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1888 geography with the Melbourne Hunt: WEST ESSENDON, NIDDRIE, TULLAMARINE, STRATHMORE, VIC., AUST.

Journal by itellya


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Later this year the Oaklands Hunt was formed and showed more respect for farmers than the Melbourne Hunt which had tended to trample crops and scare ewes so badly that they stopped lambing,such as at Edmund E.Dunn's "Viewpoint". I hope "Dunn v Waldock" a couple of decades earlier had improved the Melbourne mob's attitude.

The Melbourne- Hounds met at Essendon last Saturday and one of the best runs ever enjoyed by the members of the hunt ensued.There was a large gathering-quite 100 horsemen at starting-and a line of country was chosen that could not be surpassed. The throw off was at Tweedside, about half a mile from the railway station, and the course taken was over Mar Lodge Estate, through Budesbach into the late Mr James Wilson's property, across the Keilor road into Niddrie, along the back of Spring park through Sharpe's, Crotty's and Williamson's into Allandale, up by Tullamarine, over the Bulla road into Mr Dewar's property, in an easterly direction across the Broadmeadows- road into Mr Dunn's property, along through Messrs Lonie's, Hall's, Kernan's and Peck's
up to Mr Napier's, into Woodlands street, Essendon, where the hounds were stopped after a run of 14 miles, that would have delighted the heart of any true sportsman. (P.9, Argus,11-6-1888.)

TWEEDSIDE. (top half of Melway 28 E4.)
The land between the McCracken St houses and Lincoln Rd had been granted to James Watson, who was responsible for the names of Flemington, Keilor, Watsonia and Rosanna. The grant was subdivided into fairly large parcels, intended for farming, quite early. Tulip Wright,native of Lincolnshire,early top cop in Melbourne and Bulla pioneer built the Lincolnshire Arms Hotel on the site of Watson's woolshed.

Thomas Smith seems to have owned Tweedside in 1876 and Joseph Snowball was the occupant in 1886 when some of his cattle were stolen. Michael Willis Ferguson,who opposed butcher,Andrew Swan in Essendon ward in 1887 and whose child was born at Tweedside in 1888 was almost certainly the owner of Tweedside at the time of the hunt; Ferguson later became insolvent.
FERGUSON. ?On the 29th? ult., at Tweedside, Essendon, Mrs. M. W. Ferguson of a daughter. (P.1, Argus, 1-9-1888.)

This stretched from Mr Alexander road (Keilor Rd) to Braybrook road (Buckley St), including McCracken St houses and extending east to the Roberts/Hedderwick St midline, where it adjoined Butzbach.
It was granted to James Robertson of Upper Keilor. On his death,ownership passed to his bachelor son, parliamentarian, Francis, who died at Mar Lodge. Then the McCracken brothers owned it,leasing it to others and establishing a golf course there. A week or so after the hunt they sold Mar Lodge to speculator and Prahran councillor, G.W.Taylor,who had purchased huge tracts of land but was soon insolvent.

North Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1873 - 1894) Saturday 30 June 1888 p 2 Article. Mr. G. W. Taylor has purchased 'Mar Lodge,' Essendon, from Messrs McCracken and Co.

Granted to William Hoffman and stretching east from Hoffmans Rd halfway to Lincoln Rd, this also had frontages to Keilor Rd and Buckley St with an extremely long driveway leading to the homestead from the latter. Alexander Earle McCracken, brother of Robert and Peter, was probably its first occupant and erected its first buildings. He chaired a meeting in 1856 but must have returned to Scotland soon after.
WEST BOURKE-On Wednesday evening the electors of West Bourke met at the Essendon Hotel, to receive Mr. Wilkie, one of the candidates to represent the district. Mr. A.E. McCracken in the chair.
(P.5, Argus, 15-8-1856.)

By 1867,Hoffman was living at Butzbach. Thomas Smith has been mentioned as an early resident at Tweedside.
SMITH-HOFFMAN.-On the 7th inst., at Butzbach, Essendon, by the Rev. J. S. Boyd, Thomas Smith, Esq., to Louisa Ann, only daughter of Wm. Hoffman, Esq. (P.4, Argus, 12-3-1867.)
By 1887,Hoffman had died and his widow was living in Ascot Vale when she passed away,having left Butzbach a few years earlier.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Preliminary Notice Of the Very Important Sale of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, Buggy, Phaeton, Farming Implements Horse, Two Milch Cows, Verandah Chalis?, Dairy Utensils, Stack of tindish? Grass Hay, etc.
By Order of Mrs Hoffman, Butzbach, ESSENDON, in Consequence of Her Removal from the District.
(P.2, Argus, 16-4-1883.)

HOFFMANN.?On the 28th ult., at May-villa, Moonee street, Ascotvale, Elizabeth, widow of the late
William Hoffmann, Butzbach, Essendon. (P.1,Argus, 1-3-1887.)

It is likely that the Croft family had bought the house block prior to the clearing sale in 1883. The farm was being subdivided for housing. The Butzback house block was near Croft St and the dogleg in Price St. The Croft family almost certainly witnessed the hunt.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 3 November 1886 p 1 Family Notices
CROFT - On the 19th ult, at Butzbach, Essendon, the wife of T. J. Croft of a son.

J.P.Main was granted crown allotment 12, bounded by Buckley St, a line heading magnetic north from the Rachelle Rd corner,an eastern extension of Clarks Rd,and Hoffmans Rd. Full details of its subdivision are in my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA, a copy of which has been provided to Bob Chalmers of the Essendon Historical Society. It is possible that Main was an early squatter like the Fosters near Tullamarine (lease for "Leslie Park" in 1840); none of their grants are labelled as pre-emptive rights. The road to Mt Macedon (Mt Alexander Rd) crossed the Moonee Moonee Ponds near the present Flemington Bridge Station and the original bridge was built by a member of the Main family.

James Wilson purchased Springbank on 9-8-1855. It was bounded by Steele Creek,the eastern extension of the line of Clarks Rd, Hoffmans Rd and extended south to the end of Albert St, south of Ida St. James was destined not to witness this hunt because he died in 1887 about four months after his second son died at only 26 years of age.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 4 April 1887 p 1 Family Notices
... On the 2nd inst., at his father's residence, Springbank, Essendon, Edward James, dearly beloved second son of James Wilson, aged 26 years.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 19 July 1889 p 1 Family Notices
WILSON. -In sad and loving remembrance of our dear father, James Wilson, who departed this life 19th July, 1887, at Springbank, Essendon.

Under Instructions from Messrs. George Robinson and Charles Joseph Taylor, Executors in the Estate of the Late Mr. James Wilson, of Essendon, Deceased.
The whole of the Freehold Property Comprised in the Well-known and Beautiful Block of Land Known as
SPRINGBANK, DOUTTA GALLA. Immediately Adjoining the Property of the Late Wm. Hoffman, Esq., which is situated in Buckley-street West, Essendon. AREA, 178 a. 3r. 39p.,etc. (P.2, Argus,24-5-1888.)

James Anderson was the son of William Anderson,a very early pioneer of Keilor. He may have been already on Springbank* when the hunt rode through the property. He farmed it well into the 1900's by which time the area was known as Buckley Park. He later retired to Braeside, a smaller farm north of Church St at Keilor. His son, Don had an Apricot orchard on Horseshoe Bend which was quite a landmark for many years. Don's house is now the Horseshoe Bend park office. Don's son Peter lived in Church St and provided much historical information to me.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 12 August 1895 p 2 Article
Mr James Anderson, of Spring-bank Farm. A POLL will therefore be

By 1900, Steele Creek seemed to have been known as Anderson's Creek.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 3 September 1900 p 7 Article)

Mr. James Anderson, of Braeside, Keilor, will celebrate his 94th birthday to-day. He is a well-known identity in Keilor, and is a regular attendant at the Newmarket sales of dairy cattle on Fridays. He was born in Fifeshlre, Scotland, in 1847, and arrived in Australia with his parents in 1854.
(P.4, Argus,26-3-1941.)

*There's only so much folklore that can be passed on by word of mouth without some being forgotten. Peter Anderson did not tell me about "Shelton". I found this when looking for details of William Anderson's death near Keilor bridge.
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.
(P.1, Argus, 12-9-1892.)

My wife worked at Michael Hurst's Ardmillan House reception Centre, and knowing about Peter McCracken's "Ardmillan" mansion, my curiosity led to the writing of a history about Ardmillan Rd. John Beale had a house called Shelton and Catherine Anderson lived in a house on the south side at the bottom of the hill that later became the second private school in the street run by Miss Morris. Dorothy Fullarton,ex-Mayor of Essendon,and a neighbour told me of inkwells found near the filled-in well, confirming my suspicion that the property, now containing two dwellings, had become the school.

The land west of Main's Estate, between Rachelle Rd and North Pole road (Milleara Rd)was granted to John Pascoe Fawkner and the small blocks went to his co-op. members. As in all of Fawkner's co-op.purchases these blocks were consolidated into larger farms. Dr (Crook?)had a sanatorium*, John Duhey had many blocks, Sandy Smith of Norwood (established by Isaac Davis across Buckley St) and later Coilsfield (Essendon Hospital site) bought a couple of blocks, but most of 11B, Doutta Galla became John Beale's "Shelton Farm",which probably absorbed the sanatorium but not John Duhey's land. My Melway shows that Shelton occupied all of 11B Doutta Galla, whose northern boundary was Clarks Rd, apart from the area between Milleara Rd and Quinn Grove (Search 7607.) John Duhey owned the area including all house blocks in The Crossway, Mues St and Chandler St (seemingly Volume 2 folio 307 which would indicate an early 1850's purchase.)

(* I first read about the sanatorium in one of Keilor's 3 centenary souvenirs, most likely the 1960 one. I have written elsewhere in this journal how the areas near Keilor Rd andTullamarine were both known as "Springs" and the predictable confusion was solved by calling the former "Springfield". )

BROMPTON LODGE, Springfield -SANATORIUM for the CURE of CONSUMPTION, Rheumatism, Gout, and Dipsomania. Home for Delicate and Convalescent Patients; visiting Medical Officers- W.Crooke, M R C S Eng. , T Hewlett, M H C S
England, Resident Physician-S. Hunt, MD,M R C S England.
The object of this Institution is to demonstrate that a very large proportion of cases of the diseases above
named, diseases which defy ordinary medical treatment, can be cured when that treatment is supplemented by an approved course of dietetic and physical management administered under favourable hygienic influences.Terms moderate, and governed by the requirements of the patients. Apply by letter to W. CROOKE, surgeon Brunswick street, Fitzroy, or personally at his consulting rooms, 10 to 12 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
(P.8, Argus, 17-10-1867.)

