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A selection of documents from the Closer (and Soldier) Settlement Files relating to the settlement of the Trawalla estate. This page belongs to the Trawalla Estate Soldier Settlers project.

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5714 P0 unit 1270 1 small.jpg APR 6 REC "Burn Brae"Middle CreekApril 1st 1920 The DirectorCloser Settlement BoardMelbourne.Dear Sir/Re yours of March the 24th, I have the honor to report having inspected the "Trawalla Estate" in conjunction with Cr.D.McDonald of Morchap and Mr. Hugh Abbott of Learmonth.I consider the Estate eminently suitable for subdivision for Returned Soldiers. The greater portion of the Estate is undulating plains land and the soil is capable of growing good crops of wheat and oats being buck-shotty grey loam with a good clay sub-soil and is well watered by dams, bores and creeks. Its carrying capacity is well over a dry sheep to the acre My average valuation of the whole Estate is Six Pounds to Six Pounds five shillings per acre, and would recommend that if the Estate were purchased that the Homestead with abour five thousand acres of the lighter country adjoining be sold by auction, thus some-what relieving the purchase price of the balance of the property. Yours obediently,J McDonald
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5714 P0 unit 1270 2 small.jpg 31/3/1920The Secretary,CLOSER SETTLEMENT BOARD,Melbourne.Dear Sir,In reply to your letter of 24th inst on the subject of Trawalla Estate? I desire to inform that in company with Messrs D. McDonald and J. McDonald I inspected the property and consider it suitable for soldier settlement. The value placed upon it by me is £6/-/- per acre.I would suggest that the Homestead with about 10,000 acres be excised and that the Board purchase the balance.Yours faithfully,Hugh AbbottLearmonth
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5714 P0 unit 1270 3 small.jpg ENCLOSURE. No. 3.Corr. "Trawalla Estate"[?] AVOID DELAY TEAR OFFT[?]ORNER AND RETURN WITHYOUR REPLY.MB.Closer Settlement Office,MELBOURNE, 24th March 1920SIR, Re "Bridge's Trawalla Estate - 43000 acres in the parishes of Brewster, Tarawalla, Lillirie, Yangerahwill, Nanimia & Cheppstowe."As shown in red colour on plans herewith.With reference to the offer of the above-mentioned property. I have to state that the Honorable the Minister of Lands, in pursuance of Section 25 of the Discharged Soldiers' Settlement Act 1917 (copy herewith), has been pleased to appoint you Referee in connexion with the offer of the Estate, a plan of which is enclosed.The price fixed by the Board is £5-12-6 per acre, which must be regarded as strictly confidential, and you are required to report to the Minister in accordance with the Section above mentioned.The Referees may report individually, but if in agreement it is desirable that a joint report be furnished.Your Co-Referees will be Cr. D.McDonald of Morchap and Mr. J. McDonald of Middle Creek.Sent25.3 RWDYours obediently,SecretaryMr. Hugh Abbott,Learmonth1975. Similar letters to Messrs.D.McDonald and J.McDonald.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 4 small.jpg Trawalla Estate4300 acs. Trawalla etc.O.B. BallaratPlease prepare 4 sets of plans for referees.Parishes:- Brewster, Trawalla, Lillirie, Yangerahwill, Cheppstowe + Nanimia.S. Say[ ?? ]23.3.2024. plans marked + now attachedS.S. 24.5.20L.W. Please instruct referees. to report:-Mr. Hugh. Abbott – Learmonth.Mr. J. McDonald – Middle Creek.Cr. D. McDonald – Morchap.S. Say[ ?? ]Referees instructed (3) M.B.24 – 3 – 20.Mr Pescott.29.3.20
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5714 P0 unit 1270 5 small .jpg Corr. No 4-321 A4 MAR 20Memorandum forTHE STATE COMMISSIONER OF LAND TAX.RAILWAY BUILDINGS,FLINDERS STREET,MELBOURNE2/3/1920Name Estate of the Late Rear Admiral Walter B. Bridges ( Known as “Trawalla” Estate )Allotment Sec.Parish Trawalla, Lillirie, Yangerahwill, Chepstowe, Nanimia, Brewster Area – A. 42000 (more or less) R. P. Volume FolioWould the Commissioner of Land Tax be good enough to favour the Closer Settlement Board with any official valuations he may possess or with the value appearing in the Land Tax Register, in reference to the above-mentioned property, which has been offered to the Board for purchase?JAS. W. BUTLERSecretaryper D42396 acresCapital Value£239281R. M. WELDON [Illegible signature ] 22.3.20Commissioner of TaxesMAR 24 REC4706.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 6 small.jpg 4321A Trawalla Estate ( Bridges )43,000 acresBrewster, Trawalla, Chepstowe, Lillirie, Yangerahwill + Nanimia Valuer. Report. Excl.Bldgs. Buildings Aver. p.a. Total. . price p.a. per acre Total. M.C. Williams Unfav. £5-13-7 1/5 £3,000 £5-15/- £247,250. Shire Ripon. Fav ---- ---- ---- £5-15/- £247,250. B.V. Gardiner “ (Cond.) £5-7-1 3/7 £7,712 £5-10-8. £237933-6-8 I.V. Dobson Fav. ---- ---- not stated. £6. £258,000 I.V. Walker “ £4-18-8 6/4 £13,600 £5-5/- £225,750 S.S.B Read. Unfav. £5-5-4 4/8 £10,000. £5-10/- £236,500Mean Value ( excl. bldgs.. ) £ per acre.Mean Value £5-12-7 p.a. £242,054-3-4
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5714 P0 unit 1270 7 small.jpg TELEPHONE NOSOFFICES 153PRIVATE RESIDENCE 154[ Coat of Arms text ]ReferenceBANK OF AUSTRALASIABALLARATChas Walker & CoAuctioneers and General Agents.21 Lydiard Street South.Opposite Craig’s Hotel. Ballarat 2nd. March 1920VICTORIA AUSTRALIAThe Chief ValuerCloser Settlement Board,Public Offices,MELBOURNEDear Sir,Re. Trawalla.I beg respectfully to enclose herewith valuation and plans.Yours faithfully,Charles Walker
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5714 P0 unit 1270 8 small.jpg 4321A4-2-20THE DISCHARGED SOLDIERS' SETTLEMENT ACT.Acquisition of Land for the Purpose of Settlement of Discharged Soldiers.Report on "Bridges" Trawalla Estate offered by Late Admiral Bridges Per Ex 43000 acres, being Allotments Various Section _____ Parish Brewster, Trawalla, Lillierie, Yangerahwill, Chepptowe, Nanimia and coloured pink on accompanying plan. Date of inspection 9th February 1920 and other dates Distance from nearest market town Trawalla 3 miles, Beaufort 4 Ballarat 24 Distance from nearest railway station Trawalla 4 miles homestead Distance from seaboard Geelong 80 miles Distance from metropolis Melbourne 98 miles Description of roads leading to property close to main roads Beaufort Ballarat but numerous other good approaches Are adjoining lands occupied? Yes but mainly by very large holdings Is district agricultural, pastoral, or fruit- Pastoral but suitable for many other purposes growing? such as mixed farming Ruling price of similar land in the locality say £5/-/- Date of latest sale and price obtained Part of Trawalla South of Mt. Emu £5/-/- Is land level, hilly, or undulating? Largely undulating Is any portion liable to flooding or in need of Yes about 6000 acres mostly Lillerie drainage? Depth and character of soil generally a grey nature similar to ordinary Plains country but more undulating Character of subsoil Mostly of clay nature.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 9 small.jpg 2. What is land chiefly adapted for? sheep farming but should do fairly well for Mixed farming Is the land healthy? Yes Area timbered and kind of timber mostly native trees with shelter belts and plantations about the buildings Area uncleared and cost of clearing same for sheep it is well cleared and much of it could be used for cultivation at small cost Area under grass and description of grasses native Area cleared for ploughing only for station use but much of it could be put under cultivation forthwith Area that can be cultivated probably two thirds Grazing capacity per acre barely one sheep Area under cultivation, and description of crops only for home use Estimated yield per acre of crops Hay up to say two tons, oats about 30 bushels, wheat 15 to 18 bushels Is land suitable for crops other than those most crops could be grown grown? If so, specify Is land easily worked? Yes it could be made so Stock on land at present I understand about 40000 sheep besides station cattle and horses but principally sheep Is such stock in good condition? Yes they carry good condition Estimated rental value about 5/- an acre for grass No. of paddocks about 80 besides small ones near [buildings?]
