WHICH ANONYMOUS TULLAMARINE CHARITY WORKERS HELD THE DINNER DANCE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE KEW COTTAGES IN 1956?
A society page praised the organisation of the event and the fact that these people didn't seek publicity of their good work. I thought it might be the Thomas family of Carinya on the south side of Sharps Rd, who, with Walter V. (Major) Murphy, were at the forefront of community spirit, holding picture nights in their barn to raise money for facilities and allowing the pony club the use of their property for decades. Tullamarine's kindergarten may have been obtained much later without their supply of donated baling twine which enable bundling of paper collected in the paper drives that I organised (and of course the use of Noel Grist's truck to convey the paper to buyers.)
Alec Rasmussen, Major Murphy and Leo Dineen's civic contributions have been well documented in my journals so I just had to find out the identity of these charity workers so they could be recognised for their efforts too. Another article mentioned an eye-catching invitation to the wool shed dinner dance that had been sent from the Glendemar sheep station at Tullamarine. I knew there was no such property so I did a trove search for GLENDEWAR, TULLAMARINE, REFINED TO FAMILY NOTICES. I didn't bother to specify a decade because there were only about 30 results. Of course there were the death notices for William Dewar and his wife Mary in the first decade of the 1900's and the Johnsons who replaced them before their deaths, and occupied Glendewar for about four decades.
They were succeeded by the Chambers family and it was most likely this family that was doing such sterling work in 1956. There has been much discussion in a Tullamarine Primary School Facebook group, of pupils who attended the old Tullamarine State School 2613 (Melway 5 F9, top left corner)and one of these was named Bumstead. Most of those listing the names would have attended the school in the 1950's. Paul Ellis was Greek according to the late Olive Nash and Harry Heaps, and owned the wedge-shaped block (as shown on the Airport Acquisitions map) which had a small frontage to Bulla Rd and a long frontage to the Moonee Pond Creek, between Victoria St/ Nash's Lane (Later Greenhill St and now closed) and Glendewar.
The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954) Wednesday 1 February 1950 p 9 Family Notices
... ., Dandenong. Chambers-Ellis. Patricia Alice, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chambers, Glendewar ... , Tullamarine, to Paul, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Ellis, :Bulla Rd., Tullamarine.
Chambers—Bump stead. The marriage of Irene Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chambers, of “Glendewar”, Tullamarine, (formerly of Berwick), to Owen Henry Bumpstead, is to take place at Christ Church, Keilor,
Saturday, October 22nd, at 5.45 p.m. The reception will be held at the Keilor Shire Hall.
(The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954) Wednesday 1 February 1950 p 9)
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