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Journal by itellya

The attached map shows the parishes of Tullamarine and Maribyrnong.

The map was published in 1892 when the prospect of the construction of a railway to Bulla, either along the east bank of the Saltwater River (Maribyrnong River and Deep Creek) or along Bulla Rd., seemed a reality, and speculators had bought many farms along both routes. Tullamarine farms on the south side of Sharps Rd, in the parish of Doutta Galla, were also snapped up, James Sharp's "Hillside", near Barrie Rd by G.W.Taylor, and the Crotty family's "Broomfield" roughly bounded by Tullamarine Park Rd, by the Essendon Tramway and Land Investment Company. There is a special map of Doutta Galla with the landholdings of C.B.Fisher in today's Ascot Vale and Avondale Heights shaded orange.He was banking on the Saltwater River option in about 1888 at the height of the land boom. Such maps were usually shaded for use in insolvency cases. The depression that hit just after the map was produced ended talk of the railway until the latish 1920's when revived agitation was stymied by the 1930's depression.

This journal will give the names of the farms in the area covered by the map and discuss the farmers and speculators. As the whole map was not copied and would be too small to read without the ability to zoom, paste the link, http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-232027555/view, into your search bar to get the map.

Until I saw this map in late 1988, I assumed that parish maps always had the names of grantees on them; that was until I compared it with another Tullamarine parish map.

Before I start on the parish of Tullamarine, I will deal briefly with the parish of Maribyrnong west of Deep Creek. The Keilor Plains were formed by lava flows which created a plateau through which streams such as Deep Creek and Jacksons Creek carved deep valleys. Because of huge amounts of freestone settlers could usually find sufficient bluestone on their properties to build homesteads and hotels but the land was too hard to plough and generally unsuitable for agriculture. Another factor that made agriculture difficult was the low rainfall which was great for ripening hay crops if they'd received sufficient rain to reach maturity. The Tullamarine and Airport West areas were renowned for their vast expanses of oaten hay.

The silt deposited in the river flats as the valleys were carved removed the ploughing problem there regarding freestone as the rock was covered by countless metres of rich soil. This soil, replenished by every flood, allied with the supply of water from the streams, was ideal for gardening, mainly orchards at first with "Basket Davey" Milburn of Keilor becoming the acknowledge pioneer of irrigation in Victoria. William Cherry of "Seaford" at Altona was another pioneer of the big river flat along Borrell Road (formerly Arundel Road before the freeway was built)south of Bertram's ford. In the early 1900's the Spanish invasion led by Jose Borrell of "Gumm's Corner, the Cuarteros of "Rio Vista" and Jack Vert of the area north of the Bowls Club near Barcelona Avenue changed the focus to the growing of vegetables although Peter Anderson's orchard on Horseshoe Bend provided for many decades a springtime delight for anyone descending Curly's hill from the east.

However the plateau to the west of Keilor became the domain of the sheep man. In 1850, William John Turner (Big) Clarke obtained a huge special survey stretching from Sunbury to Bolinda, Clarkefield and Sydney Road but a year or so earlier had paid cash for wastelands that probably included his huge Rockbank estate. The name of his son, Wlliam John Clarke appears on the Clarke grants in the parish of Maribyrnong as his father had died and he was the owner. I have recently submitted journals about Big Clarke (a fascinating 1872 article detailing his many land purchases, probably resulting from an interview of the bed-ridden giant a couple of years before his death)and the empathy and generosity of his son towards a Dowling Forest tenant.

William Taylor was dubbed the FATHER OF KEILOR in one of Keilor's historic celebration souvenirs. He was President of the Shire of Keilor an incredible number of times. His Overnewton Estate expanded into the parish of Tullamarine; All of Arundel (section 1) and part of Annandale (section 2) were purchased under the Closer Settlement Act of 1904 and became the Arundel Closer Settlement. The huge area in the parish of Maribyrnong north of St Albans became the Overnewton Closer Settlement with one of the attractions to agriculturalists being that the land had never been under the plough. Much good land had been denuded of nutrients because the sound Scottish principle of rotation of crops with periods of fallow had not been followed so applicants would not need to fertilise the soil on this former grazing ground. An OVERNEWTON search will provide much more detail.

James Robertson's estate was called Upper Keilor. There are plans to restore his historic bluestone homestead near the Keilor Public Golf Course*. He also bought land near Aberfeldie which he called Spring Hill but was named Aberfeldie after the mansion his son James built there after the death of his mother at Upper Keilor. James Jnr's daughter married Coiler McCracken, son of Peter McCracken of Ardmillan. Coiler's mansion Earlesbrae Hall in Leslie St, Essendon, is now part of the Lowther Hall Anglican school.

* Star Weekly | Historic Robertson's homestead may be restored
www.starweekly.com.au › News

James Robertson Snr. also bought land in North Essendon between McCracken St and William Hoffman's "Budzbach" which was inherited by his bachelor son Thomas who became a member of parliament and called his property "Mar Lodge".His historic homestead remains at 33B? Forrester St.
Deidre Farfor, mentioned in the article about the proposed restoration of the Upper Keilor homestead, was one of my first history buddies and has contributed greatly to my understanding of the three Robertson families and the McCrackens.

Small blocks along Sunshine Avenue resulted from the alienation of the Keilor Farmers' Common in the 1870's with most blocks being bought by early Keilor pioneering families such as Brown and Fox.

John Pascoe Fawkner bought land at the north west corner of the parish of Jika Jika for himself but also bought many grants on behalf of those who joined his land co-operatives at today's Hadfield and East Keilor as well as crown allotment 10 on Tullamarine Island, 13B south of Mansfields Rd, 13A north of Mansfield's Rd with George Coghill, later partitioned with Fawkner getting the southern half,and section 7, Tullamarine with the part east of Bulla Rd being swapped with John Carre Riddell for the part of section 6 west of Bulla Rd.

This was between Jacksons Creek and Deep Creek and went north to the Bulla-Diggers Rest road in the parish of Bulla but being north of the line of Grants Rd was entirely within the SHIRE of Bulla.

Paul Tate was not a member of Fawkner's land co-op. re crown allotment 10 but finished up owning most of section 10 as well as Whiting's part of 11B.

