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M8 Meet the Rellies On Jillett Turf

On Jillett Turf

On Jillett Turf

Thomas Jillett married married Mary Ann Shone. 
Of all the Jillett children he lived the longest, as he died in 1891.  Obviously that then is the reason that there is more information about his life.  His sister Rebecca died in 1879.

Together with his brother William Bradshaw he held lands at New Norfolk and later at Monmouth.  The brothers worked together and had holdings at the Lower Marshes.  In 1842 he married Mary Ann Shone, the daughter of a convict, Thomas Shone, who had built a substantial home at New Norfolk.  Both William and James Bradshaw had land adjoining Thomas Shones.  Thomas constructed a house named Springfields, at York Plains.  It was on the original lease of 1000 acres which Robert Jillett had obtained.

The house was built near the family's original house known as Jillett's Hut.  Around 1860, the sold the house to the Morrison family, and they still live in the home.  Which has been extended.

As well as Springfields, Thomas owned many homes in Oatlands, and held quite a few leases.
The resident of Oatlands and the surrounding areas often enjoyed the thrill of the hunt, chasing poor foxes around the hills, perhaps not "poor" because foxes and sheep are not conducive to one another.
They killed the lambs and other livestock.  But to counter that John Bisdee introduced the Beagle dog to Tasmania, and he and his family became breeders.  They also brought in deer.
Foxes can also attack sub-adult and adult sheep and goats, and sometimes calves. Losses to Tasmania's lamb and wool industries from foxes would be in the vicinity of several million dollars per annum.

In 1847 - Midland Beagle Hunt, members met at Pages Hotel, Oatlands.
Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Saturday 25 November 1865, page 2
This event came off yesterday at Melton Mowbray. The attendance was very fair, and the weather splendid, everything passing off well.
The first race was the MELTON MOWBRAY STEEPLE CHASE, of - sovs. with a sweep of 5 sovs, each, for all horses, over about three miles of a fair hunting country. Weights, 11st. 71bs. Entrance 2 sovs.
Mr. Geo. Jillett's Black Bess, aged; magenta jacket, black strings, black cap.(Mr. G. Jillett)
Mr. Robt. Jillett's b, g. Lottery, aged, by His Excellency; pink jacket, black cap.(Mr. R Jillett)
Mr. K. Harrison's b. g. Gay Lad, 6 years ; blue jacket, black cap.(P. Dalian)
Mr. Geo. Meredith's  b.g. Deerfoot, aged; black jacket, magenta sash, black cap. (Mr. G. Meredith.)
Mr. Spence 8 b. g. Pablo Prank, aged, by Adonis :tartan jacket and cap.(G. Jackson.),
Mr. McCauley's b.g. Topper, aged, by Touchit; black jacket and cap .Taylor.) 0

This was a first-rate race, Black Bess and Topper leading. At the first fence the latter had a heavy fall, which threw him out of the race. Black Bess kept the lead, closely followed by Lottery, both taking their leaps in splendid style. At the third leap Pablo Frank baulked, and at the sixth leap Gay Lad fell, throwing him also out of a chance for the race. Tho running was kept up by Black Bess, still closely attended by Lottery, who, however, sustained a fall in the straight running, and also one at the last fence but one, otherwise it is questionable whether he would not have been landed a winner, although on the whole Black Bess appeared too fast for him. However, the race laid between the two, and was eventually won by Black Bess, ridden by G. Jillett who was much applauded for the first-rate manner in which he rode.
G. Jillett was George Jillett, the second son of Thomas Jillett.  George married Laura Lavinia Shone daughter of Thomas Shone.

