WHERE WAS "PRESTON PARK" IN TULLAMARINE, VIC., AUST? (DALKEITH.)
CLEARING SALE at "PRESTON PARK," TULLAMARINE (4 Miles from Essendon Railway Station).
McPHAlL, ANDERSON, and Co. (in conjunction with MACARTHUR and MACLEOD) have been instructed by Messrs. E. and A. Baker to conduct their Clearing sale, as above.(ETC.) (P.3,Argus,22-9-1920.)
This advertisement was found in a "Tullamarine,1920" search to see if it was in 1920 that Peter Blom had bought "Victoria Bank" (on the north side of Barbiston Rd NOT THE SOUTH SIDE OF MANSFIELDS RD AS WRONGLY INDICATED BY A 1931 ORDNANCE MAP,THIS FARM BEING "ROSELEIGH".See my journal LAZARUS RAISES HERITAGE STUDY ERRORS.)
The nearest part of Preston Park was actually 80 metres more than four miles from Essendon Station. It was bounded by Broadmeadows Rd and Sharps Rd and is now the residential area west of the former as far north as the Catherine Ave/ Janus St midline. It consisted of 200 acres and was the eastern half of the Kilburns' "Fairfield", farmed for many years by members of the Williamson family. James Harrick (whose homestead is now the Keilor Historical Society's base in Harricks Rd near Keilor), later leased and then bought "Fairfield ".
In 1910,George Mansfield bought the eastern half and in that year built a homestead on Broadmeadows Rd north of the present school's site according to the late Gordon Connor. George later sold the 200 acre farm to Ernie Baker and I recall being also told that Ernie Baker had a bad accident on the farm. This was possibly why it was being sold.
You'll probably wonder,in the lack of any proof,why I would confidently state that the buyer of Preston Park, in 1920 or shortly afterwards,was Tommy Loft, who was at Greenvale in 1920 and amazingly at about that time was also leasing the residential section of the Moonah Links golf course west of Truemans Rd on the Mornington Peninsula (Melway 252 D2.) He followed the Orr brothers of Kia Ora (Melway 5 H4) on the Peninsula property* and was remembered clearly and affectionately by the late Ray Cairns ten days after his 100th birthday.
(*158 acres,crown allotment 28 AB,section A, Wannaeue; 165 acres, crown allotment 29,section A,Wannaeue. SHIRE OF FLINDERS RATES 1919-20.)
Tommy,a devout Methodist, renamed Preston Park as DALKEITH and in 1924 convened the meeting at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was established. About five years later,Tommy was responsible for the closure of the Junction Hotel,across Bulla Rd from his northern boundary. (See my DALKEITH journal.)
DID GORDON CONNOR MIX UP HIS BAKERS OR WERE THERE TWO ACCIDENTS?
BAKER.-On the 25th February (the result of an accident), at his residence, Tullamarine, Thomas Harrison, eldest son of the late T. H. and E. Baker, late of Somerton, and brother of G. L. and E. Baker, also Mrs. F. T. Field,
Mrs. A. Mason, Mrs. H. Morgan, and Alice Baker. (P.1, Argus, 26-2-1915.)
Excerpts from my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF TULLAMARINE.
This was part of the Fosters? Leslie Park for which William and John gained a 10 year Crown lease in 1840. The southern 400 acres was sold to D.T.Kilburn on 25-9-1867. The Kilburns called it "Fairfield". I believe that (since there was only one 400 acre farm in Tullamarine) David Milburn of Grange Farm, Victoria's first irrigator, was leasing it in 1868. James Harrick was leasing it in 1893 and 1900. By 1913 it had become two farms of 200 acres, Reddan's Brightview and Ernie Baker's farm. By 1930, Brightview had become J.P.Doyle's Ristaro.
Tom Loft was in Tullamarine by 1924 when he convened the meeting at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was formed. He called Baker"s old farm "Dalkeith" and, as stated before, subdivided the Broadmeadows Rd frontage. Keilor rates reveal that Leslie King Dawson owned the farm by 1943 and Percy Hurren by 1956.(Postscript. Percy,the storekeeper/postmaster at Jones' Corner at Moorooduc in 1950,attended his first Tullamarine Progress Association meeting in 1951 so he was probably already on the former PRESTON PARK.)
IMAGES (available on request)
The first stage of Loft?s Subdivision; the Dalkeith homestead on the north corner of Dalkeith Avenue, built by George Mansfield in about 1910 (according to Gordon Connor); and Ray Loft?s Californian bungalow (3 Eumarella St) built in about 1928.
George Mansfield bought Dalkeith from James Harrick in early 1910.( TROVE.The Argus of 5-3-1910, page 2.)
GEORGE MANSFIELD SELLS TO THE BAKER BROTHERS.
Mr. H. S. K. Ward reports having sold the following properties by private treaty:-Mr. George Mansfield's property, situated at Tullamarine, containing 200 acres, for the sum of ?4,200, the purchasers being Messrs. Baker; (P.10, Argus,6-2-1914.)
The following shows the origin of two Tullamarine street names. Ray Loft,Tommy's son, married Maggie Millar and their son was named Gordon. Ray leased "Broombank" whose 1850's homestead stood at the end of a 70 metre long drive off Bulla Rd that is now Millar Rd. Loft's subdivision consisted of 40 acres,with house blocks between Broadmeadows Rd and Gordon St as far north as DALKEITH AVENUE. Dawson St recalls a later owner of the remaining 160 acres. Wahroonga was possibly 3 Eumarella St but Ray owned another subdivision block and may have had an earlier house there, however being a Californian Bungalow,3 Eumarella was probably built by 1929. Wahroonga would not have been the Broombank homestead (through whose Cape Broom hedge the O'Nial girls watched Robert O'Hara Burke's expedition pass in 1860) occupied by the O'Nials/ Beamans,my great grandfather John Cock (1867-1882) and the family of the late Colin Williams (who supplied the picture of the old homestead.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 9 February 1929 p 13 Family Notices
... , Essendon. to .Mr. and Mrs. Ray Loft,. Wahroonga, Tullamarine --a son ( Gordon Raymond).
LOFT - (nee Maggie Millar).-On the 1st February, at Sister Davies Private hospital, Scott street ..
GORDON CONNOR (Dalkeith),COLIN WILLIAMS (Broombank), RAY CAIRNS(all deceased); DAVID SHEPHERD (who confirmed that Percy Hurren of Moorooduc and Dalkeith were one and the same and David's wife who told me that Percy used to snore during sermons at church in the Mallee); KEILOR RATES; BROADMEADOWS RATES; TROVE; TITLE MEMORIALS; MELWAY AND RULER; JOE CROTTY (who later lived in 3 Eumarella St and told me that Ray Loft had built it.)
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.