Tho half-yearly meeting of the members of the Victorian Permanent Property Investment and Building Society was held last night...advances which had been made to Mr. Crooke on his property known as the Sanatorium. From the replies of the president and secretary, it appeared that ?4,000 had been advanced, and that Mr. Crooke had made repayments at the rate of ?42 per fortnight for four or five months, in all about ?400. The society had sold a portion of the property for ?1,350, and....Though he could not tell what loss might accrue, he believed it would amount to nothing, and he might say that a person was now in treaty for the purchase of the property.
(P.4, Argus, 23-3-1871.)

The Melbourne Hunt crossed Shelton in 1893 passing over Milleara Rd into Dodd's (Pavilion Estate with cricket street names) and Delahey's (Brimbank Park south of the entrance.)The throw off at Moonee Ponds was probably at THOMAS MILLAR'S "Ringwood".
The meet was at Flemington racecourse gates,and, after proceeding along Epsom road until reaching the Maribyrnong road, the throw off took place between that and Aberfeldie, and proceeded through the estate of that name towards Budesbach. Crossing Buckley street, and inclining to the left they crossed Spring Creek and entered Mr Beale's property, and from thence crossed the North Pole road into Dodd's paddock,with Keilor Cemetery on the right, and entering Mr W.Delahey's property they arrived at Mc'Intyre's ford.(P.15, Argus, 8-7-1893.)

I have a feeling that John Beale was first listed as an Ardmillan Rd resident in the directory in 1892. His Shelton Farm homestead may have been on Main's Estate between Steele Creek and Rachelle Rd, John Beale having, on 1-6-1865, purchased lot 8 (east from Rachelle Rd including Craig St) and I distinctly remember that James Anderson was rated on 50 acres, section 12 in a Keilor rate book,separate from "Springbank".

HANG ON! I can access early landowners. Here's a bit about John Beale.
John Beale called his farm ?Shelton? and when he moved into No 18 (now 24) Ardmillan Rd. in 1890, he gave the same name to the house. John Beale?s twin daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, died of Diptheria on 3-10-1859; I wonder if there is any connection with the naming of Rachelle Rd. His two surviving children married members of the Dutton family, which farmed at Glenroy and Meadow Heights where a school was named after
Bethal Dutton. John Beale Snr. died in 1906 and his son in 1916, after which the Ardmillan Rd. house passed to the latter?s son in law, Loftus Henry Moran (hopefully not an ancestor of the UNDERBELLY mob!)

And the Sanatorium.
Dr William Crooke?s Brompton Lodge operated from 1868 until 1872 at which time John Beale bought another 12 blocks from him. (Keilor Pioneers; Dead Men do tell Tales.)

And James Anderson's dad,plus more about the Andersons.
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 residence. 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.
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 ? 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.
I had wrongly thought that John Duhey had died in a road accident; it was John Curry who died following a fall on Keilor Rd. in 1862, when his horse was frightened by camels returning from the search for Burke and Wills.
John Duhy (Duhay on the 1890 map and Duhey in 1868 rates) was a batchelor and died in Buckley St. on 14-4-1890.

John Pascoe Fawkner received the grant for what is now called Hadfield. It was known as Box Forest and its present name honours Cr Rupert Hadfield of the Shire of Broadmeadows. Strangely nearby land not connected with Fawkner assumed his name. The same thing happened in regard to Niddrie. The name crept south to the Keilor Rd shopping centre and then further south to include Main's Estate, mainly east of Steeles Creek, but the quarry on the other side (originally the Cox and Collier farms), was known as the Niddrie Quarry. It was probably a case of "squeeze over, squeezebox",circa W.W.2 because the need for factories to supply components for aircraft led to "Airport West" being coined. Strangely,it was only in recent years that this name was made official. The area known as Airport West crept south but the Primary and High Schools retained the name of Niddrie.

The farm known as "Niddrie" was granted to Thomas Napier, better known for his association with the Strathmore area. It was bounded by Keilor Rd,Treadwell Rd and the Grange Rd/Bowes Ave midline and included Fraser St building blocks. The north east corner was just north of Nomad Rd.
Henry Stevenson owned "Niddrie" for many years and would have been there when the hunt took place.

The wikipedia page for Niddrie has much valuable information.
Between 1843 and 1851, the Scottish settler, Thomas Napier (1802?1881) purchased the Keilor Road land covering Niddrie and Airport West. In 1869, Napier sold this 249-acre (1.01 km2) land to Henry Stevenson (1810?1893). By 1871, Stevenson had built a house he named Niddrie, after his birthplace of Niddrie, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. After his death in 1893 the property was transferred to his wife Elizabeth who sold it to Patrick Morgan eight years later.[2] Though not officially registered as a suburb until 26 May 1994 the Keilor Council initiated this in 1955. [3] A Keilor East Post Office opened on 1 July 1947 and was renamed Niddrie around 1956. The Niddrie North office opened in 1960, though it was known as Airport West from 1974 until 1982.[4]

My journal about Airport West has information about the Morgans.
Treadwell Rd (now Treadwell St and Nomad Rd), the eastern boundary of "Niddrie" is on the same line as Hoffmans Rd,the eastern boundary of Springbank but despite the hunt report,after exiting "Springbank", between 210 and 450 metres of riding would have been necessary to cross 17C, Doutta Galla, before going over Keilor Rd into "Niddrie".

Spring Park (17A, Doutta Galla) was granted to spirit mechants, Patrick Phelan and Owen Connor, the latter also receiving the grant to Keilor Binn Farm, which later became John Dodd's Brimbank Farm and was the original part of Brimbank Park.They over-extended and both farms were lost as detailed in Angela Evans' KEILOR PIONEERS:DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES. Owen returned to Ireland and sent a letter to the court (written in an Irish accent)which is included in Angela's book and hilarious.(At least I tink it was!) Patrick's parliamentary career was most likely ended by his insolvency. If I remember correctly,Patrick's daughter Sarah,married William Connor and they lived on Springfield, the farm west of Spring Farm, which Phelan put in trust for Sarah.

Phelan, Patrick
Born 1 November 1815 (Raheen, Queen's County) Died 31 October 1898.
Parents: Patrick and Bridget, nee Delaney Marriage: c.1850 Keilor, Ellen Connor; several children
Occupation: Farmer and businessman Religion: Catholic
Career: A farmer in Ireland; arrived Port Phillip 1841 and by 1856 had agric., commercial and mining interests; was a farmer at Spring Park, Keilor, and a member of the Keilor district road board; partner, Connor, Phelan & Company Melbourne in 1850s and a director Colonial Bank of Aust. 1856-1858?
House Electorate Start * End *
MLA West Bourke November 1856 January 1860 Election declared void
Other seats contested: W. Bourke 1864, N. Melbourne 1864

Spring Park went west from Niddrie's west boundary to the boundary between the A.J.Davis Reserve and the Niddrie primary and high schools. The hunt probably rode through Melway 15 J7, and H6 to reach Sharpe's (sic.)

I no longer have my transcriptions of rate records,but it's a fair bet that the McNamara brothers (after whom the major road was named) were occupying Spring Park when this hunt took place. I think I remember Rupert Percy Steele being assessed on a property in the vicinity at about that time but I can't remember if it was Spring Park.The last occupier of Spring Park before it was subdivided was William Johnson (Glendewar will be dealt with later.)
JOHNSON. ?On the 28th September 1913 at "Glendewar," Tullamarine, James Alexander, the dearly loved third son of Mrs. W. and the late William Johnson, late of "Spring Park," Essendon aged 39 years.

After writing TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT for the 1998 Back to Tulla,I was asked to speak to a group from the area south of Keilor Rd and decided to focus on that area's history. This led to my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA which involved months of title searches. As a result my 1999 Melway has transposed title office information from Sharps Rd, Tullamarine to W.S.Cox's Kensington Park racecourse.

As mentioned earlier, William and John Foster were given a lease of a run called "Leslie Park" in 1840. It obviously straddled Sharps Rd and Section 3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla (fronting Sharps Rd west of the Broadmeadows Rd corner) must have been their pre-emptive right in each parish. They obviously called both square miles "Springs" and this name was used,confusingly, to describe the location of the Lady of the Lake hotel, just south of the Derby St corner at Tullamarine,and residents south of Keilor Rd such as Laverty. This confusion was overcome by calling the latter area "Springfield". In about 1860, Maurice Crotty, who had been working at the Brannigan's St John's Hill (Melway 384 K5) started leasing all or part of 21 Doutta Galla. Before long, his wife (nee McCormack)wrote that somebody had bought part of their farm "The Springs".

This was James Sharp. Volume 176 folio 786 shows that James Sharp had purchased 133 acres. The eastern boundary was a southern continuation of Broadmeadows Rd, and the western boundary was just west of Allied Drive. James Sharp would definitely have been on Hillside when the hunt took place.
SHARP. ?On the 6th December, at his late residence, "Hillside," Tullamarine, James Sharp, beloved husband of Mary Sharp, aged 87 years. A colonist of 63 years. (P.1,Argus, 7-12-1916.)
Mary died at Hillside in 1920. (P.1, Argus, 8-4-1920.)

For many years before their deaths, James and Mary occupied only the house and homestead block of 8 acres with such as P.R.Johnson leasing the rest of the farm. Thomas Nash was leasing Hillside in 1892-3.
Clearing Sale at Tullamarine.
On 13th February, McPhail. Anderson and Co. held a successful farm sale at Hillside. Tullamarine, on account of Mr. P.R.Johnson, which property he has been leasing for some time--all his buildings,farming plant; etc., being dispersed at satisfactory rates. (P.2,Flemington Spectator, 22-2-1917.)

Hillside was occupied by a succession of lessees. Michael Reddan was there in 1928 when the Albion-Jacana railway line was being built and Joe Crotty told me that Michael's hay harvest was so prolific that one could hardly drive between the sheaves.

Joe Thomas became the owner of Hillside in about 1943 and rebuilt the homestead, using the stone from Sharp's kitchen as pillars for the entry gates. His farm, which he renamed "Carinya Park" became the home of the Tullamarine Pony Club for many decades. Joe used to run film nights at the farm to raise funds for the community. In the 1970's hay band donated by Mrs Thomas helped the Kindergarten Association's financial gold mine paper drives. My plans would have not been successful without the hay band, Noel Grist's truck and a fantastic band of volunteers.

The name of Barrie Rd honours Joe's son who died very young.
Master Barrie Raymond Thomas.
Deepest sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. S. Thomas, Sharps' Rd.Tullamarine, in the tragic loss of their youngest son, Barrie Raymond, who passed away on Sunday last at the age of 4 years 7 months, after a short illness. Mr. and Mrs. J. E.Brown, Phoenix St., Sunshine, and Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Thomas, Rockbank, are the grandparents of the little boy who was the 5th generation of the Opie family of Deer Park.
At the Royal Melbourne Show, Barrie won a prize with his Shetland pony, and at the funeral on Tuesday, the pony (with the riding boots reversed in the stirrups) led the cortege through the Footscray Cemetery gates. The jockey cap and the whip were buried with their owner.
Five mourning coaches and a floral car with 56 wreaths, were in the funeral procession, which left his parents' home. Rev. Cohn, Broadmeadows C. of E., officiated at the services and Walter. A. Warne had charge of arrangements.
Pall-bearers were: Mr. Cox, Mr.Bruce Daly (Sunshine), Mr. Dempster (Moonee Ponds), Mr. Frank Thomas (Rockbank), Mr Jack Yates, Mr. Ron Parkinson, Mr. Alan Cook(Sunshine) and Mr. Jack Doyle.
(P.1, Sunshine Advocate, 21-11-1947.)