Surprisingly absent from the buyers of section 10 lots were the Tates whose land (N.A.V. 177 pounds in 1882) probably included many of the section’s 448 acres. George Randall may have had part of the section near the famous basalt organ pipes. In “Keilor Pioneers: Dead Men Do Tell Tales” excellent detail about the Tates is presented; I will not repeat it here but I wish to refer to two points.
Firstly the family was on section 10 by at least 1859 when James was born. The second point is that their property was known from the first as Pleasant Vale, with Cooper Rd being the driveway to the homestead, according to Ed. Fanning. The “estate” which James bought at Diggers Rest after marrying Elizabeth Milburn was merely an extension of Pleasant Vale across Jacksons Creek, in McLeods Rd near the Holden school where James had been educated.

Shire of Bulla rate records indicate that among the pioneers of Tullamarine Island were: Michael Loeman (grantee of Glenloeman) the Fannings (“Sunnyside”; much detail in “Bulla Bulla” by I.W.Symonds.), Randalls, Bedfords, Junors, Grants (Craigllachie), Skews, Dugald and Margaret Stewart, Elizabeth Ramsden (leasing Glenloeman in 1902) and Malcolm Ritchie and W.D.Peter of Overpostle.
The map of “Tullamarine Island” farms on the next page has been compiled largely from information supplied by the late Bob Blackwell who was a grandson of bridge- builder Bedford. Information about Donald Junor’s “Fleetbank” came from Ed.Fanning who confirmed Bob’s locations.

The map can't be attached here as only one photo can be attached.
Section 10 was subdivided with Pleasant Vale being the largest farm on it. No names have been found for farms in the southern portion of section 10 but here is some detail of the owners.
Abraham Hodgkinson’s farm consisted of lots 7, 8 and 9. The part of it that is now part of the park passed to his widow Harriet, who also received the grant for allotment 7A of section 5, Holden on 1-12-1875. (Harriet then lived in Holden, so the farm on lots 7 and 8 was then called the “Old Farm”.) Harriet’s second husband, William Sharp, bought lot 6* on 29-6-1865, so Harriet (a daughter of Thomas Faithfull) would have toiled on lots 6, 7, 8 and 9 as well as Starr Grove. The rest of Abraham’s farm was sold to Harry Mildenhall, husband of Harriet’s sister. Henry sold this to George Randall for 75 ½ pounds on 3-4-1862.
*Lot 6 was sold to Sharp by R.G.Nichols (who had bought it from Lewis on 23-8-1854 for 120 pounds) .Was this George Nicholls who married Harriet’s sister Jane? Nichols sold to Sharp for only 60 pounds.

George Randall also bought lots 11-15 from Thomas Fraser on 20-11-1861 for 325 pounds (112 484). It is likely that Randall also bought lots 10 and 16 from Fraser. Ed Fanning says that the 108 acres that Alf Randall had after Hall had bought this section 10 farm was in the western quarter of 11B.

Crown allotment 11A became known as "Bulla Park". The Faithfulls may have called it Starr Grove.
Thomas Faithfull bought the 333 acres from the grantees (Cay, Chapman and Kaye) for 1665 pounds on 26-7-1852. (21 821) On 10-9-1854, Thomas conveyed the eastern half of the allotment to his son, Moses, for L832/10/-. Its southern boundary went west 45 chains from the south east corner to compensate for the eastern boundary being only half a mile. (21 822)

Both Thomas and Moses mortgaged their portions to the Land Mortgage Bank of Victoria. Thomas was apparently unable to repay and this bank sold his portion to John Skuse on 11-4-1871 (209 779). Moses’ land was reconveyed to him but on 4-12-1873, he sold it to John Skuse for 400 pounds. John Skuse conveyed Thomas’s portion to William Henry Croker (347 776) and it is likely that Croker also bought Moses’ portion.

It is likely that Bulla Park passed from Croker to Whiting, who died on 17-6-1929. Croker later owned Woodlands in Oaklands Rd near Bulla and his near neighbour there, W.D.Peter of Dunalister, bought Overpostle on the Island.
It is likely that the 333 acre Bulla Park was part of the 658 acres of Robert Selmon Whiting in 1902 and Duncan & George McLeod & John Anderson in 1914. It was definitely part of Thornton’s 760 acres in 1922. Billy McLeod apparently bought the farm from Thornton in the 1950’s.

Crown allotment 11B was subdivided into three farms the easternmost of which was part of "Overpostle". The westernmost 2150 links (430 metres) of 11B’s Loemans Rd frontage was that of the part that John Heagney sold (application and release) to Michael Heagney for 450 pounds on 13-7-1854 (14 420). On 2-5-1864, Michael Heagney sold it to Paul Tate for 900 pounds (138 819).
In the wild atmosphere of land speculation in 1888, W.H.Croker bought this farm from Paul Tate on 18-5-1888 (this was not registered with the Supreme Court until 22-5-90)
for 3400 pounds (362 430). Croker swapped it with Robert Selmon Whiting for other land (374 150) and, on 16-6-1915, Whiting sold it to George McKenzie McLeod, William McLeod and J.S.G.Anderson.

12 A Craigllachie (pronounced craig el ockie) or Deep Valley.
Crown allotment 12A was "Craigllachie". The grantee was John Daly.
John Daley’s daughter, Mary, married Michael O’Brien.
On 16-3-1869, John Daley conveyed Craigllachie to Michael O’Brien and his wife Mary:
“In consideration of the natural love and affection which the said John Daley hath for his daughter, the said Mary O’Brien, and for the said Michael O’Brien and for divers other consideration thereunto moving.”

Bulla’s ratebook of 1882-3 shows that Katherine and James Heagney (probably the widow and son of John, who’d owned 11B) were leasing a property (N.A.V. 48 pounds), which was almost certainly Craigllachie. I do not intend to pursue title any more on this property. The Grants seem to have been on it by 1897. Symonds states on P. 52 of “Bulla Bulla” that Robert Grant of Craigellachie received a special mention for vegetables at the first Bulla Show of 1-5-1897.
In 1914-5 William Fraser Grant, whose occupation was given as Inspector of Works, was listed as the owner and occupier of 140 acres and a closed road of 5 acres (which used to join Loemans Rd and Mansfield Rd). By 1922-3, Craigllachie’s owner was Eric L.Grant, with other details being the same except that 140 had become 138.
As seems obvious, it was on 3-9-1936 that E.F.N.Clarke (of Pips Chips fame) bought Craigllachie and renamed it Deep Valley.

