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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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by itellya on 2014-06-25 12:24:59

On page 189 of BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon states that the Argyle Estate, stretching between Sydney Rd and the towns of Thomastown and Epping had been leased from the Campbells from the 1880's, mainly for dairying, by such as John Kerr,Fred Morgan and Thomas Baker. It was sold in smaller lots in 1910 and "the auctioneers claimed that Baker's portion had for many years been carried on as one of the chief dairy farms in the state."

I think that there was more detail about the amount of land that Thomas Baker was leasing (possibly well over 1000 acres)earlier in the book but the index gives no indication of possible page numbers. It is possible that the reference was in Richard Broome's BETWEEN TWO CREEKS (a history of Coburg) given the place of death of Thomas Baker's wife in 1889. Merrilands was probably an early name for the Reservoir area and the three reservoirs built in 1863 were collectively called the Preston reservoir. The campuses of Merrilands College are in Merrilands Rd and on the old Lakeside Secondary College site in Newlands Rd.

The home in which Thomas Baker died in 1910 was most likely near Somerset Rd (Melway 7 F-J7.) The locality names, SOMERTON and CAMPBELLFIELD had no real clarity and it was a toss-up which would be used to describe the location of any particular farm. Mr Barry's farm,Glenbarry, was probably between Barry and Glenbarry Rds. Thomas probably had several parcel of land from Bakers Rd in North Coburg north to Somerton Rd* where he appeared to have his fatal accident.
(*It was most likely the Craigieburn Rd crossing;see FATAL BUGGY ACCIDENT.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 20 September 1910 p 8 Article.)

Mr Thomas Baker dairy farmer, of Somerton and an old resident of the district died on Tuesday as the result of injuries received through being thrown out of his carriage at Somerton on Sunday. Deceased was driving through the railway gates when the vehicle came into contact with the edge of the gate and was overturned. Miss Baker escaped unhurt, but Mr Baker was badly injured.(P.8,Argus,15-9-1910.)

An inquiry was held at Campbellfield on Monday by Mr. Barry, J. P., on the body of a young man named Edwin Rump, aged 18, who met his death by drowning in the Merri Creek, Somerton, on last Sunday afternoon. It appeared that the deceased, who was engaged at Mr. Baker's dairy, was bathing (etc.) (P.8, Argus,24-11-1886.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 12 July 1900 p 8 Article
... HUNTING. OAKLANDS HOUNDS. These hounds met at Campbellfield on Tuesday, and a perfect hunting day ... 's property, where several good walls were met with, they went thence into Baker's big paddock, where hounds ..

BAKERHAGUE.On the 2nd inst., at St. James's Church, by the Rev. Mr. Becher, Wyndham, youngest son of Thomas Baker, of Campbellfield, to Ellen Teresa, youngest daughter of the late Thomas Hague, likewise of Campbellfield.(P.4,Argus,10-6-1873.)

BAKER.-In loving remembrance of our beloved father, Thomas Harrison, who died at Somerset Dairy, Somerton, 13th September, 1910; also our beloved mother, Elizabeth, who died at "Merrilands," Preston, 3rd September, 1889; also our beloved brother, Thomas Harrison, who died at "Preston Park," Tullamarine, 25th February,1915. (P.1, Argus,13-9-1916.)

The Tullamarine farm was most likely named in remembrance of Elizabeth.

There's plenty more about the family on trove and death seemed to stalk not only family members but employees too. I hope somebody's writing a family history. I think I remember a Thomas Baker entry in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT by Alexander Sutherland,which I must have transcribed.

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