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SOME FARMS IN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS, VIC., AUST. and Broadmeadows Township pioneers.

Journal by itellya

See my journal THE DUNDONALD ESTATE NEAR BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP whose farms will not be discussed here. My aim in this journal is to specify the location of each farm (Melway and crown allotment details) and to present a chronology of each using advertisements and articles from trove.

As I must concentrate on my Bulla Dictionary History,items will be added here only as I stumble across them. Farms will be dealt with in alphabetical rather than geographical order so I will list the names geographically so the location of farms in relation to neighbouring farms can be seen. (*=Dundonald Estate.)

EAST. JUNCTION HOTEL/GREEN'S CORNER, Broombank, LADY OF THE LAKE HOTEL, (Hamilton Terrace, Sunnyside, Fairview, Glendewar (shire of Bulla)- see the Camiestown Estate journal.)
WEST-Shire of Keilor to Grants Lane,then shire of Bulla.

WEST. Junction Estate, Strathconan,Spring Burn,Chandos Park, CREEK, Kia Ora* (fronting Ardlie St), Dundonald* SWAIN ST, Machell's subdivision, SOMERTON RD, Greenan, Kentucky?
EAST. Viewpoint,Stewarton/Gladstone, TOWNSHIP, Willowbank* (fronting Ardlie St),Springbank*, Bob Jefferies',
Dunvegan,SOMERTON RD, Springfield south and north (Brocklands), Dunhelen.

Pipeline north of Elizabeth St,Westmeadows.-Wattle Glen* (Grove?),Annette Farm* and Glen Allan east to Pascoe Vale Rd.

NORTH. Sherwood, H.Q. of Oaklands Hunt Club, (shire of Bulla), Ballater Park,Greenvale,Greenan,MICKLEHAM RD, Springfield,Glenarthur, Waltham etc, Stony Fields/Roxburgh Park, Somerton settlement.
SOUTH. Woodlands (shire of Bulla),Timber Reserve,SECTION RD., Machell's subdivision,MICKLEHAM RD., Dunvegan,Fairview,Brook Hill..,PASCOE VALE RD,..JOHN WATT'S Oakfield Farm.

Hoctor's ROCKLAW- location to be determined.

By googling TOWNSHIP OF BROADMEADOWS, several maps of the township can be found. The township was on what was probably the most popular early roads to Sydney because the direct route was too boggy between Campbellfield and Somerton. Having reached the Broadmeadows Hotel, travellers would climb the Ardlie St hill to where it joins Mickleham Rd today. Past Donnybrook Lane,the latter road is still called Old Sydney Road.The township was very busy during the rush to the McIvor diggings near Heathcote.Eventually the township (and the hill climb) was bypassed when the road past the Young Queen Inn (Pascoe Vale Rd) was made to link with the new road at Somerton.

There was no bridge in the township so a meeting was held at George and Angus Cameron's Ruthven (Melaway 6 K6) in October 1851 to obtain one. P. 35 BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY. 'A more desirable object could not be entered upon,since the inhabitants of [the Tullamarine side of the creek]are obliged to go a distance of nine miles to the Campbellfield mills*,Pentridge &c.;but by such a bridge as is projected,the route will only be three miles.' (*Barber and Lowe's mill at Melway 7 J10,recently the pipeworks market.)

I had always assumed that the bridge would have been at the bottom of Fawkner St,where the historic stone bridge still stands. The 1854 timber bridge actually connected the two parts of Ardlie St and ran south to north across the creek from Tylden Place. The map bears out the evidence given by one of the participants in the 1857 feud between the two policemen that Peter Mitchell was one of the biggest landowners in the town. Many of the original purchasers such as E.DeCarle and William Dixon Scurfield were speculators. De Carle,a Coburg resident if I remember Richard Broome's BETWEEN TWO CREEKS correctly,and Scurfield both bought land at Dromana,the latter building the first hotel there in 1857;it was run by Richard Watkin who established the Dromana Hotel in 1862. The map shows blocks purchased by some of the pioneers mentioned below.

Many township street names honour pioneer farmers in the area such as Niel Black, grantee of the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park, Ardlie (subject of one of my journals, mis-spelt on the map), grantee of part of Edmond Dunn's Viewpoint so ill-used by the Melbourne Hunt in 1869 (my recent journal)and EyreEvans Kenny of Camp Hill (now Gowanbrae.)

ANDERSON -On the 25th July at her residence, Broadmeadows, Johannna Agnes, the dearly beloved wife of John Anderson, baker, aged 41 years.(P.1,Argus,27-7-1908.)

MILLAR?ANDERSON.?On the 24th April, at Broadmeadows Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. D. A. Mackenzie, Alexander W., only son of Mrs. Millar and the late Mr. Robert Millar, of Ballater Park, Greenvale, to Mary, second
daughter of Mr. John Anderson and the late Mrs.Anderson, of Bridge Bakery, Broadmeadows. (P.13,Argus,5-6-1920.)

John Anderson was born at Keilor in 1862 of Scottish parents. (P.S.2014. It is possible that he was the son of William Anderson, an early Keilor blacksmith killed at the toll gate near the Keilor bridge, and brother of James Anderson, a farmer and racehorse owner of Keilor Shire, who is discussed in some detail in my journal 1888 GEOGRAPHY WITH THE MELBOURNE HUNT.However, as John's parents were from Inverness and James had been born in Fifeshire,it would seem to be a remote possibility.)

Taught the baking art by Mr O'Mara* of Coburg,he went into baking on his own account (P.S.sometime after the 1880 assessment)in a rented bakery at Broadmeadows (township.)He was married about two years ago to Miss O'Meara* of Heathcote and had one child. (Victoria and its Metropolis,1888.)
(*Both surnames could be the same. Perhaps his tutor moved from Coburg to Heathcote.)

See the BETHELL entry in my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA about the three Bethell brothers, William of Bulla, and John and Edmond (who died young)of Broadmeadows Township. Andrew Lemon gives considerable detail about John in his history.

Moonee Ponds certainly did not mean the present suburb and was a reference to proximity to the Moonee Moonee chain of Ponds, which I would take to mean "Dunhelen". Mrs Brodie was probably sick and tired of having ewes as her only female companions!
MRS. BRODIE, late at Moonee Ponds, begs to inform the Settlers and others, thatshe has opened a Store at Broadmeadows with a complete Stock of Grocery, Drapery, Ironmongery and general Stores, all of which she intends offering at Melbourne prices.(P.1, Argus,8-11-1851.)
It is of interest that two Brodie lads were working as ploughmen for Maconochie on "Stewarton" (immediately south of the township) at about this time and Richard Brodie of Emu Creek (Katesville or Helenville) seemed to be selling at least one 20 acre farm on Dunhelen. The Broadmeadows Hotel and two stores had been advertised for sale in December, 1858, possibly by John Bethell who was visiting England.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 17 June 1859 p 4 Family Notices
...nst., at his residence, Victoria Hotel, Broadmeadows, Mr. John Bryan, aged 55 years.
The Victoria Hotel, just a bit further up Ardlie St from the Broadmeadows Hotel, separated from it by George Couser's store/post office, was then run by Jane Bryan and burnt down in 1879.

John Bryan's unsuccessful application for a licence for a (licensed)house shows that wattle bark stripping may have provided an early income for township residents. Tanners from Flemington bridge must have been regularly in the township given John's choice of name.
Abraham Bateman applied for a license for a house at Flemington, to be called the Bridge Inn. The application was refused. Wllliam Brewer, for a house at Prahran, to be called the Prahran Inn. Granted.
John Bryam (sic), for a house at Broadmeadows, to be called the Tanners' Home. Refused.(P.5,Argus, 7-9-1853.)

On page 5 of BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon stated that (in 1857)one of the squabbling policemen had sold a horse to Mr Cain,another of the butchers of Broadmeadows (Township.) Andrew wrote his history to make a living; I write mine to help family historians!

An election notice of 1856 lists the supporters of Robert Bennett for the seat of East Bourke. In the division of Pentridge,William Cain is listed along with such as Enoch Reynolds, Thomas Chadwick, Alexander Gibb (Meadowbank), Peter Mitchell, Samuel House (sic,Howse), and William Chapman (Rev.?)who lived in or near the township.

This is confirmation.
STRAYED into my Paddock, on 24th Ootober, One Black HORSE, branded GW near shoulder, lame on the fore foot. The owner can have him by paying expenses. William Cain. Broadmeadows, 10 Nov.,1857. (P.8, Argus,14-11-1857.)

FARM, on Glenroy Estate, Broadmeadows, to be LET, for 3 years from 1st April next. The farm, which is at present under lease to Mr. William Cain, consists of 564 acres (more or less), partly under cultivation.
(P.8,Argus, 26-2-1859.)

CARGILL-On the 20th July, at Broadmeadows Mary, relict of the late David Cargill, and loving mother of Robert, Lizzie (Mrs Corrigan), John (deceased), and Jean (Mrs. Killingsworth,deceased), aged 92 years (Private interment.) (P.13, Argus, 23-7-1927.)
Cargill and Butler were the town's first butchers and raised much complaint when the creek they did taint. Bob Cargill's son was accidentally killed by young Graco whose family moved to the present Brimbank Park. The Cargills were buried at Bulla. The Corrigans were in the area by 1868.

William Chadwick was an early licencee of the Broadmeadows Hotel in Broadmeadows Township and after some years
took over Peter Pitches' hotel at Essendon and ran it for some time as the FARMERS' ARMS HOTEL. This hotel still stands at the south west corner of Mount Alexander Rd and Buckley St in Essendon, just north of Pitches St. To find the following obituary, I did a search for "william chadwick, benalla, obituary", a strategy that would not have occurred to me if I had not written a history of Ardmillan Road, Moonee Ponds, and met former Essendon Mayor, Dorothy Fullarton, who offered a loan of two histories of the Benalla area which gave much information about the Chadwick family. There was even a photo of the family at the Broadmeadows army camp during W.W.1.

Another old resident, in the person of Mrs Amelia, relict of the late William Chadwick, who for many years owned and conducted the Farmers' Arms Hotel, has just made her exit from the stage of life, her death taking place on Friday evening last.The cause of death was paralysis, from which the deceased, who resided with her niece (Mrs Murray), had suffered for some time past.

The late Mrs Chadwick, who had attained the age of 76 years, was a native of Suffolkshire, England. She arrived in Victoria in 1852 and in the following year became the wife of her late husband, who died about 6 years ago, at Broadmeadows. After a short career in the butchering business, the newly married couple went into hotel keeping in the same locality and then removed to Essendon, where they conducted the Royal Mail Hotel(probably Peter Pitches' name for the hotel) till 1877. In that year they bought the Farmers' Arms Hotel (built it according to the history), Benalla, which they ran during the greater part of their life afterwards, winning the goodwill and esteem of all who had occasion to have business, or social intercourse with them. Six years ago they retired from business altogether.

The late Mrs Chadwick was the mother of a family of three, two of whom survive her - viz., Messrs Martin
Chadwick, one of the most prosperous and largest hearted landholders of Lake Rowan, and W. Chadwick, another esteemed and well-to-do man, who resides at St. James. The deceased lady herself was one of the most generous and popular women who ever resided in our midst - a most magnificent type of that open - hearted Englishwoman
we used to meet in the days of boyhood- one of those woman, indeed, whose humanity and humility shone lustrously throughout her life, who knew no such thing as sect or creed where the cause of Charity was concerned, and whose practical sympathy was the admiration of all who were acquainted with it. Without exaggeration it might he said that a more estimable or a more esteemed, woman has never, perhaps, resided in our midst, a fact which was simply borne out by the large number of people, old inhabitants, in particular, who followed her remains to the grave. The obsequies at the interment were presided over by the Rev. A. C.M'Connan, of the Presbyterian Church, Mr.T. Hanlon carrying out the funeral arrangements.
(P. 3, The North Eastern Ensign,7-8-1908.)

It's hardly worthwhile for any Couser descendants to borrow BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY so I'll give Andrew Lemon's words verbatim. P.63.(1857-1882) "and George Couser had long since replaced Peter Mitchell as the general storekeeper." P.114-5.(1907-1916.) "Broaddmeadows town seemed to take its pace from old George Couser who continued to run his post office store in its little wooden building next to the Broadmeadows Hotel, as he had done since the late* 1860's. He was 83 when he died,still postmaster,in January 1912."
*As shown below,George was living in the township in 1865 or probably a year earlier, as he'd have to earn a reputation before being appointed as a registrar. George also served as a registrar of births and deaths, and auditor for the shire of Broadmeadows.

I Hereby notify that GENERAL LISTS for the Broadmeadows Division of East Bourke District and South Province are PRINTED, and ready for INSPECTION at my office up to the 18th October,1865. Geo. Couser, Electoral Registrar, Broadmeadows.

A man named George Mansfield has been arrested by the detective police on the charge of stealing a quantity of wearing-apparel, to the value of about ?12, from Mr. George Couser, of Broadmeadows, on the 7th inst.He was lodged in the lock-up, and will be brought before the City Court to-day. (P.4,Argus,10-2-1868.)

COUSER.?On the 28th February, at Melbourne Hospital, Mary Jane, beloved wife of George Couser, Broadmeadows, aged 69 years, 11 months. (P.9, Argus, 2-3-1910.)

COUSER. ?On the 29th January, at his residence,Broadmeadows, George Couser (postmaster), aged 83 years.
At rest. (P.1, Argus,30-1-1912.)

On a Will Will Rook cemetery website, George Couser's surname is wrongly given as Cowser. This website was not compiled by the Friends of W.W.R. Cemetery.

WRIGHT-COUSER. -[Silver Wedding.] - On the 21st October, 1896, at "Bay View," Tullamarine, by the Rev. Henry Robinson, Edgar Allan, fifth son of the late Wallis and Mary Wright, to Lucy Ellen, daughter of the late George and Mary Couser. (Present address "Lealholme," Broadmeadows.)(P.1, Argus, 21-10-1921.)

Well I'll be! Edgar (Ted) Wright was Broadmeadows Township's wheelwright,operating on the east corner of Black St (now Coopers Hill Drive.) He had been apprenticed to his older brother,Fred,a blacksmith at Tullamarine (at the bottom left corner of 5 E7) before establishing his own business in John Kingshott's former blacksmith premises. The Parr, Wright and Nash families were stalwarts of the Tullamarine Methodist Church,the last two owning adjoining properties (Sunnyside and Fairview which are the subject of this archeological survey:
[PDF]rchaeology t TARDIS - Hume City Council). Charles Nash also owned Bay View, nearer to Tullamarine Junction, which would have been handier for the guests from the township. This farm was much of today's Trade Park Industrial Estate. It is probable that George Couser was not a Methodist, otherwise they would have been married in the Tullamarine Methodist Church,on a block between the present Trade Park Drive and Post Office Lane (the northern boundary of Trade Park) which Charles Nash had sold to the church for a trifle.

