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The hunt report will be given verbatim except that in brackets after each property will be a Melway reference (so you can follow the hunt's progress as you read) followed by a key number relating to the notes that follow.
Attached is a map which shows some of the properties mentioned but was chosen to detail the locations of St Johns Hill and Kelly's. The right hand side of the map is transposed on Melway map 16.

ARGUS 7-7-1903.
As the A.R.C. Grand National Meeting was billed for Flemington in the afternoon, it was decided to hunt on the early morning of Saturday.
The meet was fixed for Essendon where about a score of followers, including the Sultan of Johore were assembled at the appointed time. The Master led the way to Tweedside (28 E4; 1.) and hounds were thrown in. Immediately they gave tongue, and followed the line westerly through Mar Lodge (28 D2; 2), Buckley Park, Butzbach (28 B-C2; 3), and on to Skelton park (15 F 12; 4). The North Pole road (5) was crossed into Oak park (15 C12; 6), and from here hounds turned their masks to the north, and, having run through Mr Fox's (15 D-G 10; 7)they led across the Mount Alexander road (8) into Mrs Connor's (15 G6; 9). Thence afterwards they led through Messrs Nash's (15 E6; 10), Crotty's (15 F4; 11), and Harrick's (15 E-H, 1-2; 12) properties, and, on nearing Tullamarine Junction (15 J1), the pack turned east and crossed the Bulla road (13) into Mr G.Williamson's Camp Hill farm (15 K1; 14). Now turning to the south, the chase went through Mr C. Howse's (16 B-C4; 15), the St John's Hill Estate (16 C4-7,D 6-7; 16), thence over what is known as Kelly's Farm (Menara St to Ivan St;16)and finally hounds bowled over their game in Lincoln Park (28 F2) after a very fast eight miles run.(N.B.Everyone had ample time to get to Flemington.)
Amendment-The location of Kelly's Farm was between Bulla Rd (a south easterly continuation of Wirraway Rd) and Arvon-Carnarvon Rd.

1. Tweedside would have been well-known to members of the Oaklands Hunt. The Forrester family had probably owned the property for some time and built the Tweedside house. Alexander (Sandy) McDougall, who was Master of the Oakland Hunt at about this time, before moving to Western Australia, married Jane Forrester in 1888. As I can only have one image per journal, I have attached a land plan showing Tweedside and Mar Lodge, its western neighbour, to a MAR LODGE AND TWEEDSIDE journal. I believe the Forresters built a new house in Forrester St, which was declared in 1890, and leased out the old Tweedside homestead. Margaret Forrester was probably Jane's mother.

2.Mar Lodge, whose subdivision included Hedderwick and McCracken Sts, was granted to James Robertson senior of Upper Keilor. Upon his death James Junior inherited Upper Keilor and Spring Hill, where he built Aberfeldie after his mother's death. Another son Francis, a politician and bachelor, inherited Mar Lodge and built its homestead in which he died many years later. There have been claims that the McCrackens, relatives through marriage and later owners, bestowed the farm's name but the death notice for Francis showed that it already had the name.The McCrackens were keen golfers and had a course on Mar Lodge for some time.

3. Butzbach was, as you would have guessed, a German name, and it would be no surprise that it was granted to William Hoffman and that its western boundary was Hoffmans Rd. Butzbach extended halfway to Lincoln Rd and adjoined Mar Lodge. Hoffman at first leased the property to Alexander Earle McCracken who built the first house and barns etc on the property but had to return to the Ardmillan Estate in Scotland because of his wife's ill health. At about the time of the hunt, the home was possibly being occupied by the Crofts who renamed it Buckley Park, leading the report's writer to think that they were two different properties. The house was most likely between the bend in Price St and Croft St.

4. John Beale owned all but the south east quarter of 11B Doutta Galla when he subdivided it. This crown allotment, bounded by Clark Rd, Rachelle Rd, Buckley St and Milleara Rd, was granted to J.P.Fawkner, who bought it on behalf of a co-operative so that his beloved farmers could obtain freeholds. Dr Crooke's sanatorium and John Duhey had occupied a fair proportion of 11B before Beale bought it. He called it SHELTON (not Skelton)but the writer was not the only one to make this mistake. John gave the same name to his house in Ardmillan Rd and the directory and/or Essendon rate collector made the same mistake.

