The crodh sith, or fairy cattle, were once confined to the old world, but the spread of fae, alongside their human friends and relations, saw them moving to newly colonised lands around the world, driven along the secret paths through the Otherworlds of the fae. For many years after the settlement of Melbourne, it was rumoured that a herd had been driven here, but then been lost by the ones who drove them here. Masterless, they wandered back and forth between worlds along the middle reaches of the Yarra.
By 1868, these rumours had come to the ears of Jack Morentzie, who, along with his brother Paul, had inherited the Morentzie Farm started by their father on the hills of the lower Plenty River. Jack spent some time investigating the rumours, and settled upon a plan to turn them to his advantage. When he and his brother split up the family farm and all its lvestock, Jack wound up with the majority of the bulls, which he planned to use of the nucleus of a stud business. But he had one more trick up his sleeve.
His new land, on the opposite side of the Yarra from the old farm, he named Bull Eden, for so he intended it to be. The crodh sith would be attracted by the bulls, and would bear calves that Morentzie would then use to stud, improving his livestock even further. His plan succeeded, up to a point.
For almost two decades, it worked, but the rumours eventually got out – and made their way back to the realms and palaces of the Fae, who returned to reclaim their long lost cattle. The faerie strain would not breed true, and Morentzie’s cattle returned to normality within two generations. His lucrative business remained solid, but not exceptional as it had been, and before long, he had begun subdividing his farm, selling off allotments piece by piece and slowly created the modern suburb that still bears the slightly distorted name he gave it originally.
Suburbs near Bulleen: