Royal Melbourne Show


Improving the quality of local produce and bringing together a community motivated our first rural agricultural societies. Cranbourne, Berwick, and Mornington attracted Clyde people to attend and participate in the competitions.

 Mr Alexander Patterson, of St Germains Station, Clyde was a member of the committee of the old Port Phillip Agricultural society, instituted in 1848. The society preceded the Royal Melbourne Show.
In 1836 Mr. Patterson established the Mornington Agricultural and Pastoral Society as a branch of the original central society, with headquarters at Cranbourne. He was made honorary secretary and treasurer, and afterwards became president. He was also one of the founders and a member of the first council of tho National Society founded in 1871

       In 1873 Mr Thomas Patterson, his son, was appointed honorary secretary of the Mornington society and continued in this capacity until he was elected secretary of the National (now the Royal) Agricultural Societv of Victoria in 1880.  He held this appointment for 30 years during which time he saw many changes and advancements made in the Show and in the rural life of the country. (Source:Melbourne Argus 27 Sept 1928).

Alexander Patterson was also one of the first five on the Council of the Board of Agriculture and for sixteen years he was the councillor of the National (Royal) Agricultural Society of Victoria.

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Two Clyde men, a father and son, had influential roles in the establishment of the original Royal Melbourne Show.
Next time you attend the RMS don't forget to recall the historical link that Clyde has with Melbourne's largest public event.

More about Alexander Patterson can be found at

Clyde Railway Station

Enjoy the photos and stories being posted on the facebook page
  Clyde 3978- History News

It all started with someone discovering the station building photo prior to its being demolished.
(Brett Leslie photograph)

 Comments started to roll in so I searched my files for one offered by Mrs Lurline McDonald, daughter of Clyde Station Master (her mother) and railway linesman (her dad, Mr Stuart)

July 1970 Steam engine approaches Clyde from direction of Cranbourne.
Looks something like an impressionist painting.

If you have any Clyde railway stories or photos then please contact the website editor
Frank Jones photo 1978 


World War 1 Nurses

Daughters of George Lehman (former Dandenong Bridge Hotel owner) were nursing in Tallangata prior to enlisting for the  Australian Army Nursing Service.  Nora Blanche and Aileen Lehman sometimes stayed with their parents at "Springmeadows" on Thompsons Road, Clyde North. The Clyde Honour Board and local newspapers recognised the nurses as being a part of our community. Beginning with duty in Egypt, Nora and Aileen stayed together with the 2nd AGH to later work in Wimereux, France.

The ABC TV series "Anzac Girls" give an excellent insight into saving lives under difficult conditions. Nora and Aileen experienced all of this.
The editor is preparing an article on the lives of Clyde WW1 nurses. If you have any WW1 or WW2  stories of Clyde people then please contact the editor. Anyone know of Nurse Kirkpatrick, a Red Cross nurse from the Clyde/Cranbourne area who worked in France?

 Lehman sisters on their days off from duty in Egypt.
(Photo: Courtesy of Lehman family)


(Photos provided by Dr James D Best, grandson of Aileen Best, nee Lehman)

2AGH - Second Australian General Hospital

Bailey's Estate - Ballarto Road

Did your family live on the Bailey Estate?
William Valentine Bailey,  Lord Mayor of Malvern (1903-1904), purchased 1195 acres (484 hectares) of land south of Ballarto Road. Subdividing this into smaller blocks this enabled many farmers to own their own dairy farms. Thirty-five allotments were eventually sold.
A map obtained from Ern Marriot gave me the initial idea of the extent of the estate in Sherwood Riding, Cranbourne Shire.

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Did your family live in the Bailey Estate? From whom did your family buy this land?
Our family bought land originally from this estate. We bought it from the Bullock family. 
Please forward such information to the editor

For a larger version of this map

The Story of Clyde in Maps

Beginning with the time of squatters, first land sales, followed by  the building of the railway this slide presentation gives an over-view of the development of Clyde

Power Point : The Story of Clyde

Using maps to tell the  Story of Clyde 

The story continues with urban development in North Clyde which will soon swallow up Clyde as we know it. 

Want to know more?
Look at the History Walking Tour of Clyde Township 

Clyde History Website has a revised URL

Having trouble finding data from the Clyde History website?
In mid March the website came under attack by phishing  nuisance. Many hours later after eradication processes the webhost provided suggested new addresses.
I chose the following:

New Suburb for Clyde and Cranbourne East

If you live in Clyde and Cranbourne then you will know about this.

Local newspapers have announced that the Casey Council intends to form a new suburb by combining the present Cranbourne East and Clyde North. The map displayed in the newspaper shows that the new suburb also includes Ballarto Road at the South Gippsland Highway end of that road. 

Residents have been asked to choose between Cameron and Ridgway as the name of this new suburb. The poll closes on August 30 and residents can vote via the internet at the following webpage.

Historically, both Alexander Cameron and Anthony Ridgway contributed to the foundations of the two towns, Cranbourne and Clyde. It would be difficult to decide between them. However it should be noted that Alexander Cameron was more active in Cranbourne life whereas the Ridgways were involved with Clyde. 

If you are looking for yet another name then "Ballarto" would suit as the original Ballarto property was on the corner of Ballarto Road and South Gippsland Highway. Ballarto means very good, plenty and reflects the nature of the good land in our area. Choosing this Bunurong word gives something back to the people who first lived in the area.