This makes George Couser part of my family tree!
WRIGHT?COCK. ?On the 11th June, 1913, at Christ Church Essendon by the Rev Whitton, Thomas Henry, son of the late Wallis and Mary Wright late of Tullamarine to Catherine Eliza daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Cock late of Gladstone Broadmeadows (Present address, View Point Tullamarine.) (P.8, Argus, 11-6-1930.)

DARMODY.The Darmody family lived in the Broadmeadows district rather than the township but as I won't be starting a BROADMEADOWS DICTIONARY HISTORY until I finish the BULLA one (a few years!)I'd better give them a mention here. They were resident in the area by the 1860's and until at least the 1950's. See ROCKLAW.

DRAIN.-The Friends of the late Mrs. ELIZA DRAIN are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, in the Campbellfield* Cemetery.The funeral will leave her late residence, Broadmeadows, THIS DAY (Saturday, 31st inst.), at 3 o'clock p.m. (P.13, Argus,31-10-1908.) *Probably Will Will Rook Cemetery.

DUNCAN (nee Drain).-On the 4th August, 1930, Ann, the dearly beloved wife of Robert Duncan,of Kalgoorlie. W.A., and loving daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Drain, of Broadmeadows,and loved sister of John (deceased), Mary Jane(Mrs. T. Jackson), Lizzie (Mr.T. Halstead, deceased), Maggie (Mrs R.F.Anderson), Maria(Mrs. J. Thorne, deceased). Matilda (deceased),Bella (Mrs J. Jones), and Alice (Mrs. W. H.Cock). -Resting. (W.A. papers please copy.) (P.13, Argus,16-9-1930.)

I can hear you thinking, "Hardly pioneers!" On the above evidence from Trove alone,that would seem a reasonable comment. A quarter of a century ago,I spent so much time at the Broadmeadows Town Hall transcribing rates that some of the council staff actually thought I worked there. And one of the memories that remains after all this time is how much land the Drains owned in the township. I presume that much of it would have been at the eastern end of the township where there were 2 and 4 acre blocks. In those days, a reasonable house on a quarter acre block would have a nett annual value of 5 pounds. Broadmeadows Township had become a sleepy hollow and land values had dropped so much that many house blocks would probably have a nett annual value of only about two pounds.

Here's a question. How do you make three hours of transcription go down the DRAIN in a fraction of a second?
Easy. Highlight it to copy it and instead of right clicking to copy, clicking backspace.
Members of the Drain family, resident in Broadmeadows Township by 1863, were buried at the Will Will Rook cemetery from 1867. The Andersons lived across today's Melrose Drive from the Springbank St corner, Robert Foster Anderson (born of Irish parents at Fitzroy in 1859 and moving to Tullamarine when he was 5) having a 52 acre farm in 1888. This later became 41 acres and was farmed by Alf Hownslow who called it "Sinleigh", Robert, and Maggie Drain of Broadmeadows whom he'd married in 1881, having moved by 1920 to Glenarthur (which is now covered by the western half of the Greenvale reservoir.) They must have moved further north towards Craigieburn later.

John and Bertram Anderson,brothers who took over Alf Hounslow's 41 acre farm at Tullamarine in about 1940 might have been Robert and Maggie's sons. If any descendants would like the lost information,private message me.By the way,we are related because William Henry Cock who married Alice Sarah Drain in 1910 was my grandfather!

ANDERSON. ?On the 23rd September 1934 at private hospital, Margaret, beloved wife of Robert Foster Anderson (late of Craigieburn)and dearly loved mother of Arthur, Florence (Mrs. F. D. Ewert) Annabella (Mrs. W. D.
Mann), William, Hector, Margaret ( Mrs D S Aitken) and Thomas aged 71 years. (P.1, Argus,24-9-1934.)

ANDERSON -On the 6th May at his daughter's residence 17 Kent street Flemington,Robert Foster Anderson, relict oi the late Margaret and loving father of Arthur, Florence(Mrs F E Ewert) Annabella (Mrs W D Mann) William (deceased) Hector, Margaret(Mrs D S Aitken) and Thomas, aged 80 years -At rest (P.8,Argus,8-5-1939.)

AITKEN. ?On September 15, at private hospital,Margaret Maria, youngest daughter of the late Robert Foster and Margaret Anderson (late of Craigieburn), dearly loved sister of Arthur, Florence(Mrs. Ewert), Annabelle (Mrs. Mann), William (deceased), Hector, and Thomas. ?Dearly loved and deeply mourned.(P.4,Argus,16-9-1940.)

While trying to pinpoint the location of "Rocklaw" with a DARMODY,BROADMEADOWS search on trove,I came across evidence that the Drain family was in (or near) the township by 1868. One of the family gave evidence in the Edmund Dunn v Samuel Waldock case re damage to sheep and crops on Dunn's Viewpoint.

Joseph Draine, examined by Mr.HIGGINBOTHAM.-I am a contractor, and have land at Broadmeadows. I know Mr. Dunn's land. On Saturday, the 15th August, I was standing at my own place at Broadmeadows. I saw the horsemen galloping down the hill towards the creek. I went to the top of the hill to see the sport. I saw the hounds go amongst the sheep, which were running in all directions. I did not see any of the sheep worried by the hounds, but a number of them were driven down to the creek. (P.6, Argus,5-11-1868.)

Mr James Drain of 24 Vanberg road, Essendon who died last week was a colonist of 72 years. Born in 1848 in the
County of Monaghan, North Ireland he arrived In Melbourne in 1862. He worked for his brother, a contractor at Broadmeadows for a time. Then he went into the service of the late C. B. Fisher on his Cumberland Estate. Later he was promoted to the management and assisted Mr Fisher in breeding Shorthorn cattle there and at the Maribyrnong Estate. Afterward he entered the service of the Essendon City Council in which he remained until he retired from active work. Mr Drain had been a member of Court Broadmeadows A.O.F. for 64 years and he went through the principal offices. He also belonged to the Masonic order.His wife survives him with four sons and
one daughter. (P.8,Argus, 4-4-1934.)

Members of the Gage family buried at the Will Will Rook cemetery and date of burial:
ANN STEWART, 18-5-1867; ELIZABETH, 21-8-1889; GOUGH, 6-10-1870; JANE, 14-11-1914; RICHARD,28-12-1895;
RICHARD, 9-11-1915; RICHARD,3-3-1937.

G.Charles Nash,who came to Victoria in 1849 and established his farm "Fairview", the so called VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD*, married Mary Gage in 1854 so it can be presumed that the Gage family was living in Broadmeadows Township by that time. Mary carried on the dairying and hay growing on Fairview, and Bayview (see COUSER above) after the death of Charles at 58 on 19-8-1884, and died at the age of 83 on 21-2-1919.
(*Google VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD to get the ON MY DOORSTEP article and add TARDIS to get the archeological assessment.)

It is possible that the longtime Gage residence in the township was on lots 4 and 5 of section 24,on which Hugh Gage was assessed in 1920, a half acre fronting Grundy St at its junction with Bent St. Harry Heaps who arrived in Tullamarine in 1923 as a 14 year old and lived on Wallis Wright's old Sunnyside between Fairview and Wright St,told me that Dicky Gage was renowned throughout the district as a haystack builder and didn't mind a drink or six.

Hugh Gage was one of four township residents given work in the 1892 depression by Broady Shire.(BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)

Of horse-hayrakes there are 16 entries. In this branch, Messrs. Madders, Geo. Grant, James Grant, G. Munsie, and G. Alston are the exhibitors of colonial, and Messrs. T. Robinson and Co., and Mr. Gilmore, of Broadmeadows, of imported, manufactures....Except in the matter of cheese-presses the entries are not numerous, Mr. Gilmore, of Broadmeadows, exhibits the only colonial cheese-press in the show, but the almost entire absence of any such thing at former exhibitions makes them a valuable feature of the present exhibition.
(Port Phillip Farmers' Society Great Exhibition. P.5,Argus,3-10-1860.)

MARRIAGE. LAWRIE-GILMORE. ? On the 22nd ult., at Broadmeadows, by the Rev. D. Chapman, James Lawrie to Agnes, only daughter of Mr Wm. Gilmore,of Broadmeadows. ( The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic. : 1864 - 1867) Thursday 27 December 1866 p 16.)

DR. HARRIS begs to inform the inhabitants of Broadmeadows, and the surrounding districts, that he has commenced
practice as Surgeon and Accoucheur in the above Township. (P.7,Argus,18-1-1853.)

NOTICE.-BROADMEADOWS.-To Capitalists or Gentlemen seeking a Snug Proporty.-HENRY HILL, Esq.. of Broadmeadows, having made up his mind to revisit Scotland, Is disposed to SELL his property in the above township. It consists of a comfortable well finished Cottage, with one acre of garden-ground, stable, &c, within forty yards of the English Church* ; and Two Acres** of rich Land, Well fenced, now under crop, adjoining the National
School, in tho main street (Raleigh-street), and would, if cut up into building lots, be Invaluable. The whole is at present in the occupation of James Weston, Esq., M.D., at a rental of one hundred and four pounds per
annum. Nothing can exceed the beauty of this township for a suburban residence, it being only ten miles
from Melbourne and conveyances ply daily to and from.
For particulars apply to HENRY HILL, Esq., on the premises, at Broadmeadows. Title perfect, a Grant direct from the Crown. There is abundance of water the year round and in tho driest seasons. (P.8, Argus, 28-9-1857.)
* Lots 1 and 2,section 10,fronting the south side of Raleigh St from Pascoe St to Riddell St.
** Lots 7, 8, 9,10,section 13 fronting the north side of Raleigh St from Riddell St to Shadforth St, adjoining the National School reserve four chains (80 metres) from Raleigh St.

Johnny Cash sang a song about a boy named Sue because the name would make him tough. Jan Brian Kingshott from Exeter in Devon gets the same taunts but they weren't intended. Jan is actually a version of John in the local dialect,and following his father into the police force, Jan seems tough enough anyway. Jan is responsible for the website:
Gordon Victor Kingshott - Kingshott Genealogy‎
Gordon was the son of John & Elizabeth Kingshott of Broadmeadows, near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was the great grandson of John Kingshott of ...

John Kingshott of Broadmeadows was the fourth child of a machine breaker. This was a common offence during the industrial revolution,especially in relation to production of textiles because spinning and weaving were occupations carried out in workers' cottages and factories were destroying their livelihood. James Ford,who pioneered and named Portsea on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula was transported for the same offence. Jan provided the information below. Gordon Victor Kingshott was the great grandson of the machine breaker and grandson of John Kingshott and Elizabeth, and was born in 1889. His service record is provided by Jan.

Family Group Sheet for John Kingshott
Husband: John Kingshott
John Kingshott
Birth: Bef. 01 Jan 1792 in Greatham, Hampshire, England
Death: 08 May 1866 in O'Briens Ridge, Glenorchy, Tasmania, Australia
Lydia Morford
Francis Kingshott
Wife: Mary
Birth: 1802 in England
Death: 27 Feb 1839 in Tasmania, Australia
Burial: 01 Mar 1839 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

1 Name:
M Gender:
William Kingshott
Birth: Bef. 26 Mar 1820 in Greatham, Hampshire, England
Death: 08 Sep 1876 in O'Briens Bridge, Glenorchy, Tasmania, Australia
Burial: St Pauls Church, Montrose, Tasmania, Australia
Marriage: 17 Aug 1841 in St Johns Church, New Town, Tasmania, Australia
Spouses: Eliza Peardon (b: 1825)

2 Name:
F Gender:
Mary Ann Kingshott
Birth: Bef. 23 Feb 1823 in Greatham, Hampshire, England
Death: 28 Nov 1871 in Grass Tree Hill, Tasmania, Australia
Burial: 01 Dec 1871 in St. George of Ease Chapel, Lachlan Village, Tasmania,
Marriage: 19 Jun 1840 in St Matthews Church, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
Spouses: William Sargent (b: Abt. 1811)

3 Name:
F Gender:
Hannah Kingshott
Birth: Bef. 23 Jan 1825 in Greatham, Hampshire, England
Death: 08 Feb 1878 in Dry Creek, New Norfolk, Tasmania, England
Burial: 11 Feb 1878 in Macquarie Plains, New Norfolk, Tasmania, England
Marriage: 10 Jun 1840 in St Matthew's Church, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
Spouses: James Coleman (b: Abt. 1807)

4 Name:
M Gender:
John Kingshott
Birth: Bef. 18 Mar 1827 in Greatham, Hampshire, England
Death: 09 Sep 1901 in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Marriage: 1849 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Caroline Clark (b: Abt. 1821)
Emma Jane Puzey (b: 1841)


5 Name:
M Gender:
James Kingshott
Birth: Abt. Jul 1829 in Greatham, Hampshire, England
Page 1 of 2 10 July 2009 21:07:08Family Group Sheet for John Kingshott
Burial: 21 Oct 1829 in Greatham, Hampshire, England

6 Name:
M Gender:
Francis Kingshott
Birth: Bef. 16 Jan 1831 in Greatham, Hampshire, England
Death: 07 Feb 1900 in The Lachlan, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
Burial: 10 Feb 1900 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
Marriage: 21 Oct 1855 in Weslyan Chapel, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
Spouses: Mary Ann Morgan (b: 06 Aug 1834)

7 Name:
F Gender:
Ellen Kingshott
Birth: 21 Jan 1837 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
Marriage: 23 Dec 1851 in Weslyan Chapel, Melville Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Spouses: Thomas Close (b: 1827)

Jan is looking for information about the Australian branch of the Kingshotts. Let's try the Will Will Rook Cemetery.

Jan may be unaware of trove, a website of digitised newspapers and other items such as photos,produced by the National Library of Australia. I have already seen references to the Tasmanian Kingshotts, but I will confine myself to the Broadmeadows family. There was a Kingshott who served as Mayor of Brunswick (between Broady and Melbourne) in the 1930's and a champion golfer of the 1950's who lived in Frankston (well south of Melbourne),as well as an athlete named Jack Kingshott who won at the St. Patrick's Day sports at Dandenong, but I will not deal with them until a link with the Broadmeadows family is found. They could have been descendants of the machine breaker though. I met and spoke with descendants of the Kingshotts at the (125th?) anniversary of the Broadmeadows State School (now Westmeadows Primary School) circa 1990. When I did a White pages search for "Kingshott,Westmeadows" there were nine results but none in or near Westmeadows.

