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On Argus 75 years.
The "Gentleman of Newmarket," possibly Victoria's best-known stockyard expert,died at Yea yesterday morning.
He was Mr. C. Peter Blom, who reported the Newmarket stock sales for The Argus for 75 years. He retired two years ago, at the age of 88, and had been living with his son-in-law, Mr. J. Lawson, licensee of the Grand Central Hotel, Yea.

Mr. Blom also wrote for stock journals and prepared reports for broadcasting. He was born at East Melbourne, where his father was head master of the St. Peter's School for Boys.Mr. Blom is survived by his widow, two daughters, and a son. The funeral will take place at Cheltenham on Tuesday. (P.5, Argus, 26-3-1951.)

Every historian has a duty to correct errors when they are noticed. I did not make my mistake in WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR in 1989,only writing his name as C.P.Blom when Keith McNab told me about him living on the second "Victoria Bank" on the north side of Barbiston Rd. Keith told me that Blom was an editor for a Melbourne daily and used to go home from work in a private bus. I did not make my mistake in TULLAMARINE : BEFORE THE JETPORT in 1998.
Page 23. 1926."C.Peter Blom, a noted journalist mentioned by Harry Peck in his MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN had obviously settled on Victoria Bank on the north side of Barbiston Rd and was the T.P.A.(Tullamarine Progress Association) President."
Page 24.1930."..., William Cusack on Aucholzie and Peter Blom is on Victoria Bank."

Relying on memory is a dangerous thing because in my mind Peter morphed into Percival. Along the way I found that his first name was Cornelius so you will see Cornelius Percival Blom all over the internet-which is my big mistake!

The second Victoria Bank was just north of directly over McNabs Rd from the first Victoria Bank. The Mansfield homestead "Roseleigh" on the south side of Mansfields Rd had wrongly been called "Victoria Bank" on a 1931 ordnance map (eight years before the Mansfields sold the farm and they certainly never called it Victoria Bank.) While writing about Victoria Bank,I mentioned the visit of two early descendants of Peter's to the property which the Courtney-Shaws had renamed the Rosebank Stud; Ned Courtney was a horse trainer.

Strangely,I found nothing when I did a trove search for Percy (or Percival) Blom,Tullamarine. I knew perfectly well that he should be there re the Newmarket Saleyards removal and the railway to Bulla in the 1920's. So I did a google search and found that a Blom descendant (nee Looby,born at Melton) was on Neil Mansfield's index for Bulla Cemetery. I also found that a Blom was the secretary of the Butchers' Union in the 1890's.

Having highlighted about two or three pages of articles etc.,with the intention of copying,in case it did not submit, I clicked paste and lost everything apart from Peter's nomination for the R.A.S.V. council. I'm going to have to rely on my memory (which despite turning Peter into Percival) isn't too bad.

On 25th ult., at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. H.H. P. Handfield, O.P.Blom, son of the late Captain
G. Blom, D.S., of Amsterdam, to Jessie, daughter of the late Mr. John Whiteway, of Darlington, Devon.


THE YOUNG LADIES' EVENING CLASS RECOMMENCES April 20-French, music. Mrs.Blom, St Peter's School, Melbourne.
(P.8, Argus,28-4-1862.)


BLOM -On tho 24th inst, at St Peter's School house,Jessie, wife of Otto Pieter Blom, aged thirty seven years.
(P.4, Argus, 25-10-1867.)

THE Friends of Mr OTTO PIETER BLOM are respectfully invited to follow tho remains of his late wife to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his residence, St Peter's school house, THIS DAY (Saturday), the 20th inst., at three o' clock.
(P.8, Argus, 26-10-1867.)

MR. BLOM, of St. Peter's, intends to RE-OPEN the EVENING CLASS for TEACHERS, wishing to qualify themselves to pass the examination required by the Board of Education, and for candidates for the Civil Service. For particulars, apply at the St Peter's School-house, Eastern-hill, Melbourne. (P.1,2-2-1869.)

