Boyhood Memories – James Chester Draper 1905 – 1998

Chapter 42

Published Jul, 2014

My father, James Chester Draper was born in 1905 at 'Barton Hill', and was known as Chester in the Arthurs Creek area so as not to be confused with his father, Jim Draper.  However my father was also known as Jim when he lived in Heyfield
My father, James Chester Draper was born in 1905 at 'Barton Hill', and was known as Chester in the Arthurs Creek area so as not to be confused with his father, Jim Draper. However my father was also known as Jim when he lived in Heyfield

…from a very early age I helped my father with the farm work such as weeding, planting potatoes, picking fruit, droving stock and general farm hand…

My parents, Jim and Blanche Draper, lived on the family farm at ‘Barton Hill’, Running Creek Road, Arthurs Creek. I was their third child in a family of five boys and four girls. My father was born at ‘Charnwood’, Arthurs Creek on 9 January 1863. The name Chester was from the surname of Charles Draper’s wife and as my father was also James, I was mostly known by my second name.

My parents were married at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne on Christmas Eve 1900. My mother was Blanche Hurrey whose family lived at ‘Craigie Lee’, Yan Yean, on the corner of Old Plenty Road and Arthurs Creek Road.

When my older brother Tom and sister Catherine commenced school, they lived with my father’s sister, Mary Hurrey at Egremont Street, North Fitzroy, where she and her husband James ran Hurrey Brothers Dairy. This continued until I was aged six years and nine months.

My father had sixty acres of orchard consisting of apples, pears, plum and apricots. He also grew strawberries and carrots, oaten hay, barley and other small crops. From a very early age I helped my father with the farm work such as weeding, planting potatoes, picking fruit, droving stock and general farm hand.

When my aunt Mary died suddenly in September 1911, Catherine and Tom came home, and with my younger sister Lily, the four of us went to Yan Yean State School. No 697. We were sent in a spring cart with a steady old mare called Kate. Cathie being oldest was given the job of driver, a job quite new to her. Kate took us down the paddock towards the road gate, but turned to go to the water-hole. It was a narrow gateway. The cart stuck on the gate post and broke the step of the cart. Kate was ‘backed’ from the gateway. We got to school and returned at night feeling quite satisfied with our adventure.

We liked school and were always ready to learn. The roadside fences were post and rail. There were many advertisements painted on the rails such as Use Pear’s Soap, Pennel’s ANA Manure, Use Velvet Soap and Robur Tea. I very quickly learned to read from the advertisements as there was plenty of competition to correct and spell the ads verbally.

My father had started his school days at Hazel Glen private school in Chapel Lane, which is now part of the Doreen area. The School was run by Mr. and Mrs. Smith. My father and some other members of the family had each to take six pence to school on a Monday. If there was no money, they were sent home. State School No 1666 was opened at Arthurs Creek in 1876.

There were over thirty children attending the Yan Yean State School when we started school there. There were eight grades and one teacher – Alfred Babbage who was Teacher from 1909 to 1918. He was strict and used the strap fairly freely. He was also bad tempered but put his whole life into his job. All nine of us gained our Merit Certificate.

On leaving school it was back to farm work on a continuous basis. School holidays provided opportunities for much adventure and experience. My father had 1,300 acres of land at Glenburn (near Yea). He let this land for seven years up to about 1910, when he took me along to poison rabbits. We left the road at Glenburn to travel through paddocks on unmade roads for five miles. We had two horses in the spring cart and had to cut off a few trees since he had last been in with a cart. I was following, riding bare back on a pony.

On the side of a gully, where we were on a slope, the cart rolled over. My father was trapped by the legs beneath the downhill cart shaft. The horse was lying on top of the shaft. He got me to try to lift the point of the shaft. He dragged one leg out, then the other. Both legs were badly bruised. He got the cart upright, harnessed up, reloaded and arrived at The Run as we called it. There we fed the horses and camped in the cart under a canvas. Rabbits were poisoned by the thousand. From then on trips to The Run were a regular event on school holidays.