Joe had enlarged the homestead but it was not big enough for the 21st birthday party of Cecil Thomas where guest ate a birthday cake fit for a Queen.
Her cakes are in demand for Christmas and birthdays.Last year she made twelve lOin. cakes (one specially de-
corated, the others for cutting) for the 21st birthday party of Cecil Thomas, of "Carinya Park," Tullamarine-a party for 512 people at Moonee Ponds Town Hall.(Bake the cake the Queen will taste
The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 6 March 1963 p 5 Article Illustrated)

CROTTY (Broomfield.)
Maurice Crotty's arrival on "The Springs" has been mentioned in relation to James Sharp. The Fosters may have planted Cape Broom as boundaries on their grants. There was a Cape Broom hedge in front of the Lady of the Lake hotel at Tullamarine through which young Minnie and Catherine O'Nial watched Robert O'Hara Burke's expedition straggle by on its way to the second camp site by the lagoon south of the Inverness Hotel. The 33 acre farm, which included the site of the burnt out hotel, leased by my great grandfather, John Cock, from Beaman (who married the girls' mother after the death of their father) became known as "Broombank". Ray Loft, who married Maggie Millar (after whom Millar Rd was named) leased Broombank for many years and wanted to buy it, but Catherine and Minnie refused to sell so he had to wait until they died in the 1930's.

Broom covered much of the old Crotty farm when I ran through TWENTIETH CENTURY CITY with my mate,Graeme,in the 1970,so it is no surprise that Maurice Crotty named his portion of The Springs as Broomfield. After the death of Maurice, his sons took over the tedious task of milking twice a day. James Crotty's son, Joe, told me that there was no sadness when the farm was sold after a century of dairy farming because it was such hard work. Forfeited part payments circa 1890 from the Essendon Tramway and Land Investment Co. had made life more comfortable,paying for the building of a new homestead on the site of the Honda motor cycle riding school. Tullamarine Park Rd became the main through road on Broombank when TWENTIETH CENTURY CITY became an industrial estate.

There is no doubt that the Crotty family saw the hunt thunder by. My great Uncle, Alf Cock was one of Jim Crotty's pall bearers.
Sunshine Advocate (Vic. : 1924 - 1954) Friday 26 July 1929 p 7 Article
... OLD TULLAMARINE RESIDENT DIES. Mr. James Crotty, one of the oldest of native-born residents, died at his home, "Broomfield," Tullamarine, on Sunday last

Before moving on to WILLIAMSON'S, I must mention that "and a line of country was chosen that could not be surpassed" had me puzzled. The hounds were undeterred if they could not see the quarry, so instead of using a hare or fox (or Deer at Deer Park) a trail of scent could be laid by dragging a corpse. However "throw off" would seem to refer to a live quarry so it seems strange to imply that the route was chosen by a member of the hunt. (Postscript. The 1900 hunt report that mentioned Anderson's Creek started with "a throw off" not far from where this 1888 hunt started and stated that "the game" swam the river.)

ROUTE SO FAR.(Part in bold type is an amendment made when I discovered that Williamson's was "Fairfield".)
Tweedside (Melway 28 E4); probably west nor' west through Mar Lodge Estate (28 D3) and Budesbach (28 BC2)veering north through James Wilson's (28 A1, 16 A12), across the Keilor road into Niddrie heading north west (16A9, to cross the creek (bike track)near the north end of Ridge Crescent), and along the back of [Spring park (15 J7 to North/Thomas St corner), west through Sharpe's (15 H5, crossing Spring Creek at the Airport Drive bridge),and north through Crotty's (15 F 5 to 15 F3.) After crossing Sharps Rd into George Williamson Jnr's leased 400 acre "Fairfield" fronting that road west of the Broadmeadows Rd corner,the quarry must have veered west into Annandale and perhaps followed Steele Creek to its source at about Melway 5 C12.

From there a run due north of 2 kilometres,passing through J.P.Fawkner's subdivision of section 7 Tullamarine would take the quarry to another type of quarry (now the Cleanaway tip,most of which is in the north east corner of "Dewar's".) Turning south east to avoid the pit from which Keilor Shire's favoured road metal (Dewar's) came, and crossing William Love's triangular paddock containing the eastern sixth of the Cleanaway tip (5 E7),and smaller paddocks south of Charles Nash's "Fairview" (5 F/G8),the quarry would have followed the line of Derby St between J.C.Riddell and Hamilton's "Hamilton Terrace" (between Derby St and Melrose Drive) and "Chandos", then crossing the north east corner of "Broombank" (Boyse Court),and the later Junction Estate (Andlon, Londrew, Northedge) associated with the Junction Hotel, finally entering Edmond Dunn's 337 acre "Viewpoint" at a point south of Scampton Cres. Scampering parallel with Melrose Drive,the terrified creature would have passed through Lonie's "Camp Hill",and east sou' easterly through John Hall's (later Jack Howse's "South Wait", now Strathmore Heights to the east end of Caravelle and Tasman.)It probably kept to the south east bank of the Moonee Ponds Creek passing through St John's,firstly through Henry Stevenson's paddock and then Robert McDougall's*.(*See below.) It then cut south past Peck's Lebanon (Wendora St,built 1882) and John Kernan's (probably near Loeman St) before crossing the line of Glenbervie/Uplands Rd into Napier's 100 acres.
N.B. There is no way Kernan could have had land north of Peck who added the northernmost 12 acres of 15 Doutta Galla to Lebanon without paying for a lease or purchase.(Google "strathmore, 12 acres, sir john franklin".)

* Harry Peck refers to Harry Stevenson and Robert McDougall as being neighbours in MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN. This seems strange because "Niddrie" and "Arundel" are miles apart but they did have neighbouring paddocks in Strathmore North.(Google "strathmore, stevenson, mcdougall, shorthorns".)

Oh dear!
The Annual Ordinary ELECTION for the above will be held on Thursday the 6th day of August, 1889, to elect a COUNCILLOR in the room of Mr Malcolm Ritchie, who retires by rotation but is eligible for re-election ; and I hereby appoint Tuesday, the 30th day of July 1889 as the nomination day, and also appoint Monday, the 29th day of July,1889, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for nomination papers and deposits to be delivered to Mr. E. Bonfield, my deputy, at the Courthouse, Keilor.
GEORGE WILLIAMSON, Returning Officer. Fairfield, July 23, 1889.
(P.7, Argus, 24-7-1889.)

I had Williamson (in my mind,for a very good reason) occupying Leslie Bank, and I WAS WRONG! George Williamson seems to have been a lessee of farms rather than the owner. See below.

WILLIAMSON, -On the 14th inst., at his residence,
Camp Hill, Tullamarine, George Williamson, aged 53 years. (P.1, Argus, 15-10-1892.)

Had George Williamson or his father been on Leslie Bank in 1888. The answer is no. His father was dead by 1883 when his mother died at Fairfield,the residence of George and his brother.

WILLIAMSON - On the 19th inst, at the residence of her sons, G and A Williamson, Fairfield Farm, Tullamarine, Margaret Johnston, relict of the late George Williamson, Melbourne, aged 66 years.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 20 September 1883 p 1 Family Notices.)

Thus it was Fairfield that the hunt passed through in 1888, but I will explain why I connected the Williamsons with Leslie Bank. Section 20 Doutta Galla between Keilor Park Drive (formerly Fosters Rd) and the river, from the line of Sharps Rd to the line of Spence St, Keilor Park, was granted to John Foster. John and his older brother, William,both had Leslie as given names, thus the name of their 1840 run lease (which was cancelled before the ten years expired) and "Leslie Banks". When John was returning home, the Delaheys bought it and leased it to such as William O'Neil of Horseshoe Bend. James Harrick later owned or leased it (I forget which.)
It was later subdivided and the Moonya dairy was established by Claude Butler in 1941.

By 1943, the Crottys were leasing 217 acres from the Williamsons (whose homestead was on the site of the playground near the tennis courts at Melway 15 D5.) The land owned by the Williamsons is now the Keilor Park Recreation Reserve.

William Foster's grants passed to his brother John who lived on 21 Doutta Galla in the GOVERNOR'S HOUSE, such name coined by the Crotty family; John and the son of Merino breeder, John Macarthur, acted as Governor for short periods between the retirement of Latrobe and the arrival of Hotham. Glen, a Crotty descendant, told me the site of the Governor's house (Melway 15 F6) and on examination I found remnants of 140 year old rose bushes there and lady of the lake lilies in the creek.

Section 3 Tullamarine was north of the part of Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd. It went north to Post Office Lane (indicated by the northern boundary of Trade Park opposite the Derby St corner.) Its north east corner is where the Freight Rd/Londrew Court midline meets Mickleham Rd opposite Lackenheath Drive (the boundary between Stewarton/Gladstone and Viewpoint.) East of Bulla Rd (now Melrose Drive)were the 6 acre Lady of the Lake hotel block (Millar Rd/Boyse Court) later added to the 27 acre Broombank (Tadstan Drive area),the junction hotel site (711 service station,formerly Mobil garage and before that Cec and Lily Green's store and petrol station after Tommy Loft had the Junction hotel closed) and its associated paddock (later the junction Estate, later the Butterworths' farmlet and Doris Rorke's block adjoining her Bulla Rd block, now Northedge and Andlon and
Londrew Courts.)

Unable to access my titles information, I was uncertain whether the parts of Section 3, other than the Kilburns' Fairview had been sold by Foster or Kilburn, I searched for a court case that I knew was on trove. I had not been able to correct the digitised text on trove, and that still being the case, I will correct it in the journal. It shows that David William O'Nial must have been leasing from Foster and that it was Foster who sold off the various portions (through an agent, having returned home.) David died "On the 4th inst., at his residence, at the Lady of the Lake, Springs, Mount Macedon Road, aged 38 years.," (P.4, Argus, 6-1-1853),and an application was made "that letters of Administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, rights and credits of the said David William O'Nial, may be granted unto Ellen O'Nial, the widow of the said David William O'Nial.((P.8, Argus, 25-3-1853.) Ellen married Richard Beaman who became stepfather to Catherine and Kitty, who seven years later watched Burke's expedition through Broombank's hedge. The girls soon had a baby brother: 23rd inst, at the Lady of the Lake, the wife of Mr. Richard Beaman, of a son.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 26 May 1855 p 4 Family Notices.)

