiting the search to any time frame, I found just ONE marriage record. (*Eventually found. See end of journal.)

EventMarriage Event registration number1249 Registration year1853
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesNathan SexUnknown Spouse's family nameGILDAY Spouse's given namesBridget

Unfortunately marriage records do not detail locations, but birth records do! There is no doubt that Bridget and her husband were our Mornington Peninsula Pioneers. Elizabeth's death record proves that the subject of the death notice was indeed Bridget, nee Gilday.

EventBirth Event registration number4917 Registration year1855
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesWilliam Nathan SexUnknown Father's nameNathan Mother's nameBridget (Gildey) Place of birthPT NEPEAN

EventBirth Event registration number4740 Registration year1857
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesMary SexUnknown Father's nameNathan Mother's nameBridget (Gilday) Place of birthMELB

EventBirth Event registration number14129 Registration year1859
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesHarriett Elizabeth SexUnknown Father's nameNathan Mother's nameBridget (Gilday) Place of birthPOINT NEPE
EventDeath Event registration number4350 Registration year1925
Personal information
Family nameCHILDS Given namesHarriett Elizabeth SexFemale Father's namePAGE Nathanial Mother's nameBridget (Gilday) Place of birth Place of deathBRUNSWICK EAST Age63

EventBirth Event registration number16762 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesLouisa SexUnknown Father's nameNathan Mother's nameBridget (Gilday) Place of birthPOIN

EventBirth Event registration number14792 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesEdwin SexUnknown Father's nameNathan Mother's nameBridget (Bilday) Place of birthDROM

EventBirth Event registration number24488 Registration year1866
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesSarah Ann SexUnknown Father's nameNathen Mother's nameBridget (Gilday) Place of birthTOOTGAROOK

EventBirth Event registration number12163 Registration year1869
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesClementina Gertrude SexUnknown Father's nameNathan Mother's nameBridget (Gilday) Place of birthTOOTGAROOK
(EventDeath Event registration number8147 Registration year1870
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesClementina Gertrude SexUnknown Father's nameNathan Mother's nameBridget (Gilday) Place of birthTOOT Place of death Age1)

This was eventually found by deleting his given name and specifying 1899 as the death year.
EventDeath Event registration number3896 Registration year1899
Personal information
Family namePAGE Given namesNathaniel SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathTootgarook Age77

Nathan had selected crown allotment 21A, section B, Wannaeue of 130 acres 2 roods 32 perches, part of the subdivision of the Arthurs Seat Run. Its north west corner is opposite 284 Main Creek Rd with a road frontage extending 465 metres southward and a depth two thirds of the way to Mornington-Flinders Rd. Main Creek probably forming the eastern boundary. It is indicated by Melway 190 A-C 8(bottom), 9(top.)

Paste into your search bar to see c/a 21A labelled Nathan Page.

The land was granted to John Cain on 5-3-1895. It is possible that clearing the selection had been too difficult for Nathan and that John Cain had taken it over, promising Nathan steady employment as long as he desired it, which he certainly did provide. It is also possible that Nathan and Bridget missed their old lime burning friends near Rye. It was probably because of this property that John Cain called his heritage-listed cottage in Boneo Rd just south of Bunnings "Midway".

Perhaps Nathan liked his life in the bush and remained there where he was assured of regular income during the 1890's depression, and Bridget had moved to the city to care for an elderly relative, supported by Nathan's earnings.

There were countless reports of Nathan's sad end and I am fairly certain that one, perhaps the report of the inquest at Sorrento, mentioned that he was in great pain. Suicides were very common in those days, the cause usually being pain, bereavement, financial problems or romantic obstacles.

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N.B. The designations of three generations of J.V.A.Bruce as J.V.A.Bruce 1, 2 and 3 apply only to those in Australia. The father of John vans Agnew Bruce 1,(d. 1863), was also named John Vans Agnew Bruce!

"Bruces of Paterson, Lang and Bruce, the well-known merchants of Flinders Lane, Melbourne, had a house on the Survey just to the south of what is now known as Ellerina Road, the boundary between the Shires of Flinders and Mornington. The Bruce family was that to which Lord Stanley Melbourne Bruce, one time Prime Minister of Australia belonged." (P. 45.)

The above quote is from Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. The only other reference to Bruce in the index is for page 177 but I also recall it being mentioned that Big Clarke had given a portion of the Survey as a wedding present to his son in law, and this could only have been in Colin's book. A half hour's search has failed to find this claim. Interestingly C.N.Hollinshed, who based most of his information about Dromana in LIME LAND LEISURE on Colin's manuscript, often verbatim, must have also seen the claim and has presented detailed information on page 38 of his LIME LAND LEISURE, which I will paraphrase from my notes.

W.J.T.Clarke bought the Survey in three parts, the southern portion in 1851, the central part in 1852 and the northern part in August 1856. He sold the northern part to (Robert*) Vans Agnew in September, 1856 at a 600 pound profit.

* This is the only death record for Robert Vans Agnew Bruce on Victorian BDM.
EventDeath Event registration number6087 Registration year1881
Personal information
Family nameBRUCE Given namesRobert Vans Agnew SexUnknown Father's nameRobt Vans Agnew Mother's nameMargaret (Mcfarlane)** Place of birth Place of deathST KILDA Age25

The obvious conclusion would be that the above deceased could not have bought the northern part of the Survey in 1856, because that was roughly when he was born, and that the purchaser was his father. However, the birth record features just one of the many mistakes in Victorian BDM. His father's name was John, not Robert, as shown by the death notice.

BRUCE.—On the 23rd inst., at St Kilda, Robert, the younger son of the late John Vans Agnew Bruce,aged 25 years.
(P.1, Argus, 25-4-1881.)

Robert's father had died in 1863, also at a very early age.
BRUCE -On the 5th inst., at his residence, Essendon, of apoplexy, John Vans Agnew Bruce, Esq., of the firm of Messrs. Cornish and Bruce, railway contractors, aged forty-one.(P.4, Argus, 6-4-1863.)

THERE ARE SEVERAL OBITUARIES FOR J.V.A.BRUCE 1. Born in Edinburgh and having received the sound education expected in Scotland, he followed mechanical pursuits with several railway companies there and after arriving in Victoria circa 1851 constructed roads and in 1858 with Mr Cornish won the contract for building the Mt Alexander and Murray River Railway as far as Sandhurst (Bendigo.) The obituaries mention his benevolence. (Such empathy was obviously not extended to the mainly Irish workforce on the railway as illustrated by the revolt of these workers soon after the line had reached Sunbury.*)
* (Paste into search bar.)
It appears that from some reason or other, Messrs Cornish and Bruce thought it would be more to their interest to pay their men monthly instead of fortnightly, their ostensible excuse being that it was impossible in such a large contract to make out the necessary accounts more frequently. On various grounds the men protested against this. In the first place they alleged that as Cornish and Bruce received their payments fortnightly from the Government, they would suffer no inconvenience by paying their workmen at the same intervals. With respect to the impossibility of getting their accounts ready, it was urged that as English contractors, where the amount of wages, or at least the number of men employed, was fully treble that of the present contract, could pay not only fortnightly but weekly, without either trouble or inconvenience, it was not too much to expect Australian firms to at least pay as they were themselves paid. It was also reasonably stated that those engaged on the railway works were not in a position to obtain credit from storekeepers, butchers, bakers, or other tradesmen, and that really they could not support their families with the paltry assistance promised to bo advanced in the interval by the contractors, unless payments were made at less distant periods.

EventDeath Event registration number4125 Registration year1863
Personal information
Family nameBRUCE Given namesJohn Vans Agnew SexUnknown Father's nameJohn Vans Ag Mother's nameCatherine (Robertson) Place of birthEDIN Place of death Age41

Robert's mother died in 1868. Was the whole family doomed to die young?
BRUCE.--On the 4th inst., at her residence, Tintern,Toorak, Margaret Macfarlane, widow of the late John Vans Agnew Bruce, Esq., aged forty-seven years. (P.4, Argus, 5-10-1868.)

EventDeath Event registration number7648 Registration year1868
Personal information
Family nameBRUCE Given namesMargaret Menzies SexUnknown Father's nameMcfarland Pete Mother's nameSarah (Biffen) Place of birthIREL Place of death Age47
Margaret's death was recorded twice, the second record (number 9930) being identical.

The earliest recorded assessment (3-9-1864) of the Kangerong Road Board claims that Louis Edward Tassel was leasing a house and 1000 acres, net annual value 45 pounds, from William John Turner Clarke but as the tenant's name was actually Edwin Louis Tassell, it is probable that the landlord was wrong too, actually being "the estate of the late John Vans Agnew Bruce."

In 1879 John Bruce had been assessed on the 1000 acres, the northern fifth of the Survey. This was John Vans Agnew Bruce Jnr. Edward Louis Tassell had died young and the northern part of the Survey, known as the Brokil Estate was occupied for several years by a butcher.

EventDeath Event registration number1337 Registration year1871
Personal information
Family nameTASSELL Given namesEdwin Louis SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameJane Place of birthKENT Place of death Age37

MOUNT MARTHA- tenders invited and received up to 12th Nov, 1874 (answered on 15th), for a three years LEASE of BROKIL ESTATE(lately occupied by R. B. Riddler, Esq , butcher, previously late E. L. Tassell Esq) containing 1024 acres good pastoral land, well watered and subdivided, J. VANS AGNEW BRUCE, Fletcher street, Essendon.
(P.3, Argus, 29-4-1874.)

It stands to reason that John Vans Agnew Bruce 1 would have been a civil engineer and that his son J.V.A.Bruce 2 would have followed the same profession. In 1874, he was living at Essendon but two years earlier he was in financial trouble and living at Cranbourne*. Because of this temporary residence, I came across JAMES BRUCE of Sherwood Park in the parishes of Sherwood and Langwarrin. As this James Bruce probably died in Europe, it is not possible to determine from Victorian BDM if James Bruce of Sherwood Park was related in any way to the owners of the Brokil Estate.

*The following is a statement or schedule of the estate of Mr. John Vans Agnew Bruce, of Cranbourne,engineer, which had been filed in the Insolvent Court, in accordance with the provisions of the Insolvency Statute,1870 :
-Liabilities, £2,345 19s. 7d. ; assets, £135 ; deficiency, £2,210 19s. 7d. Mr. E. J. Powell,trustee.
(P.5, Argus, 25-10-1872.)
Both Cornish and J.V.A.Bruce 1 had died before their railway contract had been completed and in 1866 their executors sued the Crown for unpaid progress payments. The government's reluctance to do so may have been the reason behind the financial plight of J.V.A.Bruce 2 six years later.
THE GREAT 'TRIAL AT BAR' CORNISH AND BRUCE VERSUS THE QUEEN. Supreme Court--Thursday, Feb. 1. (Before the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Williams, and Sir Redmond Barry.)
Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917) Friday 2 February 1866 p 3 Article

BRUCE.—On the 26th inst., at Spring Meadows, Cranbourne, the wife of J. Vans Agnew Bruce of a daughter.
(P.4, Argus, 28-5-1872.)
There are no names supplied for the mother or daughter but those details will be on the child's birth record, won't they? There is no birth record!

BRUCE—EADES.—On the 10th ult., at St. Paul's Church, by the Rev. S. Lloyd Chase, John Vans Agnew, oldest son of the late J. V. A. Bruce, Esq., to Jennie, eldest daughter of the late Richard Eades, A.M., M.B.
(P.4, Argus, 4-2-1868.)

EventDeath Event registration number2135 Registration year1893
Personal information
Family nameBRUCE Given namesJno Vans Agnew SexMale Father's nameJno Vans Agnew Mother's nameMargt (Mcfarlane) Place of birth Place of deathHawth Age44

BRUCE.—On the 19th inst., at Currajong, Riversdale-road, Hawthorn, John Vans Agnew Bruce, aged 44 years.
(P.1, Argus,20-3-1893.)

This would seem to be John Vans Agnew Bruce 3.
EventMarriage Event registration number289 Registration year1891
Personal information
Family nameBRUCE Given namesJno Vans Agnew SexMale Spouse's family nameWAYMAN Spouse's given namesSarah Grace

BRUCE—Wayman.—On the 24th ult., at St. Peter's Church, Eastern Hill, by the Rev.-Canon Handfield, J. Vans Agnew, only son of J. V. A. Bruce, of Rose Hill, Kew, to Sara Grace, second daughter of the late Thomas Wayman, of Rheola, Victoria.

EventDeath Event registration number9911 Registration year1901
Personal information
Family nameBRUCE Given namesJno Vans Agnew SexUnknown Father's nameBruce Jno Vans Agnew Mother's nameEssie Jane Susannah (Eades) Place of birth Place of deathHawth Age32

The matter of another route to Dromana from Mornington along the foreshore, which will save a couple of miles and be one of the most beautiful drives in Victoria, is slowly working its way forward. The way is now
practically clear, as Sir Rupert Clarke is agreeable to give up land for a road through his property, and the executors of the late Mr Bruce are also agreeable to do the same. Before,Mr, Bruce opposed the road along the
coast; and gave £400 for one acre to effect his purpose in blocking it.
....... of the late Mr Bruce, known as Sea and Spring Paddocks, is being subdivided into small blocks,
and will be offered for sale by John Buchan and Co., at the end of Jan.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 19-12-1901.)

