A CHRONOLOGY OF OCCUPANTS OF "DUNHELEN" (1240 Mickleham Rd.) NORTH OF GREENVALE RESERVOIR, VICTORIA , AUSTRALIA.
It seemed that the Dunhelen estate originally consisted of sections 11, 12 and 13 of the PARISH OF YUROKE.
IN CASE THE LINK DOESN'T WORK, TYPE YUROKE, COUNTY OF BOURKE IN YOUR SEARCH BAR.
POSTSCRIPT-BUT by the end of 1865, Dunhelen consisted "of 5563 Acres, being Sections 11,12, 13, l6, 17. l8, 22, 23, and 26(sic, probably 24)* etc., in the parish of Yuroke","with a two mile frontage to Merri Creek."
WARNING!!!!! DO NOT ASSUME THAT NAMES ON A PARISH MAP ARE THOSE OF THE GRANTEES UNLESS THE DATE OF ISSUE OF THE GRANTS ARE SHOWN. These dates are shown in:
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The second map (with dates) shows the same names as the first, which did name the grantees. The sections in bold type* had been purchased from the grantees some time before 1865.
This was gradually sold off with the homestead and barn now on 1240 Mickleham Road on the east side of the road, just north of the bend, as I recall from my visit circa 1990. In the days when light was provided by candles and lanterns, both capable of causing a fire, which eventually caused much damage during the Websters' occupancy, the design of the barn was very clever. A two level roof with vertical windows all along both sides between the lower and upper sections, provided as much sunlight inside as outside without excessive temperature. This may be what is described as a lantern in the citation for the heritage-listed barn. Another clever design allowed easy refilling of feed troughs.
Dunhelen was just one of two mansions built not much more than a mile apart on Brodie grants, the other one being HARPSDALE at Melway 384 E5. A feature of Harpsdale that Jack Simmie showed me is the tiled mosaic Brodie crest on the floor just inside the front door. The citation* for Harpsdale gives reasonable information about the Brodie family but does not mention Helen after whom Dunhelen was named, as was another Brodie property named Helensville**.
* The link doesn't seem to be working. Google GEORGE SINCLAIR BRODIE'S CHILDREN and it's the first result.
** BRODIE.—On the 18th inst., at Helensville, Bulla Bulla, Richard Brodie, Esq., aged 58 years.
(P.2, The Age, 19-7-1872.)
This pure and justly popular Clydesdale Stallion will stand during the season at his owner's farm, Dunhelen, by Broadmeadows; and travel the surrounding districts.etc. (Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1857 - 1868) Saturday 24 September 1859 p 4 )
SCIENTIFIC JOHN COCHRANE P.6, Argus, 8-11-1860.
COCHRANE.—On the 28th inst., at Dunhelen, from the effects of teething, Samuel, the beloved son of John C. and Jane Cochrane, aged thirteen months and twelve days. (P.4, Argus, 30-8-1861.)
THE Friends of Mr. J. C. COCHRANE are respectfully informed that the remains of his infant son Samuel will be removed from his residence, Dunhelen, this morning, at 10 a.m., and pass the Moonee Ponds* about 1 p.m., for interment in the Melbourne General Cemetery.(P.8, Argus, 30-8-1861.)
The occupant was also certainly J.C. (John) Cochrane who was farming on "Glenroy Farm" in 1874 when it and farms to the north in the late Donald Kennedy's Glenroy estate were sold. (P. 78, BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
*As Moonee Ponds meant anywhere along the creek, "the Moonee Ponds" probably meant the timber bridge linking the two sections of Ardlie St in Broadmeadows Township (that part of today's Westmeadows south of Kenny St.)The shire of Broadmeadows went south only to Woodlands St, so the following allocation was probably for the historic extant bluestone Fawkner St bridge which replaced the timber bridge not long after Samuel Cochrane's funeral.
" to Broadmeadows, for a bridge at Moonee Ponds, £500" (P.14, Leader, 14-8-1869. THE ROADS AND BRIDGES VOTES.)
SALE OF MR.COCHRANE'S SHORTHORNS
The Farmer's Journal and Gardener's Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1864) Saturday 29 March 1862 p 121
JOHN C. COCHRANE.
G.S.Brodie advised at about this time that John C.Cochrane was no longer his agent. It may be at about this time that John moved to Glenroy Farm; he was certainly there in 1870. In 1874 Glenroy Farm was sold by the Donald Kennedy executors and bought by William McCulloch. John had arrived from Ireland on 31-3-1850 and was on "Glenroy" by 1853*, as was Robert McDougall, famed Shorthorn breeder with whom John had arguments later about the breed.**
At the end of 1875, John advertised his services as an agent.(P.2, Leader, 18-12-1875.SHORTHORN CATTLE, column 2.) By October 1876, however he won prizes at the spring show at Geelon, his address given as Newtown (obviously near Geelong, not Collingwood.) John's new area had probably been beautified by Scots with purple flowers in the garden beds, which like rabbits had got out of control and John and another farmer were charged under the Thistle act.In October, his address was more specifically given as Highton House when he clarified the pedigree of a shorthorn bull he had sold for 1000 guineas.John continued the farming reports he'd written about his former abodes and in 1883 his address was Barwon House. By 1884, he was at Aitkenside, Ceres, via Geelong. BARRABOOL-HILLS and was still there in 1889 when he was sued by a bank. While retaining Aitkenside, he seems to have returned to his old haunts, at Oaklands Junction during the 1890's and by 1899 was on "Fairview"*** on the south side of Keilor Rd straddling Spring Gully. John had died at Fairview by 1915 and his widow was living at Nantes street, Newtown, Geelong when their youngest son, John R. was engaged. John C.Cochrane of Victorian Railways who married a daughter of James Swan was possibly John's nephew as it's unlikely that he'd given two sons the same given name.