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5714 P0 unit 1270 10 small.jpg 3 Fencing, chains and description, and value mainly post and wire and much wire netting Buildings, specify value and condition of Mens quarters etc say 500, W/B cottage near each Homestead 200, W/B cottage near Mount 200, wool shed and Quarters 1500, Managers house & outbuildings 1200. Main residence & Grounds 10000. total £13600/-/- No. of dams and wells and value water supply from dams etc in each paddock good Permanent streams, springs, or other water besides Emu Creek which runs through supply Special improvements, if any Many special improvements such as weirs, fords, bridges, culverts, plantations Is land infested with rabbits or other vermin? No well kept under and no really bad cover for them. Is land infested with ferns, Canadian thistle, blackberry, or other noxious weeds, and No if so to what extent? Climate first class for all farming Rainfall about 26 inches well spread Facilities for obtaining firewood and fencing good and building material Time present owner has held the land Probably half a century in same family Wilson-Bridges Does owner reside on property? If not, who It is in the hands of Trustees. The family lives is in occupation, and under what tenancy here as a country residence and rental? Probable earnings per annum I estimate 20000 a year Could the property be readily sold or leased at yes either as a whole or in portions your valuation in average seasons? Demand existing for small farms in neighborhood No small farms but they would sell well. Do you consider land suitable for subdivision? If so, in what areas and for what purposes? Yes. The Government plans should be a good (Submit rough plan, showing proposed piliminary guide. subdivision, with your valuations marked on each allotment.)
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5714 P0 unit 1270 11 small.jpg Signature needs transcribing. 4 If the property is of uneven quality, state area fairly even with the exceptions named and value of the different portions Opportunities for outside employment in At present not much demand in the neighbourhood immediate locality Do you recommend the purchase for the Yes settlement of returned soldiers? Average value of the property as a whole, £5/5/- five pounds five shillings an acre including all improvements, and at per acre Indicate any special features and particulars The main buildings are particularly good and which may be of value costly but in use of subdivision their value would not nearly be in keeping with their cost, though there is much of it that could be worked up for farm buildingsGENERAL REMARKS-I know this country well and have for many years past been successfully working similar land only one station away from it. A man with the necessary knowledge and will and put on under favourable conditions should make a good living from about four hundred acres.Charles WalkerSworn Valuator
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5714 P0 unit 1270 12 small.jpg Gardiner14-1-20 THE DISCHARGED SOLDIERS' SETTLEMENT ACTS. Acquisition of Land for the Purpose of Settlement [ of ] Discharged Soldiers. Report on “Trawalla” Estate offered by Late Admiral Bridges [ ?? ] [ 43000 – struck out ] (42700) acres, being Allotments ______ Section _____ Parish Various (see plan [ )? ] Brewster, Chepstowe, Lillirie, Nanimia, Yangerahwill, Trawalla and coloured pink on accompanying plan. Date of inspection Jan 20th 1920 Distance from nearest market town Ballarat 28 miles Distance from nearest railway station Adjacent to Trawalla Station Distance from seaboard 57 miles Distance from metropolis 102 miles Description of roads leading to property Fronting the Ballarat – Beaufort Main Road. Property is intersected by three Made Roads. Skipton Lake Goldsmith Beaufort Road on West Side Are adjoining lands occupied? Yes - Is district agricultural, pastoral, or fruit- growing? Agricultural and Pastoral Ruling price of similar land in the locality £4/10/- to £8 per acre Date of latest sale and price obtained 464 acres on S.W. corner of property was sold to a neighbour 18 months ago @ £5 per ac Is land level, hilly, or undulating? Part Hilly, Part Undulating and a considerable area flat country Is any portion liable to flooding or in need of drainage? About 10000 acres rather flattish country portion of which is subject to periodic inundation Depth and character of soil Mostly granite and Basaltic country. Northern (N.W.) end auriferous Small area Volcanic being good grazing and part cultivation which is confined to Creek Banks and S.W. corner. Soil – grey loam, clay gravel. Crabholey tight land. Swampy in parts Character of subsoil Clay, loam. Rocks (basalt [ rest of page damaged – text fragmentary ]
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5714 P0 unit 1270 13 small.jpg 2. What is land chiefly adapted for? Portion grazing Portion Mixed farming Is the land healthy? Good sheep country Area timbered and kind of timber About 600 acres Native timber, Parklike About 250 acres Plantations of Gums & Wattles And a few trees scattered generally over the property (lightwood, Box, Stringy Bark + Red + [ illegible ] (Honeysuckle) gums Area uncleared and cost of clearing same No clearing required the whole of the timber being necessary for shelter and firewood Area under grass and description of grasses 42640 acres. All natural pasturage. Rather coarse grasses, very little of the more succulent grasses such as Burr, trefoil and other clovers. A little Artificial grasses around the homestead Area cleared for ploughing About 24,000 acres forthwith Area that can be cultivated About 33,000 acres when draining, clearing of surface stones etc has been done Grazing capacity per acre 1 sheep (good) Area under cultivation, and description of cropsSixty acres Rape 4 acres Potatoes. Estimated yield per acre of crops - Is land suitable for crops other than those grown? If so, specify Wheat, Oats, Barley, Rape, Peas, Maize, Potatoes on a few places where the land is above the average quality Is land easily worked? Being crabholey tight land generally the land will be somewhat difficult to break [ ?? ] The granity soil is easier land to work. Stock on land at present About 37,000 sheep 650 Cattle including calves 80 horses Is such stock in good condition? Generally good. Lambs looking somewhat on the poor side (dry feed) condition Estimated rental value 5/6 per acre - grazing No. of paddocks Seventy two
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5714 P0 unit 1270 14 small.jpg 3 [ Fen ]cing, chains and description, and value About 21,000 chains P + W, fair order £8,4[ 00 ] “ 2,500 “ wire netting 2, 00[ 0 ] £10, 40[ 0 ] Buildings, specify value and condition of As per list herewith - £7,712 No. of dams and wells and value 68 Dams 1000 yds average [ £3,400 – struck out ] £3,40[ 0 ] 5 Bores Windmills, Piping, Tanks etc Piping 75[ 0 ] Permanent streams, springs, or other water supply Emu Creek, Spring Creek, Reedy Creek Special improvements, if any 2 Sheep Dips + yards £100 7 sets of Drafting yards 300 Bridges, Culverts + Fords across Creeks 300 Is land infested with rabbits or other vermin? There are a few Rabbits chiefly on boundaries Is land infested with ferns, Canadian thistle, blackberry, or other noxious weeds, and if so to what extent? No. land fairly free from all noxious weeds. There are a few thistles Climate Reliable. A rather cold winter climate Rainfall Twenty six Inches average Facilities for obtaining firewood and fencing and building material Limited supply of firewood on property A good district for timber requirements and firewood Time present owner has held the land About 36 years Does owner reside on property? If not, who is in occupation, and under what tenancy and rental? Yes. (Mrs Bridges) Probable earnings per annum £33,500 gross worked as a Station property. Probably increased if cut into small holdings Could the property be readily sold or leased at your valuation in average seasons? Problematical Demand existing for small farms in neighborhood Fair in past years. A keen demand now existing from District Soldiers [ Do y ]ou consider land suitable for subdivision? [ If s]o, in what areas and for what purposes? [ (S ]ubmit rough plan, showing proposed subdivision, with your valuations marked on each allotment.) Yes. From 450 to 650 acres or an average of 600 acres over property Would cut into about [ ?? ] Maximum area [ rest of page damaged – text fragmented or missing ]