At 2 o'clock. on the Ground.
Unsurpassed as Sites for Marine residences
In Lots to suit the Smaller Farmer, Market Gardener and Others Practising Intense Culture.
Part of Jamieson's Special Survey, Renowned for the Excellence and Productiveness of the Soil, Especially that of the Well Watered Flats.
JOHN BUCHAN & CO. are instructed by the trustees of the late J.V.A.Bruce to sell by public auction, on the
ground early in the month of February, at 2 o'clock afternoon,
containing from 4 to 7 acres, fronting the Esplanade or Foreshore-road, running from MORNINGTON TO DROMANA on the southern slope of Mt. Martha, and commanding an uninterrupted view across the Bay, embracing the South Channel, the battery, Mud Island and the coast line, with its hamlets and towns, and ever varying objects to and through the Heads, as beautiful in detail as it is vast in extent, and presenting a never ending feast to the eye, while the grand ranges which divide Dromana from the ocean, and such a romantic character to the island scenery, temper the south-west gales. Some of the lots actually go to the water's edge, thus giving the fortunate owner the EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO THE SHORE which in older countries would be deemed invaluable. Being close to the town of Dromana, there is during the summer months daily access to the city by steamer and at all times by tram and coach, and as for rides and drives, no watering place compares in that respect with DROMANA,

Also ABOUT 1000 ACRES IN 16 LOTS agricultural, fruit growing and grazing land, subdivided as follows, viz.:
divided into 8 lots of about 50 acres each. This land is flat, well watered, is all cleared, has been fallow for many years, during which time stock has been depastured thereon, and it only requires to be ploughed and sown to produce for a certainty an ABUNDANT HARVEST, as when some years ago part of the land was cropped it gave a phenomenal return. Or for market garden purposes a supply of vegetables can be assured all the year round.

In Two Lots on the side of Mount Martha; light friable soil, kept moist by soakage from the mount, which also protects it from the hot winds, thus trendering (sic) it peculiarly adapted for fruit growing.

Lightly timbered, and of a fair agricultural character, divided into 5 blocks, varying from 40 a. to 130 a.,
suitable either for grazing or agriculture, or as park lands surrounding COUNTRY HOUSES.
This land occupies a more elevated position. is slightly undulating, and the prospect from every point of the compass is enchanting, while the district is proverbial for the purity of the air and the Salubrity of its Inhabitants.

Also, 42-ACRE HOMESTEAD BLOCK* bounded on 3 sides by Government roads and securely fenced. It is beautifully situated, with clumps of trees thereon; in fact an IDEAL RESIDENCE SITE.

The whole of the 1000 acres is fenced and fronts Government roads, so that each block (except the Bay frontages) will have a fence at two sides. It has all been surveyed by Mr H. E. Moors, engineer, and pegged out so that no difficulty can be experienced with regard to the blocks. It is part of the celebrated Jamieson's Special Survey, in the parish of Kangerong, and the land will be pointed out by the driver of the coach from Mornington to Dromana, or by Mr J. W. Hazeldine, electoral registrar and agent, Dromana.
Lithograph plans at auctioneers, 91 Queen street, Melbourne, where samples of the soil may also be seen.
The Crown certificate, at Messrs J.A.Wilmeth & Son. solicitors to the estate.No. 418 Little Collins street. Melbourne. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 26-12-1901.)

*SALE OF PROPERTY.-Messrs John Buchan and Co., of Melbourne, report having sold a block of land at Mount Martha, fronting the Dromana road,and known as the " three corner paddock," containing 42 acres 2 roods 5 perches, being part of Jamieson's special survey, and of the late (H.?)Bruce's estate. The price paid was £3 2s 6d per acre, the purchaser being Mr James Connell**, of Tuerong.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 29-8-1903.)

**You may recall that C.N.Hollinshed stated in LIME LAND LEISURE that Big Clarke had purchased the Survey in three parts in 1851, 1852 and 1856, the south, central and northern portions respectively. Colin McLear stated that W.J.T.Clarke wanted the survey to rest stock being driven to Melbourne from his Gippsland properties. As many graziers had such "Depots" so stock could regain condition on the way to market this was a reasonable assumption, but as there was no jetty at Dromana at the time and the Survey was so far from the shortest route, it may have been bought in the hope that the proposed Town of Dromana would result in a profitable land speculation. From 1846 to 1851 the whole 5120 acre Survey was leased by Henry Dunn but Jamieson became insolvent and the administrator of his insolvent estate was probably looking for increased revenue so that creditors could be compensated. In 1851, the whole survey had been leased out to three men, so Clarke was probably buying land with an assured rental income. It is no surprise that James Connell had bought the homestead block. He'd probably grown up there!

Evidently the first purchase of land on the Peninsula was in 1841. The special survey system, previously confined to South Australia, was then resorted to in Port Phillip. A person paying £5120 into the Treasury had
the right of directing the authorities to make him a survey of eight square miles of unreserved territory, subject to certain provisions relating to water frontages and other matters. Between March 17 and May 1 in that year eight special surveys had been applied for in Port Phillip. One of the applicants was Mr. H. Jamieson, who chose his 5120 acres between Mount Martha and Arthur's Seat. His area included Hobson's Flats, and was bounded on the west by Port Phillip Bay. A very well-finished house, costing £500, which was put up on this survey, was
at that time considered a very fine structure, and was probably as good a dwelling as any in the colony. The
survey was occupied for some time by Jamieson Bros, and later on passed into the hands of the Bank of Australasia.

In the middle of January, 1851, Mr Graves, now of Woodlands,Flinders, entered into a tenancy of 4120 acres of the area. The other portion, including the house, was rented by Connell Bros. When Mr Graves and his partner, Mr Brown Lee (who at the start, went in extensively for wheat growing), had occupied the place for about five years, it was purchased by Mr Clark (sic), the grandfather of Sir Rupert Clark(sic), the present owner. Five years after the sale Mr Clark (sic), Mr Griffiths(sic), and Mr Gibson, whose families are still in possession, became the tenants* of the property. The rental paid by Messrs Graves and Brown Lee in the early days was 10s per acre.

(P.6, Mornington Standard, 2-9-1905. Leonard Wilding's History of the Mornington Peninsula.)

N.B. Clark should be Clarke, Griffiths should be Griffith and the Clarkes couldn't be tenants as they owned the property.James Connell, who died in 1926 aged 73, played in the first football match FOUGHT OUT on the peninsula.

Being of magnificent physique, he was an athlete of no mean repute, and took part in the first historic football
match played on the Peninsula. This was when two teams, captained by the Barker brothers, of Barker's station, Flinders, just home from college - from the Flinders and Balnarring districts met at Balnarring. Football was played for ten minutes and then the two teams fought each other until dark, some players even being chased to their homes.(P.6, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 25-6-1926.)

The homestead block or triangle paddock was almost certainly the triangle north of McKenzie's Junction (Melway 151C11) bounded by the Nepean Highway, Old Moorooduc Rd and a line connecting Bruce Rd and Foxeys Rd. Brokil Creek (renamed after Edwin Louis Tassell near its mouth) runs under Nepean Highway at the north west corner of the triangle.

It seems certain that this was the "triangular block, the base of which was formed by Nepean Highway and the sides of Moorooduc Road and the higher reaches of Tassells Creek" which Samuel Stenniken "had" near Dromana according to page 45 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. He was obviously leasing the paddock from J.V.A.Bruce 2. I recall that Sam had purchased land farther north and he may have used these as depots when taking stock to market. The advantage to John Bruce 2 would probably be that when he arrived for "the Season", the homestead would not be surrounded by long dry grass, presenting risk of a wildfire, as well as rental paid. Colin McLear continued, "When the Bruces holidayed there, (Sam's daughter) Maria (1855-1927)worked as a maid in their house." This would have been before her marriage to Godfrey Burdett Wilson in 1878.

Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883-1967), businessman, prime minister and public servant, was born on 15 April 1883 at St Kilda, Victoria, youngest of five children of John Munro Bruce and his wife Mary Ann, née Henderson. His parents were comfortably circumstanced, his father having become a partner in the softgoods importing firm of Paterson, Laing & Bruce in 1878. (Australian Dictionary of Biography.)

Was John Munro Bruce a brother of J.V.A.Bruce 1?
This would seem not to be the case.
BRUCE.—(By cable)—On the 3rd inst, at London, Susannah Herbert, widow of the late William Duff Bruce, C.E., brother of the late John Munro Bruce and George W.Bruce, of Melbourne ,and sister of William Henry Lloyd, "Wimmera," Geelong. Deeply regretted.(P.1, Geelong Advertiser, 6-4-1907.)

Nothing in his obituary points to any similarity in his background and that of J.V.A.Bruce 1.
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Saturday 11 May 1901 p 27 Article
Mr. John Munro Bruce was born on 10th October, 1840, at Brooklawn, County of Leitrim, Ireland, and was educated at Madras College, St.Andrew's. Scotland. In 1853 he went to Newry, where he was apprenticed to Henry Hawkins and Co. for five years. A few days after completing his apprenticeship he sailed for Melbourne, in fulfilment of a desire of long standing, in the Ellen Stuart, arriving here 8th December, 1858.

Parish of Sherwood.
- Near Cranbourne,
Close to Dr. Adams's woll-known Homestead,
That First-class Grazing Estate, Known as
The Property of James Bruce, Esq. (now in Europe),
3691A. 1 R. 25 P. (P.2, Argus, 18-7-1876.)


A man named William Anderson was driving
a horse and cart along the Keilor road, on the
15th. inst., when the horse, which was a young,
one, and not much accustomed to harness, got
frightened and bolted. The man was thrown out
of the dray, and on being picked up he was found
to be insensible; his foot was also dreadfully
smashed. He was removed to the Hospital, and
as soon as he had rallied a little from the shock,
amputation was performed. He progressed fa-
vorably for a few days, when he grew worse,
gradually sank, and died on the 25th inst. An
inquest was held on the body yesterday, and the
jury returned a verdict in accordance with the
evidence. (P.4, The Age, 28-2-1862.)

EventDeath Event registration number2306 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesWilliam SexUnknown Father's nameU Mother's name Place of birth Place of death Age56

One of the Keilor historical souvenirs had the family's story and stated that the accident happened near the Keilor bridge. The death was obviously registered at the hospital in Melbourne.

From the Keilor Centenary Souvenir 1950 transcribed by hand into D.H.O.T.A.M.A. in 1989,sourced for this passage on page 54 of my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA and copied to here.
Blacksmith, William Anderson was killed in an accident near the toll gate at the Keilor bridge (Brees’ 1854 bridge) on 25-2-1862, leaving his wife Catherine (nee Clark) and children, Janet, Catherine, Margaret, Alex. and James. The widow was Keilor’s midwife for thirty years until dying in September 1892. The daughter named after her seems to have been a pioneer of Ardmillan Rd from 1877 until 1894* (at old No.81, now 65 and 65A and from March 1909 Miss Morris’s Blinkbonnie Ladies College), (when she probably moved back into her late mother’s Keilor residenceX). James worked at many occupations including that of shearer, was an overseer at Arundel in 1868, and in 1882 bought a butcher’s shop in Keilor. When that was sold, he and his wife (Annie Grace, daughter of Donald Stewart) went to a farm on North Pole Rd (50 acres in section 12 on the west side of Spring Gully) and afterwards to Springbank.
* POSTSCRIPT. This Miss Catherine Anderson (in the directories) was obviously Mrs Catherine Anderson who still owned her Ardmillan Rd house in 1892 but had moved into the homestead of Shelton Farm with James and Annie. After her death, she'd still be listed until someone like Miss Morris replaced her as occupant. William and Catherine's daughter, Catherine, had become Mrs Aitken and died in 1884.

A press report of the Oakland Hunt Club’s meet of 20-5- 1899 says that the quarry was chased around Pinnacle Hill to a slaughterhouse, then east to Anderson’s well-kept farm etc. James later, some time after 1930, moved to a farm called Braeside (the 30 ½ acres in Keilor containing Meehan Ct, Watson Rise, Fleming Ct and Tan Ct), where he died on 2-6-1943 at 96. His son Don bought a part of William O’Neil’s Horseshoe Bend Farm in 1937 and his orchard became a feature for those descending down Curley’s Hill into Keilor. Don’s son, Peter, married a daughter of the Hendersons from Tullamarine and still lives across Church St from his grandfather’s Braeside land.
In 1900 James Anderson was farming Springbank of 179 acres and 214 acres (probably Sinclair’s Farm of 114 acres and two farms of about 50 acres each fronting the north side of Rose Hill Rd. He also had 50 acres accessed from North Pole Road (Cox’s Farm, lot 10 of section 12). He later owned “Braeside” on the hill overlooking Church St. and Green Gully Rd. at Keilor.

On 9-8-1855, James Wilson bought Spring Bank from J.P.Main for 4732 pounds. Wilson claimed to have established the farm in 1857 (Victoria and Its Metropolis 1888). Did he mortgage it straight after the purchase and take two years to pay it off? This land ran south 4008 links from the northern boundary of section 12 to the northern boundary of Niddrie Secondary College (29 662.) These boundaries explain the bends in Newman Cres. (north) and Garnet St (south). It is of interest that John Wilson started leasing 18c (which touches the n/w corner of section 12) from J.P.Bear on 31-7- 1855, just over a week before James Wilson bought Springbank.

