'Eastview', on the southern side of the Gundaroo Road, Mulligans Flat was originally the site of a slab and bark hut occupied by the bachelor brothers Matthew and John Walsh, sons of Davey, who settled in the region in the early 1860s.
Thomas Cavanagh, his son Patrick daughter-in-law Mary Logue Cavanagh commenced farming on 'Fairview', near One Tree Hill, but then acquired land at Mulligans Flat during the 1860s and 1870s, which became Patrick's farm 'Eastview'.
However, the land selections did not always go smoothly :
To Mr C.H. Hilland
Sir would you be kind enough to let me know if the ₤25 which I paid for one hundred acres that I selected in your office on 7 March 1878 had been selected before by Henry Rolfe. Would you be kind enough to let me know if it is at your office by return of post.
I remain Patrick Cavanagh
One Tree Hill
Queanbeyan Aug 21st 1878
Mr Patrick Cavanagh
In reply, there has been no notice to me of the cancellation of your 100 acres on account of it being previously selected by Henry Rolfe and until your purchase is cancelled you wont get your money back, you should write down to the Chief Commissioner, Conditional Purchase Branch, Lands Department, and let him know that your CP of 7 March 1878 of 100 ac. was nearly all taken up previously by Henry Rolfe viz 40 acres on 11 Oct 1877 & 40 acres on 18 Oct 1877 and that you want your money back
C H Hilland
There was another drama:
'It is rumoured that an inquiry is to be made into the supposed wilful burning of Mr P Cavanagh's log fences at Tea Garden's Ginninderra' - [Goulburn and Queanbeyan Evening Penny Post 9.3.1878]
Patrick and Mary farmed 'Eastview' with children Michael and Jane, until their deaths in 1914 and 1921. Patrick's grandson Ernest had moved down from Queensland at a young age and was bought up on 'Eastview'.
Patrick's son Michael, who had married Ethel Harris, a schoolteacher at Mulligans Flat School, then took on the lease until his death in 1937. Another son Clarence Bede Cavanagh acquired the adjacent property 'Strayleaf'.
As Michael and Ethel had no children, Patrick's grandson Ernest took on the lease of 'Eastview' with his wife Beatrice and farmed there with their son John and his wife Joyce and other family members.
'Eastview' comprised Block 4 Gungahlin of 909 acres and Block 19A Hall of 40 acres.
Ernest Cavanagh also leased 'The Valley' - Block 8, Gungahlin 795 acres, transferred from William Moore in 1943.
Jane lived at Eastview until her death in 1946 and Ernie (Dookie) worked on Eastview and Strayleaf until his death in 1969, but did not appear to hold a lease. Ernie-Dookie lived in a cottage on 'Strayleaf'.
All that remains of 'East View' are the old square stone cairns that supported the gate and some cypress pines from the garden, now at the edge of the playground next to the Forde information centre on Francis Forde Boulevard. The stone wall bordering the path at this point includes some of the original garden wall, which was made from stone salvaged from Crinigan's Hut.
Click on the caption (⧉) to view photo details and attribution.
- Cooke, H. 2010.'A Short History of Gungahlin'. Booklet prepared for the Canberra Archaeological Society