LICENSES RENEWED. D. W. O'Nial, Lady of the Lake, Springs (P.2, Melbourne Argus, 23-4-1847.)

Mr. Higinbotham for the plaintiff; Mr.Wood for the defendant.
An action on a bill of exchange. The defendant pleaded a failure of consideration. The plaintiff was John V. F. Leslie Foster,Esq. and the defendant was the landlord of the Lady of the Lake public-house, on the Deep Creek-road. In January 1855, the plaintiff agreed, through Mr. John Mackenzie, to sell to defendant a piece of land of about thirty-six acres, near the public-house. The defendant wished to buy half for his children and half for himself, and it was eventually sold in this way-half to the trustees of defendant's children, and half to the defendant. |

The trustees paid for their half, and the defendant took possession of that portion of the land, which formed half of a paddock, of which his own purchase formed the other half. The terms were to be bills at twelve and twenty-four months' date;possession of the land to be given to defendant within ten days from the signing of the agreement to buy, and tho conveyance to be completed on the bills being paid. At the time of the purchase, one Agnew was in possession of one part of tho paddock-having a stack of hay upon it; and on one occasion when tho defendant went to ask for possession Agnew was not there to give any answer to the application. The de-
fendant's case was that he had never been let into possession, and he gave evidence to that effect. For the plaintiff, it was proved that defendant had been present on the occasion when Agnew's hut was pulled down, and Agnew proved that the defendant had given him permission to take a small portion of the materials away. This was the only distinct act of exercise of ownership proved, but it was shown that defendant's horse used to graze all over the paddock, as well over the half which was purchased for the children as over the other, which was not fenced off in any way. Plaintiff also proved that in the course of a conversation he had with
defendant, the latter admitted he had not thought of refusing payment of the bill on the ground of not being let into possession until after it became due and he found himself unable to meet it. Plaintiff then told him he could have two or three years more time to pay the bill, if he only got a good name to it, or gave security.
His Honor told the jury that if at any time before the bill became due, the defendant took possession of any portion of the premises, it did not matter whether it was a profitable possession or not, the plaintiff must recover, as the defendant would then have failed to make out his plea.
The jury found that the defendant had possession on the 28rd March, 1855; and then
gave damages to the plaintiff ?565 1s. 10d.,including interest on the bill.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 7 August 1856 p 5 Article.)

The part of Section 3 north of the Janus St, Catherine Ave midline was sold in small blocks fronting the south side of Post Office Lane and Bulla Rd to Ann Parr, John Wright, Charles Nash, George Mounsey, and John F.Blanche, most (perhaps all) being staunch Methodists. Charles Nash also bought 109.5 acres including Catherine Ave, Phelan Court, Burvale Court, International Square and airport land to Melway 5 E parts 11, 12. He called this farm "Bayview".In the mid 1900's the farm was owned by Campbell and then John Denham.

The land south of the Catherine Avenue/Janus St midline comprised 400 (or 404) acres. This was purchased by the kilburns, grantees of land along Keilor Rd who also owned land at Strathmore. They called the farm Fairfield but probably leased it to locals mainly. Basket Davey Milburn of Keilor, Victoria's pioneer of irrigation, seems to have been assessed on Fairfield in Keilor Shire's first available rate record of 1868*. (*The oldest ratebook found in the strongroom while I transcribed rates in 1988-9.)

As explained previously, George Williamson and his brother,A.Williamson, would have been on Fairfield when the hunt crossed Sharps Rd from Broomfield and then veered west into Annandale at about Melway 5 D1.

Fairfield was later bought by James Harrick, (perhaps when the current Williamson lease finished)who sold it as two 200 acre farms. In about 1910, the eastern half was sold to George Mansfield who built the "Dalkeith" Homestead, later occupied by Dawes, Baker, Loft, Dawson and Hurren. I was told the homestead was on the west corner of Dalkeith Avenue but a photo taken from the top of the Drive-in screen circa 1960 indicates that it was nearer to the Dawson St corner. Dalkeith which went west to include the Fisher Grove house blocks was later owned by Tommy Loft who convened the 1924 meeting at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was formed and subdivided the Eumarella and Gordon St area; Gordon Loft was the son of Tommy's son,Ray. Dawson St is named after Leslie King Dawson who was on Dalkeith by 1943. Percy Hurren,storekeeper and postmaster at Jones Corner at Moorooduc in 1950 was on Dalkeith in 1951 and soon joined the progress association.

LOFT - (nee Maggie Millar).-On the 1st February, at Sister Davies Private hospital, Scott street,Essendon. to Mr. and Mr.Ray Loft, Wahroonga, Tullamarine --a son ( Gordon Raymond).
(P.13, Argus, 9-2-1929.)

Wahroonga would be 3 Eumarella St, a Californian Bungalow, which I hope has not been demolished. Joe Crotty lived here after Broombank was sold and in the 1970's, Ben Hall,descendant of the bushranger, lived here with his Cobb and Co. coach and running a period clothing hire business before continuing same from the residence (demolished now)of the Henderson's old post office on the north corner of Henderson Rd.

The western half,to the end of Sharps Rd, and now airport land, was for some time Michael Reddan's "Brightview". Michael also farmed Hillside and Seafield (on the east side of McNabs Rd and south side of Grants Lane with the proposed future e-w runway being its southern boundary.) Michael managed Aucholzie (across McNabs Rd) for Gilbertson the butcher while farming Seafield.

The Doyles moved onto Brightview prior to 1943. Their son and my uncle, Alf Cock junior were the only residents whose names were added to the Tullamarine war memorial after world war 2,both having lost their lives. The memorial was originally on the site of Tullamarine State School 2613 at the Conders Lane corner (Melrose Drive/Link Rd corner)but after the school was relocated because of airport acquisition in 1961, Walter V.(Major) Murphy moved it to the Dalkeith Avenue corner.

Annandale was section 2, Tullamarine, granted to Melbourne grocer, George Annand.
COUNTY OF BOURKE.(At the Police office, Melbourne, at 11 o'clock of Friday the 29th day of June next.)
1. Wollert.....
2. 640, Six hundred and forty acres,parish of Tullamarine, section No. 2.
Bounded on the north by section 7 (SEE "TULLAMARINE") ; on the east by W. V. L. Foster's 640 acres (SECTION 3 TULLAMARINE) ;on the south by J. F. L. Foster's 712 acres (20 DOUTTA GALLA, LESLIE BANKS) ; and on the west by R. H. Bunbury's 790 acres (SECTION 1 TULLAMARINE, ARUNDEL.) (49-112 ) (P.1, Argus, 1-6-1849.)

The details in upper case have been added to the advertisement!

I have seen no evidence of George Annand living at Tullamarine. It was most likely leased out until William Taylor added it to the Overnewton Estate, part of it, such as Cr John Fox's Geraghty's Paddock and Alf Cock's Glenview, being resumed under the Closer Settlement Act of 1904 to form part of the Arundel Closer Settlement, while east of Steeles Creek, Cr.Bill Parr had 165 acres which he called Annandale and (Tom?) Nash had 165 acres which would have included the 1850's McCormack farm of 44 acres called "Chesterfield". (Crotty researcher, Glen.)

Argus editor and co-owner, Edward Wilson of Arundel was one of the early lessees and would not have renewed because he had sold Arundel to Robert McDougall (sworn enemy of Niddrie's Henry Stevenson.)
TO LET, 640 acres of LAND, known as Annandale, parish of Tullamarine, near Keilor, and recently in the occupation of Edward Wilson, Esq, Arundel, Offers will be received by the undersigned until the
20th instant for leasing the property for three years.GEORGE WHARTON (Probably an agent.)
(P.8, Argus, 13-7-1869.)

TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT reveals that Anderson and Parr were leasing Annandale in 1893 but not the next year,probably because of the depression. The Anderson and Parr families were stalwarts of the Tullamarine Methodist church and one of the lanes in Fawkner's subdivision was known as Anderson's Lane. (By the way George Williamson's brother was named ANDREW; I had correctly concluded that they were on Fairview in 1890.)
Parr would have been James Henry Parr son of widow, Ann Parr, and father of Bill and Sam Parr; Sam took over his father's Elm Farm (see TULLAMARINE) while Bill farmed the 165 acre Annandale.
PARR.--On the 15th July, at her son's residence, Annandale road. Tullamarine, Emily, the beloved wife of James Henry Parr, and loved mother of William, Samuel, Mrs. C. Nash and Mrs. J. Wright,aged 68 years. Till the day dawns.(P.2, The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter, 18-7-1918.)


Tullamarine's centre of population in 1888 was near and north of Post Office Lane. Foster had sold mainly small blocks to a bunch of Wesleyans on the south side of Post Office Lane and Fawkner 65 blocks to the north. The same Wesleyan families had bought mainly small blocks on Riddell's Camieston Estate and his Hamilton Terrace had many one acre blocks.

The location of public buildings usually gives a fair idea of the centre of population. The most southerly was the Wesleyan School 632,on one acre at the bend in Cherie St (volume 420 folio 301.) The northern boundary of D.T.Kilburn's 400 acre "Fairview" had a kink near Bulla Rd because of the school block. During the height of the rush to the diggings John Hendry ran the post office at Tullamarine Junction nearby but by 1888, the P.O. would have been at Post Office Lane. In 1884, the Seafield school (4 J6) and the Wesleyan one were closed and replaced by S.S.2613 at the Conders Lane corner (5 F9.)

"Up by Tullamarine" would mean 5 C 12(Annandale) to 5 C6 (Glendewar)through Fawkner's subdivision.

John Pascoe Fawkner received the grant for section 7 Tullamarine whose northern boundary was Grants Lane from just west of gate 18 in Melway 5 B6 with the north east corner where Western Avenue ends in 5 F6. The south boundary went from the middle of 5 B10 to where Link Rd crosses the bottom of 5 E10. John Carre Riddell of Cairn Hill near Gisborne was granted section 6, adjoining it on the east,5 F6 and 5 E10 being its north west and south west corners. The north east and south east corners were at Mickleham Rd opposite the Forman Rd and Lackenheath Drive corners.

Land in the parish of Tullamarine must have been surveyed in 1841/2 because the first grants were issued on 30-11-1842. A descendant of E.E.Kenny of Camp Hill informed me that Mt Macedon Rd (Deep Creek Rd/Bulla Rd/ Lancefield Rd/Melrose Drive) was surveyed through the parish in 1847, later becoming (until Brees' bridge was built at Keilor in 1854) the GREAT ROAD TO THE DIGGINGS.

