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"LATE OF TULLAMARINE" TROVE SEARCH (VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA)

Journal by itellya

Due to trouble submitting journals because of spasmodic internet signals (which resulted in the loss of countless hours of research and my retirement as Itellya on three occasions), only one image being able to be attached to each journal, and the format required to create links to articles, I have been posting my historical research regarding the area near Tullamarine and the Mornington Peninsula on Facebook group pages: WE REMEMBER TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND IN THE EARLY DAYS and PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA.

Facebook was in trouble for allowing the spread of misinformation and personal attacks on others so it has come up with an algorithm to stop such misconduct- which still allows the publication of phony events while labelling historical research as scam.

The members of my two groups are pleading for me to continue my posts but there is little point in doing so- if they are likely to be deleted by Facebook. A Google search for Aitken's Hill near Craigieburn will reveal the myth that it was originally called Mt Yuroke. I tried to correct this on Facebook but my information was deleted. Hence my previous journal!

I have published many journals about the pioneers near Tullamarine, based on rate records, but many of them, especially those who moved away (to retire and be cared for by a relative, or died in a hospital) may have slipped through the cracks because my transcriptions were only done every 15 to 20 years and were mainly in regard to farmers, not residents of Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Townships. My LATE OF TULLAMARINE search on trove was an attempt to discover some of these pioneers.
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"LATE OF TULLAMARINE"
After a four hour marathon waiting for my research to post until I aborted the attempt, and a restart, which also seemed doomed to the same fate, I submitted the title and then this short, sad story.
Fingers crossed that it will submit too. (Phew!)
There are 139 results on trove, more than one for some pioneers (same information in different papers.)
All 139 results can be found by doing the same search that I did on trove. https://trove.nla.gov.au/search/category/newspapers?
keyword=%22late%20of%20tullamarine%22
FOR THE FIRST OF A PARTICULAR ARTICLE ABOUT A PIONEER, THE FOLLOWING DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED: YEAR, PIONEER'S NAME, W OR D, MEANING WILL OR DEATH, AND DETAILS OF THE PROPERTY OCCUPIED ETC.

1907 W ANGUS LOVE Born circa 1842 and as Keilor was given as the place of death, probably lived on that side of Bulla Rd near Tullamarine S.S. 2613 (whose site was purchased from the Loves.)

1912 W JOHN MANSFIELD Brother of David Mansfield and father of Willam John (who with his son William John, died at Bertram's Ford in 1906.) Had a farm called Grandview at the junction of the Bulla and Broadmeadows roads which may have been the southern 165 acres of Viewpoint (established by Edmund Dunn in 1849 and adjoining Camp Hill to the south.)

1906 W WILLIAM JOHN MANSFIELD Son of John Mansfield (above) who was obviously living on the Melbourne Airport terminal site (the south west corner of section 15 Tullamarine); this would explain why the Hill lad who escaped the tragedy at Bertram's Ford and lived near the east end of the east-west runway joined them on the ill-fated trip to St Albans. The triangular block which became Stan Payne's pig farm, "Scone" was probably purchased in the 1850's from Riddell and Hamilton by John Mansfield who had probably moved to Grandview by 1906, allowing his son to occupy (but not become the owner of the triangle which would explain no real estate* being left in William John's will.)
* https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/201676995

1948 D JOHN JOHNSON, GLENEWAR/ CUMBERLAND/GLENDEWAR
His death record.
JOHNSON John Death
mother: Wilhelmina ROBERTSON father:JOHNSON William places of birth and death: DRUMMOND, BOX HILL
81 1948, 2460/1948

John Johnson was the grandson of an early landowner north of Broadmeadows Township, also named John Johnson who soon after arriving worked for Peter McCracken on Stewarton (renamed Gladstone in 1893) which was immediately south of the township. The original John soon afterwards bought 40 acres, immediately north of Gellibrand Hill in Machell's subdivision which was called Providence Plains (between Swain St and Providence Lane.) The 40 acre property was later owned by Harry Swain, hence the name of Swain St, the entrance to Dundonald. The original John also bought a block on the north west corner of Mickleham and Craigieburn Rd near John Crowe's Mt Yuroke and called it Greenhill. He was a member of the Broadmeadows Road Board only until 1863.

The family then moved to Dummond but returned to the Broadmeadows area in the early 1900's. The second John's father, William*, bought Spring Park in Keilor Rd and John's family farmed Glendewar and after Alexander McCracken's death, Cumberland, west of Dundonald.
* So named in John's death record. However I needed to prove that William Johnson was the son of the original John Johnson. William died in 1909 and this is his death record.

