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Orbost & District Historical Society Orbost, Victoria

The Society operates a Museum which is located in the Council Business Centre/Library in Ruskin Street, Orbost. PO Box 284 Orbost 3888.

The collection mainly relates to European settlement history since 1870s in the Orbost district and a collection of artefacts donated by local people and relating to families. The Society does research, publishes books and newsletters, displays and exhibitions, holds meetings.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 284 Orbost Victoria 3888 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5154 2474

Contact

Opening Hours

9am - 5pm weekdays

Entry Fee

free

Location

Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

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A collection of items donated by local families.

Susan Lee Milbourne 20 January 2013 8:08 PM

I would like to trace family farm of Woller family in Orbost district around 1940 to 1945. Could you please advise how to do this. Yours sincerely Lee Milbourne.

Orbost Administrator 23 January 2013 11:36 AM

To Susan Milbourne I can ask for information on the WOLLER family at the next meeting of the Hist. Society in February and get back to you. Please send your email address to me: [email protected]

Karen Harrison 12 February 2013 10:15 PM

Hello. I am trying find information on my husbands great grandfather Lewis Henry Hudson. It has been said by family members he joined a circus in Orbost possibly sometime in 1894. I am hoping to discover if Orbost had it's own circus or if there is any way of finding out if there was a circus in the town between 1894-1900. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

Orbost Administrator 25 February 2013 4:54 PM

Karen Harrison Orbost definitely did not have its own circus. I suggest that you have a look through TROVE newspapers to find any references to circuses coming to this area of Victoria eg. to Bairnsdale or Orbost.

Kay Bristow 5 June 2013 4:00 AM

I think you'll find it is the Waller family, Peter Scott at Mc Laughlins Rd. will know as he is a cousin of Wallers. Kirsten resides in Maffra and her parents are also nearby, Kirsten Waller is in the phone book as a naturopath, regards, Kay Bristow

Peter topouzakis 18 June 2013 8:21 PM

Would like to trace the Drossou bros.

Orbost Administrator 19 June 2013 1:50 PM

To Peter Topouzakis If you send me your email address, I can send you some information on the Drossou family who had businesses in Orbost, including a cordial factory. [email protected]

Des Smith 7 September 2015 1:10 PM

Hi There.... I am trying to trace some information about a shield that I have in my posession. The inscription reads "Presented by Residents of Jarrahmone to Mrs G.K. Smith in memory of the late Pte G.K. Smith" Geoffrey Kennedy Smith was my grand uncle, fatally wounded in Gallipoli (died London Dec, 1915). This plaque would assume that he was married, but I can find nothing anywhere in the family archives. Do you have anything in your records that might assist my search? Regards Des

Karen Black 8 January 2016 3:37 PM

l recently found an article in TROVE, about a Jim BRENTWOOD, killed by the blacks, in the The Snowy River and Tambo and Croajngolong Gazette, (Orbost, Vic:1890-1811), Saturday 20 October, (sorry can't see a date). Is there anyway l might be able to find out this person, waiting to hear from someone, Karen

Irene Chase 28 February 2016 6:00 PM

Hello. My parents, and two siblings moved to Orbost in about 1955. I was born there on the 4 March 1956. As this year is my 60th birthday, we are going to come and stay in Orbost for the weekend. My father Alan Chase, had a 24 hr Taxi service, with four taxi's. I have one picture of three of the taxi's decorated for a wedding. The Depot was in Nicholson St. I am guessing that it was also our home, but I don't have a number for the house. Mum recalls it being opposite the tennis courts. If someone could help. I would love to see if it was still there. They also owned a milk bar or cafe, again in Nicholson St. Dad's business card lists the taxi stands being located at the Cosy Cafe, and Cardillio's Cafe. A free phone was located at Steed's Store. Any information, pictures etc of Orbost around this time would be gratefully appreciated. My only other possession, apart from my Infant Welfare Centre Book, is a beautiful hand made woven basket. It was payment for a taxi ride. It is much treasured. I am looking forward to our trip. Any information, sincerely appreciated. Irene Chase

Bernadette Francese Robertson 5 March 2016 1:06 PM

I'm after Marlo football photos for my Dad (John Francese). He and my Uncle (Charlie Francese) played for Marlo in the 50's.... The Francese family, Peter, Maria (buried in the Orbost Cemetery), John, Charlie, Mary, Pat and Joe ran 2 dairy-farms on the Marlo road. My Great-Aunt, Eugenia Chirico ran a boarding house in Orbost. I would love any pics or info! I was born in Orbost, 1961. I still have my infant welfare book!!!!

