Historical information

Son of Jessie and Charles Ernest Barrie of Darlingsford Melton

Married Marion Ferris at Christ Church Melton on 11th May 1939. They lived on the family farm at Ferris Road Melton. They had one son, Ian who has continued in farming in Melton.

He served the community in the following –

Shire of Melton Councillor Member for 32 years

1941 – 1970 Elected as Councillor for Melton South

1970 – 1973 Councillor for Rockbank

1943 – 1944 Shire President for three terms

1958 – 1959 ditto

1964 – 1965 ditto

Council Representative: Bacchus Marsh High School and Western Suburbs Municipalities. Representative on delegation to prevent Melton post primary students being sent to Deer Park prior to the establishment of Melton High School.

Melton Bush Fire Brigade

1941 Member

Melton Bush Fire Brigade Registered No. 425 1942


2nd Lieutenant

1943 – 1944

4th Lieutenant

Country Fire Authority Rural Services Award 1963

20 Years Long Service Badge

Scots Presbyterian Church Melton

Member of the Board of Management 1947 – 1969 information from Annual Reports

Tom farmed the family property with his father and brothers, and later the Ferris Road property which continued with his son Ian. His childhood interest in horses began with the draft horses kept at the bluestone stable and barn at Darlingsford. When the stables were empty in the late 1980s visit, he vividly recalled the names of the horses he had handled in his youth. When the draft horse became obsolete with the introduction of tractors and trucks this interest continued with the breeding and training of harness racers.

Darlingsford Drafts and Ponies. Order of Stalls Clydesdales – Dick, Dolly, Flower, Nugget, Blossom, Lofty, Prince.

Roger, Rose, Violet, Don, Beauty, Baldy, Diamond.

Cart and Mounts Creamy, Digger, Popsy

Physical description

Black and white photographs of Tom Barrie