Wilson’s family seems to have owned the property until 1918. James Anderson was occupying Springbank, possibly by 1895 (1918-23 years) and certainly by mid 1899 (Oaklands Hunt report) and was still there in 1930, his address being given as Buckley Park (Vol.534 fol.973). No mention of Springbank is made in the James Wilson or James Anderson title index but “Sam Merrifield’s House Names Index” contains an entry claiming that Anderson owned the farm. (Owner Mr Anderson. Occupier Mr Swan, butcher of Essendon. Vide Essendon Gazette 8/2/1900. 2 storied brick mansion. Abuts Conniston Ave. Demolished 1930’s.) Conniston Ave. could have been Hoffmans Rd or Teague St.
Land Plan 10004, lodged by C.R.Anderson on 27-11-1923, deals with the subdivision of Springbank. The plan shows that the northern boundary of section 12 was the front fenceline of houses on the north side of Farrell St. The south boundary of Springbank was at the southern end of the bend in Garnet St. See further details at end of Section 12 entry under Hoffmans Rd heading.
Peter Anderson told me that James Anderson’s youngest son was named Colin when I asked if he’d heard of C.R.Anderson. However, the second Christian name of Colin, born in 1900 at Keilor to James Anderson and Annie (nee Stewart), was Lindsay. C.R.Anderson lodged many land plans and was probably no relation of the Springbank farmer.

From page A.17 of DHOTAMA but not mentioned above, sourced from Keilor Centenary Souvenir 1950.
James Anderson of "Braeside" was the son of Mr William Anderson and was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1847. He arrived in Victoria at the age of seven and his father set up at Keilor as a blacksmith. James's father was killed as the result of an accident near the toll gate at the bridge. James was a versatile man and followed several rural occupations including that of shearer.He owned several racehorses and won 21 steeplechases with the noted Springfield, trained by Mr. Wally Cox, father of Mr.W.S.Cox, secretary of the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Another of his horses to be successful on the Victorian turf was Zircon.

James Anderson's wife was the daughter of Donald Stewart who came out in early days and joined up with Cornish and Bruce, contractors for the construction of the Bendigo railway. Mr Stewart remained with the construction as far as Sunbury and was there associated with the railway for the rest of his life. James Anderson who died on 2-6-1943 at the age of 96 was buried in the Presbyterian section at the Keilor Cemetery.

The Anderson family (i.e. James) had their dairy farm on the present area of the Hoffmans Rd shopping centre. The Anderson home was on the site of the service station*.(Proclamation of the City of Keilor 1961.) (*Postscript 22-10-1992. On the south corner of Teague St and Hoffmans Rd, demolished nine months ago.)

The Keilor ratebook of 1868 shows that Catherine Anderson paid rates on a house on half an acre in Keilor Village. She was probably William's widow. The 1868 directory listed: J.W.Anderson, overseer, Arundel. This was probably James, born in 1847 and thus about 21 years old.

The housing problem in 1882 was just as acute as it is now, and Mr and Mrs Anderson bought a butchery business in Keilor to get occupation of the residential portion.When it was sold, they went to the farm on the North Pole (Milleara) Road and later to Springbank.(Keilor Centenary Souvenir 1950.)

I had earlier thought that this North Pole Rd farm might have been Cox's farm accessed from North Pole Rd along the present Clark's Rd, UNTIL I found the death notice of William's widow, the mother of James. Crown allotment 11B, Doutta Galla was bounded by today's Milleara, Clarks and Rachelle Rds, extending south to Buckley St. It was granted to John Pascoe Fawkner with blocks allocated to his land co-op. members. John Beale finished up owning at least two thirds of the land and called his farm "Shelton". He later retired to Admillan Rd,Moonee Ponds, naming his new residence "Shelton". Another early resident of this street was Miss Catherine Anderson, who has been mentioned before.

ANDERSON.—On the 10th inst., at her son's residence, Shelton Farm, Keilor, Catherine, relict of the late
William Anderson of Keilor, aged 87 years.

The Friends of Mr. JAMES ANDERSON are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late beloved mother, Mrs. Catherine Anderson to her place of interment, in the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral will leave his residence, Shelton Farm,Keilor THIS DAY (Monday, 12th inst.), at 1 o'clock.
(Both P.1, Argus, 12-9-1892.)

EventDeath Event registration number10668 Registration year1892
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesCath SexFemale Father's nameClarke Hy Mother's nameCath (Spence) Place of birth Place of deathKeilor Age87

EventDeath Event registration number5543 Registration year1943
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesJames SexMale Father's nameANDERSON William Mother's nameCathrine (Clark) Place of birthSPRINGFIELD SCOTLAND Place of deathKEILOR Age96

JAMES ANDERSON'S AUNT. Shelton was an aged care home for two years!
WILKIE— On the 24th July, at the residence of her nephew, James Anderson, Keilor, Mrs. Janet Wilkie, in her 93rd year, late of Edinburgh. Home and New Zealand papers please copy.(P.5, The Age, 25-7-1891.)

CATHERINE'S DEATH AT SHELTON in 1892 ties in with my assumption that James was on Springbank from about 1895. He'd certainly left Shelton by the end of 1896.
HUMPHREYS - On the 17th November, at 19 Byron-street, off Chetwynd-street, North Melbourne, the wife
of W. J. Humphreys, of Shelton Farm, Keilor, of a son. Both doing well.(P.35, Leader, 28-11-1896.)

Google .
By 1885, James was the grantee of lot 20, section A, parish of Maribyrnong, of 20 acres, bounded by Sunshine Avenue, Stensons Rd., Driscolls Rd. and a line joining Cook and William St. (Melway 14 F11.) In 1900-1, James O'Donnell owned this grant. James Anderson now owned lots 21, 22, 23 and 24 (which I now, in 2017, understand to be those suburban lots of Keilor Village bounded by Church St on the north and Green Gully Rd on the west and extending east just past Kennedy St. In 1900-1, Thomas Dargan was leasing this property (Braeside) of thirty and a half acres from James.

Notice is hereby given, that at the annual election for Maribyrnong Riding, held before me this day, the
number of votes polled by each candidate was as follows :
Alfred Henry Padley .. .. .. 39
Edward Hassed .. .. .. .. 33
Majority for Alfred Henry Padley .. 6 (P.5, Argus, 10-8-1889.)

Whereas,James Anderson, of Keilor, farmer, Edward Hassed, storekeeper, Keilor, and Alfred Henry Padley, of St. Albans, banker,have been nominated for the office of councillor of the said shire, at the election to be held for the Maribyrnong Riding of the said shire. A POLL will be TAKEN for the ELECTION of one COUNCILLOR,at the court-house, Keilor, on Thursday, the 8th day of August, 1889, between the hours of 8 o'clock a.m. and 4 o'clock p.m.DAVID MILBURN, Returning Officer. Keilor-grange 30th July, 1889. (P.12, Argus, 31-7-1889.)

It may be that there was no preferential voting in those days and James decided to withdraw so that the votes of the true locals would not be split between himself and Edward Hassed. Alfred Hadley was so eager to ensure municipal support for his company's grand plans at St. Albans that he became a councillor of both the Braybrook* and Keilor Shires. It was not long before the company was asking for the private streets on its subdivision to be declared as public roads (with upkeep of them becoming a shire responsibility.) Luckily Cr.Michael Fox opposed the request.
(* Braybrook Shire Council. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1889. Present—Crs. Barnett, Derham, Padley. Christie, W. Hopkins, Mullenger, and Dickson.
Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Saturday 7 September 1889 p 2 Article)

James had another try in 1894 but was beaten by 7 votes by David Milburn.(P.9, Argus, 25-8-1894.) In 1895, he tried again in the Doutta Galla Riding but was convincingly beaten by William Delahey.

OFFSPRING OF WILLIAM AND CATHERINE.(Janet, Catherine, Margaret*, Alex. and James.)
*Mo family notices have been found re Margaret (marriage or death.) As Marriage records do not specify place of marriage or parents, and there is no clue as to how long she might have lived even if she didn't marry, I've reluctantly abandoned my search for Margaret.

On the 30th inst., by the Rev. Dr. Cairns, Mr.Andrew Duncan, Keilor, son of Mr. William Duncan,Dee Castle, to Janet, eldest daughter of Mr. William Anderson, of Keilor, late of Springfield, Fifeshire. (P.4, Argus, 31-5-1856.)

Two years or less in Keilor and Catherine would have been over the moon with happiness at her daughter having found a good man so soon.

AITKEN-On the 28th inst., Catherine the beloved wife of Alexr. Aitken, of Heathcote, and daughter of Mrs. Wm.
Anderson, of Keilor (late of Springfield,Cupar, Fyfeshire, Scotland), aged 45 years. Home papers please copy.
(P.2, The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser, 1-8-1884.)

AITKEN.— On the 28th July, at Victoria Hill, Heathcote, Catherine, beloved wife of Alexander Aitken,and eldest surviving daughter of Mrs. Wm. Anderson,Keilor, late of Fifeshire, Scotland.(P.39, Leader, 9-8-1884.)
I wonder if the Aitken presence in that area influenced Gordon Roy, the son of James and Annie to move in that direction.

In view of Catherine's marriage, the Miss Catherine Anderson, listed so long in Essendon directories as a resident of Ardmillan Rd., must have been Mrs Catherine Anderson, William's widow.

KING.—On the 12th of February, at her daughter's residence, Bourke street, Korumburra, Nurse Margaret King, late of Malvern, dearly beloved mother of Marion (Mrs. L. Dawson, Korumburra), dearly loved sister of Mrs. J. Anderson, Keilor) and Mrs. Young (20 Davey avenue,Oakleigh) P.1, Argus, 14-2-1927.)

YOUNG. - On July 13, at Oakleigh,Mary, dearly loved sister of Annie Anderson, of Keilor.(P.2, Argus,15-7-1948.)
Plus 8 detailed death notices on page 8.

ANDERSON.—On the 10th April at his residence, 21 Moor street, Fitzroy, Alexander Leslie loved elder brother of James Anderson,Braeside, Keilor, aged 91 years.(P.1, Argus, 24-4-1935.)

EventMarriage Event registration number743 Registration year1882
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesJames SexMale Spouse's family nameSTEWART Spouse's given namesAnn

ANDERSON—STEWART.—[Golden Wedding.]—
On the 17th January, 1882, at the residence of the bride's parents by the late Rev. Hugh McKail, James Anderson, of Keilor, to Annie Grace, second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.Donald Stewart, Holden.
(P. 15, Argus, 16-1-1932.)

THEIR CHILDREN. (From the death notice for James near the end of the journal:
James (1st A.I.F.), Leslie, Florence (Mrs. Dawson, deceased), Donald (1st A.I.F.), William (1st A.I.F.), Gordon (1st A.I.F.), Janet (Mrs.Yates), and Colin.)
EventBirth Event registration number19375 Registration year1886
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesLeslie SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameAnnie (Stewart) Place of birthKEIL

EventBirth Event registration number4297 Registration year1891
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesDonald Clarke SexMale Father's nameJas Mother's nameAnnie (Stewart) Place of birthKEILOR

EventBirth Event registration number21922 Registration year1895
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesGordon Roy SexMale Father's nameJas Mother's nameAnnie (Stewart) Place of birthKEILOR

EventBirth Event registration number4126 Registration year1900
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesColin Lindsay SexMale Father's nameJames Mother's nameAnnie (Stewart) Place of birthKEILOR


EventDeath Event registration number9162 Registration year1931
Personal information
Family nameDAWSON Given namesFlorence Catherine SexFemale Father's nameANDERSON James Mother's nameAnnie Grace (Stewart) Place of birth Place of deathESSENDON Age42

DAWSON.—A tribute of respect to our loved son-in-law, Peter Dawson who passed away at 5 Grice Street, Essendon, on July 23, 1935.(Inserted by Mr. and Mrs. J. Anderson, Keilor.) P.1, Argus, 24-7-1935.)

DAWSON.—In sad and loving memory of our
dear daughter Florence Catherine, who passed
away on September 28, 1931, at 3 Richardson street,
Our wonderful girl.
And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill,
But oh ! for the touch of a vanished hand
and the sound of a voice that is still
-(Inserted by Mr. and Mrs. J Anderson, Brae=
side Keilor.)
DAWSON.—A tribute to the memory of my only
sister Floy, who passed on September 28, 1931, at
3 Richardson street, Essendon
You may break, you may shatter
The vase if you will
But the scent of the roses
Will hang round it still.
-(Inserted In Janet, Glide, and baby Florence
DAWSON.—Sacred to the memory of our dear
sister Florence Catherine, who passed to a higher
life, September 28, 1931.
Three little words,
Forget me not,
They don t seem much
But they mean a lot.
-(Inserted by Colin and Donald Anderson,
Keilor )
DAWSON.—In loving memory of our dear sister,
Floy, who died on September 28, 1931, at Essendon
For her sweet rest
For us just memories
-(Inserted by Jim and Elsie and Gordon and
DAWSON.—In fond and loving memory of my
dear sister, Florrie, who passed away on September
28 1931. My beautiful sister, (Inserted by her
loving brother, Les )
DAWSON.—In proud memory of Flo, one of
nature's gentlewomen, who passed into a higher
life on the 28th September, 1931. —The measure of
her life was the well spending of it, not the
length. She died as she lived, everyone's friend.
(Inserted by Will and Rene.) My good Aunty
Flo. (Little Betty) P.1, Argus, 28-9-1932.

At the ripe old age of 96 years there passed away in his sleep this week, Mr James Anderson, a pioneer dairy farmer of Keilor. He was the father of Mr Gordon R. Anderson, of Undera, a candidate in the Rodney election. Mr Anderson cancelled election meetings at Lockington and Bamawn in order to attend the funeral,which was held in Keilor today. (P.2, Shepparton Advertiser, 4-6-1943.)