Garry Hurle 6 March 2016 10:43 AM

I would like to hear from anyone who can inform me about the Orbost Gift, a sprint race which used to be held there. I would like to know if it was run in conjunction with the Agricultural Show and particularly what year it started. I know that a friend of mine won the race in the sixties.

Patricia Bates 14 March 2016 1:29 PM

Hello, I am interested in the Rail History Exhibition I've read about in the March Senior newspaper. I have been researching my Family History for many years and my Grandfather, Albert Edward Carson worked on the Railway from 1914 to 1919. I have found him on the Victorian Electoral Rolls for the Division of Gippsland, Subdivision of Bruthen, working as a labourer and a navvy. I would like to attend your Exhibition in April. I would come on public transport and VLine and probably stay over night. Would you be able to tell me what accommodation I would be able get in walking distance to your hall, perhaps an hotel where I could get an evening meal. It sounds a very interesting exhibition and I would like to see it. Patricia Bates, RSL Village, 66 Sage Drive, Frankston South 3199 PS. I didn't know where to put my email.

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2585 items

2585 items

magazine - Botanical Exploration of East Gippsland

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A thin magazine a light green cover. It has the royal coat - of - arms in black / dark green print at the top above "Royal Society of Victoria Proceedings" on black. Underneath this is "Botanical Exploration of East Gippsland by N.a. Wakefield in black print.

Historical information

The Royal Society of Victoria convenes Victoria’s science community. It is the State’s oldest learned society and a part of Australia’s intellectual life since 1854. The Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria is their refereed journal, published twice annually.(Royal Society of Victoria web-site) Norman Arthur Wakefield (28 November 1918 – 23 September 1972) was an Australian teacher, naturalist, paleontologist and botanist, notable as an expert on ferns. He described many new species of plants.(info. Wikipedia)

Significance

This is a useful research tool.

Inscriptions & Markings

on front cover is a stamp of "Orbost Historical Society"

shoulder tabs and braided rope, Orbost Band

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Yellow braided rope with tassels on the end and also 6 0rbost shoulder tabs which are in an arc shape, with a black background with yellow machine stitching stating Orbost, both used for the municipal band.

Historical information

The braided rope and the shoulder tabs would have been used on the Orbost Municipal Band uniform dated between 1932-1985.Instruments and some history on the local band is displayed in the Orbost Museum

Significance

The various Orbost bands over the years played a major role in community activities providing entertainment and musical experiences for the many members.

Inscriptions & Markings

machine stitched in yellow/ Orbost on a black background on the shoulder tabs/"ORBOST"

mangle

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Clothes mangle [wringer] which has a wooden and metal turning handle. It has a ratchet and 2 tap screws for pressure. It has of two rollers in a frame, connected by cogs and is powered by a hand crank.

Historical information

A mangle or wringer is a mechanical laundry aid consisting of two rollers in a sturdy frame, connected by cogs and, in its home version, powered by a hand crank or electrically. A household mangle/wringer could be attached to a bench for easier use. The washing process itself involved lifting the items from the cold soak and wringing or mangling each item before transferring them, with more soap flakes, into the copper for boiling. Items that remained soiled, even after an overnight soak, were rubbed on a scrubbing board before being transferred to the copper. The clothes mangle would be used to squeeze out all the excess water. Clothes would then be hung out to dry on a clothes line, or laid over a clothes-horse next to the kitchen or living room fire. This one was owned by the mother of Bob Clarke, an Orbost resident.