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5714 P0 unit 1270 15 small.jpg 4 [ If ]the property is of uneven quality, state area and value of the different portions 4,200 acres @ 7/-/- per ac £29,400 18,550 do @ 5/10/- “ “ 102,025 17400 “ @ 4/5/- “ “ 73, 950 2,550 “ @ 3/3/- “ “ 8,032 [ If an orchard property state separately (a) Value of orchard (b) Value of unplanted area (c) Value of all improvements – all struck out ] [ Headings: ] 1st Class 2nd Class 3rd Class 4th C[ lass ] Parish of Trawalla 550 ac 2800 ac 500 ac 125[ ? ] “ Brewster 300 “ 10500 “ 950 “ 25[ ?? ] “ Chepstowe nil 1500 “ 2500 “ n[ il ] “ Lillirie nil 2250 “ 10900 “ “8[ ?? ] “ Nanimia 1100 “ 300 “ 100 “ n[ il ] “ Yangerhwill 2250 “ 1200 “ 2450 “ 200[ ? ] Opportunities for outside employment in neighbourhood Stations, Farms, Road Work Do you recommend the purchase for the settlement of returned soldiers? Yes. If cut into farms of an average size of about 600 acres Freehold value of the property as a whole, including all improvements, and at per acre. Value of crop or fallow not to be included £236,369 = £5.10.8 per acre Capital Value Total value of Imprvmts £22,962. [ Improvem – struck out ] Buildings valued on a Utility basis for removal etc. Value of crop (if any) – to be separately stated and not included in value of land 60 acres Rape Fodder crop eaten off 4 acres Potatoes, unmatured not valued Value of fallow (if any) - to be separately stated and not included in value of land No fallow Indicate any special features and particulars which may be of value There is a Church on this property. I did not value same - GENERAL REMARKS- The area of this property was given at 43,000 acres The Manager (Mr Gibson) stated that the total area was approximately 42[ 700? ] I checked the Parish allots and could only get about 41,000 acres. I h[ ?? ] based my calculations on Mr Gibson’s figures viz 42,700 acres. If any adjust[ ment ] required it would not effect [ sic ] the average price on a per acre basis. The Plans [ ?? ] me were incomplete the Parish of Trawalla not being included. I had to obt[ ain ] same from the Lands Office, Ballarat. Allots 85, 105, 106, 107 Parish of Chepst[ owe ] Area 464 acres has been sold at a previous date. There is a limited area o[ f ] Agricultural land the major portion of the Estate consisting of light lan[ d? ] being crabholey clayey loam and gravel with smaller areas of s[ ?? ] and also light auriferous land and swampy land. There is a consi[ ?? ] area of rather flat badly drained land. This portion lies in the cent[ ?? ] Property and is subject to periodic inundation from the overflowing [ of? ] Mt. Emu Creek in abnormally wet seasons. A very limited area of prod[ ?? ] land is to be found on this lowlying area. Extensive draining will be req[ uired ? ] to improve this area. It may also prove difficult to obtain suitable building sites [on? ] every block. Altho there is no rich land the property is fairly uniform [ for? ] such a large holding. There is practically no waste land. Even the s[ ?? ] grow rough grasses. The poorest land lies to the north west of Homestead [ and ? ] on the Northerly slopes of Mt. Emu. The best land is on the South west an[ ?? ] The pasturage is practically uniform throughout consisting mainly of [ the rest of the page is damaged and the text too fragmented ] [ Extra text in margin: ] X About 3500 acres of the Langi Kal Kal Estate on the N.E. This land lies between Railway lines [ ?? ] It is good Agricultural land. Red [ ?? ]
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5714 P0 unit 1270 16 small.jpg Trawalla EstateList and Valuation of Buildings etc --- House 34R + conveniences, 2 story Brick, slate roof. (B.U.V) 2000 0 Large Stables, Motor Garage and other buildings being part brick, iron, wood, Slate + iron roofing (B.U.V.) 700 - Various other miscellaneous small buildings in Garden, Brick (B.U.V.) 120 - - Milking shed, Brick, iron roof and yards 45 - - 2 small HW. Buildings with iron roof in Grounds 25 - - Ram Sheds (two) HW. iron roof + yards 40 - - Large Woolshed Part stone and iron, iron roof (B.U.V.) 1450 - - Men’s Quarters at Woolshed ( 5 Buildings) B.U.V) 920 - - Boundary Rider’s House (Lillirie) + Stable, old bldg. 250 - - Large Hay Shed, open sides, Platform, wood, iron roof 85 - - Cottage (Head Gardener) 6R. HW. iron roof 85 - - Chaffhouse + Engine Room WB. iron roof (B.U.V) 125 - - Manager’s House 12 R HW. iron roof, old. (B.U.V.) 370 - - Store, rough Stone walls, iron roof, old. (BUV.) 80 - - Cottage (Lodge Gate) WB. iron roof, 6R fair order 210 - - Draught Horse Stables and Cart Shed at Back, (BUV.) 200 - - Station Hands Quarters, Brick, iron roof (BUV.) 310 - - Blacksmith + Carpenter’s shops (3) old bldg. (BUV) 70 - - Meat House 10/-/- Dog Kennels 8/-/- (BUV.) 18 - - 4 small wooden buildings, iron roof, old 56 - - Slaughter House 10/-/- No 2 Meat-House 20/-/- 30 - - Boundary Rider’s House (N.) HW. iron roof + shed. ditto. 190 - - Boundary Rider’s House (Mt Emu) WB. iron roof. new. 215 - - . £7,712 - -Please note B.U.V. stands for breaking up valueJohn H. GardinerJany 27th 1920
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5714 P0 unit 1270 18 small.jpg Coat of arms LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY VICTORIASTATE PARLIAMENT HOUSEMELBOURNE12.1.2[ ?5 ]J. J. Butler Esq.SectyCloser Settlement BoardDear Sir,Re Trawalla EstateI beg to enclose latter I have received from the Ripon Branch of the Soldiers’ League re this property to be considered by your Board.[ ?Yrs sinly? ][ Signature illegible ]