HENDERSON - ANDERSON. -The engagement is announced of Beryl, youngest daughter of Mr.and Mrs. J. Henderson, Tullamarine, to Peter, youngest son of Mrs. R. Anderson. Keilor.(P.9, Argus, 19-12-1955.)

With some of my questions unanswered, such as a birth record for Peter, above, so I could find his parents, a sudden inspiration was to search for Braeside, Keilor on trove.

Wedding Bells - -
Keilor Bride
THE marriage of Miss Maria
Patricia Anderson eldest daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Ander-
son, of "Braeside" Keilor to Mr.
Mervyn Keith Missen was sol-
emnised at Christ Church of
England, Keilor, on Saturday,
the 19th of September, 1953, by
the Rev. D. Ganley. (P.3, Sunshine Advocate, 25-9-1953. A very long detailed report of the wedding.)
The Missens were from Taylors Rd., St. Albans. Siblings of bride and groom named.

Mr James Anderson, of Braeside.
Keilor, celebrated his 94th birthday
on Wednesday^ He is a regular at
tendant at the" Newmarket sales of
dairy cattle on Fridays. He arrived
in Australia" with his parents in
1854.(P.2, Camperdown Chronicle, 29-3-1941.)
The above was virtually copied from P. 4, Argus, 26-3-1941.

Engagement. — The engagement is
announced o£ Miss Violet Potter,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Pot
ler, o£ Narandera, to Mr. Gordon R.
Anderson, of Gillieston, Victoria, son
of Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, of
'Braeside,' Keilor, Victoria. (Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser, Friday 28 April 1922 p 2 Article)

Esscndon. — The monthly meeting was
held at the home of the secretary. The
president (Mrs Orr) presided, and be
fore commencing the business, asked the
members to stand in silence as a token
of respect to the late Mrs Dawson,
daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Anderson,
"Braeside," Keilor. Mrs Dawson, who
was a branch member, will be greatly
missed. She was always in her place at
meetings, socials, or any entertainment
that the branch was holding, and was a
delegate to the district council since its
formation, and was most liberal to the
funds of all.
Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954) Saturday 7 November 1931 p 20 Article

ANDERSON. Annie Grace (of
Braeside, Keilor). --On November
14, at the residence of her daugh-
ter, Mrs. C. Yates. 5 Grice cres-
cent, Essendon, wife of the late
James Anderson, fond and devoted
mother, of Les, mother-in-law of
Phyllis, and loving grandmother of
Marie, Lesley, Judith, and Stew-
art. Our beautiful mother. (P.16, Argus, 15-11-1952.)

ANDERSON.-On June 2, at his home,
Braeside, St. Albans road, Keilor, James,
dearly beloved husband of Annie Grace
Anderson, and loved father of James (1st
A.I.F.), Leslie, Florence (Mrs. Dawson, de-
ceased), Donald (1st A.I.F.), William (1st
A.I.F.), Gordon (1st A.I.F.), Janet (Mrs.
Yates), and Colin, in his 97th year. Peace-
fully at rest. (P.2, Argus, 3-6-1943.)
The Anderson boys certainly did their bit in W.W.1.

ANDERSON.—Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson
announce with pleasure the 60th anniversary
of their marriage at Holden on January 17,
1882. (Present address, Braeside, Keilor.) P.2, Argus, 17-1-1942.

Holden is the parish on the west side of Jacksons Creek between the Calder Park Thnderdome and, roughly, the northern boundary of Sunbury Cemetery, including Diggers Rest.

Flo's death notices (P.5, The Age, 3-10-1931) reveal that her brother James G. was at Gilleston with Gilbert Roy and that she was indeed the "Deeds" who seems to have been a nurse.

wILLIAM HOFFMAN'S grants went east from Hoffmans Rd halfway to Lincoln Rd, adjoining the Mar Lodge estate, which went east to McCracken St. Hoffman called his estate Butzbach. He also bought land across Hoffmans Rd on Mains Estate. At the time of W.W.1, BECAUSE OF ANTI GERMAN SENTIMENT, the Hoffman land on both sides of Hoffmans Rd was renamed the Buckley Park Estate, probably by the Croft family.

For that reason my search will continue as ANDERSON, BUCKLEY PARK.
You might have noticed that James Anderson's wife has only ever been referred to as the daughter of Donald Stewart, her mother's given name not being mentioned. Annie didn't help me much with this notice. However, Annie's mother's death record reveals the given name and Annie's death record reveals that Donald Stewart had married CATHERINE McLEAN.

STEWART.- In loving memory of my dear
mother, who passed peacefully away at "Spring-
bank", Essendon, on the 20th August, 1915,
Sadly missed.
Then why should our tears run down,
-And our hearts be sorely riven
For another gem in the Saviour's crown,
And another soul in heaven.
—A. Anderson. Buckley Park, Essendon.(P.6, The Age, 25-8-1917.)

How lucky was I, that the first of 37 Stewart death records in 1915 was the right one.

EventDeath Event registration number9634 Registration year1915
Personal information
Family nameSTEWART Given namesCath SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathKeilor Age80

EventDeath Event registration number14007 Registration year1952
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesAnnie Grace SexFemale Father's nameSTEWART Donald
Mother's name Catherine (Mclean)
Place of birthDIGGERS REST Place of deathESSENDON Age90

Sergeant J. G. Anderson, son of Mr.J. Anderson, of Buckley Park, writes from England, where he is on sick furlough. Sgt. Anderson enlisted soon after the start of the war, leaving Victoria on October 20th. 1914. He has
been on active service ever since, in Egypt, Gallipoli, Egypt and later inFrance. He was quite well at time of
writing, and expected to rejoin his unit. He appreciates the "Essendon Gazette," which he receives regularly,
thus keeping in touch with matters in the district. He has met several Essendon boys, including Sgt.-Maj. R.Gordon, Ralph Clark and E. Morgan.(P.1, Flemington Spectator, 4-1-1917.)

From "Colin Anderson" (Buckley park, Essendon).-''Dear Patience'-I would like to become one of your correspondents. I am twelve years old, and in the fourth class. I have two lambs; one's name is Cheeky, and I would like you to give me a name for the other one. I have two sisters; their names are Florrie and Janet. Florrie is a trained nurse. My father owns a large farm, and he has 56 cows milking. Our crops are coming up nicely after the rain. Your new correspondent. 'Colin.'
"-You are now enrolled as one of my correspondents, Colin, and I hope you will often write. Call the lamb Caper.'"Patience." (P.56, The Australasian, 19-10-1912.)

This family connection makes me wonder if Ralph Dixon an early resident of Niddrie (west side of Hoffmann's Rd, not the farm)who was mentioned in one of the Keilor historical souvenirs was a member of the same Dixon family.

Mr Ralph Dixon, aged 81 in 1961, set up his homestead in what is now Gilbertson St. (Melway 16 C12) in 1912. In 1923, he and his wife moved to Hoffmans Rd.On the five acre property, he operated a pig and poultry farmafter laying 3600 feet of water pipe from the nearest main in Hedderwick St.
(P.6, Proclamation of the City Of Keilor, 1961.)

In 1951, when Eddie Deutcher moved into Hoffmans Rd, only two residents lived there, Ralph Dixon, opposite May St. at what became number 47, and Harry George on the corner of Mary St. James Anderson's old homestead was painted pink and owned by a woman named Merle who sold the property to Shell in 1954-5.
(Page D.95, DHOTAMA.)

ANDERSON—DIXON.—On the 8th October 1913 at Scots Church, Collins street, by the Rev. W.Borland, M.A., James Grant eldest son of Mr.and Mrs. James Anderson of Buckley Park, Essendon, and Keilor, to Elsie, youngest daughter of Mr. Robert Dixon and the late Elizabeth McLean Dixon of 51 Bowen street, Moonee Ponds.At home Wednesday, December 3.(P.13, Argus, 15-11-1913.)

Mr. Josh. Nickolson is better known, perhaps,as a manufacturer of agricultural implements than as a farmer, but his title to rank in the latter calling is solidly based on the ownership of rather less than 200 acres of land in his own occupation. The farm is on the left of the Keilor-road, about seven miles from town, and was for some years tenanted by Mr. John Dick who resigned it to Mr. Nicholson rather more than two years ago ; the present crop is, therefore, the third since it came into his hands. The valley known as Spring Gulley (sic), runs through the western portion of the land, and, as the banks are covered with boniders, there is an area of twenty-fire acres still remaining in natural pastures, the extent under tillage this season being 120 acres. The homestead, most of which is of bluestone, is conveniently placed,it being nearly in the centre of the farm.
(Hamilton Spectator and Grange District Advertiser (South Melbourne, Vic. : 1860 - 1870) Wednesday 6 September 1865 p 3 Article)

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Fairview consisted of crown allotments 17 D and C, parish of Doutta Galla, a total of 188 acres 3 roods 0 perches on the south side of Keilor Rd from Hoffmans Rd, west to, inclusively, Spring St. house blocks, with the southern boundary indicated by the line of Clarks Rd extended east to Hoffmans Rd.

The eastern half of Fairview was immediately north of Wilson's "Springbank" which James Anderson had leased for 23 years from 1895 to 1918. The western half of Fairview was north east of the North pole Road farm "Shelton" which James Anderson had occupied before moving to Springbank. Leslie had been born in 1886*, possibly in the residential portion of the butcher's shop in Keilor Village but as a boy grew up a stone's throw from Fairview, on Shelton and Springbank!
*EventBirth Event registration number19375 Registration year1886
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesLeslie SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameAnnie (Stewart) Place of birthKEIL

A very pretty and interesting evening wedding was celebrated at St.John's Church, Essendon, on the evening of 22nd December, between Mr. Leslie Stewart Anderson, second eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, of Buckley Park, Essendon, and Miss Alma Ada Skinner, youngest daughter of the late William Skinner and Mrs. Ada Skinner,
of South Melbourne.etc. (P.3, Record, South Melbourne, 16-1-1915.)

Would this be the last Annie Grace would see of her son as he forged his own way in the world? Not really; his brave new world was next door, at least until Springbank was sold, with James and Annie probably moving to Braeside after the clearing sale in 1918.

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Two clouds in fact, with Annie's mother later dying at Springbank in August 1917.
SKINNER. —On the 28th December, Ada, widow of the late William Skinner, late of South Melbourne,loving and devoted mother of Mrs. Charles Damyon,St. Kilda; Mrs. Charles Browne, Keilor; Mrs.Arthur Irvine, Kalgoorlie, W. A.; Mrs. Leslie Anderson,Essendon: and William and Ernest Skinner,Melbourne Harbour Trust, aged 58 years.

SKINNER. —The Friends of the late Mrs. ADA SKINNER are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral will !eave the residence of her daughter (Mrs. Leslie Anderson), "Fairview," Keilor road,Essendon (one mile and a half from Keilor road tram terminus), THIS DAY (Thursday, 30th inst.),at 3 o'clock.
(Both P.1, Argus, 30-12-1915.)

I can find no birth notice for Peter Anderson, whom I interviewed in 1989 which agrees with the statement in his engagement notice that he was the son of Mrs R. Anderson of Keilor. I'd assumed back then that he was Donald's son. Peter is not listed in White Pages and may have passed away. I thought I might get a lead to Mrs R.Anderson's identity with an "ANDERSON, KEILOR" (luckily not restricted to Victoria) search on trove. If I'd discovered this article before I found out that James Anderson's wife, Annie Grace, was the daughter of Catherine Stewart, NEE McLEAN, it wouldn't have made half as much sense.

Fine Veteran Sportsman
One of the most interesting persons to meet in Victoria to-day is Mr.James Anderson, of Keilor, and, although in his 95th year, Mr. Anderson still retains every faculty. His memory of early days around Melbourne and on the goldfields is remarkable. Arriving in Australia at the age of nine* years Mr. Anderson with his father and mother went to reside at Keilor, and this old gentleman is still in residence there. He can point out today the places where the blacks held their corroboree, and that, in itself must take the mind back at least 80 years. For many years Mr. Anderson has been a dairy farmer and never misses a Friday at Newmarket, which is cow market day.

In his younger days Mr. Anderson did a lot of shearing and also some gold mining. He looks with pride at a gold ring he now wears, having dug the gold himself from a mine at 'Dead Horse Creek,' now known as Heathcote. Mr. Anderson is also proud of a feat he performed as a shearer. This was at Longoornong in the Wimmera district. This station was at this time managed by Mr. John M'Lean, and his brother, Mr. Allan M'Lean, was overseer. His record tally was 186 in a day — this, of course, was done with the blades; machines were not used at that time. Of these he had 28 shorn by breakfast, 90 at lunch hour, and 186 by the evening. He shore at many sheds, and well remembers having as a pen-mate 'Wild' Wright at Yanoo Station when this place was one of the biggest stations in Australia.