BLOM.?On the 26th inst., at his residence, Barbour-terrace, Illawarra-street, Williamstown, Otto Pieter Blom, principal of tho common school, Williamstown, aged 43 years. (P.1, Argus,28-11-1873.)

RICHARDSON ?BLOM. ?On the 17th inst., at the residence of the bride's aunt, Gore-street, Fitzroy, by the Rev. W. Macdermid, Frederick Thomas, second son of George Richardson, Violet Town, to Jessie, younger daughter of the late Otto P. Blom, Williamstown. (P.1, Argus, 21-7-1888.)

BLOM-MACDOWELL -On the 19th ult, by special license at St James's Church Melbourne, by the Rev. A C Kellaway, Pieter C Blom, youngest son of the late Otto Pieter Blom, of Williamstown, to Mabel Mary Helen MacDowell, eldest daughter of the late Swanston May MacDowell, of Her Majesty's Customs, Melbourne, and granddaughter of Colonel W.T N. Champ*, of Melbourne. (P.1,Argus,2-9-1890.)

*Biography - William Thomas Napier Champ - Australian ...
William Thomas Napier Champ (1808-1892), by J. W. Beattie ... He was largely responsible for the building of Pentridge gaol, and his administration was ..


BLOM.-On the 6th inst., at Woodhall, Walpole-street, Kew, the wife of Pieter C. Blom-a son.

BLOM.?On the 17th August, at "Ecclestone," Dandenong-road, Oakleigh, the wife of Cornelius Pieter Blom --a daughter.(P.1, Argus,28-8-1902.) AND...
BLOM.? On the 27th August, at "Ecclestone," Dandenong-road, Oakleigh, the wife of Cornelius Pieter Blom, eldest daughter of the late Swanston Macdowell and Mrs. Catherine Green, of Kew, and granddaughter of the late Colonel Champ, of Melbourne. (P.1, Argus,28-8-1902.)

BLOM.?On the 9th August, 1906, the wife of C.P.Blom?a daughter.(P.1, Argus, 11-9-1906.)

Braybrook Junction was an early name for Sunshine because the Ballarat and Bendigo lines joined there. Being close to both lines,it was a good spot for H.V.McKay to build his Sunshine Harvester factory from which came the suburb's name. Due the company's unwillingness to pay a fair wage,Judge Higgins wrote the Harvester Judgement,probably at Heronswood in Dromana,which resulted in the basic wage. Peter Blom was lucky that he was in the right train.

The Worker (Wagga, NSW : 1892 - 1913) Thursday 21 May 1908 p 31 Article
... . Mr. Kendall, station-master at Sunshine (Braybrook Junction), admitted that he gave a wrong signal to

Mr. Pieter Blom, who is well-known at the Flemington stock markets, was a passenger on the Bendigo train. "I was in the smoking compartment of the boudoir car, next but one to the engine," he said."When we were approaching Sunshine we felt a severe bump, and could not imagine what was the matter, though it did not
seem that anything serious had occurred. "Beyond the fact that one man had the rim of his hat broken, owing to his being jerked against the wall of the carriage, noharm was suffered by anyone in our compartment. One or two ladies in other compartments of the same carriage appeared to suffer from shock, but I don't think anyone
else in the Bendigo train was hurt.

"We all scrambled out of the train as quickly as possible when it was realised that dreadful damage had been done ahead. We found that the latter part of the Ballarat train, with which we had collided, had been completely wrecked. The scene was awful. We all joined with the railway officials in doing all we could for the relief of the suffering passengers on the Ballarat train."Judging by the number of apparently inanimate bodies that were lifted from the wrecked carriages, it appeared to me that from 12 to 15 people had been killed and
double that number severely injured."There did not seem to be any damage to the Bendigo train, with the exception ofthe engine, which could not move." (P.5, Argus, 21-4-1908.)

