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Journal by itellya

When I arrived in Tullamarine in 1971, I soon became friendly with a terrific fellow named Leo Caton. He took me to my first Tullamarine Progress Association meeting and before it ended, I was the editor of the Sonic,a monthly community newsletter which contained news from the progress association, youth club, little aths. and many other organisations, and had been started by (who else?)Leo Dineen. If anything was needed for the hall, Leo,a trade teacher, was the one to ask and I was his apprentice.He'd pick up the keys from Rhonda Lilley who lived at 16 Broadmeadows Rd and we'd install the drapes, badminton-net sockets and so on.

I played badminton and if anyone ever played minton badly, I was the one! Rhonda introduced me to Ruth and they both tried to explain that the little feathery thing took a little longer to get there than a tennis ball. I was on the hall committee with Leo, Rhonda and Ruth so I got to know the two gal-pals fairly well. Not knowing that I'd start writing Tullamarine's history in 1988 or that Ruth had been in the area for so long, I missed the chance to get her story of early suburban Tullamarine. However, her son,Michael, has contacted me thanks to family tree circles and supplied the attached photo which was taken from the top of the drive-in screen.

Michael had written several details, which will be added to this journal soon, and has undertaken to name the owners of the houses shown in the photo. His sister, whom I apparently coached in Little Aths., has much to tell.

My journal, THE SUBURB OF TULLAMARINE outlines the transition of Tullamarine from farmland to suburbia, but I will give a brief chronology here. The area between Melrose Drive and Broadmeadows Rd had originally been part of E.E.Kenny's Camp Hill but was sold in parcels of 11 (shop area), 52, and 26 (fronting Sharps Rd) acres. These were consolidated by Sam Mansfield and became known as Mansfield's Triangle. The 400 acres between Sharps Rd and the Catherine Ave houses, part of William Foster's grant,was sold to the Kilburns who called it Fairfield. Much later they sold to James Harrick (whose restored cottage near Keilor Park is now the Keilor Historical Society museum) and in about 1910,it was sold in two 200 acre parts. The western part, between Fisher Grove houses and the end of Sharps Rd, became Brightview, owned by Michael Reddan and the Doyles and is now industrial. George Mansfield bought the western half (Dalkeith) and built the homestead in 1910.

Tommy Loft, who had been farming at Greenvale and incredibly, the residential area of Moonah Links Golf Course in 1920, soon after bought Dalkeith and subdivided the area between Broadmeadows Rd and Eumarella St; the land bisected by Gordon St followed soon afterwards, as his son,Ray's,Californian Bungalow was built in 1927. Gordon St was named after Ray's son. The blocks sold like melted ice creams and most were owned by Tommy's daughters and their husbands (Scoones, Exel.)The Lloyd Brothers were the first longtime residents on Tommy's subdivision. The next owner of Dalkeith was Leslie King Dawson, and in 1951, Moorooduc storekeeper and postmaster, Percy Hurren became the last to farm Dalkeith. John Petersen (east side of Dawson St Kindergarten)at one time had the most northerly and westerly house on Dalkeith and had to discourage Percy's cows from eating his garden. (The Petersens were soon heavily involved in Little Aths.) The Drive-in opened in 1956 and the photo taken from the top of its screen indicates that subdivision on Dalkeith had not commenced.

Mansfield's Triangle, now called the Triangular Estate was underway by the 1950's, water being obtained from a standpipe across Lancefield Road (Melrose Drive.) Sid Hedger helped the residents to obtain less primitive conditions. In about 1956, Henderson Rd was made, requiring demolition of the post office, and Mrs Watson relocated to the present liquor store. Leo Dineen, who settled on the triangular Estate, wrote some memories of Tullamarine in 1960:
? A milk bar/ garage (Green?s Corner) at the corner of Mickleham and Bulla Road.
? Housing only as far west as Gordon St. and Christopher Crescent, with other houses past Tadstan Dr. and on the Triangle Estate.
? Unmade streets on the Triangle with stagnant water in poorly drained gutters.
? One small Infant Welfare Centre off Carol Grove.
? No Broadmeadows Rd. School as the old school (S.S.2613) was in its last year of operation at the Conders Lane corner. (Nth. Corner of Link Rd. and Melrose Dr.)
? NO hall, tennis courts,kindergarten,doctor, chemist, sporting teams, youth club or sewerage and only a couple of shops.

I asked Michael if his father, Frank,was related to Ben Kelly, a Progress Association stalwart who lived on the north corner of Tadstan Drive and could out-row men half his age. Elayne is Elayne Whatman of the Broadmeadows Historical Society.