* P.10, THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED, Grant Aldous.)
** P. 7, Argus,16-11-1858 and P.25, The Australasian, 25-9-1880.
*** P.41, The Australasian, 24-6-1899,2nd lst column near bottom.
Powers, Rutherford, and Co. report having sold by auction, at the Newmarket yards, on Tuesday last, 417 pure Border Leicester sheep, on behalf of John C. Cochrane, of Fairview, North Essendon. These comprised the surplus sheep from the vendor's well-known stud.
FOR SALE, 25 three-quarter bred COTSWOLD RAMS, one year old, from half-bred ewes, by imported prize ram. Apply P. Thomson, Dunhelen,by Craigieburn.(P.8, Argus, 19-8-1863.)
See under 1866 at end of italics. The crown allotment numbers are given for George Sinclair Brodie's properties.
SCAB NOTICE— My land called and known as Dunhelen, situate at Yuroke, is AFFECTED with this DISEASE, and I have to notify that I made this discovery on the 13th day of April, 1866. GEO. S. BRODIE, 19th April, 1860.
(P.4, The Herald, 7-5-1866.)
Freehold Estate. — We also report having sold Mr G. S. Brodie's Dunhelen estate consisting of 5,563 acres, to Mr John Edols, for the sum of £27,815. (P.2, Mount Alexander Mail, 5-10-1866.)
This acreage, about 4.5 square miles, may have included Brodie grants between Sunbury Rd (past Bulla Village) and Emu Creek, or Harpsdale in the parish of Bulla, or sections 24-6 OR SECTION 6-8 STRADDLING KONAGADERRA RD SOUTH OF THE CREEK CROSSING AND THE CLOSED END OF MT. RIDLEY RD in the parish of Mickleham because the Yuroke grants comprised just over three square miles.
P.3, Argus, 9-1-1866 specifies the 5 563 acres as being the Dunhelen, Newgrove and Katesville Estates, all belonging to George Sinclair Brodie.
I.W.Symonds mentioned Helensville and Katesville in "Bulla Bulla but did not specify where they were. The following advertisement (P.23, Leader, 16-10-1866) may help to do so. Isaac Batey mentioned the Katesville paddock and the five mile estate but shed no more light on their locations. With the aid of the Bulla parish map and the following information, I hope to specify the locations of the properties IN ANOTHER JOURNAL.
THURSDAY, 18th NOVEMBER.
RICHARD GIBSON and Co. have received Instructions from Mr. Geo. Martin, as executor of the late George Sinclair Brodie, to sell by auction In Melbourne, on Thursday, the 18th November next, the remainder of his Victorian properties,
Helensville. containing 653 acres.
Katesville, containing 586 acres
Guthrie's paddock, containing 185 acres.
Situate On the Emu Creek, a permanent stream close to Sunbury.
These blocks will be offered separately with the option.
They are all fenced, permanentlv watered by the Emu Creek, to which they have extensive frontages. A considerable portion Is rich agricultural land. There is a commodious, comfortable cottage on Helensville
with all necessary outhouses.
Also, the property known as THE FIVE MILE PADDOCK Containing 1255 ACRES. This Is situated within 5 miles of Sunbury, Is all substantially fenced and is permanently watered by springs and waterholes.
In result after result a NEWGROVE ESTATEwas found to be near Traralgon, with the occasional mention of one at Healesville, but my determination was eventually rewarded.
TENDERS WANTED, for the ERECTION of 26 chains of dry stone WALL, and 14 chains of post and rail Fence, on the Newgrove Estate, Parish of Mickleham. Particulars on application to Mr Deagan, on the ground, or to J Mitchell, Royal park. (Tenders were to be sent to Joseph Mitchell- the superintendent of the MODEL FARM.)
(PAGE 3, THE ARGUS, 17 MARCH, 1868.)
MR. STUBBS Is favoured with instructions to SUBMIT to PUBLIC COMPETITION, and sell by Auction, at his rooms,- 61 Collins-street, Melbourne, on Tuesday, the 9th day January, 1886," sale to commence at twelve o'clock precisely,
All those highly productive and very valuable estates known as
First-Dunhelen, of 5563 Acres, being Sections 11,12, 13, l6, 17. l8, 22, 23, and 26 etc., in the parish of Yuroke.
Secondly-Katesville, of 583 acres. Sec. 20, parish Bulla
Thirdly-Newgrove, of 632 acres, Sec. 17, parish Mickleham.
(P.2, Argus, 29-12-1865.)