R.A.S.V. 1915.
The council of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria consists of 33 members,eleven of whom retire annually. Nominations for the election of new members(there being twelve vacancies to fill this year) have been received for the election at the annual meeting. The nominations include the eleven retiring members of the
council viz.:-J. A. Beattie of Gisborne Park; W. P. Brisbane, Gowrie Park, Weerite; C. W. Campbell, Mornington; H.A.Currie, Mount Elephant; T. A. Grant,Geelong; J. Lang, Heidelberg; W. M'Nab, Oakbank, Tullamarine; H.H.Peck, Pascoe Vale; A. D. Rowan, Werribee; Job Smith, Kew; G. L. Wilson, Berwick. The new candidates are:-A. C. Gibb, Campbellfield; C. P. Blom, Melbourne; and Clement Davidson, Melbourne. (P.23-1-1915.)

BLOM.-Killed in action, in France, on October 4, 1917, Gunner Ronald Champ, youngest son of C.P., and the late Mabel Blom, and dearly loved grandson of Mrs. Green, Reno, Kew, aged 20.
BLOM.-Killed in action, France, October 4, Gunner Ronald C. (Jack), youngest son of C, Pieter Blom, 21 Auburn grove, Auburn.

Classified Advertising
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 31 August 1920 p 2 Advertising

Had Peter moved to Tullamarine between August (see below) and October in 1925?

Representatives of the Tullamarine Progress Association, headed by the president (Mr. C. P. Blom), attended the meeting of the Town-planning Commission on Friday, and gave evidence in support of Oaklands Junction as a site for the new saleyards. The commission will again discuss the saleyards problem on Friday, and hopes soon to be in a position to issue a report on the subject. (P.12,Argus,26-10-1925.)

Keilor-Bulla Railway, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 5 May 1925 p 17 Article.
The paper called him G.P.Blom and the Tullamarine Progress Association President spoke of the benefits that the railway would bring,supporting an extension to Craigieburn. A battle over routes had put the proposal on the backburner. Peter didn't say which route he preferred but I'm sure that earlier he'd preferred the route on the east side of the Maribyrnong River/ Deep Creek (which Keilorites and Aberfeldie residents wanted) rather than along Bulla Rd through Tullamarine.

Sir.?In my letter of last Saturday I did not attack Mr. A.J. Thaw, or the Bulla Railway League; in fact I commend them for their unremitting energies in trying to get the Bulla railway line built. Mr.Thaw does not want any opposition to his well laid plans and the last paragraph of his letter of 10th August proves this. I
do not know what stake Mr. Thaw has in the district but I do know that I am deeply interested in a hundred thousand pounds worth of houses and land at North Essendon which perhaps gives me the right to have my say. I have nothing to sell, as Mr. Thaw suggests, all my estates being disposed of and therefore no axe to grind personally. Disposing thus of his red herring, I would remind him that I received three invitations to meet the Railways Standing Committee at Tullamarine State school last Friday. All Friday morning I collected residential and subdivisional statistics of this charming locality of North Essendon, and armed with these I attended
the meeting. I informed Mr. C.P. Blom , and he conferred with the other gentlemen around him, and he informed me that they would be pleased to have my figures later in the debate. However, after one speaker had expressed the view that North Essendon and Tullamarine should be the dumping ground of the Coburg pig farms,
another painted a wonderful picture of the opportunities of extensive wheat and sheep farming 10 miles from Melbourne, and a third thought the value of freight of an obscure clay deposit would keep the railway going. To everybody's astonishment the spokesman stated to the committee that there was no further evidence, and the committee rose.