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5714 P0 unit 1270 19 small.jpg Ripon Branch, Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia.Executive.-President : Mr. G. Smith (Chute), Vice-President : Mr. S. Young (Beaufort). Committee : Messers. F. Cowling (Lexington).F. Grayling (Lexington), T. B. Prentice (Beaufort), I. T. McErvlae (Chute), W. Brown (Chepstowe), J. R. McErvale (Snake Valley),Hon. Secretary : Mr. E. S. Buchanan (Beaufort).BEAUFORT,9th January 1920The Hon Sir A. J. Peacock M. L. A.,State Parliament House,Melbourne.Dear Sir/Yours of the 2nd inst to hand containing the gratifying news that the Trawalla Estate had been placed under offer to the Closer Settlement Board for three months from the 5th inst.Our Branch is very much indebted to you for the keen interest you have taken in our movement to secure land for returned soldier land applicant & on its behalf I again extend the thanks of the Branch for your energy & attention to our interests.Providing the price is not excessive the offer is a grand opportunity for the estate to acquire a desirable property most suitable for soldiers. We think a fair price ranges from £ 5/12/6 to £6. As a further example of the demand for land here a block of ground bare of improvements save fencing & previously a portion of Trawalla Estate has just been leased by Public Auction for 3 years for mixed farming at 16/- per acre (possibly only two crops) owing mainly to the competition of returned soldiers.Yours faithfully,E. S. BuchananHon Sec.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 20 small.jpg CABLES: “RIGGALL, MELBOURNE” TELEPHONES CENTRAL 7 & 8BLAKE & RIGGALLW. RIGGALL. C.E. JOLLIFFEL.K.S. MACKINNON. E.W. OUTHWAITE.F.P. BRETT JOHN TURNBULL120 William Street,Melbourne.S.W.5th January 1920[ Written over list of Partners: ] The Secretary Closer Settlement Board 6-1-1920Hon. Donald Mackinnon,State [ Selbourne Chambers – struck out ] Lands OfficeDear Sir,Trawalla EstateYou are aware that Mrs. Bridges, the Executrix of the Will of Admiral Bridges, (who owned this Estate), has no power to sell without the concurrence of her son, Captain Bridges, to whom it comes at her death.As the Lands Purchase Board and Beaufort Repatriation [ Board – struck out ]Committee were both advised, Captain Bridges, because of injuries received on active service during the late War was forbidden by the Doctors to deal with any business question, and in consequence could not be consulted on the subject.He has now, however, returned to Victoria sufficiently recovered to deal with it, and has consented to Trawalla being offered by his mother for soldier settlement.Admiral Bridges had no wish to sell the Estate, which was the family home, but, shortly before his death, to provide land for Returned Soldiers, offered it to the Government at a price for which he would not have sold in the ordinary way.The Government did not accept the offer, and his Executrix considers that in offering it now against her own personal inclina-
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5714 P0 unit 1270 21 small.jpg BLAKE & RIGGALL-2-tion but in response to the strongly expressed wish of the District Repatriation Committee and Returned Soldiers League, she would place on it what she considers to be the present value if sold in the usual way in the open market, at its real worth as a Station.We are therefore instructed to offer it at £7 per acre.If it were sold in the usual way, the buyer would also take the stock at its value, but, as the Government will not do so, and there is a drought on, - and no present prospect of selling - apart from the land – such a large high class flock as it carries, except at a great sacrifice, the date of possession cannot now be fixed.To give the Government ample time to consider the offer, and to make any valuation it wishes, it will remain open for three months, if required.Yours faithfully,Blake + RiggallBy directionAck estate matter will receive immediate attentionJas W Bentley8/1/20Messrs Blake + RiggallSo advised8/1/20 W B
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5714 P0 unit 1270 25 small.jpg Hand written text needs transcribing. Closer Settlement Office,Melbourne24th October, 1919TOJOHN WILLIAMSCrown Lands Bailiff,HAMILTON.I, the Honorable Harry Sutherland Wightman Lawson the responsible Minister of the Crown for the time being administering the Discharged Soldiers' Settlements Acts, in exercise of the power or authority vested in me by Section 22 of the Closer Settlement Act 1915, as provided for by the Discharged Soldiers' Settlement Acts, having regard to what Crown Land is available for the purpose and thinking that there is a legitimate demand by desirable applicants for land for the purpose of the said Discharged Soldiers' Settlement Acts do hereby direct you the above named JOHN WILLIAMS to inspect and report to the Closer Settlement Board as to the suitableness or otherwise for the purpose of the last mentioned Acts of all those pieces of land the property of the Late Rear Admiral Walter Bogue Bridges of Trawalla, Retired Admiral in His Majesty's Royal Navy, comprising 43,000 acres or thereabouts situated in the Parishes of Trawalla, Lillirie, Yangerahwill, Chepstowe, Nanimia and Brewster, in the Counties of Ripon and Grenville.Commissioner of Crown Lands & Survey.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 26 small.jpg Ripn Branch ( R. S. S. I. L. A )Beaufort,4/10/19.The Hon. The Minister of Lands,Melbourne.Sir/Discharged Soldiers SettlementMy Committee has asked me to write direct to you on behalf of the District Soldier land applicants with a view of obtaining your personal influence on their behalf to obtain land in this district.The Repatriation Committee has used every effort to obtain reasonable offers without success & rumors of their wholesale resignation in sheer disgust are current.The majority of the members of our Branch are men brought up on land & seeing no prospect of obtaining any by the usual method passed a definite resolution on the 9th August asking that an offer be made for Trawalla Estate & in the event of refusal compulsory acquisition. The Repatriation Committee has unanimously supported the resolution & even the conservative Council of the Shire of Ripon has unanimously at its September meeting supported the making of the offer. In April 1918 the same Council said it was suitable for Closer Settlement in blocks of 400 acres.Our Branch thinks that as in other cases stated by you to the League if you would make an offer the owners would negotiate. (1) Will you do this?The Branch has also noted that you are prepared to receive suggestions to help on the work. There is a block of land consisting of 5600 acres bounded by the Trawalla to Burrumbeet railway line on the south side of the line belonging to the estate by the line. It is somewhat superior land to Trawalla & to show its value there is a leased farm in one corner that has been cultivated for 12 years. In the alternative to (1) we think it would partially appese the land hunger here. (2) Will you do this?Regretting the necessity of personally troubling you & thanking you for past efforts on thee soldiers' behalf I amYours respectfullyHon. Sec Ripon R. S. S. I. L. A.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 27 small.jpg 4321[ ?? ]17 .16.10VICTORIAN FARMERS’ UNIONCentral Office:UNIVERSAL CHAMBERS(Third Floor),325 COLLINS STREET.Melbourne, October 15th. 1919.All Communications to be addressed toE [ ?? ]OBERTS,General SecretaryTelephone Central 5446ER/2Trawalla EstateThe Secretary,Lands Purchase Board,Lands Office,MELBOURNE.Dear Sir,I enclose herewith a letter which I received some time ago from the secretary of the Beaufort branch, Returned Soldiers’ League. This letter has now been placed before my Central Council and I am requested to forward it on to you for your consideration.An early reply would be deemed a favour.Yours faithfully,E E RobertsGeneral SecretaryOCT 16 REC
