"Murndal" Estate Soldier Settlement (WW1)
Tahara (Merino), S-W Victoria, Australia
Glenelg & Wannon Region, S-W Victoria, Australia

WESTERN DISTRICT. --- PREMIER CONCLUDES TOUR. --- Decentralisation Policy.

HAMILTON, Saturday.--...Extensive areas are available for soldier settlement in the Western district and it is understood that, provided that money can be obtained, Mr Lawson favours the acquisition on reasonable terms of several properties. During the tour Mr Lawson emphasised the point that co-operation with the Government in the settlement of soldiers must be expected as the obligation to do a fair thing for the men who had fought rested upon the whole community. He was pleased to note instances where owners of estates had not only done their duty but acted in a most generous manner. Miss Henty gave the free use of a rich paddock on Merino Downs to a returned soldier for three years and the return from his first season's crop of oats and hay was said to be 1,000. Mr Winter Cooke refused a private offer of 17 an acre for portion of his Murndal estate, but sold this section to the Government for soldier settlement for 15 an acre...

Source : "The Argus" (Melbourne, Vic.) Monday, 7th April 1919.


1920 : WW1 Soldier Settlers on "Murndal" Estate
Tahara (Merino), S-W Victoria, Australia
Soldier Settler
Additional Information

THOMSON, G.
(of Hamilton)

Gordon THOMSON 1885-1934, b. Tahara, S-W Victoria, son of James THOMSON and Christine Elizabeth McPHERSON was a labourer of Hamilton when he enlisted in the AIF on 28 Sep 1914, embarked from Melbourne in 1915 as Pte 1978, 7th Battalion, AIF. He arrived in Egypt, embarked from Alexandria 5th Apr 1915 for the Gallipoli campaign, admitted to hospital at Anzac 16 July 1915, then to Mudros and back to Egypt. Invalided back to Australia and discharged. Reinlisted and embarked from Melbourne 4th May 1916, to Egypt, then France. Serious head wound 11 Mar 1918 at Messines, evacuated to England, then to Australia on the "Kanowna," arrived Melbourne 1st Sep 1918. He was welcomed home at a social function at Tahara in September 1918. In 1919 he married Beryl Victoria WILSON 1897-1972, of Myamyn, Victoria. He became a Soldier Settler on "Murndal" Estate, Tahara, near Merino, S-W Victoria, and died at Melbourne in 1934.
  • Named : St Peter's Church of England Honour Roll, Tahara
  • Soldier Settler : Murndal Estate, Tahara, near Merino.
  • PEPPER, A. W. J.
    (of Tahara)

    Alfred William John PEPPER 1893-1977, b. Tahara, S-W Victoria, son of William John PEPPER and Caroline Mary HEAD. He was a dealer of Tahara when he enlisted in the AIF on 17 Sep 1914, and embarked from Melbourne on 7 Sep 1915 as Pte 1163, 7th Battalion, AIF. He arrived in Egypt, and transferred as Pte 1183 to the 8th Battalion, AIF and embarked from Alexandria 5th Apr 1915 for the Gallipoli campaign, landed Gallipoli 25th Apr 1915, admitted to hospital at Anzac 2 Sep 1915, then to Mudros and the to hospital on Malta. He arrived in France on 31 Mar 1916, wounded (gas) 28 Oct 1917, embarked for Australia on the "Kennilworth Castle" on 12 Mar 1918, arrived at Melbourne 22 May 1918 and discharged from the AIF on 20 Aug 1918. In 1920 he married Florence Jessie HUSSON 1893-1985, of Merino, Victoria. He became a Soldier Settler on "Murndal" Estate, Tahara, near Merino, S-W Victoria, and died in 1977.
  • Soldier Settler : Murndal Estate, Tahara, near Merino.
  • McPAIL, A. J.
    (of Heywood)

    Archibald John McPHAIL 1883-1948, b. Portland, S-W Victoria, son of John McPHAIL and Ellen McEACHERN. Archie resided with his family at Merino & Sandford 1885-1892, then Mount Gambier, SA where his mother died in 1907. In 1904 he married Jessie WILSON 1888-1960, born Heywood, S-W Victoria to Alexander WILSON and Maryanne McEACHERN. Archie and Jessie had children at Mount Gambier, SA and Heywood, S-W Victoria 1904-1915. He was a labourer of Heywood when he enlisted in the AIF on 11 Jul 1916, and embarked from Melbourne on 2 Oct 1915 as Pte 2703, 57th Battalion, AIF. He arrived in England 16 Nov 1916, and arrived in France on 30 Dec 1916, wounded 15 Feb 1917, admitted to hospital in England, embarked for Australia on the "Anchises" on 1 Nov 1917, arrived at Melbourne 3 Jan 1918 and discharged from the AIF on 4 Feb 1918. More children were born at Heywood and Hamilton from 1918, then he became a Soldier Settler on "Murndal" Estate, Tahara, near Merino, S-W Victoria, and died at Hamilton in 1948. His widow Jessie died there in 1960.
  • Soldier Settler : Murndal Estate, Tahara, near Merino.
  • SAUNDERS, R. W.
    (of England & Geelong)

