Tuesday, 5 February 2008


Lyndhurst was part of the Shire of Cranbourne, but with the 1994 boundary changes it is now predominately in the City of Greater Dandenong. However, the early history of Lyndhurst is so closely associated with Cranbourne, that it deserves a place in our blog. The first Europeans in the area were either the Wedge Brothers, Charles, Henry and John, who leased "Banyan waterholes" which covered the area from around Dandenong to Frankston or the Ruffy Brothers. They squatted on the Tomaque run, after having arrived from Tasmania in 1836 (though some sources say they left Tasmania in March 1837). Tomaque was situated between Dandenong and Cranbourne. The brothers had Tomaque until 1850, however in the 1840s they also took up the Mayune Run of 32,000 acres. Mayune was situated around what is now the town of Cranbourne. Later settlers in Lyndhurst included Alexander Norquay, Alexander Dunlop, George Bird, George and Frederick Hall (Hall Road was named after Frederick) , John Close, Donald and Alexander McClelland, George Howard, James Sime, John Donnelly and Richard Taylor. Richard Taylor arrived in Lyndhurst in 1869 and opened his hotel, Taylor’s Half Way House (pictured below), in 1871. It was demolished in 1966.

Alexander Norquay (1813-1890) migrated in 1852 from the Orkney Islands in Scotland. His son, William, was a member of the Cranbourne Road Board. The Norquay family have left behind a wonderful reminder of their presence in the form of the Morteon Bay fig tree (fiscus macrocarpa) which is located in Figtree Walk at Lyndhurst. This tree was thought to have been planted by John Norquay, another son of Alexander, in the 188os or 1890s. It is on the City of Casey Heritage Scheme. The photograph, immediately below, is of the original Norqauy house and was taken in 1966. The bottom photograph shows the Moreton Bay fig and a later farm house which was demolished in 2003.

A few interesting facts about Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst was originally known as Bald Hill ; Lyndhurst was named after Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863), Lord Chancellor Of England ; Skye was known as Lyndhurst South from 1903 until 1964. A murder in the area in 1903 had brought unwelcome attention to Skye and local residents had the name changed. The victim was William Ford who was about 70 years old ; Lynbrook was developed on land which was originally part of Lyndhurst.

1 comment:

Ray Gibb said...

Where exactly was Richard Taylor's Half Way House? Richard's daughter, Lyndhurst Lizzie, as the Cairns family history names her, died there.