"Muntham" Estate : For Sale (1901-2)

Glenelg & Wannon Region, S-W Victoria, Australia

Pastoral Runs around Muntham The portion of the "Muntham" Estate retained by Mrs Anna Maria HENTY after the death in 1878 of her husband Edward HENTY was subdivided and sold at auctions after her death in 1901. The homestead portion of the "Muntham" was only about one mile south east of the hamlet of Carapook. It was purchased in 1902 by Hector Malcolm McKINNON of "Kaladbro" Strathdownie, who resided at "Muntham" up until his death in 1940.

Below are some reports of the subdisvision and sales of allotments of the former "Muntham Estate in 1901-2.

1901, July 25 : "Muntham" Estate, the 1st subdivisional sale

"The Argus" (Melbourne, Vic.) Wednesday 10 July 1901.
Part of the Muntham Estate near Casterton has been subdivided and is advertised for sale at Casterton on the 25th inst. There are 22 blocks of from 10 to 20 acres. If these blocks realise a fair price it is probable that the whole of the estate, consisting of 18,000 acres, will be divided into farm holdings.
"The Argus" (Melbourne, Vic.) Friday, 26th July 1901.

CASTERTON, Thursday.

The first subdivisional sale of Mr Edward Henty's Muntham Estate to-day was very successful. The Mechanics' Hall was crowded with buyers, and a large number of farmers living between Casterton and Coleraine, who were anxiously waiting the sale of the larger areas of the estate. The sale was conducted by Messrs Robert Stapylton Bree and Co and Messrs. A E Smith and Co. Among those present interested in the disposal of the property were Mr Henry Henty, of Melbourne, and Mr M'Leod of Merino Downs. The blocks near Casterton elicited keen competition, the total of 278 acres offered bringing an average of 18/13/ per acre all round. The highest price paid was 32 an acre, by Mr E. F. Hughes, for a block of 11 acres. The terms were one fifth cash, one fifth in a month, and the balance on mortgage in three years. Not a lot of any kind was left unsold, and everywhere the sale is regarded as a most gratifying success. Mr Bree at the close announced that the trustees were so well satisfied that the whole of this historic property would be subdivided into farms of various sizes and placed under the hammer in a few months' time.

The following prices were realised :--

11a., E. F. Hughes, 32 per acre ;
15a. 1r., A. E. Smith, 19/5/ per acre ;
17a. 3r, B. Jeffreys, 15/10/ per acre ;
18a. 1r, B. Jeffreys, 16/10/ per acre ;
7a. lr., Miss. Scholfield, 20/10 per acre ;
11a 1r., W. Baxter. 28 per acre ;
12a, 1r., Mrs Scholfield, 17 per acre ;
12a. 2r., J, Chapman, 17/10/ per acre ;
12a. 3r., J. James, 15 per acre ;
12a., Mary Glancy, 20/10/ per acre ;
14a. 1r., J. Leake, 26 per acre ;
7a. 2r., L. Nowacki, 22/10/ per acre ;
10a., T. F. Laidlaw, 21/10 per acre ;
11a. 3r., Jonas Foster, 17 per acre ;
10a. 2r., W. Peden, 15 per acre ;
9a., John Howlett, 16 per acre ;
11a. 3r., Geo. Holmes, 16/10/ per acre ;
12a., J. McLaughlin, 15/10 per acre ;
14a., R. Jeffreys, 14/10 per acre ;
14a. 1r., R. Jeffreys, 17 per acre ;
14a. 2r., J. Young, 22 per acre ;
100 acres., parish of Carapook (now rented by Mr John McIntyre), R. Jefferys, 14/4 per acre ;
57a. (now rented by Mrs. Jackson), parish of Carapook, John Little, 12/15 per acre ;
98a., parish of Muntham, adjoining Messrs. Taylor and Heenan, frontage to Wannon, A. M'Leod, 8 per acre ;
residence sites, 2r. each, were purchased by D. M'Intyre, J. M'Kinnon, and J. Gavan at up to 20 per lot.

1901, October 17 : "Muntham" Estate, the 2nd subdivisional sale

"The Argus" Wednesday, 14th August 1901 (Country News) CASTERTON.
Another section (1,700 acres) of the Muntham Estate is to be at once sub-divided into farming areas, and submitted to public competition. This land also comes close up to the township of Casterton, and runs towards Carapook, to the Lodge, a distance of about three miles. The intention is to cut it into farms ranging up to 100 acres in extent.

