This is a useful tool for researching the history of Orbost.
A black plastic folder containing invoices and various other items relating to businesses in Orbost during 1980's and 1990's. it has 92 pp.
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This is a useful tool for researching the history of Orbost.
A black plastic folder containing invoices and various other items relating to businesses in Orbost during 1980's and 1990's. it has 92 pp.
This small hand-held tool was used in the maize industry in Murrungowar (Orbost District) during 1900-1960s. Prior to machine harvesting coming about in the 1960s, each cob of maize had to picked by hand using this tool. Maize growing was a huge industry in the Orbost district and the job of picking the maize involved hand labour by many employees. This small hand-tool would have been common, but is now rare. This particular tool was owned and used by Nelson Northrope (Orbost) in the early 20th Century and used at Murrungowar by Frances Eilman (nee Somerville).
A highly significant small hand tool associated with the maize industry. This item is rare.
A small hand-held metal and leather tool. A metal 'knife' has a curved shape and is attached to 2 leather straps which are connected by a small buckle.
maize growing, agriculture, orbost district
This photograph was taken in 1945, as WW2 was ending. It shows Orbost men who are members of the Orbost Football Club, their Club trainer, and Club President. Football has always been a strong and well-supported sport in the Orbost district, with two teams in Orbost, another at Newmerella and outlying localities. These days (2023), there is only one club still existing in Orbost with a clubhouse and football field at Lochiel Park.
Evidence of Orbost Football Club, 1945
A b/w photograph of a group of 20 men wearing jumpers with a logo OFC and two other men in suits. This is a posed photograph with men at the back standing, and men at the front kneeling. It has been taken on a sportsfield.
On back of photo: Orbost Football Club 1945. Back row L-R Artie Young (trainer), Alex McDonald, Mac Lock, Rick Railey, Tom Wehner, Bill Murphy, Clarrie Stevens, Ray Smith, Alan Hammond, -------------, Clyde Lynn, Maurice Marshall, John Stoddard (President) Front row L-R ----------------, ----------------, Reg Kettyle, Ray Cooney, George Watson, --------------, Sam Lynn, Jim Lynn, ...Parsons
sport, football, orbost football club
The Snowy River can flood over its floodplain at Orbost/Newmerella. There have been wet periods when floods were frequent and covered the floodplain, sometimes causing great disruption to crops and farming, and also to transport. The 1970s was a wet decade with many floods, the largest one in 1971. This photograph was taken in 1978.
Evidence of flood on the Snowy River in 1978.
A b/w photograph of a flood scene with trees and the river in the front, a river bank, and a vast area of water in the background. This photograph has been pasted onto a rough cardboard backing.
Written below the photograph: Orbost 1978
floods, snowy river, orbost
This photograph is of a group of Orbost children and a Catholic Priest, Fr. Spiteri, taken in association with a ceremony of confirmation at St Josephs Catholic Church, Orbost. The building in the background is the nunnery/priest's residence in Browning Street, Orbost. This building is still in existence (2023) though now privately owned. It is located adjacent to the Catholic Church.
Indicated the continuing significance of the Catholic Church in Orbost.
A b/w photograph of 12 children and one man. This group of people is posted in front of tree and a two-story building in the background. The man is dressed in black with a white collar and the children have white dresses and white shirts and black trousers. Many of the girls are wearing white veils over their hair.
On back of photo: Back row L-R Cheryl Fourter, Tony Fourter, Sharon Barr, Father Spiteri, Fred Jonkers, Catherine Murphy, Tom Robinson. Front row L-R Josephine McMahon, Michael Young, Louise Shanahan, John Sanna, Geoffrey Fourter
st josephs catholic church, orbost
Orbost has had a croquet club since early 20th Century, but this photo does not appear to be of Orbost. It could be an event attended by Orbost croquet club players in another location.
A b/w photograph of ladies with croquet sticks on a grass rink. Two white lines across the photo indicating a rink. Some buildings in the background.