John Kingshott bought blocks in Broadmeadows Township in 1856.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 26 November 1856 p 6 Article
... 8. Two roods Peter Mitchell, ?6 the lot. Lot 9. Two roods, John Kingshott, ?10 ,the lot. Lot 10. ... 17. One rood twenty-eight perches, John Kingshott, ?12 10s. the lot. Lot l8. Two roods eight porches, John Kingshott, ?11 the lot.

The Broadmeadows Township map can be obtained online by googling "Broadmeadows, county of Bourke". It is fairly certain that the above sales were in section 24 where Jack Hoctor told me the Kingshotts owned land.Grundy St had not yet been declared. It is likely that John Kingshott also later purchased Enoch Reynold's grant across Fawkner St which seems to be about where the Westmeadows garage now stands. This had been a Kingshott property on which Ted Wright had his wheelwright business on the corner of Black St (now Coopers Hill Drive) nearer the creek.

The following advertisement is of Peter Mitchell grant,on the east corner of Bent and Fawkner St which had only just under a third of the frontage to Grundy St, the rest belonging to crown allotments 2, 3 and 8,granted to John Kingshott. The owner is not named but Mitchell had probably sold crown allotment 1 in about 1859. Jack Hoctor's statement that Ted Wright's wheelwright premises across Fawkner St on the Westmeadows garage site had previously occupied by a Kingsott is confirmed.

ASHWORTH and Co (H.Tope auctioneer) will SELL at AUCTION as above W.B. store and dwelling with kitchen,
stabling, tank &c, land 2 acres 5 perches; rent 6/6 per week.
The property is nearly opposite Mr Kingshott's, wheelwright. Title under the Real Property Act.
Ashworth and Co, 325 Collins street. Telephone 505. (P.2, Argus,15-6-1901.)

It was either Jack Hoctor or Harry Heaps who told me about George Kingshott and the white horse.George Kingshott had a smithy on section 24,(on the Kingshott grants), across Fawkner St from Ted Wright's wheelwright business. A customer arrived late in the day to have his horse shod. As it was nearly dark,George promised to start the job early in the morning. The horse was left with him and George kept his word but the customer might not have been too happy with the paint job. Some of the township lads had used whitewash to create a white horse!

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 10 April 1908 p 5 Article.

Jan (old Devon word for John)Kingshott has been sent the I-L volume of my DHOTAMA. When Aussie Kingshotts supply him with some wanted info,I'm sure you could ask him to attach the file to a return email. Or you could private message me your email address. The information below from the file has to be transcribed so it is very brief.

John Kingshott was an original member of the school committee of Broadmeadows State School No.982. (Westmeadows Primary School Centenary booklet.)

KINGSHOTT,John,Broadmeadows,is a native of Hampshire, England, who came to Tasmania with his parents in 1835,being then but eight years of age. In 1846 they removed to Victoria, landing at Geelong, and the father being a blacksmith,the son learned the trade,at which he worked as journeyman in Melbourne for three years and then started on his own account in Gippsland and carried on there for five years. After a year at the Forest Creek (Castlemaine) diggings,he returned to Melbourne,and after being there for a short time,resumed his trade at Broadmeadows,where he has carried on now for about thirty four years,owning the premises and also other property in the township. He was married in 1849 and has a family of five sons,three of whom are associated with him in the business, and two daughters,and has twelve grandchildren.
(Victoria and Its Metropolis: Past and Present, 1888,A. Sutherland.)

Other information in the file includes rate records, a map and references to the Kingshotts in BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY. If you do get a copy of the file,be aware that the locations of A and B on the page 84 map,probably done at 5 a.m.,are wrong; they should be either side of Fawkner St, not Turner St. This error cannot be fixed on the file.

George Langhorne ran the first mission for the aborigines in Melbourne on the site of the Botanical Gardens. If I remember correctly, the Wurundjeri lad, Tullamarine's, first conviction resulted from his theft of some potatoes from the mission's garden. George, like Protector Thomas,took a real interest in the aboriginal vocabulary and made a bit of a boo boo,according to a story seen in several histories. Seeing 100 fence posts that had no apparent owner,George probably used them to enclose the garden to stop wandering stock from doing a "Tullamarine". However the posts belonged to surveyor Robert Hoddle,who made a deal with George, deciding to accept 100 aboriginal names instead of demanding the return of the posts. Most parishes in the north west of Melbourne and many town names were probably supplied by George. Tullamarine, Jika Jika, Will Will Rook, Yuroke, Doutta Galla, Maribyrnong and Bulla Bulla were probably some of the words on George's list used to name parishes near Broadmeadows,those in bold type probably having something to do with frogs (as with Tootgarook.)

George was probably something like a lay-reader and took the first Presbyterian services for residents in Broadmeadows Township and the Bulla area,the latter at Peter Young's Nairn (see my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA.) Peter was raising money for Free Presbyterian churches at both places when Rev. Chapman, from a different schism of the fractured denomination, arrived and opposed his plans as detailed in BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY and the YOUNG entry in my dictionary history.

George was actually a Broadmeadows Road Board ratepayer but I cannot give details as I no longer have my rate transcriptions.

(Locations of the various crown allotments mentioned are given in brackets.)
Important Sale of Valuable Freehold Properties, Household Furniture,Horses, Cows, Carts, &c.
At Broadmeadows, Fronting the Main Road.
To Speculators, Capitalists, Small Farmers, and Others.
SYMONS and PERRY have received instructions from Mr. Peter Mitchell to SELL by AUCTION, on the ground, on Thursday, February 10, at 11 o'clock, The following freehold properties :

Lot1. Government allotment 1 of section 24, upon which is erected large store and dwelling house, bakehouse, detached kitchen, and stable.
(Triangular block fronting half of east side of Bent St and about 50 metres of Fawkner St.)

Lot 2. Government allotment 7 of section 23, upon which is erected hay and corn store.
(Across Fawkner St from Bent St running to Turner St. Peter was also granted crown allotments 1,4, 5, 6 and 8 of section 23.)

Lot 8. Government allotment 8, of section 5, upon which are erected three dwelling houses, one containing four rooms, and two of two rooms each, with stabling attached.
(Section 5 was bounded by Broad St, Raleigh St and Wills St with crown allotment 8 being a square block at its south end near the creek,probably 40x 40 metres. There were probably two blocks fronting Wills St with the third block occupying the un-named Black St on the western side of the allotment.)

Lot 4. Government allotments 36 and 37, containing together 4 acres 1 rood and 2 perches, and upon which is erected a two-roomed dwelling house, the whole fenced In and under cultivation.
(Four acres 1 rood and 11 perches fronting the south side of Johnstone St, the west side of Lyons St and the Moonee Ponds Creek. Nine perches was used to reduce the steepness of the climb up the Johnstone St hill, i.e. 808 links x 1 chain deviation. The present Johnstone St corner in Melway 6 C8 roughly indicates the western extent of lot 36; Johnstone St seems to have followed the southern section of today's Westfield Boulevard -the deviation referred to-and crossed the Yuroke Creek at about the location of the footbridge in 6 D7.)

Let 6. Government allotments 1, 2, and 6 of section 23. (See lot 2. Crown allotment 6 was on the uphill side of crown allotment 7. C/A 1 fronted Forman St from Fawkner St to Turner St and was granted to Peter; c/a 2, adjoining it to the north was granted to John Johnstone,whose surname I believe was Johnson, as in the Glendewar/Cumberland/ Spring Park, in Keilor Rd, family.)

The whole are in the township of Broadmeadows, in the very best situation, fronting the main road.
Immediately after the sale of the above, The whole of the household furniture and effects,horses, cows, dogcart, gig, two spring carts, harness, &c.
Observe.-On the ground, Thursday, February 10, at 11 o'clock. (P.2, Argus, 10-2-1859.)

MORRIS James p.27, 30 teacher

I'm fairly sure that a member of this family is one of those listed on the Township's war memorial which used to be near the Will Will Rook end of the bridge until it became a traffic hazard and Walter V.(Major)Murphy moved it to the old windmill site. Amazingly there is only one result on trove for MULDOWNIE, BROADMEADOWS.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 4 October 1888 p 1 Family Notices
... MULDOWNIE. -On the 3rd inst., at his residence, Broadmeadows, after a long and painful illness, Michael Muldownie, aged 56 years.

There should be a result for "James Muldownie, Bulla, Broadmeadows" but there isn't! Yet a "Bulla, Broadmeadows" search had uncovered this.

Bulla-Broadmeadows Mail Contractor.
The residents of the Bulla, Oaklands and Tullamarine districts will have cause to regret the termination, at the end of this month, of Mr. James Muldowney's contract with the Postal authorities for the conveyance of His Majesty's mails to and from Bulla, and Broadmeadows. Mr. Muldowney has, at all times during his contract, been
very regular in his running, which was very pleasing to the residents of the districts above mentioned, also he has been most obliging and courteous at all times, responding willingly to the smallest request, for which all his friends desire to publicly acknowledge their indebtedness.
(P.2, Flemington Spectator,28-6-1917.)

Was the name actually Muldowney? It's strange that the soldier has not been mentioned! Let's try "Muldowney,Broadmeadows."

Amongst those killed in action in France on 13th November was Private George Muldowney, formerly of Broadmeadows, and youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Muldowney, of Broadmeadows. The deceased, who was a
single man, was born at Broadmeadows 40 years ago, and was educated at the Tullamarine* and Broadmeadows State Schools. He left the district some 14 years ago, and remained on Mooloomein station, N.S.W., where he was
much respected, until he enlisted. Two of his sisters are Mrs. Rowe, of The Boulder, W. A., and Mrs. O'Hare, of

Copy of a letter sent to Mrs. Rowe, 49 Dwyer street, The Boulder, W.A.
Town Clerk's Office,Boulder. 14th Dec., 1916.
Madam,-I have, by direction, to respectfully convey to you the sympathy of the Mayor, councillors and staff
for you and yours in the sad bereavement occasioned by the death of Private George Muldowney, recently fallen at the front. The memory of the sacrifice made by him in so nobly laying down his life for his country will be
kept sacred in the hearts of all residents in this district, and he will be appreciated as one of Australia's
heroes.-I am, yours very sincerely, E. W. V. GRIBBLE. Town Clerk.
(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter, Thursday 18 January 1917 Edition: Morning. p 6 Article.)

(*I am sure the name was also on Tullamarine's war memorial,probably because he had been a student at the Tullamarine School. That's most likely why (after quarter of a century) I remembered it being on Broady's too.)

MULDOWNEY.?In sad and loving memory of our dear mother, Catherine Muldowney, who died at Broadmeadows, July 19, 1902 also our dear father, Michael Muldowney, died October 3, 1888. Rest in peace. (Inserted by their loving sons and daughter, J. and G. Muldowney and C. M.O'Hare.) (P.9, Argus,18-7-1903.)

George and James had a third sister not mentioned above.Who's a SPOT THE DIFFERENCE champ?
MULDOWNEY.-Killed in action on 13th. November, Private George Bernard Muldowney, dearly beloved youngest son of the late Michael and Catherine Muldowney, of Broadmeadows, Vic, much loved brother of Mrs. McNamara, Mrs
O'Hare, Jim, Jack, Mrs Rowe (W.A.), late of Moulamein, N.S.W. R.I. P.(P.13,The Argus, 16-12-1916.)

And another brother, John, who may have been an agent at Mernda and a deputy electoral registrar.
AFTER fourteen days from the publication (there-?)of application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria, In Its Probate Jurisdiction that LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION of the estate of JAMES HENRY MULDOWNEY, late of Riddle* street, Broadmeadows, In Victoria, of no occupation, deceased,Intestate, may be granted to John Muldowney, of Riddle street, Broadmeadows aforesaid, of no occupation, and brother and one of the next of kin of the said deceased. Dated the twenty-second day of January, 1935, RODDA, BALLARD, & VROLAND, 430 Little Collins street, Melbourne, proctors for the applicant. (P.1, Argus, 22-1-1935.)
(* Riddell St, named after John Carre Riddell.)

NASH,Charles.See PHILLIPS. See "Fairview."
Charles Nash was not a township resident but his wife, Mary, nee Gage,had been before her marriage.

Joshua Phillips had a boot and shoe store at Broadmeadows in 1859.(POLICE, 5th case,P.6, Argus,24-11-1859.)
The Westmeadows Tavern heritage citation states that part of the site,lot 11 granted to John Pearsall in 1850 for 7 pounds, was sold to John Bethell who then sold it to Jabez Jacob Phillips in 1859 for 380 pounds. By 1867,Phillips was dead and his heir sold to Frances Phillips.It was then owned by William Burrows (by 1871),Charles Nash from 1876 with his widow, Mary (nee Gage) selling it to John Anderson,the baker near the bridge, Mary Morton after the baker's death in 1942 and C.U.B. from 1966.

Joshua Phillip's block was crown allotment 11 of section 2 which was the first block (apart from a triangular reserve) north of the 1854 timber bridge which joined the two ends of Ardlie St. (Google BROADMEADOWS,COUNTY OF BOURKE.)

Same family?
PHILLIPS -On the 17th inst., at George-street, Fitzroy,Mrs. H. Phillips, of Broadmeadows, of a daughter.
(P.4, Argus, 19-11-1870.)

REYNOLDS Enoch p.25

WATT The Watt family was not resident in the township,but just south of Roxburgh Park. Like the Darmody family,this inclusion is in lieu of a dictionary history which may never happen. See OAKFIELD.

WESTON Dr. James. See HILL.
The throw off was in Woodlands Estate opposite the Sherwood homestead (178 C6). Going east over the creek to the first fence (178 D7)the line turned south into the Greenvale Sanatorium property. Jumping into Cumberland (178 D12)an easterly swing was made going up the Gellibrand hill to J. Attwood's Dundonald which was soon crossed. Hounds ran over the Mickleham road to Campbell's Springbank travelling fast (178 J12.) An easterly swing was made to S.Walsh's Annette (6 C1) and then south to Willowbank 6 B5), again east to J.Walsh's* (6 C5). Turning south once more hounds well strung out took the field over a lane (Kenny St) into Anderson's** thence to Underwood's **where a check was made. Taking up the line again with a following wind the Broadmeadows road was crossed to Phahoff's*** (6 E7.) (P.12,Argus,17-8-1936.)
*J.Walsh's farm was south of Annette Farm,not far from the north end of Elizabeth St. The Lloyd's called it Wattle Glen but the advertisement of 1929 called it Wattle Grove.
** Anderson,whose historic house stands between the historic hall and the historic bridge, was the town's baker and Tim Underwood had followed Bob Cargill as the town's butcher. As rate books did not specify where exactly their land was,it would have been near Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township.
***Pahoff had been on Glen Allan by 1920 but John Twomey was still residing in the house. Glen Allan was on the north side of Johnstone St and the Glen Lyn land was across this road on the south side. Pahoff was assessed on exactly the same number of acres that John Twomey had been and the rate book may even have specified his property being Glen Allan. The whole road from Broadmeadows Rd to Sydney Rd was originally called Campbellfield Rd but was renamed Camp Rd because of the army camp.
TENDERS are invited by THE UNION TRUSTEE COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, of 333 Collins street, Melbourne, for a GRAZING LEASE of THREE YEARS for the 250 acres which have a frontage to Camp road, Broadmeadows, and is
at present occupied by Messrs. Letwin and Pahoff.(P.16,Argus, 19-1-1938.)This was part of McLean's Glen Lyn property south of Johnstone St and Glen Allan.