Significance

This item is an example of the typical laundry equipment used by families in the Orbost district in the early 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

On top - "No. Hardwood Rolls 124" Front - "Household Clothes Mangle Steel ball bearings The American Wringer Company New York USA"

folder of documents

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A manila folder containing correspondence of the Orbost Aero Club. It contains letters and copies of notices.

Historical information

Orbost Aero Club began in 1969 with Basil Dowie as Chair, David Nixon as Secretary/Treasurer. The group went into recess from 1977-1991 closing in 1997. The mid 1960s were boom years in flying training in Australia and the number of Aero Clubs grew rapidly. The Club played a significant role in the establishment of the small airport at Marlo and in the ongoing operation and development of the airport over the years particularly for patient transfer by aerial ambulance.

Significance

The Orbost Aero Club Club played a significant role in the establishment of the small airport at Marlo and in the ongoing operation and development of the airport over the years.

Inscriptions & Markings

on white label top right - MISC. CORRESPONDENCE 1963-1993 ORBOST AERO CLUB

magazines/booklets - Our Land/Our Century

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Nine of ten Weekly Times souvenir booklets/magazines titled Our Land, Our Century 1900-1999: Celebrating 100 Years on the Land. They contain pictures and stories of events related to rural Australia. Each edition covers ten years from 1900 -1989. The issue, 1990 -1999 is missing.

Historical information

The Weekly Times was first published on September 11, 1869. In September 1875, The Weekly Times absorbed two other Melbourne-based rural publications, the Economist and Town and Country.In 1892 the Daily Telegraph company sold its buildings and mastheads to the Herald group, which has published The Weekly Times continuously since. In 1902 The Herald and Standard Newspaper Company Ltd changed its name to the present Herald and Weekly Times. These booklets were published as souvenir magazines to "celebrate 100 years on the land".

Significance

These magazines are records of the rural history of Victoria.

flag

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A synthetic rectangular American flag. It consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the top left corner with fifty small, white, five-pointed stars horizontal rows.The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen first states in the Union.

Historical information

Used at the Orbost Information Centre, the Slab Hut, for various celebrations - possibly 20th birthday in 2007, and for Australia and Anzac Days.

menu

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A green card dinner menu for the Orbost Bowling Club. It is dated 16/6/38 and is black print on a green background. It has 6 courses for choice.

Historical information

Orbost Bowling Club was founded in 1929 and still operates in Orbost today. The Bowling Club was founded by a group of farmers and businessmen. They set about providing a sporting icon for the town. Six rinks were constructed on the current site using horse drawn scoops and drags. The "Back to Orbost” 1937 book, describes the greens as "a bit rough for the first two seasons but now compare favourably with most country greens". Funds for the construction were raised by the issue of debentures at £5 each, and subscriptions were £1/1s/0d ($2.10). (info. Margaret Smith) This menu suggests that dinners for members were held regularly - at least annually and were fairly formal events.

Significance

This item represents an era when formal dinners were important as a community event. Local clubs were significant in providing recreation and companionship by bringing people together and providing opportunities for social interaction.

folder - Orbost Bridges - Snowy River Road Bridges

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white plastic folder - Orbost Bridges - Snowy River Road Bridges. it contains newspaper articles, booklets, photographs and documents relating to the construction of the Snowy River Road Bridge in 1974 -1976.

Historical information

This folder was compiled in October 2015 from documents, magazines. papers and photographs donated by David Jellie, engineer in charge 1974 - 1976. In early 1974, as an Engineer with the Country Roads Board, David came to Orbost as the Supervising Engineer for the construction of the new bridges which were part of an 8.4km Orbost bypass road design. This was a major project involving not only a new bridge over the Snowy River (including Lochiel Lagoon), but other bridges over Ashby’s Gulch and Watt’s Gulch. These new bridges were opened in November 1976 with the unveiling of a plaque on the eastern end of the $2.4M Snowy River Bridge. (ref. May Leatch)

Significance

This item is a useful reference tool on the construction history of the Snowy River Road bridges.