Mr.Anderson once bred and raced two well-known and successful jumping horses. They were Zircon and Springfield. They were trained by the late W. S. Cox, father of the present well known secretary of Moonee Valley. With Zircon he won four hurdle races, while Springfield was successful in noless than 21 steeplechases. The dam of these two horses was named Milkmaid, having been christened this because she pulled Mr. Anderson's milk cart for many years. The old gentleman chuckles greatly when these horses are referred to because of the fact that when they were winning races most racing folk spoke of them as 'half bred' horses. There is another side to this, however. Mr.Anderson was once looking for a horse to pull his spring cart, and was told by a friend of the late Mr. J. O.Inglis that there was a mare running in a grocer's cart that would suit him. Mr. Anderson secured the mare for £10. He used her in a milk cart,and then decided to breed from her with the happy results mentioned
above. In those days registration of horses was not in force, but he was well aware when he bought the mare
that she came out of J. O. Inglis' stud, and was not only a thoroughbred, but closely related on her dam's
side to Malua. it is therefore little wonder that Mr. Anderson smiles when people referred scathingly to his

He is hale and hearty to-day, and says that down to his knees he feels 18, but below his knees 118. In his
long life he has never had to seek the aid of a doctor, and he admits that he has had a hard but a good life.
He has reared eight sons and two daughters, and is proud of his family and help they have given him. His wife, who is 87, is still with him, and to use his own expression, he has been married over 60 years, and there has
never been a blow struck in his house yet. He is one of the best known men to attend Newmarket on Fridays,
and it is no exaggeration to say he is one of the best, if not the best, liked men at these sales.
(P.6, Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga, 28-5-1941.)

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I have been researching Michael Clancy since about 1990* but mainly in connection with Solomon's Ford, and never got around to details of his family except for articles about the drowning of a son (most likely wrongly stated as being at Solomon's ford) and the destruction of a house by fire. Before I get into the genealogy, I will present the information that seems to indicate that Michael Clancy and one of his daughters were liars.

(* The information about Michael and closed roads below comes from his entry in my handwritten DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND which also shows Michael's Braybrook Township blocks through which his ford was accessed. The source of my information was a typed copy of the closed roads inquiry produced by the defunct Sydenham Historical Society whose material was in the custody of the Keilor Historical Society.The Shire of Keilor later bought part of his land to provide legal access to the ford but I have not yet rediscovered this trove article.)

The Heritage Council has made official Valentine Jones' incorrect conclusion that the rock ford at Melway 27 B8 was Solomon's ford but an examination of the map obtained with a google search for BRAYBROOK TOWNSHIP, REID, 1855 will show that this ford did not exist in 1855 so it couldn't have been Grimes' Rocks of 1803 or the circa 1836 crossing place which was south of 5 Brentwood Drive (as shown by comparison of the 1855 map and Google satellite views.) Google, based on the Heritage Council of Victoria's blind acceptance of numerous heritage consultants' blind acceptance of Valentine Jones' wrong assumptions, has changed the label of the "rock ford" at 27 B8 to SOLOMONS FORD, turning myth into accepted fact. A desired outcome of this journal is that the ford at Melway 27 B8 will be officially named CLANCY'S FORD to honour the man who built it.

Canning Street Ford - VHD - Heritage Council of Victoria
HO109(2) - Solomons Ford, Braybrook. ... The Canning Street Ford is of local historical significance as one of the first crossing places of the Maribyrnong River ...

Michael Clancy’s evidence at an inquiry into closed roads in 1879 reveals that he had about 35 acres joining Mr.Porter and Mr. Fitzgerald’s properties and had arrived there in about 1856. Clancy and Munro, his neighbour in the township, were prevented from watering their cattle at the river by Derham, who also tore down 28 chains of Clancy’s 30 chain rock wall and threw the stones into his victim’s crops. Derham had Clancy’s lease of the river reserve cancelled. Harry Peck says that Derham, of fair complexion, as husky as a lumberjack, kept the pub at Braybrook and hunted others off hundreds of acres of land where he grazed about 200 horses for the Indian horse trade.

The above snippets from Michael's evidence came from a verbatim record obtained by the Sydenham Historical Society. The following article is less detailed but indicates that Michael's boundaries had been changed and a road (probably North Road as shown in Reid's 1855 map) had been closed, probably so Canning St could be extended to the Braybrook ford, as Clancy's ford was originally called. Mr Robinson must have been leasing James Robertson's Upper Keilor.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 18 July 1879 p 3 Article

The late Mrs. Whelan was born at Braybrook where her father was a farmer. She had lived at Williamson\'s Road, Maribyrnong, for seventy years. In the early days her mother was afraid of the blacks who were hostile. Mrs. Whelan remembered when the blacks used to hold corroborees at the spot where Moonee Ponds town hall now stands. Her father, the late Mr. Clancy, first built the ford over the Maribyrnong River known as Clancy\'s Ford. The late Mrs Whelan had eleven children, twenty-five grandchildren and thirty-two great grand-children.The funeral took place to Footscray Cemetery on Monday. (P.2, Sunshine Advocate, 24-10-1952.)

My branch of the family descends from Adam and Mary's second son, Patrick Whelan. In 1884 Patrick married Margaret Clancy at St Mary's Catholic Church in West Melbourne; both were in their mid-twenties. Margaret was a daughter of Michael Clancy and Margaret Scanlan, who migrated to Melbourne from Spiddle near the town of Galway, Ireland, in about 1857. Margaret was apparently the first white woman born in the area of Keilor Plains, then very much bushland and now suburban Melbourne's Avondale Heights, on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.)

I hope all of your heritage sites do not share the same sort of inaccurate conclusions found in the claims by Melbourne, Brimbank, Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong council heritage studies that Michael Clancy's ford at Melway 27 B8, probably built in the 1870's, was the first crossing place over the Saltwater River circa 1836 and the place where Charles Grimes' progress by boat up the Maribyrnong was halted by rocks in 1803.

The facts about Robin Hood and King Arthur are so distorted by myths that their true stories cannot be determined and the same has already happened to the truth about Solomon's Ford, with Clancy's rock ford at the aforementioned site now labelled as Solomon's ford on google maps.

What's the point of hard earned tax and rate payments being spent on heritage studies if they serve only to obscure fact by the addition of myths perpetuated until they become accepted as fact?

There is an early Braybrook Township map that those who declare Clancy's ford as being not only Solomon's ford but also Grimes' rocks of 1803 have obviously not seen. The meandering track south of the ford has been found (where undisturbed or not concealed) on the google satellite map. Gary Vines, a professional historian since 1989 or earlier, agrees that my conclusions are probably correct.

I'd like you to at least examine my journal. Until I discovered the 1855 map* I'd also taken Valentine Jones' conclusions as gospel!
Township of Braybrook [cartographic material] - National Library of ...


This has proven a difficult undertaking due to there being few family notices and birth records on Victorian BDM.

I had to make sure I had the right Michael Clancy so I started with trove.
CLANCY— DONOVAN.— On the 16th June, at St.Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, West Warburton, by Rev. Father Bakker, John Ambrose, youngest son of the late Michael and Margaret Clancy, of Braybrook, to Mary A. Dorothea (Minnie), youngest daughter of the late Charles and Mary Donovan, of Millgrove. (P.60, Leader, 26-7-1913.)

John's birth record will reveal his mother's maiden name and where his birth was registered.
EventBirth Event registration number3458 Registration year1872
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJohn SexUnknown Father's nameMichael Mother's nameMargaret (Scanlan) Place of birthMAID

Maidstone was nearer to Melbourne, and had a larger population so was more likely to have a registrar than the North Braybrook Township, sparsely settled because of Derham's tactics. However locality names were fairly fluid in those days and the locality of Maidstone may have included the old Braybrook Township as well as places like Hampstead and Albion.

EventBirth Event registration number23156 Registration year1869
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesKate SexUnknown Father's nameMichael Mother's nameMargret (Scanlan) Place of birthMAIDSTONE

I can't find the births of any other children to Michael and Margaret on Victorian BDM or Michael and Margaret's marriage record. It seems certain that John Ambrose Clancy was not only their last son but also the last child because Margaret died in 1872, the year of John's birth. Unfortunately, the place of death is not stated on her death record.
EventDeath Event registration number770 Registration year1872
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesMargaret SexUnknown Father's nameScanlon James Mother's nameBridget (Curran) Place of birthGALW Place of death Age40 Spouse's family nameCLANCY Spouse's given namesMichael

The CLANCY entry in my DHOTAMA alerted me that Margaret and the first of her sons named John who drowned aged 9 were buried at Keilor Cemetery.
CLANCY Margaret 12/01/1872 Keilor Cemetery Area K KE-K****222 Burial 12/01/1872

I'd run out of family notices that could produce a lead to a BDM record so I tried "CLANCY,SOLOMON'S FORD". Here's the house fire mentioned at the start of the journal.
A fire occurred on premises occupied by Peter Clancy, Solomon's Ford, near Braybrook, yesterday morning, at 1 o'clock. Tho Footscray and Braybrook brigades were soon on the spot, but there being no water available the house, which was a four-roomed weatherboard one, was burned to the ground. It is not known whether the house was insured or not. The fire was observed by tho lookout man at the central station.(P.8, The Age, 17-4-1897.)

Dropping the quotation marks from the search, I found a second article about the fire which revealed that PETER CLANCY actually owned the house and the occupant was Pridham who was assessed on property in NORTH BRAYBROOK TOWNSHIP (south of Clarendon St, Avondale Heights) by the shire of Keilor in 1900. (I also found the article ABOUT THE DROWNING which will be inserted after Peter's death record.) If the reporters differed on such details, they would have had no idea which of the three fords was near the house. By that time, Solomon's ford was at the end of North Road. The ford should have been described as the Braybrook ford or Clancy's ford.

About 2 o'clock a.m. on Friday morning the look-out man at the Melbourne station gave the alarm of a fire at Braybrook. The local and Footscray brigades were soon on the ground, but as no water was available the premises were consumed. The locality was near Solomon's Ford on the Saltwater River, but at some distance up to the hill.
The house was one of four rooms, built of wood, owned by P. Clancy, but let to Mr.Pridham, butcher. It was not known whether any insurance was on the building or contents.(P.9, Argus, 17-4-1897.)

EventDeath Event registration number15310 Registration year1919
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesPeter SexUnknown Father's nameClancy Michl Mother's nameMargt (Scanlon) Place of birth Place of deathWarburton Age64

Peter had probably moved to the Warburton area to live with or near his younger brother, John Ambrose.

The reporter who wrote this article about the drowning described the location as near Solomon's Ford. Solomon's Ford had been at the end of North Road for a decade or more and the ford at Grimes' Rocks had probably disappeared from memory, at least the fact that it had been called Solomon's Ford by such as Alexander Thompson in January 1837. As in the second article about the fire, this writer might have covered his uncertainty about which ford was Solomon's Ford by stating that they were crossing NEAR Solomon's Ford which could mean Grimes' Rocks which had tracks leading south in the 1855 map, Clancy's Ford which might have been only partly built in 1870 or the second Solomon's Ford, a considerable distance north. As an employee at Derham was also drowned, they were most likely crossing the river to the south at Grimes' Rocks or Clancy's Ford (if it had been started!) The river may have been in flood and far too deep to cross without using a ford. There is no proof that the river was in flood so being in a hurry they might have tried to wade across between the two fords mentioned. However it is certain that the Clancy boy was named John and that his parents decided to try for another son, whom they named John Ambrose and whose birth may have caused Margaret's death two years later.

THE body of the boy Clancy, who was drowned in the Saltwater River on Saturday last whilst crossing near Solomon's Ford, along with a man named Morris, was recovered on Thursday afternoon, and taken to the Braybrook
Hotel. The body of the man, who is believed to have been a sailor, has not yet been recovered. He was a stranger to the district,having only been in the employment of Mr. Derham a short time. (P.7, Advocate, 13-8-1870.)

EventDeath Event registration number7048 Registration year1870
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJohn SexUnknown Father's nameMichael Mother's nameMargaret (U) Place of birthBRAY Place of death Age9

CLANCY John 01/01/1870 Keilor Cemetery Area K KE-K****222 Burial 01/01/1870

John's birth record has not been entered on Victorian BDM.

Richard William Clancy was apparently not the son of Michael and Margaret but may have been a nephew or related in some way unless it is just a coincidence that he was at Braybrook. See PARENTS OF R.W. CLANCY.

This is what made me think that R.W. might be their son.
The following were granted Slaughtering Licenses : R. W. Clancy, Braybrook; etc.
Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Saturday 12 January 1884 p 2 Article)
The above council report also mentions that Michael Clancy had been interfering with the Keilor side of the BRAYBROOK ford. It was not until later that the ford was described as Clancy's ford.

I searched for Richard William Clancy's birth, death and marriage records and found only his marriage record. I believe that Michael and Margaret settled at North Braybrook Township between August 1856 and August 1857 because when Michael was interviewed re pollution of the Saltwater River in August 1892, he stated that he'd been in the locality for 35 years and believed boiling down works were the cause of the problem. Perhaps he was trying to shift the blame from abattoirs, such as the one conducted in 1884 by R.W.Clancy. The lack of a birth record for Richard William Clancy in Victorian BDM could be that he was born before the family arrived in Victoria, say in 1855 or a few years earlier. The lack of a death record in Victorian BDM would be explained by a move to N.S.W.

EventMarriage Event registration number4420 Registration year1877
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesRichard William SexMale Spouse's family name MULLIGAN Spouse's given namesSarah Ann

Probate has been granted of the will of the late Mr. Richard William Clancy, station holder and grazier, of "Warrabinga," St.Paul's-street, Randwick, who died on September 14 last. Testator appointed his widow, Sarah Ann Cluney, and Mr. J. P.Canny, bank manager, of Darling Point-road,Darling Point, executrix, executor, and trustees of his estate. He devised his residences in St. Paul's-road, Randwick, and at North Carlton, Victoria, to his widow, and the Melbourne Cup trophy won by his horse,Posinatus, and five racing pictures, to his daughter, Mrs. Callaghan. Among the bequests were £40 for the purchase of two statues for the R.C. Church, Karoola, Tasmania;
£50 to the Rev. Father Treand, of Randwick; £20 to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Randwick; £650 to his brother-in-law(John Mulligan); £200 to his son, Richard William Clancy; and £250 to his sister, Jessie
Clancy. Subject to bequests to certain relations, the residue of the estate was devised to testator's widow and five daughters.The net value of the estate was sworn at £16,793 5s. 5d., of which £11,471 5s. represented shares in public companies. (P.19, Sydney Morning Herald, 27-11-1915.)