JOHNSON Wm Death mother: Sarah, nee MUNS father:Johnson Jno place of death:Esdon 73, 1909, 8462/1909

In BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon stated that the original John Johnson stayed in the district until his death in 1877, aged 70.
There was a death record (5007 / 1877) for John Johnston*, a native of Edinburgh, son of Jane nee Henderson and John (presumably) Johnston whose spouse at death was Jane Henderson and died aged 70, no place of death given.
It would seem that the spouse at death was a mistake by the registrar or a Victorian BDM typist.

Surely there must have been an obituary or article to support Andrew's assumption that he was the grantee of "Greenhill".
There was a death notice but why didn't Andrew state exactly where he died?
JOHNSTON*.—On the 12th inst., at his residence, Green-hill, Euroke*, Mr. John Johnston, aged 70 years.
(P.27, The Australasian, 16-6-1877.)

*The name of the parish was Yuroke but was sometimes rendered as Euroke. The surname was given as Johnston in the death record (which illustrates some confusion) and the death notice, so the informant may have been a neighbour on Crow's Hill (formerly Mt Yuroke, renamed after the property's founder John Crowe), not a member of the family!

However, the apparent error in the spelling of the surname reinforces my belief that Johnstone St between Broadmeadows Township and the Broadmeadows railway station was named after the early Broadmeadows Road Board member, the grantee of "Greenhill" and unknown to Andrew Lemon, the original purchaser of 40 acres in the Machell subdivision north of Dundonald which became known as Providence Plains (which Peter Robertson, father of William JOHNSON'S wife seems to have occupied and named as GELLIBRAND FARM.

The story with which this entry started was written from a 22 year old memory of a lengthy email conversation with Keith Brown of Canberra whose wife Evelyn is a JOHNSON descendant.

To illustrate, here is the 1948 death notice for John JOHNSON of Glendewar/ Cumberland?Glendewar.
JOHNSON.— On March 14, at Box Hill, John, the beloved husband of Blanche and loving father of Evelyn (deceased), Leslie (deceased), Walter*, Reg, William, Blanche, Ettie and Agnes, aged 81 years. Late of Tullamarine. (P.3, The Age, 15-3-1948.)

Evelyn Brown (P.O.Box 509, Dickson A.C.T.2602) is:
The great grand-daughter of William Johnson
The grand-daughter of John Johnson who bought Glendewar.
The daughter of Walter Frederick Johnson and Emma (McKenzie).
Emma worked for a time at Woodlands before marrying Walter in 1924.

Part of my rate research and Keith's story.
MR W.JOHNSON OF SPRING PARK. (M1)
The Essendon Gazette of 22-7-1909 contains the obituary of Mr W.Johnson of Spring Park, Essendon, who was well known in pastoral circles. The 73 year old pioneer was born in Huntingdonshire, England and came to the Port Phillip District 57 years ago*. A resident of Drummond, near Malmsbury, he was an early breeder of Lincoln sheep. He moved to Essendon in 1903. (P. 127, The Annals of Essendon Vol.1, R.W.Chalmers.)
William’s widow, Wilhelmina, was still living on Spring Park when their third son, James Alexander (born 28-6-1874, died 28-9-1913) was buried in the ninth row of the Church of England section of Bulla Cemetery. John Johnson (D.14-3-1948 at 81) and Blanche (D.12-7-1951) are buried in this row also. The cemetery is at Melway 177, H/8.
*At the age of about 16, so I presume his father, as well as his son, was named John.

JOHNSTON OR JOHNSON? Greenhill (M2)
Broadmeadows’ ratebook of 1863 mentions three pieces of property in the parish of Yuroke owned by John Johnston. They were:
a farm (N.A.V. 18 pounds) listed immediately after those of Donald and John McKerchar and before entries for the square mile south of Somerton Rd and bisected by Mickleham Rd.
a farm (N.A.V. 54 pounds), known to be his grant, lot E of section 22 at the north west corner of Mickleham and Craigieburn Rds, which consisted of 97 acres 2 roods and 35 perches. He called it Greenhill.
A house (N.A.V. 9 pounds) that seems to have been overlooked and then inserted before
John Johnston was 51 when elected to the Broadmeadows Roads Board (1858?) and, although he remained a member only until 1863, he remained in the district until his death in 1877 at the age of 70. (Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History by Andrew Lemon.)
After W.W.1, Reg Poole renamed Greenhill as Lancedene. (Jack Simmie of Harpsdale.)
Was John Johnston the father of William Johnson? His surname seems to have been consistently written with the T, but that does not necessarily mean it was right. It is a strange coincidence that Reg.Poole took over the Johnston grant and Blanche Wilhelmina Johnson married a Poole.

