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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.
[Craigieburn] Stamp and postmark from 1904
[Craigieburn] Several rural properties demolished for development
[Craigieburn / Mickleham] I found the Robert Burns Hotel houses that were demolished
[Craigieburn] Could one of these be the Craigieburn Inn site?
[Craigieburn / Mickleham / Greenvale] Aitken Hill
[Craigieburn / Wollert] I visited Summerhill today!!!