I was soon given the job of droving cattle there on my own. We would take the cattle part of the way the night before, leave them in a yard, and pick them up at daylight next morning. On one occasion I was taking cattle via Flowerdale when, after passing Happy Valley, a bullock fell into the flooded King Parrot Creek. After dragging the bullock to shallow water, I left it there and picked it up fat some months later. My father told me I shouldn’t have gone after it, but I think he got 12 pounds for the bullock, which was quite a large sum.

On another occasion Tom and I had a mob of cattle on a track down Dead Horse Hill on the Glenburn side of Kinglake. A very heavy storm came up. We camped and next morning found no trace of the cattle. We went down to Glenburn and found all but seven of the cattle. A fortnight later I found the remainder. They had crossed the Island Creek and found some good grass.

As well as poisoning rabbits in the summer we had to dig out burrows in the winter. All our holidays, except for fruit picking, were spent on The Run. We built a hut on The Run with an iron roof and upright rail sides, lined with bags. When we weren’t there, mice and snakes took charge.

My younger brother Staff and I were taking cattle to Glenburn via Bowden’s Spur, when at Kinglake the cattle panicked in the scrub.  I rode in front of them until my horse knocked up. These cattle took a bit of gathering, but we got them all. Frequently these trips would be on un-broken horses. We would charge the owner a pound to break the horse in. A trip to Glenburn would be the main part of the training. My father also ran cattle in the Kinglake bush. His lease from the Crown was one mile from Mason’s Falls. I would find the cattle and then come home, and do the same each day. It was a long day and very hard on the horses.

We had lots of droving experience, especially when the creeks were flooded. We had twenty-six rabbit dogs and these often helped with the cattle.

I was first put on a horse when my mother’s brother Uncle Jack Hurrey would plough for us. He would put me on one of the plough horses and, as my father said, forget about me.

At school I was nine years old when World War I started. Everyone was very patriotic and practically everyone under 45 eventually went to the war. These included a few of the older school boys, who became old enough before it finished in 1919. That year I left school.