(Extract from an obituary found in the Google search.)
Mr. Richard William Clancy, who died last week at Warrabinya, Randwick, was well known in sporting and business circles. He was born at Westbury, Tasmania, in 1854. (P.11, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21-9-1915.)

Richard William Clancy, 1854 - 1915
Richard William Clancy was born on month day 1854, at birth place, to James Clancy and Isabella Clancy (born Boyd).
James was born in 1831, in Ireland.
Isabella was born on December 18 1835, in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
Richard had 13 siblings: George Clancy, Isabella (2) Clancy and 11 other siblings.
Richard married Sarah Ann Clancy (born Mulligan) on date.
Sarah was born in 1853, in Liverpool England.
They had 6 children: Sarah Isabella (Sadie) Callaghan (born Clancy), Isabelle (Bella) Rosher (born Clancy) and 4 other children.
Richard passed away of cause of death on month day 1915, at age 61 at death place.

(Extract from Whelan family - Tony Whelan

My branch of the family descends from Adam and Mary's second son, Patrick Whelan. In 1884 Patrick married Margaret Clancy at St Mary's Catholic Church in West Melbourne; both were in their mid-twenties. Margaret was a daughter of Michael Clancy and Margaret Scanlan, who migrated to Melbourne from Spiddle near the town of Galway, Ireland, in about 1857. Margaret was apparently the first white woman born in the area of Keilor Plains, then very much bushland and now suburban Melbourne's Avondale Heights, on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.

Patrick and Margaret Whelan had eleven children - four of them girls. Their eighth child, Patrick, died in his early twenties, while the ninth child, Thomas, lived to the age of ninety-three. His mother Margaret had lived till her early nineties, whilst his father Patrick had passed eighty years of age. Patrick and Margaret are buried in Footscray Cemetery. Their sixth child Michael was my grandfather, who died in 1978.

EventDeath Event registration number12453 Registration year1952
Personal information
Family nameWHELAN Given namesMargaret SexFemale Father's nameCLANCY Michael Mother's nameMargaret (Scanlan) Place of birthKEILOR Place of deathNORTHCOTE Age93

WHELAN, Margaret. — On October 18, loved mother of Mary (deceased), grandmother of Mary, Margaret, Eileen, Kathleen (deceased)and Alice, great-grandmother of Joyce, Lois, great-grandmother of Ian, Dianne, aged 93 years 7 months. R.I.P.(P.8, The Age, 21-10-1952.)

See Margaret's obituary near the start of the journal.

An obituary for James was found using a link provided by janilye. Hopefully I'll find his marriage record.

It is with deep rcgret that we have to
announce the death of Mr James Clancy,
which. on. Sunday.last in the
Melbourne Hospital; of pneumonia;' The:
deceased, who resided at Maribyrnong,
was 39 years of age and leaves a widow
and three children to mourn' their loss.
He made many friends on account of his
genial disposition and will be regretted by
a large circle. He was in the employ of
Mr Thomas Pridham, skin manufacturer,
of Braybrook, and occupied the-position
of foreman for a great many years, and
was also a prominent member of -the,
local H.A C.B.S. The interment' took
place in the Roman Catholic portion of
the Footscray Cemetery on Tuesday last
and was followed by a large number of
sympatbising friends, including his fellow
cmployes and officers and members of the
Hibernian Lodge. The service at the
crave was read by -the Rev Father,
O'Connor. The pall-bearers were Messrs
H Hansen A. Dage, J; Sothomna.fT.
and E d Ogden. rhere was a large number
of beautiful wreaths laid on the coffin. (P.4, Independent, Footscray, 2-3-1907.)

EventDeath Event registration number2147 Registration year1907
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJas Jos SexUnknown Father's nameClancy Michl Mother's nameMargt (Scanlan) Place of birth Place of deathMelb E Age39

HIS DEATH NOTICE. His wife was Clara and her maiden name was Lindholm.
CLANCY.—On the 74th February, at the Mel-
bourne hospital, James Joseph Clancy, foreman of
Mr. Pridham's Factory, Braybrook, the dearly be-
Lloved husband of Clara and the loving father of
Jimmy, Carrie and Tommy, beloved second youngest
son of Michael and the late Margaret Clancy, aged
39 years. May his soul rest in peace. (P.1, The Age, 26-2-1907.)

EventMarriage Event registration number6057 Registration year1895
Personal information
Family nameLINHOLM Given namesClara SexFemale Spouse's family nameCLANCY Spouse's given namesJas Jos

EventBirth Event registration number11638 Registration year1896
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJas SexMale Father's nameJas Mother's nameClara (Linholm) Place of birthFOOTSCRAY

EventBirth Event registration number11236 Registration year1901
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesCarol Mary Honora SexFemale Father's nameJas Jos Mother's nameClara (Linholm) Place of birthFOOTSCRAY

EventBirth Event registration number11812 Registration year1903
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesThos SexMale Father's nameJas Jos Mother's nameClara (Linholm) Place of birthMAIDSTONE

EventBirth Event registration number23156 Registration year1869
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesKate SexUnknown Father's nameMichael Mother's nameMargret (Scanlan) Place of birthMAIDSTONE

OTHER CLANCY BURIALS AT KEILOR. (* Michael's wife. **The first John Clancy. See details of both above.)
Deceased Search - The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
CLANCY Arthur 30/03/1918 07/03/1999 Keilor Cemetery Area NL KE-NL****287 Burial 23/04/1999
CLANCY Bartholomew 18/05/1955 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****1070 Burial 18/05/1955
CLANCY Catherine Frances 12/05/1975 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****1093 Burial 12/05/1975
CLANCY Geoffrey Thomas 04/06/1974 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****130 Burial 04/06/1974
CLANCY Helen Therese B.18/03/1920 D.14/09/2010 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****1094 Burial 21/09/2010
CLANCY Irene Carmel b.28/10/1922 D.12/03/2009 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****1092 Burial 27/03/2009
CLANCY James D.25/03/1958 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****1094 Burial 25/03/1958
CLANCY John** 01/01/1870 Keilor Cemetery Area K KE-K****222 Burial 01/01/1870
CLANCY John Joseph 27/08/1982 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****1092 Burial 27/08/1982
CLANCY Joseph Patrick 29/01/1975 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****100 Burial 29/01/1975
CLANCY Joseph Peter 11/12/1952 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****1093 Burial 11/12/1952
CLANCY Margaret* 12/01/1872 Keilor Cemetery Area K KE-K****222 Burial 12/01/1872
CLANCY Michael 11/03/1909 Keilor Cemetery Area K KE-K****222 Burial 11/03/1909
CLANCY Patrick Joseph B.11/08/1926 D.14/02/1998 Keilor Cemetery Area L KE-L****100 Interment of C.R.23/03/1998

DETAILS RE THE ABOVE. Descendants of Michael and Margaret might have background information that will allow them to determine whether those born in New South Wales are related.

ARTHUR- No birth record. Recent deaths not yet on Victorian BDM.

BARTHOLOMEW- EventDeath Event registration number5037 Registration year1955
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesBartholomew SexMale Father's nameCLANCY Thomas Mother's nameBridget (Hanley) Place of birthCOUNTY GALWAY EIRE Place of deathCAMBERWELL EAST Age91

CATHERINE FRANCES- EventDeath Event registration number10712 Registration year1975
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesCatherine Frances SexFemale Father's nameSMITHENBECKER John Mother's nameBarbara (Dietrich) Place of birthAlbury New South Wales Place of deathEssendon Age83

GEOFFREY THOMAS- EventDeath Event registration number12878 Registration year1974
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesGeoffrey Thomas SexMale Father's nameCLANCY Joseph Peter Mother's nameCatherine Frances (Smithenbecker) Place of birthHenty New South Wales Place of deathPreston Age45

HELEN THERESE- Death too recent to be included. Probably a married woman. No birth 1920 in Vic. under that name.

JAMES- EventDeath Event registration number3352 Registration year1958
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJames SexMale Father's nameCLANCY Joseph Peter Mother's nameCatherine Frances (Smithemberker) Place of birthALBURY NEW SOUTH WALES Place of deathDEWHURST Age35

JOHN- Michael and Margaret's son. See above.

JOHN JOSEPH- EventDeath Event registration number20850 Registration year1982
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJohn Joseph SexMale Father's nameCLANCY Joseph Peter Mother's nameCatherine Frances (Smithenbecker) Place of birthAlbury New South Wales Place of deathEssendon Age61

JOSEPH PATRICK- EventDeath Event registration number3099 Registration year1975
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJoseph Patrick SexMale Father's nameCLANCY James Mother's nameHelen Therese (Clear) Place of birthMelbourne Place of deathJacana Age21

JOSEPH PETER- EventDeath Event registration number14543 Registration year1952
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesJoseph Peter SexMale Father's nameCLANCY Daniel Mother's nameMargaret (Condon) Place of birthPLEASANT HILLS NEW SOUTH WALES Place of deathESSENDON Age61

MARGARET- nee Scanlan, Michael's wife. See above.

EventDeath Event registration number1517 Registration year1909
Personal information
Family nameCLANCY Given namesMichl SexUnknown Father's nameClancy Peter Mother's nameBridt (Donoghue) Place of birth Place of deathFcray Age80

The Clancy grants at today's Avondale Heights are described in my journal about the three fords at Avondale Heights. I could not zoom the photocopied 1869 map but they seemed to total about 22 acres between Canning and Duke Streets practically from the river to about Langham St. I recall that in one Keilor Shire assessment, Michael had about 38 acres and that in an inquiry he claimed to have about the same acreage.

After his death, his land consisting of about 53 acres, described in detail, was offered for sale. See P.2, Argus, 4-8-1909, last advertisement in column 2. Most of the lots can be found on the 1869 map on page 32 of SOLOMON'S FORD, WHICH FORD, WHICH SOLOMON by Valentine Jones.

PATRICK JOSEPH- No Victorian birth record and death too recent for death record to be entered into index.

While doing the Google search for Richard William Clancy, I decided to change this to a search for Michael Clancy and struck gold. I had stated that Grimes Rocks had been a natural accumulation of rocks, which the earliest settlers had utilised to construct a fish track, stopped Grimes' progress upriver by boat where the water WAS STILL SALTY, and was later used by Alexander Thompson in January 1837 as he made his way to "Kardinia".The following confirm that Grimes' Rocks were NATURAL. Fleming's journal confirms that the water was still salty at Grimes' Rocks and Reid's 1855 Braybrook Township map confirms that the water becomes fresh downstream of Clancy's ford (Melway 27B8.) Clancy's ford is not shown on Reid's map and did not exist until Michael Clancy built it.

Gary Vines, quoted in the following,was sent an email in which I suggested that Grimes' Rocks became the ford used by Alexander Thompson in 1837 and the ford shown on Reid's map, roughly south of today's Rhonda St, with a meandering track south of the river; the ford at 27B8 was Clancy's ford, perhaps built in the early 1870's; and that the North St ford became the second Solomon's ford (as shown on Reid's 1855 map.)He finished his reply with: "On balance, I think your conclusions are probably right.

All the best


solomons ford - Victorian Heritage Database

It is beyond me to explain how anyone could read Fleming's journal which stated that the water was still salty at Grimes' Rocks and conclude that the Canning St ford (27 B8), south of which the water became fresh as shown on Reid's map,was at the same location. Perhaps the author had not seen Reid's map! Otherwise he would have noticed that there was no Canning Street ford and in fact Canning St went no farther west than Raglan St. in 1855.




Google Maps and Google Streetview
Heritage Inventory (HI) Number


Heritage Inventory Description

Solomon's Ford is a natural basalt rock formation across the bed of the Maribyrnong River. It is accompanied by a number of features on its west side including two depressions, a possible wall and a terrace. Artefacts were observed on the latter.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Solomon's Ford, a natural basalt stone ford crossing of the Maribyrnong River (formerly Saltwater River), was first charted by Charles Grimes, surveyor General to the Colony of New South Wales in 1803 during exploration of Port Phillip Bay.

Amongst the pastoral settlers who quickly followed the first exploration of the plains, the Solomons possessed one of the largest flocks in 1835, numbering around 2,700 sheep. Joseph Solomon's station was initially in Kealba- North Sunshine near the natural crossing which became known as Solomon's Ford, although this name has also been used for another ford upstream (Vines 2000). This was the lowest foot or vehicle crossing of the Maribyrnong River for people travelling to Geelong or westward. Michael Clancy occupied land in the township of Braybrook on the north side of the river in the 1870s. He testified to a Royal Commission in 1879 that he had lived near the ford for 23 years, gaining something of a living from the river by loading stones from the river for ballasting boats at Footscray.