"The Argus" (Melbourne, Vic.) Friday, 11th October 1901.
The second subdivisional sale of the Muntham estate to take place next week is bringing to the fore a number of interesting reminiscences relating to the portion to be offered. In all the quantity will be about 3,000 acres, in 27 allotments and these are in the vicinity of what is known as "The Lodge" a residence that was erected 40 or 50 years ago for the late Mr Killeen (a shepherd) when Mr Edward Henty mustered 70,000 to 80,000 sheep for shearing and there was no fencing to mark the boundaries of the large estates in the district. These sheep were washed at a very large dam, which runs into five different corners of allotments to be offered for sale. Around some of the allotments there are the remains of a "sod wall." This was also erected nearly half a centrury ago, the pioneer settler having the idea that it would prove permanent. Immediately after the first lambing, however he found his mistake for the young lambs jumped on it, though it was 3 ft high, trod it down and made large gaps in it, and very soon the wall, which it was imagined would stand against the fierce bush fires and never need repairing, had to be discarded. On one of the blocks there is the site of where was once a most flourishing kitchen garden which supplied the vegetables for the whole neighbourhood, the Glenelg Inn (then the only hotel in Casterton) drawing all its supplies from this source.

"The Argus" (Melbourne, Vic.) Saturday, 19th October 1901.

CASTERTON, Thursday.

The second subdivisional sale of the Muntham Estate was held to-day, when 300 acres were offered by Messrs. R. Stapylton Bree and Co. and A. E. Smith and Co., auctioners in conjunction. The Mechanics' hall was crowded with buyers from long distances, as well as the immediate neighbourhood. The competition was keen throughout, and for some of the lots very exciting, large land-owners and some holders running each other briskly. The executors had made an estimate of what they hoped each block would realise, and the prices varied from about 30/ to 2 per acre in some cases either above or below, but in the main their calculations were very close. The whole 3,000 acres fetched an average of 10/11/6 per acre. The first lot offered was No. 12, 14 acres, the one nearest Castcrton, and realised 27 an acre, the highest price of the sale. Mr. A. T. Anderson was the buyer. Some of the buyers are men from a distance, one being Mr. Beaglehole, who has been successful in mining in Western Australia. Terms were given at 10 per cent. cash, 20 per cent, on acceptance of the title, and remainder in five years at 4 per cent., and were looked upon as especially favourable by intending purchasers. At the close of the sale Mr. Bree, who acted as auctioneer, in announcing that every block had been disposed of, said he was pleased to be able to intimate that immediately there would be a notification in the papers to the effect that the whole of the balance of the Muntham Estate would be cut up into farming areas, and all these would be offered at one time.

The lots sold to-day were:--

lot 1, 183a. lr. 12p., H. J. Tomkins, 5/2/6 ;
lot 2, 175a. lr. 5p., R. Matheson, Dergholm, 5 ;
lot 3, 99a. 22r. 2p. (on this block there is the residence known as The Lodge), John Gardiner, 7/6/ ;
lot 4, 120a. 0r. 24p., Edward Widdicombe. 7/19/ ;
lot 5, 66a. 0r. 15p., W. J. Black, 10/10/ ;
lot 6, 83a. 2r. 33p., George Cox, 10/10/ ;
lot 7, 87a. 2r. 17p., James M'Laughlin, l5/2/6 ;
lot 8, 87a. lr. 9p., James Greenham, Dartmoor, 12 ;
lot 9, 71a. 2r. 14p., A. W. Braim, 13/10/ ;
lot 10, 67a. 3r. 2p, A. W. Braim, 13/15/ ;
lot 11, 56a. lr. 38p., A. W. Braim, 15 ;
lot 12, 14a. 0r. 2p., Murray Matheson, 27, A. T. Anderson ;
lot 13, 74a. 2r. 14p., J. Beaglehole, 12/12/6 ;
lot 14, 72a. 2r. 4p., John M'Laughlin, 12/10/ ;
lot 15, 70a. lr. 21p., John M'Laughlin, 12/10/ ;
lot 16, 92a. 0r. 21p., John M'Laughlin, 14/10/ ;
lot 17, 113a. 3r. 15p., George Cox, 10/5/ ;
lot 18, 177a. 2r. 39p., George Grant, 11/10/ ;
lot 19, 211a. lr. 5p., T. Somerville, 8 ;
lot 20, 197a, 2r. l0p., T. Somerville, 11 ;
lot 21, 131a. 0r. 14p., John and James Mitchell, 11 ;
lot 22, 215a. 2r. 30p., Murray Matheson, 5/15/ ;
lot 23, 158a. 2r. 31p., Murray Matheson, 9 ;
lot 24, 110a, lr. 25p., Matheson Bros., Dwyer's Creek,. 14/5/ ;
lot 25, 101a. 1r. 20p., Matheson Bros., 13/10/ ;
lot 26, 101a. lr. 20p., Matheson Bros., 16 ;
lot 27, 145a. 3r. 16p., Matheson Bros., 15/10/.