Riddell also was granted section 15 fronting the Moonee Ponds Creek,north of section 7 and 6, with its south west corner at 5 B6. When Bulla Rd was made, the south west corner of section 6,the north east corner of section 7 and the south west corner of section 15 were isolated from the rest of each grant. Fawkner and Riddell sold these isolated triangles to each other so that Riddell's land was now all on the north east (Broadmeadows Shire) side of Bulla Rd and Fawkner's was on the south west (Keilor Shire) side. The shires (and their predecessors,the road boards) did not exist then,of course.

(Incidentally, the cutting off of triangles continued further north and explains why Phillip Hill was involved with the 1906 Mansfield drownings at Bertram's ford. The south west corner of section 15 was a Mansfield property in 1906 with William John Mansfield and W.J.Jnr living there. It was later Alan Payne's pig farm, "Scone" from the 1940's until airport acquisition circa 1960.It now contains the airport terminal except for the arms where planes are loaded and unloaded,which jut out into the 560 acres of section 14 on the south west of Bulla Rd (Gowrie Park.) The other 80 acres, between the east end of the e-w runway and the Moonee Ponds Creek and adjoining "Glendewar" to the south east, included the Hill family's "Danby Farm". Thus as well as attending school 2613 together,young Willy and Phil were neighbours living only the width of Bulla Rd apart at the dead centre of 5 B4.
MANSFIELD.?On the 15th October (accidently drowned), at Keilor, William John, beloved husband of Catherine Mansfield, and only surviving son of John Mansfield, of Tullamarine, aged 50 years also his eldest son, William John Mansfield aged 7 years. (P.1, Argus, 16-10-1906.)

Harry Heaps told me that planes used to be parked on Donovan's Gowrie Park during W.W.2 but Arun Chandu has found that this was only to a limited extent and that far more planes were parked on the 80 acres containing Danby Farm,Phil Hill moving to St Albans previously or because of this requirement.)

Getting back to Fawkner and Riddell,the former did not bestow a name on his section 6 and 7 land on the Keilor side of Bulla Rd because the land was already sold, to members of his land co-operative, who on the payment of a further pound (the cost of the land transfer)were given title to their blocks. To provide access to their blocks, lanes were reserved. Post Office Lane was the southern boundary with Section 3 and other lanes acquired the names of Anderson's and Conder's Lane. (See my journals about Fawkner's co-ops.)Among longtime residents on Fawkner's subdivision were Beech, Tenniel etc of the Beech Tree Hotel,the Andersons (Pineleigh?) the Parrs of Elm Farm (whose western boundary was a little west of the northern third of Link Rd, Love's dairy farm which was bought by the McNabs after the fire,and Peter Spiers on the 101 acres near Grants Lane that became Ecclesfield when Bill Ellis bought it. John Love won many prizes with his boars. Spiers committed suicide.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 13 April 1878 p 1 Family Notices
.PARR.-On the 6th inst., at Elm Farm, Tullamarine, the wife of Mr J. H. Parr of a daughter. Both doing well

Riddell and Hamilton,early squatters on Cairn Hill near Gisborne, named their land the Camieston Estate.* The land fronting the west side of Broadmeadows Rd (Mickleham Rd north from Freight Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek became the 467 acre "Chandos" which was sold to John Peter (Volume 170 folio 2 according to my Melway.)My great grandfather, John Cock, bought it in 1902 and subdivided it keeping the middle 198 portion (later Bill Lockhart's "Springburn", the northern 123 acre portion eventually becoming Percy Judd's Chandos Park and the southern (140?) acres Frank Wright's Strathconnan. (Frank Wright married Jessie Rowe, the teacher at S.S. 2613 (formerly at the Holden school,west of Tullamarine Island)who had the sad task of informing her pupils of the Mansfield drowning.

*Camiestown (sic), Moonee Ponds, acre lots in Hamilton terrace, fronting the main road, with a road 1 chain wide at the back. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 27 July 1853 p 7 Advertising.)
N.B. Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek.

FOR Sale, that beautiful Estate on the Moonee Ponds, consisting of about 480 Acres, now in the occupation of Mr. Love, and well known as Riddell and Hamilton's Accommodation Paddock. If not sold by the 1st of January, this property will be Let by tender, in part for cultivation, for five or seven years; enry 1st February. For particulars as to price and conditions, apply to Mr. J. C. RIDDELL, Carlton Gardens.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 26 November 1855 p 8 Advertising.)

Land between Victoria St and Wright St from Derby St to Moonee Ponds Creek(roughly 5 G5-8)was sold to Charles Nash (Fairview, lots 1-6,15-20,7,21,77 acres),George Goodwin,John Anderson, Thomas Purvis and James Anderson.
Charles Nash must have bought Goodwin's blocks as Fairview was traditionally 100 acres.

The land between Bulla Rd and Derby St was called Hamilton Terrace and was divided into acre blocks, one chain wide and ten chains deep (20x200 metres.) Noah Holland, a well-known drover was a good customer of John Beech's Beech Tree Hotel (MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN.) He owned 6 acres on which he was assessed for years but after his death, apparently nobody was paying the rates and schoolteacher/Tullamarine Progress secretary, Alec Rasmussen had the bright idea of gaining the six blocks through adverse possession (according to the late Leo Dineen, whose grandfather taught at S.S. 2613, after Alec, in the 1930's.)The T.P.A. constitution stated that meetings were to be held on nights of the full moon, obviously on what is now the Tullamarine Reserve. The Beech Tree Hotel was across Bulla Rd on Fawkner's part of section 6,just south of the Henderson Rd corner. Handlen's one acre block was added to the reserve,possibly in the 1970's. There is a photo of Colin Williams and others from the Methodist church in front of Handlen's house, which was still standing-about a metre back from the footpath,when I started my runs to the airport in 1971.

Mary Ann Mansfield, the fourth child of Issac Mansfield, and Ann(nee Seeley) and sister of David, married James Degville Tenniel in 1859. James, a policeman at Broadmeadows Township in 1857, died in 1874 aged 50. Mary Ann* married Noah Holland in 1877. Noah had previously been married to May Jane Sage who died in 1873. Noah died in Footscray* in 1919 aged about 84 and Mary (nee Mansfield) died at Flemington* in 1904. (*Noah's work would have revolved around the Newmarket saleyards.)

James Tenniel ran the Beech Tree Hotel hotel, virtually across the road from Noah's 6 acres and died there.
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 24 January 1874 p 1 Family Notices
... TENNIEL.- On the 23rd inst., at the Beech-tree, Tullamarine, James Tenniel, aged 50 years. ..

(*Marian Holland was assessed on the Beech Tree Hotel in 1877. P.15,TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT.)

I wonder if Noah's accident (below) led to his death.
An action brought by Noah Holland, drover, of Macaulay road Kensington, against the Railways Commissioners,came to an abrupt termination, in County Court yesterday, before judge Box and a jury. Plaintiff claimed ?500 damages for in-juries he sustained, caused by the horse he was riding falling over a heap of earth thrown up by the department, in Newmarket street, Flemington. The accident occurred early on the morning of June 14.
Plaintiff ,who is an old man, had a rib fractured, his chest crushed, and sustained a severe shock.
Just after the case had been opened, a settlement was arrived at, and the case was struck out. Under the settlement the plaintiff agreed to accept ?100.(P.10, Argus,17-10-1916.)

William Dewar was an early Bulla councillor. Victoria St was the boundary separating Bulla Shire from Broadmeadows and Grants Rd was the boundary with Keilor. Glendewar was the part of section 15 between Bulla Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek, containing most of the Cleanaway facility the Centre Rd/ Melbourne Drive intersection and Melway 5C 3-4. The south west corner of section 15 was bought from Riddell by John Mansfield (volume 106 folio 595.)
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 14 May 1868 p 8 Article)
... Election Notice. WALTER CLARK, Returning Officer,BULLA: hereby give notice that papers nominating William Dewar, Esq., and Charles Daniel, Esq., to fill tho EXTRAORDINARY VACANCY in the Shire ... declare William Dewar. Esq., to be duly elected as a member of the Bulla Shire Council.

Glendewar, consisting of 377 acres 2 roods and 25 perches, was bought from Riddell by William Dewar (volume 46 folio 766.) I have seen an obituary which stated that he had managed the property for Riddell before buying it.

The following show that William's daughter married Dugald McPhail's son,James and that the Johnsons were on Glendewar soon after William's death. James McPhail and Jennet moved to Brighton St in Newmarket where Dugald died. Like William Dewar,Dugald McPhail was a councillor, among the first at Essendon and Flemington and also at Keilor. Dugald was also prominent in the Presbyterian Church, being the prime mover in the foundation of St John's at Essendon and also taking a leading role at state level.He lived at North Park where Alexander McCracken later built his mansion "North Park" which is now the Columban Mission on the south side of Woodland St and at Spring Hill, which was probably James Robertson Snr's grant on which his son James built the mansion Aberfeldie,from which the locality gained its name; it could also have been an early name for Rose Hill. Dugald was eligible to become a Keilor councillor because Rose Hill was bounded by Buckley St, Steele Creek,Rosehill Rd and the Keilor/Essendon Boundary, Hoffmans Rd.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 4 March 1872 p 4 Family Notices
... Dugald M'Phail, Essendon, to Jennet D. Dewar, eldest daughter of William Dewar, Tullamarine.

DEWAR.?On the 3rd May, at his late residence,68 Collins-street, Essendon, William Dewar (late of Glendewar, Tullamarine), in his 91st year. A colonist of 62 years. No flowers. (P.1, Argus, 4-5-1903.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 20 April 1911 p 4. J. Johnson, Glendewar,

The Johnsons, early pioneers on Machell's subdivision between Swain St and Somerton Rd at Greenvale, had made the Glendewar tennis court a weekend attraction to Tulla and Bulla youngsters but they moved across the creek to Cumberland for some years,possibly until the destruction of Coghill's beautiful mansion by fire. (Photo in THE OAKLANDS HUNT, D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.)Returning to Glendewar,they built a new homestead.

JOHNSON-MANSFIELD. - On the 14th February, 1925 at St Mary's Church of England,Bulla, by the Rev. E. Faulkner, Reginald Graham, third eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Johnson, Cumberland Estate, Oaklands Junction, to Irene Gladys, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs. Ernest Mansfield, of Roseleigh, Tullamarine.
(P.7, Argus, 28-3-1925.)

John Johnson had known Glendewar since at least 1876.
A man named John Johnson, 30 years of age, was engaged rolling some land for Mr.Dewar, at Tullamarine, on Saturday, when one of the horses bolted and the roller went over him, fracturing his ribs and causing
other internal injuries. He was conveyed to the Melbourne Hospital for treatment.(P.4, Argus,5-6-1876.)


Edmund Dunn was a J.P.(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 11 July 1885 p 10 Article) and a trustee of the Tullamarine Wesleyan Church but he felt no guilt about exiting his 337 acre property in various places to avoid the toll gate (shared by the Keilor, Broadmeadows and Bulla Shires)which was located near the Junction Hotel site right near the south west corner of Viewpoint (Tullamarine Methodist Church Centenary, 1970.) If he was going south,he'd probably cut through Camp Hill.

