Boyhood Memories – James Chester Draper 1905 – 1998

Chapter 42

Published Jul, 2014

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, he was known as Jim when he lived in Heyfield, and appears as both Chester and as Jim Draper in numerous documents. Photo credit Draper family

…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.

Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968 and James Draper, 1863 - 1940; the parents of James Chester Draper, and the author's grandparents. Pictured during their engagement. They were married in 1900. Photo credit Draper family
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. Photo credit Hurrey and Draper families
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: In the collection of the Draper family for use by "Yan Yean: A History" by Dianne Edwards, published by Yan Yean School Council, 1978
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' Arthurs Creek, Victoria c 1910. Photo credit Draper family
'Winnowing' at 'Barton Hill' Arthurs Creek. Photo credit Draper family
Jim Chester Draper, pictured left, in the high country around Heyfield. He was described by contemporaries as a superb horseman. Such was the regard and esteem the local inhabitants gave James that he had a street in Heyfield named after him in the late 1970s. Photo credit Draper family
'Weatherbeaten Wisdom: Colourful Characters of the Victorian High Country' by the author's friend, Ian Stapleton, contains a chapter about Bruce's father and the time he spent in Heyfield. Jim Chester Draper is pictured here, top right, on the back cover of the book. The Harrietville Bakery is one of the many High Country shops where you can purchase Ian's excellent books. Photo credit C. Ashley
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. Photo credit Draper family
James Chester Draper (1905-1998) in England visiting relatives as part of a five-month trip to Europe as a member of the Australian Contingent to the 4th World Scout Jamboree held at Godollo, Hungary in 1933. Photo credit Draper family
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. Information credit Bruce G. Draper
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. Photo credit Draper family
‘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'. Photo credit Lost Mernda Facebook Group, courtesy of Neil and Andrea
'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
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
Orchards at 'Barton Hill' Arthurs Creek, the home of James and Blanche Draper c 1920. Photo credit Draper family
Ploughing new ground in the top paddock at 'Barton Hill', 1922. Photo credit James Chester Draper
Horses in the binder, cutting the crop at 'Barton Hill', one of the historic Draper family properties in the Arthurs Creek district, 1925. Photo credit Draper family
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. Photo credit Draper family
White Gum tree near the entrance to 'Barton Hill' where the author's father, James Chester Draper (1905-1998) was born. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper, 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. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
'Moneer or Monier Bridge, Shire of Whitllesea, 1901'. This is almost certainly Barber’s Creek Bridge, Whittlesea, but the handwritten inscription is open to interpretation and uses a different spelling of Whittlesea. This photo is shown before restoration and the next photo shows it after restoration. Wade Ashley at Dygiphy restored many of the photos on this website. This photo was in the collection of Bruce G. Draper
This is the same photo as above, now shown after restoration
Ches (James Chester) Draper and his brother Tom Draper at 'Barton Hill', before riding to church at Whittlesea. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Chester's father, James Draper at 'Barton Hill' (born at 'Charnwood' in 1863, died 1940). Like his father, Chester was an avid reader and collected and read books of every type. This trait was shared by Chester's son Bruce Draper who amassed a significant library. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
The Draper family with a horse at 'Barton Hill' c 1922. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Chester's brother George Draper (1911 - 1993) aged about 15, at 'Barton Hill'. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Tennis group at 'Barton Hill' c 1930. L to R rear: Horace Gamble, Merv Draper, Keith Bassett, Tom Draper, Staff Draper. Third: George Downes (from near Gibbs), Muriel Draper, Mrs Downes, Lily Draper, Joan Loxton (John Loxton's first wife). Second: Annie Loxton, Blanche Draper. Front: Jim Draper, children of John Loxton. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
