A brief history of Mount Prospect current weather
In April 1838 Captain
John Hepburn, squatter and gentleman, and his business partner and best
friend, William Coghill moved to Mount Kooroocheang (Smeaton Hill) and
established the 23,000 acre Smeaton Hill Run.
Smeaton Hill house in 1850.
By 1851 Hepburn owned Glendonald, and in
1853 Langdon's Mount Prospect Run
In the early 1850s the Victorian
Colonial Government declared that squatters had been leaseholders rather
than owners and that the Crown land that they occupied was to be sold by
For John Hepburn and his fellow squatters of the
Upper Loddon, the primary concern was land tenure. The days were over for
the great runs stretching over range and plain, with only a ploughed line or
line of marked trees to define them.
Government surveyors had now
parcelled out Smeaton Hill and Mount Prospect, Seven Hills and Bullarook,
Glendaruel and Glendonald into hundreds of neat little quadrilaterals. To
the Hepburns, Birches and Coghills it was incomprehensible.
Parish of Smeaton came up for Auction on 14th July 1856, most of it
(including Mount Prospect) did fall to John Hepburn, the prices ranging from
one pound per acre to six pounds seventeen shillings.
After the land
sales came the era of post and rail fences, cut from the solid box and red
gum trees to outline the small farms on Smeaton, Bullarook and Mount
The Victorian Municipal Directory of 1921 lists Mount
Prospect as a farming district with post office, state school, hotel, church,
ANA hall and cemetary. Rail to Newlyn, coach at 9:50am (fare 9d)
The above is extracted from the following texts with thanks:
Richardson Journey (Tony Richardson. Published 2008)
Here My Home (Lucille M
Quinlan. Published 1967)
Victorian Municipal Directory (Published 1921)