Melton Manor was regarded among the most esteemed as a prominent destination for race horse and hound hunt enthusiasts and was renowned for hosting such events. Mr. Blackwell (the original owner) was revered for his sporting accomplishments among peers and was often sought for coaching.
The Hotel was built by Samuel Blackwell who came to Australia in 1840. A decade later, Blackwell was granted a stage coach licence for a two-wheel vehicle to run between Green Ponds and Bothwell for 12 months. A year later he bought land at Cross Marsh (now Melton), and in 1858 he built a large two-storey inn which he named Melton Mowbray after his birthplace in England. In 1853 he entered horses in the Town Plate run at New Town.
A few years later he decided to import a racehorse from England, and commissioned a Mr. Brown of Hobart Town, to select a suitable one during a visit to the Old Country. Mr. Brown bought Panic while the horse’s owner was absent from home, and there was consternation when he found his favourite racer had been sold.
However, he agreed to let the purchase stand, and received 1,000 guineas in payment. Panic enjoyed success in races, the most notable being when he won the “Championship” of 1865, and ran second in the Melbourne Cup.
Then he was turned out to stud, and one of his first stock was Strop who won the Launceston Cup four times. Another of Panic’s foals was Nimblefoot, which won the Melbourne Cup. In 1860 Blackwell acquired a pack of Beagle hounds, and he hunted them as the Southern Hunt Club hounds. He had a deer park on his property, and a racecourse built at the rear of the hotel.

In 1884, Malua won the Newmarket Handicap over 1200 metres and Oakleigh Plate (1100 metres) carrying 9st 7lb (60kg) and was prepared by Isaac Foulsham.
In the Newmarket Handicap Malua’s jockey set a precedent when he took him to the outside (grandstand side) rail to win the race, a tactic not used before. The term “Malua’s track” was coined to name that portion of the Flemington track.
In the same year he won the Melbourne Cup carrying 63kg and two days later he won the weight-for-age Flying Stakes over 1200 metres on Oaks Day, testament to his versatility.
Malua ended his racing career with 12 wins and 15t minor placings from 47 starts.
As a stud he produced nine stakes winners that notched 13 stakes wins between them, including Melbourne Cup winner Malvolio (1991) and Caulfield Cup winner Ingliston in 1900.
A magnificent bronze sculpture of Malua was erected in the horse’s honour at Deloraine where he was foaled at Calstock in 1879.  John Field of "Calstock" in Deloraine, Tasmania, and as a yearling was sold to Thomas Reibey the former Premier of Tasmania.
From the 1820s to the present races have also been held in many country towns. Cressy's John Field and Hobart's John Lord each bred two Melbourne Cup winners – Malua and Sheet Anchor bred by Field at Cressy, and Nimblefoot and The Quack bred at Lord's York Plains property. Malua had an amazing run of victories, including the Newmarket and the first Oakleigh Plate (1884); the Adelaide Cup, the Melbourne Stakes and the Melbourne Cup (1885); the Geelong and Australian Cups (1886); and the Grand National Hurdle (1888).
The Tasmanian Turf Club, formed in 1826, attained its maturity in 1865 when the first Launceston Cup was run at Mowbray. Sandy Bay beach was the early site for racing in Hobart from 1827, then a site was developed at Moonah, but when the railway bisected it, in 1874 a group of Tasmanian Club members bought the Elwick farm and established the present course.
The first Hobart Cup was run in 1875. Elwick and Mowbray continue as Tasmania's principal racing venues.
The wealthy supporters of racing and breeding who died out in the late nineteenth century were not replaced. In the twentieth century Tasmania entered upon a long period of mediocrity in racing and stagnancy in breeding that was to last for seventy years.

                                    Meeting in Oatlands for the Hunt
and the Oatlands Racecourse

By 1866, Thomas relocated to Victoria, and his nephew James Bradshaw took over the management of the Callington Mill.
Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Saturday 18 August 1866, page 18
The Hobart Town Mercury of the 15th says r -" Among the exports by the Southern Cross will be two thoroughbred steeplechase horses -Black Bess and Gay Lad-both the property of Mr. Thomas Jillett, who is also a. passenger by the same vessel. The former horse, a well-known steeplechaser, by Touchit out of Kate Kearney, won the last Melton Mowbray Annual Steeplechase, which is not, we believe, the only race she has carried off, besides having always been well up in every race she has contended for. The latter is also a well and favourably known hunter; indeed, both horses will be missed from the turf in Tasmania. Mr. Jillett also takes with him a novel exportation in the shape of thirteen sheep-dogs, &c."                                                                                           

By 1867, there was another horse in the Jillett Stable.  One that performed for Royalty!
[1]                       Jack Tar and Edward Jillett were in Race 2!
They lived in Oatlands and after the death of their young children, he decided to take the family to Victoria.  From there he bought and leased sheep stations.
His sons became known as Jillett Brothers, and they managed their father's properties.  It was nothing to take a mob of 12000 sheep, and drove them from Broadmeadows in Victoria, along the sheep trails of outback New South Wales, and into Queensland.  Then turn around and take another mob back to Victoria.