EDOLS—ATKINSON.—On the 27th inst., at South Yarra, by the Rev. George Mackie, George Edols, of Dunhelen, Broadmeadows, to Maria Bennet, daughter of the late Thomas Atkinson, of Glasgow.(P.4, Argus, 29-6-1867.)
Stock reports mention George Edols.
EDOLS.— On the 17th September, at Ingleston near Ballan, Margaret Brown, wife of John Edols, of Dunhelen.
(P.2, The Age, 19-9-1872.)
P. Thompson who'd been on Dunhelen in 1863 had been a shire council about a decade later so he obviously stayed in the area. For John Edols to become a Mickleham riding councillor, the riding probably included at least a part of the parish of Yuroke.
BROADMEADOWS.- For the extraordinary vacancy of the Mickleham riding caused by the resignation of Mr.P. Thompson, Mr.W.Williams was the only candidate nominated and is consequently duly elected and for the ordinary annual vacancy of the same riding Mr. John Edols of Dunhelen being the only candidate was declared duly
elected.(P.5, Argus, 7-8-1873.)
John Edols wrote this will in 1874.
The Will of the Late John Edols.
Mr. John Edols, of Dunhelen, near
Broadmeadows, by his will dated Novem-
ber 21 1874, appointed William Taylor,
of Keilor, John Ord Inglis of Ballan,
and Charles Francis, of Elsternwick, his
executors. He bequeathed £2000 to such
charity or charities or in such proportions
as the trustees deem most expedient. He
left 1441 acres of land at Ballan to the
use of his sister, Elizabeth Ogilvie, and
her assign for life, with remainder to the
executors in trust, to sell if they think fit,
and invest the proceeds for the benefit of
the daughters of the said Elizabeth Ogilvie.
All the rest of the real and personal estate
is left to the executors upon trust, to sell
the same within a year of testator's death,
and out of the proceeds pay £3000 to
Elizabeth Ogilvie; £400 to a brother,
Richard Edols, and shall invest the re-
mainder, paying the annual income of
£10,000 part of the general fund to
another brother, George Edols, for life,
and after his death to his widow abso-
lutely. £2000 each shall be held by the
trustees for Elizabeth Constance Ogilvie,
Mary Eleanor Ogilvie and Helen Ogilvie,
the daughter's of his sister, Elizabeth
Ogilvie. £1000 each, also with the above
part of the general fund, shall be held by
the trustees for Thomas, James and Harry,
the sons of the same sister, and the annual
income of £3000 is to be paid to his
sister, Mary Phillips, during life, and after
that to her children Lillie, Amy, Charles,
John, equally. £2000 to be held in trust for
his nieces, Jane Edols Phillips and Thirza
Martha Phillips; £1000 each is to be held
in trust for the before-mentioned Lillie,
Amy, Charles and Alfred John Phillips
£1000 each is to be held in trust for
Richard Edols, junior, John, Frank
Robert and James Edols, the sons of
Richard Edols; £1500 shall be held in
trust for Violet Edols, the daughter of
the same Richard Edols. The trustees
shall pay the annual income of £3000 to
his sister, Martha Cullen, during her life
and to go to her children afterwards.
£1000 each shall be held in trust for
John, Robert, Richard and George
Cullen, the sons of the said Martha
Cullen. £1500 shall be held in trust
for Fanny, Louise, Florence and Grace
Cullen, her daughters. £500 is to be
held in trust for Richard, John and
Ernest Edols, the sons of his late brother,
Robert Edols ; and £1500 for their sister
Flora ; £1500 each is to be held in trust
for Emily, Alice, Florence and Constance,
the daughters of another brother, Thomas
Edols ; £1000 for Harry England Francis,
the son of James Goodall Francis. The
trustees stand possessed of the residue of
the general fund in trust for Elizabeth
Ogilvie, the youngest, Mary Eleanor
Ogilvie, Helen Ogilvie, Jane, Thirza
Martha, Lilly and Amy Phillips, Violet
Edols, Fanny, Louise, Florence and Grace
Cullen, Flora, Emily, Alice, Florence,
and Constance Edols equally. By a
codicil dated November 23, 1874, he left
his furniture and effects at Dunhelen to
Maria Bennett Edols, the wife of his
brother, George. Real, £48,405; personal
Fix this text£152,377. Total £200,782. (P.3, Camperdown Chronicle, 16-4-1889.)
At the invitation of the Edols brothers, The Findon Harriers hunted on Dunhelen.
(P.13, The Australasian, 21-6-1879.)
Cr. George Edols, of Dunhelen, was unanimously elected president (OF THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS) for the ensuing
year.(P.5, The Age, 30-8-1879.)
See 1874 re Edols/Ogilvie connection.
WILSON—OGILVIE.—On the 2nd inst., at Dunhelen,Broadmeadows, by the Rev. W. G. Fraser, Andrew Denham, youngest son of Dr. Wilson, Kew, to Mary Grant, second daughter of the late Thomas Ogilvie,Geelong.
Messrs. J. and G. E. Dawes, Dunhelen,mentioned in a livestock report. (P.4, The Age, 25-6-1884.)
1885. (Alerted by the CHIG article at the end of the journal.)
