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About this blog: random thoughts, discoveries, ramblings. Much of this was originally composed as email to a local history mailing list, rather than being written specifically for publishing, so it's a little disjointed. I figured it was better to get it out to everyone else in rough form rather than not at all.

If you have a common interest in anything, or can add further to the information I've provided here, please contact me.

  [Craigieburn] Craigieburn in the Victorian Municipal Directory

21 August 2007, 9:42pm      

I was at PROV today and had a quick look at the collection of directories before I left. I photographed a sample from 1915, 1935 and 1955 - here's what it says about Craigieburn:

CRAIGIEBURN--On Merri Creek with recreation hall, tennis and cricket
clubs, good fishing and shooting. Rail - 16 1/4 miles; fares, 1s 2 1/2d,
and 10d. Post and telegraph office. L. Watts, pm.

CRAIGIEBURN--On Merri Creek with post and telegraph office, recreation
hall, tennis and cricket clubs, good fishing and shooting. Coursing
enclosure (70 acres). Rail - 16 1/4 miles; fares 1s 9 1/2d, and 1s 2 1/2d.

CRAIGIEBURN--On Merri creek with post and telegraph office, recreation
hall, tennis and cricket clubs, good fishing and shooting. Church. Rail -
16 1/4 miles.

Just before closing I realised there was another bookshelf with the post-1955 directories in them - Craigieburn is still listed in the (final?) 1992 one, but I didn't have time to capture it... that's for another day.

BTW, Craigieburn does not seem to appear in the directory prior to 1907. PROV's collection goes from about 1885 to 1992.

I also came across an interesting document from 1852 which describes a request for right of way which is now part of Somerton Road. The map also shows Pascoe Vale Road marked as Old Sydney Road (these days it would be more like OLD OLD Sydney Road) and Mickleham Road is shown as Mount Gellibrand Road. I'm hoping to find some stuff like this for the Craigieburn area.

  [Kalkallo] 1000 rural acres in Kalkallo to be industrialised

16 August 2007, 7:11pm      

The latest planning system update includes reference to an amendment which will rezone the area known as Kalkallo Park in order to allow future industrial and commercial development.

The area affected is just over 1000 acres in size.

It looks like existing buildings of Kalkallo Park are still heritage listed (,Kalkallo.pdf ) but as to the rest of the thousand acres it's fair game. In the years to come the area north west of the Hume/Donnybrook Road intersection will look quite different, as well as the commercial development there's also a planned freeway interchange at that intersection.

More information is available here.

I think Kalkallo Park - or somewhere close anyway - was mentioned by Owen Laffan with regards to flax production during WWII. His name is mentioned as a reference in the heritage review pdf.

Kalkallo Park may also be the flax mill referenced in the Craigieburn Aerodrome proposal document - "A further site is probably available west of the Hume Highway and north of the Nineteen Mile Lane[3]. Owing to theerection of a flax mill on the site[4], which is now under construction, the site was not proceeded with."