"Black Bess" was the name of Thomas's horse who was a remarkable steeplechaser .

Young Tom Jillett was also a horseman.  Robert Alfred Jillett was the son of John Jillett

and  grandson of John Jillett  was the Secretary of the Oatlands Hack and Trotting Club in 1912.  Albert also leased a Hotel.

Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Saturday 21 October 1911, page 5

Mr. A. J. Jillett, who was injured by the fall of his horse Belle when riding in the list, hunters at the show on Thursday, was reported to be improving last night, though not yet out of danger. He held his own well on Thursday night, and recovered consciousness to a very considerable extent yesterday. Two ribs are broken, and there, are internal bruises, but it is not anticipated that any serious complications will arise. Mr. Jillett is at his home at Glenorchy, to which he was convoyed on Thursday, and is being attended by Dr. Gibson.

Sometimes accidents happen at the racecourse, and it is sad for both jockey and horse.
In 1910, Frederick Charles Whitehouse died as a result of injuries at the Rangitikei races held on 3rd January 1910.

He was the son of Susan Jillett and William Whitehouse and was born in 1881.   He was the great grandson of Robert and Elizabeth Jillett.
He married Annie Olsen his  daughter born after he died, her name is Fredericka Margaret.  Frederick was  buried Terrace End Cemetery Palmerston North 4th January 1910. 
He was Robert Jillett's grandson, great nephew of Thomas Jillett.

Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Saturday 19 September 1936, page 53
THE YOUNG   From BETTY JILLETT (Greendale, Tambo, Q ).—"Dear 'Patience,'—When I wrote last I said I was going for a holiday, and I have just come home. I was away in Sydney five months, and had a very nice time. While we were shearing here it rained and we had 27 points and stopped shearing. I have a pet lamb and a dog, Skipper. I go riding a lot. We have a horse, and he is very lame, so he is in our little paddock, and we rug him every night.
While we were away one of our best racehorses, called Alison K., died. She won several races in Brisbane. My brother has a dog and she has four pups and one of them is snow white." With love from Betty.—

What a long holiday you had in Sydney, Betty, and I expect you had some splendid times there, and wish you had told me about some of your experiences. It must be good to be home again among your own pets, and I am sorry your own horse is badly lamed and hope you have another to ride meanwhile. Send a longer letter very soon.
Betty was the daughter of Edward Jillett.

  Mr. George Jillett.
Another of the early pioneers in the Queensland grazing industry passed away in the person of Mr. George Jillett, of the firm of Messrs. Jillett Bros., of Greendale station.
The late Mr. Jillett was a native of Tasmania, and in company with his brothers came to the Barcoo where they purchased Greendale from the N.Z. Land Company in 1881.
The late Mr. Jillett resided with his brothers on the station until 1910, when he left for Croydon, New South Wales, to live in retirement. Until quite recently he had maintained fairly good health, but three months ago began to fail.
In his younger days he was a noted horseman over jumps and on one occasion rode a mare owned by his father, named Black Bess, into fourth place in a Grand National Steeplechase.
Besides his widow he is survived by two brothers, Mr. E. F. Jillett (Greendale) and Mr. Tasman Jillett (Chatham).                         Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.: 1878 - 1954).

His brother Edward Jillett at the races, father of Betty who wrote the story
  and his son Ned was Clerk of the Course
Ned was the breeder of Huntley and Blue Paper, his wife Mavis owned Kelpun who was a renowned Blackall galloper
In deep discussions with the Queensland Governor Sir Henry Able Smith. He was President of the Charleville Racing Club in 1958 
The Victorian Grand National Steeplechase and Flemington Stands 1906.