Carolyn told me recently that she went to a square dance in a shed or something on Hurren's farm, which was a short distance north along Broadmeadows Rd from us. You can see it in the photo on the other side of the road from us at 76. Dawson St was put in in the early 60's after Hurrens sold up and moved out. The house would have been a little bit north of where Dawson St is now.

No, dad wasn't related to Ben. His family came from Bendigo. He was born in Redesdale near Kyneton and also lived in Goornong north of Bendigo.

I'll send an email to Elayne re the photo at some stage and copy you in - re the people living in the houses in the photo - eg Harold and Ruby Green lived at 78 Broadmeadows Rd. They were related to the Greens of Greens corner. My brother was pally with Terry Green who I think was a nephew of Harold and Ruby.

My younger sister Barbara remembers you. She was involved in Little Athletics. I captained what I think was Tulla's first cricket team, the Under 14's, coached by John Pearson and Ken Davies at about the same time.

My family lived at 76 Broadmeadows Rd from 1953 till the 80's or later. My mother Ruth Kelly was involved with the Tullamarine Progress Association for a long time. There was a thermometer in the window of Garner's newsagency for quite a while showing how much money had been raised to build the community hall.

My father, Frank Kelly, ran a welding shop behind the service station at the corner of Bulla and Mickleham Rd's in the 50's and early 60's. I believe the original service station was the same building that used to be the old pub which, legend has it, was once frequented by Squizzy Taylor.

I can remember picnicing by the creek when the western side of Broadmeadows Rd was largely farmland. There used to be a nice spot where it ran under Sharps Rd and there was a stand of large pine trees providing shade. It's just a dip in the road now.

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on 2013-08-02 04:17:39

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 2013-08-05 23:11:16

For some reason, the photo of old Tulla, taken from atop the drive-in screen circa 1960 and provided by Michael Kelly will not open in this journal. I was alerted about this by John Daniels, the first person to research Tulla's history. If you would like a copy of the photo, send me your email address in a F.T.C. private message and I'll attach the photo to an email. The following comments from Michael Kelly relate to the photo.

Re the houses in the photo sent earlier, Carolyn (my eldest sister) and I have compiled the following with regard to who was living where at the time. The spelling of some of the names may be a bit dodgy but it?s the best we can recollect.

Hope this is of interest.


Michael Kelly

Far left out of Picture (No.70)
Mr and Mrs. Cafarella, sons Dominic and Frank.
A couple, Mr and Mrs Smith, moved into No.82 when the Cafarellas moved out.
(Mrs Cafarella is my (Michael?s) godmother and I have never met her since and cannot remember her at all!)

Arch and Val McQuarrie and their children Paul and Kathy.
Kathy was killed by crocodile while swimming between two boats in far northern Australia in the 70?s or thereabouts.
They moved out in about 1962 and English migrants, the Lees family moved in, Fred and Margaret and their adopted children Graham and Janet. Margaret?s grandparents were living with them. Their name was Cadd and the grandfather died in the mid 60?s.

Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys and their children (can't remember name of eldest), Jack and Jill.

Frank and Ruth Kelly, children Haydn, Carolyn, Lorraine, Michael, Barbara.

Harold and Ruby Homer (daughter of Mrs. Green from Green's Corner).

Broadmeadows Road Right Rear
Hurren's farmhouse. Son Ronald. Mrs. Hurren had two older daughters from a previous marriage.
They sold in the early 60?s. Dawson Street now sits opposite No.78 Broadmeadows Road. A number of American families who moved out here to work on the Tullamarine airport construction lived in the area, including the new estate built on Hurren?s farm. (Theresa St area-itellya.)

Lancefield Road/Melrose Drive - Left to right

Cafarella's milk bar and greengrocer. They built a tiny shed to sell fruit and vegetables and eventually built the shop left of photo.
They sold up not long after 1960 and the Saparito family ran the shop for many years, with Johnny and his father running it.

White semi-house next to greengrocers.
Albert and Mrs. Hughes and their children Audrey and Jack.
They moved out in the early 60?s and a butchers shop was built next to the greengrocers.

House left of shops on the right.

Bill and Mrs. Seeks, their adopted daughter Anne and niece Beryl Moller who also lived with them. Mrs Seeks left the family in the early 60?s and Bill raised the two girls by himself

Butcher?s shop in picture ? can?t recall.

Newsagent/post office far right
Run by the Garner family for many years from the early 60?s on, Len and Del and their children Sue, Chris, Mark and Simon. (Garnar-itellya.)

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