Mr. Thaw's remarks to-day that "an opportunity was given for anyone present to speak for or against the
proposal" is not correct. The line will undoubtedly be a suburban one, and the fares, not the freights, would be its mainstay. Evidence of the rapid growth of this beautiful and healthy district was sought by the committee, but no evidence was allowed to be tendered on this subject. May I add that the Railways Standing Committee was scrupulously fair in this matter, and it was only the conduct of a few residents of Keilor in stifling discussion at the meeting to which I refer. I have abundant evidence that this section does not want the Bulla road-North Essendon corner of the Shire of Keilor to go ahead, and have gone out of their way
to put every opposition in the way of development, but the first and natural development of this beautiful district has confounded them. The paramount matter however is to get the Bulla road route for the Bulla railway line, and to get it quickly.There has been quite enough talk, juggling and wire-pulling over this line already,
and the little section at Keilor flatter themselves if they think they can bluff the Railways Standing Committee.?Yours, &c., C.H. NELSON. Equitable Buildings, Aug. 11. (P.16, Argus,11-8-1925.)

At Tullamarine evidence was given by Mr. C.P. Blom (Essendon Progress Association), who submitted the consolidated views of the association's central executive railway league. The route favoured by the league, he said, would begin at the showgrounds in the vicinity of Epsom road, and thence go parallel to Epsom road, across the Maribyrnong River, thence across Buckley street and west of the Keilor road state school to a point north west of Bulla. (P.32, Argus,8-8-1925.)

Following a motion of thanks to new member of Parliament,Mr Pollard for attending Cr J.D.McFarlane's dinner:
Mr. Blom, in seconding the motion,disclaimed any bias in political matters. In the old days he had been
associated with Messrs Trenwith, the great debater, Hancock, of the Typographical Society, and the present
Chief Secretary, Mr. Prendergast. He had had many ideas in common with them, although he did not hesitate to say that all of them, himself included, entertained some crude notions. (Laughter.) Labor was quite worthy of its present position, but he advised care in tackling questions. He joined in wishing Mr.Pollard every success in parliament.(P.6,Sunshine Advocate, 9-7-1927.)

Peter must have been a bit slack about keeping his animals from going walkies.

Cr. Fox moved that P. Blom be written to in connection with his fencing. Cr. Butterley seconded. Carried.
(P.5, Sunshine Advocate,11-4-1930.)

BLOM.?On March 25, passed peacefully away at private hospital, Yea, C. Pieter Blom, dearly loved husband of Mildred, loved father of Hoy, Helen and Ena (Mrs. Lawson), and father-in-law of James Lawson, aged 88 years.
BLOM.?The Funeral of the late Mr C. PIETER BLOM will leave Tobin's chapel, Flemington road, Melbourne,TOMORROW, (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. for the New Cheltenham Cemetery.Tobin Brothers.P.16, Argus,27-3-1951.)

BLOM (nee Mitchell). - On June 11, Mildred Beatrice, relict of the late Cornelius Pieter Blom loved mother of Ena and Helen, and mother-in-law of James Lawson, of the Brooklyn Hostel, Braytonville, aged 77 years. -At rest.
BLOM. ? On June 11, Mildred Beatrice, dearly loved gran of Kay and Boyle, and great-grandmother of Philip and Paul. ?At rest.
BLOM. ? On June 11, Mildred Beatrice, deeply loved gran of Jacqueline, Damien, and Pieter Lawson. ?At rest.
(P.12, Argus,13-6-1956.)

"MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN" is available online.
Mr. Walker was the fastest cattle salesman that Newmarket has ever seen. He would sell a whole lane in 12 to 15
minutes?and it took a mighty smart clerk, like Peter Blom, who was with him early, to keep up with him.
P.15.with him at billiards.
Of the regular habitues at Newmarket, who does not know Peter C. Blom? To-day he is the able reporter of
Newmarket sales for ?The Argus.? Peter joined J.C.Walker and Co. as a boy, and after rising to a responsible position in the firm, was appointed the first secretary of the Associated Stock and Station Agents, with John
Murray Peck as the first chairman on April 6, 1888. This berth he held for many years. To his credit be it said, that although he must have been well over age, he enlisted for service in the Great War, and on his return took up his present appointment.

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