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There were two fords in the Avondale Heights area by the time Braybrook Township, south of Clarendon St and straddling the river, had been partly surveyed. The one south of Rhonda St, which stopped Grimes progress up the saltwater river by boat in 1803, may have been a natural accumulation of rocks which the first settlers, maybe hundreds of years before, or even earlier, had utilised to build a fish trap. it was undoubtedly the ford used by Alexander Thompson in January 1837 when he headed to the Geelong area. Naturally this ford appears on the Braybrook Township map with the meandering track created by Andrew, George Russell and others bound for Geelong and the Western District. Later a ford was built at the end of North Road and this was called Solomons Ford. Before it could be accessed from the south, Duke Street had to be formed and probably metalled so that wheeled vehicles would not have to negotiate obstructions such as detailed below. This ford is also shown on the Braybrook Township map. The Solomons had held early runs at both locations so it was historically accurate to describe each of these fords as Solomon\'s Ford.

The original Solomons Ford might have been replaced because it it didn\'t allow enough room for a gradual descent and ascent or because the route was required for a township and surveyors loved their grids which may have been prevented by bullock drivers meandering through the area to avoid bogs, rocky outcrops, trees and so on.

Google SOLOMON\'S FORD and you will find countless references to Solomon\'s Ford being at the west end of Canning Street, (Melway 27 B8.) This was built by Michael Clancy after he\'d arrived in the area in about 1856. If it had existed in the 1850\'s, Canning Street would have continued west to the river but as the Braybrook Township map shows, it did not. How can professional historians get it so wrong?

The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 16 November 1935 p 4 Article
Copy into your search bar.
In January 1837, he left his house in
Melbourne for his Geelong station. Guided
by Buckley, the wild white man, he walked
along the route of Collins street, up the
Flagstaff Hill, by the track which was to
be called Buckley street, Essendon, to Solo-
mon\\\'s Ford over the Saltwater River, or
Maribyrnong as it now is, and across the
plains to Geelong. Thus Thomson\'s track
became the Geelong road, and the route
has not been changed since. In Geelong
Dr. Thomson built Kardinia, which he
said was the native term for sunrise, and
became the founder of the Geelong town-

Thursday, 3rd.—At six o\'clock the captain, Mr. Grimes, self, and five seamen went in the boat up the Great River; at between two and three miles it divided into two; *(27) we took the left hand stream at half-past eight o\\\'clock. The land became high, where we landed and went on a hill. The soil a reddish loam from ten to fifteen inches deep. Saw a large lagoon at a distance. \"Went over the hill to a large swamp. *(28) Soil black, eighteen inches, with blue clay at bottom. No trees for many miles. Came to the boat and proceeded on; passed two dingles; no water; came to a third where we found some water, where we dined and proceeded on. Opposite this the land is stony soil, stiff blue clay, and no trees only some straggling oaks by the side of the river. We went up the river till we came to rocks;*(29) could not get the boat over; crossed it at a place the natives had made for catching fish. It was still salt though a great fall ; went about two miles on the hills which are level at top and full of stones, the land very bad, and very few trees, and appeared so to the mountains, which appeared clothed with timber. On our return back came to the river a little higher up and found it excellent fresh water, where it divided and appeared deep enough for a boat. Just as we got to the boat it began to thunder and rain. Stopped a little time and came back till we could procure wood to make a fire, and it being sunset stopped the night.
Flemings Journal - Melbourne\'s Living Museum of the West…/Flemings%20Journal.pdf

The above passage does not say that the ROCKS were at the location where the saltwater ended as stated repeatedly in many articles written about Charles Grimes’ exploration of the river and supposedly based on the journal. The salt water does end near the west end of Canning Street, Avondale Heights but the map (link below) shows that the so-called Solomon’s Ford at Melway 27 B8 did not exist in the 1850’s. EVERY HERITAGE STUDY STATES THAT THIS ROCK FORD IS SOLOMON’S FORD!

I believe the rocks which stopped Grimes’ progress up the river by boat had been dislodged by the erosion of the volcanic plain as the valley deepened and that they were used by the woiwurrung as the basis of the fish trap. If their fish trap was not near the rocks, I believe that this would have been mentioned. Mention of the river dividing is mystifying and could only refer to the junction with Taylors Creek near the Kealba Wetlands at Melway 14 H9, far more than two miles upstream; even a beeline across the clifftop would only reach the Albion-Jacana railway bridge.

To avoid confusion, I will call the three fords near Avondale Heights, Grimes’ Rocks (south of Rhonda St.), Clancy’s ford (at 27 B8) and the second Solomon’s ford (at 27 C6.)

One of the first to use the 1836 Solomons Ford would have been John Aitken who then headed west to the Kororoit Creek, following the stream north and then continuing towards Mount Aitken blazing a track that was said to have become the Calder Highway. Was it coincidence that his grant, section 8 of the parish of Doutta Galla adjoined Braybrook Township at today’s Glenside Drive just 60 chains (1.2 km) from Grimes Rocks.

Alexander Thompson would have crossed at the same ford in January 1837 helping to create the zig zag track on the Cut Cut Paw side of the river heading south from the ford (shown on the map) to what became the Geelong road.


There were usually two features in regard to townships declared in 1850. They were on well-used routes so there would be passing trade and they straddled streams so there would be a supply of water. Because these streams were used as parish boundaries, these townships occupied part of each parish. Braybrook Township had a natural ford to unite the Doutta Galla and Cut Cut Paw parts. At Broadmeadows Township (now Westmeadows) the parts in the parishes of Will Will Rook and Tullamarine were linked by the Ardlie St ford which explains why there is an Ardlie St either side of the Moonee Ponds Creek. Keilor had a bridge by the late 1840’s but it and its approaches were often washed away.

It is not a coincidence that the southbound roads in North Braybrook Township (as it became known after Lynch’s punt and bridge near Flemington Racecourse and Brees’ 1854 bridge at Keilor removed the passing trade) funnelled to the ford south of Rhonda St. If Clancy’s ford had been the 1803 ford, Canning Street would have continued west to provide access.

It was no exaggeration to say the new pound (as shown on the map) was near Solomon’s Ford. It was only 400 metres from Grimes’ Rocks. It was 1400 metres from the second Solomon’s ford at North Rd. In 1850 there was NO Clancy’s ford!

NOTICE is hereby given that, the Public Pound at Footscray, in the County of Bourke, will be removed from its present site to Braybrook, near Solomon\'s Ford in the said County, and that the same shall be henceforth called the Braybrook Pound.
By order of the Bench of Magistrates, ROBERT CADDEN, Clerk Petty Sessions, County Bourke. Police Office, Melbourne, March 27th, 1849.

NEW ROAD A. new road is described in the Government Gazette from Mount Alexander to Solomon’s Ford. The new road will commence where the present road terminates, at the eastern boundary of section No. 12, Parish of Doutta Galla ; thence running westerly 27 chains, and passing through the properties of Messrs, Miller and McKlusky and Mr. Dugald McPhail; thence running north 81 deg., west 3 chains 25 links ; thence running north 73 deg., west 12 chains 50 links, and passing through the property of Mr.Dugald McPhail thence running south 80 deg.,West 25- chains ; and thence running south 74 deg., west 15 chains,-through the property of Mrs, Catherine Sinclair, to its junction with the present road, commencing at the dividing line between sections 11 and 12. The quantity of land required to be taken for the proposed new line of road is eight acres one rood and four perches, and the estimated cost of effecting the said work is two thousand two hundred and eighty pounds (£2280). (P.10, The Banner, 7-3-1854.)

The eastern boundary of section 12, Doutta Galla was Hoffman’s Rd and the south east corner is meant (ie. Braybrook road, now Buckley St west.) From there it was 44 chains west to Steeles or Rose Creek so the road probably went west for 27 chains taking a slice of section 8 (the Aitken estate) and Dugald McPhail’s Rosehill, w.n.w for 65 metres to a ford, w.n.w another 250 metres to near Surrey Court, w.s.w. 500 metres through the 114 acre Sinclair farm back to the line of Buckley St at the Rachelle St. corner (the boundary between J.P,Fawkner’s c/a 11A and Main’s Estate.) North Road and the half mile of Buckley St east of North Pole (Milleara Rd) had already been constructed by the looks of it.

A Doutta Galla map showing this section of road and the ford at Steeles or Rose Creek mentioned, as well as the sold-out, complete North Braybrook Township and later Solomons ford at the end of North Rd can be viewed if you copy into your search bar.The part outlined in this map would have been prepared as evidence in an insolvency meeting and shows C.B.Fisher\'s landholdings.

The reason Clancy’s ford is not shown on the Braybrook Township map is that Michael Clancy built it some time after his arrival in about 1856. He and his daughter never called it Solomon’s ford!

Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Saturday 9 July 1910 p 1 Article
(The Braybrook shire had sent either a cheque or bill) for part cost of repairing Clancy\'s Ford and pointing out that it was an excellent piece of work and likely to require little maintenance in future. Cr Dodd thought the culvert had been put in higher than the old one and that the water at Solomon\'s Ford had thereby been raised and made less useful.

The Dodds and Delaheys would have known which ford was the right Solomon\'s Ford. What Cr. Dodd meant (badly paraphrased by the reporter) is that if the water dammed up too much at Clancy\'s ford, Solomon\'s ford upstream would be covered with water, making the ford less useful, not the water.

Michael Clancy’s evidence at an inquiry into closed roads in 1879 reveals that he had about 35 acres joining Mr.Porter and Mr. Fitzgerald’s properties and had arrived there in about 1856. Clancy and Munro, his neighbour in the township, were prevented from watering their cattle at the river by Derham, who also tore down 28 chains of Clancy’s 30 chain rock wall and threw the stones into his victim’s crops. Derham had Clancy’s lease of the river reserve cancelled. Harry Peck says that Derham, of fair complexion, as husky as a lumberjack, kept the pub at Braybrook and hunted others off hundreds of acres of land where he grazed about 200 horses for the Indian horse trade. Thomas B. Derham lived in Trinifour sometime after 1886 between the occupancies of W.G.Tulloch and E. Henderson.

The late Mrs. Whelan was born at Braybrook where her father was a farmer. She had lived at Williamson\'s Road, Maribyrnong, for seventy years. In the early days her mother was afraid of the blacks who were hostile. Mrs. Whelan remembered when the blacks used to hold corroborees at the spot where Moonee Ponds town hall now stands. Her father, the late Mr. Clancy, first built the ford over the Maribyrnong River known as Clancy\'s Ford. The late Mrs Whelan had eleven children, twenty-five grandchildren and thirty-two great grand-children.The funeral took place to Footscray Cemetery on Monday. (P.2, Sunshine Advocate, 24-10-1952.)

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I thought Michael Fox might have died in the old North Pole Hotel. I was told his residence was on the corner of Milleara Rd. and I am annoyed at myself for not having asked which corner.However he died in 1918 and the old hotel had been destroyed by fire in 1891.(See end of journal.)

FOX.— The Friends of the late Mr. MICHAEL FOX are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of internment, in the Keilor Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his residence. North Pole-road Keilor, THIS DAY(Thursday), 5th inst., at 2.30 p.m.(P.10, The Age,5-9-1918.)

The following persons claim to have their names inserted in the Electoral List for
the Electoral District of the County of Bourke, in the Police District of Bourke. ......
Laverty, James, freehold, Steel's Ponds, Parish Doutta Galla.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 1 May 1849 p 4)

FIFTY POUNDS Reward.-The above reward will
be given to any person or persons, who
will give such information as will lead to the con-
viction of the party or parties, who, on the 7th
inst, stabbed James Laverty's horses, of the North
Pole, Keilor Road. JAMES LAVERTY, North
Pole, near Keilor. (P.8, Argus, 11-12-1854.)

TO Let Sixty Acres of Land, at Springfield. For
further particulars apply to James Laverty,
North Pole, near Keilor.(P.7, Argus, 10-2-1855.)

TO LET, a furnished PUBLICHOUSE, near
Keilor. Apply James Laverty, North Pole.(P.8, Argus, 7-9-1858.)

Important Sale of Green Crops and Farm.
JAMBS WATSON is instructed by Mr.
James Laverty to SELL by AUCTION, on the
ground, on Tuesday, November 1, at one o'clock,
50 acres growing crop (oats), at the North Pole,
beyond Flemington, 30 do, at Steel's Ponds, do.
After which,the farm, consisting of 50 acres of rich-
land, at steel's Ponds,Will be Sold Without Reserve.
(P.2, Argus, 26-10-1859.)

To Speculators, Persons Seeking Investments, Etc.
Valuable Freehold Property, Situated on the Mount
Alexander Road, and Known as the
☞For Positive Unreserved Sale.
SYMONS and PERRY will sell by auction at
their rooms, Collins street, on Thursday 10th March,
12 o'clock,
A very valuable property, situated about eight miles
from Melbourne, on the main Melbourne and Mount Alexander Road,
And at the junction of the Geelong road, known as
Containing eleven rooms, with good bar, kitchen, wash-
house, storeroom, stabling for nine horses, hay-shed gig
house, etc, also n large water tank 12 ft. x 12 ft., with a
constant supply of water at all seasons.
Together with
10 acres of land of the best quality, and in n good and
improving locality. The house is at present under lease
for a short time to a highly respectable tenant*, at a mo-
derate rent, and is now doing a first rate business, which
could easily be increased.
Terms liberal, at sale.
The House will, for the convenience of purchasers, be
sold either with the 10 acres, or with 1 acre, as may be
Title first rate, and will be guaranteed.
For further information application to be made at the
rooms of the Auctioneers.
For positive and unreserved sale. (P.3, Mount Alexander Mail, 9-3-1859.)

There was another advertisement which described the property as the NOBLE ESTATE OF SPRINGVALE, named neighbouring landowners such as Patrick Phelan and called North Pole road the Essendon road. It was found with a SPRINGVALE, KEILOR search.James Laverty was NOT the grantee of crown allotment 18C, Doutta Galla but had bought the undivided grant from (Joseph Hall? CHECK.)

