Gippsland Estates  1882Gippsland Estates

    A series of articles which first appeared in the Gippsland Mercury from January to August 1882.  The reporter is unfortunately not named.  For each property there is a description of the improvements, a summary of the agricultural activities and usually comment about the future prospects.

    Properties described are:
Park House*, Allerdale, Holey Plains, Riversdale, Mewburn Park*, Spring Park*, Powerscourt, Boisdale*, Bushy Park*, Llowalong*, Inverbroom, Craigielee, Drayton, Williamsvale, The Airly Estate, Glencoe, The Heart, Newton, Cavan House, Clydebank, Maristow, Strathfieldsaye*.

Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content
65 pages; indexed for places and surnames; comb bound; A4
Price:  $15.50 (including postage)
Publication date: November 2011

     This updated edition is in a larger typeface, with the addition of seven photographs (see properties with *)

 


The Beet Sugar Industry
  1894 to 1948


    The Maffra Sugar Beet Company was registered in 1896 and the factory completed in 1898.  After only two seasons the company was bought out by the Victorian Government, which then operated the industry, mostly successfully, until 1948.
    The district's Closer Settlement schemes and the building of Glenmaggie Weir were closely associated with beet growing and their developments were as a direct result of satisfying the industry's requirements.

Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content
34 pages inc photo supplement; high quality photocopy; comb bound; A4
Price:  $15.50 (including postage)
Publication date: November 2011

     Chapters outline the establishment and development of the industry, the processes involved, its success and final closure.  This updated edition contains a new photographic section.

 


Wellington Landscapes: History
 and Heritage in a Gippsland Shire


    Adapted from Wellington Shire's Heritage Study, this book traces the effects European settlements have had on the Gippsland landscape, beginning with the initial explorations and occupation, the development of primary industry and the utilisation of natural resources.  It then goes on to consider subsequent consequences such as the development of transport and communications, the building of permanent settlements, the management of "public" land and the processes developed to administer all of this.  Finally the emerging cultural institutions and ways of life are considered, followed by a brief description of towns and villages within the Shire.
    Care has been taken to describe and use as examples, things which are still observable today.  It is literally possible to use this book as a guide to explain why things you can still see around the Shire are where and why they are.


Authors:  Meredith Fletcher and Linda Kennett
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc (with Wellington Shire support)
ISBN:  0-9597272-8-0
Format & content:  p/b 88 pages + cover; approx 190 x 250 mm; endnotes and comprehensive index; 40+ b/w photographs, maps
Reduced price:  RRP $15.50 (including postage)
Publication date: November 15th 2005

 


Dairy Factories in the former Maffra Shire
  - research notes
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content70
pages; comb bound; A4; photographs
Price:  $15.50 (including postage)
Publication date: March 2012

Dairy Factories in the former Avon Shire
  - research notes in two volumes
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content70
pages; comb bound; A4; photographs
Price:  $21.50 (including postage)
Publication date: March 2012

Briagolong Cheese Factory
  - working notes
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content21
pages; comb bound; A4
Price:  $9.50 (including postage); this text is printed when ordered - please allow 21 days for delivery
Publication date: March 2012

 


Heyfield Butter Factory Company
  - working notes
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content100
pages; comb bound; A4
Price:  $19.50 (including postage); this text is printed when ordered - please allow 21 days for delivery
Publication date: March 2012


Maffra Milk Trucks and Tankers
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content70
pages; comb bound; landscape format
Price:  $29.50 (including postage)
Publication date: November 2012
 

Traction Engines from the Maffra district
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content30
pages; comb bound; landscape format
Price:  $18.50 (including postage)
Publication date: Initially 2012; work still in progress
 


Johnson Street, Maffra
 
Volume 1: North Side: Macalister River to Thomson Street
 
Volume 2: South Side: Macalister River to Empire Place

   These volumes, part of the Johnson Street Project, have been many years in the preparation.  The Project's aim is to catalogue as thoroughly as possible the history of all the shops and proprietors which have existed in Johnson Street since the first blocks sold in 1864, referencing local newspapers, maps, Maffra Shire Rate Books plus the memories and researches of MDHS members.
   Included are a general summary of the first land sales in 1864, detailed stories about specific businesses, a map 'essay' tracing the development of each section and a comprehensive time line for each premises.  There is also an index of all named persons.
   The Project is on-going.

Each volume:
Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Format & content56
pages; comb bound; A4 format; Index of Names; 60+ illustrations and maps
Price:  $15.50 (including postage)
Publication date: Vol.1  June 2014; Vol.2 October 2014

 


The Hon. Alan McLean
(1839 - 1911)

   Alan McLean emigrated from Scotland with his parents and sisters in 1842 at a very young age.  After initial faming attempts in NSW and Glenaladale, the family eventually settled just outside Maffra where they produced sheep and cattle.
   Rather than follow directly in the family tradition Alan established the stock and station agency Allan McLean & Co in 1872.  In time this expanded to become the largest such business of its kind outside of Melbourne.  By then various other members of the family were involved.
   Starting his political career in local government, first in the Avon Shire and from 1875 in the newly formed Maffra Shire, he entered the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1880 as the Member for North Gippsland.  He served in several Ministries and in 1899 became Premier of Victoria, losing office in November 1900.
   In 1901 he became Gippsland's first representative in the new Federal Parliament.  His highest achievement was as Minister for Trade and Customs in 1904, when he was also in effect Deputy Prime Minister.
   Illness is generally blamed for his loss of office in 1906, after which he retired to Port Melbourne until his death in 1911.

Publisher:  Maffra & District Historical Society Inc
Author:   Flo Pearce
Format & content18
pages; comb bound; A4
Price:  $9.50 (including postage)
Publication date: September 2012

 


They gave their utmost: World War I for Louie Riggall, Alice Mitchell and Annie Whitelaw

   Much has been written about the experiences of men in the First World War.  This compilation redresses the balance a little.  The life of each of these three Gippsland women is given in general terms with detailed information about their differing experiences during the Great War.
   Louie Riggall came from a more privileged background.  In her twenties she even studied art in France, where she acquired language skills which were invaluable later.  She volunteered as a VAD in 1915, served in a military hospital at Rouen but succumbed to sudden illness while still on active service in 1918.
   Alice Mitchell lived in the Stratford district all her life.  In 1914 she was a foundation member of the Stratford Branch of the Red Cross; she was still a member 60 years later.  Three of her brothers were killed in 1916.
   Annie Whitelaw lived all her adult life in Briagolong.  She bore 8 sons and 1 daughter, all of whom survived childhood.  Six of her sons enlisted in WWI; four died on active service and a fifth died later.

Publisher:  Maffra & District H. S. & Stratford & District H. S.
Format & content44
pages; comb bound; A4
Price:  $15.50 (including postage)
Publication date: August 2014