Thomas Jillett is reported as being an Autocrat who "rode to hounds", and when in a rage he
would say "I will cut off my arm, inch by inch"

He won this beautiful Silver Cup, from the Oatlands Turf Club in 1842.

1829:  He rented 100 acres for 16 pounds 8 shillings at Monmouth with his brother William Bradshaw
1842:  He lived at York Plains, Oatlands, and that same year he won a silver cup in Horse Racing             from Oatlands Turf Club
            According to the census he had interest, with William Bradshaw in 3 selections - one of 640       acres, of 644 acres and one of 100 acres all in Monmouth
1843   Census revealed the same information as the 1842 records

After marriage to Mary Ann Shone, they had several children, and their areas of birth are recorded as York Plains, CatrineVale, Oatlands, Springfield and Melbourne.

1850  He bought the Callington Mill at Oatlands, now part of the National Trust.  He sold it to John Bradshaw (his nephew) 31st December 1863.

1855  The census shows he had the following properties:   4 acres 3 rds 28 per at Oatlands
                                                                                                         11 acres 1 rd 36 pers at Oatlands
                                                                                                         15 acres 1 rd 17 pers at Oatlands
                                                                                                         10 acres at Oatlands
1856  With george Nicholls he had 15 acres 2 rd 9 per at Monmouth
1857  He had 10 acres at Oatlands
1858 Owner/Proprietor, Dwelling and Stable, 23 acres Annual Value 36/9d and 420 acres Agricultural                  and grazing at York Rivulet.  Annual value 70/-

           Also owned a Cottage in Oatlands  rented to William Clark  1 acre and value at £13
                                     Shops & Dwelling rented to William Exton  1 acre and value £40
                                      Mill rented to William Exton      1 acre  £184/8/
                                      Cottage rented to Henry Harris     1 acre  £15/12/
                                      Cottage rented to Francis Mancey  1 acre  £13/
           And was the proprietor of a Sheep Run at Lagoon of Islands  400 acres value  £25

Katie Jillett was a keen horsewoman.
As to her sons.

The Melbourne Cup According to a Jillett

Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Saturday 30 October 1937, page 10

PUNTA ARENAS is not the betting ring at Flemington, and there is no such horse as Bar-One. These facts have I established after, a diligent study in that most difficult branch of research-picking winners.

Early this year my notice was attracted by a claim that a comfortable living could be obtained by studying the form of racehorses and placing the rent money on a couple of them each Saturday. Having arranged a moratorium with the landlord, I decided to prospect this alluring field. My experiments have now extended over six months, and, although it is somewhat early to furnish precise results, I think that there is a reasonable chance of recovering the £50-odd which the researches up to the present have cost the landlord.

Incidentally, the landlord is a some-what restless fellow. Apparently he expected results from, as you might say, barrier-rise. But, as I have only just succeeded in persuading him, the major phase of our experimentation with my brains and his rent money is now at hand, and it would be a pity to upset the work of months through any hasty action on his part. So the moratorium has been extended by him, rather ungraciously, until Tuesday, November 2. On that day, according to latest arrangements, the Melbourne Cup will be run, and I am arranging to back the winner.

It was always my idea that my patiently acquired racing skill should culminate in a "coup on the cup" (these slogans fortify confidence). Of course, there have been minor setbacks in the process of acquiring a "bank" of adequate size for the spring operations which are now at hand. As I began to explain, I began with very little cash and even less knowledge of the racing game. So, as a believer in fundamentals, I set out first to learn the language.

It was a fascinating pursuit. Within a month, almost without thinking, I could answer, "Oh, yes-let me see, I will be in the Guineas at Caulfield on Saturday," when asked, "Going to the heath?" Building on that knowledge, I began to refer lightly to "headquarters" (meaning Flemington), "down the line" (meaning Mentone), and "the valley" (an easy one, meaning Moonee Valley). But I am proudest of all-thank you, unknown wireless commentator - of "the ozone track" (meaning-yes, Williamstown).