Inscriptions & Markings

on front cover - 1974 - 76 ORBOST / SNOWY RIVER ROAD BRIDGES * construction * photos * articles * plans Donated by David Jellie Oct 2015

magazine - The Gap 1921

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two 68 pp magazines. One is the original issue and the other a reprint. It is titled"The Gap 1921" and has a dark green cover with black print. It contains articles, history, advertisements, sketches and photographs.

Historical information

This is the second edition of this magazine.The first edition of this magazine was produced by associated elementary schools in the Omeo Shire. The magazine was published from 1920 to 1927 and 1963 to 1969. There was a special issue in 1985. In all issues there is writing by children from schools that have since closed down.

Significance

This item reflects the changes in education in East Gippsland and is a useful comparison tool for literacy teaching. It also has historical articles for research.

gladstone bag

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A stiff brown leather Gladstone bag with a metal clasp. It is a small portmanteau suitcase built over a rigid frame which separates into two equal sections.

Historical information

This bag was possibly owned by Keith Nixon. This bag was used by Keith Charles Nixon who was born in Orbost on May 17 1907, the son of Percival Charles Nixon, Keith farmed at Bellagoogan and Jarrahmond. He was a keen racegoer, racing the successful Bravesia, trained by P.B. Quinlan and winner of the William Reid Stakes and other races. He died on 22 June 1994. (ref. From White Knowle to Pumpkin Point by Peter Nixon)

vase

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Squat china vase yellow/ brown in colour with raised roses and leaves on front. Rough textured finish.

book - Molesworth's Pocket Book of Engineerimng Formulae

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A small black leather bound 782 pp book with the title, "Molesworth's Pocket Book of Engineering Formulae" in gold print inside an ornate gold border. Pages are gilt edged. Contains line drawings and charts.

Historical information

This book belonged to John Draffin. John Draffin came to Australia as a child with his parents from the north of Ireland . He came to Orbost in 1894 and was Shire Secretary from then until 1910 He had four children: Andrina, Eva, George, Maggie, Sally and Nellie.

Significance

This item is associated with John Draffin who was a prominent Orbost citizen involved in many community activities. This item is a useful research tool

Inscriptions & Markings

inside front cover - "John Draffin, Orbost 24.12.04"

platter

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Small rectangular platter with cream background and native floral design of wattle and heath - green and cream.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back-Doulton Burslem , england N0 188386 F.G.& Co Sydney

telephone

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A wall-mounted telephone with a handpiece connected by a cord to the left hand side of the main box. On the right hand side is a winder. Near the top of the box are two round silver gongs which make the ringing sound of the phone call. The box is mostly made of wood, with the front-bottom section with a metal facing which is able to be opened to reveal the mechanism behind (including the battery). The phone has a wooden writing slope attached to the front. On the front of the metal section of the box are the words L M ERICSSON & CO trade mark STOCKHOLM.

Historical information

A wall phone used in the early 20th Century in Australia, this one in the Orbost district.

Inscriptions & Markings

L M ERICSSON & CO TRADE MARK STOCKHOLM

folder - Orbost Businesses 1980's/1990's

Orbost & District Historical Society , 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.

Significance

This is a useful tool for researching the history of Orbost.

drawing

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A pencil (?) drawing of the old Sans Souci Hotel at Upper Bemm River, near Club Terrace. It is a one storey timber building. The drawing has been framed at one time causing differences in light damage.

Historical information

The original licence for the Sans Souci Hotel was granted to A. G. Ventry in 1909. The hotel burned down on 15.06.1923 and was rebuilt. It burned down again in 1936 and the licence surrendered 21.12.1936. with the owner compensated with 475 pounds and the occupier 50 pounds. (info Victoria Government Gazette Thursday December 24 1936) The hotel was at Upper Bemm River near Club Terrace in East Gippsland.

Significance

This item is a contemporary pictorial record of a building which was once a popular destination for adventurous tourists in the early 1900's. There are few photographs of this hotel.

tapestry

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Hand tapestry pattern for a pair of slippers. on canvas and ready to be cut out. Floral design on crimson background. Light purple canvas.

