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Parcels and ownership history

[Please note: work in progress]

The first recorded evidence of the land we now call ours, is recorded in the The Melbourne Argus. The first time, we can determine (via hindsight) that it was recorded on Tuesday 11 January 1848 that a one Mr William Hamilton did place an application for the lease of a run known as "Glenarand" on December 30, 1847.  

It was later reported in The Argus (Friday 28 and 29 September 1848) that "HIS Excellency the Governor directs it to be notified for the information of all persons interested, that in pursuance of Her Majesty's Order in Council, of 9th March, 1847, the undermentioned persons have demanded Leases  of the several Runs of Crown Land, particularised in connexion with their respective names" and therefore, under an article titled "CLAIMS TO LEASES OF CROWN LAND BEYOND THE SETTLED DISTRICTS" it is declared that Run No. 98. was granted to William Hamilton. The run description given as:

Name of run- Glenarona
Estimated Area- 76,000 acres
Estimated grazing capabilities- 18,000 sheep
Bounded by Messrs Edgehill on the SE by Mr Sutherland, on the south by Mr Mollison, on the west by Mr Patterson, on the NW by Mr Barnett, on the north by Messrs Ruffy and Manly, and on the NE by Sunday Creek, on the east consisting of hill and stringy bark ranges.

We can make a few assumptions about Mr Hamilton. The first is that he ran Merino Sheep. This seems to be supported by an advertisement placed in the The Argus on Wednesday 27 April 1853 which reads:

PURE MERINO RAMS

FOR Sale, 200 pure Merino Rams, bred by Mr. William Hamilton, on the Sugarloaf Creek. Ages. two, four, and six toothed.  Application to be made at the station, to Mr.  John Campbell, Glenarona, Sugarloaf Creek.

It seems there may have been a family emergency or other serious matter in Mr Hamilton's life as he publishes a notice that "being about to leave the Colony, requests that all persons having claims against him, may send in accounts of the same to the office of Messrs. Alison and Knight as soon as possible, and before 16th February instant."  on February 7, 1853 and it is after this that the above advertised sale of Merino Rams begin appearing in the paper. It's easy to imagine that the continuous sale of sheep under the management of Mr J. Campbell was done under direction to provide funds to make payments for the running of the station.

Not much is seen (other than the aforementioned advertisements) for the next few years, until 1859 where a notice of sale is spotted in the The Argus on Monday 22 August 1859 where the previously large runs have obviously been parcelled off into portions 

COUNTRY LOTS.

Glenaroua, on the Kurkuruc Creek, east of Mr.Hamilton's pre-emptlve section 16 portions, containing 49 to 172 acres. Upset prlce, £1 per acre. Moranding, on the east side of tho Kurkuruc Creek, adjoining tho parish of Glenarona, west of the parishes of Broadford and Glenburnie, and south of Mr. W. Hamilton's homestead section, from 4 to 8 milos west of Broadford, and on and noar the roads to Seymour and Heathcote, boing Portions 102, 103,106 to 110A, 124, 126, 128, 129, 132, 133, 136, 140 to 143, 146 to 148,150 to 159, 162, 167, 168, 171, and 172, containing from 34 to 206 acres. Upset price, £1 per acre.

Tbo above land is of medium quality.

Broadford, near the main Sydney road, between the township of Kilmore and Broadford, and near the Sunday Creek : Portions 109A and 110A, containing reapectively 28 and 21 acres. Upset prlce, £1 per acre 

The land of similar quality to the preceding.

Lithographic plans can be had at the Police Office, Kilmore, and the Crown Lands Selection Office, Collins street west, Melbourne.

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