The artist John Loxton (1903 - 1969) was a frequent guest at 'Barton Hill' along with his first wife Joan and their children. Jim Draper (1863 - 1940) and Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey, 1880 - 1968) entertained them for games of tennis as can be seen in the photo above. John Loxton is considered one of Australia’s best landscape painters. He was born in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne as a young man to study at Swinburne Technical College and later, the art school of the Australian National Gallery. Loxton developed an eye for landscape and honed his talent for reproducing them in both watercolour and oil paints. He exhibited consistently in Australia from 1937 onwards and became well entrenched in the local arts scene as a member of multiple artist societies and as president of the prestigious Fellowship of Australian Artists. He travelled in Australia and New Zealand, including spending time in Arthurs Creek in Victoria. Information credit: The Aigantighe Art Gallery, South Canterbury, NZ and Bruce G. Draper. Image credit: www.artrecord.com, Summer Droving Tumut NSW by John Loxton. Copyright all rights reserved. John Loxton
Left side: Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968, mother of James Chester Draper. Pictured at 'Barton Hill' c 1950. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Blanche Draper (right side) at the Royal Melbourne Show c 1950. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Jim Draper (1863 - 1940) with his nephew Moses Thomas (1896 - 1956). Moses was the son of Louisa Draper (1870 - 1938), the sister of Jim. The Thomas family was from Perthshire, Scotland. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Swimming in the gully below 'Barton Hill'. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Elizabeth Jullyan (nee Simpson), 1877 - 1956, the author's maternal grandmother, second from the left. The Simpson family was from Fife in Scotland. Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey), 1880 - 1968, the author's paternal grandmother, on the right. Pictured at 'Barton Hill', Arthurs Creek in front of the historic original kitchen c 1935. Photo credit Beatrice Violet Draper
The gravestone of William Simpson (1839 – 1917) and Martha Simpson (nee Scott, 1840 – 1927). They were married in 1862 in Victoria. William came from Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland and arrived in Australia in 1860. This photo of their gravestone was in the collection of their granddaughter, Beatrice Violet Draper (nee Jullyan), the author's mother. Photo credit Draper family
Tom Barton Draper (1903 - 1959) on the lorry at 'Barton Hill', 1925. Photo credit James Chester Draper
Dinner time, in the top paddock at 'Barton Hill', 1924. Photo credit James Chester Draper
The author's father, James Chester Draper (1905 - 1998), pictured on his property 'Maranui' which was opposite the Yan Yean Reservoir c 1995. Photo credit Draper family
Jim's Magnificent Obsession by Joanne Anderson, The Age, 17 April 1984
A family dedication to trees by Peter Macgeorge, Whittlesea Post, 7 March 1984
Friend, Farmer and Policeman by J.G., Police Life, October 1984
Yan Yean State School, No. 697 started life as the Yan Yean Presbyterian Day School in 1861 before becoming a State School in 1873. Photo credit "Yan Yean: A History", by Dianne Edwards, published by the Yan Yean School Council, 1978
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. Photo credit "Yan Yean: A History", by Dianne Edwards, published by the Yan Yean School Council, 1978
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. Photo credit "Yan Yean: A History", by Dianne Edwards, published by the Yan Yean School Council, 1978
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. Photo credit "Yan Yean: A History", by Dianne Edwards, published by the Yan Yean School Council, 1978
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. Scholars Who Fought In The Great War. 1914 Roll of Honor 1919. Butler F., Butler R., Davey D., Davey M., Dixon R., Hall A., Hall C., Hall J.T., Hancorne C.R., Harper J., Hicks C., Hurrey J.E., Mason J.H., McDonald D., McDonald J.A., Mann D.A., Murphy G., McIntosh J.G., McKenzie E.N., McPhee A., McPhee R.M., McSweeney J., Olney R., Olney W., Owens J., Owens R., Prowd H., Prowd, R. Robson G., Tighe J.M., Tighe P.J., Wilson C.G. School No 697. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper

Back to Yan Yean Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 1978

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 Bruce G. Draper
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
The Yan Yean Fire Brigade, Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
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
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
A display by the Yan Yean Fire Brigade. Back to Yan Yean Celebrations, 7th and 8th October, 1978. Photo credit State Library of Victoria
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 Blanche Draper (nee Hurrey, 1880 – 1968), Joe Murphy, George Edward Draper (1911 – 1993), Sylvia Iris Draper (1913 – 1996). Photo credit Draper family
As part of the Back to Yan Yean Celebrations on the 7th and 8th of October 1978, a plaque was unveiled at the reservoir by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Winneke K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., O.B.E., K.St.J., Q.C. The plaque commemorates the turning of the first sod by Lt. Governor C. J. LaTrobe to start construction of Yan Yean Reservoir on December 20. 1853, and was donated by the citizens of Yan Yean. The author’s father, James Chester Draper was part of the organising committee for the Back to Yan Yean events. The Chairman of the Back to Yan Yean Committee was (Thomas) Roger Hurrey OAM. Roger is the great-nephew of Blanche Hurrey, who married James Draper (senior) in 1900. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
The Historical Committee for the Back to Yan Yean celebrations of 1978 was comprised of eleven members: E.E. (Evelyn) Hurrey (Convenor); T.R. (Roger) Hurrey; L.E. (Lily) Brennan; E.M. (Bon) Kerr; S.M. (Sue) Love; J.C. (Chester) Draper; J.L. (Lindsay) Mann; D.I. (David) Kerr; P.D. (Pat) Kerr; R. H. (Robert) Draper; H. (Hilda) Hurrey (the last of the Hurrey family members to own ‘Craigie Lee’, purchased by Thomas Hurrey in 1886, and sold when Hilda died in 1989). Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
The Caretaker’s Residence, Yan Yean Reservoir, Sunday October 8th 1978. Evelyn Hurrey recalled “the stately old home which entertained many of the Governors who attended at the site still stands as a reminder of days gone by … in 1927 Lord Somers visited the reservoir and the flags of all nations flew high to greet hm. Food was set out on a large wooden rectangular table which used to stand as a functional piece in the front garden of the caretaker’s residence” ("Yan Yean: A History" by Dianne Edwards, published by Yan Yean School Council, 1978). James Chester Draper is facing the camera, second from the left, seated. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Official program for the Commemoration Service, Yan Yean Reservoir, Sunday October 8th 1978, 11 a.m. This event formed part of the Back to Yan Yean celebrations held over the 7th and 8th October 1978. Image: Front cover
Official program for the Commemoration Service, Yan Yean Reservoir, Sunday October 8th 1978, 11 a.m. This event formed part of the Back to Yan Yean celebrations held over the 7th and 8th October 1978. Image: Page 1
Official program for the Commemoration Service, Yan Yean Reservoir, Sunday October 8th 1978, 11 a.m. This event formed part of the Back to Yan Yean celebrations held over the 7th and 8th October 1978. Image: Page 2
Official program for the Commemoration Service, Yan Yean Reservoir, Sunday October 8th 1978, 11 a.m. This event formed part of the Back to Yan Yean celebrations held over the 7th and 8th October 1978. Image: Page 3
Official program for the Commemoration Service, Yan Yean Reservoir, Sunday October 8th 1978, 11 a.m. This event formed part of the Back to Yan Yean celebrations held over the 7th and 8th October 1978. Image: Page 4
Official program for the Commemoration Service, Yan Yean Reservoir, Sunday October 8th 1978, 11 a.m. This event formed part of the Back to Yan Yean celebrations held over the 7th and 8th October 1978. Image: Page 5
Commemoration Service Yan Yean Reservoir Sunday October 8th 1978. Official guests were: Sir Henry and Lady Winneke; Captain Gray? Chaplin; Mr and Mrs Croxford; Sir Kenneth and Lady Wheeler; Mr and Mrs Plowman; Mr and Mrs Boyd; Mr and Mrs Michaels; Mr and Mrs Harvey; Rev and Mrs Retford Corr; Rev and Mrs H.C. Ainsworth; Rev and Mrs E.R. Thomas; Rev and Mrs Andrew Vigus; Captain and Mrs Howard Smith; Rev Father G. Gebbie; Mr and J.C. Mrs Draper; Mr and Mrs Fennell; Mr and Mrs McIlvenna?; Mr and Mrs Morris; Mr and Mrs Granis?; Miss Deane Edwards and friend; Mr and Mrs Bill Payne; Mr and Mrs Bruce Walker; Mr and Mrs Frank Recaido?; Mr and Mrs Mott; Nerida? And friend; Mr and Mrs Fogarty; Rev Mathers; Mr Bruce Botten; Mr Norm Sutherland and Mrs P.R. MMBW, Mr J.D. and Mrs Blackburn; Mr and Mrs L. Brennan; Mr and Mrs R. Draper; Mr and Mrs P. Love; Mrs E. Hurrey; Mr and Mrs V.? Northrope?; Miss H. Hurrey; Mr and Mrs L. Mann; Mr and Mrs E. Reeves. Information courtesy of James Chester Draper. Please note that in places the paper had deteriorated and the names were difficult to read. A ‘?’ indicates the name has been guessed to some extent. If you are able to supply corrections please get in touch. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Commemoration Service Yan Yean Reservoir Sunday October 8th 1978. Music was provided by the Briar Hill Salvation Army Band and the 4/19th Prince of Wales, Light Horse Regimental Band. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Commemoration Service Yan Yean Reservoir Sunday October 8th 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
Commemoration Service Yan Yean Reservoir Sunday October 8th 1978. Pictured L to R: Gordon Lewis, Elaine Lewis, Mary Draper, Beatrice Draper (Mrs J.C. Draper), Virginia Lewis, Catherine Draper, Nicholas Draper (last two wearing Back To Yan Yean commemorative T-shirts). Photo credit Bruce G. Draper
View of the Yan Yean Reservoir on Sunday October 8th 1978. Photo credit Bruce G. Draper