18B FLEETBANK. This 192 acre allotment was granted to Kaye, Cay and Chapman for L230/8/- on 10-12-1850. Application 31187 contains the above information and then gives the second series index numbers for: John Broadfoot, Margaret Broadfoot, Margaret Stewart and Dugald Stewart. An examination of the indexes for these four names made no mention of 18B, although Dugald Stewart is mentioned as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church land at the north west corner of lot 14 in section 10. With this lack of evidence, I am forced to guess that John Broadfoot bought 18B from the grantees, left it to wife Margaret in his will, that she remarried and that the land passed to her husband (or son), Dugald. (My guess was correct; Margaret Broadfoot became Margaret Stewart.)

The Bedfords have had Fleetbank for over half a century. Harry Bedford used to work on Glenloeman for the Crosbies and then the Powells. His son, Henry still owns Fleetbank but lives on his 60 acre “Trooper’s Bend” north east of the Bulla bridge. Growing up on Fleetbank, he used to work for Billy McLeod on Bulla Park from the age of 11, about 1950, during his holidays. McLeod bought Bulla Park for L8/10/- per acre, about the same price that Gilbertsons paid for Overpostle. Henry said that the Clarkes were on Deep Valley for as long as he could remember until about 10 years ago. Clarke of Pips Chips fame gave this new name to the Sharp family’s “Craigllachie” and used the property for Romney Marsh sheep and trotting horses.

18 A, 18 C (and 20A Bulla) Glenloeman.
These Crown Allotments, consisting of 88, 412 and 94 acres respectively made up the 594 acres of Glenloeman. Loeman bought 18A and C on 10-12-1850, a date on which Kaye, Cay and Chapman and several other grantees in Tullamarine acquired their grants.
Detailed information about Michael Loeman can be found on P. 429 of “Victoria and its Metropolis” (A.Sutherland) and details of the ownership of Glenloeman on page 54 of “Bulla Bulla “ (I.W.Symonds).

Part of Glenloeman was purchased by Alister Clark of Glenara to protect his privacy. The 1914-5 rates show that William Gerald and Bernard Michael Crosbie still had the whole 594 acres of Glenloeman but by 1922-3 Alister and Edith Clarke had 106 ½ acres of 18C and Bernard Crosbie had 478 acres (I think the rate collector meant 488). Michael Loeman was a great mate of John Kernan, which accounts for Loeman St in Strathmore. Loeman St in Essendon is probably due to Michael’s grant of a township allotment bisected by Kiora St. The bridge in Moreland Rd was called Loemans Bridge in honour of Michael who managed and then farmed on Dr McCrae’s Moreland Estate for many years before settling on Glenloeman circa 1854.

As I had not discussed Tullamarine Island in WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR (1989) and TULLAMARINE: BEFORE THE JETPORT (1998), I wanted to provide some information about the island's pioneers but had to curtail what was available (as the journal would not submit) which meant that some of the extracts above are out of context. As the journal would become too long, preventing it from submitting, I have decided to write about the rest of the parish of Tullamarine from memory, just checking certain dates etc.,rather than quoting the very detailed titles information in my TULLAMARINE PARISH: EARLY LANDOWNERS.

Crown allotment 17A was granted to Alexander Kennedy on 11-5-1849. He built the Inverness Hotel which was a landmark at Oaklands Junction for over 110 years despite occasional destruction by fire. The junction was at about Melway 177 J11. It was so named because the road to "Oaklands" (homestead at 385 B9) headed north from that point.

Crown allotment 17B was granted on 16-12-1848 to George Coghill who called it Glencairne. On 10-12-1850, George Coghill and John Pascoe Fawkner were granted crown allotment 13A south to Mansfields Rd and on 28-9-1852 they partitioned the property, the 246 acres north of the original east west runway becoming part of Coghill's "Glencairne" and the southern 246 acres being allocated to Fawkner's co-op. members.

In about 1856, Walter Clark (not Clarke!)bought 17A, 17B and the northern 246 acres of 13A. He built the historic Glenara homestead in 1857. He also bought farms up Oaklands Rd., one of which he named Dunalister after his young son Alister, born in 1864. Walter was killed in a riding accident on 18-3-1873 and the Glenara estate was managed by John Kerr Clark, the estate being leased out to Russell and Davis.

After furthering his education in Scotland and at Cambridge, Alister Clark returned to Australia after graduating and in 1892 for £18,375 he bought Glenara, then 1030 acres (417 ha), from his father's estate. He was famed for his roses and his chairmanship of the Moonee Valley Racing Club from its formation until his death.

Crown 13B was granted to J.P.Fawkner on 10-12-1850 and with the southern 246 acres of 13A was allocated to his co-op. members. Most of this land eventually came into the ownership of the Mansfield family. David Mansfield lived in Roseleigh, recently demolished, and sold his 13A land to money lender, Marks Herman, who was looking for a quick profit when the Bulla railway was built. Because of the 1890's depression he forfeited the land with his deposit and part payments enabling David to build a mansion named Glenalice which was just south of the e-w. runway and was demolished circa 1964.

Malcolm Ritchie bought part of 13 B from co-op. members, thus making him a ratepayer of both Keilor Shire and Bulla Shire. The driveway to the Aucholzie homestead was directly over McNabs Rd from Grants Lane, the boundary between the two shires.

Two early residents of Mansfields Rd apart from the Mansfields who were remembered by later generations were Donald Gray of "Bellno" and Charles Farnes. Bellno fronted Deep Creek on the north side of the road and the climb up from the ford to the Roseleigh homestead was known as Gray's Hill, according to Wally Mansfield. Malcolm Ritchie, who would have used the ford to get from Aucholzie to Overpostle on Tullamarine Island, married Donald Gray's daughter.
On the 26th ult., at North Melbourne, by the Rev.John Reid, Mr. Malcolm Ritchie, Aucholzie, Keilor,to Miss Jane Gray, daughter of Mr. Donald Gray, Bellno, Deep Creek.(P.4, Argus, 2-10-1856.)