Draper family of 'Barton Hill' and friends at the annual picnic at Yan Yean Reservoir c 1920.  Left to right: Leslie Stafford ’Staff’ Draper (1909 – 1992), Thomas ‘Tom’ Barton Draper (1903 – 1959), Dave Murphy, Lily Evelyn Draper (1906 – 2003), James Chester ’Ches’ Draper (1905 – 1998), Muriel Blanche Draper (1907 – 2003), Mrs Blanch Draper (nee Hurrey, 1880 – 1968), Joe Murphy, George Edward Draper (1911 – 1993), Sylvia Iris Draper (1913 – 1996)
Draper family of 'Barton Hill' and friends at the annual picnic at Yan Yean Reservoir c 1920. Left to right: Leslie Stafford ’Staff’ Draper (1909 – 1992), Thomas ‘Tom’ Barton Draper (1903 – 1959), Dave Murphy, Lily Evelyn Draper (1906 – 2003), James Chester ’Ches’ Draper (1905 – 1998), Muriel Blanche Draper (1907 – 2003), Mrs Blanch Draper (nee Hurrey, 1880 – 1968), Joe Murphy, George Edward Draper (1911 – 1993), Sylvia Iris Draper (1913 – 1996)
Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968 and James Draper, 1863 - 1940; the author's grandparents.  Pictured during their engagement.  They were married in 1900.
Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968 and James Draper, 1863 - 1940; the author's grandparents. Pictured during their engagement. They were married in 1900.
The Hurrey family of 'Craigie Lee' which they purchased in 1886.  Back left to right: Alice (Mrs Mackintosh), Thomas Henry, James Edward, Elizabeth (Mrs McKenzie).  Seated: John Thomas, Blanche (Mrs Draper), Mary Jane (nee Hall), Mary Jane (Mrs Gardiner).  Front: Louisa Annie.  Thomas, John and James started the 'Hurrey Brothers Craigie Lee Dairy Farm', with Thomas and John running the Yan Yean property, and James running the retail outlet in North Fitzroy.  The author’s grandmother was Blanche Hurrey and when my father’s older brother Tom and sister Catherine commenced school, they lived with my grandfather’s sister, Mary Hurrey (nee Draper) at Egremont Street, North Fitzroy, where she and her husband James (my grandmother’s brother) ran Hurrey Brothers Dairy. This continued until my father, Chester, was aged six years and nine months.
The Hurrey family of 'Craigie Lee' which they purchased in 1886. Back left to right: Alice (Mrs Mackintosh), Thomas Henry, James Edward, Elizabeth (Mrs McKenzie). Seated: John Thomas, Blanche (Mrs Draper), Mary Jane (nee Hall), Mary Jane (Mrs Gardiner). Front: Louisa Annie. Thomas, John and James started the 'Hurrey Brothers Craigie Lee Dairy Farm', with Thomas and John running the Yan Yean property, and James running the retail outlet in North Fitzroy. The author’s grandmother was Blanche Hurrey and when my father’s older brother Tom and sister Catherine commenced school, they lived with my grandfather’s sister, Mary Hurrey (nee Draper) at Egremont Street, North Fitzroy, where she and her husband James (my grandmother’s brother) ran Hurrey Brothers Dairy. This continued until my father, Chester, was aged six years and nine months.
Harvesting Oaten Hay with the Reaper and Binder at 'Barton Hill'.  The author's father, James (Jim) Chester Draper, lived on the family farm during his childhood at 'Barton Hill', Running Creek Road, Arthurs Creek.  Photo credit Yan Yean: A History by Dianne Edwards
Harvesting Oaten Hay with the Reaper and Binder at 'Barton Hill'. The author's father, James (Jim) Chester Draper, lived on the family farm during his childhood at 'Barton Hill', Running Creek Road, Arthurs Creek. Photo credit Yan Yean: A History by Dianne Edwards
James Draper, 1863 - 1940 and Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968; the author's grandparents.  Pictured with their children, from left to right Lily (1906 - 2003), Thomas (1903 - 1959), Catherine (1901 - 1997),  James Chester (the author's father, 1905 - 1998),  and Muriel (1907 - 2003).  Blanche is holding Leslie (1909 - 1992).  Pictured at their property, 'Barton Hill', Yan Yean and Arthurs Creek district, Victoria c 1910
James Draper, 1863 - 1940 and Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968; the author's grandparents. Pictured with their children, from left to right Lily (1906 - 2003), Thomas (1903 - 1959), Catherine (1901 - 1997), James Chester (the author's father, 1905 - 1998), and Muriel (1907 - 2003). Blanche is holding Leslie (1909 - 1992). Pictured at their property, 'Barton Hill', Yan Yean and Arthurs Creek district, Victoria c 1910
'Winnowing' at 'Barton Hill' Yan Yean
