Clyde Railway Station

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  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

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.

(Click to enlarge the image)
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:

The latest photo to be uploaded came from Margaret Fox (nee Aitken) - Clyde North School 1956. Brian did a repair job on the photo. You can find it via the Clyde North School Album listed under Images

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. 

About this Blog

This companion blog to "a Clyde History" is designed to invite comment and further information about Clyde, its people, events and land features. It also gives space to the editor for personal reflection on events past and contemporary issues linked to our past.

If you wish to alert me to events then why not comment on this page or send me an email to the following cyber address

For an example what has been decided about the new name for the new suburb that includes some of Clyde North and Cranbourne East?

Thank you - from the editor

Hendersons from Clyde and Cranbourne

Emily Robins daughter of Richard Robins, the first ex-convict in Clyde, married James Henderson in 1872. Who was the witness to the marriage by the name of David M. Henderson?  A brother, cousin or no relation at all?
How many Hendersons can claim to be a descendant of Richard Robins through his daughter?

Several Henderson families in the Cranbourne Shire, all with similar Christian names, muddle up the genealogical story of the area. My neighbour was a Henderson. Was she also a descendant of Richard Robins?
So I began the search to unravel the family strings and this is what I discovered.

Hendersons Related to Richard Robins
James Henderson from Newry, Ireland, 54 (1842-1896)
Came to Clyde married Emily Eliza Rebecca Robins and farmed in Cranbourne.

Hendersons Related to James Hall McKay
David Metcalf Henderson, 65, (1846-1911) who married Christina McKay in 1873 and moved from Clyde to Tooradin.  He was the witness to the Robins-Henderson marriage of 1872. Christina's brother, Donald McKay married (1876) Sarah Beatrice Robins, daughter of Richard Robins. David M. Henderson died as a result of an accident.

Parents of David Metcalf Henderson. 

John and Mary Henderson (nee Douglas) came to Australia from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1855 with four children and bought 112 acres in Clyde about 1864.
   Elizabeth Henderson, married Mr James Fry - Cardinia
   Mary Jane Henderson, married Mr Basan of Tooradin
   David Metcalf Henderson, married Christina McKay - and moved to Tooradin
   Ann Howey Henderson, married Mr Ogston - moved to Claremont WA
Two years after the death of his first wife (Mary Douglas) John Henderson married Mary McKay. Could she be the sister of James Hall McKay- the man who gave Clyde its name?
(Her parents were Anne Campbell and Donald McKay and she was born in Sutherlandshire, Scotland)
The Hendersons initially rented then owned block No 67 on corner of Ballarto and Bells Roads. After John's death in 1885 Mary farmed 30 acres of the original block until the clearing sale in 1888.

The famous Henderson detective, Reginald Ernest Henderson (1910-2003) is a grandson to the David Metcalf Henderson mentioned above. Detective Henderson had a photographic memory and arrested criminals as he remembered their faces from photographs. Very interesting reading when you find articles about him in The Argus.

Hendersons in Clyde
Hugh Henderson, 71, (1853-1924) came from County Down, Ireland and first settled in Epping and married (1888 in Fitzroy) to Eliza Smith also from Epping. He later moved to Cranbourne sometime before his first son was born. His two sons were Robert John Henderson (1893-1970) married Miss Stapleton, and William George Henderson, 80, (1891-1971) married a Clyde lass, Hilda Kerslake and owned a dairy farm in Clyde. (Corner of Campbells and Beechers Roads.)

The Hendersons of Mollison Hill
Joseph Henderson, 40, (1831-1871) from Newry, Ireland, the first Henderson mentioned in the Cranbourne Shire Rate books, bought land that was also used by his brothers Andrew and Thomas  Henderson. Joseph, Andrew and Thomas were sons of John Henderson and Sarah McClements. 
They all at one time lived or work on Mollisons Hill, (crown allotment No. 48) located on the south western corner of Pound and Thompsons Roads. 

Andrew Henderson
, 54, (1826-1880) married Catherine Fitzpatrick from Hobart.
Following her husband's death, Catherine Henderson married William Talbot and continued to live on Mollisons Hill. 

Thomas Henderson,
 92, (1839-1929) is mentioned in the Cranbourne Rate books as owning  Lot No 29 (105 acres) and having a house on that land. One of his sons, also a Thomas, married Mary Adeline Kernot of Tooradin.
Hendersons in Cranbourne
James Henderson, 85 (1828-1913) the Carpenter from Antrim in Ireland in 1855 and came to Cranbourne in 1869. Married to Jane Ann Irwin they had 8 children who lived to be adults. One son, Isaac, was Pound Keeper and the hall keeper in Cranbourne and their single daughter, Rachael made her living from being a dressmaker. 

John and Ann Henderson (nee Moss) lived in Cranbourne and had  one daughter  Catherine. 

Mrs Catherine Henderson d 1895 ( perhaps nee Boag) widow of Robert Henderson owned land in Cranbourne. She was buried in family grave in Lang Lang. According to her husband's Will 1890 there were five children
Son: Robert – farm at Lang Lang  214 acres
Daughters: Sarah Ann Stick, Elizabeth Jones, Margaret Henderson, Mary Jane Addeson (Spelling not clear)

Lyndhurst and Berwick Hendersons
William Henderson (1839-1900) of Lyndhurst (1865) came to the district and lived on land owned by a Hugh Henderson. From County Down, Ireland he married Elizabeth Ann Singleton. Subsequently their family had connections with communities in Pearcedale, Frankston, Langwarrin and Mooraduc.

Thomas Henderson, 82,
(1831-1914) from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, lived and worked in Berwick as a builder/carpenter. He owned land in the Cranbourne township and may have had a woodyard there. Look up TROVE for his Obituary giving details of his life and family.

More .......

Richard Robins  James Hall McKay  
Check the Cranbourne Cemetery website for more
Further reading or research: Cranbourne Shire Rate Books, Flinders Electorial Rolls.

Hendersons Family Researchers
The editor has compiled some Henderson family trees to explain the links and differences between the Hendersons of the area. There are six diagrams in the following document.
Hendersons of Clyde and Cranbourne area
Family Researchers are asked to check out this information against documents obtained from the Registry Office, Public Records Office or original documents of death, marriage, and birth.