How Axedale was named

The following article was printed in the Axedale Antics, May 2009 issue. 

Have you ever wondered how Axedale got it’s name?

Situated where the McIvor Highway meets the Campaspe River, Axedale is believed to have taken it’s name from the old ‘Axe’ or ‘Axedale Station’, which was first licensed to A. Jennings and George Playne in 1840. It was taken out under licence number 64 of the Westernport Squatting District, for 67,000 acres. This was part of the original Campaspe Plains run and was estimated to carry 12,000 sheep.

The run changed hands a number of times, until 1859, when the station came into the hands of Charles Vaughn and Edward Wild.

Vaughn landed in Port Phillip in 1841, and was appointed inspector of markets in 1845. He was an accountant, financier and pastoralist, as well as being a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Legislative Council of Victoria from 1856 to 1864.

In 1855, Patrick Drake built and operated the Campaspe Hotel – it remained a family business for many years.

The ‘Victorian Gazetter’ of 1865, described Axedale as a postal township in the electoral district of Mandurang, under the control of the Strathfieldsaye Roads Board.

There was a steam driven flour mill and a coach service to Sandhurst.  There were seven hotels – Campaspe, Raglan, Perseverance, Shamrock, Union, Freemasons and Commercial.

The township of Axedale was laid out shortly after the Crimean War and the Raglan Hotel took it’s name from Lord Raglan. Some of the streets perpetuate names associated with the war.

Strathfieldsaye was the nations’s gift to the Duke of Wellington after Waterloo, according to ‘Accent on Axedale’ (1970), and many of the old official names have a Wellingtonian flavour.

In the 1860s, Nathaniel Ingram selected land in Axedale and opened a bluestone quarry on the eastern side of the Campaspe River. This quarry produced dressed curbing and pitchers for use in Bendigo. Evidence of this can be seen in the Bendigo Creek and curbing in the streets. A fine example of dressed stone can be seen in the Axedale Roman Catholic Church. – Axedale Antics, May 2009 issue

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The Axedale Catholic Church is a wonderful example of Axedale bluestone

4 thoughts on “How Axedale was named

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    My name is Lesley Murray (nee Penrose) and I lived in Axedale and went to the local school there and eventually went to high school in Bendigo between the years 1957 to 1969.

    My family lived in the little white and green cottage that was in Mitchell St. Axedale. It was just across the road from the old tennis courts down near the old Axedale ‘reserve’ which is now the golf course but was eventually knocked down to make way for the existing houses there now.

    I have been a subscriber to the Axedale newsletter you do for quite a while. I believe I might have found out about it through Ancestry.com or Genes Reunited while searching historical records about the Axedale district. I have a keen interest in family history and places I’ve lived in my earlier days and would just like to say that I really enjoy the newsletter very much, you do a great job. It’s always fascinating to hear about Axedale’s history and people.

    Kind regards, Lesley Murray

    On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM, Axedale – Then and Now wrote:

    > Jennifer Jones posted: “The following article was printed in the Axedale > Antics, May 2009 issue. Have you ever wondered how Axedale got it’s name? > Situated where the McIvor Highway meets the Campaspe River, Axedale is > believed to have taken it’s name from the old ‘Axe’ or ‘A” >

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    • I have only just found you comments in the spam folder. Please accept my apologies or not answering until now. I’m so pleased you’ve enjoyed reading about Axedale here. Please don’t hesitate to send my any old photos you might have and I can include them. Thanks again.

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