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Negative - Horse Team Moving a House from Creswick through Allendale, Victoria, circa 1909 Image Reg. No: MM 001930

Black and white negative of a horse team moving a house from Creswick through Allendale, in Victoria about 1905 or 1909.

Goldmining at Creswick was declining and there was less demand for houses in the area, hence the house was being moved. Jim Dempsey is driving the horse teams. Jack Dempsey is at right. Jim Mills is on the pony, Ginger. Jack Dempsey drove horses for the the Mills, and it is likely that the house removal company managing the move in this case was Mills.
Description Of Content:
A horse team of about ten horses moving a house. The house is braced by diagonal struts. A number of men and children are sitting on the horse cart, standing in the doorway of the house or standing on the ground at right of the house. A boy is on a pony. Farm land is at left in the background. The house has a bullnose verandah with wrought iron lacework and two windows at the front.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Sandra Rudwick, 1985
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: carriages, drays wagons, horses, house removalists, verandahs, workers, -1
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Residential Buildings
Tertiary Classification: moving house
People Depicted: Dempsey, Jim; Dempsey, Jack; Mills, Jim
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Allendale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1909

Original donor suggested the date was 'about 1909,' but a subsequent researcher seems to have updated the date to circa 1905. After a review of the original donor information the date has been changed back to circa 1909.


Bill whykes Posted on 16 Jun 2010 8:11 PM
Re Photo MM001930I see that the names of the men are Mills, is there any way of finding out whether they were the company who were responsible for the removal or was the company owner somebody else? My great uncle operated a business shifting houses at about this time in and around the Ballarat district.
Bill Whykes
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Jun 2010 12:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Bill, we have had a look into the original donation details and it states that Jim Dempsey is driving the horse team. Jack Dempsey is on the right. Jim Mills [a young boy] is on the pony, Ginger. Jack Dempsey drove horse teams for Mills, although it doesn’t elaborate on if this was a family company, but it possibly was. The horse team is moving the house from Creswick through Allendale, sometime between 1905 and 1909. Goldmining at Creswick was declining and there was less demand for houses in the area. The donation was made over 25 years ago!
Graham Hills Posted on 23 Jan 2014 9:42 PM
MY mother told me years ago that my great grand father drove the first train from Ballarat To Melbourne can you tell me if Edward Blake or frederick Blake was the driver

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