    Ronald Walter George SAUNDERS 1897-1974, b. Hampshire, England, son of Frederick W. SAUNDERS and .... who were living at Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England when their son Ronald, a labourer from the Casterton district of S-W Victoria, enlisted in the AIF on 12 Aug 1916, aged 18y 10m. He embarked from Melbourne on 21 Oct 1916 as Pte 4124, 39th Battalion, AIF, disembarked at Plymouth, England on 28 Dec 1916, joined his Battalion in France on 10 Jul 1917, admiited to hospital with shell shock on 18 Oct 1917, embarked from England on 15 Aug 1918, arrived Melbourne, Victoria on 12 Jun 1918 and discharged from the AIF on 14 Sep 1918. In 1920 he was married at Hamilton, S-W Victoria to Edith CARLIN 1893-1988, born Branxholme, S-W Victoria to Thomas CARLIN and Susan O'BRIEN. Ronald became a Soldier Settler on "Murndal" Estate, Tahara, near Merino, S-W Victoria. At least 3 children appear to have been born in the area, but by 1943 the family appears to have moved to Western Australia where Ronald died at Perth in 1974, and Edith also died at Perth in 1888.
  • Soldier Settler : Murndal Estate, Tahara, near Merino.
  • TURNBULL W.
    (of Merino)

    William TURNBULL c.1873-1935, b. Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland son of James TURNBULL and Jessie KIDDY. He arrived in Victoria before 1902 when he married Harriet Jane COWLEY 1881-1941, b. near Timboon, Victoria to Charles COWLEY and Jane GARVIE. They had a son John in 1903 at Camperdown, Victoria and by 1915 William was a carpenter at Merino, S-W Victoria. He enlisted in the AIF, aged 43y, at Hamilton, S-W Vic., on 26 Jun 1916, embarked from Melbourne on 25 Sep 1916, arrived England on 15 Nov 1916. He joined a Training Battalion in Wiltshire, classified medically unfit for overseas service and repatriated from England on 6 Jun 1918, and discharged in Melbourne, Victoria on 13 Sep 1918. William became a soldier settler on Murndal Estate, Tahara and died at Hamilton in 1935. It appears that his son James took over the farm at Murndal until he moved to Portland about 1940.
  • Named : Merino War Memorial
  • Soldier Settler : Murndal Estate, Tahara, near Merino.
  • RICHARDS, F. F. McK.
    (of Patyah, near Edenhope)

    Frederick Farquhar McKinnon RICHARDS 1891-1964, b. Edenhope, S-W Victoria, eldest son of Charles RICHARDS and Frances Cleave CRAIG. He was recorded as a farmer of Patyah, near Edenhope, aged 22y 11m in September 1915 when he applied to join the AIF. He enlisted at Melbourne, Victoria on 11 Oct 1915 and embarked from Sydney, NSW as Pte 3316, 6th Field Company Engineers, AIF on 24 Nov 1915, transfered to 12th Company Engineers in Egypt on 6 Mar 1916, admitted to hospital with rheumatism, returned to Australia from Suez on 13 Jun 1916 and discharged from the AIF. He married in 1918 to Alice Isabelle RIVETT 1896-1974, b. Yea, Victoria to James RIVETT and Sarah Jane FOX. Frederick died at Hamilton, S-W Victoria in 1964 and his wife Alice died there in 1974.
  • Soldier Settler : Murndal Estate, Tahara, near Merino.


  • SOLDIER SETTLEMENT.

    Ronald Walter Saunders said he had 115 acres on Murndal Estate, where there were six settlers. The blocks would carry 30 cows, but that was not sufficient for a fair living, because the areas were not large enough, to permit them to rear their young stock. There was a railway station five miles away, but it could not be used as the department would not put in a loop line, and so they had to go ten miles to Grassdale, over five miles of bad, boggy road. In winter this meant a full day when trucking pigs, and 12/ a ton cartage on manures, which prevented them from going in for top dressing. The settlers wanted the areas increased and a loop line put in at Miakite railway station.

    Source : "The Age" (Melbourne, Vic.) Wednesday, 10th June 1925.


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