Photos: Meadowbank Farm, Bonnie Doon

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Top: Upright/vertical timbers at Brooklands, probably those from the old Meadowbank farmhouse.

Third photo: It is thought that the farmhouse was once located to the left in the photo on patch of dry grass behind row of pines/callitris, near road entrance.

Fourth photo: Eastern boundary of the farm was located along road in cutting seen to the left of the photo

Fifth photo: Overall view includes Pollock Avenue off Maroondah Highway, giving access to properties. Brankeet Creek in foreground.

Sixth photo: Western boundary easily identified as fence line going uphill from middle right-hand of the photo.

Above are recent photos of the subdivided blocks, now hobby farms, that make up what was once Meadowbank, the Pollocks’ farm at Bonnie Doon, Victoria. The proliferation of mature trees planted during the past 40 years or more now give an appearance of good fertile soils and caring development of the area. These south-facing photos were taken last year (2014) from across the Brankeet Creek, also known as the Bonnie Doon backwater of Lake Eildon, after I had made my way past grazing cattle through well-maintained gates but having to climb gingerly and carefully the last, a locked gate not intended to allow 85-year-old trespassers to gain advantage points for better pictures.

Meadowbank was sold by the Pollocks after the death of my grandfather, William Pollock, in 1928 to the Anderson family who moved a nearby house in the town to the property to replace the old farmhouse. Verticle timbers of the old place were then relocated for sheds on the farm Brooklands on the Ancona Road at Woodfield where my aunt Lilian with her husband Robert Stanley Black raised my cousins: Bob, Marjorie, Betty, Gwen and Bill (twins), Rae and Neil. After Uncle Bob (R.S.Black) died, Neil took over management of the farm until his recent death.

Meadowbank was sold to the Mitchell family and it was subdivided in the 1970s.

– almewett

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Published in: on April 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm  Comments (1)