Miscellaneous Properties

From the number of properties, it would appear that TLM-P attempted to provide rural properties to any of his sons who wished to live on the land and, in Lizzie's case, to buy into a property with a son-in-law for the same reason.

See John and Lizzie Jardine.

There are records re this property in TLM-P's papers at the State Library of NSW. The references always combine this property with Maroon indicating that it served as an out-station rather than a separate property. See:

MLMSS3117/Box 8: includes Ledger and accounts for Tununbah Station, 1867-1868 and cattle and horse records of Tununbah Station, 1867-1868. MLMSS3117/Box 9: Ledger and accounts for Tununbah Station, 1865 and cattle and horse records Tununbah Station, 1865-1866 MLMSS3117/Box 10/Item 1: Ledger and accounts for Tununbah Station c.1883.

The property was a mystery until the ever-generous expert Deb Stenzel came to the rescue: Tununbah is now called Toonumbar and was also spelt Tunumba. It is in NSW, just over the Queensland border in the Kyogle area at the base of the MacPherson range. It was very close to Unumgar Station which explains references to Unumgar in the ledgers (e.g. T.H. Sherwood Esq of Unumgar borrowed and returned flour and tea, meat etc.1)

This was possibly Bulliwallah Station associated with Thomas de M. Murray-Prior. It was near Charters Towers. In 1885, 'Mr Murray-Prior' of that station had a saddle stolen by a 'bushranger'.2) Or was it a property at Bulli Creek neat Toowoomba? On 5 May 1885, the Sandgate Municipal Council reported a good humoured letter by T de M. Murray-Prior 'of Bulli Creek' re whether Herefords or Shorthorns were the best breed of cattle, that he proposed to settle at the next Charters Towers show.3)

According to Fox, Moorlands was a 40,000 acre property which was owned by 'the Messrs. Murray-Prior' and sold 'without stock and only partially improved' to the Moffatt brothers in 1892, the year TLM-P died.4) It is located in central-west Queensland, in the Blackall-Tambo_Region.

This photo is of the property in 20205) When TLM-P completed a genealogical questionnaire for inclusion in Burke's Colonial Gentry in c.1888, he gave Moorlands as the address of his son Egerton.6)

TLM-P also owned Moonbago Station, South Kennedy, Bully Creek. His grandson, Thomas Bertram M-P, was born there in 1883.7)

TLM-P's granddaughter was born at Ipswich in 1881, possibly on this station which is described as “Pullen, Moreton, Ipswich” and owned, in 1880 at least, by TLM-P.8)

The only information about this property is in the list of cheques in TLM-P's ledgers. A £3.10.0 cheque was drawn for Mr Joseph Cook in May 1866 for 'clearing Bathurst Burr Sandy Creek property' - see Employees, Stores. Sandy_Creek,_Queensland is around 100 km north-north-west of Brisbane. More details of this holding is given in his ledger listing cheques for April 1867. Two payments of £44.6.0 and £59.5.0 respectively were made to the Colonial Treasurer. In May a further payment of £408.17.1 was made. These payments had a note that it was for the following land: 9)

The ledgers and cheque lists in them mention land bought at Laidley in the Lockyer valley region. TLM-P purchased the leases of this land in August 1867, as shown by the following cheque list, in the names of his wife Matilda and his two eldest children, Tom and Rosa:

MLMSS 3117, Box 8, p.181) As seen from the list above, the ledgers record cattle and horses on the two properties.((MLMSS3117/box 9, pp.30-31,44-45
Brisbane Courier, 19 June 1885, p.5
The Barron River Falls, 9 Jan 1885, p.2; Trove
Matthew Fox, The history of Queensland: its people and industries: an historical and commercial review descriptive and biographical facts, figures and illustrations: an epitome of progress, Brisbane: States Publishing Company, 1923, vol.3, p.823.
‘Questions to be answered by T.L.M-P’, 6pp Memoranda to the Herald Office, Somerset House, London re Burke’s Colonial Gentry.
'Questions to be answered by T.L.M-P’, 6pp Memoranda by the Herald Office, Somerset House, London re Burke’s Colonial Gentry
MLMSS3117/Box 9
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