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5714 P0 unit 1270 28 small.jpg Signature needs transcribing. The Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League of AustraliaBeaufort Sub-BranchBeaufort14/8/19RECEIVED16.AUG.1919The Secretary,The Victorian Farmers' Union, Melbourne.Dear Sir/At a meeting of the above Branch on the 9th August 1914 the following resolution was unanimously carried :-" That in order to settle 50 or more Beaufort & District Returned Soldier applicants for land in their own district the Lands Purchase & Management Board be asked to make an offer for the purchase of the Trawalla Estate and in the event of refusal to accept such offer the land be compulsorily acquired "I have to point out that the Repatriation policy is to settle soldiers in their own districts where they may obtain advice and assistance from their friends & relatives in working their farms but so far though the Shire of Ripon holds a wonderful record in the number of enlistments no land has been made available in this district save two small pieces of Crown Lands not suited for farms. Trawalla Estate contains 45000 acres on a main railway line & within 25 miles of Ballarat.Would you please bring this letter before your Executive with a view of enlisting their support in this movement.Yours truly,Hon Secretary Beaufort Branch Returned Soldiers League.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 29 small.jpg 29th August 1919.from the Soldiers Paper.10Land for Landless Diggers.COMPULSORY PURCHASE ADVOCATED.(Special for "The Bayonet.")The very large but Sparsely-populated Shire of Ripon put up a free record in sending 500 men with the A.I.F., very few eligables remaining behind. The reason of the small population is that, although situated within 20 miles of Ballarat, and with the main Melbourne-Adelaide line bisecting in, huge estates, held by a few people, block settlement. There is also some poor, scrubby, rangy country, mostly Crown lands, and, through no other land being available in the district, the only solder settlement in on the Crown lands-and not much on it, either. Two soldiers-one on a piece that will not keep a goanna, the other on a swamp that will be pretty fair as long as drought lasts. The Rippon diggers have had land experience, and are looking for farms in their own district, but are dismayed as they return from abroad and find that not one returned digger has been settled on a farm within the 20 miles of the principal village in the shire, namely, Beaufort.SUB-BRANCH TAKES ACTIONThere is a sub-branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A. at the latter place, and the members of it at this month's meeting passed the following resolution unanimously:-"That, in order to settle 50 or more Beaufort and district returned soldier applicants for land in their own district, the Lands Purchase and Management Board be requested to make an offer to purchase the Trawalla Estate for such purpose, and in the event of refusal to accept such offer, the land be compulsorily acquired." Various speakers pointed out that the policy of repatriation was to settle men in their own district, which they knew, and where they could get assistance and advice from relatives and friends, but in this district no land had been made available. It was also pointed out that Trawalla contained 47,000 acres ready for the plough with railway communication, good metal roads, no clearing required, one of the best market towns in Victoria within reasonable distance, viz., Ballarat, and a district in which there has never been a drought. Others objected to being sent pioneering beyond the termini of railways and roads later for which the digger would be loaded with construction rates, charges, and specially heavier freights.This is a chance for the board to get busy and promote useful soldier settlement.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 30 small.jpg The estate i large enough t accommodate many more than the local men, but but if such a desirable station were selected for settlement on large scale, there would be such a rush of applicants that it would prove necessary for the board to acquire another of the estates adjoining Trawalla.With a lot of diggers together, they could work in co-operation, buy better, and sell better establish farming industries where they could meet and have lectures on suitable subjects. The present paltry method of buying a block here and another there, of taking one man off the land to put another on, is one of small vision.COMPULSORY SERVICE OF THE LANDSurely the elect of Australia, men who went away to defend these broad acres and lost from three to five years of their home and civil life, are entitled to a fair deal in getting a good piece of land on which each may carve out his future. The Ripon boys have hopped over the bags to get Trawalla Estate, and are meeting with the same old influence that thinks the rights of hand are more sacred than the rights of the digger, and that although compulsory service of the individual is a grand thing for the benefit of the country, compulsory service of the land for the welfare of the State must must not be considered. Now any digger who has a qualification certificate, and who thinks he would like a block on Trawalla, can strengthen his claim, and also the resolution of the Beaufort sub-branch, by sending his name and address and old unit, along to the secretary of the sub-branch. The land should have been waiting for the landless digger, not the digger waiting for the land.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 31 small.jpg Hand written text needs transcribing. 5th September 1919.Dear Sir,In reply to your, of the 4th instant, in connection with the proposed acquisition of the Trawalla Estate for soldier settlement. I beg to inform you that a member of the Beaufort Council and the President of the association waited upon Mr Board Member Moore recently and urged that the Board should purchase the estate. After discussion it was suggested by Mr Moore that they should wait upon Messrs. Blake and Riggall, solicitors for Mrs Bridges, with a view to the land being placed under offer voluntarily. They did this and subsequently told Mr Moore that they desired no action taken until the Board was further advised, as it appeared probable that at least 23,000 acres of the estate would be placed under offer to the Board.I remain,Yours faithfully,Mr N. S. McLeod,Sub-Branch R.S.S.I.L.A.,BeaufortP.S. I shall be glad to forward the interests of your members.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 32 small.jpg Hand written text needs transcribing. SHIRE OF RIPONSHIRE OF RIPON 1863[?] OfficeBeaufort 19th August. 1919.The Secretary,Closer Settlement Board,Melbourne.Sir,I have the honor, by direction, to submit to you the following resolutions passed at a meeting of the Beaufort Sub - Branch of the Returned Soldiers League, and forwarded to our Committee for its support, viz:-1. That in order to settle 50 or more Beaufort and District Returned soldier applicants for the land in their own district, the Lands Purchase & Management Board be asked to make an offer to purchase the Trawalla Estate for such purpose, and in the event of refusal to accept such offer, the land be acquired compulsory.2. That the Local Repatriation Committee be asked to forward this resolution to the Board and support same.My Committee wishes to point out that, apart from settling returned soldiers in their own district should this estate be acquired, the very great advantage it would be to the district generally, and trusts that an effort be made to have the wishes expressed herein, given effect to.Yours respectfully.Secretary.