On back of photo: 'Croquet Club'
recreation, sports, croquet
Moves to begin an Orbost Agricultural Show was started in 1891 and a Committee was formed. The Society's first Show was held on Tuesday 15 March 1892. The Orbost Agricultural Show continues to the present day (2023) as an annual event held in March. The Committee shown in this photograph are known to be President: John Johnstone; Vice Presidents: F Nixon, M Lynch, A E Rodwell; Secretary: Geo Perry Committee: S Lynn, Geo Answer, C Drevermann, J Bird, J Draffin, J Cummings, R Mosley, H James, A Saunders, P Morris, G Carter, A Pardew, Jas Nixon, J Gilbert, S Grenville, W Scharleman, G Nixon, H Richardson, J Hocking, J Fisher, J Hossack
This photograph shows an early Orbost Show Committee which consists entirely of men.
A badly yellowed and damaged b/w photograph onto cardboard. Both the image and the cardboard are damaged. The photograph is of a group of men, some sitting on the ground, some standing behind.
Written onto the back of the photograph are these words: 1902 Orbost Agricultural Society Committee
agricultural show, orbost
This a copy of an original photo supplied by Lachlan Macalister in 2013. The photo is evidence of local children from farms in the Orbost district attending an Orbost Show. The calves are dairy calves and all of the handlers are children. Orbost is a farming area with dairying and cropping.
An early photo of children at the Orbost Show.
This b/w photo is of a group of children and their calves at the Orbost Show. In the background is a large crowd of people and a tent.
Written onto the photo and below the photo are these words: Aenis Leatham, Marie Colson, Penel Yantses, Sylvia Field, George Leatham, Cathie Kelly, Ruby Joy, Walter Webb, Joe Webb
orbost agricultural show, dairying, children at the show
The Jarrahmond State School No. 2745 near Orbost was one of the earliest in this district. It opened in 1886 at the same time as Orbost and shared a teacher (Campbell McKay who was shortly afterwards replaced by John Rowe who stayed in this position until 1908). The building was financed and built by local farmers on the Stapley property. After a large and damaging flood in the nearby Snowy River in 1893 , the building was shifted to a new location. In 1926, a new building was constructed by the Vic Ed Dept. where it remained until the school was closed in 1948 and children from the Jarrahmond area were then bused to Orbost.
Historical significance as one of the earliest photos of Jarrahmond School students.
A b/w photo of a group of children and one adult in front of a tree. Children in the front are sitting on the ground, others are standing behind. Photo is mounted onto brown cardboard.
On back of photo: Jarrahmond School c.1914. Sally Cole, Angus Cole.
education, jarrahmond school, orbost
This is a photograph of the Marlo Primary School in its original location in Argyle Street, approximately opposite the Marlo Hotel. This small school was opened in 1902 to provide education to local children.
A b/w photo of 8 children standing in front of a fence and timber building with a brick chimney on the right hand side. A sign in black lettering on to a white background can be seen on the building. This reads STATE SCHOOL No. 3433.
On back of photo are the words; Marlo School
This book was compiled and published in 2017. The contents are based on a scrapbook and photographs compiled by Margaret Kleinitz who was Secretary of the Orbost Garden Club during the time when Grevillea Grove was proposed and developed from1979-1989. The development of this garden in a disused quarry in Orbost involved a substantial community campaign and on-going effort, particularly from members of the Garden Club. The demise of Grevillea Grove came when the Vic. Govt. decided to develop this parcel of crown land for a Rainforest Garden and Information Centre. Local resident, Audrey Van Den Berg has compiled this book.
Shows the effort and dedication involved in this community project.
A 40 page book with cardboard cover. Front cover has 6 colour photos of Grevillea plants overlaid onto a plan of the Grevillea Grove garden. This book contains b/w photographs and a written history of the creation of the Grevillea Grove garden in Orbost. It also has site plans and newspaper articles.
grevillea grove, orbost
This 1977 Resources Study was a joint project of the Shire of Orbost & the Dept. of Crown Lands & Survey with the purpose of collating information on natural resources, pattern of public use, and constraints on future use so that management can be formulated.
This report gives and understanding of the resources and management directions of coastal land in East Gippsland in 1977.
A buff coloured cover with black printing and blue tape binding. 71 pages + maps/charts.