5. Milleara Rd was called North Pole Rd until 1947. See the North Pole Rd, Braybrook Township journal.

6. By the time of the hunt, the Dodds and Delaheys, related by marriage, owned all the land west of Milleara Rd from the estate with streets named after cricketers right down to Buckey St. One of the Dodds had bought Keilor Binn Farm, the original part of Brimbank Park and his wife had insisted on changing the name to Brimbank. The Dodd- Delahey land west of Westleigh Pl.-Arcade Way was known as Oakleigh Park originally and then "The Oaks"; I have never seen it called Oak Park. As the family members grew older, they leased land to Cr John Fox (for his dry cows) and Marino Lauricella (a market gardener whose cart was once smashed by a train as he was crossing the Albion-Jacana line), after whom Lauricella Ave was named.

7. The land between Webber Pde and Spring Gully was leased quite early by Laurence Kelly who had married Margaret Fox in Ireland in 1854. I believe that Margaret was the aunt of Michael Fox who arrived in 1866; Michael married Rose Reilly and one of their daughters was named Margaret. By 1900, Michael owned this land as well as Barbiston in Tullamarine. Michael's son John was a councillor representing the Doutta Galla ward and was one of the few Keilor Councillors to support Tullamarine's 1926 proposal to relocate the Newmarket saleyards to Tullamarine. Michael Fox lived in his house on the corner of Milleara and Keilor Rd (possibly the old North Pole Inn) until his death in 1918.John Fox sold land to T.M.Bourke for a railway station in 1928; what a pity the line has never been used for passenger services as the real estate firm envisaged! John later sold the rest of the property to Ansair.

8. Keilor Rd was called Mt Alexander Rd for abour 50 years.

9.Owen Connor and Patrick Phelan were spirit merchants related by marriage who were bankrupted because of land speculation. Phelan lost Spring Park and Connor lost Keilor Binn Farm. By a shrewd move Springfield was saved from sequestration and remained a Connor property. However in 1900 the McNamaras were leasing Springfield and
Spring Park so the quarry would have dashed north pretty close to Collinson street, Keilor Park which cut through 160 acres owned in 1900 by Sarah, the (widow/sister daughter?) of William Connor.

10.The Nash farm was on the east side of the Foster Rd bridge and straddled the creek.Thomas Nash bought the farm a few years before this hunt took place after leasing Hillside from the Sharps. It was the 150 acre farm on which Edward Cahill had been assessed in 1868. Thomas was most likely a son of Charles Nash and Mary (Gage) who had Fairview, Bayview and a paddock for dry cows near Farnes' Corner (Mansfields/McNabs Rds) in Tullamarine. Thomas also owned 188 acres north of the Keilor Park Recreation Reserve.

11.Tullamarine Park Rd is the main thoroughfare of the industrial estate now occupying Broomfield, the farm on which Maurice Crotty settled in about 1860 after moving from Brannigan's St Johns Hill at Melway 384 J5. He built the original house across Tullamarine Park Rd from Allied Drive and pocketing part payments from insolvent speculators, he built a new house on the site of the Honda Riding school in about 1890. His sister was Bridget Madden whose family ran the Inverness Hotel for at least a decade and his niece, Margaret, married H.H.Daniel of Narbonne. It was not a coincidence that he settled on Broomfield; his father-in-law, McCormack, had a farm called Chesterfield between a westerly extension of Sharps Rd and Annandale Rd to and including the present Star Trak land. See FOSTER, SHARP, CROTTY journal.

12. The southern 400 acres of section 3 Tullamarine was sold on 25-9-1867 to D.T.Kilburn. This was west of Broadmeadows Rd, north of Sharps Rd and went north as far as a line indicated by the Janus St/Catherine Ave midline. The northern 240 acres (to Post Office Lane)included about 60 acres across Bulla Rd, but was mainly purchased by Methodists such as Charles Nash, with his Bayview occupying about half of this area which today includes Trade Park. Kilburn called his farm Fairfield and it appears that David Milburn was leasing it in 1868. James Harrick was occupying Fairfield by 1893 and in 1910 sold the eastern 200 acres to George Mansfield who built the Dalkeith homestead on the north corner of Dalkeith Ave in the same year. The western half of Fairfield became Michael Reddan's Brightview.

13.Bulla Rd has been called successively Macedon Rd, Deep Creek Rd, Bulla Rd, Lancefield Rd and Melrose Drive. Much of the road was closed in 1943 (Essendon Aerodrome expansion) and circa 1965 (Melbourne Airport construction.)

14. Camp Hill originally went west to Broadmeadows Rd but the part west of Macedon Rd (see 13) was sold by Eyre Evans Kenny quite early and a subdivision called Gretna Green was advertised but obviously flopped as the 89 acres became Mansfield's Triangle for many decades. Joe Thomas was the last owner of the triangle before a subdivision was helped by the establishment of the Caterpillar plant in the mid 1950's.
Thus Camp Hill, as described in the hunt report was east of Bulla Rd with Camp Hill Park indicating its northern extent (adjoining Edmund Dunn's old Viewpoint)and an easterly extension of Sharps road to the Moonee Ponds Creek forming its southern boundary (adjoining South Wait and St John's grant, section 23 Doutta Galla.)