For Absolute Sale, on Account of Miss Twomey, who has Leased her Property.(P.5, Argus, 22-11-1913.)

TWOMEY - On the 20th August, at his residence,"Glen Allan", Broadmeadows, John Twomey,JP, in his 56th year. R.I. P. (P.1, Argus, 2-8-1919.)
CORRIGAN.? On the 14th inst., at her residence, Annette, Broadmeadows, Bridget, widow of the late William Corrigan, aged 70 years. R.I.P. (P.1,Argus, 16-1-1893.)

BROADMEADOWS (Feb. 10) -M'Phail Bros. and Co. report having conducted a very successful clearing sale on behalf of Mr W. J Corrigan, Annette Farm, Broadmeadows, of his dairy cattle, (etc.) (P.5, Argus, 24-2-1910.)

I thought Jack Hoctor and George and Sid Lloyd had just forgotten to mention Annette Farm when they discussed the sale of the Kennedy farms in 1929. They didn't forget it; it wasn't sold then despite being advertised. The executors wouldn't have bothered trying to sell it during the 1930's depression.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27. At Half-past Two O'Clock. At Scott's Hotel. Melbourne._
Under Instructions from THE TRUSTEES,EXECUTORS,AND AGENCY COMPANY LIMITED, of 401 Collins street. Melbourne,
In the Estate of Donald Kennedy. Deceased.
-SALE OF NICE FARM AT BROADMEADOWS. Known as Annette. Containing About 291 ACRES of FIRST-CLASS COUNTRY. Being Part of Crown Allotment 9 at Broadmeadows, with Entrance Off Kenny Street, and Adjacent to Properties Owned by Edward Campbell, Esq.. and Messrs. W.and J. Walsh. It is Suitable for City Milk, Fattening, and Cultivation, Bounded by Permanent Creek, with-Rich Flats and Banks Thereon, Supplemented by Dams, and Also U.G. Tank for Domestic Purposes. The Property Occupies an Admirable Position, in a Progressive Area, Within 12 Miles of
Metropolitan Markets, and Adjacent to the Broadmeadows Electric Train Service, with Supplementary Bus Service Connecting with Essendon. The Property is Fairly Fenced: Also Cow Bails and Shedding Thereon. A Good Property and Being for Definite Sale,Proposed Buyers May Attend the Sale with Confidence. (P.14,Argus,23-1-1943.)

BALLATER PARK. Roughly Melway 178 C-D 3-5,part 6.Alex Hatty's 100 acres became "Sherwood"(described under Dickinson in the DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal) which is the headquarters of the Oaklands Hunt Club. Both parts of Haslett's grant were described as being at Green Gully.


Place: Ballater Park Place No.- 80
Type: Dwelling - farmhouse
Location: 960 Somerton Road, Greenvale
Critical Date(s): early mud brick cottage constructed c.early 1860s (since demolished); main
weatherboard homestead constructed c.1870s; rear weatherboard kitchen etc. constructed c. late
1800s or early 1900s.
Historic Theme(s): 'The Land: Producing'; 'The Landscape: Perceptions and Transformations'.
Previous Heritage Registration(s): None
Recommended Level of Significance: Local
Statement of Significance:
The farmhouse at Ballater Park was erected in the 1870s on a property of some 214 acres
established by the Scottish settler, Alexander Michie, in 1863. It is of local architectural and
historical significance as the substantially intact, last remaining example of the numerous
weatherboard farmhouses built in the immediate area around the same time. As a group, these
farmhouses are of interest because they were nearly all erected by Scottish immigrants on
similarly sized farms.
Ballater Park is also unique in the area for its continuing use as a farm by members of the
same family. It is also distinguished by its setting; the land surrounding the farmhouse is little
changed in its park-like quality, with gum trees dotting the gently undulating landscape. As
such it is of critical importance in demonstrating a way of life, a land use and a landscape of
particular significance in the history of the study area, and which is in danger of being lost to the
encroaching suburbia.
History and Description:
The land on which Ballater Park is situated, allotment R of Section 10 of the Parish of
Yuroke, was originally part of a station occupied by a Major Firebrace, and it appears that his
outstation was located a short distance to the east of the present homestead.1
Allotment R of Section 10 was purchased from the Crown by a John Haslet in 1849; he
paid ?1 per acre for the 314 acres. The title then passed through the hands of several owners
until Alexander and Esther Michie, ancestors of the present owners, purchased 214 acres of the
property in 1863. The other 100 acres was, by 1863, owned by a Samuel Hatty.2
No records have yet been located concerning the arrival of the Michies in the Port
Phillip District, but Alexander Michie was born in Aberdeen in 18233 and the name they gave
to their property is said to have come from Esther's birthplace in Scotland.4
In their descriptions of Alexander Michie's land, some of the earliest entries in the
Broadmeadows Road Board Rate Books5 note the location of his 'farm', or sometimes 'house
and land', as being variously at 'Green Gully'6 or 'Yuroke'.7 The area 'Green Gully' referred to
the general location where Hatty, Michie, and two other Scottish immigrants John and Donald
McKerchar had settled. Their land fronted what was then called the Deep Creek Road. This
road was also known as McKerchar's Lane, then Green Gully Road, then later as Greenvale
Road, and is now called Somerton Road. The name 'Green Vale' was not used to refer to this
area, once part of a larger district called Euroke or Yuroke, until about 1868;8 it came from the
name that Michie's eastern neighbour, John McKerchar, had given to his property.
The first house that the Michies lived in was a small mud brick cottage, long since
demolished, with earth floors that were dampened to keep it compacted, and then covered with
hessian. The walls were whitewashed and it had a hipped roof.9 Some time later, possibly in
the 1870s, the present homestead was separately erected in front of this cottage, which, with
some weatherboard additions, then became the kitchen because it contained a stove.10
The present weatherboard homestead is substantially intact and has no architectural
pretensions, appearing instead much like any colonial vernacular farmhouse, with its hip roof
(broken by a valley to cover an uneven plan at the rear) and a deep encircling verandah. The
roof is covered with what are probably the original slate tiles, and the chimneys are rendered.
The verandah is sheeted with corrugated iron, and the timber verandah posts are simply detailed
at the top.
At a later stage, possibly late in the nineteenth century or early in the twentieth century,
the mud-brick cottage was demolished and a separate weatherboard structure, larger in size and
located more directly behind the farmhouse, was erected. This also was used to house the
kitchen (still its function), and some other rooms. It has an M-shaped roofline sheeted with
corrugated iron.
1 'Plan showing the Portions Subdivided in Yuroke, Bulla Bulla and Tullamarine', 1847, Historical
Plan OR Y1, CPO.
2 Much of the historical information comes from Annette Ferguson's well-researched history of the
Greenvale area called 'Greenvale: Links with the past', which was written c.1985. A copy of the
unpublished typescript is held at the Sunbury Regional Library; also Current Parish Plan, Parish of
Yuroke, CPO; also PROV, VPRS 7959/P1, Unit 1, Broadmeadows Road Board Rate Book 1863-
3 Entry for the Michie family, No.M25480, in VicGold Genealogy Database, Internet URL
4 Ferguson, op.cit., np.
5 Rate Books, op.cit.
6 For example - rates made in 1864, '65 and '66.
7 For example - rates made in 1863, '67 and '68.
8 Rate Books, op.cit.
9 Ferguson, op.cit., np. citing a grandaughter of Michie, Margaret Lofts, who used to live in the
10 From personal conversation with the current owners.
Alexander Michie died in October 1896 and his assets were described in his Probate
papers as 214 acres with a six-roomed weatherboard cottage and outhouses.11 These
documents also noted that the property was used for grazing purposes only and no area had been
cultivated. Esther remained at the farmhouse until her death in 1911 at the age of 87. Their
daughter, Annie, one of seven children, married a Robert Millar and they lived at a farm called
Springbank (once located in what is now the Attwood area). They moved back into Ballater
Park after Michie's death, changing it from the dairy farm it had always been to a sheep farm.
Their son, Alexander Millar, later rented the adjoining Green Vale property, and in the 1920s
renamed it The Elms. Alexander later moved to Cairn Brae on St.Johns Rd., which had been
built by his uncle, William Michie, but Ballater Park remained in the family. The present
owners are the daughters of Alexander Millar.12
Along the road travelling east towards Somerton there was once a fair number of these
small farms of some 200 to 400 acres with weatherboard farmhouses, all settled in the 1850s
and 1860s by Scottish and English settlers. Today most are gone. Nothing is said to remain of
Green Vale (or The Elms) the last remains having apparently been torn down recently.13
Greenan, the farmhouse of McKerchar's brother, Donald, burnt down some years ago leaving
only a bluestone outbuilding as a reminder of its existence. The properties Glen Arthur and
Waltham, situated further east and owned respectively by Joseph Trotman and Robert
Shankland, were destroyed to make way for the Greenvale Reservoir. Others such as Fairview,
owned by John Bond and once located opposite Glen Arthur, have made way for new residential
developments. It seems that the only other weatherboard farmhouse left from this era is the
former Springfield, which is located on what is now called French Road but is altered almost
beyond recognition. Ballater Park is unique in the area in that its farmhouse is still
substantially unaltered from the original, and the land surrounding it is little changed in its parklike
quality, with gum trees dotting the gently undulating landscape.
It is recommended that Ballater Park homestead and outbuildings be included in the
Heritage Overlay of the Hume Planning Scheme. It is further recommended that the Council
consider the whole property for Significant Landscape Overlay controls.


SHANKLAND.?On the 8th March, at private hospital, Melbourne, Jessie Catherine, the dearly beloved eldest daughter of William and Jessie Shankland, of "Brook Hill," Greenvale, aged 20 years.
I think Brook Hill was purchased from the grantee by William Shankland's father,Robert Shankland of Waltham.
The Shankland Wetlands are near the southern boundary of Brook Hill.


CHANDOS PARK.(Eastern 123 acres of section 15 Tullamarine. Bounded by Wright St and Mickleham Rd from roughly Bamford Avenue to the Moonee Ponds Creek. Melway 5 H6.)

Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co. report having sold, on account of Mr. C. A. Topp, his property at Broadmeadows, known as "Chandos," containing 125 acres, with homestead and improvements thereon, to Mr. John Cocks (sic).
(P.22, Argus, 12-3-1910.)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 10 January 1942 p 2 Family Notices

.... JUDD-WEBB.-Lorna Clara Webb, only daughter of the late Mr. William Webb and Mrs. Ethel Cohen, of Carlton, to Colin Wilton, eldest son of Percy and Ruby Judd, of Chandos Park.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 24 August 1954 p 10 Article
... Mrs. Bill Bamford, of Chandos Park, Broad- meadows; their son, John.

There may have been a family connection between the Judd and Bamford families.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 April 1944 p 6 Family Notices
... T. E. Rodwell, only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Rodwell, 94 Milton street, Elwood. JUDD - BAMFORD. - Merle, youngest daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr..C. S. Judd, 'of Charman road, Cheltenham, to Pte. Jack Bamford (A.I.F.), third son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bamford, Stewart avenue, Parkdale.
Another connection is the W.Bamford and A.Judd were both members of the Oaklands Hunt.

On my visit to Jack Simmie at Harpsdale in the 1990's, Jack told me of "Belmont" which I think his son owned at the time. I knew that Belmont had to be in the parish of Yuroke, not Bulla as Harpsdale was. I have stated elsewhere that Crowe's Hill consisted of crown allotments C and D of section 20,Yuroke,and it probably originally did contain all of John Crowe's grants,but by 1880, the western 160 acres of C and D had been sold as a separate farm which became known as Belmont.

Between Broadmeadows and Mickleham, PART of ALLOTMENTS C and D, Section 20, Containing I88a. 3r 6.5p ,
Parish of Yuroke, County of Bourke,Known as Crowe's Hill Farm,
By Order of the Mortgagee For Positive and Absolute sale, ALFRED BLISS has been favoured with instructions from the mortgagee to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the room, 32 Collins street west, on Monday, August 9, at twelve
o'clock, All that FREEHOLD FARMING PROPERTY, Known as CROWE'S HILL FARM, Containingl88 acres 3 roods 6.5 perches. Together with All improvements thereon erected.This is a very choice farming property. It was formerly known as Crowe's Hill Farm, and is situate on the old Sydney road, between Broadmeadows and Mickleham.

*It adjoins Messrs. Edwards and Glover's and Mr Johnson's, and is separated from tho 4000 acres belonging to David Brodie, Esq. , by 160 acres. It is not far from tho residence and extensive landed property of Geo Edols, Esq., and is immediately opposite Mr.O.Halloran's paddocks, rented by C. B. Fisher,Esq.

The soil is of the best black agricultural description.It is divided into paddocks, grazing, cultivation (about
80 acres), and a timbered portion. The road to it from town is through tho pretty districts of Essendon and Broadmeadows, about eight from the latter township, macadamised road all the way to the entrance gate. The hill commands one of the most perfect circular picturesque landscapes to be found in all Victoria.The whole is fit for a gentleman s country seat, combining farming, grazing, and choice stock breeding, a charming estate, only l8 miles from the city. (P.2, Argus, 27-7-1880.)

(* Edwards and Glover may have had Montebello at the south west corner of Mickleham and Craigieburn Rds; John Johnson (usually written as Johnston or Johnstone even on the Broadmeadows Township map,hence Johnstone St) had Greenhills on the north west corner; Edols had "Dunhelen"; Brodie owned Harpsdale and land to the north in the parish of Mickleham; Halloran had earlier owned Dunalister* in Oaklands Rd but this would have been part of the Glenara Estate by 1880 and he had probably bought Oaklands (parish of Bulla) and the neighbouring Yuroke crown allotment to the east from the grantees,Williamson and Thomas McVea. )

It is possible that a big black crow (flapping his wings, saying go, go, go)settled on the 188 acre farm and led people to believe that the farm was named after him rather than John Crowe. It is also possible that Thomas Crinnion (see my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal) bought Crowe's Hill in 1880,because the family was on the farm soon after. When I did a trove search for CRINNION,CROWE'S HILL there was no result but then I thought of the above-mentioned big black crow!