(The toll gate is shown in the advertisement for the village of Gretna Green (under LONIE'S, CAMP HILL) to have been near Sharps Rd but the God-fearing Methodists would hardly have invented Edmund's avoidance, so the toll gate must have been moved to "Green's Corner" in the 1860's.)

You may recall that I hoped the hunt (in 1888) took more care while they crossed Dunn's farm than they had previously. This is what I had in mind. (Excerpt only given.)

Mr. Higinbotham and Mr. Michie, Q.C, for the plaintiff. Mr. Ireland, Q.C. ; Mr.Fellows, and Mr. Madden, for the defendant.
Mr. HIGINBOTHAM read the declaration,which stated, that on the 25th July, and on certain other days between that date and 15th August, the defendant, with men, horses, and dogs, entered certain land belonging to the plaintiff, trampling down crops, and killing and injuring certain sheep and lambs, the property of the plaintiff. The defendant had paid ?5 into court as satisfaction of damages, and upon this idea issue was
Mr. MICHIE, in stating the case, said that the plaintiff was a farmer, who was carrying on his business at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows, and the defendant was Mr. Samuel Waldock, who was no doubt known to the jury as a gentleman of sporting tastes, and the master of the Melbourne hounds. Tho action was to recover damages for the wanton injury inflicted by the defendant, accompanied by other persons, in going with horses and hounds over certain land belonging to the plaintiff. The plaintiff's object was not to obtain large damages, but he said that unless he took some very decisive action in order to make these persons responsible for their repeated transgressions of this kind, he might as well abandon his farming business altogether.(etc.)
(P.6, Argus,4-11-1868.)

Accidents and fatalities involving horses were probably as common as those involving cars today and one of Edmund's workers was a victim in 1871.
On Wednesday the city coroner (Dr. Youl) held an inquest on tho body of Martin Hehir, aged 27 years, a labourer, unmarried. Deceased, who was in the employ of Edmund Dunn, a farmer at Tullamarine, after having
been to Melbourne with a load of hay on Saturday, the 11th Inst., returned home at about 9 o'clock in the evening slightly under the influence of liquor, and was taking thehorse out of the dray, when he forgot to un-
hook one of the dray chains, and the horse finding this, on moving forward plunged, and deceased was struck in the belly by the shaft. Deceased said it was an accident, and a doctor was sent for, but did not come, and next
morning deceased was sent to the hospital. The horse was a quiet one, and deceased was accustomed to horses. Dr. Moloney found him to be suffering from a rupture of the muscles of the right belly, and that a large quantity of intestines protruded through the muscles, being only retained by the skin. Inflammation of
the bowels came on : deceased never rallied, and died next day, the 13th inst. The cause of death was inflammation of the bowels from external violence, and the case was hopeless from the first. A verdict of accidental death was found. (P.7, Argus, 16-3-1871.

After John Cock started leasing Stewarton (soon renamed Gladstone), replacing John Kerr in 1892, he was also leasing Viewpoint from Edmund Dunn who must have mortgaged it (or donated it) to the Church of England which was then recorded as the owner. Within a few years, the lease was shared with a member of the Wright family,jointly and then on separate parts. The Wrights later owned the northern portion but did not seem to have a name for it. The southern part, including Perry and Lucas Court and the Carrick/Trentham Drive corner,south to the junction and (nearly)Lupin Court on Basil Elm's subdivision of Gowanbrae, became John Mansfield's Grandview. Mansfield's portion was put on sale in 1917 (SEE BELOW) but in 1920 Heazelwood was leasing the 169 acres from the Estate of John Mansfield while Frank and Thomas Wright had the northern 169 acres of Viewpoint.(P. 21 TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT.) John Healey Cussens was on Grandview in 1930,having replaced George Dalley who had moved to Hillside, replacing Michael Reddan.

In 1948, the Wrights still had the northern part of Viewpoint and Palmer was on Grandview. The Wrights had sold STRATHCONAN*,across Broadmeadows(Mickleham) Road to Kowarzic, who changed his name to Kaye and was the manager of A.N.A.until Reg Ansett took it over. In the 1970's the lovely Mrs Palmer on Grandview provided many bundles of newspapers and with Mrs Butler and Joyce Morgan (paper that had been collected for the doomed Methodist Church's organ fund) got the Kindergarten Association's paper drives off to a flying start. "Charles Palmer had bought 166 acres south of Gladstone Park in 1945, paying 32 pounds 10 shillings per acre.In 1958, he offered it to Stanley Korman at 500 pounds per acre. Korman accepted." (P.195 BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
(*Harry Heaps told me the name of the farm, which also is the name of the street formed in the subdivision of his Melrose Drive block.He pronounced it with a long o sound but the street name is spelt with a double n. It is not spelt with double n in the notice of Frank Wright's funeral below.)
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 23 April 1936 p 1 Family Notices
The Friends or the late Mr Frank of Strathconon Tullamarine are respectfully informed that his funeral will ... 3532 words

Tullamarine Sale.
Koast, Morris and Miles will, on Tuesday, 27th inst., at 2 p.m., hold a
clearing sale at Tullamarine, on account of Mr. John Mansfield, "Grandview," junction of Bulla and Broad
meadows roads. The horses, cattle, farming implements and 200 tons of hay will be included. The horses and cattle are all of the best stamp, the implements are those used on a first class farm, there is a quantity of harness, and the hay includes 130 tons oaten and 70 tons wheaten. Time can be arranged to remove the hay at a
purchaser's convenience. An inspection of the lots may be had prior to the day of sale.
(Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 15 March 1917 p 2 Advertising.)

Another careless click has just lost 70 minutes of work so the replacement will be much briefer;actually my ancient computer actually clicks itself at times!

On 31-7-1843, Eyre Evans Kenny was granted crown allotment 4, section 4 of 300 acres at the south west corner of the parish of Tullamarine. It was bounded by the line of Sharps Rd, Broadmeadows Rd,roughly the line of Sycamore Ave, and the Moonee Ponds Creek.He later acquired J.Dunbar's c/a 3 section 4 of 150 acres between his grant and Dunn's future Viewpoint. Kenny was getting on a bit and when Macedon road (Melrose Drive)was "the great road to the diggings" he sold the land between Bulla Rd and Broadmeadows Rd, a speculator later having plans to establish a village on it, called,if I remember properly, Greenwich or Gretna Green.

Important and extensive sale of eighty acres of fine arable land in the Parish of Tullamarine, in allotments suited to the requirements of small capitalists and others.
Are favored with instructions from the owner, Colonel Kenny, to sell by auction, at his residence, Camp Hill, on the road to the Lady of the Lake Hotel, on FRIDAY, 4th INST., Immediately after the sale of Household
Furniture,ALL that portion of the Colonel's well-known and valuable Estate lying on the western side of the Mount Macedon Road,consisting of a magnificent triangular block of land, containing about 80 Acres of prime Agricultural Land, being portion of Allotment No. 4, of Portion No. 4, in the Parish of Tullamarine, subdivided for the greater convenience of purchasers, into Three convenient Farms of equal size, about 20* acres, more or less each. -all having frontages to the great leading road to Mount Macedon and the Gold Fields, immediately opposite the entrance to Colonel Kenny's residence.
Title unquestionable.
The public are respectfully informed that,for agricultural or market garden purposes, for building sites, or for the pursuits of trading, the above property is particularly well suited, containing fertile soil with the advantages of a cleared and unencumbered surface on the most important road in the Colony. Thus presenting to the trader an opportunity of obtaining his stand where the richly-laden Gold-Digger will be delighted to refresh himself, and expend a portion of His rapidly acquired fortune.The astonishing increase of population in
this locality, the majority of whom are compelled to pay the license for occupying Crown Lands, is in itself a guarantee that investment in the above property will afford handsome profits and quick returns. (P.10, Argus, 3-3-1853.)

20/26- This could have been 26 acres, but as stated, I did not correct the digitisation of this and some other pieces from the actual article. If it wasn't it should have been, because Mansfield's triangle was assessed in Keilor ratebooks as 26+52(2x26)+11 acres, the 11 acres being north of about Sycamore Ave on crown allotment 3 of section 4.

great road- The government spent a fortune in 1854 building the road to Mt Alexander, including Brees' bridge at Keilor. What we now know as the Calder Highway probably did not exist in 1847 when the Macedon road was surveyed by Hoddle; to get to Mt Aitken, John Aitken crossed the river at Solomon's ford and followed the east branch of the Kororoit Creek to the north.(City of Hume Heritage Study?) Following the construction of the route through Keilor,traffic past Camp Hill declined, apart from diggers heading to the McIvor diggings near Heathcote who made Broadmeadows Township a lively place. Bulla had even lost its mail delivery, the Portland mail carrier going through Keilor rather than leaving Bulla mail with Tulip Wright on the way through; the protest of Peter Young of Nairn having little effect. The mail carrier did not require a bridge so much and this change of route happened before 1854; passing through Keilor,he could then use Ballarat Road (Keilor-Melton Highway.) A township sprang up at "The Gap" and soon outgrew Sunbury, which like Bulla,became a sleepy Hollow. (BULLA BULLA I.W.Symonds.)

population- As well as buyers of farmlets from Foster, Fawkner and Riddell (as discussed under the TULLAMARINE heading), the population increase was caused by all the crown allotments in the parish of Tullamarine having been granted by 1850, the majority in that year. Nobody in the vicinity was leasing from the Crown in 1853.

AND THE VILLAGE!(Excerpt only.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 27 January 1859 p 2 Advertising
Gretna Green,
Opposite Colonel Kenny's Estate,
Parish of Tullamarine.
Subdivision of part of portion No.4 of Section 4, the property of A. M'Donald, Esq. Subdivided by the proprietor specially for the accommodation and convenience of newly-arrived couples, carriers, little shopkeepers, farm laborers, gardeners, and Immigrants. All pegged off at you go along just on the other side
of the toll-bar
, Deep Creek-road.

I had presumed that the toll bar was on the site of the Junction Hotel but the above seems to indicate that it was near Caterpillar (Drive?), the original east end of Sharps Rd. This would catch anyone wanting to take Sharps Rd (Keilor Shire), Melrose Drive (To Bulla Shire) or Mickleham Rd (Broadmeadows Shire.)

This sold land was assessed by Keilor Shire in parcels of 26, 52 and 11 acres, and with all eventually coming into the ownership of Sam Mansfield,the locals called it Mansfield's Triangle. This made Camp Hill 361 acres with today's Camp Hill Park (minus the plaque on the boulder, about which I've alerted Hume Council)at its north west corner.

The oldest ratebook found in the City of Broadmeadows' strongroom in 1988, that of 1863, assessed a bloke named Brown on Camp Hill. What had happened to Kenny, after whom Eyre and Kenny Sts in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadow) were named? And who was this Brown (with the famous daughter!)?