I originally thought that the North Pole Inn was on the corner of Hoffman’s Rd because of the attached farm being described as 183 acres and the neighbours (Phelan, Hoffman) mentioned in an advertisement of 1859. It was described as being at the corner of the Essendon Rd and I took this to be Hoffmans Rd. Hoffman’s farm was immediately east and Phelan’s only 800 metres west. But two things worried me. Firstly, the frontage to both the Keilor and Essendon Rds was stated to be about 3000 feet while 17D has an eastern boundary of only about 700 feet. Secondly, why would North Pole Farm (18D) be 1½ miles west of North Pole Road?

From c/a 18D titles information on a later page.
Keilor’s 1868 rates show that John Corcoran had 183 acres. The extra 2 acres resulted from a mistake perpetuated since at least 1859, when 18D and the North Pole Inn was advertised for sale. It was probably Corcoran who renamed Spring Vale as North Pole Farm.
On 6-6-1850, Joseph Hall sold 18 D to James Laverty for the remarkably low price of L198/16/6 (M 845). About four years later Springfield, only 5/6 the size of 18D, sold for 7000 pounds (15 593). Why?
The gold rush had started. Also Brees Bridge, built in 1854, made the Keilor route more popular than the Bulla one for diggers bound for Mt Macedon, and attracted those headed to Ballarat who would previously have used Raleigh’s Punt (Maribyrnong). The bridge allowed Cobb and J.M.Peck’s newly established coachline a secure crossing and farms along this road had a ready market for their hay and other produce. For example, David Milburn, Victoria’s first irrigator of Grange Farm west of the river, was called Basket Davie by the diggers.
Hall was not to know what the future would hold and he probably needed cash after buying Purnell’s grant (22B) at Tullamarine for 200 pounds on 5-3-1849 (6 112). With the addition of 22D, granted on 17-7-1866, this became South Wait.
Laverty mortgaged 18D to Hall (M 846 and M847) and on 9-8-1852, 18D as well as lot 6 of section 12 were reconveyed from Hall to Laverty for L152 plus L50 (Q 632).

Measuring the appropriate boundaries of 18 D, I found that they were about 2640 feet each, close enough to the stated frontages. Then I recalled that John Corcoran’s farm had been wrongly described as 183 acres (instead of 180 acres 3 roods) in the 1868 ratebook.
Apart from the name, acreage and frontage was there any other connection between the inn and farm? Yes. James Laverty bought 18D from the grantee in 1850, and when he failed to sell the inn and noble (but heavily mortgaged) estate of Spring Vale in 1859, John Laverty and Robert Linay took over the hotel in 1860. John was charged with abandoning the hotel on 4-3-1863. James Laverty had mortgaged the farm (and lot D of section 12) several times and about this time John Catto gained ownership. He sold it to Corcoran on 6-12-1864.
Although title memorials concerning 18D made no mention of the inn, the above pieces of evidence, and the one following, make it almost certain that the North Pole Inn was at the western corner of Keilor and Milleara Rds.

For Absolute Sale.
The North Pole Publichouse,
Producing £150 per Annum, with the Noble Estate of
Spring Vale along with it.
MR. STUBBS is instructed to call the atten-
tion of moneyed men, farmers, and others to
the absolute SALE of the above property, at Bear's
Auction and Exchange Rooms, 66 Queen-street, Mel-
bourne, on Tuesday, July 5, at twelve o'clock
N.B.-Of any property ever offered about the
neighborhood of Essendon, for the Keilor-road, per-
haps there never was any over yet presented such a
prospect of realising a fortune, sooner or later, than
the one now advertised for public competition. Capi-
tal can never be better laid out than in what is
already returnable in good rental like this, indepen-
dent of the village pabilities of the property for
future subdivision and profit.
It is situate at the corner of the Keilor and Essendon
roads, having about 3,000 feet frontage to the
former, and about the same to the latter, more or less.
The whole well enclosed, and comprising 183 acres, in
two separate paddocks.
The soil rich, the country undulating, the scenery
magnificent, the approach by great Keilor-road.
Nearest neighbors-P. Phelan, Esq., M.L.A.
Hoffman, Esq., and other gentlemen.
Terms liberal.
Title, Grant from the Crown.(P.2, Argus, 1-7-1859.)

*Probably Robert Linay.
THE friends of Mr. ROBERT LINAY, of the
North Pole Hotel, Keilor-road, are respectfully
invited to follow the remains of his daughter Janet
Jane to the place of interment, Melbourne Cemetery.
The funeral will leave his residence at 12 o'clock noon
this day (Wednesday), March 7. (P.8, Argus, 7-8-1860.)

The description of "Springvale" as consisting of 183 acres, is a problem because 18D on the west corner of North Pole (Milleara) Road, consisting of 180 acres 3 roods, was granted to Joseph Hall and 18C on the east corner of North Pole Road, granted to D.T.Kilburn, consisted of 163 acres 3 roods and 183 could have been an incorrect rendering of either. Either allotment would have had a frontage to the (Essendon or Geelong) road of 42 chains, south to a point indicated by the Clarks Rd. corner. The frontage to the Essendon road given is ABOUT 3000 feet which is 1000 yards and 45.45 chains so the frontage to North Pole Rd was actually 42 x 22 x3, 924 yards or 2772 feet.

To work out whether "Springvale" was on the east or west corner of North Pole Road we need to take into account the Doutta Galla map, [Parish maps of Victoria]. Doutta Galla, County of Bourke [cartographic ... ;
titles information; understanding of the farms on the north side of Keilor Rd, and reference to the farms described as being almost and exactly opposite the North Pole Hotel.

Titles information (above) shows that James Laverty definitely purchased c/a 18D on the west corner of North Pole Road and lost it to John Catto at about the time that James Laverty moved to New Zealand.

There is no mention of James Laverty regarding ownership of c/a 18C on the east side of North Pole Road.

On 6-11-1852, D.T.Kilburn conveyed his grant to John Pinney Bear for L2968/11/7 (Y 149).
Bear leased most of 18C to John Wilson on 31-7-1855 at a rent of 500 pounds p.a. Bear had, or was intending to, sell blocks on the Keilor Rd frontage. The northern boundary of the leased land followed “various inclinations” (probably parallel with Keilor Rd and its bends) between the electric B.B.Q. and a point just north of the Woorite Pl. roundabout (29 794). Bear mortgaged 18C and land near Lancefield to Taylor, Fisken and Davis on 30-3-1871 (209 349).
On 15-5-1888 Bear contracted to sell 18C and 18D to G.W.Taylor for 34 350 pounds (347 14).
No doubt Taylor paid partly with credit notes but Bear would have pocketed some cash as well as regaining ownership when the bust ruined Taylor. Michael Fox probably bought 18 C and North Pole Farm soon afterwards (See 18D).

to the Grange Rd/Bowes Ave midline, "Niddrie" (17B);
to the line of Olive Grove, Patrick Phelan's "Spring Park" (17A);
to the Roberts Rd corner, James Kavanagh's "Springfield" (18B)bought by William Connor for his sister in 1863.
and to Collinson St, 18A, subdivided into small farms in the mid 1850's.

William Connor's sister was Patrick Phelan's wife, Ellen. When Patrick was tossed off Spring Park, he and Ellen moved onto "Springfield" and of course it was described as Phelans, when the 25 acres exactly opposite the North Pole Hotel and almost adjoining Phelans was advertised for sale by mortgagees. The 25 acre farm probably fronted the west side of Terror St in c/a 18A which is due north of 18D. This description had me believing it was part of "Springfield" (18B): "A very compact little farm, comprising about 25 acres of the best portion of the well-known Springfield Estate." A bit of background. In the 1840's the area just east of Keilor was called Springs but as Tullamarine was also called Springs, confusion resulted, so the Keilor road area was renamed (after Owen Connor's grant) as Springfield. Estate implied a subdivision and the locality was Springfield.

The farm, almost opposite the North Pole Inn, said to be "portion of A, Section 18, Doutta Galla, and comprising
about 152 ACRES 2 ROODS" was bigger than the whole of 18A, which consisted only of 132 acres 3 roods 20 perches.
"Springfield" (18B)consisted of 151 acres 0 roods 20 perches and was almost certainly the farm being described.

James Laverty, late publican, Keilor-road.
Causes of insolvency—Depression in business and
pressure of creditors. Debts, L2,364 11s; assets,
L12,610; surplus, L245 9s. . E. Courtney, Official Assignee.
(P.2, Geelong Advertiser, 29-2-1860.)

Sale of
Household Furniture and Farming Stock.
At the
North Pole Hotel, Near Keilor.
ROW, KIRK, and Co. have received instructions
from Mr. James Laverty, who is leaving for
New Zealand, to SELL by AUCTION, at the North
Pole Hotel, on Saturday, 14th lnst.,
6 saddle and harness horses
6 bullocks, dray, and tackle
4 cows, in full milk
4 springers
Ploughs, harrows, drays, &c.
A quantity of household furniture
Pigs and poultry.
Sale at one o'clock.(P.3, Argus, 14-2-1863.)

Springfield, on the Keilor-road, about a mile and a
half beyond Harper's Essendon Hotel.
Positive Sale of a snug little Farm, of about 25 Acres,
with Homestead.
To Farmers, Carriers, Storekeepers, Restaurant-
keepers, and Small Capitalists.
By Order of the Mortgagee.
G. WALSTAB has received instructions to
SELL at AUCTION, in his rooms, 85 Collins-
street west, on Monday, April 20, at one o'clock in the
A very compact little farm, comprising about 25
acres of the best portion of the well-known
Springfield Estate, situated about 7½ miles from
Melbourne, on the main road to Castlemaine, to
which road It has a valuable frontage of 11
chains, exactly opposite to the North Pole Inn,
and nearly adjoining Mr. Phelan's property.

The land is of excellent quality, the greater portion
being of a rich loamy soil, all cleared, ready for the
plough, and surrounded by a capital post and three-
railed fence.
The homestead consists of a well-built weather-
boarded cottage, about 60 feet in length, with veran-
dah along the entire front. There is also a store
facing the main-road, detached stabling for six horses,
and a barn.ETC. (P.2, Argus, 27-4-1861.)

At Twelve O'clock.
C. J. and T. HAM have received instructions from
R. G. Johnson, Esq., as agent for the owner, to
SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at their rooms, 45 Swan-
ston-street, on Thursday, 29th September, at twelve
All that fine block of land, being part of Portion
A, Section 18, Doutta Galla, and comprising
about 152 ACRES 2 ROODS,on the land being erected a
WEATHERBOARD BUILDING,containing 10 rooms, with
seven-stall stable,cartshed, piggeries, underground
tank, &c., in the occupation of Mr. J. Foley.
The land is subdivided in four paddocks, is under
cultivation, and is well situated, being almost oppo-
site the old North Pole Inn
.(P.3, Argus, 17-9-1881.)

A fire occurred on Saturday evening at 9.30
o'clock in a wooden tenement situated on the
Keilor-road, near Spring Hill. The building,
which was a large wooden structure, consisted of
10 rooms, and was formerly known as The North
Pole Hotel, and used as such in the olden days.
Owing to the inflammable nature of the struc-
ture it was completely demolished before even
the occupants had time to remove the furniture,
a piano and harmonium being the only articles
of value saved from destruction. The place was
occupied by Mr. J. Lobb and family, and at the
time of the outbreak some of the occupants
were asleep. No cause can be assigned for the
origin of the fire. The building is believed to be
uninsured, and the loss to the tenant is esti-
mated at £120, and to owner of the house about
twice that sum. The local fire brigades
turned out promptly, but arrived too late to
save any portion of the buildings.
(P.6, The Age, 7-9-1891.)

More information about James Laverty (associated with Connor and Phelan, Spirit merchants, the Harvest Home Hotel at Moonee Ponds and the 50 acre farm on Main's Estate on Rosehill Rd) is available if requested.

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I had thought that Big Clarke's special survey was obtained in 1841 when the British Government briefly allowed the purchase of 8 square mile blocks before protest from the authorities in Victoria resulted in the provision being overturned. However Isaac Batey, writing as Ramrod in the 1890's about the pioneers near Sunbury in 1846, stated that Big Clarke took up his survey in 1850. Isaac was right. This comes from Big Clarke's biography written by Hugh Anderson. (Australian Dictionary of Biography.)

In 1850, under the special survey clause of the Waste Lands Act, he successfully claimed 31,375 acres (12,697 ha) at 20s. an acre, and located it near Sunbury, twenty-five miles (40 km) from Melbourne. He next obtained the adjoining 31,000 acres (12,545 ha) under the Order-in-Council of 1847, both acquisitions displacing several pastoral licensees, and making a single property that stretched from Sunbury to the Sydney Road.

There have been countless biographies and obituaries written about Big Clarke but this one takes the cake. He was actually born during a visit by his parents to London. When he started in business, his main aim was to develop what today would be called a credit rating; he always paid on time. When the depression struck the Port Phillip District in 1842 he was not ruined like many squatters,who were mortgaged to the hilt, were. My suspicion that Dowling Forest, whose extent and home station are specified, was named after his wife's maiden name is confirmed. The only mistake in the article is a typo; the name of his brother-in-law is given as James Hean instead of James Hearn.

Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1843; 1854 - 1876) Monday 12 February 1872 p 4 Article
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The Melbourne Daily News (Vic. : 1848 - 1851) Monday 30 September 1850 p 4 Article
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