Occupants of Camp Hill were Brown (Mrs Alfred Deakin's father) 1863-7, Hay Lonie by 1877,who leased it to the Williamsons in 1882 when he moved to Valley Field, Thomas and Augustine Gilligan, from the Bulla area, who bought it in 1904 if my memory is correct, W.R.Morgan from 1912, Scott by 1935 (who renamed it Gowanbrae), Bruce Small, to whom Malvern Ave owes its name and finally Neil Cowan who ran a dairy farm until Stanley Korman bought the farm.
Other properties known to have been farmed by the Williamsons are James Sharp's Hillside and the part of Leslie Banks now occupied by the Keilor Park Recreation Reserve (the homestead being on the site of the tennis courts.) I have a suspicion that I have seen reference (possibly in an early Oaklands Hunt report) to them being on Kilburn's Fairfield, perhaps before Harrick.

15. The first reference I saw to South Wait was in George Lloyd's MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920 TO 1952. George described it as being on the east side of Bulla Rd south of the bridge and mentioned the slaughteryards that Jack Howse ran there.Neither George nor his brother, Sid, had any idea of how the farm's name originated.
The Howse family had been in the area very early and probably built the Travellers Rest Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in 1899. This hotel sat on 10 acres of 22C Doutta Galla, granted to J.P.Fawkner, bounded by Louis St, Dromana Ave, Matthews Ave and a line just south of Rood Road (possibly so-named because there was one rood or quarter acre between it and the boundary.)
Broadmeadows' ratebook of 1900 shows that John B. Howse was leasing 110 acres, Deep Creek Road, from W.Greyden, who was obviously an executor of John Hall (the grantee) or an assignee due to insolvency, as Jack was leasing South Wait from the Estate of the late John Hall in 1910. South Wait consisted of 22 B and D of Doutta Galla, whose eastern boundary is indicated by the Elysee Crt/ Vickers Ave midline in Strathmore Heights.
The farm's strange name may not have been coined until 1928 when the Albion-Jacana line was built. The original bridge over the line would not have been very wide and there may have been a rule that vehicles coming from the south had to give way. Such a rule would make sense because vehicles heading towards Melbourne would have mainly been heavily laden and needing to get to the pig market (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Haymarket (Dental Hospital) etc in good time, while the return trip would have no such urgency.
The Cock and Howse families were related by marriage.

16. St John's Hill and Kelly's. (From page 92, EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA.)
Thomas Kelly leased 200 acres of Section 23 from Henry Mawbey on 1-6-1871. The lease was for 5 years at a rental of 200 pounds per annum. On 23-2-1875 William George Lempriere leased St John's farm of 310 acres to Thomas Kelly.On the next day Kelly's lease from Mawbey was cancelled, the latter's ownership having passed to Lempriere, and Kelly paid Lempriere 5162 pounds for the eastern 206 1/2 acres of section 23. St John's Farm (St John's Hill) was later owned by Henry Stevenson of "Niddrie" and the 200/ 206 1/2 acre property (Kelly's) by Robert McDougall of Arundel and Warlaby. Thus, on Section 23 Doutta Galla, Stevenson and McDougall were neighbours as Harry Peck put it when describing their animosity to each other because of their preferred strain of shorthorn cattle. Note the unusual boundary on the map between St Johns Hill and Kelly's purchase.

After reading the hunt report again, I found it strange that the quarry would run through Strathmore North and with no further descriptions of properties) finish up at Lincoln Park; the obvious course would be down the east side of Bulla Rd through section 16 Doutta Galla with its diamond shaped pattern of (Government) subdivision with roughly 20 acre blocks sold circa 1862 in Broadmeadows shire and 1865 in Keilor Shire. My "Early Landowners: Doutta Galla" showed that the same Thomas Kelly had land in the Essendon Division of Broadmeadows Shire with a nett annual value of 134 pounds, probably close to the 199 acres that John S.Kelly (of Blair and sons) was assessed on in 1920. This would have been Kelly's Farm and the fox would have scampered down the hill between Bulla Rd and Lincoln Rd (as Carnarvon Rd was called at the time) to the Essendon Crossroads. The previous guess about the location of Kelly's farm will be left in the journal because it contains valuable titles information and as a warning not to jump to conclusions , as I did.

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