While I was acquiring this indispensable argot I was not neglecting to study the form of the racehorses. I recall that in the middle of the winter I was impressed favourably with the performances of a horse called Montargis. He was running so consistently into places, in spite of the additional handicap of being obliged to jump fences in the pro-cess, that I considered that he would probably win the Melbourne Cup, which is run over a slightly shorter distance with-out obstructions. But Montargis, as they say on the Turf (racecourse), has been scratched, or has not been entered, or something. That means that he will not start in the Melbourne Cup this year, a late discovery which upset my calculations.
So I proceeded to back a few alternative horses, just to see how they shaped with my money on them. I never risked more than about £5 on any one race, for I regarded my speculations at that stage as being entirely experimental-preliminaries, as racing folk term it. In the meantime, I found the expense of gracing the lawn (where the best people go) was rather too great, and I began to don older clothes on Saturday afternoons to ensure admittance to the cheaper parts. Well, that was one reason. The other was that I sold two suits about that time to soothe the landlord, who insisted absolutely on some guarantee of good faith.

A man from Ballarat-have you noticed what a ubiquitous character is "the man from Ballarat"?-gave me an idea at that crucial stage in my punting (betting) apprenticeship for saving my race-course admittance money for more discriminating expenditure on the race-course itself. He vouched for the truth of this story, which, he said, had its set-ting at a miners' race meeting at Ballarat.

It seems that a short man and a tall man were both "short." They wanted to go to the races. So they went round to the tradesmen's entrance, marked "Trainers and Jockeys." The shorter "short" man, with a cap pulled rakishly across his eye, walked through the entrance, muttering to the gatekeeper "Jockey." The gatekeeper was mildly surprised, but took no action-not even when the taller "short" man also strode through, muttering "Trainer."

This bold imposition so amused a burly bookmaker who was standing just out-side the gate that he stamped through the gate-a corona in the corner of his mouth and a glint in the corner of his eye-and, as he passed the gatekeeper, announced "Horse!"

Well, I may be forced yet to view the Melbourne Cup from the flat (cheapest part), but I will not practise a deception like that on a struggling racing club.

There is an interesting theory, I believe, that the real man is revealed only in his dreams. Research in that promising field of psychology is limited, how-ever, because the dream drama is played before an audience of one, and that one is seldom likely to disclose the nature of the suppressed ambitions and desires which were achieved while the liberated mind soared bravely in the clouds of sleep. But fortunately the racecourse does provide a very good alternative field for the "proper study of mankind"-and woman-kind.
A few weeks ago a young woman -surely the demurest of creatures at home or in the office-called excitedly on the asphalt slopes of the south hill at "The Valley" (Moonee Valley) for "Three cheers for Alex Fullarton." And who, you may ask, is Alex Fullarton? He was the rider of the jumping double, which means that he "piloted" Manalis to victory in a hurdle race and "caught the Judge's eye" (i.e., was first) with Black Hook in a steeple-chase an hour or so later.

The punting game, unfortunately, is "1 think that here it a reasonable chance of recovering the £50 odd which the researches up to the present have cost the landlord not all Sweet Memories. Luck is Mutable, and it Is a Phenomenon to win consistently. And those who lose are disposed not to blame themselves for inadequate study of form and track work (training), but to censure the horse ("I wouldn't put bottles on it"), the Jockey ("He wasn't trying"), the trainer ("He wants to get a long price next start"), the owner, the bookmakers, or anyone else but them-selves.

This kind of loose talk is to be deprecated. I have studied the form of race-horses assiduously for six months, and although I have lost (or, rather, my land-lord has), I blame myself. So does the landlord. But I am taking no risks with the Melbourne Cup. I have evolved an elaborate mathematical formula, the full details of which I cannot disclose at this stage, which will pay the arrears of rent and still show a profit. Generally, it Is based on times, performances, weights, distances, ages, jockeys, and horses.

Yes, I am about to harvest the fruits of my assiduous studies.
What? Avenger was not entered for the Melbourne Cup?

Les Jillett was the nephew of Sister Margaret Mary.

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