YOUNG AITKEN COLLEGE AT GREENVALE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA APPRECIATES THE HISTORY OF ITS SITE AND AREA, AS DOES GREENVALE PRIMARY.
Aitken College opened in Term 1 of 1999, and has remained steadfast in maintaining its historic and agricultural links.
The College name (Aitken) has links to John Aitken, who immigrated to Van Diemans Land from Scotland in about 1825. He sailed across the Tasman to the Port Phillip district in 1836, bringing his sheep across to graze on pasture land in the outer limits of the area north of Melbourne. Up until the purchase of the College property from the Gambles in late 1998, the property was still a working farm. The School names (Fairview, Cumberland, Dunhelen and Brookhill) refer to property names associated with the local area and were so named by the settlers and land owners of the time. Fairview was a farm property owned by J. Bond (and possibly bought from John Aitken). The Cumberland estate is located near Woodlands Park. The ruins of the original homestead and some remnants of the original garden are still on the site. The Dunhelen property was built at some time after 1850. The bluestone barn still exits on the site. The Glen Arthur property was owned by Joseph and Celia Trotman; and William, the son of Robert Shankland, a Scot who arrived in Australia in 1841 owned the property named Brookhill. The House names (Brodie, Cameron, Clarke and Millar) are derived from the family names of early pioneer settlers and prominent locals. The Brodies, Camerons, Millars and Clarkes have a long association with the area. The Brodie brothers bought land in the area around Mickleham to service their sheep around the 1840s. The Clarkes also bought land in the area and took over land owned by the Brodie brothers and John Aitken. The Millar family had a local involvement in the area from around the late 1860s. Donald Cameron purchased the land known as Ruthvenfield in 1848, to be later renamed by its new owner, Thomas Brunton, in the 1890s as Roxburgh Park. The historical links that we have maintained is a tribute to the vision of the pioneers who colonised this area.
I am yet to be convinced that Aitken's Hill was named after John Aitken. There is only one reference to anyone named AITKEN in connection with the area on trove, none in connection with Mickleham, Yuroke or Craigieburn. There is no mention of the area in John Aitken's biography. The City of Hume must examine Broadmeadows shire's rate records to establish if the hill was named after G.Aitken, Broadmeadows in 1895.
MELBOURNE MARKETS. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5. THE MILLS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 6 June 1895 p 3 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... Ce sold -10 K Bullen, Glenro) ti, G Aitken, Broadmeadows. A. M'LEÍN and Co sold - Bullocks-If)
MARKETS. MELBOURNE MARKETS. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5. THE MILLS.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 8 June 1895 p 35 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... . Aitken, Broadmeadows. ^A. M 'LEAN and Co. sold :-Bullocks-19, XV. Moore, ..fSoloonook, to £0 10s ... , ltockbank; 2, XV. Marshall, Saltwater River. M'PiiAit, BROS, and Co. sold10, R. BuIIen, Glenroy; 6, G ...
Aitken College is on the northern half of crown allotment 9O of the parish of Yuroke, consisting of 361 acres, and known as Springfield. This was on the northwest corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds and extended 1.62 km to the north, the middle of Melway 178 K3.To the east were "Glenarthur" and Robert Shankland's "Waltham" which are now the west and east halves of the Greenvale reservoir. East of Waltham was Cameron's STONY FIELDS, as revealed by the Broadmeadows rate book of 1863 but this descriptive and hardly glamorous name was soon changed to Ruthvenfield by the same family, and later to Roxburgh Park by Brunton.(Many E.D.F.L. commentators fail to realise that it rhymes with Edinburgh!)
William Shankland's Brook Hill was south of Waltham to just south of Kirkwell Court but Shankland Drive and the Shankland Wetlands are east across the transmission line in today's Meadow Heights. John Bond's Fairview was south of Glenarthur and west of Brook Hill with its south boundary just south of Mossgiel Avenue.JOHN BOND OWNED AND OCCUPIED GLENARTHUR WHEN HE DIED IN 1902. East of Fairview and fronting Mickleham Rd was c/a 2D, which like Springfield was divided into north and south halves of about 180 acres. The north half became Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan". Hugh's son's memoirs form a large part of the Greenvale Primary School history which explains why a fairly recent school has such a low number.
Springfield became Springfield North and Wally French's dairy farm ON THE SOUTH HALF. Desmond Gamble was a descendant of early squatter, John Brock who, like the Jacksons, Headlam, George Evans and many others,was dispossessed by Big Clarke's special survey circa 1850 and became a pioneer of the area near Latrobe University. When he bought Springvale North, he renamed it BROCKLANDS. In 1933, Edward and Jean Gamble were pupils of Greenvale State School 890 at the Section Rd corner.
Desmond Gamble, the second youngest in his family, was raised at Barfold near Kyneton and went to Dookie College where his brother, Willie from Berwick was principal and then managed a farm in Plenty Rd, South Morang. In 1915 at the age of 28, he married May Isobel Brock. Desmond died at the age of 57 and was buried at the Fawkner Cemetery. His sons, Bill and Ted carried on the milking of 100 cows to supply Cheffers and Collings' dairy at the corner of Scott and Buckley St, Essendon. They also supplied Butterworth's dairy at the corner of Winifred and Glass St in Essendon. Jean Gamble married Jack Simmie of Harpsdale after they'd shouted love* at each other during many sets at the Greenvale Tennis Club (*the score meaning the egg shaped 0 of course!) Nine years later Ted Gamble married Joy Simmie. Helen Gamble who supplied much of this biography in about 1990 married Ken Souter* at the outbreak of W.W.2 ON 2-9-1939. Ken was Principal of Parklands Primary School in Airport West when he retired. The Souters were farming John McKerchar's "Greenvale" which Robert Millar renamed as "The Elms" circa 1990.
All information about locations of farms and the Gambles comes from the G volume of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.
*The Souters were involved in the history of Dunhelen immediately north of Brocklands, farming in partnership with George Hossack.See my journal, A CHRONOLOGY OF THE OCCUPANTS OF DUNHELEN NORTH OF GREENVALE RESERVOIR.
THE CUMBERLAND RUINS ARE AT MELWAY 5 C1.
See my journal GEORGE SINCLAIR BRODIE'S PROPERTIES BETWEEN SUNBURY AND MERRI CREEK. By the way, George might have been a mate of John Aitken and named Aitkens Hill in his honour.
GREENVALE PRIMARY SCHOOL HISTORY
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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.