The corner of McNabs Rd and Mansfields Rd was known as Farnes' Corner according to Wally or Keith McNab, perhaps both. The Farnes family history should be easier than many to compile because there are plenty of family notices to be found on trove. Charles' property was on 13A adjoining Gowrie Park.

Sadly Barbiston and Mansfields Rd will shortly become part of the airport and the associated homesteads have been demolished but Gary Vines' recent archeological survey will help to preserve that area's history.
The Scottish pastoral landscape in Tullamarine, Victoria (PDF ...

SECTION 12, of 640 acres east of c/a's 13A and 13B, is not so-labelled in the 1892 map. It was granted to William Thompson and David Duncan on 28-5-1850. Duncan was a builder who constructed "Roseneath" near Salmon Avenue at Essendon, which later became the residence of James Hearn Jnr., nephew of Big Clarke, who cared for his invalid uncle in his last days. Duncan, who played an important role in the establishment of what became the Royal Agricultural Society, bought out Thompson's share. Section 12 (or at least the 560 acres of it on the south west side of Bulla Rd) was called Gowrie Park but at times it was assessed as two properties (as shown on the 1892 map): Gowrie Park of about 464 acres and Gowrie Side of 96 acres 3 roods 13 perches, a total of about 560 acres. The 80 acres on the north west corner was sold off and generally was associated with Woodlands to the north. The Ritchies were executors of Duncan's will and came into possession of the 560 acre Gowrie Park. Pushing his luck to the extreme, Herman had bought Gowrie Park as well as David Mansfield's land to the west.
The Donovans bought the entire 560 acre farm but in 1943 William Ellis had arrived in Tullamarine, purchasing the 101 acres, Ecclesfield, near the south corner of Grants Rd and the 464 acre Gowrie Park from the Donovans who retained the 96 acre Gowrie Side, both farms being purchased from the same owners for airport purposes circa 1960. James Lane had owned both farms circa 1920 when it was first used as an airport.

SECTION 15, consisting of 715 acres, was granted to John Carre Riddell on 30-11-1842. Riddell later received the grant for section 6 on 30-3-1848. These two sections need to be discussed with section 7 before I deal with sections 9 and 8 to explain why Tullamarine S.S. 2613 was established at the Conders Lane corner (Melway 5 F9) in 1884. Tullamarine was never proclaimed a village but because of early subdivision of sections 7, 15 and 6, the centre of population was along Bulla Rd north of the present Melrose Drive/Mickleham Rd corner.

The road to Bulla was surveyed in 1847 but by 28-6-1850 when J.P.Fawkner bought section 7, the road had been built so Fawkner swapped the north east triangle of his section 7 for the south west corner of Riddell's section 6. Riddell sold the south east corner of section 15 to John Mansfield. This triangle later became Alan Payne's pig farm and the pig pens are shown on the airport acquisitions map circa 1960 when it was purchased from Payne. The south boundary of the triangle was Grants Lane and most of its area is occupied by the airport terminal building, Service Rd, Depot Rd and the original long term parking.

The huge blank area of section 15 at its north west end was "Glendewar". William Dewar had originally managed Riddell and Hamilton's Camieston Estate before buying the original 377 acres of Glendewar, to which had been added the narrow northern end of Love's wedge-shaped purchase fronting the west side of Nash's Lane and Bulla Rd. (Nash's Lane was the western boundary between the shires of Bulla and Broadmeadows shown with a heavy dotted line, Charles Nash's "Fairview" being in the latter shire. Wallis Wright's "Sunnyside" fronted the west side of Wright's Lane (called Riddell Rd in the the Camieston Estate plan.) John Anderson, Thomas Purvis and James Anderson had bought lots 12, 13 and 26-31 of the estate but these fronted Derby St, not Bulla Rd as shown on the map. Pencilled lightly on the map is Derby St, showing that somebody had realised the map was wrong. Derby St started at the boundary of sections 6 and 3, forming the south east and north east boundaries of Hamilton Terrace which went to north west to Greenhill St (that part of Nash's Lane south of the freeway.)Hamilton Terrace was divided into acre blocks 200 metre deep with 20 metre frontages to both Derby St and Bulla Rd, except for a triangular block between the Derby St corner and the section 3 boundary.

Although known as Nash's Lane by locals this was labelled Victoria St in early road guides and had probably been called Victoria Road by Riddell.
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The land labelled Williams* was actually "Broombank" which was a 27 or 33 acre farm in section 3now mainly occupied by Tadstan Drive, subdivided by Ray Loft in 1952. My great grandfather, John Cock, rented this farm from 1867 to 1882 when he was followed by the late Colin Williams' parents. The 70 yard driveway from Bulla Rd to the homestead was Millar Rd, named by Ray after his wife Maggie, nee Millar. The farm grew to 33 acres when the former site of the Lady of the Lake Hotel was added. The farm was rented by John Cock, the Williams family and Ray Loft from Mrs Beaman, widow of David William O'Nial who established the hotel by 1849. The property was named after the Cape Broom hedge through which the O'Nial girls watched the Burke and Wills expedition straggle by in 1860 on its way to the second camp at the Inverness Hotel.

Hamilton Terrace crossed the boundary between section 6 and section 15, as did the land labelled Bourke. The name, Bourke, was not seen during my Broadmeadows Shire rate research so he was obviously a speculator. The property was "Chandos" after which I had a street named at the north west corner of the former Willowbank farm, the Alanbrae Estate.This 467 acre property was bought from Riddell by John Peter. It was bounded on the west by Derby St and Wright St, Moonee Ponds Creek, and today's Mickleham Rd south to the Freight Rd/Londrew Court midline. Ray Frost*, a teacher, had bought the part in section 6 south to about the Western Avenue corner, consisting of 180 acres, according to a pencilled note on the map. This middle portion of Chandos was later occupied by John Cock and then became William Lockhard's "Springburn". The part in section 15 including Bamford Avenue eventually became Percy Judd's "Chandos Park" and was bought by Bamford circa 1950. The southern 140 acres fronting Derby St and Old Broadmeadows Rd became the Wright family's "Strathconnon".

