> "Paul Blair" wrote:
> > Still digging through family papers, I came across some information
> > that puzzles me. Maybe someone can help me.
> > There is a para that reads "Tom and his family, at this time,
> > resided in Warrigal Road, Caulfield, near the railway gates in
> > Dandenong Road"
> > This was 1884, so I guess there were railway gates on Dandenong
> > Road (near Malvern?), but as far as I know, Warrigal Road has
> > always been well east of Caulfield.
Looking at a modern Melway there is no alternative Warrigal road which
might be mistaken, so it seems most likely this is indeed referring to
the major north south road which passes through Oakleigh.
Someone has published on the web maps of the Victorian railways at 10
year increments in .pdf format. I've got the files but not the source
URL. In 1880 the Dandenong line as we know it was in place. By 1890 the
outer circle line was in place. The outer circle crossed Dandenong road
at Melway 69B3, near Hyslop parade. This crosses Dandenong road 1.4km
west of Warragal road and 2.9km east of Caulfield station.
Perhaps in 1884, the area people would refer to as "Caulfield" covered a
much greater area? Remember that many suburb names would have come after
See if you can find out the boundaries of the local council areas at the
time? Prior to the Kennett era council redistributions, the City of
Caulfield was bounded by Dandenong Road, Poath Road and North road in
this area, so the likely level crossing site was squarely in the City of
Caulfield and Warragal road was just 1km east of the City of Caulfield.
Considering no one would have thought twice about walking these
distances back then, "Warrigal road near the railway gates in Dandenong
road" is not an improbably description for a location which was
essentially out in the wilds.
I would guess your ancestor lived somewhere very close to Chadstone
shopping centre on Warragal road in what was probably then part of the
council area called Caulfield.
Here are a couple of websites covering council histories in the area:
The City of Caulfield had its beginnings as a District Roads Board in
1857; ... the Caulfield town hall (now home to Glen Eira City Council)
was built in 1885.
In 1857, the Oakleigh and Mulgrave District Roads Board was formed to
raise money to turn dirt tracks into roads for carts, pedestrians and
other traffic. By a quirk of history, the boundaries of the roads board
closely match that of the current City boundaries.
By 1861 there were 15 brick or stone houses, 167 wooden houses, 8 tents
and 25 slab, bark or mud huts and a population of 1,108.
The Shire of Oakleigh was proclaimed in 1871 with the cessation of the
Roads District and in 1879 a pivotal event occurred in the area's
development - the Oakleigh to Melbourne rail line was opened. What
became known as "railway fever" led to a land boom in the Oakleigh area.
A side effect of the boom was that Oakleigh was severed from the rest of
the Shire and named the Borough of Oakleigh. The rest of the shire was
renamed the Shire of Mulgrave in 1897 and it kept this name until 14
April 1961 when it was proclaimed the City of Waverley.
Neither indicates the precise border between the Shire of Caulfield and
the Shire of Oakleigh or possibly the Borough of Oakleigh in 1884.
> > There may be some logic that I'm not seeing, but interpretation is
> > invited.
Daniel Bowen wrote:
> Railway gates in Dandenong Road might be the Outer Circle.
Thats really the only candidate. The only other place the rail crossed
Dandenong road would have been near Malvern station.
> No, you're right, Warrigal Road is well east of Caulfield, and I
> think always has been. It's more like Oakleigh.
I don't think Warrigal road has moved - I think what has changed is the
area encompassed by the description "Caulfield".