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Abbey FamilyAirey FamilyAlfred DeakinAllen FamilyAllwood StationApted FamilyArdchattan StationArthurs Creek CemeteryArthurs Creek Cricket ClubArthurs Creek Football ClubArthurs Creek Fruit GrowersArthurs Creek Mechanics Institute HallArthurs Creek Methodist ChurchArthurs Creek Post OfficeArthurs Creek Primary SchoolArthurs Creek Rifle ClubArthurs Creek Uniting ChurchBarr FamilyBarton Hill StationBassett FamilyBatman TreatyBear's CastleBear FamilyBegoniasBoadle FamilyBoer warBraeside StationBrain FamilyBrennan FamilyBrock FamilyBushranger BurkeCharnwood StationChristian FamilyChurch of the Irish MartyrsClarke FamilyCleir Hills StationCraigie Lee StationDeep CreekDishleigh StationDoreen VillageDraper FamilyDuffy Land ActDunolly Scent FarmEarly BlacksmithsFernvale StationFlintoff FamilyFrank Dalby DavisonFruit Cool StoresGillian FamilyGlen Ard StationGlen Donald StationGray FamilyGreen FamilyGrimshaw FamilyHall FamilyHazel Glen CemeteryHazelglen HallHazel Glen SchoolHazel Glen StationHazel Glen Wesleyan ChurchHealey FamilyHenry ArthurHerbert FamilyHeyfield GippslandHickey FamilyHickey’s CornerHowitt FamilyHulme FamilyHurrey FamilyHurst FamilyJohn LoxtonKenneth JackKirkliston StationLaidlay FamilyLang Fauld StationLinton CemeteryLinton FamilyLinton Grange StationLobb FamilyLobbs HillLodgeLodge FamilyMacfarlane FamilyMacmillan FamilyMacpherson FamilyMann FamilyMcDonald FamilyMcKay FamilyMcKimmie FamilyMcLelland FamilyMills FamilyMurdie FamilyMurphy's CreekMurphy FamilyNillumbikPine Hill StationPlenty RiverPresswell FamilyReid FamilyRoyal Horticultural Society of VictoriaRunning CreekRussell FamilyRyder FamilyRyders Flat ReserveSchultz FamilyScrubby CreekSlabon FamilySmith FamilySteer FamilyStewart's PondsStewart FamilyThomas FamilyTregowan StationUnderwood FamilyVersdale StationVerso FamilyWaitui StationWhittlesea Agricultural SocietyWhittlesea ShowWild Horses BrumbiesWilliam Jock FraterWinter Majetin AppleYan Yean Primary SchoolYan Yean Reservoir