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Correspondence (Rose Park)

From the Collection of Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc. 2 Gilles Street (south of Merri St) Warrnambool Victoria

Description
.1 A six-page letter written in pencil
.2 A two page letter in black typing ( contents as in .1 above)
.3 A one page letter, typed, with a handwritten signature
.4 A sheet of paper containing a statement re purchase of land with some inserted handwritten material
.5 A two page letter with handwritten material
Size
.1 W 20.2 cm. H 24.5 cm. .2 W 21 cm. H 33.5 cm. .3 W 20 cm. H 25 cm. .4 W 20.8 cm. H 30.5 cm. .5 W 19.8 cm. H 24.5 cm.
Object Registration
002360
Keywords
baulch family, western district, victoria, history of warrnambool
Historical information
These are four letters and a document regarding the proposal in the 1940s by the Victorian Department of Lands and Survey to acquire sections of the property, Rose Park, to establish several Soldier Settlement farms. Rose Park, near Willatook, was owned by Stan Baulch (1897-1980), the son of Samuel and Eliza Baulch. Samuel Baulch had acquired the property of Dunmore, between Macarthur and Hawkesdale, in 1893 and Stan had inherited portion of this property after his father’s death. He named his portion Rose Park. The Soldier Settlement Commission wanted to acquire 1500 acres of Rose Park but Stan Baulch argued successfully that the management of his farm could not withstand the loss of so much land and eventually 300 acres of Rose Park land was sold for closer settlement. Stan Baulch was a prominent member of the Warrnambool and District Historical Society for many years and contributed many articles and booklets on local historical matters.
When Made
1940s
Significance
This correspondence is of interest as an example of the establishment of Soldier Settlement farms in Victoria post World War Two and the difficulties faced by some property owners opposed to the acquisition of their land. These items will be useful for research.
Last updated
3 May 2019 at 11:58AM