'Winnowing' at 'Barton Hill' Yan Yean
Jim Chester Draper, pictured left.  He was described by contemporaries as a superb horseman
Jim Chester Draper, pictured left. He was described by contemporaries as a superb horseman
A mob of wild horses (brumbies) known as The Flyers frequented the foothills of the Plenty Ranges above Ardchattan. After coming down the spur between the Arthurs and Running Creeks, the horses stopped to drink from a clear pool with a rocky bottom. The pool, known as The Flyer’s Hole, was located not far from the site of the Charnwood homestead on the lower reaches of the Running Creek. Some of the first farm horses used by the Draper family came from this mob.  James Chester Draper recalled some of his trips would be on un-broken horses. He and his siblings would charge the owner a pound to break the horse in
A mob of wild horses (brumbies) known as The Flyers frequented the foothills of the Plenty Ranges above Ardchattan. After coming down the spur between the Arthurs and Running Creeks, the horses stopped to drink from a clear pool with a rocky bottom. The pool, known as The Flyer’s Hole, was located not far from the site of the Charnwood homestead on the lower reaches of the Running Creek. Some of the first farm horses used by the Draper family came from this mob. James Chester Draper recalled some of his trips would be on un-broken horses. He and his siblings would charge the owner a pound to break the horse in
The author's father, James Chester Draper (1905 - 1998), pictured left, Arthurs Creek Football Club.  Chester and Tom Draper are in pre and post WW1 colours, 1924
The author's father, James Chester Draper (1905 - 1998), pictured left, Arthurs Creek Football Club. Chester and Tom Draper are in pre and post WW1 colours, 1924
James Chester Draper (1905-1998) in England, 1930s
James Chester Draper (1905-1998) in England, 1930s
The honour roll in the Yan Yean State school, which bears 29 names, was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon by Mr. Lister, M.H.R., Mr. Angliss, M.L.C. was amongst those who attended.  The school committee of the Camberwell State School, No. 888, having taken steps to erect an honour board to old scholars who have enlisted, request by advertisement that all interested will furnish the names of any entitled to recognition to the head teacher, Mr. S. Trend.  The Argus, 2 March, 1918.  The author's father attended Yan Yean Primary State School and the author's grandchildren attended Camberwell Primary State School.  Credit Trove, National Library of Australia
The honour roll in the Yan Yean State school, which bears 29 names, was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon by Mr. Lister, M.H.R., Mr. Angliss, M.L.C. was amongst those who attended. The school committee of the Camberwell State School, No. 888, having taken steps to erect an honour board to old scholars who have enlisted, request by advertisement that all interested will furnish the names of any entitled to recognition to the head teacher, Mr. S. Trend. The Argus, 2 March, 1918. The author's father attended Yan Yean Primary State School and the author's grandchildren attended Camberwell Primary State School. Credit Trove, National Library of Australia
Yan Yean State School, No. 697 started life as the Yan Yean Presbyterian Day School in 1861 before becoming a State School in 1873
Yan Yean State School, No. 697 started life as the Yan Yean Presbyterian Day School in 1861 before becoming a State School in 1873
Yan Yean State School No. 697, c 1911. 
Back Row: Mr Babbage, Glady Olney, George Wilson, Myles Merrilees, Don McKenzie.
Third Row: Harold Boyes, Ken McPhee, Cathie Draper, Ida Wilson, Myrtle McIntosh, Lily Wilson, Hazel Hurrey, Jack McKenzie.
Second Row: Jack Hancorne, Sally Hancorne, Doris Hurrey, Chester Draper, Tom Draper, Alec Mann, Walter McDonald.
Front Row: Archie Andrews, Roy Smith, George McIntosh.  There were over thirty children attending the Yan Yean State School when we Draper siblings started school there. There were eight grades and one teacher – Alfred Babbage who was Teacher from 1909 to 1918. He was strict and used the strap fairly freely. He was also bad tempered but put his whole life into his job. All nine of us gained our Merit Certificate