Re Frost, Williams, Mansfield, Vaughan,Wright, Tullamarine S.S. 2613 etc. paste http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203854115 into your search bar.

N.B. SECTION 7 (V11) IS WRONGLY LABELLED ON THE 1892 MAP AS SECTION 6 (V1). Numbering of sections started in the bottom left corner of the parish heading east 1, 2, 3, 4 and then 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 heading west. Section V1 has been written twice.

Fawkner's section 6 and 7 subdivision extended from Post Office Lane, immediately across Bulla Rd from the Derby St corner to Grants Lane, with a southern boundary of 2.4 km and a northern boundary of 800 metres.
The section 6 land became the Parr property, "The Elms" or "Elm Farm" and John Beech's large block, purchased on 1-5-1851, on which he built the Beech Tree Hotel. Mary Vaughan was the only co-op. member in section 7 whose surname appeared in Keilor rate records from 1868. A descendant of George Scarlett has contacted me. As with section 10 and section 13, the small blocks were consolidated to form Love's dairy farm near Conders Lane or become part of the McNabs' "Oakbank", which Love's dairy farm later did after being destroyed by a fire. The Andersons later had a fairly large property "Sinleigh?" on the west side of "The Elms".

One property on section 7 that appeared in ratebooks for many decades was the 101 acre property "Ecclesfield".
It had belong in succession to the Speirs, Vaughan families and A.H.W.Ellis. It appears to have been an L shaped property (rotated 90 degrees clockwise) occupying lots 13-17 of Fawkner's subdivision (bisected by Francis Briggs Drive) and 18, 19, 20 between Mary Vaughan's purchases and the Seafield boundary (top half of section 8.)

SPEIRS—On the 8th.September at his residence "Ecclesfield", Tullamarine Peter, the dearly beloved husband of Alice Mary Speirs, aged 64 years.Deeply Regretted.(P.13, Argus, 9-9-1911.)
Newspapers prefer bad news and there were countless reports of Peter's suicide.

Peter's death record confirms that his father was the one involved in the 1869 tragedy.
EventDeath Event registration number10050 Registration year1911
Personal information
Family nameSPEIRS Given namesPeter SexUnknown Father's nameSpeirs Jas Mother's nameMartha (Ruddock) Place of birth Place of deathMelb E Age44

ACCIDENTAL DEATH.—An inquest was held by
Mr. Candler, on Saturday, on the body of
James Spier, a farmer, fifty years of age, who
died at Tullamarine, on the 1st instant, from injuries
received through being run over by a dray.
On the morning of the day named, deceased was
driving a dray, and a man named Mitchell was
driving another; the deceased was walking aforeside
the horse with one hand on the trace, when
he asked Mitchell to touch up his horses. Mitchell
did so, and the team went off at a trot.
Deceased hung to the traces for some time. but
losing hold, he fell, the wheel passing over him.
The jury returned a verdict that the deceased
was accidently (sic) killed by dray-wheel passing
over his body.(P.12, Advocate, 9-10-1869.)

After Peter's death in 1911, Ecclesfield was taken over by a member of the Vaughan family, residents in Tullamarine near section 8 since the 1850's. No surprise that Herbert was into Ayrshire cattle whose breeding had commenced on the adjoining section.
On account Of Mr. Herbert D. Vaughan, Ecclesfield, Tullamarine: Roy of Ecclesfield,
(P.2, Stock and Land, 29-9-1915.)
Some of the Vaughan family moved north in about 1919 and obviously preferred the toffee coloured dairy cows. Paste http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/223826918 into your search bar.

Having dealt with sections 15, 6 and 7, all subdivided in the early 1850's, I will now discuss sections 9 and 8 to the west and section 5 to the east.

Section 9A, of 371 acres between Barbiston Rd and an eastern extension of Grants Lane to Deep Creek became Aucholzie. Later the property was expanded into 13B with the purchase of some former co-op. blocks in 13B. By 1888, 95 acres fronting Barbiston Rd, on which Agnes Ritchie had been assessed, had become the second VICTORIA BANK, established by Angus McNab; the first Victoria Bank having been his father's share of section 8 before he'd moved away, that 180 acres being absorbed into the southern portion, Oakbank. Victoria Bank was later owned by noted journalist C.P.Blom, Griffin and Al Birch. Later Victoria Bank was subdivided into 10 acre blocks, one of them being called THISTLEDOME which, as I finally worked out, probably meant THIS'LL DO ME. The Shaw family bought the block fronting Barbiston Rd, naming the mini mansion "Rosebank" and when I visited c. 1989, I was shown a very old homestead near the Barbiston Rd frontage, which might have been the original Aucholzie Homestead, an the beautiful garden surrounding a small ornamental lake. Mrs Shaw told me about two ladies, McNab descendants, who had visited one day.

Aucholzie was assessed as 284 acres in Keilor rate records and 110 acres in Bulla rates, the latter consisting of former co-op. blocks on 13B. Its owners over the years including the Ritchies, Pat Murphy by 1915, W.Cusack and Gilbertsons, the butchers. Unfortunately the Aucholzie homestead was derelict by 1989. Gary Vines has information about Aucholzie and 9B (Barbiston) in his aforementioned work.

Section 9B consisted of 261 acres but Barbiston consisted of 165 acres south from Barbiston Rd to the Maribyrnong River, John Grant of "Seafield" (northern half of section 8) having purchased a 96 acre river frontage between McNabs Rd and the river, labelled W.P.Wynne on the 1892 map.

The first mention of Barbiston on Trove was in 1882 so Richard Gibson must have coined the name. Like the Grants and McNabs on section 8, he was an Ayrshire breeder. W.Grant bought the property in mid 1887 and sold it in mid 1888 at a 2700 pound profit to the McCracken Bros., brewers.(P.2, The Bacchus Marsh Express, 2-6-1888.)