CAMPBELL and SONS are instructed by Miss E. R. Crinnion to SELL by AUCTION, at Kirk's Bazaar, on Monday, October l8, at twelve o'clock, Her Well-known CROW'S HILL FARM, Mickleham,Comprising; 192 acres, more or less rich agricultural and grazing land, situate 17 miles from Melbourne and 8 miles from Craigieburn railway station. (P.2,Argus, 13-10-1915.)


William Hudson and Co. sold 100 (fat lambs)for Mr A Nash, Dunhelen Broadmeadows. (P.10,Argus,30-3-1892.)

CAMERON. -On the 30th July at her residence " Dunhelen " Broadmeadows, Isabella, the dearly beloved wife of Ewen Cameron, and loving mother of Margaret and Hughena.(P.11, Argus,31-7-1915.)
I'm sure the grave of Ewan's family is in the Will Will Rook cemetery not far from the road frontage.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 8 July 1901 p 1 Family Notices
... daughter. PIGDON. -On the 20th June, at "Dunhelen," Broadmeadows the wife of J. C. Pigdon-a daughter.

GLADSTONE PARK. (See Stewarton.)


Glen Allan became the property of John Kerr Junior, according to BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY. See the comment of 2014-03-10 09:56:42 re the Broadmeadows Shire elections in 1891.

TWOMEY - On the 20th August, at his residence "Glen Allan", Broadmeadows, John Twomey,JP,in his 56th year.
R.I.P. (P.1, Argus,22-8-1919.)

Stud records lost in fire.
The stud records of 26 pedigree horses were burnt by a fire that destroyed three rooms of Glen Allan stud farm, at Broadmeadows, early yesterday morning. Mr. Arthur Robert Parkinson, manager of the farm, said he was awakened by the crackling of flames that were leaping through his bedroom window, just after 3 a.m. He woke his staff, but it was too late to save the office records. The office and three spare rooms were burnt before Coburg and Brunswick fire brigades subdued the fire. (P.21, Argus, 4-5-1950.)

GLENROY STATION. (Pasture Hill+Bayview Farm+Glenroy Farm.)

BEATY?CAMERON.?On the 28th inst., at the residence of the bride's mother, 317 Elizabeth-street north, by the Rev. Robert Hamilton, of Fitzroy, William Shaw Beaty, second son of William Beaty, Esq.,Becks, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, to Jane Anne, only daughter of the late George Gordon Cameron, Esq., of Glenroy, Broadmeadows. Dumfries and Inverness papers please copy.(P.4,Argus,28-3-1872.)


McKERCHAR.-On the 31st March, 1914, at her residence, Greenvale, Broadmeadows, Catherine McNab, relict of John McKerchar, aged 85 years. (P.1,Argus, 2-4-1914.)


CUTHBERT. ?On the 21st November, at private hospital, Sunshine, John, dearly loved brother of Mrs. Bond (Sunshine), Charles (deceased), Mrs. Papworth (Sydney), aged 73 years, late of Broadmeadows. (Interred privately.) (P.17,Argus, 29-11-1924.)

KERRSLAND. (Pasture Hill and Bayview Farm.)

OAKFIELD.(Crown Allotment 5(i)Yuroke of 323 acres 3 roods; eastern corner of Pascoe Vale and Somerton Rds with respective road frontages of 820 and 1580 metres. Oakfield's acreage was reduced,probably when the railway line was built through the property.The reservoir's 51 acres were between Pascoe Vale Rd and the railway line.)
Watt.-On the 8th Inst, at Oakfield, Campbellfield, Mr. John Watt, aged 69 years.(P.1, Argus,9-6-1880.)

WATT.?On the 13th September, at her residence, "Oakfield," Bridge-road, Coburg, Anne*, relict of the late John Watt, of Oakfield, Campbellfield, aged 82 years; beloved mother of Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Morrison, James, George, and William.(P.13, Argus,14-9-1912.)

(*A google search for WATT FAMILY, CAMPBELLFIELD produced many results including the fact that Ann's maiden name was MORICE.)It would be interesting to find Matilda's maiden name.

Ann was the widow of John Watt, the grantee of Oakfield, who died in 1880, and it is interesting to note that no John is listed as a son. The bell-ringer was probably the grantee's nephew and the son of William Watt who died at Campbellfield in 1860 aged only 53; William's death notice reveals the Watt family's native place.(On the 23rd inst., at Campbellfield, Mr. William Watt, formerly of Newton, near Ballater, Aberdeenshire, aged 53. Aberdeen papers please copy.P.4, Argus, 28-6-1860.)

The death occurred on Tuesday at Campbellfield of Mrs. Matilda Watt,widow of the late John Watt. She was born in Broadmeadows Shire 93 years ago and had lived in the Campbellfield district all her life. Her descendants comprise 11 children, 27 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 51 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will take place today in the Will Will Rook Cemetery, Campbellfield. (P.3, Argus,12-11-1942.)

Matilda was no longer on Oakfield, (she, or perhaps Ann) having sold the farm to John Kernan of Avonmore at Somerton, according to what seems to be an extract from John Kernan's will.
1. All that piece of land containing 156 acres part of section 5 Portion 1 Parish of Yuroke. The improvements consist of a brick cottage containing 6 rooms, weatherboard kitchen and dairy, 4 stall stable, 4
stall combail - fencing post and wire and stonewall. (This is Oakfield scribble next to it). 'Oakfield property bought from a Mrs. Watts to his son Edward Kernan. (; one of the articles on the Craigieburn Historical Interest Group's website.

CAMPBELLFIELD CHURCH. 90th Anniversary Services.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 13 June 1932 p 8 Article.(Extract only.)
There was a large attendance of past and present parishioners at both services. Mr John Watt, who has been associated with the church for 80 years, tolled the bell. He has performed this duty for the last 40 years.

The Bell-ringer,husband of Matilda (above)was probably the NEPHEW of the grantee of Oakfield, and died the next year at his residence in Bright St,Campbellfield. (P.13,Argus,8-7-1933.) Matilda probably lived on in the same house as her funeral departed from Bright St. Two of their daughters married Peachey boys who would have lived at John Pascoe Fawkner's Box Forest (renamed Hadfield after Cr Rupert Hadfield who was on the Broadmeadows Council in 1928 when the new shire hall was built near the Broadmeadows Station.) Flo married Stephen Peachey and they moved to a 6 acre dairy farm at Tullamarine (now Boyse Court) circa 1920 after swine fever had struck at Peachey-Kelly Town (as Pascoe Vale kids such as Jim McKenzie called the Hadfield area in the 1930's.)

Not all parish maps are originals, and I've seen one of the Yuroke maps,probably the one I donated to the Hume Library (Global Learning Centre) with a reservoir shown on Oakfield. Original Melway maps (pre the opening of the Greenvale Reservoir,which made the Somerton Reservoir redundant) may also show it. The reservoir was surrounded by embankments to contain the water. The reservoir had been proposed by 1915 when A.G.Shaw wrote his letter (P.6, Argus,12-4-1915), but the project would have been delayed by World War 1.

New Reservoir at Somerton.
The Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works has bought an area of 51.5 acres of land at Somerton for the construction of a new service reservoir. The price of the land was L85 an acre. The whole of the area will not be required for the reservoir, which is needed for supplying water to the rapidly developing areas in the north and west of Melbourne. (P.14, Argus, 22-6-1927.)

HOCTOR. -On the 29th June, 1933, at her residence Rocklaw, Broadmeadows East, Margaret, dearly beloved wife of the late Michael Hoctor, dearly beloved mother of Bridget-(Mrs Mahoney), Mary Ann (Mrs O'Sullivan) Eliza (Mrs May )John, Maggie (Mrs Beahan) James (Boinka) Peter and Michael, loved sister of Daniel Corcoran,
aged 88 years and 3 months. Native of Brunswick. May her soul rest in peace. (P.1,Argus,30-6-1933.)

There is no guarantee that the advertisement below is for Rocklaw but it does conform with the vague understanding I was able gain of Rocklaw's location during my lengthy discussions with the late Jack Hoctor, Michael Hoctor's nephew.

Situated 1 Mile from Broadmendows Railway Station.
\\T, S KEAST, slock and station agent ilcllV? bourne lias received instructions from the *'executors of the late Mrs Johanna Darmody,Broadmeadows, to sell by public auction
Containing on or about 300* acres, situated about 1 mile from the Broadmeadows railway station 1.5 miles from the Somerton railway station and within 11 miles of the Melbourne post office.
The farm consists chiefly of volcanic land rich in pasture, without crops of stony rises. About 100 acres have been cultivated and there is at present a magnificent crop on this portion of the land. The proportv has been used for many years as a dairy farm to which it is particularly suited owing to its nearness to the Broadmeadows railway station which makes it easy for the working of the property. There is a good deal of redgum timber on the property and any amount of (fire?)wood for the property for very many years. Owing
to the death of Mrs Darmody the property is for absolute sale. (P.4, Argus,25-10-1919.)

(*293 acres according to another advertisement (P.2, Argus,12-11-1919.)

The above is not Rocklaw unless it was later combined with part of another farm in John Kerr Senior's Wheatlands Estate which will be detailed in COMMENTS. In 1886, Rocklaw consisted of just over 192 acres.

ROCKLAW.-192 a. 0 r. 10 p., occupied by Mr. Jas.Darmody. (P.8,Argus,22-4-1886.)

James Darmody obviously bought Rocklaw and in 1901 had a clearing sale, having sold the farm,probably to Michael Hoctor. (The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 19 January 1901 p 53 Advertising CLEARING SALE, On Account of Mr. James Darmody, Rocklaw Farm, BROADMEADOWS. ADAMSON, STRETTLE, and Co. are instructed by Mr. James Darmody (owing to the sale of the farm) to SELL by AUCTION,etc.)

Joanna Darmody was the wife of Matthew Darmody,not of James,making it unlikely that the 293 acre farm put up for sale in 1919 was,or included, Rocklaw. James Darmody's wife was probably Catherine.

DARMODY -On the 23rd June, at Coonara Hospital, St. Kilda, Johanna, relict of the late Matthew Darmody, of Broadmeadows, loving mother of Mrs B Darmody, John, Mrs A. Cassin, Mrs. E. McDonald, James, William, and Mrs
A. Forbes aged 84 years. (Interred privately on the 25th June at Keilor Cemetery.) R.I.P.

It is still possible that the farm sold in 1919 was Rocklaw and that two of the WHEATLANDS ESTATE FARMS (see COMMENTS) had been combined. In 1952, Rocklaw seemed to be a whole crown allotment again; the Wheatlands Estate farms being half crown allotments.

This Outstanding Farm Situate Just North of the Broadmeadows Electric Railway Station of Sound Volcanic Nature Admirably Suitable City Milk, Sheep, Fat Lamb Raising and Cultivation. Bounded by Creek Having Rich Flats and
Banks. Wonderful Opportunity for Graziers or Dealers to Obtain Such a Sound Property so Handy to Newmarket.
Further Details A E GIBSON A. CO 140 Queen street Melbourne. (P.19,Argus, 23-8-1952.)

POSTSCRIPT. It would seem that the Hoctors either did not buy Rocklaw or by 1934,they had sold/mortgaged the farm and had been leasing it from the new owners/ mortgagees. I apologise for the uncorrected text; I could not get the digitisation and the advertisement at the same time,the latter being on at least page 4.The part at the end is interesting and would seem to indicate that the Hoctor Bros. had land in the shire of Bulla. The Underwoods had Warlaby (section 11) according to a Hume heritage study and the Gilligans were on section 4 Bulla Bulla,so the Hoctor land must have been part of a subdivision of section 8 (part of Peter Young's old property,"Nairn"), roughly Melway 384 F-J 12 north to the end of St John's Rd.It will be nice to find how many acres they owned.

At Twelve O Clock Sharp
306 Bourke street Melbourne have received In
structlons from Messrs Hoctor Bros (who are re
Unquishing dairying and farming owing to the ex
plratlon of lease
) to SELL on the propcrt
ROCKLAW Broadmeadows East the whole of then
comprising -
185 HEAD 185
Consisting of -
100 cows 1st 2nd and 3rd calf and % great
many freshly calved
57 forward and backward springers 1st 2nd
and 3rd calf
20 heifers l8 20 months bred from the pick
of the cows and running with Shorthorn
4 heifers 2'3 years old springing
2 Shorthorn bulls ? sears old
1 Ayrshire bull 2 year* old
6 draught horses good workers 1 spring carl
mare 1 hack
Also Complete PLANT as follows -Massc>
Harris binder 6ft Mccormack drill 13 hoe
Mccormack mower Cft 3 fur disc plough
(cockshutU 2 fur mouldboard plough 3 sets
1 leaf harrows 1 heavy 1 light harrow cart
International roller 10ft roller 8ft set 4
horse blocks and chains set 3 horse swings
and bars set 4 horse swings 2 farm drajs
and frames tip draj sprlngcart stack cover
24ft by 48ft 20ft ladder 14ft ladder spring
tooth culti\ator Massey hay rake Furph
water cart (new) 2 Blackstone oil engines
8 h p and 4 h p 3 knife chaffcutter and
belting Robinson and Co portable forge aud
amil blacksmiths tools and vice knife
grinder and grindstone wheelbarrows set
steelyards milk waggon pole and shafts
rubber t>red phaeton King carrier Jinker
long shaft brake 8 forks picks shovels mat
tocks scythes and sard brooms dray ropes
feed bins 1 sets dray saddles and breeching??
2 sets leading harness and spiders 10 ECU
plough chains 2 sets sprlngcart harness 8
draught horse collars names and winkers
riding saddle and bridle several lots of reins
and odd harness 1 pair double horse reins
(new) Donald wire strainer pig net quan
lily wire netting 2 milk coolers and vats com
plctc 1 large bulking plant 100 gallons
Lacta separator 45 gallons buckets strainers
50 milk cans 40 and 60 quarts In perfect
order 3 cream vans low down pump and
piping cast Iron copper and stand 2 mcasm
ing cans veterinary pump mens room foi
removal 8ft by 16ft 5 2000 gallon water
tanks covers and taps complete gah Iron
400 gallon tank and tap 200 gallon tank
gah Iron and tap complete 3000 gallon
windmill tank and wooden stand complete for
rcmovol surplus furniture and 10 pair?
of turkejs and many sundries
Tor manj years Messrs Hoctor Bros have been
busing the best heifers obtainable and ha\e alwa s
culled heavilj anything not up to the standard
being sold out of the herd The whole of the
plant and Implements arc In splendid order and
as everything is for absolute sale buyers arc re
commended to attend this important CLEARING
Also Account of the Estate of the Late Mrs M
Hoctoi At One O Clock Sharp
05 ACRES situated at Oaklands Junction ad
Joining the properties of Messrs E A Under
wood and Gilligan Bros
well fenced and
watered by dam This Is a splendid grail np
und fattening paddock and is all cultivable
Title certificate may be Inspected at office of
Messrs Rodda Ballard and Vroland solicitors
430 Little Collins street Melbourne (P.2!!!!,Argus, 17-2-1934.)