Yan Yean State School No. 697, c 1911. Back Row: Mr Babbage, Glady Olney, George Wilson, Myles Merrilees, Don McKenzie. Third Row: Harold Boyes, Ken McPhee, Cathie Draper, Ida Wilson, Myrtle McIntosh, Lily Wilson, Hazel Hurrey, Jack McKenzie. Second Row: Jack Hancorne, Sally Hancorne, Doris Hurrey, Chester Draper, Tom Draper, Alec Mann, Walter McDonald. Front Row: Archie Andrews, Roy Smith, George McIntosh. There were over thirty children attending the Yan Yean State School when we Draper siblings started school there. There were eight grades and one teacher – Alfred Babbage who was Teacher from 1909 to 1918. He was strict and used the strap fairly freely. He was also bad tempered but put his whole life into his job. All nine of us gained our Merit Certificate
Yan Yean State School No. 697, c 1913. 
Back Row: Don McKenzie, Ken McPhee, George Wilson, Myles Merrilees, Glady Olney, Eric McKenzie, Jack Hancorne.
Third Row: George McIntosh, Jack McKenzie, Percy Bradford, Chester Draper, Harold Boyes, Roy Smith, Archie Andrews, Tom Draper, Mr Babbage.
Second Row: Sally Hancorne, Phoebe Andrews, Cathie Draper, Jessie Olney, Lily Wilson, Sarah Boyes, Myrtle McIntosh, Eve McIntosh, Hazel Hurrey, Viola McLaughlin, Dora Merrilees.
Front Row: Evelyn Welsh, Dorrie Hurrey, Muriel Draper, Grace Wilson, Lily Draper, Muriel Olney, Dorothy Boyes.  My father had started his school days at Hazel Glen private school in Chapel Lane, which is now part of the Doreen area. The School was run by Mr. and Mrs. Smith. My father and some other members of the family had each to take six pence to school on a Monday. If there was no money, they were sent home. A State School No. 1666 was opened at Arthurs Creek in 1876.  Yan Yean became a State School in 1873
Yan Yean State School No. 697, c 1913. Back Row: Don McKenzie, Ken McPhee, George Wilson, Myles Merrilees, Glady Olney, Eric McKenzie, Jack Hancorne. Third Row: George McIntosh, Jack McKenzie, Percy Bradford, Chester Draper, Harold Boyes, Roy Smith, Archie Andrews, Tom Draper, Mr Babbage. Second Row: Sally Hancorne, Phoebe Andrews, Cathie Draper, Jessie Olney, Lily Wilson, Sarah Boyes, Myrtle McIntosh, Eve McIntosh, Hazel Hurrey, Viola McLaughlin, Dora Merrilees. Front Row: Evelyn Welsh, Dorrie Hurrey, Muriel Draper, Grace Wilson, Lily Draper, Muriel Olney, Dorothy Boyes. My father had started his school days at Hazel Glen private school in Chapel Lane, which is now part of the Doreen area. The School was run by Mr. and Mrs. Smith. My father and some other members of the family had each to take six pence to school on a Monday. If there was no money, they were sent home. A State School No. 1666 was opened at Arthurs Creek in 1876. Yan Yean became a State School in 1873
Yan Yean State School No. 697, c 1914 to 1915
Back Row: Tom Draper, Dan McKenzie, Ken McPhee, Chester Draper, Jack Hancorne, Eric McKenzie, Mr Babbage.
Third Row: Marge Cooper, Phoebe Andrews, Doris Hurrey, Lily Wilson, Eve McIntosh, Hazel Hurrey, Dora Merrilees, Cathie Draper, Sally Hancorne.
Second Row: Evelyn Walsh, Muriel Draper, Dorothy Boyes, Viola McLaughlin, Muriel Olney, Elsie Babbage, Harry Babbage.
Front Row: Harold Boyes, unknown, Terry Tighe, unknown, George Boyes, Jack Hutcheson, Harold Welsh, unknown Hurrey, George McIntosh.
Yan Yean State School No. 697, c 1914 to 1915 Back Row: Tom Draper, Dan McKenzie, Ken McPhee, Chester Draper, Jack Hancorne, Eric McKenzie, Mr Babbage. Third Row: Marge Cooper, Phoebe Andrews, Doris Hurrey, Lily Wilson, Eve McIntosh, Hazel Hurrey, Dora Merrilees, Cathie Draper, Sally Hancorne. Second Row: Evelyn Walsh, Muriel Draper, Dorothy Boyes, Viola McLaughlin, Muriel Olney, Elsie Babbage, Harry Babbage. Front Row: Harold Boyes, unknown, Terry Tighe, unknown, George Boyes, Jack Hutcheson, Harold Welsh, unknown Hurrey, George McIntosh.
Yan Yean Primary School started in 1861 and closed in 2002.  There were over thirty children attending the Yan Yean State School when James Chester Draper and his siblings started there.  My father campaigned vigorously in later years to keep the Yan Yean State Primary School open, before he died in 1998.  Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978.  Photo credit State Library of Victoria
Yan Yean Primary School started in 1861 and closed in 2002. There were over thirty children attending the Yan Yean State School when James Chester Draper and his siblings started there. My father campaigned vigorously in later years to keep the Yan Yean State Primary School open, before he died in 1998. Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
