Hurley Farm was first established by Irish settlers, William and Joanna Hurley, in the 1860’s. The couple had 12 twelve children in the historic cottage they built in 1876. Balnarring’s first post office and a general store, it was derelict in 1998. It has now been restored. Here are photographs of them both and the cottage.Their youngest child, ‘Aunt Mags’, was born and lived here for 100 years.The natural attributes of Hurley Farm have been long-recognised, as you can see from this article in the ‘Mornington Standard’ on 6 September 1902:
Being situated on the side of a hill, it is naturally well drained, and as the aspect faces north-east, it gets the full benefit of the morning sun – a most important consideration in fruit growing in a cool, moist district – and it is immune from damage by strong winds, owing to the protective character of the surrounding country.