SOUTHWAITE. See ST JOHN'S. Crown allotments B and D of Section 22,parish of Doutta Galla,containing just over 100 acres but always assessed as 100 acres by Broadmeadows Shire. Roughly Melway 16 B4-5. The boundaries of this triangular farm can be shown by extending the line of Sharps Rd/Caterpillar Drive east to the Moonee Ponds Creek,joining Wirraway Rd to the Matthews Ave/Mascoma Ave roundabout to show the course of Bulla Rd and extending the Elysee Court/Vickers Avenue midline south to meet the reconstructed Bulla Rd.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 24 May 1880 p 1 Family Notices
... HALL. -On the 17th, at her residence, Southwaite, near Essendon, the wife of John Hall of a son. Both doing well.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 18 November 1910 p 1 Family Notices
... MEMORIAM. HOWSE.-In loving memory of our dear mother Ellen Howse who died on the 18th November, 1900 at "Southwaite " Tullamarine.

ST. JOHN'S. Part Section 23, Doutta Galla, Melway 16 C 4-7, D 6-7, plus most of Strathnaver Ave.
Section 23 was granted to Major St John, a corrupt crown lands official exposed by John Pascoe Fawkner. It was later owned by Sir John Franklin who leased the land to such as John Mawbey and Thomas Dunn. The eastern boundary of Stephenson's/Taylor's part (determined from sketches of title)is most unusual, consisting of two diagonal lines meeting at the M in LAMART ST.

Gordon Connor told me why St Johns was so green at the height of summer, see the comment (of 18-1-2014) re fertiliser used on some Broadmeadows Shire farms. Henry Stevenson of Niddrie (bounded roughly by Nomad Rd/Treadwell St, Keilor Rd, Bowes Avenue and Fraser St)occupied St Johns circa 1880 when Robert McDougall (of Arundel north of Keilor Village) occupied the roughly 200 acres to the east that is now Strathmore North. That is why Harry Peck described them as neighbours in his MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN when discussing these advocates of the Baines and Booth (respectively)strains of shorthorn cattle and their frosty relationship.

It would have been not long before 1920 that Gordon Connor noticed how green Cam Taylor's paddocks were when all the pasture in the area had become brown. Shortly after, a flying club bought part of the property to establish "St John's Field". After investigating other sites, the government bought St John's Field to establish the original (north west) part of Essendon Aerodrome circa 1921. I had imagined the Taylors had moved away at that time,but they didn't, so their homestead must have been north or west of the original aerodrome site,probably near Boeing Rd, the land west of Vickers Avenue being Jack Howse's "Southwaite" where he ran a slaughteryard (George Lloyd's MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920 TO 1952.) John Hall had established "Southwaite" much earlier.

TAYLOR.?On June 23, at her residence, St. John's, Bulla road. North Essendon, Bertha May, dearly beloved wife of Andrew Cameron Taylor, dear mother of Ronald, Richard (Jock), and Ernest (R.A.A.F), loving sister of Ethel. -Rest after weariness.(Private interment.)

TAYLOR.?On June 23, at Bulla road,North Essendon, Bertha May, beloved daughter of the late Richard and Ellen Davis,of Sunbury, devoted sister of Ethel.?Peacefully sleeping.

TAYLOR.?On June 23, at her home, St.Johns, North Essendon. A tribute of affection to our beloved mother, Bertha May Taylor from Ernest and Georgina.

TAYLOR.?In loving memory of our dear mother. Bertha May, who passed away at St. John's, North Essendon, on June 23. (From Jack and Letty.) (P.2, Argus, 25-6-1945.)

SPRINGBURN. 198 acres, part section 6, Tullamarine. Melway 5 H-J 8-9 roughly. The largest and central part of the roughly 450 acre Chandos kept by John Cock of Gladstone Park when he bought that farm from the Peter family in the early 1900's and subdivided it, Strathconan of 140 acres extending south to Freight Rd properties,where it adjoined the Junction Estate (Andlon and Londrew Courts and the Northedge complex)and Chandos Park of 123 acres being between Springburn and the Moonee Ponds Creek. Chandos Park was mainly associated with Percy Judd and William Bamford after whom Bamford Avenue was named.

LOCKHART.-On November 28 (suddenly),at Springburn, Broadmeadows, William,dearly loved husband of Emma, and loving father of Dora, Keith, Eunice, Frank, and Hazel, aged 70 years.
LOCKHART.-On November 28, at Springburn, Broadmeadows, William, devoted father of Frank, father-in-law of Kathleen, and dear grandpa of Peter, John, and David.(P.2, Argus, 30-11-1942.)

STEWARTON/GLADSTONE.(Section 5, Tullamarine, 785/777 acres.) See VIEWPOINT.
This fronted the east side of Broadmeadows(Mickleham)Road from the Lackenheath Drive corner to Forman St with the Moonee Ponds Creek being the western and part of the northern boundary. Land between the freeway and Mickleham Rd was called Gladstone Gardens.

Peter McCracken leased Stewarton from Niel Black from 1846 to 1955 (McCracken letters.) Peter's young son drowned in the creek (most likely near the end of Pascoe St) after walking with his older siblings part of the way to school in Broadmeadows Township. By the way, Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the creek,not the future suburb. Just as well I knew to enter Peter Young,Peter McCracken to find the following.

THE FARMERS' SOCIETY. .... The chair was most ably filled by Peter Young, Esq. of Nairn, who presided in the absence of Peter McCracken, Esq. of Stewarton, who was prevented from attending by a severe domestic
calamity, recently recorded in our columns. (P.4,Argus,28-10-1852.)
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 20 October 1852 p 4 Family Notices
DIED, Drowned at Broadmeadows, on the 18th instant, William, aged 3 years and 3 months, third son of Peter M'Cracken, of Stewarton.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 12 October 1850 p 3 Advertising
PETER M'CRACKEN. Stewarton, Moonee Ponds, ?1 REWARD.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 22 May 1851 p 2 Family Notices
... BIRTH. At Stewarton, near Broadmeadows, on Thursday last, the lady of Peter M'Cracken, Esq., of a son. ..

D CAMPBELL and CO. have received instructions from Mr. P. M'Cracken, in consequence of his leaving the farm, to sell by auction, at Stewarton, near Broadmeadows, on Friday, 23rd inst.,at eleven o'clock, a.m ,
Three stacks oaten hay, about 150 tons, one stack oaten straw, two stacks wheat straw, three teams working bullocks, ten milch cows, one bull. Also,A quantity of farming implements, dairy utensils.
N.B. Lunch Provided. (P.3, Argus, 19-3-1855.)

The first ratebook (1863) saw J.Maconochie assessed. He'd probably moved in when Peter McCracken left.

TENDERS WANTED, for CONSTRUCTING a DAM on tho Stewarton Estate, Broadmeadows. Plans and specifications may be seen with E M Ivor, surveyor at Brunswick, until tho 8th inst, and at Shire hall Broadmeadows from 8th to 14th inst. (P.3, Argus, 4-3-1878.)

COCK?TYRES. ?On the 11th April, 1917, at the residence of the bride's brother, Swan street,Richmond, by the Rev. J. Thomas, Alister Arthur, youngest son of the late John Cock, of "Gladstone Park," Broadmeadows, to Agnes, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. Tyres, Numurkah.(P.1, Argus,20-4-1917.)

On the 15th inst., at her brother's residence, Stewarton, Broadmeadows, Margaret, daughter of the late
Alexander McConochie, farmer, Buteshire, Scotland, aged 30 years. (P.5, Argus,16-9-1858.)


VIEWPOINT. (Crown allotments 4 (1)97 acres and 4 (2) 225 acres,parish of Tullamarine; Melway 5 K12, between Tangmere Ave and Lackenheath Dr.corners and east to Moonee Ponds Creek.)
This property was between Stewarton and Camp Hill. Its owner was Edmund Dunn, who took a stand against the Melbourne Hunt Club as outlined in my journal OH THE FARMERS AND THE HUNTERS SHOULD BE FRIENDS. The first article that I saw about the case did not mention how many acres Edmund was occupying. The following extract from another article shows that he was probably occupying one of the adjoining properties.

Edmund Dunn, who stated,-I am a farmer at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows. I own and occupy about 1,100 acres of land. I devote part of it to agricultural and part to grazing purposes. I
have about seventy acres of wheat, and about 130 acres of oats under crop. At the time of the injury they were in full growth, with every prospect of a good crop. (P.6, Argus,4-11-1868.)

Viewpoint consisted of 322 acres according to the parish map. The rest of the land was likely Stewarton(785 acres on the parish map but 777 acres in ratebooks.) 322+777 =1099 was probably Edmund's calculation.

John Cock started leasing Viewpoint in about 1898 about five years after he moved onto Stewarton and a few years later split the lease with OLD Tom Bennett. John Mansfield later bought the southern half and named it Grandview.

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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.

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by itellya on 2013-12-03 08:35:39

by itellya on 2013-12-16 18:35:51

If you were a Broadmeadows (Township/area)resident why would you want to be buried at Bulla (like the Cargills and Corrigans) or Keilor (like the Hoctors)? Why not the Will Will Rook cemetery? Those who understand the history of Broadmeadows/Campbellfield, Bulla and Keilor will know the answer. The irony is that The Foundlings Home in John Kerr's Kerrsland changed the whole trend of burials at Will Will Rook. I'm not going to supply the answer.

by itellya on 2013-12-29 01:29:22

Information about BRODIE,MITCHELL DR.WESTON and HILL added to BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP PIONEERS. Exact locations of land advertised for sale by Mitchell and Hill will be given later. You can look them up, if you can't wait, by googling BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP,COUNTY OF BOURKE.

by itellya on 2013-12-29 06:15:54

Locations of advertised Hill and Mitchell land have been specified.

by itellya on 2014-01-02 06:24:15

Entries for George Langhorne (Broady Township), "Brook Hill","Belmont" and Crowe's Hill" have been added.

by itellya on 2014-01-03 09:11:46

The author of the website about the Morgans of the Cross Keys Hotel at Pascoe Vale told me how confused she was by the use of several different names to describe the same locality. Family historians suffering similar concerns about Melbourne's north west and the Mornington Peninsula should private message me so we can organise a chat. It is so easy to jump to the wrong conclusion about locations,as illustrated below.

Moonee Ponds did not mean the present suburb (as A.D.Pyke presumed in THE GOLD THE BLUE,a history of the Lowther Hall school and Grant Aldous presumed in THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED, a history of the City of Essendon.) Pyke thought that Peter McCracken's Stewarton (most of Gladstone Park)was in the suburb and Aldous described John Cochrane's Glenroy Farm,Moonee Ponds as if it belonged to the Essendon municipality. William Barker (near Castlemaine) and Dryden (near Hanging Rock) were described as squatters in the WESTERNPORT DISTRICT! In fairly recent times,the ESSENDON drive-in was at TULLAMARINE!

The above thoughts were brought to mind when I found Jack Simmie's marriage notice. Harpsdale (Melway 385 E5) is at the northwest corner of the parish of Bulla Bulla and Belmont (Melway 385 F4 but not named)is part of John Crowe's grants in the parish of Yuroke. Brocklands,certainly in the parish of Yuroke, once called Springfield North (the southern part of the crown allotment being a separate farm owned by Wal French after whom French Rd was named)is now occupied by Aitken College and a brand new housing estate.

GAMBLE - SIMMIE. - Jean Elizabeth,younger daughter of Mrs. M. Gamble and the late Mr. D. Gamble, of Brocklands, Greenvale, to John Ernest, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Simmie, Harpsdale, Yuroke (sic.) (P.8, Argus,2-9-1947.)

P.S. Brocklands is named after John Brock an early squatter near Mt Macedon and pioneer of the Bundoora/ Janefield area,from whom the Gambles were descended. Jack Simmie madean enormous contribution to my understanding of the farms near Harpdale and showed me the Brodie crest set in tiles just inside the Harpsdale doorway. If I remember my reading of GREENVALE:LINKS FROM THE PAST (20 years ago)correctly, Jean and Jack met through the Greenvale Tennis Club.

by itellya on 2014-01-11 22:15:09

The 1856 road from Tullamarine Junction to Keilor (subject of today's journal) was a boon for the social life of Tullamarine residents. Tullamarine never had its own public hall, the old billiard room of the closed Beech Tree Hotel being used to send-off and welcome back (in not so many instances) the volunteers in World War 1; Jack Hoctor,born in the old coach house in Broad St (Westmeadows) described the lads' experience as being led like "lambs to the slaughter".

However there were dances at Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows, rostered so they wouldn't clash and there was a fairly regular excuse for the women and girls to dress up in their finery, with a reasonable road leading to each venue.

by itellya on 2014-01-12 09:51:50

In BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY,Andrew Lemon stated that after a lifetime of leasing land for his dairying pursuits, John Kerr Snr. bought the north part of the late Donald Kennedy's Glenroy Estate, on which he built Kerrsland,in 1874. So when I found that he was assessed on land in the parish of Yuroke,I naturally thought that he was leasing it. But he actually owned this land as well as some Will Will Rook land south of Brook Hill in today's Meadow Heights.

WHEATLANDS ESTATE. Near Broadmeadows (The Property of Mr. Jno. Kerr, Glenroy).
FARMS to be let by TENDER for seven years from the 1st February, 1887 :
NORTH SPRINGFIELD.-183a. 3r. 6p., occupied by Mr. Robert Trotman.
SOUTH SPRINGFIELD.- 181a. 3r. 12p., occupied by Mr. Wm. Shankland.
FAIRFIELD."-186a. Or. 25p., occupied by Mr.John Bond.
MOUNT PLEASANT.-185a. lr. 8p., occupied by Mr. John Bond.
BROOKHILL.-183a. 3r. 14p., occupied by Mr.M.Hoctor.
VALLEY FIELD.-177a. lr.8p., occupied by Mr.M. Hoctor.
PROSPECT.-I88a. lr. 2p., occupied by Mr. M. Hoctor.
ROCKLAW.-192 a. 0 r. 13 p., occupied by Mr. Jas.Darmody.