THE CORRINGLE CREEK TO SYDENHAM INLET COASTAL RESERVE. A resources study with comment on the implications for management by IAN R. BROWN Research officer and PETER B. LAVERY Land Management Oficer. Coastal management Committee Victoria 1977. Published under the authority of the Coastal Management Committee by the Department of Crown Lands and Survey, Victoria 1977. Printed by James Yeates Printing, Bairnsdale 3875.
corringle creek, sydenham inlet, natural resources survey
This is a report of 1966-67 functioning of the Apex Club of Orbost. It has a membership list at the back of the booklet and also contains the names of office bearers etc. This Report was presented to the Handover Dinner 5 August 1967. President Don McKenzie; Vice Presidents Dennis Robinson, David Neal; Treasurer Graeme Duff; Secretary Keith Murray
Evidence of the functioning of the Apex Club of Orbost 1966-67 with names of members, activities, finances.
A booklet of 13 pages with a grey coloured cover. On the cover are the words Ninth ANNUAL REPORT 1966-67 Apex Club of Orbost ZONE 12 DISTRICT 6 CLUB No. 251. Inside are copied pages of the Report including names of committee members, board members, and past presidents, also several b/w photos of activities, financial report, awards, and the President's Report 5 August 1967.
apex club, orbost
This Register has many inscriptions for Forestry activities in the Orbost region, such as Sleeper Cutting Licenses and other licensed activities such as Wattle Bark Stripping, Saw Mills, Logging Licenses, Sleeper Off-cuts. It contains the names of people involved in these activities, the amounts of money they paid to the Forestry, and dates. This Register appears to start in 1919 and end in 1978.
An excellent resource for research into the forestry industry in the Orbost district since this Register contains the names of men who paid license fees to the Forestry Dept. to allow them to work in the forests in various activities such as sleeper cutting, wattle bark cutting, saw mills, logging.
A hard cover ledger, dark blue/black cover with red binding. The words DEPOSITS REGISTER are printed on the front cover and also on the binding. The ledger's pages are ruled in red for DEPOSITS and REFUNDS.
forestry, orbost, sleeper cutting, wattle bark cutting, saw mills, logging
This booklet was issued as a tourist advertising/promotion for the Gippsland Lakes and Buchan Caves. It was most likely printed in the early 20th Century. This promotion also includes associated areas such as Lake Tyers, Cunninghame (Lakes Entrance), Nowa Nowa, Sale, and Bairnsdale. An early tourist promotion for East Gippsland, focussing on Melbourne tourists travelling to Sale or Bairnsdale by train, and then by steamer or coach.
An example of an early tourism promotion.
A booklet of 103 pages, printed in b/w. The cover is a dk. red paper with gold print, quite fragile. The book contains b/w photographs, advertisements, time tables for trains and steamers travelling through the Gippsland Lakes from Sale to Cunninghame (eg. SS JCD), also a map of the steamer route.
...Guide... To the Gippsland Lakes and Buchan Caves (Written by Frank Whitcombe, and Illustrated by H D Bulmer and N J Caire). Issued by The Cunninghame Progressive Association. J R Coate (President), Alfred Nation (Hon. Secretary), Committee - W S Barke, P Harbeck, E J Wyld, T Roadknight
buchan caves, gippsland lakes, ss j c d, tourism
This book containes the story of Agnes Nixon (nee Ross) and some of the history of Nixon family in Orbost. Agnes Ann Nixon was born in Bendoc in 1879, came to Orbost at an early age and married Frances (Frank) Nixon. Also included are original poems by the author, copies of paper clippings, advertisements etc., and photographs.
Local history of early families in the Orbost district.
A black covered book with gold title lettering and author's name on the spine. 101 pages.
To the Orbost Historical Society from Mary Ann Willis [the author]
nixon family, frank nixon, agnes nixon, ross family, orbost
A sales docket produced for an Orbost Business owned by F C Andrews.
Evidence of an Orbost business owned by F C Andrews
A piece of paper, printed with red guide lines, and black text.
PHONE 19 BOX 144 Orbost ................... 19.. M.................. Dr to F C Andrews To Account rendered
orbost, business, sales
Frank Matthews was a well-respected garage owner and mechanic in Orbost for many years.
Evidence of ownership and existence of the Snowy River Garage, Orbost
Rectangular paper, printed in black ink, the word INDEPENDENT is printed in red inside an oval shape.
An INDEPENDENT Service Station Snowy River Garage (F Matthews) Motor & General Engineer, Orbost Ph. 77 Box 93
snowy river garage, orbost, frank matthews
This is a diesel fuel certificate for an exemption from payment of excise tax, issued to a local business in Orbost. It shows the name of the recipient as ... Hindmarsh, Commonwealth Hotel, Orbost.