E.A.Patterson was on Barbiston in 1890 and W.P.Wynne advertised a clearing sale in 1895, the property having been let to Mr Mansfield. After having been subject to rapid changes of occupants, stability was to return to Barbiston for at least half a century in 1901.

Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co. report having sold the farm at Tullamarine known as Barbiston, containing 163 a. 2 r. 14 p., to Mr. Michael Fox, of Keilor.(P.12, Leader, 16-3-1901.)

SECTION 8. John Grant and the McNabs were the grantees of section 8. Grant's 320 acres occupied the northern half, Duncan McNab's the next 180 acres, the original Victoria Bank, and John McNab's 180 Acre Oakbank, the southern quarter of the square mile block. When Duncan moved to Green Point at Yarra Glen, his Victoria Bank was absorbed into Oakbank.(His son Angus later established another Victoria Bank on the southern 95 acres of c/a 9A.

In wet weather the two McNab farms were accessed from Grants Lane through Seafield. From the 1850's Tullamarine children could attend the Wesleyan School near today's bend in Cherie St or the Seafield School which was on the south side of Grants Lane where the runway now crosses it. These became state schools but were closed in 1884 and replaced by Tullamarine S.S.2613 on the north corner of Bulla Rd and Conders Lane. Seafield was later farmed by the Reddans but the McNabs retained the southern half of section 8 until it was compulsorily acquired for the airport circa 1960. I have written plenty in other journals about the Grant and McNab families and their prominence as Ayrshire breeders and Keilor councillors.

Gary Vines has produced a study of European heritage such as the Seafield farm and school but was not helped by an ordnance map with David Mansfield's Roseleigh wrongly labelled Victoria Bank. That misinformation seems to have been remedied.

SECTION 5. The parish map shows George Russell as the grantee of this 785 acre property on 30-11-1842 but he was acting for Niel Black, a fellow Western District squatter, and most likely conveyed it to him soon afterwards.

It adjoined the Broadmeadows Township reserve at Forman St and its south west corner is indicated by today's Lackenheath Drive/ Mickleham Rd corner. It had an extensive frontage to the Moonee Ponds Creek and was therefore described as being at Moonee Ponds leading A.D.Pyke, author of THE GOLD THE BLUE, a history of Lowther Hall, to believe it was in the suburb of that name.

The McCracken letters reveal that the farm was named Stewarton after a member of a syndicate that Black was representing in the Port Phillip District and that Peter McCracken lived there for nine wonderful years (with one exception) from 1846 to 1855. The exception was the drowning of his young son. The first Broadmeadows rate book found, 1863, shows that James Maconochie was renting the farm, now reduced to 777 acres as a road reserve had been created on its western boundary. I have recorded all the occupants of the farm up to the 1950's but that is irrelevant in this journal. John Kerr would seem to be the owner in 1892 but he wasn't. Neil Black at some stage transferred ownership to Thomas Steuart Gladstone,cousin of the Prime Minister and another member of the syndicate. In 1883, he died and his three sons became the owners of the farm, then valued at 10 000 pounds.

In 1888, G.W.Taylor agreed to purchase the land for 74 575 pounds, paying a 14 915 pound deposit with payments of 10 000 required in December 1888 and July 1889 and the balance to be paid within three years. You guessed it! Like Marks Herman, Taylor became insolvent and the Gladstones reaped continued rent from John Kerr and the deposit and part payments that Taylor forfeited as well as regaining title. In 1892-3 as I recall, John Kerr's lease of Stewarton had ended and he was replaced by my great grandfather, John Cock. The details were the same in the following year except that the farm was now called Gladstone. I think it was Jim Barrow in the 1930's who tacked Park onto the end of the farm's name. Incidentally, Taylor had also purchased Chandos on the other side of today's Mickeham Rd as well, for 50 000 pounds.

The children on section 5 were more likely to have attended school in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows between Kenny St and Forman St)than in Tullamarine. The original homestead was near Claredale Avenue and the children would cross the creek at the foot of Pascoe St. It was after having accompanied two older siblings part of the way to school that Peter McCracken's son drowned in 1852.
Drowned at Broadmeadows, on the 18th instant,William, aged 3 years and 3 months, third son of Peter M'Cracken, of Stewarton. (P.4, Argus, 20-10-1852.)

SECTION 1. Originally known as Glengyle, this became known by the name that Edward Wilson gave to his portion of the 917 acre grant, Arundel. Edward Wilson and from 1872 Robert McDougall were section 1's most prominent owners. Wilson had been the owner/Editor of The Argus, but as his eyesight started to fail, he retired to Arundel, where he used the farm as a "model farm", acclimatising crops and animals of many kinds, such as Chinchilla rabbits and mules. He also leased section 2, Annandale. Eventuallythe Bachelor, nearly blind, retired to England where he moved in intellectual circles which included Charles Darwin.

Robert McDougall had leased "Cona", part of the "Glenroy Estate" in the 1850's and then the Aitken Estate between, and including parts of, today's West Essendon and Avondale Heights, before building his Arundel mansion and moving onto that property. He was the authority on shorthorn cattle, preferring the Booth strain and named another property he'd bought, Warlaby (Melway 384 J8) after Major Booth's stud in the old country.
(The sale of McDougall's shorthorns, Arundel and Warlaby was advertised on P.11, Leader, on 19-11-1887.)

J.B.McArthur, vice president of the Moonee Valley Racing Club from its formation until Alister Clark's death,was a later owner of "Arundel Farm", the largest lots on the Arundel Closer Settlement, where the Oaklands Hunt often gathered for post-hunt celebrations. A photo taken on one of these occasions shows the homestead, as built by McDougall with its balconies, replaced by a later owner, Robinson, who replaced the facade with huge windows, described as fenestration in K.B.Keeley's architectural thesis.

In trying to find the photo, I discovered the reason McArthur had bought Arundel farm and a bit of history of Glengyle/Arundel as told by William McNab of OakBANK. The M.V.R.C. had been established at Hosie's Hotel.