GELLIBRAND COTTAGE.(A MYSTERY)
At first I thought this might be related to Gellibrand Farm, which was advertised for sale in the Melbourne Morning Herald of 11-12-1849. It was 10 miles from Melbourne , was enclosed by a new fence and had a cottage, dairy and two double huts for workers. As the crow flies, it is 19 km, or nearly 12 miles to Swain St, the entrance to Woodlands Historic Park from Mickleham Rd, which indicates the southern boundary of the parish of Yuroke. As the reference to Gellibrand Cottage, parish of Yuroke, seems to come from a document, we must discount any possible locations south of Swain St- Mladen Court.

The land east of Section Rd, Greenvale, allotment C of section 2, was granted to Leonard James and George Wolfenden Muchell (sic) in 1843. This was subdivided and sold to Messrs Lavars, Bond, Salisbury, Johnson, Davidson, and in 1854, John Lawrence bought lots 6 and 7. Part of lot 6 became the church site in Providence Lane. (Greenvale: Links with the Past by Annette Davis found in the Bulla file at the Sam Merrifield Library, Moonee Ponds.)

Notice that one of the above buyers was Mr Johnson. I wonder if this was John Johnson who had been working for Peter McCracken at Stewarton two miles to the south. There is no mention of a Peter or Henrietta Robertson in the 1863 ratebook despite the fact that they were living in a house near Gellibrand Hill on the 23rd of February in that year. Neither does the surname Johnson appear. Was John Johnston’s house (N.A.V.9 pounds) or farm (N.A.V. 18 pounds and therefore about 40 acres) where Peter and Henrietta Robertson were living without paying the rates? As Henrietta was 72 and Peter 66, it is possible that they were guests of a 56 year old Johns(t)on. It is not possible to determine where Johns(t)on’s house and small farm were but it is likely that they were between Section Rd and Mickleham Rd.

McKERCHAR/ROBERTSON/JOHNSON.
GIVEN INFORMATION WITH MY COMMENTS IN BRACKETS.
23-2-1863. William Johnson married Wilhelmina Robertson at Gellibrand Cottage in the parish of Yuroke, the home of Wilhelmina’s parents, Peter and Henrietta Robertson. In the same ceremony,Wilhelmina’s older sister, Margaret, married Donald McKerchar, widower (of Colina) of “Springfield”. Donald renamed his property “Greenan”in honour of his wife’s birthplace in Scotland. (This was his 302 ¾ acre grant, lot P of section 9, across Mickleham Rd from Springfield.) A third sister, Henrietta Robertson, married Donald McNab in 1855.
Donald and Margaret’s only daughter, Henrietta (or Etty, who was only a week old when Donald died in 1869) was for many years the postmistress at Greenvale. She did not marry and died in 1944 of drowning (in a dam on the property. Was this Greenan or Springfield North?)
Gellibrand Cottage (must have been reasonably close to Gellibrand Hill) as in 1861 an attempt was made to establish a toll gate and it was resolved to offer Mr Robertson of Gellibrand Hill 8 pounds to ascertain the traffic on the road and to call for tenders for the erection of a toll house and gate on the Broadmeadows Road opposite Mr Robertson’s house. (I have seen no mention of a toll gate near Gellibrand Hill. The toll gate at the intersection of the roads to Broadmeadows and Bulla Townships at Tullamarine and the one at Pascoe Vale would have dealt with travellers likely to pass Gellibrand Hill on the way to Sydney or McIvors Diggings at Heathcote. The local farmers would have hated having a toll gate near Dundonald because they would have been paying tolls every day. The toll gate would most likely have been placed at the intersection of Mickleham and Somerton Rds but there is no mention of a toll gate in that area in the 1863 rate record of the Broadmeadows Roads District.)
Henrietta Robertson (d.22-6-1867 at 76) and Peter Robertson (d.22-10-1876 in Yuroke aged 79) are both buried at Campbellfield.
(PETER-RELIGION, PRES, WAS BURIED AT THE WILL WILL ROOK CEMETERY ON 25-10-1876, PRESUMABLY IN THE SAME GRAVE AS HENRIETTA, BURIED 24-6-1867, RELIGION C OF E., BORN EDINBURGH, PARENTS,DAVID MCLAREN & AGNES.BOOK PRODUCED BY FRIENDS OF THE CEMETERY2014)