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 33 small.jpg Councillor Hannah, representing the Ripon Shire Council, Beaufort and Mr Troy, representing the Beaufort Repatriation Committee, interviewed Mr Moore, Member of the Closer Settlement Board at noon on Wednesday, the 20th August 1919. They had come to present a resolution carried at a largely attended meeting in Beaufort on Saturday night week last. The men wished to take up land and are impatient at the progress made, and it was resolved that the Trawalla Estate should be made available compulsorily. There are 50 men who have given in their names for land. We sent roughly 500 men from the district, and up to the present only one man has been settled - on a bit of Crown Lands.Mr Moore - "They would all take up land on Trawalla if it were acquired?".Mr Troy - "Yes". - Cr. Hannah. - "I think it would be all taken up - at any rate the country is good, and I think it would solve the problem as far as Beaufort soldiers are concerned".Mr Moore - "We got a letter from the Shire Council, dated 11th April 1918, in which they stated the Council "does not consider the area suitable unless cut into blocks of 400 acres ...........". Is the Council still of that opinion?Cr. Hannah: "I should say they are. I then held and still hold that anything above £5, or at any rate £5/5/-, would be excessive".Mr Moore: "You have not approached them as a Committee?.Cr. Hannah: No.Mr Troy: "You will see they refused a fair offer for 800 acres".Mr Moore: "We went up to the absolute maximum", £5/12/6.thoughCr Hannah: "You were about right too. We considered/in the circumstances that the men could pay the price asked as they had their relatives close to them.Mr Moore: We don't want to take land without giving a fair price; but if we have to go to the Court they will bring all the evidence including this, they can get a big price. There does not seen to be any use in going further in connection with the small offer".Cr. Hannah; I should think with the other movement that that should be left in abeyance".Mr Moore: "Don't you think it would be a good plan if [you?] went to interview them yourselves. You might go down and have a [ch?]
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5714 P0 unit 1270 34 small.jpg Hand written text needs transcribing. (2)Blake and Riggall, their representatives".Mr Troy: "I think it is a case that could be better done officially. To settle 50 men would take about 20,000 acres. The area of the estate is about 43,000 acres".Mr Moore: "If £2,500 would make a living area I do not think there would be any objection to it. These reports would no indicate that the land is of very high quality?"Cr. Hannah: "No, it is not. It is about a sheep to the acre country".Mr Moore: "We will put your representations before the Minister, and I have no doubt he will take some action in the matter".Mr Troy: "That is what the returned men want".Mr Moore: "Do you think the Board would be justified in going higher than they have on the 800 acres?Mr Hannah: I think that it about the limit. As to Trawalla Estate, if the men had bargained before they went we think they would certainly have been told that the estate would be made available to them when they came back".From shorthand notes,21/8/19.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 47 small.jpg Nerring, Beaufort 19th Feb. '21The Hon. D. S. Oman, Minister for Lands, Dear Sir,
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5714 P0 unit 1270 54 small.jpg -------COMPULSORY ACQUISITION-------TRAWALLA ESTATE - 43,000 acres, more or less in the Parishes of Brewster, Trawalla, Lillirie, Yangerahwillm Nanimia and Chepstowe.Estate of the late Admiral Bridges - by Executors, Mrs Bridges and Son - Captain Bridges.----------------------------------------------------------------A conference was held in the Director's room on the 18th. October 1920 to discuss the acquisition of the Trawalla Estate.PRESENT :- Director (Mr. McIver) Chief valuer (Mr. Sampson), Messrs Charles Walker, Hannah, J.H. Gardiner (Board Valuer) Dobson and Stanley Walker representing the Closer Settlement Board, and Messrs Seymour Dennis. Thomas Young, Mr. Beggs, Mr Riggall, Mr. Turner, Mrs. Bridges and Captain Bridges representing the Estate.Mr. McIver (Addressing the conference) We have been looking into this question of the purchase of the Trawalla Estate. There seems to be a certain amount of difference of opinion between the Board and the owners as to the value of the property. It is the desire of the Board to purchase the property at the correct value. We have to sell it again to the Soldiers. They have to make a living and repay the money to the Board At the same time the owners from whom the property is being taken are entitled to receive fair compensation for the estate. I do not know the difference between the owners and the Board's price. I know the original offer was £7.0.0 per acre, but the owners may be prepared to accept a lower price now. Our last offer to Messrs Blake and Riggall brought the reply that the owners declined our offer of £5.15.0 per acre. That price was arrived at after considerable investigation and eight (8) valuations. I want to be perfectly candid. The offer the Board made was above the average of those valuations and I may say that the valuations run this way, £5.15, £5.15, £5.10.8, £5.5.0, £5.10, £6, £5.12.4 and 6.2.6.Taking the average of these valuations it comes out at £5.14.6 and the Board offered 5.15.0 per acre, so you will that the Crown did not attempt to dispossess the owners of the property at anything less than the value represented by out valuers. That being so we feel that we have to allow the Judge of the Supreme Court to settle the point. It had been suggested that perhaps the valuers from both sides should discuss the matter for a few minutes and then recommend a price acceptable to both sides and thus save the costly business of going to Court. We should like to hear any arguments as to why the Boards price of £5.15.0 per acre should be increased, that is if the owners were not prepared to accept the offer, Mr. Riggall states that the Trustees would not accept the offer. Mr. Dennis (Valuer representing the Estates) First of all I take it that you would like to hear the History of the case. It is not hard to value a place like Trawalla. The present carrying capacity of Trawalla is one sheep to the acre. The figures as to what it has earned bears me out in this. The figures I furnish have been taken from the Station Books. The estate was reduced by 700 acres in 1919. "e give figures for 10 years over 43,180 acres. The shearing average was 45,470. In addition to these sheep there were 584 cattle and 100 horses. Taking everything into consideration the average carrying on Trawalla as at that date would be 50,558 sheep. These figures include the 1914-1915 drought when the rainfall was 15" instead of 25". These figures show year out of 10 years with that droughty period included. The earnings were 7 1/2% per acre for the last 5 years.Mr. Dennis :- The earnings from the Trawalla Estate during the five years was 7 1/2%. I think if the property is returning 7 1/2% that the land must be worth £7. per acre. This is only on a grazing basis. Trawalla has never shown less than 7 1/2%.Mr. McIver :- This is the present condition of affairs, which may not continue very long. You are getting very high prices now, and you can hardly base the price of the land on the price obtaining for wool.Mr. Dennis :-We are basing the price of the land on the return. This is first class merino wool property, and that commodity is one that will not come down in price to any great extent. As a grazing proposition we say that £7. per acre is not more that we would obtain for it having regard to the grazing capacity and return.
