William Hutchinson & Louis Deschamps ( – 21/1/1881)
Patrick Hughes (21/1/1881 –
In Possession of land
Henry Hughes (1944 – 1961) Listed as owner
Isabella Smith (1916 – 1937)
Arthur John Hill (1937 -1957)
Isabel Catherine Hill (1957 -25/8/1961) – Contract of Sale
Concezio & Verna Mosca (25/8/1961 – 1984) Claimed by Adverse Possession June 1, 1984
Vericon Pty Ltd (3/3/1987 -)
Lot 6 Block 6 remained a vacant block and was the subject of an Adverse Possession claim which was successful in 1984.
Patrick and Henry Hughes
Patrick Hughes acquired the property from John Hutchinson’s executors – Louis Deschmap and William Hutchinson on January 24, 1881. Hughes was a farmer at Yering where he owned 100 acres and leased a further 316 acres. At the time of his death in 1886 aged 57 years, Lot 6 was one of two lots in Block 6 he still owned. Hughes also owned a third was in Block 1.
Patrick Hughes was an early Lilydale settler. He was born in Ireland in 1829 and at Country Atrim on November 1, 1852 he married Catherine McNally, daughter of James and Anne (Lavender) McNally. They had six children:
Anne J. b 1854; Sarah L. b 1856, Henry T. b 1858; Samuel b 1860, Elizabeth M b. 1863 and Edward M b 1868 at Mooroolbark.
Patrick arrived in Melbourne in 1863 travelling from Liverpool on board the SS Great Britain. His wife Catherine and children did not arrive until 1867 at which time they settled in Lilydale.
Patrick died and was buried at Lilydale Cemetery on September 11, 1886. He was aged 57 years old.
Sadly, his life as an early settler of the district received little mention.
He died intestate so his eldest son Henry was appointed administrator of his estate which listed his properties as being 100 acres valued at £800 and Lot 7 Block 6 John Street valued at £15. Livestock, farm machinery and furniture were valued at £376.
Patrick’s wife Catherine died April 24, 1905 aged 81 years.
After Patrick’s death, the family decided not to distribute the estate at that time and appointed Henry (or Harry as he was known) his eldest son, to administer it. There was no transfer of the property into Henry’s name which later led to the Adverse Possession claim many years later.
According to the Shire of Lillydale ratebooks, Henry Hughes held the property in his own name until 1917 when he leased it out to Isabella Smith, butcher.
Henry was born in