1902, January 16 : "Muntham" Estate, the 3rd (final) subdivisional sale

"The Argus" Wednesday, 25th December 1901

14,000 ACRES,

And acknowledged throughout the Commonwealth to be the Richest Fattening, Dairying, and Agricultural Land in the Western District of Victoria. Situated Eight Miles from Coleraine, and Twelve Miles from Casterton, which is FOR POSITIVE SALE, on January 16, 1902, at One O'clock p.m., at the Mechanics' Institute, Coleraine, in Lots from 50 to 200 Acres. With the Homestead Will be Offered 1195 Acres Adjoining, Together with Overseer's Cottage, Woolshed, Men's Hut, Drafting Yards, Stables, Buggy Sheds, and Various Outbuildings of all Descriptions, for, Efficiently Carrying on the Estate. Terms Extending Over Ten Years, 4 per cent.

ROBT. STAPYLTON BREE and Co., A. E. SMITH and Co., and LAIDLAW and FENTON have received instructions from the executors of the estate of the late Edward Henty to OFFER, as above,
The far-famed MUNTHAM ESTATE, of 14,000 acres, in lots of 50 acres up to 200 acres.
With the homestead will be offered 1195 acres adjoining.
Allotments 10 to 21 will be first offered in one lot of 1873 acres. If the highest bid for the block in that area be not accepted by the auctioneers the land will be sold in lots according to plan.
This estate comprises the richest fattening, dairying, and agricultural land in the state. Muntham produces some of the best sheep in Victoria, while the cattle grown there are not to be surpassed, and it rears lambs of the finest quality for export, and is also admirably adapted for grain and root crops.
For dairying the land is unsurpassed, there being a factory within easy distance of the property, which gives a ready outlet for the most remunerative industry, and for the fattening of sheep and cattle it is unequalled in Victoria.
This estate is permanently watered by springs and dams. Pure, fresh water in an unlimited quantity can be obtained anywhere on the estate by sinking a few feet.
Muntham offers exceptional advantages, amongst which may be mentioned cheap carriage, easy access to market for both stock and produce, good rainfall, and a splendid climate.
The fattening qualities of this property cannot be surpassed, the high prices invariably commanded by the fat sheep and cattle sent to the various markets being conclusive proof that for its acreage Muntham stands out pre-eminently the pick of the properties in the Western district. This property was taken up by the late Mr. Edward Henty, the pioneer settler, as being the pick of the whole of the state.
This magnificent estate has to be sold under the provisions of tho will of the late Edward Henty.
Terms--10 per cent, cash, 25 per cent, in one month, the balance in 10 years at 4 per cent., or, alternatively, 10 per cent. cash, 20 per cent. in one month, balance 5 years at 4 per cent. The purchaser can pay off any amount over 50 at any time by giving three months notice.
Lithograph plans and all information can be had on application to Robt. Stapylton Bree and Co., Hamilton and Casterton; A. E. Smith and Co., Casterton; Laidlaw nnd Fenton, Hamilton and Coleraine; and the solicitor of the estate, of Thomas P. Derham, 469 Chancery-lane, Melbourne.

Tickets at holiday excursion fares will be granted on the Melbourne to Coleraine, via Ballarat and Port Fairy, Portland to Coleraine, Casterton to Coleraine and Serviceton and branch lines, and all intermediate stations, on the 15th and 16th January, in connection with the sale of the Muntham Estate.

"Portland Guardian" (Vic.) Monday, 20th January 1902.