Messrs. Powers, Rutherford, and Co. report having sold yesterday (in conjunction with Messrs. Campbell, Pratt, and Co., and Richard Gibson and Co.), on behalf of Mr.J. S. Hosie, portion of his Dunhelen Estate,on the Broadmeadows road, comprising the Dip*, Home, and Middle Paddocks, in all about 2,225 acres, to Mr. F B. Hann, of Yarraman-park*, at £19 per acre. (P.23, The Australasian, 26-9-1885.)
* As the western portion was sold months later, the dip paddock would probably be the portion of today's Greenvale Reservoir in Melway B2-3 and C-D 3 which extends beyond the northern boundary of "Glenarthur" (c/a 8N of the parish of Yuroke and the western half of the reservoir)into the Brodie grant c/a 13U.
** 2000 acres within half a mile of the Dandenong railway station (P.12, Weekly Times, 20-2-1886.)
Hosie later subdivided the western part of the Dunhelen Estate, Dunhelen Lane obviously being the subdivisional road.HOSIE'S SUBDIVISION
N.B.THOSE HEREAFTER NAMED AS BEING ON "DUNHELEN" SHOULD NOT AUTOMATICALLY BE ASSUMED TO BE OCCUPYING THE HOMESTEAD. A member of the Hoctor family bought a subdivision block and was described as farmer, Dunhelen in rate records.
BROCKLEBANK—HANN.—On the 14th inst., at St.Mary's Church, Broadmeadows, Victoria, by the Rev. R. H. Rodda, W. H. Brocklebank, of Brisbane, to Grace, third daughter of F. B. Hann, Esq.,Dunhelen, Broadmeadows. No cards.
(P.1, Argus, 16-10-1886.)
A DOUBLE HANN WEDDING.
MILLER—HANN.—On the 3rd inst., at St. Mary's Church, Bulla Bulla, by the Rev. T. H. Armstrong, M.A., assisted by the Rev. E. A. Crawford, B.A., Herbert J., third son of Frederick Miller, Esq., of Croydon, Sydney, to Alice, seventh daughter of F. B. Hann, Esq., of Dunhelen, Broadmeadows. No cards.
M'CORMICK—HANN.—On the 3rd inst., at St. Mary's Church, Bulla Bulla, by the Rev. T. H. Armstrong, M.A., assisted by the Rev. E. A. Crawford, B.A., John M'Cormick, Commercial Bank of Australia, Nhill, eldest son of W. H. M'Cormick, Esq., Geelong, to Laura Ruth, eighth daughter of F. B. Hann, Esq., Dunhelen, Broadmeadows. No cards.
(P.1, Argus, 6-11-1886.)
Broadmeadows' rate record of 1899-1900 shows that James C. Pigdon was leasing a house and 1000 acres from the Ham executors. Ferdinand Bond Brown Shortland Hann, had bought the Dunhelen estate of 2500 acres in 1885.
St Mary's church was in the Shire and land parish of Bulla Bulla on the south west corner of "Woodlands", a block in Melway 177 J9 just south of the property's entry from Oaklands Rd. It was moved to Bulla Village in the early 1970's by Tullamarine's W.V. "Major" Murphy because vibrations from aircraft were threatening to destroy it. (Australian Christian Church Histories :: Bulla VIC - St Mary's Anglican
Subdivision of 1330 acres with Craigieburn station near the centre of the property.(P.17, Argus, 19-11-1887.)
To let, the north and western paddocks, 2300 acres of good grass land , part of Dunhelen estate, Brodmeadows, J.S.Hosie, 36 Bourke St. (P.3, The Age, 22-12-1887.)
That beautifully situated estate, known as Gnotuk Park, one mile west from the town, will be offered for sale on Friday next, at Mr. J. Thornton's sale room, by Messrs. M'Leod aud Booth, who are acting under instruction from Mr. R.D.Scott. We have previously noted the fact that Mr. Scott has taken up his residence at Dunhelen, near Melbourne. etc.(P.2, Camperdown Chronicle, 14-3-1888.)
Robert Dunbar Scott, of Dunhelen, grazier. Approximate schedule. Causes of insolvency—Losses in transactions in stock, and through drought and depreciation in the value of stock and wool, and in land transactions, and adverse judgments in two actions.
Liabilities, £5,358 10s. 11d.; assets, £3,449 18s. 2d.; deficiency, £1,908 12s. 9d. Mr.Cohen, assignee.
(P.7, Argus, 13-6-1891.)
NASH.—On the 12th inst., at Stoney-park, Brunswick, the wife of Albert Nash, Dunhelen, Broadmeadows—a son.
(P.1, Argus, 17-10-1891.)
FREEHOLD PROPERTIES LEASED.
Abbot and Wilson report having leased------; 1000 acres at Craigieburn, part of Dunhelen Estate, for the Free-
hold Banking Co. to Messrs Mason and Canning;---etc. (P.3, Gippsland Times, 13-7-1892.)
Canning was William Canning after whom Hume City Council named a reserve in Campbellfield (or his son) and Mason, after whom a street near the reserve was named, was his son-in-law as I pointed out in my submission in support of the Canning descendant's request.
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A.Nash, Dunhelen, mentioned in a livestock report.(P.10, Argus, 21-6-1993.)
A.Nash, and nobody else, was mentioned in many market reports re Dunhelen.
1895. A. Nash was mentioned in Market reports until August, then James Pigdon by December.
I hope Henry Stevenson of "Niddrie" (Much of today's Airport West) took more care with breeding his Bates strain shorthorns than with his attention to the spelling of his client's names.He'd sold "the Dunhelen Estate, situate at Broadmeadows, containing 2,200 acres, on behalf of Mr. T. B. Hand (F.B.Hann), to Mr. J. C. Pigdon.
(P.35, The Australasian, 19-10-1895.)
1896.When a certificate of discharge from insolvency was granted, the address given for the recipient was that when he became insolvent. One such was not on Dunhelen and hadn't been since A. Nash replaced him in 1891.
TRANSACTIONS IN PROPERTY.
Mr. George Howat reports having offered at auction, at Scott's Hotel, on 1st June, the Dunhelen Estate, comprising 2264 acres, a well improved freehold within 18 miles of Melbourne: but as the bidding did not reach the limit fixed by the trustees, the estate was passed in. (P.12, Leader, 17-6-1899.)
PIGDON.—On the 28th December,(1899!) at Dunhelen,Broadmeadows, the wife of J. C. Pigdon—a daughter.
(P.27, Weekly Times, 20-1-1900.)
See JAMES PIGDON HAD A SENSE OF HUMOUR
PIGDON. -On the 20th June, at "Dunhelen," Broadmeadows the wife of J. C. Pigdon-a daughter.(P.1, Argus, 8-7-1901.)
Here's one for Bezza Patullo.
PIGDON V. PATULLO, 13-7-1901
James Pigdon was still on the homestead block.
The Crinnion family had a hay and grain store on the north corner of Middle St and Mt Alexander Rd Ascot Vale which they bought from (William?)Eastwood after whom the street between Newmarket and Kensington stations was named. They'd bought the Brannigans' St John's Hill across Konagaderra Rd from Harpsdale and with more relevance to Dunhelen, John Crowe's "Mount Yuroke", later called Crowe's Hill*, on the north west corner of Mickleham Rd and Craigieburn Rd.
(*George Lloyd wasn't the only one who thought the hill was named after a bird.
North Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1873 - 1894) Saturday 14 July 1888 p 2 Family Notices
... DEATH. On the 26th June, at Crow's Hill, Broadmeadows, Richard Crinnion, dearly be-loved son of ... Thomas Crinnion, and brother of Messrs. M. and P. Crinnion, chaffcutters, Flemington, aged 25 years. )
Mr George Howat reports having sold by private contract, on account of the executor of the late F. B. Hann, part of the Dunhelen Estate Broadmeadows, comprising some 677 acres to Messrs. Crinnion Brothers, of Broadmeadows at a satisfactory price. (P.4, Argus,5-5-1903.)
Despite my efforts, I cannot indicate where the 677 acre block was but it may have been south of Crowe's Hill, which the Crinnions owned till 1915.
1904-6.James Pigdon still on Dunhelen but sells 600 ewes without reserve in May 1906.
1907. James Pigdon had bought Dunhelen from F.B.Hann in 1895, the midst of a depression which forced many farmers off their farms because the many unemployed could not afford to buy their produce. Many families survived on "underground mutton". James was leaving because his LEASE HAD EXPIRED. He must have mortgaged the farm and leased it from the lender.
CLEARING SALE at "DUNHELEN,"
A. E. GIBSON atid W. H. WILSON (Auctioneers
in conjunction), under instructions from Mr. J. C.
Pigdon, will sell —
16 dairy cows, in full profit; 10 springing heifers
20 calves, 4 draught horses, 12 highly bred
light horses 3 to 5 years old; Massey Culti
vator and binder, Musgrove drill, S. and D.F.
ploughs, bay and tip drays, mower, hay rake
2 sets harrows, hop cylinders (tanks), oat
crusher, feed bins i(boxes). express waggon,
Avery's scales, dray, plough and buggy har
ness, riding saddles aud stable requisites,
scythes, crow bars, blacksmith's shop and
tools, crosscuts, augers, grindstone, sundry
tools and implements, metal and wooden pul
leys, chains, separator, churn and butter
worker, ovens, copper boilers, wringer, poultry,
surplus furniture and numerous sundries.
The whole for absolute sale, owing to Mr. Pigdon's
lease of "Dunhelen" having expired.
(P.2, The Age, 30-1-1907.)
James Feehan was on Dunhelen. He was possibly descended from the Feehan whose farm became W.S.Cox's Moonee Valley Racecourse circa 1883.
J. Crinnion advertises 272 acres of the Dunhelen Estate at Craigieburn.This was obviously part of an earlier subdivision of a very large crown allotment such as c/a 16 of 1250 acres.
Mr.James Feehan invited us all in to refreshments, and right royally he treated us. It was with regret that we learned that Dunhelen had changed hands, and that Mr.J.J. Feehan would shortly be leaving. Our only wish is that the new occupier is a sporting man, as ever since the Oaklands Hunt Club has been in existence the occupier has been a keen hunting man. (P.24, The Australasian, 22-7-1911.).