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5714 P0 unit 1270 55 small.jpg -2-The purchase of Trawalla Estate at £7. per acre compares very favourably with the purchase of Mt.Bute at £5.15. per acre. I went over Mt.Bute very carefully. Both properties were properly managed, and yet Mt.Bute does not show within 13% of Trawalla Estate. Mt.Bute is very much worse improved than Trawalla. The improvements materially effect the earnings. Take the earnings of Mt. Bute in comparison. It earns 5 1/2% and 30/- for sheep compared with 7 1/2% for Trawalla. The difference in the returns amounts to more than 5/ per acre on the estates. It is producing very high class wool. There cannot be a comparison between the properties from an agricultural point of view. Any land that will carry sheep ti the acre must be worth a little more from an agricultural point of view. Mt.Bute has not carried with 25% of Trawalla.Mr.Sampson:- You are comparing certain / portions with certain portions of Mt. Bute.Mr.Dennis :- Take any 5,600 acres on the estates and you will find that Trawalla comes out better.Mr.McIver :- We were perfectly frank with you in admitting that Trawalla Estates is a better estate, and in consequence offered 5/- an acre more.Mr.Dennis :- (Addressing Mr.McIver) Now I want ytou to make another admission. The improvements on Trawall are far better than Mt.Bute. The improvements on Mt.Bute amount to 9/6 per acre and on Trawalla 27/2.per acre over the whole area., that is including residential lands. Mt.Bute is in a dirty condition, and the fences are poor. On Trawalla the buildings are very good, the fences are excellent, the place is well picked up and generally the place is a picture. It is better to patch up a fence than put a new one there, and that is what the Trustees of Trawalla have done.Mr.Gardiner:- The water is the trouble on Mt.Bute. If the water were there in abundance the grazing capacity of Mt.Bute woouod be improved considerably. You (Mr.Dennis) were asking about the carrying capacity of both estates. I think that there is very little difference in the two places, if anything Trawalla is a trifle better, but when Mt.Bute is cleaned up I think will be the better Estate.Mr.Dennis :- There is a marked difference in the carrying capacity of the estates.Mr.McIver :- This water question seem to have made the difference in Mt. ButeMr.Dennis:-Any improvements must make a difference.Mr.McIver :- You cannot compare the two estates. The management of the two places has been altogether different and I think the difference in the price offered is, 5/-, is a fair one. I will admit the improvements on Mt.Bute are not as good and the stock has not been looked after as well.Mr.Dennis :- I do not think the question of Management should come into the matter at all. If money is spent on improvements &c., a fair return must be expected from that outlay.Mr.McIver :- I think the question of management must be considered, because Mt.Bute was not carrying the full compliment of stock.Mr.Dennis :- I think Mt.Bute was highly stocked. For the last five (5) years it has had less grass on it than Trawalla.Mr.Gardiner :- Mt.Bute was used as a relief paddock on several occasions.Mr.Dennis :- There has not been any stock on the place from the north.Mr.Gardiner :- The Manager of Mt.Bute told me that several hundred cattle were sent down from the north. In 1910 several thousand sheep were brought down and put on Mt.Bute.Mr.Dennis :- The figures show that very few stock have been down
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5714 P0 unit 1270 56 small.jpg -3-from the north and put on Mt.Bute You must put a value on the property also from a residential point of view. Compared with Ercildoun Estate, Trawalla is a nicer locality and nicer place to live in. For every person who would like to live at Ercildoun one hundred would like to live at Trawalla.Mr. McIver :- According to your arguments to get Trawalla at anything like its true value you would have to give a good deal of money for it.Mr. Dennis :- Yes. Undoubtedly the value exists in the land and improvments.Mr.McIver :- The Homestead is no good to us. We would have to dispose of it with say 5,000 acres at a fair price.Mr. Young :- I claim I can dispose of the homestead and 5,000 acres of land surrounding it for something like £10. per acre.Mr. McIver :- You think the homestead itself is worth £15,000.Mr. Dennis :- It is according to the area attached to it.Mr.Dennis :- Mr. R. G. Beggs holds 9,000 acres of the Hopkins Hill country and he purchased it at £6. per acre, and the Trawalla land is far better than that. That is how the prices are running up there. The place must be bought on its carrying capacity and the Hopkins Hill country has a much less carrying capacity than Trawalla.Mr. Sampson :- Get back to Mt.Bute the carrying capacity is there, but the costly improvements are not.Mr.Dennis :- If you purchased Mt.Bute for £5.10.0 per acre then trawalla is cheaply bought at £7. per acre.Mr. Walker :- As far as I can see gentlemen we are not here to discuss the difference between the two places. i know both estates very well. I am sure that the Trawalla Estate Trustees does not want more than a fair and reasonable price for the estate. I know that Messrs Blake & Riggall and the parties here would like to hear information about the estate Mr.Dennis says that there is a difference between Mt.Bute abd Trawalla Estates. I spent several days on the both estates. There is no difference between the Estates as regards the land but thereis as regards the improvements? The improvements on Trawalla are excellent. In fact they are too good. The improvements on Mt.Bute are poor. These excellent improvements must be disposed of, and the Closer Settlement Board must face that difficulty. I am unable to separate these estates. I am living between the two properties and claim to know what they do. Mr.Dennis isd making a great mistake. I will not deny that Trawalla is nice country, but at a price. It is nicely watered, nicely situated and all of that. I say emphatically that the Estate will not carry a sheep to the acre, and I will defy anybody to say that it does. The subdivision of it is a very solid proposition. There is some very poor country, and there is some very good land on it. If a Soldier were put on less than 500 to 600 acres it would mean nothing less than sheer disaster. I know what I would do if anyone offered me less to make a living from. I am perfectly candid with the Closer Settlements Board when I say that there is no material difference between the Estates. There are certainly more Railway facilities at Mt.Bute than there are at Trawalla. I am sure that if the case is put clearly before the Trustees they will not claim more than a fair and square deal.Mr.McIver :- (To Mr.Walker) Do you think the Board's offer of £5.15. per acre to the Trustees a fair and reasonable one.Mr.Walker :- Yes. I think it is. It is a very fair offer and I think the Trustees after careful consideration will wisely accept it.Mrs.Bridges here interrupted and said that the offer of £5.15 per acre would not be accepted.Mr. Walker :- I say again that the Estate will not carry sheep to the acre. taking the light country into consideration I think it is a very good price, and the Soldier will have to work every inch of it, to make