We take the following condensation from the "Coleraine Albion's" report : No more does Muntham mean what it has been from almost the dawn of Victorian history--a large estate of the Henty family. In the transition of affairs effected by time--slow moving, perhaps, but sure--it is now broken up into many allotments, with half as many owners, Thursday's procedure was the great turning point. It was a notable day in several respects. It witnessed the conversion of a one-man area into over 90 allotments. It is such occasions which make local history. Then it was a memorable day on account of the financial transactions aggregating what they did--something like 130,000.
Mr Bree said he had called them together to sell the great Muntham estate, one of the best properties in the state. He then called on Mr A. E. Smith to read the conditions, which was forthwith done. The vendors exempted themselves from contributing towards any erection of fences between sold and unsold lands, They also reserved to themselves the right to make one bid for each lot.
No questions being asked, Mr Bree said he wished to lay before them the good qualities of the land, and the arrangements made to cut up the property into blocks to suit the public. The executors wished to see the place taken up by population. The terms were easy, and they had ten years to pay in. The quality of the soil he need not waste time over, the greater part of the estate being the best in the State, Its producing power had a great reputation, and there was nothing to equal it in cropping. There was a fortune to any who could get a block. The place was permanently watered with good springs and dams. Droughts on Muntham were unknown, and not a hoof of stock had been lost for want of water. The property was conveniently situated, being only nine miles from either Coleraine or Casterton railway stations. Butter factories were close at their doors, also schools were settlers could rely upon their families being educated. The rainfall was from 25 to 27 inches annually. The land would bring them in money without any great trouble. The locality was free from disease, of the healthinest in tthe world, and buyers of stock knew it. It was also free from rabbits, while judging by an infested place he sold recently was worth 3 an acre more. He hoped they would bid up as a recognition of the executors' action in placing the property to the public advantage.
Mr Bree then started at lot No. 53. Somebody said 8, but it was no sooner heard than 11 was mentioned, an up it ran to 19, the first purchase being in the names of Henry and Annie Tomkins. This was the highest price per acre paid for the day. From particulars furnished, our readers will get the gist of the information at a glance. In a few casees lots were not submitted, as the prices for land of the locality was not coming up to the reserve fixed by the trustees. The sale was put through with expedition. Besides Mr. Bree, Mr. A. E. Smith, and Mr Fenton were taking bids, and the wielder of the hammer while giving time to advance made no unnecessary lingering. Altogether nearly 90 blocks must have been passed through the salesmen's books. The homestead block of 1367 acres created some interest, it being the big man's lot, Bidding started at , and moved in 1 rises till 14 was reached, at which it fell to the possession of Mr Hector Malcolm MacKinnon, the amount being slightly over 19,138. This was the highest sum paid for any one lot.