Almost every mention of Dunhelen for years had been in connection with hunting and the Dunhelen Handicap. The Oaklands Hunt had been established in 1888. Races at Moonee Valley were named after many of the farms on Oaklands and Mickleham Rds. As I recall the Feehan family was involved with both clubs. I'd better check.
FROM MY MANUSCRIPT "EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA" RE MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE.
"18-12-1855. Richard Feehan bought all of allotments 5 and 6 (OF SECTION 5 DOUTTA GALLA) east of an un-named road (which, being 525 links from the north west corner of allotment 5, was certainly Walker St).
This deal had been agreed upon while Feehan rode to Keilor with Mooney who had received the grant for section 30 Maribyrnong (Calder Raceway site) on 9-5-1854.
1883.Kensington Park (Allotments 17-19 section 2) having been sold to John Straker on 7-11-1882, W.S.Cox leased Feehan’s Farm for seven years with an option to purchase.
2-10-1895. W.S.Cox dies at 64.
25-1-1912. W.S.Cox Jun., eldest son of Moonee Valley’s founder, dies.
22-11-1913. The Moonee Valley Estate is placed on sale. Mary McPherson became W.S.Cox’s wife and she had connections with the Coats family, Cox’s daughter married a Kenna, Mrs Walker was the mother of Mary Cox, Alexandra Hoskins was born a Cox.
1917.The racecourse had been owned by proprietors (the Cox family). The Moonee Valley Racing Club is now formed at a meeting at Hosie’s Hotel* in the city, whose owner, J.B.McArthur of Arundel and a descendant of Richard Feehan are elected Vice Presidents. Alister Clark of Glenara, a world famous rose breeder is elected Chairman and retains that position until his death in 1949. One renowned jockey valued the roses more than the dough when he won the Alister Clark Stakes."
*See J.B.Hosie above, 1885, 1887.
OAKLANDS HUNT, FEEHAN Google search.
Nearly as old as Findon is Oaklands Hunt Club, which is starting its 60th year in the field, and which also pro-
vides its certain evidence of lifelong love of the sport. The Master, G.- A. (Alf) Watkins, has been hunting for
39 years, and will be out with the hounds today; the original secretary, H. H. Daniels, gave up the job only
seven years ago, and still an active member is the 83-year-old president, J. F. Feehan, who was one of those who helped with the founding of the club.(P.1, Argus,14-5-1949.)
D.F.Cameron-Kennedy's THE OAKLANDS HUNT, published in 1988 to mark the club's centenary, has much more information about the Feehans and the club's connection with the race course.
"on account of Mr. J. S. Feehan, his property known as Dunhelen, containing 1650 acres 2 roods 25 perches of rich agricultural and dairying land, with large and substantial bluestone residence erected thereon, situated 5 miles from Broadmeadows and 16 miles from Melbourne; the purchaser being Mr. George Hossack of Coburg West. This property has been purchased for purposes of subdivision, and the richness of the soil," etc.
(P.40, Leader, 2-9-1911.)
This confirms my assumption (later) of the location of the Dunhelen drain.
GEORGE HOSSACK'S SUBDIVISION
Farms ranged in size from 100 to 300 acres with the homestead on about 900 acres.
A plan of subdivision of the Dunhelen Estate (Horsach's-SIC!)had been submitted to the surveyor of the shire of Broadmeadows.Drainage was an issue. (The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter Thursday 7 May 1914 p 1 )
CAMERON.—On the 29th October, at "Dunhelen,"Broadmeadows, Ewen Cameron, loving father of Margaret and Hughena, aged 87 years. A colonist of 65 years. (P.1, Argus, 30-10-1916.)
CAMERON.—The Friends of the late Mr. EWEN CAMERON are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Will Will Rooke Cemetery, Campbellfield. The funeral will leave "Dunhelen," Broadmeadows, TOMORROW (Tuesday), 31st October,1916, at 1.30 o'clock, per motors.(ditto.)
Ewen's wife, Isabella, had died at Dunhelen in 1915 and was buried at Will Will Rook Cemetery (Melway 7 B9.)
A Deceased Estate.
Claims against the estate of Ewen Cameron, formerly of Euroa* and Kyneton, grazier, who died on 29th October last, are to be sent to Hughina Souter, of Dunhelen, care of Whiting and Aitken. 101 William street, Melbourne, proctors, on or before 28th February.(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 25 January 1917 p 2 )
*Near Shepparton where George Hossack was an early settler before moving to Pascoe Vale (Coburg West.)
BROADMEADOWS SHIRE COUNCIL Thursday, February 22.
From S. E. Souter. re stone wall at Dunhelen.-The secretary said that Mr.Souter would accept a few coils of wire
for the use of the stone.-Approved.
(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter Thursday 1 March 1917 p 4 )
I'm working from memory here. One of the parents at Gladstone Park while I was teaching at Gladstone Park Primary School was (Merna?) Gamble. The Gambles were descended from John Brock, a squatter north of Bulla who was dispossessed of his run by Big Clarke's special survey and then moved to the site of Latrobe University. The crown allotment on the north east corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds was called Springfield. It was split into two farms of about 180 acres. Wally French bought the southern half and the Gambles bought Springfield North, renaming it as BROCKLANDS. The Gambles were related to the Souters, the one who was a teacher. Brocklands, now the site of Aitken College adjoins Dunhelen and as the Souters were also farming nearby, it's not surprising that Hughina or Hughena Cameron married another Souter male. It's a fair assumption that Ewen's executrix, Hughina Souter, was his daughter.