John Johnson’s son, William, purchased land at Drummond in 1856 as did Peter and Robert McCracken. John went to manage this property and in 1861, John and William bought the McCracken land. William became a prosperous Drummond/Malmsbury identity. His son, John, purchased “Glendewar” at Tullamarine in about 1906 and retained it until his death in 1948.Glendewar was sold in 1951 (probably mostly to Mr W.Smith with A.A.Lord owning the 80 acres including the Hills’ “Danby Farm”and part of Glendewar, which with the Lanes’ Gowrie Park comprised section 14.) From about 1919 to 1934, John Johnson leased, and the family lived on, “Cumberland” adjacent to Glendewar on the east side of Moonee Ponds Creek.


1903 W DAVID MANSFIELD OF ROSELEIGH ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF MANFIELD RD; SEYMOUR; AND GLENALICE (NEAR THE WEST OF THE EAST-WEST RUNWAY), DEMOLISHED C. 1966.
Just before the 1890 depression, David sold his farm to a speculator who expected a railway to Bulla to pass close to the property. The railway didn't happen, the speculator became insolvent and with the deposit and part payments he'd forfeited, David built the beautiful Glenalice.

1870 W WILLIAM SHARP. William Sharp and his wife Harriet (nee Faithfull, formerly Hodgkinson) owned blocks (in John Pascoe Fawkner's subdivision of section 10 Tullamarine), located at Melway 3 C 2-3 and land across Jackson's Creek in the Organs Park Park.
Judy Hodgetts, a Faithfull family researcher provided the following information about Harriet's two marriages circa 2000.

ABRAHAM HODGKINSON.
Abraham Hodgkinson was the 3rd mate on the “Royal Consort” which left for Australia on 9-11-1843 and arrived on 18-2-1844. He was paid L8/19/6 for his duties, which indicates that he did not jump ship as many sailors did a decade later during the gold rush. On board as passengers were Thomas Faithfull 37, his wife Mary Ann 39, and their children: Harriet Ruby 19, Sarah Amelia 17, Henry 14, Jane 11, Moses 8, William 4 and Thomas 2. The Faithfull family must have soon arrived in this area for when their eighth and last child, Anne, was born on 9-6-1846 the birth was registered at Bulla.
Now it seems that Abraham Hogkinson, about 31 during the voyage out, was using his time off duty for more than sleeping. A certain 19 year old lass had caught his eye and he was to marry Harriet on 10-2-1850. Abraham was to live only nine years after his marriage but fathered eight children because he started early! Did they elope? The registrations of his childrens’ births indicate his whereabouts before buying land on Tullamarine Island:
Ester b. Moonee Ponds* & d. Melbourne 1845, Maria b. Gippsland 1848, William b. Keilor 1849, Marian b.1851 and Sarah b.1853 at Jordans Creek (up Castlemaine way), Thomas b.1855 Tullamarine, Harriet b.1857 Flemington (may have needed special medical care for the birth), Abraham b.1860 Tullamarine (d.1861.)
(Moonee Ponds could have indicated that he was working for Loeman on Moreland, Robertson on La Rose or Fawkner on Belle Vue Park, leasing part of 23 Doutta Galla, working for Kenny on Camp Hill, McDougall etc on Glenroy, Peter McCracken on Stewarton, Coghill on Cumberland, Dewar on Glendewar, Greene on Woodland or Firebrace on Melford Station, i.e. anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek!
Several historians have made the mistake of assuming that “Moonee Ponds” meant the present suburb.)
Anyhow, getting back to Abraham’s farm. On 25-2-54, Abraham bought Edward Pope’s allotment for 150 pounds (12 981). For an amount that was not entered in the memorial, he then purchased the neighbouring allotment from Frederick Anthony Thies on 4-5-1855. I have not been able to find the conveyance of John Beasley’s allotment, but Abe obviously owned this by 1-9-1855, when he mortgaged all three allotments to J.H.Brooke for 100 pounds (30 384).
On 30-7-1858, Abraham conveyed Beasley’s lot and the eastern part of Thies’s lot (which is not part of the Organ Pipes Park) to Henry Mildenhall for 125 pounds (66 695). Mildenhall became the husband of Sarah Amelia Faithfull, the sister of Abraham’s wife, Harriet. Abraham Hodgkinson died on 2-12-1859. In 1862, his widow married William Skill Sharp but Harriet again became a widow when William died on 4-8-1870.
On 15-7-1879, Thomas Hodgkinson conveyed Pope’s purchase and the western half of the lot originally bought by Thies (both now part of the park) to his mother Harriet Sharp for 140 pounds. (282 230). The memorial indicates that the title was converted (to Torrens?) in 1890 so details of further conveyance cannot be obtained for free.
Harriet Sharp died on 24-12-1885. Her will of 17-12-1885 left “the old farm” (lot 7 and the western half of lot eight to her daughter Amy Ann Sharpe and “East End Farm”, her present homestead (allotment 7A of section 5 in Holden) to her son, John Sharpe. Thomas Hodgkinson was appointed as Amy’s trustee until she turned 21.John Sharpe, her sole executor, specified on 31-3-1886 that the Holden farm consisted of 36 99/160 acres and the old farm of about 31 acres. (See 11A re spouses of Harriet’s kids.)
From my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF TULLAMARINE.