Mr. M'Arthur is now one of the best known business-
men in Melbourne, being the proprietor of Hosie's
Hotel, Elizabeth-street. The catering for this
hotel has increased of late years to an enor-
mous trade, so much so that Mr. M'Arthur de-
cided to buy a property where he could grow
every needful for the hotel. Arundel is a very
old property. Mr. W. M'Nab, who is one of
the firm of M'Nab Bros., famed for the breed-
ing of Ayrshire cattle, was born, and has lived
ever since on the adjoining property, Oakland (sic)
Estate, says that the Messrs. Guthrie , were the
first holders of Arundel that he remembers. They
were great breeders of draught stock. On one
occasion a sale of draught horses was held on
this property, and the sum totalled was £6000.
Draughts were of great value in those early
days. Kangaroos were hunted on this property,
and Mr. M'Nab says rabbits were kept in warrens
and protected. Mr. R. Guthrie, agricul-
tural reporter of the "Sydney Mail,''
is a son , of one of the farmer owners
of Arundel. Mr. E. Wison next held
this property. It was managed by Mr. John
Anderson, who is now in the Warrnambool dis-
trict, on the Tower Hill Estate. Amongst other
experiments tried in Mr. Wilson's time was the
breeding of mules. Many were bred and worked
on the Arundel Estate. Next to hold the pro-
perty was the late Mr. Robert M'Dougall, father
of Mr. A M'Dougall, so long and favorably known
as the master of the Oaklands Hounds, and who
is now in Western Australia, where he acts as
stipendiary steward, and has also a business in
buying and selling of pure bred stock Mr.
R. M'Dougall was known throughout Australia
as the breeder of the Booth strain of Shorthorns.
The the property was acquired by the late Mr.
Taylor, of Overnewton Estate, and held by him
and his sons for many years. It was later pur-
chased by the Government for closer settlement.
Mr. J. B. M'Arthur purchased the homestead, a
very fine structure, that would do honor to our
fashionable suburb Toorak, and about two hundred
acres of land surrounding it. Here Mr. M'Artlmr
has made a model farm, that is considered the
most up to date experimental firm in Australasia.
An inspection of the place was made after lun-
cheon by some hundred and fifty guests, who were
delighted with what they saw. etc.(P.19, Leader, 30-8-1913.)

SECTION 2. This was between the west end of Sharps Rd and the south eastern corner of section 1 at the left side of Melway 15A 2. George Annand was a Melbourne Grocer much involved in the council and politics, but apparently not as a farmer at Tullamarine. It was advertised for lease, probably when Edward Wilson, who'd been leasing it, had sold Arundel.

SECTION 3. This square mile block fronted Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd, and like section 21, Doutta Galla immediately south, was granted to William Foster.When William inherited an estate in the old country, ownership of both passed to his younger brother, John, who'd been granted section 20 between Fosters Rd (now Keilor Park Drive)and the river. John and his cousin, William Stawell, had drafted Victoria's first constitution, John being the Colonial Secretary. When Governor Latrobe resigned, John acted as Governor for a year and the Crotty family which farmed the north west corner of 21 Doutta Galla for a century from 1860 called the original homestead on that grant the Governor's house. John rented and later sold land in section 3 east of Bulla Rd to David William O'Niall (who built the Lady of the Lake Hotel just south of the Derby St corner and had an adjoining paddock which became a farm named Broombank, and also land fronting the road to Broadmeadows Township, now the North Edge apartments, Andlon and Londrew Courts, which for years was known as the Junction Estate, land which included the later Junction Hotel.

On the west side of Bulla Rd south of the line of Post Office Lane (indicated by the northern boundary of the Trade Park industrial estate, land blocks of roughly 15 acres were sold to widow Ann Parr, John Wright, Thomas Purvis, J.F.Blanche, George Mounsey and Charles Nash with Charles also buying another 110 acres which he called Bayview. This northern part of section 3 must have comprised about 240 of section 3's 640 acres. The southern 400 acres, all west of Broadmeadows Rd, was bought by D.T.Kilburn who called it Fairfield. Kilburn seems to have occupied it for a while in the late 1860's but then leased it out to G.& A. Williamson. James Harrick later rented and owned the 400 acre Fairfield, selling it as two 200 acre farms. George Mansfield bought the eastern farm fronting Broadmeadows Rd in 1910 and immediately built a homestead near the Dawson St corner. There was presumably a homestead already on the 200 acres west of today's Fisher Grove houses. By about 1914 the Bakers were on the eastern farm, calling it Preston Park. Tommy Loft had bought Preston Park by about 1920 and named it Dalkeith. The western farm became the Reddans' Brightview and then the Doyles' Ristaro.

There was something strange about the north boundary of Dalkeith. It was a straight line but somebody had taken a triangular bite out of it! This is what caused the bite.

WESLEYAN.-On Sunday, September 16th, a new school-room, which will be used also as a place of worship, in connection with the Wesleyan Church, was opened. Two sermons were preached by the Rev. J. C. Symons, of Collingwood. The congregations were exceedingly good, as also tho collections which were made at the close of each service.

On the following Wednesday a tea-meeting was held therein, and though the weather was showery, yet the school-room was filled. Tea being over, a public meeting was held, over which J. L. F. Foster, Esq., late Colonial
Secretary, presided. After a short, but appropriate speech from the chairman, the Rev. B.S.Walker submitted to the meeting a statement of accounts, and urged the liquidation of the remaining debt. The Rev. J. Eggleston, of Melbourne, next addressed the meeting in an excellent speech, on education and its benefits, and was followed by Messrs. Parnham and Williams. The gratifying information that the building is free from debt was then announced, the Doxology sung, and prayer offered, when the friends departed, pleased and benefited by the afternoon's entertainment.

The building is situated in Tullamarine, in the Pentridge Circuit, and is near to the Lady of the Lake Inn, on the Deep Creek Road. The ground (an acre in extent) upon which it is erected is the gift of J. L. F. Foster, Esq., and is centrally situated. Previously divine service was conducted in tho house of Mr. E. Dunn, farmer, on the afternoon of every Lord's Day. (P.5, Argus, 24-9-1855.)