Homestead, 1367a 0r 6p, 14, Hector Malcolm Mackinnon, Caladbra.
Lot 1--192 1r 17p, Nathaniel Hodgetts, Bahgallah, 6.
Lot 2--242a 2r 19p, Alexander Murray, Carapook, 8.
Lot 3--236a 35 4p, Mrs S. F. Koch, Henty, 8.
Lot 4--162a 1r 5p, 10 5s, and Lot 5--133a 2r 13p, Henry Quinn, Tarrayoukyan, 9 10s.
Lot 6--289a 2r 1p, Hector Malcolm Mackinnon. Caladbra, 6 17 6d.
Lot 7--180a 3r 17p, Henry Quinn, Tarrayoukyan, 7 12s 6d.
Lot 8--230a 2r 30p, passed at 5 17s 6d.
Lot 9--346a 1r 5p, John Cameron, Henty 6.
Lot 10-212a 2r 34p, 11 2s 6d ; Lot 11-221a 1r 12p, Denis Cornelius Duffus Koroit, 11 2s 6d.
Lot 12-211a 3r 31p.-Sold privately.
Lot 13-212a 1r 5p.-No offer.
Lot 14-146a 3r 8p, James Meade, Garvoc, 10.
Lot 15-167a 3r 36p.-Sold privately.
Lot 16-76a 1r 31p, 12 15s ; Lot 17-136a 1r 19p, 14 10s ; Lot 18-152a 0r 21p, 15 10s ; Lot 19-97a 0r 11p, 16 10s ;
Lot 20-47a 1r 25p, 18 5s ; Lot 21-90a 2r 29p, W. Stock, Sandford, 18.
Lot 22-139a 1r 13p, 14 153 ; Lot 23-97a 3r 36p, J. F. Kirby, 15.
Lot 24-102a 3r 29p, Thomas Templeton, Muntham Mains, 14.
Lot 25-117a r 36p, 10 15s ; Lot 26-104a 3r 32p, 1l ; Lot 27-298a 2r 2P, 9 ; Lot 28-323a 1r 21p, 9 ; Lot 29-111a 3r 30p, 10 ; Lot 30 115a 1r 31p,11 ; Lot 31-115a 1r 31p, W. Robertson, Gringegalgona, 7 10s.
Lot 32-110a 3r 31p, Thos. Hadden, Coleraine, 10 5s.
Lot 33-98a 1r 7p, 14 ; Lot 34-82a 2r 1p, J. F. Kirby, Coleraine, 14.
Lot 35-128a 1r 30p, passed in at 10 15s.
Lot 36-74a 2r 37p, Thomas Templeton, 13 10s.
Lot 37-94a 2r 39p, Wm. Hanlon, Portland, 9 1s.
Lot 38-250a 3r 17p, John Moodie, Hamilton, 10 17s.
Lot 39-100a 3r 36p, Enid Rachael Anderson, per W. Anderson, Portland, 11 15s,
Lot 40-58a 3r 2p, Thomas Templeton, 12 10s.
Lot 41-55a 3r 15p, James Mahoney, Saltpans, Coleraine, 13.
Lot 42-92a 0r 37p, 14 ; Lot 43-78a 2r 30p, Thomas Fitzgerald, Harrow, 10 10s.
Lot 44-55a, 16 5s ; Lot 45-52a, Claude Palmer, Terang, 15.
Lot 46-55a, 14 10s ; Lot 47-55a 2r 37p, John Hardy, Warrnambool, 17 10s.
Lot 48-50a, 16 ; Lot 49-46a 3r 26p, Thomas Hayes, Muntham, 15.
Lot 50-63a 1r 25p, Thomas Hickey, Portland, 15 5s.
Lot 51-53a 3r 36p, J. C. McKinnon, Terang, 15.
Lot 52-52a 3r 5p, Michael Fitzgerald, Muntham, 15 12s 6d.
Lot 53-52a 0r 19p, H. J. and Annie Tomkins, Clover Flat, 19.
Lot 54-132a 0r. 9p, not offered.
Lot 55-115a, passed at 10 17s 6d.
Lot 56-About 163a, not offered.
Lot 57-114a 1r 30p, withdrawn at 8 15s.
Lot 58-About 113a, not offered.
Lot 59-92a 0r 23p, passed in at 11 10/.
Lot 60-97a 2r 39p, Mary and Margaret McKinnon, Caladbro. 15 10s.
Lot 61-182a 2r 32p, Maurice Heenane, Muntham, 11 12s.
Lot 62-273a 3r 14p, John Cameron, Doonan, 13 10s.
Lot 63-166a 1r 7p, P. Holzgrefe, Muntham, 12.
Lot 64-157a 1r 31p, Christoff Leurs, Carapook, 12 15s.
Lot 65-185a 1r 8p, Wm. Hanlon, Portland, 10 11s.
Lot 66-57a 3r 1p, Margaret Gillick, Muntham, 15.
Lot 67-72a 0r 33p, W. McDonald, Chetwynd, 13 1s.
Lot 68-67a 1r 16p, 13 7s ; Lot 69-79a 3r 39p, 13 12s 6d, Maurice Fitzgerald.
Lot 70-70a 1r 8p, 14 ; Lot 71-1120a 0r 30p, 14, Lawrence Fitzgerald.
Lot 72- 99a 0r 26p, William Hanlon, Portland, 13 1s.
Lot 73-About 222a, not offered.
Lot 74-220a 2r 39, passed in at 8.
Lot 75-145a 2r 32p, passed at 10 15s.
Lot 76-About 187a, not offered.
Lot 77-163a 0r 17p, passed at 10.
Lot 78-119a 0r 3p, passed at 10.
Lot 79-104a 0r 19p, 10 16s ; Lot 80-113a 3r 17p, 10 16s, Thomas Taylor.
Lot 81-181a 2r 39p, John Smith, Grassdale. 9 10s.
Lot 82-153a 0r 15p, L. J. Lesser and C. Rolfe, Coleraine, 7 15s.
Lot 83-123a 1r 33p, Martin Fitzgerald, Coleraine, 10 15s.
Lot 84-130a 1r 14p, 10 5s ; Lot 85-92a 0r, 20p, 10 5s, Lawrence Fitzgerald.
Lot 86-232 0r 29p, K. M. Mathleson, Sandford, 7 6.
Lot 87-289g 3r 24p, Jessie W. Mathieson, 6 7s.
Lot 88-159a 2r 35p, Maurice Fitszgerald, Wando Vale, 7.
Lot 89-161a 2r 18p, John Francis Nicholls, Sandford, 7 4s 6d.
Lot 90-53a 3r, William Smith, Casterton, 6.
Lot 91-62a 0r 32p, and lot 94, 205a 1r 11p, offered together, Jessie W. Mathieson, Dergholm, 7 10s.
Lot 92-50a 3r 27p, and lot 93, 66a 0r 13p, Patrick and John Killeen, Casterton, 5.
Lot 95-107a 0r 22p, Wm. Laird, Merino, 6 4s.

1951, February : "Muntham" Estate sold for the 4th time.

Jeffery Herbert LOBB of "Kout Norien" Harrow, purchased "Muntham" Estate at auction from the estate of the late J. C. ELLIS

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