My father, Jim Chester Draper was one of the organisers of the Back to Yan Yean Celebrations. The buggy (or carriage) was from Chester and Beatrice Draper's Yan Yean property, 'Maranui'.  Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978.  Photo credit State Library of Victoria
My father, Jim Chester Draper was one of the organisers of the Back to Yan Yean Celebrations. The buggy (or carriage) was from Chester and Beatrice Draper's Yan Yean property, 'Maranui'. Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
Yan Yean: A History, by Dianne Edwards.  Published by the Yan Yean School Council, 1978.  A conversation between Hilda Hurrey and Sue Love, the local teacher at Yan Yean Primary, and the fact that the history of Yan Yean had not been written, led to this project.  A significant objective of the Back to Yan Yean Committee was to write a History of the Yan Yean District.  Roger Hurrey was the Chairperson, and many local families contributed photos and stories, including Bruce G. Draper and Jim Chester Draper
Yan Yean: A History, by Dianne Edwards. Published by the Yan Yean School Council, 1978. A conversation between Hilda Hurrey and Sue Love, the local teacher at Yan Yean Primary, and the fact that the history of Yan Yean had not been written, led to this project. A significant objective of the Back to Yan Yean Committee was to write a History of the Yan Yean District. Roger Hurrey was the Chairperson, and many local families contributed photos and stories, including Bruce G. Draper and Jim Chester Draper
The author's daughter Catherine, wearing a Back to Yan Yean 1978 t-shirt from the celebrations which her grandfather helped to organise.  Photo credit Bruce G. Draper, October 24, 1978
The author's daughter Catherine, wearing a Back to Yan Yean 1978 t-shirt from the celebrations which her grandfather helped to organise. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper, October 24, 1978
My father, Jim Chester Draper was one of the organisers of the Back to Yan Yean Celebrations. The buggy (or carriage) was from Chester and Beatrice Draper's Yan Yean property, 'Maranui'.  Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978.  Photo credit State Library of Victoria
My father, Jim Chester Draper was one of the organisers of the Back to Yan Yean Celebrations. The buggy (or carriage) was from Chester and Beatrice Draper's Yan Yean property, 'Maranui'. Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978.  Photo credit State Library of Victoria
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
A display by the Yan Yean Fire Brigade.  Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
A display by the Yan Yean Fire Brigade. Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
‘Craigie Lee’, Yan Yean, on the corner of Old Plenty Road and Arthurs Creek Road, where the author's grandmother Blanche Hurrey's childhood family lived.  My grandfather James Draper, the sixth child of Charles and Catherine Draper, was born at Running Creek, now Arthurs Creek.  Jim lived at 'Charnwood' until his marriage to Blanche in 1900, when they moved to 'Barton Hill'
‘Craigie Lee’, Yan Yean, on the corner of Old Plenty Road and Arthurs Creek Road, where the author's grandmother Blanche Hurrey's childhood family lived. My grandfather James Draper, the sixth child of Charles and Catherine Draper, was born at Running Creek, now Arthurs Creek. Jim lived at 'Charnwood' until his marriage to Blanche in 1900, when they moved to 'Barton Hill'
'Fenwick' Homestead, Yan Yean, by Bruce G. Draper, 1970s.  This fine bluestone house is typical of the area and was constructed during the 1860s and 1870s using bluestone blocks cut on the site.  It gives an idea of how homesteads such as ‘Craigie Lee’ looked prior to being abandoned in recent times
'Fenwick' Homestead, Yan Yean, by Bruce G. Draper, 1970s. This fine bluestone house is typical of the area and was constructed during the 1860s and 1870s using bluestone blocks cut on the site. It gives an idea of how homesteads such as ‘Craigie Lee’ looked prior to being abandoned in recent times
This 1880s cart spent its working life with the Hurrey family at ‘Craigie Lee’, and was used to carry sheaves of oaten hay and cans of milk from the dairy farm to the Yan Yean rail platform for transport to the Hurrey Brothers Dairy in North Fitzroy. Credit wikinorthia.net.au