1884 D MARY HANDLEN (nee Guthrie.)
HANDLEN.— On the 13th November, at Ulupna, Mary, the beloved wife of Patrick Handlen, of Ulupna,late of Tullamarine.
(P.1, The Age, 18-1-1884.)

HANDLEN Mary Death
mother: Bridt nee MORAN father: Guthrie Thos place of death registration:NUMURKAH
spouse at death: HANDLEN, Patrick
46, 1884, 13559/1884
Riddell and Hamilton bought sections 6 and 15 (mainly between today's Melrose Drive and Mickleham Rd) and after doing a land swap with John Pascoe Fawkner, grantee of section 7, so the latter's estate was entirely on the Keilor side of Bulla Rd and theirs on the Broadmeadows side, sold Glendewar to William Dewar, the present Airport Terminal site to John Mansfield and Chandos to John Peter. The land between Nash's Lane and Wrights Lane north of the back lane (Derby St) was subdivided into small blocks of 5 acres which were eventually consolidated into farms such as Charles Nash's Fairview and Wallis Wright's Sunnyside and Hamilton Terrace between Bulla Rd was divided into acre blocks 200 metres deep, with 20 metre frontages to Bulla Rd and the back lane. Noah Holland had six blocks which became the Melrose Drive Reserve and the next block, roughly opposite the Beech Tree Hotel, was the Handlen Family's. The house, right near the footpath, was still standing in 1971 when I moved to Tullamarine but must have been demolished soon afterwards. This block was later added to the Melrose Drive Reserve. The Morgans owned the next block which now adjoins the reserve.

1917 D JAMES SHARP OF HILLSIDE, THE NORTH EAST PORTION OF SECTION 21 PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA, PURCHASED IN 1867, WHICH BECAME THE THOMAS FAMILY'S CARINYA PARK CIRCA 1940. Sharps Rd was named after James who in 1863 had been leasing part of John Peter's Chandos.

A change of format.

DAVID AND LETITIA SMITH- SEE COMMENTS.

WALLACE SPIERS- SEE COMMENTS.

JOHN GRANT-SEE COMMENTS.

PERCY MANSFIELD- SEE COMMENTS.



TO BE CONTINUED

Surnames: GRANT GUTHRIE HANDLEN JOHNSON LOVE MANSFIELD ROBERTSON SHARP
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by itellya on 2022-09-11 04:01:56

This would not submit.
1887 D DAVID SMITH.
SMITH.— On the 11th October, at his late residence,Barkly-street, Carlton, David Smith, the beloved husband of the late Letitia Smith, late of Tullamarine and Hotham.(P.1, The Age, 13-10-1887.)

SMITH David Death mother: Euphemia nee UNKNOWN father:William place of death:CARLTON spouse at death:ROY, Letitia
82, 1887, 12870/1887

SMITH Letitia Roy Death names of parents:Unknown place of death:CARL spouse at death:SMITH, David
53, 1885, 11244/1885

John Pascoe Fawkner was an admirer of yoeman farmers and, in order that they could purchase small farms, started land cooperatives on whose behalf he bought crown land c.1850 in Tullamarine, Hadfield, East Keilor and other places. In the parish of Tullamarine he subdivided land on the Keilor side of Bulla Rd between Post Office Lane and Grants Lane, on both sides of Mansfield Rd (south of the east-west Runway) and in Section 10 on the west side of Tullamarine Island fronting Jacksons Creek from Melway 3 E5 to 176 E 11.