These farms comprise the very pick of the famous Broadmeadows district. The soil is not surpassed for agricultural or grazing purposes in Victoria,Fences are good, and each farm well and permanently watered In all seasons by the several branches of the
Moonee Ponds Creek. Broadmeadows and Somerton railway stations are near the estate ; Flemington Cattle-yards and the Haymarket from eight to ten miles away. The present tenants will point out the boundaries. (P.8,Argus,22-4-1886.)

If the farms were entire crown allotment, some locations will be detailed in a later comment. Mt. Pleasant, Valley Field and Prospect are new to me but the others are mentioned in the journal.

by itellya on 2014-01-19 22:39:30

The Patullo family was one of the pioneering families that ignored the perils mentioned in my poem recently posted in a comment under my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA:

Our historical Society has decreed the place for you to be;
Inside our society's designated boundary,
If you cross this border,we will,I fear
Just pretend you disappear.

The Keilor folk still joke or frown
About a family which went to Violet Town.
They returned with a different name used
So that town's bank manager wouldn't be confused.

So pioneer,be a mate;
Do not the boundary violate.
Or you'll miss out on your fame
Or come back with a different name!

David Patullo started as a humble shepherd in what was to become part of the shire of Broadmeadows and his rapid climb up the financial ladder might be explained by this poem.
David was an observant fellow;
The rock had just a trace of yellow.
His mates' excitement wasn't big
On the farm of Mr Rigg.

They laughed and joked at his expense
But David would have had more sense
And without telling authorities
Found it was not Iron Pyrites.

David had a large family and when the boys grew up, they left Craigbank at Bulla and sought their own abodes,some back in the shire of Broadmeadows and his eldest,who followed his poetic bent, settled near Rochester.William (brother or son?)was at Yannathan in Gippsland in 1883.

My journal THE PATULLO PIONEERS NEAR BULLA AND SOMERTON, VIC., AUST. contains David's 1888 biography from Victoria and Its Metropolis (including the inspiration for my poem above) and much Broadmeadows and Bulla Shire rates information.


by itellya on 2014-01-20 00:23:03


by itellya on 2014-01-20 02:13:07

See this comment on:;

by itellya on 2014-01-28 05:34:35


The land boom is extending northwards. A syndicate consisting of Messrs.G.W.V. Taylor, T. Bent, Howden and other well known land plungers, are in treaty for the purchase of any and every farm between Essendon, Bulla, and Broadmeadows. Over 40 farms have been secured at good prices.
(North Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1873 - 1894) Saturday 21 April 1888 p 2 Article.)

N.B. A railway to Bulla,perhaps via Broadmeadows Township,was proposed but this or an alternative route nearer the river/Deep Creek were abandoned when the 1890's depression hit.Taylor had bought "Stewarton",the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park. The project was revived in about 1920 but once again abandoned by a depression.

At the Boroondara Council last night, on the reception of the report of the health inspector, Councillor Maling spoke very strongly against what he termed "the disgraceful practice" of the Melbourne Hospital authorities in sending the typhoid excreta from the hospital to Broadmeadows to be deposited on farms. By an inadvertence it had been reported that Boroondara shire had been similarly utilised,
but that imputation had been promptly denied by the president. Councillor Maling said it was shameful that, while a council such as Boroondara took every precaution to see that typhoid excreta was burnt, a large public institution like the Melbourne
Hospital should disseminate the abomination far and wide without rebuke.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 28 April 1896 p 6 Article.)

Despite other claims on the internet,John Pascoe Fawkner's "Box Forest" in the parish of Will Will Rook (west of the Fawkner Cemetery)was named after Cr Rupert Hadfield, who was a Broadmeadows Shire councillor by 1928 (plaque on building) when the new shire office was built on Glen Allan and still in 1946 as shown below.

Business at last. Broadmeadows Council meeting, presided over by Cr.R. S. Hadfield, J.P.,etc.....

Cr. ,Henshall reported having attended a conference to consider the matter of a green agricultural belt around the City of Melbourne. Braybrook, Keilor and Broadmeadows
Councils were represented. Keilor drew a line following certain streets to Bulla Road, adjoining the Tullamarine school. The Forests Department denied having received any plan from the Broadmeadows shire engineer (Mr.Walters).It was accordingly left to him to draw a line for Broadmeadows, and he made the line from Tullamarine school to Somerton station.
(Kilmore Free Press Thursday 21 November 1946 p 3 Article.)

N.B.1. Tullamarine State School 2613 operated on the present north corner of Link Rd and Melrose Drive from 1884 to 1960.The land was purchased for the jetport and the present Tullamarine school, started in "light timber construction buildings" (clad with bricks between 1971 and 1973) near the site of Tommy Loft's old corn store on "Dalkeith".
2.Bill Henshall represented the ward that included Old Broadmeadows (the township) and Tullamarine on the north east side of Bulla Rd. During his long tenure on the council he gave great support to the Tullamarine Progress Association, as recorded in the black-covered minute book that should be at the Home Global Learning Centre.
3. The area between Bulla Rd and Somerton later became part of the Shire of Bulla, leading to the Kenny St. farce. The northern boundary of Broadmeadows Township became the new shire boundary and while Broadmeadows wanted to seal Kenny St,Bulla didn't, with the result that only the southern half of the road was sealed.

by itellya on 2014-01-28 09:35:28

by itellya on 2014-01-28 09:39:30

Oops,Peter McCracken , 1846 to 1855 (nine years on Stewarton.)

by itellya on 2014-01-28 10:17:06

Don't bother looking in the J.T.SMITH for the death notice re Peter McCracken's son. It had obviously been the world's greatest fluke that I had I ever found it that one, and only time.

Peter McCracken farmed on Stewarton from 1846 until 1855.This was the 777 acres of Gladstone Park/Gardens between the Forman St and Lackenheath Dr. corners and extending to the Moonee Ponds Creek, which formed the eastern boundary.I have just spent two hours looking for the death notice of Peter's three year old son, William, in 1852, which I read last night but cannot now find! However, an indication of this death is found on page 722 of The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston) of 3-11-1852.

The Chronicle article would have been a verbatim copy of the Argus article of 28-10-1852.

by itellya on 2014-01-29 06:16:44

If you really wish to enquire
Who was where in Broady shire
Reading George Lloyd's book's the thing to do:
"MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920 TO 1952".

With Bob Blackwell he was my locality mentor;
Look in the Hume Global Learning Centre.

Another good strategy is a trove search for "Broadmeadows, Oaklands Hunt".
A horse gymkhana in aid of the Broadmeadows auxiliary for the Queen Victoria
Hospital and the Broadmeadows Red Cross and Comforts Fund was held on Mrs. John
Orr's property Broadmeadows. The committee of the Oaklands Hunt Club assisted the effort from which a satisfactory profit will result.Among the winning riders in the various hunters' plates and other events were Mrs Ken Moore, Mrs Hickey, and Messrs J.Scott, W. Patten and J Attwood. Mr Campbell Fraser was ground supervisor and Mr. W. Mason judge. They had the assistance of Messrs J. Barrow, J. Attwood and K. Campbell committee . Miss E. Elliott was secretary, and Mrs. Orr,president.
(P.2, Argus,25-6-1940.)

John Orr purchased Kia Ora (the sloping ground across the creek to the north of the present Westmeadows footy ground)from the (Donald) Kennedy estate in 1929 and (Jim?)Attwood bought the 400 acre north of that,to Swain St, displacing the Hatty family which had leased Dundonald for many decades. Attwood sold the southern 200 acres to the Commonwealth for a remount and it now houses a vet college,and police horse and dog squads. The Scotts were on Camp Hill which they had renamed Gowanbrae and were heavily into horse racing.

Ken Moore was not a Broadmeadows resident. He was a prominent eventing rider who was much involved with Vale's daughter,Mrs Jackson*,(I MEAN RIDING HER HORSES!) at Dalkeith (where the old Nepean Highway feeds onto the Moorooduc Freeway south of Balcombe's The Briars.) He may be discussed in my journal THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC. (*The hill from the Dalkeith homestead to Range Rd is called Jacksons Hill.)

Jim Barrow farmed Gladstone Park (from Forman St to the Lackenheath Drive corner,had the first motorised tractor in the district and had wheat sown by the Lloyd brothers after W.W.2. Keith Campbell bought Willowbank,across Ardlie St from Kia Ora and north of Kenny St,which is now the Alanbrae Estate for which I suggested many street names.

Miss Elliot may have been related to Doug Elliot of the popular Sunday morning sport show on Channel 7 who was among the prominent patrons of the Inverness Hotel in its final decade.

by itellya on 2014-01-30 08:56:30

THE State Government will today make the biggest land acquisition in Victorian history. It will take over 5,500 acres in theBroadmeadows area for use as a
Housing Commission settlement.

The Commission aims at a model suburb, capable of housing up to 50,000 people.The acquisition was announced last night by Mr Swinburne, Housing Minister. The land begins 2,000 yards south of Broadmeadows station,and extends for 2,000 yards either side of the main Sydney railway line to a point level with Somerton station.

Hundred of present landowners will lose their home building blocks, dozens more will
have to leave their homes, and at least 20 families will be displaced from farms.
Mr. Swinburne said it was planned to re-subdivide the area into enough blocks for another 10,000 to 12,000 houses. Gas, electricity, water, sewerage and drainage would be installed in the next two years. Provision would be made in re-subdivisional plans for parklands, roads, churches, shopping centres,schools, theatres, and industry.

Mr. Swinburne said all homes and buildings that did not fit in with subdivisional plans - those on potential roads and parklands would have to be demolished. All householders in the area would have to apply for exemption from the order, and this
would be granted where possible. No exemption would be given to the 20-odd farmers in the district who would have to find other properties. Only landowners to escape the
acquisition order were those who could prove they had definite plans to build and whose land did not encroach on future parklands or roads. Mr. Swinburne said householders forced to move would be offered other homes in the area or compensated.
Mr. Swinburne added that although there were several hundred homes in the area, comparatively few would be affected. (P. , Argus,12-4-1951.)

by itellya on 2014-02-01 03:08:53

Andrew Lemon is not being very helpful re reprinting BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY so the historical society plans to publish a booklet covering the area's history up to 1996 and has asked permission to use my material. Elayne has my history files re Broady on a USB stick that I sent her, as I've mentioned before, such as EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF TULLAMARINE. Any historical society has my permission to use my material in any way they see fit.

"I do not intend to alter any words or pictures other than to change the print style to Calibri and enhance the pictures. We have only a few copies of 'Broadmeadows - a forgotten history' left and gaining permission from Andrew Lemon to reprint this has been an ongoing saga for more than 4 years. We need another book / booklet to publicise this area before it is totally forgotten."

Thanking you in anticipation

Yours faithfully,


Elayne Whatman
Hon. Secretary
Broadmeadows Historical
Society Inc. & Museum

by itellya on 2014-02-02 09:40:34

KINGSHOTT entry in Broady Township Pioneers is underway.

by itellya on 2014-02-02 18:24:39

Copy of email sent to Jan (John!)Kingshott of Exeter, Devon in England.

Jan, as the KINGSHOTT entry in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND would have to be transcribed to be included in the Broadmeadows journal (see the message I sent last night), I intend only to provide a few details in the journal.

Therefore I will attempt to transmit the I-L volume to you as an email attachment. I will mention in comments under the journal that I have done so and ask Kingshott researchers in Australia to get in touch with you through the Gordon Victor Kingshott page.

by itellya on 2014-02-03 02:19:38

By 1884 the shire of Bulla adjoined the old Broadmeadows Township. The Kenny St.farce has been mentioned elsewhere; only the south half of the street was sealed!


Letter written in July 1984 to Office of the Place, Names Committee.

For some time significant new development has been occurring within the Shire of Bulla along its boundary with the City of Broadmeadows at Kenny Street, Westmeadows. Development is also occurring in the Shire to the north of Kenny Street and plans for further development are at an advanced stage.

The Council believes that it is desirable and would be appropriate for the area in which the present development is taking place and the further development is planned, to be known by its own distinct locality name. Having its own locality name will enable the many people moving there to become better identified with the area and not be considered merely as an extension of Broadmeadows and Westmeadows. A distinct locality name would also encourage such new residents of the Shire of Bulla to identify more with this, their own municipality.

Accordingly, the Council has considered the matter and has determined that a most suitable name for the area would be "Attwood" and application is now made herewith to your Committee for approval of same.

The name "Attwood" has a long association with the area proposed to be renamed. James Gordon Attwood purchased 399 acres of the former Dundonald property (Part of Crown Allotment 8, Parish of Will Will Rook) in November 1929. Part of the area (202 acres) fronting Mickleham Road was acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia and it is now occupied by the Victorian Government Department of Agriculture "Attwood" Veterinary Research Laboratory and a smaller portion by Police Dog Squad and "Attwood" Police Stud Depot.

In the early 1960's, Mr. Attwood further reducing his remaining 197 acres by subdividing ten (10), five (5) acre housing lots along the frontage to Mickleham Road and the rear balance of 147 acres was sold in 1964 and in 1980 was purchased by the State Government for inclusion in the Gellibrand Hill Regional Park.

The area, which the Council wishes to be known at "Attwood", is indicated on the enclosed plan. The boundary of the area on the south and east is the boundary of the Shire of Bulla. The western boundary is the western boundary of the original boundary is the northern boundary of the Veterinary Research Laboratory and Police areas to Mickleham Road and then the southern boundary of the Residential D zoning of the Greenvale area.

The area proposed to be known as "Attwood" will encompass a significant residential area in the south, the non-residential Aircraft Noise effected area in the north and the already well known, Attwood Veterinary Research Laboratory and Police Centre in the west on Mickleham Road.

The Council looks forward to your favourable consideration and agreement to this renaming request.

Yours faithfully

John W. Watson


by itellya on 2014-02-03 17:25:46

by itellya on 2014-02-03 22:44:54

by itellya on 2014-02-08 01:10:14

As this journal lists Broadmeadows farms in alphabetical order, only Broadmeadows Township residents are mentioned in alphabetical order. Some farmers who were not actually township residents were listed with them because I thought that I might never re-find the information,or think of them again. When I stumbled upon the death notice of young William McCracken (actually M'Cracken)while doing a Broadmeadows 1850-1859 search on trove, I posted it in a new journal straight away so I wouldn't spend another two years looking for it.

Then I decided to use the journal for the alphabetical discussion of Broadmeadows pioneers. Some township residents are mentioned in both journals. The will of John Bryan of the Victoria Hotel, in the new journal,introduces John Dick and Donald McPhee as participants in the township's history.