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 20 September 1861 p 4 Family Notices
KENNY.-On the 19th inst., at Camp Hill, in his seventy-eighth year, Lieut.-Colonel Eyre Evans Kenny, late of the 80th ...

The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Wednesday 11 December 1935 Supplement: Woman's Realm p 3 Article Illustrated
BORN at Camp Hill, Tullamarine, Victoria, on that momentous day, January 1, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln pro-
claimed the freedom of the American slaves, the daughter of Elizabeth and Hugh Junor Browne, little Pattie spent her infancy there, and came to Melbourne at the age of four. "One episode in my early life stands out vividly in my memory," she states in her diary. "At Camp Hill, Broadmeadows, the meet of the hounds-the deer with a broken leg across the creek-the return of the hunters-my mother and father mounted-and my mother giving me her whip to hold-and again father looking splendid holding their two horses and letting me pat them."

Both parents were born of preachers, her father being the only son of the Rev.Archibald Browne, first preacher of St.Andrew's, Demerara, wh?re a monument is erected to his memory on account of his work for anti-slavery ; and her mother the daughter of the Rev. John Turner, of Taunton, Devonshire. Her father was educated at Edinburgh Academy, and her mother at Dieppe, in France, where she was born. Her father's relatives were all militarymen, some of high rank, serving with great distinction in the Indian Mutiny; and her mother's only brother was the distinguished Dr. George Turner; of Iowa, U.S.A.

With such forbears the fearless nature of the little, girl, which early manifested
itself, is understandable. In 1867 the family moved to Victoria Parade, Melbourne, where Hugh Junor Browne became a prosperous merchant etc.

When the hunt rode across Camp Hill from Dunn's to Hall's in 1888, David Williamson was the occupant,leasing from Hay Lonie. David was probably a brother of George and Andrew Williamson of Fairview; George died at Camp Hill in 1892.The Gilligans of Bulla (who lived close to Hay's Lochton), soon after bought Camp Hill,possibly after Hay had drowned. It was claimed by some that Hay had committed suicide but a broken tooth indicated that he may have fallen into the Yarra after being mugged, as financial difficulties, sadness and intoxication were not factors.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 6 January 1888 p 7
. Mr D Williamson, Camp Hill Tullamarine
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 14 October 1886 p 10
Mr David Williamson, Camp Hill, Tullamarine,

Mr Hay Lonie, whose lamented death we alluded to last week, was an old colonist, having arrived here in the year 1854 , being then 12 years old, he was born 22nd November 1842 at Cooperfife, Scotland. He was at the Ovens a short time after his arrival and at the age of 16 years he started dairying about Preston, and in 1868 he was the largest dairyman in the colony, as he was then milking 800 cows at Pasture Hill*1, Campbellfield.

Soon after 1868 Mr.Lonie bought the Golden Vein property in this district from the late Mr.L. Bourke, M.P. , which property he added to very considerably later on. About 12 years ago, he permanently settled in this
district, and at the time of his death he held about 6,500 acres, principally in Moranding, and he also
retained Camp Hill property Tullamarine, and Lochton, Bulla*2. He leaves three in family, the eldest boy being 18 years of age, one girl of 9 years, and Mrs R. G. Hudson, of Kilmore; from all the circumstances related, above as to his property it would appear that the rather vague rumors set abroad as to his position, are unfounded. We may say the feeling of sympathy for Mrs Lonie and family has been very great, and the respect in
which deceased was held was evinsced by the large number who attended the funeral on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Allison had the funeral arrangements at the Melbourne end and Mr Bossence took charge locally.
(P.2, Kilmore Free Press, 29-12-1892.)

(*1. Pasture Hill, containing 383 acres and 10 perches, was bounded by Pascoe Vale Rd,and Camp Rd east to a line that bisects the lake in Jack Roper Reserve,with the south east corner being that of Wallace Reserve. (Melway 6 H 10-11 to 7 B 10-11.)Boundaries based on knowledge of Will Will Rook crown allotment boundaries and a map on page 78 of BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY showing the 1874 sale/subdivision of the estate of the late Donald Kennedy, between Camp Rd and Rhodes Pde., into Pasture Hill, Bayview Farm (both bought by John Kerr Snr who built the historic Kerrsland which is part of Penola College)and Glenroy Farm.

*2. Lochton, north of the line of Somerton Rd and between the north-south part of Wildwood Rd and Deep Creek (Melway 177 C4) was crown allotment 5A of the parish of Bulla Bulla, consisting of 354 acres.

TUESDAY, 11th MARCH, CLEARING SALE at "CAMP HILL," TULLAMARINE, On the Bulla-road, 7 Miles from Melbourne.
McPHAIL BROS. and Co. have received Instructions from Messrs. T. (and) A. Gilligan to SELL, on the
above date, at Uolte o'clock, their DAIRY CATTLE, DRAUGHT HORSES. FARMING PLANT, HAY, &c (P.4, Argus,1-3-1913.)

In travelling from Camp Hill into Hall's,the hunt went from the parish of Tullamarine into the parish of Doutta Galla after doing the reverse when they crossed from Crotty's into Williamson's. The railway line was not there and wouldn't be there for 40 years. Sid Lloyd was the one who told me about South Wait, or it might have been his older brother George who wrote MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952. Nobody could tell me how the name came about. I had trouble getting "hall,tullamarine" on trove so I tried Howse, tullamarine and struck gold.

HOWSE.?In loving memory of our dear mother Ellen Howse who died on the 18th November,1900 at "Southwaite" Tullamarine. (P.1, Argus, 18-11-1910.

So much for my theory that Southwaite resulted from a one lane bridge over the 1928 Albion-Jacana railway requiring those travelling south (or approaching from the south)to wait. Was the name bestowed by John Hall?

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 May 1880 p 1 Family Notices
HALL. -On the 17th, at her residence, Southwaite, near Essendon, the wife of John Hall of a son. Both doing, well.

My great grandfather, John Cock, arrived in 1864 as an labourer indentured to John Hall for three years. The birth of his child shortly after his arrival was registered in the area, so he was almost certainly working for John Hall on Southwaite. By 1888, he was a prominent citizen and the "shameful" fact of having been an indentured servant was concealed by a claim in his VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS PAST AND PRESENT biography that he arrived in 1867 and leased a farm (Broombank) for 15 years etc. John Cock's time on Southwaite explains the Cock/Howse family connection.

John Hall was granted 22D, Doutta Galla, consisting of 42 acres 2 roods 24 perches on 17-2-1865. The south west boundary was Bulla Rd which can be plotted with a line joining Wirraway Rd and Melrose Drive. The eastern boundary can be plotted by extending Nomad Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek, section 23 (St John's) being to the east.The northern boundary of 22D is the aerodrome boundary south of the Tasman Avenue houses.

John Purnell was granted 22B of 65 acres 3 roods 15 perches which now includes the Malvern Avenue area (which probably became part of Camp Hill/Gowanbrae from 1928 when the railway was built;Malvern Avenue is named after the Malvern Star bicycles which would have been built on Gowanbrae if a siding had been provided by the railways. Bruce Small later became Sir Bruce Small of the Gold Coast who publicised his tourist destination by bringing meter maids to Melbourne. John Hall purchased Purnell's grant making a total of 108 acres 1 rood 39 perches.

Another Doutta Galla map available online,is a shambles, namely:
[Parish maps of Victoria]. Parish of Doutta Galla - National Library of ...
Victoria. Dept. of Crown Lands and Survey. [Parish maps of Victoria]. Parish of Doutta Galla [cartographic material] 1860 - 1880. MAP RM 2741/90.

It shows, east of 22BC, Stevenson (of "Niddrie") 300 acres, Hodgson 225 acres (the land that Stevenson's "enemy", Robert McDougall of "Arundel" had occupied but with an incorrect eastern boundary) and a huge area north of both fronting the creek and a south boundary linking Moore St, Airport West, with the creek near the Mascoma St, Strathnaver Ave. corner. This area is labelled John Hall and no acreage is given.Why?

Section 23, St John's, consisted of 525 acres, accounted for by the land owned by Stevenson and Hodgson. Therefore Southwaite could not possibly have been on section 23.Another minor detail is the boundary shown between the west and east parts of St Johns. In the above map,it is a line due north from the bend in perimeter Rd (16 E8) to the Mascoma/Strathnaver corner. Title documents V.246 f.841 and V.246 f.901 show that the actual boundary went n.n.w. through the bend in Perimeter Rd, through the Strathaird/Mennara corner to Lamart St and then northeast through the Mascoma/Woolart corner to the creek.
These two documents and V.246 f.842 (re the 26 acre triangle bounded by Nomad and Wirraway Rds with a southern boundary indicated by the bend in Larkin St)give the total acreage as (310+206+26=542acres), 17 acres too many.
This can be partly explained by Dunn's farm,leased from Sir John Franklin, which was thought to be entirely in section 23 but actually contained the northern 12 acres of section 15 purloined by John Murray Peck of Lebanon.
Therefore the various Lands Department clerks were only 5 acres out, based on what they knew. Not like the draftsman who drew the 1860-1880 map and invented another roughly 108 acres to fit "Southwaite" (22BD) into St John's.

THE PROPERTIES at the start of my TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT includes rate information heading north along Bulla Rd. Right side. St John's (Stevenson,Taylor)300 ac., South Wait(sic)(Hall, Howse)100 ac., Camp Hill (Kenny, Brown, Lonie,Williamson,Gilligan, Morgan, Scott who called it Gowanbrae, Small,Cowan) 366 acres, etc.

By 1888, Strathmore was well and truly caught up in the land boom. I'll repeat the end of my summary.

Scampering parallel with Melrose Drive,the terrified creature would have passed through Lonie's "Camp Hill",and east sou' easterly through John Hall's (later Jack Howse's "South Wait", now Strathmore Heights to the east end of Caravelle and Tasman.)It probably kept to the south east bank of the Moonee Ponds Creek passing through St John's,firstly through Henry Stevenson's paddock and then Robert McDougall's*.(*See below.) It then cut south past Peck's Lebanon (Wendora St,built 1882) and John Kernan's (probably near Loeman St) before crossing the line of Glenbervie/Uplands Rd into Napier's 100 acres.
N.B. There is no way Kernan could have had land north of Peck who added the northernmost 12 acres of 15 Doutta Galla to Lebanon without paying for a lease or purchase.(Google "strathmore, 12 acres, sir john franklin".)

* Harry Peck refers to Harry Stevenson and Robert McDougall as being neighbours in MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN. This seems strange because "Niddrie" and "Arundel" are miles apart but they did have neighbouring paddocks in Strathmore North.(Google "strathmore, stevenson, mcdougall, shorthorns".)

I am all worn out now so try getting Bruce Barber's website, to which I contributed many years ago, by googling the names in bold type above (first two results.) You'll also find some journals I've written about Strathmore since the nuclear explosion or whatever turned me into itellya.




