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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.

  [Somerton] Daniel Mackenzie - Somerton School

27 December 2007, 8:18pm      



Tenders required

TENDERS are wanted for the erection of a
National School House at Yuroke, near the
Somerton Inn, Sydney road, according to plans
and specification, to be seen at the temporary
school house, by applying to Mr. Tydeman the
secretary; any information regarding the same
may be obtained from the undersigned, to whom
tenders are to be sent, care of Mr. Vinge,
Somerton Inn, by or before the 11th March,


Craigie Burn
14th February, 1850

  [Craigieburn] Could one of these be the Craigieburn Inn site?

26 December 2007, 8:33pm      

From the Port Phillip Herald on August 14, 1840:


Four Farms on the Merri Creek for sale
by Private Bargain

No. 1, containing 175 ACRES
No. 2, containing 171 ACRES
No. 3, containing 158 ACRES
No. 4, containing 148 ACRES

Each of these Farms has an extensive frontage
on the Merri Creek, as well as possessing a water-
course intersecting two of the Farms and running
through a portion of the other two. They are
distant from Melbourne fifteen miles, with the
Sydney Road (as now permanently fixed) passing
through them. The soil is of excellent quality.
They are lightly timbered, and on each of the
Farms portions of land will be found without any
obstacle to the immediate commencement of farm-
ing operations.

Further particulars will be learnt by applying at
the office of
Corner of Bourke and Queen streets.


15 miles from Melbourne, Sydney Road passing through, frontage to the Merri....... that's the eastern side of Craigieburn. I wonder if one of those farms was the
site that the Inn was built on at a later stage.

  [Somerton] Newspaper ad from 1888

23 December 2007, 11:42am      

Did a little side project while I was waiting for the wood stain on the barbie to dry (any mistakes are probably due to inhaling fumes)

Christine pointed this out to me a couple of months ago but I've now done a transcription. The first section is a lot of business banter but further down there's some really good descriptions of the area.

Merry Xmas everyone