EDMUND DUNN OF TULLAMARINE HOUNDED THE DASTARDLY HOUNDS.
THOSE HOUNDS AND THEIR HOUNDS!
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If walking clubs decided to make their jaunts more challenging, (like Survivor) by including obstacles that already existed (such as your fences) and grudgingly accepted claims for compensation regarding damage to your fences and plants (such as a cherished rose), you just might appreciate why Edmund Dunn's brave stand against a group of powerful men led to a huge organisation* of farmers determined to defend their livelihood.
The Oaklands Hounds was established in 1888 and I have never read, or heard, of a complaint regarding their activities made by any farmers in the area. Probably because many of the members of the club, such as Alexander McCracken (Cumberland), Robert McDougall's son Sandy (Warlaby), and Alister Clark (Glenara) were local farmers.
There was a hunt club on the Mornington Peninsula too.
The club was certainly welcome on huge estates such as Barragunda and by owners of smaller estates, such as John Crichton of Glenlee at Boneo. The Master, George McLear, was a farmer and he was annoyed when people* trespassed on his land so he would have made sure that his members did not deserve the description of hounds which was certainly apt to describe the members of the Mebourne Hunt who had invaded Edmund Dunn's farm at Tullamarine two years later.
*One of them was George's future wife!
(See Page 110, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA)
Edmund Dunn, brother of Henry Dunn of Mornington, would have been living with Henry on Jamieson's Special Survey when he married Maria George (a fellow passenger on the ship which conveyed Edmund to the colony) in 1847. Edmund had spent five years there before buying Viewpoint (c/a 1 and 2, section 4 Tullamarine) in 1849. By 1868 he probably was also leasing Stewarton so his land consisted of about 1000 acres between the road to Broadmeadows Township and the Moonee Ponds Creek.
on 2023-05-10 15:55:12
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.