JOHN BUNTINE, EARLY PIONEER OF GIPPSLAND AND BROADMEADOWS, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
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JOHN BUNTINE, EARLY YUROKE REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BROADMEADOWS ROAD BOARD.
Reports of races at Broadmeadows in the latter 1850's led to two queries:
Where was the venue near the hotel?
Was John Bunting actually John Buntine?
In regard to the latter, John Bunting of EGLINGTON PARK was a signatory to a letter about Broadmeadows (township) being a polling place for the East Bourke election. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/154820844
The following makes it plain that BUNTING was a typo in that letter.
DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP.—Notice hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore existing between us, the undersigned, Simon Armstrong, and John Buntine, as farmers and graziers, at Eglintoune Park, parish of Yeurok, was, on the first day of April last, dissolved by mutual consent.
Dated this first day of December, 1856.
Witness- Charles Wm. Sergeant, Clerk to John
Bell, Solicitor, Melbourne.
It seems that Eglington Park was crown allotment A of section 19 in the parish of Yuroke. See the parish map:
Yuroke, County of Bourke [cartographic material ...
Although the name of the property was not supplied, this 220 acre farm was most likely one referred to in the above notice. As the Chalmers' Institute school was said to have been opposite the gate to the Dunhelen homestead (1240 Mickleham Rd), it is hard to see how it could be opposite c/a 19A, and the claimed frontage to the road to Kilmore (Mickleham Rd, still called Old Sydney road past the Marnong gates) is not three quarters of a mile as claimed. (A mile is 8000 links and three quarters of a mile would be 6000 links. The frontage shown on the map is only 4260 links!)
To Capitalists, Speculators, and Others.
Sale of A Valuable Farm of 220 Acres,
With all the Stock, Household Furniture, &c.
EDWARD ROW and CO. are instructed by Mr John Buntine to sell by auction, on the premises, on Friday, 6th inst,, at twelve o'clock,
That very valuable farm at present in the occupation of Messrs Armstrong and Buntine, containing 220 acres, being lot A of section 19, in the parish of Yuroke, immediately opposite Chambers's (Chalmers') Academy, on the road to Kilmore.
The improvements consist of a four-roomed house, garden, barn, stockyards, piggeries, &c."
I wonder how many miners would have chuckled at this passage. "It has also a frontage of three-quarters of a mile to the 3 chain road leading to the principal diggings". The Mcivor's diggings at Heathcote and the diggings at Yea (where John Buntine was involved*) would hardly compare with Ballarat, Castlemaine and Bendigo!
* - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5693564
"YORKEY'S GULLY QUARTZ-CRUSHING MACHINE.- Certain persons having maliciously circulated false reports against the efficiency of our quartz-crushing machine, we think it only just to ourselves to inform miners, and all others connected,with quartz-crushing in this neighbourhood, that our MACHINE is of the MOST APPROVED CONSTRUCTION, consisting of Stevens's patent revolving stampers and Porter's patent shaking-table for amalgamation ; and, being under skilful management, the work is done in the most effectual manner.
Dated 10th December, 1859.
Quartz-crushers and amalgamators,
_Yorkey's Gully, near Yea.
** John's fellow crusher (John Williamson) was possibly the grantee of almost 2000 acres about 2 miles to the east of John's farm and fronting the Merri Creek. (See map.)
In BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon mentioned John Buntine's move to Gippsland before 1861 and on pages 115-6 that "Mr John Buntine, of the first road board in 1858, was invited back to the jubilee (of its foundation) to find that he was the only survivor."
BUNTINE.—On the 31st October, at Echuca, John Buntine, late of Gippsland, aged 89 years. (Private interment.) P.1, ARGUS, 1-11-1916.
His son, at whose manse John was cared for towards the end of his life, died only about a month later.
The death record of John's son (see third obituary) explains the Buntine/Armstrong business association and a family notice* in the 1850's. The minister's mother, John's wife was Janet Elliot, nee Armstrong.
Jno Symington (Bymington) Death
mother Janet Elliott, nee ARMSTRONG
father: Buntine Jno
Place of death:Melb E
age52; year1916; register number15293/1916.
*- On the 5th December, at Colville, Moonee Ponds, Hugh, eldest son of Mr John Buntine, aged five years.(P.4, The Age, 7-12-1859.)
COLVILLE rang a bell and the tune it played was ARMSTRONG!
FRIDAY, 20th MAY.
To Farmers, Speculators, and Others.
Bale of Farming Stock and Growing Crops,
Colville Farm, Moonee Ponds.
EDWARD ROW and '60. are instructed by
Simon Armstrong, Esq., to sell by auction,
on the farm, Colville. Moonee Ponds (4 miles from
town), on Friday, 20th inst., at twelve o'clock,
300 acres growing oats (etc.)
John Buntine's wife died in 1895 at North Melbourne.
BUNTINE.--On the 25th inst., at her late residence, 38 Curzon-street, North Melbourne, Janet Elliott, the beloved wife of John Buntine (late of Gippsland), aged 58 years. Deeply regretted. (P.1, Argus, 28-10-1895.)
Her death record (reg. no. 13650 / 1895) reveals that her parents were Thomas Armstrong and Mary, nee Little.
on 2019-11-27 01:38:07
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