David Patullo was awarded a gold medal by the Port Phillip Farmers Society (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) for his sample of cape barley at the 'Exhibition of Grain, Seeds, & Farm Produce'. The Exhibition held each year in March, and in 1856 was held at the Corn Market, Melbourne. This medal is one of only three known in gold. Patullo also won a medal in the 1857 competition - probably the same medal - for the 'Best 20 Bushells Cape Barley…52 lbs 2oz per Bushell'. This latter medal was awarded in Division 1 - Open Competition. David Patullo won one of the silver medals as well - second prize for a yearling filly.
Patullo, born 1816, migrated to Australia from Perthshire, Scotland in 1841 with his wife Agnes. Other family soon followed; all became farmers in the Carigieburn area, Wollert and Bulla.
In Victoria & Its Metropolis, David Patullo is described as "a native of Scotland, who landed in Melbourne in December 1841 at the age of 24 years. He was first employed as shepherd, with Mr Rigg of Donnybrook, for four years, during which time he picked some specimens of stone, which he thought contained gold, but on showing them to his companions, he was laughed at, and consequently thought no more of the matter. It however turned out, that he was right, for the spot proved afterwards to be part of the Bolinda gold reef. He purchased 12 acres of land and a team of bullocks, and engaged in teaming and farming for two years, after which he rented 165 acres and went into farming on a larger scale for the following six years, also doing sheep shearing in his spare time. In 1851 he went to the diggings with but little success and returned to farming. In 1853, bought Craig Bank Homestead Bulla (640 acres) where he has farmed and grazed ever since, owning besides his farm at Bulla, a large tract of land, in South Gippsland. He was married a few months prior to leaving Scotland to Agnes Paton, a native of Kinross and has a family of eighteen children, eleven of whom are living and he has twenty grandchildren." (Sutherland 1888, p.433)
Sutherland, A. (ed.), (1888). Victoria & Its Metropolis, Australia, p. 433.
Personal communication, Beryl Patullo, Dec 2003.