DAVID SMITH.
David Smith purchased lot 36 in section 10 from Fawkner. He later acquired the nearby lots originally purchased by Burrell (1854), Cozens (55), Bedford (61) and William Jolly (67). His wife Letitia Roy Smith bought Henry Jolly’s lot 35 on 26-3-1856. David was one of the four trustees for the Presbyterian land on lot 14.David also owned John Byrnes’ old farm of about 150 acres (between Overpostle and the westernmost quarter of 11B) from 1862 until he sold it to Paul Tate on 18-3-1876. Letitia sold about 12 acres to speculator, Aaron Waxman, on 17-12-1879. (From my EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF TULLAMARINE file with maps showing the exact locations of the land described above, which will be supplied free if descendants private message me on FTC.)

David Smith married Letitia in 1849.
Record information
Event:marriages
Registration number2218 / 1849
Family name:MACILROY
Given name(s)Letitia
Place of event:PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MELBOURNE, Australia
Personal detail
Spouse's family name:SMITH
Spouse's given name(s)David

by itellya on 2022-09-11 04:46:12

In my TULLAMARINE WAR MEMORIAL I was able to write biographies for almost every hero but C. Smith presented a problem. I speculated that he might have been a descendant of David Smith and luckily I had found the marriage notice of David's daughter Annie Colvin (SMITHERS-SMITH.The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil (Melbourne, Vic. : 1873 - 1889) Wednesday 11 April 1883 p 71 Family Notices)

This is her birth record. Perhaps the registar/ minister was a bit deaf, and heard only the last syllable of the mother's maiden name.
SMITH Annie Birth mother: Letitia nee ROY father: David place of birth:TULLAMARIN
1859 6947/1859

by itellya on 2022-09-11 23:03:06

POSTSCRIPT. 12-9-2022.
As David Smith had not been discovered during my research for WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR (1989) and TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE AIRPORT (1998), because the earliest Bulla rate record found at the Sunbury office was after his departure from Tullamarine, I decided that assembling his story was an important part of my bicentennial pledge to acknowledge pioneers who had been largely ignored in municipal histories. My EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF TULLAMARINE (circa 2000) had revealed many purchasers of subdivision blocks from Fawkner, Riddell etc., such as David Smith, handy for family historians, but genealogical details and anecdotes would be necessary too.

Some of these details were written in another comment box under my journal but when I clicked submit, I got the dreaded OH NOES page informing me that "this page cannot be found." I clicked the back arrow, recovered the comment box and copied the contents into a word file.

DAVID AND LETITIA SMITH.
NOTICE is hereby given, that after the ex-
piration of fourteen days from the pub-
lication hereof application will be made to the
Supreme Court of the colony of Victoria in its
Probate Jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the LAST
WILL and TESTAMENT of LETITIA SMITH, late
of the corner of Lygon and Newry streets, Carlton,
deceased wife of David Smith of the same place,
may be granted to William Ross, of Simpson street,
East Melbourne, gentleman, and John Allan Smith,
of Melbourne, commercial traveller the executors
named in and appointed by the said will.
Dated this 20th day of October, 1885.
(P.8, Argus, 21-10-1885.)

CHILDREN.
John Allan Smith, the executor above, was apparently not a son of David and Letitia because no birth record was found. They did have sons, mentioned as the reason David had taken out a mortgage-to set them up for independence as they approached their majority.

A search for Smith births from 1850, year by year without supplying given names, came to a grinding halt in 1853, because results on Victorian BDM exceeded 100 AND NO RESULTS WERE SHOWN. Hence websites and a lucky guess were needed to add more of their children, Annie Colvin’s birth record having been discovered previously as a result of her marriage notice in 1883.

Born in Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia on 1856 to David Smith and Letitia Roy. Henry Smith married Louisa Norman Crocker and had 3 children. He passed away on 12 June 1934 in Murgon, Queensland, Australia.
https://www.ancestry.com.au/genealogy/records/henry-smith-24-11xjcyy
Birth record not found on Victorian BDM Online.

SMITH Letitia Birth mother: Letitia ROY. father: David. Place of birth:TULL 1863 6581/1863


SMITH, Jane Evelyn, Born 1861 in Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia, Died 1905 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
https://www.tribalpages.com/tribe/familytree?uid=hunteredward&surname=SMITH

SMITH Jane Birth mother:Letitia ROY father: David
place of birth:TULL'MARIN 1861 5867/1861

ANECDOTES FOUND BUT YET TO BE COPIED.
NON PAYMENT OF BULLA RATES.
LETITIA DRIVING AWAY CATTLE WHICH PAUL TAIT (TATE) HAD IMPOUNDED.
DAVID WAS A STONEMASON AND HAD BUILT A HOTEL IN THE CITY. HE'D MORTGAGED IT TO HIS WIFE BUT THE SHERIFF HAS SEQUESTERED IT AND SOLD IT TO JOHNSTON AND LETITIA LAUNCHED SEVERAL CASES TRYING TO ESTABLISH HER RIGHT TO COLLECT RENTS FROM TENANTS.
DAVID MIGHT HAVE OWNED OR OPERATED THE HOTHAM HOTEL IN HOTHAM.

by itellya on 2022-09-16 03:28:36

Would not submit in the journal.
1883 D WALLACE SPIERS.
SPIERS - On the 2nd October, at his mother's residence. Albert-street, Brunswick, Wallace, the dearly beloved eldest son of Martha Spiers, late of Tullamarine, aged 22.
Not gone from memory,
Not gone from love, ,
But gone to his Father's home above. (P.1, The Age, 3-10-1883.)

DEATH RECORD.
SPIERS Wallace Death
mother: Martha nee RUDDOCK father: Jas, 22, 1883, 10313/1883

No place of birth and death was supplied in the death record. His year and place of birth were recorded as 1861 and Tullamarine in his birth record (reg. no. 19689 / 1861.) His mother's maiden name was recorded as RUDDUCK.

No death record for his father, James, was found on Victorian BDM ONLINE but probate of his will was granted in 1869.
The only application made was for letters of administration in the estate of James Spiers, of Tullamarine, farmer. It was granted. (P.2, The Age, 29-10-1869.) tHE SPIERS family was probably on 101 acres, an L shaped block (rotated once clockwise) fronting the south side of Grants Lane then heading south, which was purchased for the airport c 1960 from Bill Ellis and known as Ecclesfield. Ellis had probably added a 6 acre block to the property which had consisted of 95 acres in 1881.

FARM to Let, 95 acres, well-fenced, with plenty of water. Apply Mrs. Spiers, Tullamarine. (P.4, The Age, 12-9-1881.)

by itellya on 2022-09-19 06:51:06

JOHN GRANT.
WILLS AND BEQUESTS.
John Grant, late of Seafield, Tullamarine farmer, died on 4th November, and by his will executed on 5th October, 1898, he left real estate valued at £8380, and personal at £756, in trust for the benefit of his children. (P.14, The Age, 10-12-1904.)
John was related by marriage to the McNabs and after farming at Campbellfield upon arrival, where he was one of the earliest wheat famers in the colony, he bought section 8 of the parish of Tullamarine from the crown in patnership with two McNab brothers. His share was the northern 320 acres which he called Seafield. The two McNabs shared the southern 320 acres which they called Victoria Bank and Oakbank, each of 160 acres.
John donated land for the Seafield school which operated until 1884, when this school and the school (which started as a Wesleyan school in 1855 on one acre fronting the north side of today's Cherie St) closed, both replaced by Tullamarine State School 2613 on the north corner of Bulla Rd and Conders Lane.
John also purchased what was called the Seafield River Frontage, located at about 4 F8.
John and the McNab brothers were both renowned breeders of Ayrshire dairy cattle, each family claiming to have introduced the breed to the colony.
Grants Lane, the northern boundary of Seafield from Melway 5 B6 to McNabs Rd at the bottom right corner of 4 G5, became the boundary between Bulla Shire to the north and Keilor Shire to the south.