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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 2013-10-15 04:35:10

I'm correcting the text in some of the stuff from trove, but only using context rather than from the actual articles.

by itellya on 2013-10-16 23:51:56

John Curry, who owned three six acres blocks near Shelton Farm on 11B, Doutta Galla, between Milleara Rd and Rachelle Rd, and was killed in 1862 in an incident involving camels returning from the search for Burke, Wills, King (the only survivor) and Charlie Gray, must have had a son (or perhaps a nephew) named John. The subdivision plan of 11B shows that "John Currie, Mooney Ponds" was the original purchaser of lots 3, 4 and 5.

Lot 5 probably* included the northern end of Saltau St, with the rest of it, and McPherson St, in lots 4 and 3. This was the land (18 acres) that was sold to Henry Delahey. (*It is hard to be exact because dimensions of the blocks are not shown.)

; 18 acres, North Pole road, Keilor, on account of Mr.J. Curry, to Mr. H. Delahey; (HOUSES AND LAND. METROPOLITAN.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 20 August 1915 p 9 Article.)

Keilor?s 1868 rates show that known occupants of 11B were:
John Beale 130 ac. A.Curry (sic) 18 ac.; Widow Smith 13 ac.; John Duhey 40 ac.; Dr. W. Crooke 140 ac. and sanitorium, Lady Franklin 20 ac. and William Johnston?s 12 ac.
It is interesting to note that the total of these 1868 landholdings was 373 acres; that is 61 acres more than 11B contains. John Beale had bought lot 8 in section 12 from Henry Roberts on 1-6-1865 so that accounts for about 50 acres. Lady Franklin?s 20 acres might have consisted of 13 acres on 11B and Patrick Higgins? seven 1 acre blocks west of the Collinson St corner in section 19.

The correct spelling of the surname was CURRY. Descendants seem to have stayed in the area, probably at St. Albans.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 1 September 1868 p 8 Family Notices
... Funeral Notices. THE Friends of the late Mrs. BRIDGET CURRY, widow of the late Mr. John Curry, are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral to move from her residence, Keilor, THIS DAY (Tuesday), 1st inst., at 12 .

The vendor mentioned was John and Bridget's son.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 17 June 1916 p 13.)
CURRY.-On the 8th June, at his residence, 334 Albert street, East Melbourne, John Joseph, only son of the late John and Bridget Curry, formerly of North Pole road, Keilor. Fortified by rites of Holy Church.[

By 1900, J.P.Fawkner?s dream of yoeman farmers such as Duhy and Curry working diligently on their small plots of land had dissolved. Hugh Peck, who owned a huge area of land just west of Sydenham Station, had 6 acres but the rest of 11B was being farmed by the Dodds and Delaheys.

During the early 1930?s Marino Lauricella, who had been operating a fruit shop opposite the North Essendon School since the mid 20?s, leased an area of 11B near The Crossway. He had a pig farm and fed his animals waste fruit from the shop. He later moved across Milleara Rd. As there was no water, he used to cart it from Ned Courtney?s Stud Farm (south east across Buckley St) on section 8. They would bucket it from a trough near the stables. (See section 10 and 11A regarding the Lauricellas.) SOURCE: LAURICELLA DESCENDANT.

by itellya on 2013-10-17 03:57:17

John CURRY and John DUHY had several thing in common. Their surnames needed to be on school spelling lists,they were both devout Roman Catholics and they were neighbours on 11B Doutta Galla with frontages to North Pole (Milleara) Road, Duhy immediately north of Curry (as well as owning other land on 11B shown on a circa 1890 Doutta Galla that I donated to the Hume Global Learning Centre.) This other land was probably what he sold during the land boom.

I can't remember whether Angela Evans included the following article in KEILOR PIONEERS:DEAD ME DO TELL TALES, so I will post it here just in case she didn't.

An inquest was held yesterday (says the "Standard") on the body of John Duhy, 83
years of age, who was found dead in a ditch in Buckley-street, Essendon, and a verdict of death from heart disease was recorded.

Deceased was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, and had been 41 years in the colony. He
had never married, but devoted his time to the rearing of stock, and had managed to save a little money: and. further, by disposing of some of his property during the land boom, he was in possession of about ?6,000 when he died. This money he had been accustomed to deposit in the bank, occasionally withdrawing sums to invest in bank shares as opportunity served. He appeared to be a careful man of business, and as the interest fell due on the shares he would draw the money and place it to the credit of his banking accounts. It was these documents which
were found stitched inside the lining of his coat and waistcoat, when his clothes were searched by the police. There was some loose money in his pockets, amounting to
?11 13s 6d. The balance of his property was made up as follows :?28 ?5 shares in the
National Bank, 20 ?10 shares in the Colonial Bank. 8 ?5 in the National Rank, 54 ?3
shares in the Land Mortgage Bank, and two ?50 deposit receipts in the Freehold Investment Company; and deposit receipts amounting to ?3,321 3s 9d.

By the will of the deceased, the bulk of his Money has been left to charities. About ?600 will go to the relatives in Ireland, and ?300 to relatives in Victoria, but the greater portion will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Nuns of the
Good Shepherd, between which institutions ?5,000. will be divided; ?100 goes to St.
Monica's R.C. Church, Essendon, and a further sum of L50 has been set apart for the
priests of that church to pay for the masses that have been ordered by the deceased to be sung for the repose of his soul. The 10 acres of freehold property on the old
Solomon's Ford road, between Essendon and Keilor, up to the time of his decease, he
leaves to his nephew, Cornelius Duhy, and there are some other small bequests to his

It had been alleged that he was a miser, but he has the credit of being charitable in a quiet way. His cousin died some years ago,at Wangaratta, and he sent the widow L100 for funeral expenses. Many other tales are told of his generous disposition, which go to prove that John Duhy was no miser, but merely an old man who took care of his money, and who ended his days by donating it to charitable purposes.
(Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) Wednesday 16 April 1890 p 2 Article.)

The old Solomon's ford road was North Pole (Milleara) Rd.

Peter Somerville, skipper of the "Blackbird" (which continued the tradition of trips up the Maribyrnong, in which the Hicks' Tea Gardens was so prominent in earlier Closer Settlement days) and President of the Keilor Historical Society which ran out of members (and was later re-formed circa 1990),was a firm believer that Solomon's Ford had been at the end of North Rd. However, a book entitled SOLOMON'S FORD by Valentine Jones was written to dispel such claims and prove that it was at Melway 27 B8.

Valentine convinced me and I have supported her argument many times but it appears that Peter was right unless the surveyor made a terrible error in 1855.

Township of Braybrook - National Library of Australia

by itellya on 2013-10-20 20:02:41

When did Hay Lonie move north?

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 21 January 1882 p 14 Advertising
... Sale by Auction, MONDAY, JANUARY 23. ' TULLAMARINE. Clearing Sale Mr. Hay Lonie's Dairy Herd (at Camp Hill, Broadmeadows Rd.)

Camp Hill was to be leased, probably to David Williamson.

Kilmore Free Press (Kilmore, Vic. : 1870 - 1954) Thursday 13 August 1885 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Advertising
... Public Notices. FOR SALE.-Lochton Estate, Bulla, 16 miles from Melbourne, 354 acres splendid farm on Deep Creek.-Apply Mr H. LONIE, Valleyfield, Kilmore.

by itellya on 2013-10-25 20:44:38

In the shire of Broadmeadows, there was only one contest in 1879, in the Broadmeadows riding, between two candidates who were neighbours. Hay Lonie of Camp Hill was shortly to make his move north but retained the property, leasing it to David Williamson. Edmund Dunn was the owner of Viewpoint (see journal)the farm adjoining Camp Hill at the northern boundary of today's Camp Hill Park. (P.5, Argus, 2-8-1879.)

by itellya on 2013-10-26 00:11:32

BEALE.-On the 13th April, at her late residence,46 Moonee-street, Ascotvale, Mary, beloved wife of John Beale, sen., late of King street, Melbourne, aged 77 years.
(P.1, Argus, 14-4-1902.)

The above is a trove result that Beale genealogists may never have found, except by the greatest luck, which I had, noticing it as I scrolled down the digitised text in a search for "lochton, bulla." Even after I had corrected the digitised text, a search for "death, mary beale, ascot vale" refined to The Argus in 1902,brought no result but lochton, bulla with the same refinements produced only this page.

This indicates that correcting the D.T. does not improve the search results. The surname was printed in the paper as BEAELE and John Beaele.

So it was Mary who experienced the joy of bringing the twin girls into the world and the grief caused by their early deaths from diptheria; Rachelle Rd* was probably named after one of the twins.
(*the southern part of which indicates the eastern boundary of 11B,Doutta Galla, much of which became part of Shelton Farm.)

If anyone is doing a Beale (or related) family history, you might like a map I have in my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA showing Shelton Farm as it was when John Beale sold it, transposed on Melway from the title document (about 75% of 11B and one lot, about 50 acres, of Main's Estate across Rachelle Rd*.There is also text regarding details of title document,dates etc.If so,send me a private message.

by itellya on 2013-11-12 08:21:47

BEALE?DUTTON.?On the 17th January, at St.
Paul's Church, Broadmeadows, by the Rev. W. W.
Mantell, assisted by the Rev. R. H. Rodda, John,
only son of John Beale, of Shelton, Keilor, to Annie,
second daughter of Thomas Dutton, of Glenroy, Broadmeadows.
(P. 30, Illustrated Australian News, 21-2-1877. )

by georgiawesten on 2013-11-15 04:08:46

Was your uncle Alfred Cock? -Who bought part of the orginal Delahey property- Volume 5038-folio 1007577-this property was later purchased-transfered to William Bennet Wright.

by itellya on 2013-11-15 09:38:19

He was. The farm was called "Glenview" and is shaded yellow on Melway map 15. The section 20 Doutta Galla land is that south of the line of Sharps Rd in 15 A 2 (bottom half) and 3, and consisted of (according to the Keilor rate collector)139 acres. Lot 10 of the Arundel Closer Settlement,north of the line of Sharps Rd, was rounded up to 115 acres. John Fenton bought lot 10 from Alf and renamed it Dunnawalla.

by itellya on 2013-12-05 20:27:37

DELAHEY.?On the 18th April, at the residence of his son, Mr. H. Delahey, "Shelton Farm," North Pole road, Keilor, William Delahey, aged 89 years. Requiescat in pace.
(P.1, Argus, 20-4-1908)

Keilor rate records indicate that the Delaheys, who with the Dodds were granted most of the land between North Pole (Milleara) road and the Maribyrnong river were occupying land east of Milleara Rd on 11B, Doutta Galla,a large part of which was Shelton Farm.
(See JAMES ANDERSON and JOHN BEALE under JAMES WILSON'S in the journal.)

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