An original certificate relating to an Orbost business.
3 b/w printed pages held together by a staple.
A letter to Mr Hindmarsh dated 19 May 1972, signed by ... Goldwater, Collector of Customs, Victoria;
diesel fuel certificate, commonwealth hotel, orbost
The seated man has been identified as Albert Maddern, France 11/3/1919, 3rd Division Signal Company, World War I. This is a studio photograph of Albert Maddern (Orbost) and another soldier. The name of A W W Maddern is inscribed on the W W I Orbost Roll of Honour of those who served from this district in W W I.
A photograph of an Orbost man who served in W W I.
A b/w photograph H-21.8cm W-15.2cm of two men in military uniforms, one man seated, the other man standing.
world war i, albert maddern
These 2 photos are of Orbost men who were part of the 13th Light Horse volunteer regiment. This military training activity continued on after W W I. These photos were taken at the training camp at Seymour, Victoria. The Orbost troop would journey to other areas for training, sometimes to Bombala, and also practice on the Orbost Rifle Range. Although not identified in these photos, George William Wraight was a leader of the Light Horse Troop in Orbost and it is his daughter Dorothy Hepburn who has donated these photos. George W Wraight was the railway-station master at Orbost from 1935. The Troop often met at the Wraight house in Tarra Street, Orbost for training. George had been in W W I in the Middle East with the Light Horse. While at the railway station at Orbost, George had an accident and suffered 2 broken legs which meant that he could no longer work there. During W W II, he worked as a recruiting officer at Sale and Warrnambool. The Troop was disbanded in the c. late 1930s.
Shows evidence of military training activities, Orbost district
Two sepia photographs onto grey card. Both photos show a line-up of 20 soldiers standing at attention. Size is H-22cm W-34cm
In Line Picket 2 Troop C Squad 13 LH - written on to both photos
13th light horse brigade, c squad 2 troop, military training, george w wraight
This is a photograph of Nicholson Street, Orbost taken from the south and looking northwards. Nicholson Street is the main commercial street of Orbost and this photo is of a re-shaping of the street done in c. 1984 by Orbost Shire Council.
Shows evidence of the maintenance works done to refurbish the main street of Orbost
A B/W photograph H-20cm W-25.4cm of a street with buildings on both sides of the street. A piece of earth-moving machinery is working in the background on the street.
nicholson street, orbost
This photo is of Nicholson Street, Orbost, taken from the south and looking northwards. This is the main street in Orbost, with most of the businesses, banks etc. in this street. In 1984, Orbost Shire Council proceeded to do a refurbishing of the main street and this photo is likely from that time.
This photo shows one of the steps in the progression of Orbost.
B/W photograph of a street with buildings on rt. and left and a grader or earth moving equipment working in the background on the street. This photo is H-200mm W-254mm.
orbost - nicholson street - streetscaping
A plastic produce bag from c.1990s used for promotion of the SNOWY RIVER PRODUCE Co. which was famous as a sweet corn producer. The sweet corn was grown locally under contract by farmers in the Orbost district and marketed through the Co. This company no-longer exists (2022).
a rare item to survive as evidence of the Snowy River Produce Co
A white plastic bag, printed on both sides with green print. One side has a drawing of a bucking horse and rider, and the other side a piece of yellow coloured corn. The bag has a hand hold opening. Size of bag: H-504mm W-362mm
Side 1: SNOWY RIVER PRODUCE. FRESH FROM THE FARM SNOWY RIVER CO-OP PRINCES HIGHWAY MEWMERELLA Side 2: SNOWY RIVER CO-OP FAMOUS FOR SWEET CORN PRINCES HIGHWAY NEWMERELLA phone (051) 541878
orbost, sweet corn, farming produce, snowy river produce co.
In 1893, a group of Orbost farmers formed together to initiate the Orbost Butter Factory. The first factory was built in Lochiel Street and was a wooden building. In 1916, a new building was constructed on Forest Road. This was a more substantial brick building which had its own power source. Electric power, mainly for lighting was supplied to the developing township of Orbost by the Butter Factory. This docket is an invoice for the supply of power to the household or business of C. Tomlinson in 1952. The Butter Factory power was the only power to Orbost prior to the 1962 when S E C power came to Orbost.