PERCY MANSFIELD.
A SOLDIER'S DEATH.
CORPORAL P. MANSFIELD.
After an anxious and painful time during the past three weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield; of Riversdale. have at last received positive proof of the sad end of their son Corporal P. D. Mansfield. The suspense has been terrible to the bereaved ones. The first notification was a cable received from Private W. Peach, who was
informed by a private named Dobson that Mansfield had been killed. Following this, the Defence Department announced the young soldier as wounded. Not being satisfied with the contradictory messages, cables were sent. The suspense was broken on Saturday last when a packet and the following letter was received:
"France. August 29. 1916. To Mrs.Mansfield,-Dear Madam,--It is with regret that I am writing to you concerning your son's (Corporal Mansfield's) death, whom I buried after a battle charge had been made. I found the enclosed photos and mementos lying beside his body. I did not know your son, but seeing those things lying there I thought it my duty to save them and forward same to his mother.
Your son nobly died for God, King and Country. I would like to hear if ever you received these articles.-I remain, yours truly, Corporal McInnes, B Company, 19th Batt., A.IF., France." The brave fellow was killed on August 19, and Price Peach, in a letter states he visited the dug-out occupied by Mansfield and collected his belongings, which have been forwarded. Percy's 40th letter has just been received, written a few days before he was killed. He was a fine affectionate lad, and his death has been a sad blow to his sorrowing parents.
The following is his last letter, writtento his home:--"Somewhere in France,
13/8/16. I am taking the opportunity of dropping you a few lines, to let you know I am well and as happy as a lark. Well, I have spent a very quiet Sunday to-day.
I have not seen Will for a week now, he is in a fatigue party a few miles from here. . . I received a letter from Bert Johnson last night . ... I see in thepapers that men are volunteering very slowly in Australia, and by jove they are wanted.
In a letter, found in his pack in a dugout by Private Peach, written the day before he was killed, he says:-It was sad about the Alexandra lads who were killed a little time back, but it is all in war. They have made the supreme sacrifice.
There is no place like Australia and it isworth fighting for. - . . I have been in the trenches a few days now, and so far the Alexandra lads are all right. .
We were out in No Man' Land digging trenches the other night and got a hot time from Fritz. There is no opposition except his artillery, and we have advanced miles the last few weeks in spite of it.
Corporal Percy David Mansfield was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mansfield. late of Tullamarine; and grandson of Mrs. and the late Mr. David Mansfield. He was born at Oaklands Junction, and was 20 years and 10 months old at the time of his death.
In the early 1890's David Mansfield and family moved to the Seymour area, having sold their Mansfields Rd farm to a speculator.
The speculator went broke during the 1890's depression and David returned to Mansfields Rd and built a mansion called Glenalice, financed by the speculator's deposit and part payments, near the west end of the original east-west runway, for whose construction the mansion was demolished in 1966.
His son George returned in 1910 and built what became the Dalkeith homestead but after a few years sold the 200 acre property to the Baker family from the Preston area which called it Preston Park. George wanted to live nearer the city so his sons could have a good education.

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MARY ANN MOUNSEY, NEE STRANGER.
MOUNSEY.—On the 20th January, at her daughter's residence, Mrs. Seeley, Essendon, the wife of the late George Mounsey, late of Tullamarine, aged 82.(P.1, The Age, 21-1-1896.)

MOUNSEY Mary Ann, Death, mother: Mary nee UNKNOWN, father: Stranney Thos
place of death:Esdon, 82, 1896, 1654/1896

George Mounsey bought a small block situated at the north east corner of today's Trade Park Industrial Estate (top right corner of Melway 5 H11, opposite the Derby St corner.)

AGNES SPIERS.
SPIERS.—Agnes, the oldest and beloved daughter of James and Martha Spiers, late of Tullamarine, aged 25 years.(P.1, The Age, 26-2-1884.)

ELIZABETH SPIERS.
SPIERS.—On 16th June, at her mother's residence, Albert-street, East Brunswick, Elizabeth, the second beloved daughter of Mrs. Spiers, late of Tullamarine, aged 18 years. (P.1, The Age, 17-6-1882.)

SPIERS Elizabeth Death
mother: Martha nee RUDDUCK father:Jas place of death:BRSWK
18, 1882, 4508/1882

Details of where the Spiers family lived are given in the WALLACE SPIERS entry in comment 4. Wallace, Elizabeth and Agnes all died quite young. It must have been an agonising time for their mother, Martha.

Marriage of Richard Mitchell's daughter.
NICHOLAS—MITCHELL.—On the 21st December, at Wellington-street, Newmarket, by the Rev. R. Short, Matthew Francis, second son of Matthew Nicholas,Cornwall, to Mary Grace, eldest daughter of Richard Mitchell, of Kerisdale, late of Tullamarine.
(P.1, The Age, 30-12-1882.)

One of the aims of this journal was to discover pioneers whose names had not been mentioned in rate records, parish maps or by descendants of early residents. Richrd Mitchell was one such pioneer.

Richard was still at Tullamarine in 1868.
Richard Mitchell, of Tullamarine, labourer.Causes of insolvency-Illness in family and
want of employment. Liabilities, £36 :assets, £42; surplus, £6. Mr. Shaw, official
assignee.(P.5, Argus, 24-2-1868.)

Mary Grace was living in Market, St near the Newmarket saleyards in 1907 when she celebrated the 25th anniversary of her marriage.

NICHOLAS—MITCHELL.—On the 28th December, 1882, by Rev. Short, at Wellington-street, Flemington. Matthew Francis Nicholas, to M. G. Mitchell, of Tullamarine. Present address, Market-street, Kensington. (P.1, The Age, 30-12-1907.)

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