This is the new journal:

by itellya on 2014-02-16 21:23:00

I might seem to have been ignoring my BULLA and BROADY journals for a week or so but nothing could have been farther from the truth. Having been contacted by a descendant of Andrew McLennan of Moorooduc near Mornington the incredible connection between Bulla/Broady and Mornington pioneers has increased dramatically. Andrew McLellan's son, Alexander, married Margaret Jenkins at Broadmeadows(Township)in 1863 and after she died, he married Eliza Millar, who was possibly a sister of James Hunter Millar, Thomas Millar and Robert Millar; the last brother renamed John McKerchar's "Greenvale" as "The Elms" and called one of his daughters Elsie Eliza.

Having conveyed the information about Alexander McLellan's wives to Beryl Patullo, she replied thus 13 hours ago:
HI xxx, It appears whenever a new area was opened up for settlement, that families from the same area seem to move there. Margaret Patullo married Henry Rogers, 1892, at Moonee Ponds at the home of Wm Patullo, and although they had the settlement at Yannathan, their first son was born at Mornington in 1894, and an article was put in the Schnapper Point newspaper, I think from memory, haven't got it in front of me.

John McRae,probably from St Kilda, married one of Alexander's sisters, settling in Mornington, and might have been related to Farquhar McRae who was the groom in charge of the hunters at Glenara when he organised the first ride of what became the Oaklands Hunt in 1888. Could it be that Gilbert Alston,who lived just east of Glenara wrote a letter to his nephew, William Alston in Mornington and mentioned that Davis was looking for a groom, that William mentioned this to his partner in the blacksmith business, John Jenkins, who passed the message on to the Jenkins who had married a McLellan, who passed it onto John McRae, who passed it onto Farquhar McRae?

by itellya on 2014-02-17 08:33:28

by itellya on 2014-02-27 02:06:07

Yet another link has been found between the Mornington Peninsula and Broady.I don't know whether any of the pioneering Cairns family of Boneo were directly linked with the Carron timber mill in Melbourne but their stepbrothers were. Joseph Anderson had a place called Burn Head at Moonee Ponds (probably Broadmeadows Township) in the 1850's; his son, Adam, became a partner in the Carron Timber mill and his daughter married Walter MacFarlane of Strathoer, near Broadmeadows and adjoining Glenroy. Because millyhettie and camcairns sent me private messages, they will now be able to share their information. The former's first post is on the way.

Once again,thanks to Scott Jangro who makes all of this connection between researchers possible.

by itellya on 2014-03-06 18:43:06

My aim is to acknowledge our pioneers and part of the task is to preserve any heritage that they left us, whether as individuals, families or part of communities. Many pioneers were disenfranchised and due to agitation by the common man and criticism from such as Edward Wilson, Government became more liberal and democratic. Land was made available to the battlers through selection and part of the Rosebud foreshore, where fishermen had been squatting for many years, was declared as the Rosebud Fishing Village so that they could buy the land on which they had built their huts. Sadly many residents of Rosebud are now disenfranchised by not truly being represented by two of their three councillors who are trying to get part of the foreshore as the site for a swimming pool, crown land reserved for all Victorians for public recreation.

I have been fully occupied for the last two weeks trying to prevent the theft of this crown land with logical arguments exposing untruths in council and consultants' reports. See the SAVE ROSEBUD FORESHORE Facebook page in which these untruths and the council's lack of open transparent consultation are explained.

Having done all I think possible to preserve that heritage, I will now be returning my focus to our Bulla and Broady pioneers.

by itellya on 2014-03-10 09:56:42

BROADMEADOWS (Shire)-The retiring members of the council, and also the local auditor, were re-elected, viz:-David Brodie, of Harpsdale, for the Mickleham Riding; David Williamson, of Glenroy, for the Broadmeadows Riding, John Kerr, Glen Allan, for the Campbellfield Riding ; and George Couser, Broadmeadows, as local auditor.

As I am fairly certain that the majority of Harpsdale (section 18 Bulla Bulla) was in the shire of Bulla,David Brodie's link with Broadmeadows Shire would have been land just to the north in the parish of Mickleham that Jack Simmie told me was part of the farm. I believe that David Williamson was on Camp Hill* (now Gowanbrae) and that Glenroy would have been in the Campbellfield Riding. The occupant of Glen Allan was probably John Kerr Junior and John Couser was the storekeeper/postmaster in Broadmeadows Township just uphill in Ardlie St from the Broadmeadows Hotel.

by itellya on 2014-03-17 09:23:45

FAIRVIEW and SUNNYSIDE at Tullamarine are discussed in some detail in an archaeological survey which can be obtained online by googling VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD,TARDIS.

Fairview was established by Charles Nash and carried on by several generations of the family,which with the Parr and Wright families composed the backbone of the Tullamarine Methodist Church for over a century. Victoria Road was actually Victoria Street but was known to all Tullamarine residents as Nash's Lane. When the freeway was built,the southern part of Victoria St was renamed Greenhill St and was closed but is now part of Mercer Drive which leads from the freeway to the taxi holding area.

Charles Nash married Mary Gage, daughter of a pioneering Broadmeadows Township family. Harry Nash, who played a prominent part in fighting fires in the area,with a tank mounted on his truck, married Olive Simmons, daughter of the postmistress at Post Office Lane (north boundary of Trade Park Industrial Estate,of which another Nash farm,Bayview, constituted a major part, the church being built in 1870 on what is now the north corner of present Trade Park Drive.)Harry,like Charles Nash Snr. died fairly young and Olive (like Mary,nee Gage)carried on the farm as a widow. Olive eventually was forced to leave Fairview because of dust from the Bayview quarry across Nash's Lane which later became the Cleanaway tip. She spent her last years in a unit next to Joyce Morgan (a fellow stalwart of the Tullamarine Methodist Church) on the old Morgan one or two acre block 20 metres north of, but now adjoining the Tullamarine Reserve, as the old Handlen acre was added to the reserve.

Sunnyside was so-named by Wallis Wright. It fronted Wright St,the southern part of which was renamed Springbank St when the freeway was built. The sons moved to bigger properties or became blacksmiths/wheelwrights and in 1923,Harry Heaps' father William,took over the farm to earn (or produce) his bacon, pig farming now coming into vogue. The Heaps later changed to poultry farming,which was much easier work.

Harry Heaps,who was 14 when he arrived in Tullamarine, saw the formation of the progress association in 1924 and was one of the enthusiastic volunteers who planted pine trees around Noah Holland's old 6 acre block when the progress association,(at the suggestion of its secretary,Alec Rasmussen, who may* be honoured by a plaque at the reserve) gained title and donated it to Broadmeadows Shire as a recreation reserve.
When he married,Harry moved to the large Hamilton Terrace block now occupied by Strathconan Square. Unfortunately nothing now remains of the Fairview and Sunnyside homesteads but the survey will ensure that reminders of the two farms will be preserved.

In reference to your query in regard to potential ways in which Mr Alec Rasmussen can be recognised within the community,Council officers are currently investigating the possibility of installing a memorial plaque at Tullamarine Reserve. I will advise you again in writing when a final decision has been made on a suitable memorial for Mr Alec Rasmussen.

by itellya on 2014-04-05 09:31:01

by itellya on 2014-04-14 10:26:56

Town puzzled by 100th birthday
THE Shire Council, the Anglican vicar and the townspeople of Broadmeadows are trying to work out what came first - their town or its Church of England.
The answer is proving hard to find, because nobody kept any record, and nobody
is old enough to remember. The riddle is important just now, because the church,
St. Paul's, will celebrate its centenary next month, and it will have to serve as the town's centenary, too. According to records of the vicar, the Rev. A. D. Canley, St.Paul's was built "substantially" and opened in August, 1850.

For many of Broadmeadows' 150 people, the celebration will be the greatest local event they can remember. Broadmeadows, 10.5 miles from Melbourne, has not changed much this century. Three houses have been built there in the last 40 years. The lack of growth was caused by the railway line being built two miles from the town. All the new development happened around the station. Then the farmers turned to grazing, and the farm workers drifted away. Even two wars had no effect.The army camp was in the district, but thousands of soldiers had no need to go through the town. The station was closer. Broadmeadows' oldest inhabitant, Mr. Edgar Wright, cannot
remember anything important happening in the town this century.Except for the time the pub was burnt down. (P.5,Argus,11-7-1950.)

The north eastern railway to Albury reached Broadmeadows in 1872 and with road traffic largely bypassing the township from the 1850's when Pascoe Vale Rd and Cliffords Rd provided a reasonably FLAT route to the new Sydney road,the historic township became a sleepy hollow. Edgar or Ted Wright learned his trade with his brother Fred at Tullamarine (Melway 5 D-E7)before setting up as a coach builder on the Fawkner St/Coopers Hill Drive corner occupied by the service station.

by itellya on 2014-04-28 20:29:05

An obituary for James Drain has been added to the Drain entry under Broadmeadows Township pioneers at the start of the journal.

by itellya on 2014-05-06 12:42:43

by itellya on 2014-05-07 09:09:49

It's not a great time to lose your internet connection when you've spent over an hour correcting digitisation on trove and the changes can't be saved. In this case it was the advertisement (P.15, Argus,9-10-1909)in the previous comment. I'm sure I have mentioned the Dundonald Estate north of Broadmeadows Township and the sale of Donald Kennedy's portion of the Glenroy Estate (east of Pascoe Vale Rd) by his widow in 1874.

After Donald's death there was a bloke named Shannon assessed on Dundonald; Donald had married Jessie Grace SHANNON! This comment was going to be about the other farms that had been put up for lease in 1909 but I was so disheartened that I went on a bender, not drinking but a frenzy of trove exploration based on the previous comment.

The first mention of Glenroy in The Argus was in the late 1840's and mainly concerned Robert McDougall who suggested the best way to make and maintain the road from Five Mile Creek to "Glenroy" was to plough proper drains. George Gordon Cameron was kicked off Glenroy in 1860, having become insolvent. Thomas Dutton was on the part of Glenroy west of Pascoe Vale Rd by 1872 and until 1880 but may have been using it as a depot towards the end of his tenure. (Corop?) Thomas married John Beale's daughter and John Beale Jnr married a Dutton girl! (John Beale owned Shelton,about three quarters of the land bounded by Milleara Rd,Clark Rd, Rachelle Rd,and Buckey St in East Keilor. He retired to Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds,naming his house Shelton. )

A.Cameron continued the Cameron connection with Glenroy and became the President of the Shire of Broadmeadows. Donald Cameron settled Glenroy with Duncan Cameron in the 1830's but did not stay there long, soon moving to the Portland area where he owned over 6000 acres at the time of his death. (If I remember correctly Saint Mary McKillop was the governess to Donald Cameron's children and was his niece.)

See what I mean about a frenzy? Sorry that sources aren't quoted.

(Page numbers given below are from BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
The main point of this comment was to be my amazement that Glenallen and "Dutton's" were part of the Kennedy Estate in 1909. Donald and Duncan Kennedy partitioned the Glenroy land in 1857 (P.79),with Duncan getting "Dutton's",fronting the east bank of Moonee Ponds Creek. In July 1887, Duncan signed a contract to sell his 1500 plus acres to James Chapman for 76 000 pounds. (P. 82.) Chapman probably sold some of the land before the 1890's depression but by 1892 was probably insolvent with the result that the unsold land reverted to Kennedy ownership. (Andrew Lemon did not mention this happening but it obviously did.)

As I remember, in Broadmeadows:A Forgotten History,Lemon mentioned that John Kerr Jnr. had established a dairy on "Glen Allan" but this seems to have been left out of the index. My frenzied search did reveal that John Jnr had lost two children during his time on the farm (which obviously ended before 1909.)

When transcribing Broady rates a quarter of a century ago,I was able to trace the various occupants of Glenallen because of its unusual acreage which matched no other farm in the shire. As in other shires owners of properties were probably not recorded and I naturally assumed that the occupiers were also the owners.

One question that arises is when the Kennedys had bought Glenallen. Donald had died in 1864,so it could be presumed that the land between Annette/ Wattle Glen and Pascoe Vale Rd had been bought before his death. His widow had sold her share of Glenroy in 1874 and his brother sold his share in 1887 so it would be doubtful that they'd bother buying other land nearby. As Glenallen was advertised as two farms in 1909,I was fortunate to find this 1882 advertisement.

To be LET by TENDER, GLENALLEN FARM,old Sydney road (now in occupation of Mr John
Kerr) 672 acres, more or less. Term, five years from 1st March, 1882. Particulars to be obtained from Messrs LYNCH and McDONALD, Market square,Collins street west, with whom tenders must be lodged on or before 1st February next.(P.8, Argus,18-1-1882.)

By 1909 the total acreage of Glenallen was only 523 acres.

Lot 3 - Eastern part "GLENALLEN" adjoining Broadmeadows R.S. Watered by creek.
Area -286 acres 1 rood 11 perches, the most of which can be cultivated.

Lot 4.-- Western part "GLENALLEN" comprising 237 acres 1 rood 9 perches. Watered
by creek. Practically all can be cultivated.

Trove results for Glenallen ended in the 1890's; the name had morphed to "Glen Allan". The Twomeys had been on Willowbank in 1909.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 August 1919 p 1 Family Notices
... TWOMEY - On the 20th August, at his residence, "Glen Allan", Broadmeadows, .
(Andrew Lemon mentions on page 108 that in 1909 John Twomey grew maize that was nine feet tall.)

The occupant with the German name is discussed elsewhere in the journal,if I remember properly, in the OAKLANDS HUNT report near the start or perhaps the Glenallan entry.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 4 May 1950 p 21 Article
... Stud records lost in fire ! The stud records of 26 pedigree horses were burnt by a fire that destroyed three rooms of Glen Allan stud farm, at Broadmeadows, early yesterday morning. Mr. Arthur Robert Parkinson, manager of the farm, said he was awakened by the crackling of flames

by itellya on 2014-05-07 10:03:57

Charles James Garrard was the grantee of section 10, Will Will Rook of 959 acres. This was bounded by a northerly extension of Ardlie St,Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows), a northern boundary 4000 links (4 cm on Melway)north of Kenny St indicated by the ends of Sinclair and Devenish Courts, Pascoe Vale Rd, a westerly extension of the line of Camp Rd to Moonee Ponds Creek,Lyons St and Kenny St.

From Ardlie St,this was divided into Willowbank (Allanbrae Estate)of 299 acres, Wattle Glen or Wattle Grove,195a. 2r. 8p.,Michael Corrigan's lot 5 in 1909 (accessed via Elizabeth St) and Glenallen,523 acres in 1909,a total of about 1017 acres so the northern boundary of some or all of these farms would have had to be a bit further north than that of Garrard's grant to provide the extra 58 acres.

Google WILL WILL ROOK,COUNTY OF BOURKE to inspect the parish map.

by itellya on 2014-05-10 06:49:56

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