Significance

This item is an example of the needlework skills of women in early settler families.

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph of a bridge across a creek. A young man in a suit is standing in the foreground.

Historical information

This appears to be the Boggy Creek bridge and to have been taken at Nowa Nowa. The Boggy Creek Bridge was built in 1916 as part of the Bairnsdale to Orbost extension to the main Gippsland Railway, and is situated in the middle of the township of Nowa Nowa, crossing a steep-sided and well-timbered creek-valley. This section of the line closed in 1987.

Significance

This bridge plays a major part in the identity and history of the town of Nowa Nowa, since Boggy Creek’s steep sided valley divides the township into two components. It is part of the East Gippsland Railway line.

pamphlet - Orbost and Surrounding Area

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A four fold white and yellow pamphlet with black print. On the front is the title -"Orbost and Surrounding Area". There are labelled illustrations of fish above a list of towns. There are description of self-drive tours in the area and a map on the back.

Historical information

Produced in the interest of tourism for the visitor to Orbost and district by Orbost and District Tourist Association in conjunction with Golden Fleece Petroleum.

Significance

This item is a useful reference tool.

accounts book

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A grey covered bookj with a light brown fabric spine. The front has a white sticker label with "Orbost Rifle Club" handwritten in ink. It contains accounts and a trophy list.

Historical information

The Orbost Rifle Club existed in the early 20th century. (There are records from 1900). It folded in the late 1970's.

Significance

Target shooting is one of the oldest organised sports in Australia. Records date back to the British Marines at Sydney Cove in 1788. The Victorian Rifle Association (VRA) was formed in 1860. One of the most important adjuncts to the militia system from 1903 to the re-organisation of 1912 was the role played by the Rifle Club movement in Australia. At the time, these clubs were seen as the reservoir of manpower for a potential guerrilla force should any invasion occur. For Australia, the invasion fear was uppermost in the minds of the population. So important were the rifle clubs for the defence of Australia that the Commonwealth provided the training staff, rifles and ammunition so the clubs could function. Members were drilled, wore uniforms and practised all the basic skills of soldiering as well as target shooting. The Orbost Rifle Club was active during this period.

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A small black / white photograph of seven people sitting on a wooden bench. They are dressed in tennis outfits - probably white.

Historical information

Tennis days were always held at the tennis courts at Bete Bolong. Those in this photograph are: (L to R) Alan Richardson; Jack Irvine; Marion Nixon; Molly Thompson; Inez Pardew; Stacy and Cleve McKeon.

Significance

This item is a pictorial representation of Orbost in the 1930s. It records a common recreational activity - the dress and social aspects of tennis at that time.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back - "Tennis at Bete Bolong" with a list of names

ink bottle

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A clear glass ink bottle with flat sloping shoulders.

Historical information

An ink bottle was made of glass or ceramic and typically sat on a desk. The writer would dip the pen (or quill) into the bottle to put more ink on the pen. Because they sat on a desk, ink bottles were often decorative.

Significance

We have mostly dispensed with ink bottles and quills. This item is an example of early stationery equipment commonly used in schools, households and commercial enterprises.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the base- AGM F1173 M

First Field Dressings, World War 2

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Three field dressing packs made from cloth or waterproof covering and with a black printed label on one side of each pack.

Historical information

These packs were Australian army issue to service men and women during World War 2.

Significance

Many Orbost men served in World War 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

The words FIRST FIELD DRESSING and instructions TO OPEN and CONTENTS are printed on each pack. On the bottom of the print area are JOHNSON & JOHNSON PTY LTD, SYDNEY. One pack has the date May 1942, and the other two are December 1943.

perfume

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

One bottle of 4711 Eau de Cologne. It has round shoulders, a gold cap and a green and gold label. 2483.58 is a box containing three bottles : Carven Ma Griffe; Robe d'un Soir and Vert et Blanc. The box is pale green with darker green diagonal stripes. 2483.59 is a packet of two sachets of cologne tissues.