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5714 P0 unit 1270 57 small .jpg -4-good at that figure. There is more light country on this than on the Mt. Bute Estate. The purchase of Mount Bute is a good and safe one.Mr.Dennis (To Mr.Walker) You are particularly definite that there is more waste land on Trawalla than on Mt.Bute.Mr.Walker (To Mr.Dennis) How many acres of poor country on Mt.Bute.Mr.Dennis :- There are 5,000 acres which will not carry a sheep to 3 acres and there are 7 to 8,000 acres which will not carry more than one sheep to 1 1/2 acres.Mr.McIver :- I do not think we are getting any nearer to finality arguing about Mt.Bute. We made a fair comparison and offered 5/- an acre more for Trawalla, in doing so we admitted that Trawalla was a better property. I was just reading the Shire Council's report of 1918 when Mr.Beggs said that the Estate was worth £6. per acre.Mr. Beggs :- Yes I said that, but times have altered a lot since then. Price of wool has gone up and sheep now are worth about £3. per head.Mr. Gardiner :- If 5 to 7,000 acres with the Homestead were cut off the property and sold the price obtained would go a long way in reducing the offer to the Board, and in the circumstances I think £5.15.0 per acre a very good price.Mr. McIver (To Mr.Gardiner) Supposing you take the Homestead away what would you take off the price as as set down by you in your report. Would you take 10/- per acre off your present valuation. Would it be worth £5.15.0 per acre.Mr.Gardiner :- Yes it would. That is just what I considered a fair value.Mr. McIver :- Mr.Dobson lives near Trawalla and is a practical man who must have often thought out the price of Trawalla. He was also one of our valuers who valued the land. I think Mr.Dobson expressed himself very candidly in his report on the Estate. You will admit that he must know something about the estate. He would not recommend the Board to pay £7. per acre for Trawalla Estate. (To .Mr.Dobson) Would you agree to give more than £6. per acre for Trawalla Estate.Mr.Dobson :- No. I cannot.Mr. McIver :- Do you think it would be sound business for the Board if they gave £6. per acre for the estate.Mr.Dobson : - It would be sound business. I think the Board can go to £6 per acre. i am only thinking of it from a Soldier point of view.Mr. Young spoke at length about the quality of wool obtained from the estate and urged the acquisition of the estate at £7. per acre.MrMcIver (To Mr. Young) How would the Board get rid of the blue country.Mr. Young :- I know a man who is agreeable to inspect the homestead and 5,000 acres of lnd around it. I think I would get about £10. per acre for it.Mr. McIver :- Land has gone up since we have been in the market. It is
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5714 P0 unit 1270 58 small.jpg -5-Quite possible that prices will steady before long. The Soldier has first to put up his Homestead at a cost of at least 30/- per acre. This brings the land up to £8.10.0 per acre, that is if we purchased at £7 . per acre. Then there is the loading for the roads &c. You can safely say that the total cost would be close on £9. per acre. (To. Mr.Hannah) Can a soldier make a living off this country at £9. per acre?Mr. Hannah :- No he cannot. I cannot be a party to the purchase at anything over the £5.15 per acre or £6. per acre. I agree with Mr. Young about the quality of the wool. I know of men who bought land alongside Trawalla and they had one very good crop off it. They have not had any more, and today they are in just the same position as when they started. How is a man going to make a living growing oats and hay. With oats 2/- per bushel and hay £2 per ton, for I am sure that is all they will be, how is a man to come out on the right side. I am not here to run down Trawalla Estate but representing the local Reputation Committee at Beaufort on behalf of the soldiers. To buy this place at anything over £5.15. per acre and then add the initial expenses would mean a millstone round their necks as long as they live.Mr.McIver :- The Board has given this question their very careful consideration. It is a big estate. It is only the exigencies of Soldier settlement that causes the Government to take over estates in this way. Now we have taken it over we want to do the fair thing to the Soldier and the owners.7 1/2% is a very good return for a large area but the smaller areas would be sure to return more. As Mr. Hannah says we are facing cheap prices for hay and oats. No man can live and pay back to the Board from a return of 7 1/2%. He would not have enough to live on these times. He has pratically got to make 20%- £500 on a £2,500 block in order to pay his installments and live and maintain his improvements and carry him over till next harvest. He must make about £500 per annum.Mr. Dennis :- If it will make 7 1/2% per cent as a grazing area what will it make as a cropping concern.Mr. Walker:- Less. Because the land is worn out after the first two crops.Mr. McIver :- Your argument is that because it returns 7 1/2% it is worth £7. per acre.Mr. Dennis :- The fact of the matter is that the estate has a certain grazing value which exceeds its value to the Soldiers.Mr. McIver :- You are sticking out for that price for the simple reason that it returns 7 1/2% at good prices for wool.Mrs. Bridges :- It appears that the Closer Settlement Board has made a mistake in taking over the estate. I think you should give us a fair price.Mr. Rigall :- It is not the question as to how the man on 700 acres is going to live, it is a question what the estate is worth to the trustees. We expect a price which we would get in the open market. Mr. Beggs can tell you about some of the places recently bought as a comparison.Mr. Beggs - I was basing my value of Trawalla as to what it would bring to day in the open market. I know that in that district there is not land to be got at £5.15. per acre. I wish I could get a grazing proposition like Trawalla at £5.15. per acre. My brother bought 1,200 acres at Mahwallock at £7. per acre, and the value of the land is not up to Trawalla. It will cost him 15/- per acre to put a house on it. My brother sold the Hopkins Hill country for £6. per acre cash. Fifteen years ago I could have bought the same land at £3.2.6 per acre. That goes to show that land values are hardening. In my estate a man held a small block, and in order to get him out I gave him £12. per acre for it. Small blocks of land at Beaufort are claiming terrible prices. Why stringy bark ranges are bringing high prices
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Has keywordstrawalla +, trawalla estate + and soldier settlement +
Has languageen +
Has person nameHugh Abbott +
Has record agencyVA 4554 Department of Sustainability and Environment (Agency currently responsible for this Series) +
Has record citationPROV, VPRS 5714/P0, unit 1270 +
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Latitude-37.437 +
Located inTrawalla, Victoria +, Trawalla +, Middle Creek +, Melbourne + and Learmonth +
Longitude143.469 +
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