While researching title information for my TULLAMARINE PARISH:EARLY LANDOWNERS, I found the memorial concerning the donation of the acre site for Wesleyan School 632, volume 420 folio 301. Following measurements given in the sketch of title, I transposed the boundaries of this acre block onto Melway map 5, but to described its location I will use map 15 J1. The north east boundary of the block is Melrose Drive, not the service road with that name. The south east side is indicated by the north end of Cherie St where it turns north east to meet the service road but continued to the road itself. The width of the block is about a third of the way to Catherine Avenue and its north western corner almost meets the north end of Tracey St. The block transposed on my Melway measures 2mm by 5mm so the memorial must have stated 2 chains by 5 chains or 200 links by 500 links. in today's measurements that is a Melrose Drive frontage of 40 metres and a depth of 100 metres. (An acre is 10 square chains.)

It is of interest that the boundary between William Foster's grants, 3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla, was west of Broadmeadows Rd to the end of Sharps Rd and was exactly 8000 links or 80 chains (a mile.)If you still have a Melway, measure the distance between the Broady road corner and the roundabout at the west end of Sharps Rd on map 15. It 8 centimetres so each mm represents one eightieth of a mile or a chain. Having established that such a scale existed, I was able to transpose onto my Melway every one of the blocks in Fawkner's subdivisions in sections 10, 13 and 6/7, and on Riddell's Camieston Estate (sections 6/7 and 15.)

SECTION 4. Section 4 was bounded by Broadmeadows Rd, a line east to the creek from the Lackenheath Drive corner, the Moonee Ponds Creek and the line of Sharps Rd continued east (through Caterpillar Drive and the Malvern Avenue/Coventry St intersection) to the creek, just south of the trestle bridge.
Eyre E. Kenny (after whom two streets in Broadmeadows Township were named)was granted lot 4 of 300 acres at the south end with a 3336 link frontage to Broadmeadows Rd (exactly to the Scamore Avenue corner), F.Dunbar, probably of Flemington, lot 3 of 150 acres north to a line indicated by the northern boundary of CAMP HILL PARK (east of roundabout in 15 J1), J.M.Ardlie (after whom Broadmeadows Township's main street was named), lot 2 of 225 acres with a 2223 link frontage to today's Mickleham Rd (exactly to Bickford Close / Scampton Cres. intersection)and Andrew Baxter (brother of Benjamin Baxter Melbourne's first postmaster after whom Baxter near Somerville was named) lot 1 of nearly 97 acres with a 966 link frontage (exactly to the Garryowen Terrace /Lackenheath Drive midline.)

Colonel Kenny bought lot 3 making a total of 450 acres but sold what became known as Mansfield's Triangle in parcels of 26, 52 and 11 acres, a total of 89 acres, thus making his property, Camp Hill, 360 acres. The next owner of Camp Hill was Hugh Junor Browne, the father of Dame Pattie, the wife of the father of Federation, Alfred Deakin.(http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/30068017)
The owner mentioned on the 1892 map was Hay Lonie.

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 evinced 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.

J.M.Ardlie moved to Warrnambool, obviously a while before 1855 when it was stated that services had been conducted at Edmund Dunn's house before Wesleyan school 632 was built near today's Cherie St.
Edmund Dunn was a brother of Henry Dunn one of the earliest pioneers of the Mornington Peninsula. Edmund combined lots 1 and 2, and his property, between Camp Hill and Stewarton, was named Viewpoint.

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.)

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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 2017-07-28 14:08:22

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by anne_steel1 on 2017-08-24 23:15:43

I have thoroughly enjoyed your journal. my brother bought a house at Avondale heights in 1963 and his widow still lives there. and an aunt lived on marybinong rd ascot vale,on the tram line. the last time we were in Melbourne we stayed at Keilor nth motel and drove along Milleara road to my brother,s. thanks cheers anne steel

by ladybug54 on 2019-03-14 01:25:26

Wow, this is a very detailed article. Too much to absorb in one sitting. However, can you tell me whether the "Oaklands" referred to in this article is one and the same that John Cowan Cochrane leased in the 1890s? Thanks.

by itellya on 2019-03-14 07:30:06

I hadn't found a TROVE reference to J.C.C. being on Oaklands and had not transcribed 1890's Shire of Bulla rate records so thanks for your question. I think I have found the reference to "Oakland (sic)" in the journal to which you refer. The journalist got it wrong as I've indicated. The northern half of section 8 Tullamarine was John Grant's "Seafield" and the southern half was the McNab family's OAKBANK, not Oakland.Therefore, I will not go into the location of section 8 other than it was immediately south of Gowrie Park (Herman's 560 acres at the bottom right corner of the attached map.

Finding a COCHRANE, OAKLANDS reference took about a second.

To find the location of Oaklands, type BULLA, COUNTY OF BOURKE in your search bar. Click on the first result and click + twice to zoom in.
Start at section 2 (Woodlands) and continue north to section 10, "Oaklands".
Section 18, across Craigieburn Rd was "Harpsdale" and section 11 across Oaklands Rd was named Warlaby by Robert McDougall, the main advocate of the Booth strain of shorthorns, after Major Booth's stud in the old country.

If you have a copy of Melway, go to page 384 to see the Warlaby homestead at J8 and page 385 to see the Harpdale and Oaklands homesteads at E5 and B9 respectively. South of Oaklands was section 9 which Walter Clark of Glenara bought before his death and named DUNALISTER after his son Alister, the first chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club and famed breeder of roses.This was later renamed Balbethan whose homestead is shown at 385 A 11.

To transpose Oaklands on Melway,use map 385 although the south west corner won't quite fit in. Measure 8 cm south from the junction of Craigieburn and Oaklands Rds (just off the edge of map 385, and 8 cm east along Craigieburn Rd. Keeping your 8 cm lines parallel with the roads, draw the south and east boundaries. (Each mm represents a chain and 80 chains make a mile. 640 acres equal a square mile. The boundary measurements on the map (8000)means LINKS of which 100 make a chain.)


by ladybug54 on 2019-03-15 03:19:57

Certainly no shortage of references to JCC Oaklands in the Melbourne papers. Seems he had a 6 year lease. Thanks for the maps references. A rainy-day job for sure.

My first journal went on FTC yesterday. Nothing you haven't already seen.

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