Historical information

These perfumes were owned by Marjorie Burton. Marjorie Burton ( nee Whiteman), born 12 June, in Birmingham, England came to Orbost in 1995. In England she did office work – typing, shorthand and secretarial work - in accountants’ offices and also trained as a comptometrist with Burroughs in London. She came from a middle-class, working, church-going family. Her mother was a milliner who made many of Marjorie’s clothes, hats and outfits. Marjorie was married in 1938 to a salesman who later became a mechanic in the R.A.F

Significance

Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils used to give the human body a pleasant scent. Modern perfumery began in the late 19th century but it was only in the 20th century that scents and designer perfumes were really mass produced. These items are evocative of the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

2483.57 has 4711 embossed on the back of the bottle. 2483.58 has a sticker on the back - sold on board of KLM aircraft. 2483.59 - Boots

cup and saucer

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Small porcelain cup and saucer. Green background with gold plated circle and violets on front.

Historical information

Donated by Mary Gilbert passionate historian of Orbost. Her work in education and community was recognised by the award of the British Empire Medal.

Significance

This item is an example of an early 20th century porcelain domestic item.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottom of cup - "267

bottle

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A clear rectangular bottle with a screw top black plastic lid. It is labelled "peppermint and ginger mixture" on paper label. There is a patent number inside the lid.

Historical information

Australia was not self sufficient in glass making until the turn of the 20th century and many bottles were made overseas and shipped to Australia with their contents and when emptied were re-filled with other company’s products. This medicine bottle was filled with a mixture made by the chemist.

Significance

This item reflects the changes and development in over-the-counter-medicine over the last century.

Inscriptions & Markings

label : "The Mixture Dose one tablespoonful Shake The Bottle Peppermint and Ginger Mixture" Phone MF 1691 On base: F1837 Inside a capital A is S above the letter M. M

book - Genoa School History

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A book of 36 pp titled Genoa School History. On the front cover are black and white images of buildings and wrens. The text is black. The pages have been photocopied.

Historical information

The book was compiled by Allan B. Peisley. In 1891 a pineboard, portable school building was sent from Melbourne to Gabo by schooner, and transported to a site approximately 1½ miles SE of Genoa. When erected by Henry Bucknall, it was listed as Genoa River School. It opened on 24th of August with an enrol­ment of approximately 20 pupils under the guidance of Algernon de Havilland, and served the district until 1928 when a combination of white ants and dry rot caused the building to be abandoned. School was held in the Genoa hall as a 'temporary' measure until a new building was erected, and it was during this period that N. A. Wake­field, later lecturer and author of natural history articles and books, served as HT. The ‘temporary' measure proved seemingly permanent as it was not until 1953 that a new school was built on the present site, ½ mile W of Genoa. This school was opened by the late Sir Albert Lind on 15th of August 1953, the original name being amended to Genoa State School. Since then much has been done to maintain the grounds and buildings at a high standard.

Significance

This item is a useful reference tool on the history of Genoa in East Gippsland.

glass stoppers

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two glass bottle stoppers. 2395.1 is a clear glass bittle stopper. 2395.2 is smaller and green coloured glass.

magazine - Table Talk

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A 104 page soft covered magazine relating to Melbourne's first 100 years. It contains stories about the settlement of early Melbourne, businesses, land purchases and advertisements. The front cover has a brown background and a colour reproduction of a painting titled Pioneers by W. B. McInnes.

Historical information

This magazine was published as a souvenir to commemorate the centenary of European settlement in Victoria, 1934

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph of a group of eleven young boys dressed in different outfits, all holding guns. They are standing outdoors with a wooden building in the background.

Historical information

Alec Cameron was one of the young boys in this photograph. He was the son of Robert Pullar Cameron who was an early settler on the Orbost flats. Alec, (like his sisters, Flora and Penuel) had a beautiful singing voice. He married Annie Nixon and had children, Frank, Wilfred, Dorothy, Alice, Edie and Isobel.

Significance

This item is a pictorial record of the social life of young people in Orbost in the first half of the 20th century. Children in old photos show us the similarities and differences between their time and ours.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back - "Alec Cameron"