This 1880s cart spent its working life with the Hurrey family at ‘Craigie Lee’, and was used to carry sheaves of oaten hay and cans of milk from the dairy farm to the Yan Yean rail platform for transport to the Hurrey Brothers Dairy in North Fitzroy. Credit wikinorthia.net.au
Robert Draper (the author’s brother and grandson of Blanche Hurrey) with the 1880’s cart he donated to the Whittlesea Agricultural Society.  It spent its working life with the Hurrey family at ‘Craigie Lee’, and was used to carry sheaves of oaten hay and cans of milk from the dairy farm to the Yan Yean rail platform for transport to the Hurrey Brothers Dairy in North Fitzroy.  Volunteers of the Heritage Section restored and rebuilt it to its former glory, and in the 160th year of the Whittlesea Agricultural Society (founded in 1859) this important piece of local history was unveiled on September 29, 2019.  Credit wikinorthia.net.au
Robert Draper (the author’s brother and grandson of Blanche Hurrey) with the 1880’s cart he donated to the Whittlesea Agricultural Society. It spent its working life with the Hurrey family at ‘Craigie Lee’, and was used to carry sheaves of oaten hay and cans of milk from the dairy farm to the Yan Yean rail platform for transport to the Hurrey Brothers Dairy in North Fitzroy. Volunteers of the Heritage Section restored and rebuilt it to its former glory, and in the 160th year of the Whittlesea Agricultural Society (founded in 1859) this important piece of local history was unveiled on September 29, 2019. Credit wikinorthia.net.au
The author's father, James Chester Draper (1905 - 1998), pictured on his property 'Maranui' which was opposite the Yan Yean Reservoir c 1995
The author's father, James Chester Draper (1905 - 1998), pictured on his property 'Maranui' which was opposite the Yan Yean Reservoir c 1995
Orchards at 'Barton Hill', Yan Yean, the home of James and Blanche Draper c 1920
Orchards at 'Barton Hill', Yan Yean, the home of James and Blanche Draper c 1920
Ploughing new ground at 'Barton Hill', 1922.  Photo credit James Chester Draper
Ploughing new ground at 'Barton Hill', 1922. Photo credit James Chester Draper
Stripping oats at 'Barton Hill', one of the historic Draper family properties in the Yan Yean and Arthurs Creek districts, 1925
Stripping oats at 'Barton Hill', one of the historic Draper family properties in the Yan Yean and Arthurs Creek districts, 1925
Stripping oats in 1925 at 'Barton Hill', the home of James Draper, 1863 - 1940 and Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968; the author's grandparents
Stripping oats in 1925 at 'Barton Hill', the home of James Draper, 1863 - 1940 and Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968; the author's grandparents
White Gum tree near the entrance to 'Barton Hill' where the author's father, James Chester Draper (1905-1998) was born.  Bruce G. Draper, November 2003
White Gum tree near the entrance to 'Barton Hill' where the author's father, James Chester Draper (1905-1998) was born. Bruce G. Draper, November 2003
'Weatherbeaten Wisdom: Colourful Characters of the Victorian High Country' by the author's friend, Ian Stapleton, contains a chapter about my father's time in Heyfield.  Jim Chester Draper is pictured here, top right.  The Harrietville Bakery is one of the many High Country shops where you can purchase Ian's excellent books
'Weatherbeaten Wisdom: Colourful Characters of the Victorian High Country' by the author's friend, Ian Stapleton, contains a chapter about my father's time in Heyfield. Jim Chester Draper is pictured here, top right. The Harrietville Bakery is one of the many High Country shops where you can purchase Ian's excellent books
Arnold Mervyn 'Merv' Draper (1914-2004), youngest son of James and Blanche (nee Hurrey) Draper, and the author's uncle.  Pictured at 'Barton Hill' November 2003
Arnold Mervyn 'Merv' Draper (1914-2004), youngest son of James and Blanche (nee Hurrey) Draper, and the author's uncle. Pictured at 'Barton Hill' November 2003
Horsemanship in the Victorian Mounted Police.  James Chester Draper is pictured 4th from left during training at the Victorian Police Mounted Branch Depot oval in St Kilda Road in 1929
Horsemanship in the Victorian Mounted Police. James Chester Draper is pictured 4th from left during training at the Victorian Police Mounted Branch Depot oval in St Kilda Road in 1929

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