An invoice from a major business in Orbost which supplied power to the town for the first 50 years of the 20th Century.
A laminated copy of an invoice from Orbost Butter & Produce Co Ltd. Black print on white paper.
Telephone 88 if supply defective Orbost Butter & Produce Co Ltd To Mrs C Tomlinson, 2 May 1952. Lighting15/- Power 5/3 Meter rent 1/- Account rendered 6/13/3
orbost, electric power, orbost butter factory, c tomlinson
This book was written by Dr Margaret Hollands in 2010. Margaret and her husband David Hollands were long-serving GPs in Orbost. This book was researched by Margaret and details the evolution of medical services in the Orbost district from the 1880s.
An excellent book about the medical services in the Orbost district.
A book with composite colour photographs on the front cover. 213 pages
Orbost Hospital. History, Personalities and Stories
medical, doctors, hospital, orbost hospital, margaret hollands
This is a photograph of Mr & Mrs Peter Nixon about to board Kaye Lynn's covered jinker which is pulled by a horse to travel to open the Orbost Historical Society's Museum in Nicholson Street, Orbost. The original location of the Museum 1967 was in the building which is now (2022) used by the Cricket Club & Senior Citizens. The Library was also located there. Since 1994 and following the Orbost Shire's amalgamation into East Gippsland, the Library and Museum were located into the Shire's Business Centre in Ruskin Street, Orbost.
photograph of an event in Orbost
A b/w photograph of large car on the right hand side, two people in the centre, and a horse and sulky on the left. They are in a street.
On back: Mr and Mrs Nixon are about to board Kaye Lynn's covered jinker to travel to open Orbost Historical Museum in Nicholson Street, Orbost.
peter nixon mp, orbost museum, kaye lynn
Stories told by women who served in World War 2.
historical research of women in World War 2
Cover has a brown/pink hue with photos of aeroplanes, cars and sheds, and a man and woman dancing.
inside the cover: "To the Orbost Historical society. Best wishes, Jacqueline"
women, world war 2, jacqueline dinan
This fine wooden building is located in Browning Street, Orbost and is now (2022) used as the St Andrews Uniting Church Hall. It has a supper room and toilets attached and is a hall that has been used for many community purposes including a Flower Show, exhibitions, concerts, Sunday School, and Harvest Festival etc. In1977, the Orbost Presbyterian Church became the Orbost Uniting Church and the old church became a hall when a new church was built nearby.
an excellent photograph of this building which shows the original fence
A b/w photograph of a building which is a church with the entrance to the front of the picture. A fence made partly of post and rail, and of white picket in the front of the photo. Some trees in the background. No people can be seen.
On back of this photo: 'The first Presbyterian services were held by Rev. Charles Atwood in 1885. He held services in the Mechanics Institute for 5 years. The Presbyterian Church was opened on 9th January 1898. Timber was cut at Richardson's Tabbara mill. Mr R P Cameron built the Church.'
presbyterian church, orbost
Orbost had its own milk distribution and butter factory from 1893 to 1969 when Gippsland Consolidated Milk Products took it over and became the new company. This company also included milk supplies from the Bairnsdale to Maffra region in Gippsland. Four years later, in 1973, this company changed to Gippsland Amalgamated Milk Products which included suppliers from Yarram, Foster, Traralgon and Heyfield. It is likely that this carton photo is from 1969-1973. Also, the quart fluid measurement gave way to Metric from 1971 onwards.
Related to Orbost Butter Factory and its demise in the late 1960s.
b/w photograph of a milk carton - 1 quart - Dairy Pride Milk
1Quart net. Dairy Pride MILK. Homogenised & Pasteurised. A product of Gippsland Consolidated Milk Ltd. Maffra. Victoria.
orbost, orbost butter factory, dairying history
3290.1 is an aerial photograph of the township of Orbost looking south along Nicholson Street. The tennis courts and recreation reserve are on the left. The War Memorial, Commonwealth Hotel at the Saisbury Street intersection is in the centre of the photograph. 3290.2 is an aerial view of the Orbost township looking north, showing the bridge across the Snowy River in the foreground,
These photographs are detailed pictorial records of the Orbost township C 1960s - 1970s.
Two photographs which are aerial views of a township showing streets, buildings and vehicles. 3290.1 is a black / white photograph. 3290.2 is a coloured photograph.
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