Regarding the complaint of flooding of Dunhelen drain near Swerdman's property,arrangements might be made to cut a drain and it would be only reasonable to ask Mr.Hossack bear part the cost. - Mr Hossack to
be approached on the subject, on motion of Crs. Cargill and Hall.(P.3, Kilmore Free Press, 5-12-1918.)
G.Hossack had been on the Dunhelen Estate from 1911 and stock reports indicate that he was a partner of Souter in 1916 and Irvine in 1918. Swerdman could have been on the Moonee Ponds Creek side of Mickleham Rd but there seem not to be any tributaries running west to this creek on what was the Dunhelen estate.
GEORGE HOSSACK was a resident of Coburg in 1916 but was earlier at Shepparton and before then near Orbost where he probably married a Miss Irvine. A Cameron family, possibly related to Ewen Cameron (as a man named Ewen Cameron was president of Orbost Shire in 1912-13 when his namesake son drowned in the Snowy River) was also prominent in the shire of Orbost. The following article shows no relationship to the Camerons but it is interesting that he was farming in partnership with Souter on Dunhelen in 1916.
OBITUARY OF GEORGE'S MOTHER IN LAW
This is the only mention of Swerdman in the area on trove and the name did not appear in my rate transcriptions (at intervals of 15 to 20 years.) I have explained earlier that Dunhelen's DIP PADDOCK was probably that part of Greenvale Reservoir north of Melway 179 B-D, the northern boundary of Springield North and Glenarthur. My first transcribed Gamble evaluation was I think, in 1920, so Swerdman may have been on one of those properties. Mrs John Bond (a widow since November 26,1902) was disposing of Glenarthur (the western half of the reservoir)in 1910 so Swerdman may have bought the property. I believe the stream in Melway 179 B 1-2 would have been the Dunhelen drain and Hossack's subdivision was of the large homestead block.
The Pigdons remembered Dunhelen with affection.
The Melbourne Grammar School chapel was the scene of a quiet and pretty wedding on December 15, when Isa, youngest daughter of the late Mr. J. C. Pigdon and of Mrs. Pigdon, of Dunhelen, Thorn street,Essendon (the home of the bride's sister,Mrs. R. S. Macalister), was married to Mr.Harold P. England, youngest, son of Mr.M. H. England, of St. Kilda. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. L. Arnold, and after the service wedding tea
was served at the Mia Mia tearooms.(P.43, The Australasian, 20-12-1924.)
PETER IRVINE'S SUBDIVISION
P.4, Argus, 4-9-1926.
The homestead on 392 acres 2 roods 10 perches was lot 1 and lots 2 to 13, varying in size from 40 acres 21 perches to 127 acres 36 perches comprised a total of 858 acres 3 roods 26 perches. The entire subdivision consisted of 1251 acres 1 rood and 36 perches.
The subdivision road was probably Dunhelen Lane east of Mickleham Rd, now the access to Aitken Hill BHP Global Leadership Centre (Melway 386 B-C 11-12) WHICH OCCUPIES ROUGHLY 169.4 ACRES and may have been lots 6 and 7.
(Re area calculations. Each centimetre on blue Melway maps represents a chain; ten square chains = 1 acre.
40 perches=1 rood. 4 roods = 1 acre.)
1928. Mr. P.Irvine (a relative of George Hossack, whose wife was an Irvine girl) was named as the occupant of Dunhelen in an article about Mickleham focussed on "Harpdale".(P.44, The Australasian, 24-3-1928.)
RIEDELL -On the 7th January 1930 Charles beloved husband of Belle, Dunhelen, Yuroke,Late of Bulla, loved son of the late M.F. and K Riedell, formerly of Congupna, aged 57 years.At rest.(P.1, Argus, 9-1-1930.)
PRENDERGAST —-On the 8th April, at Hopetoun private hospital, Elsternwick, to the wife of Harry W. Prendergast, Dunhelen, Broadmeadow —a son. (P.1, Argus, 9-4-1930.)
Mr. and Mrs. Webster, of "Dunhelen,” Bulla, and Mr J. Raper of “Wanawer*,” Rosebud, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. Park, for the Dookie College Jubilee.(P.4, Shepparton Advertiser, 15-10-1936.)
*"Wannaeue Estate", of 660 acres, was bounded by today's Eastbourne Rd,Jetty Rd, Old Cape Schanck Rd, an unmade road just south of Drumdrumalloc Creek and Boneo Rd. Jack's father was an Essendon footballer and committeeman. The Shire of Bulla did go down to Kenny St, the north boundary of Broadmeadows Township at some stage but I think that was later. Bulla was probably still west of the parish of Yuroke, (and thus Dunhelen.)
Death of Mr. J. S. Feehan
gY the death of Mr. J. S. Feehan,
which occurred in Melbourne
on Thursday, August 17, the Vic
torian Turf sustained one of its
most serious losses for many years.
His parsing will cause deep regret
all over Australia, and particularly
in Victoria and Queensland, where
he was best known, having spent
the greater part -of his life in those
States. As a young man he
managed the Beechal and Mount
Alfred Stations in Western Queens
land, and later took over the
management of the Donor's Hill
Station in the Gulf country. Later
he had the opportunity of purchas
ing Donor's Hill, and availed him
self of it. He retained possession
of it until his death. It was while
at Donor's Hill that he became as
sociated with racing, and won races
in Queensland towards the end of
the 'eighties. Mr. Feehan returned
to Victoria in the early years of
this century, and acquired several
properties, one being at Caramut,
in the Western district, and an
other, Dunhelen, in the Greenvale
district, a few miles out of Mel
bourne. Later he purchased the
Coolart Estate,, formerly owned by
Mr. P. S. Grimwade, who had Boba
bil there at the head of the stud
until his death, when Bobadil
passed into the possession of the
late Mr, James Wilson. Mr. Feehan
established a small stud at Coolart,
and bred a number of winners. He,
however, sold the property some
time ago, when his health began to
fail.etc. (P.6, The Australasian, 26-8-1939.)
CLYNE - WEBSTER. - Elsie Gladwin, younger daughter of Mr. R. Clyne, of Sunbury, to Kenneth Marriott, eldest son
of Mr. L. L. Webster, M.L.A., and Mrs.Webster, Dunhelen, Greenvale.9p.12, Argus, 8-2-1847.)
MORRIS-WEBSTER. - Joan Marcia, only daughter of Mrs. A. Morris, of 40 Oak Hill avenue. Regent, and the late Mr.
C H. Morris, to Philip Leslie, second son of Mr. and Mrs. L. I, Webster, of Dunhelen, Greenvale.
(P.8, Argus, 1-5-1948. ENGAGEMENTS ANNOUNCED.)
WEBSTER. — On June 12, at
"Dunhelen." Green Vale. Annie
Webster, widow of the late J.J.
Webster, of Elsternwick. Upper Bea-
contfleld and Black Rock, mother of Dr,
R. M. W. Webster, of Campbelltown,
Tasmania, and L. L. Webster. GreenVale, aged 84 years.(P.15, Argus, 2-12-1848.)
WEBSTER.— On June 12. at "Dunhelen" Greenvale. Annie Webster, widow of the late J. J. Webster, of Brunswick, Upper Beaconsfleld and Black Rock; mother of Dr. R. M. W.Webster, of Campbelltown. Tasmania, and L. L. Webster. Greenvale. Aged 84 years. (P.6, The Herald, 14-6-1949.)
T^EBRUARY 15 is the date
?*. set for the marriage of
Miss Joan Morris and Mr.
Philip Webster, son of Mr.
L. L. Webster, ex-M.L.A. for
Mernda, and Mrs. Webster,
of Dunhelen, Greenvale.
Miss Morris is the daugh-
ter of Mrs. A. L. Morris, of
Regent, and the late Mr.
Morris. The wedding will
be celebrated at St. Mary's
Church of England, Caul-
field.(P.12, Argus, 10-2-1950.)
Article about 77 year old Mrs.J.C.Pigdon: e.g. Mrs. Pigdon's love of horses began in her early youth. A daughter of a Gippsland pioneer, Alexander McMillan, she as a young girl often helped her brothers to cut-out cattle at "Caldermeade," their well-known grazing property.(P.17, The Herald, 17-5-1950.)
W.E.(William Eric)Taylor's 276 acre farm on the corner of Mickleham Rd and Dunhelen Lane was advertised for sale. (P.43, Weekly Times, 17-11-1954.)
NOTHING ELSE BELOW THIS LINE.
A LOST MELBOURNE post about the BRODIE FAMILY (5th result* if you google GEORGE SINCLAIR BRODIE) has a photo of a homestead that some dill claimed to have seen while riding her bike up and down Mickleham Rd. So much uninformed rubbish appears in comments about old photos on Facebook that historians accept them as gospel at their own risk! She must have had extraordinary eye sight because the GLENARA HOMESTEAD, which the author must have thought was Dunhelen, is 420 chains (8.4 km)west south west from the Dunhelen Homestead. Ray Gibb recognised the error and posted links for photos of the Harpsdale and Dunhelen homesteads as well as one of a painting of the Glenara homestead, almost identical to the photo re the homestead, garden and topography.
*Lost Melbourne - Bulla Bulla 1836 GS & R Brodie The... | Facebook
CRAIGIEBURN HISTORICAL INTEREST GROUP, BRODIE FAMILY
This article has photos of the Dunhelen homestead and barn. It is wrong regarding the number of acres purchased by John Edols.
It appears as though it was in fact Brodie who built the Mansion, although no records are to be found confirming this and it has been suggested that it was John Edols and his brother, George who had the Mansion built to accommodate the families. Ken Webster has had a historian research the matter, however, nothing conclusive has resulted.
A number of owners held that property from 1884, including: J. S. Hosie, F. B. Hann, Bennet, Ogden (1885), J. Walton and many others.
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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.