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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

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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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2683 items

2683 items

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph / postcard of a horse and coach with two young girls standing on a hill behind the coach, two men are sitting on the hill in front of the coach and two men beside it.

Historical information

There is no information with this item. The Blays had a property on the opposite side of Lake Tyers C 1910 - 1950'

Significance

This is a pictorial record of Lake Tyers in the early 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

on front - "Blays - Lake Tyers" on back is a letter beginning "Dear Albert......"

hat pin cushion

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A handmade pink rayon crocheted pincushion. It is circular with two circular pieces - one large, one small - to resemble a hat. The top section is to be padded. It is threaded with pink ribbon. Two hatpins have been stuck unto it. One has a white pearl knob and the other a black pearl knob.

scraper/chopper

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

An iron scraper or food chopper with an iron handle. It has a single blade.

seal

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A round copper disc with a metal seal on top. "Orbost to Brodribb Railway Construction Trust - 1928"

Historical information

On 23 December an act was passed to authorise the construction by the State (Victoria) of a line of railway from Orbost to Brodribb. Even as late as 1913 the railway was still expected to go through Orbost and beyond. In the Orbost area a committee was formed called the Bairnsdale to Orbost Railway Trust. The business of the trust was to acquire the land necessary for the railway and levy a rate on the property owners. The other cost to the area wanting a railway was the guarantee against loss in working expenses of the railway, the Orbost Shire had to provide up to £3000 per annum.

Significance

The line was never constructed and the Bairnsdale to Orbost Railway terminated on the western side of the Snowy River. This item is associated with the history of the Orbost-Bairnsdale railway line and therefore reflects the role that the rail line played in the social and economic history of Orbost.

first day cover

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A first day issue envelope with stamps. Produced to commemorate the sighting of Point Hicks by Captain James Cook 0n 20 April 1770. It is a large cover with a strip of 5x 5c & a single 30c stamps.

Historical information

The Point Hicks cancel was used 8,269 times on the commemorative covers dated 20th April 1970. The first day cover commemorates the bicentenary of Cook's sighting of Point Hicks.When sailing along the coast of what is today southern Victoria, Cook recorded in his journal in April 1770 that he had named "‘The Southernmost Point of land we had in sight’ as Point Hicks, ‘because Leiut Hicks, was the first who discover’d this land’." This was the first European name recorded during that Endeavour voyage to be applied to a feature on the east coast of Australia.

Significance

There is no longer a post office at Point Hicks and was possibly a temporary one used only for this issue.

books - The Memorial Church of St James, Orbost, A History

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A 54 pp book titled The Memorial Church of St James, Orbost, A History. The front cover is cream/white and has a b/w photograph of a church and spire (St James, Orbost). The text is black. The book was written by Jennifer A. McLennan

Historical information

St. James' Anglican Church, Orbost, was conceived and built as a memorial to the men 'who served and suffered during the Great War' as noted on the foundation stone. The Right Reverend GH Cranswick, DD, Bishop of Gippsland, laid the stone on 1 October 1927.

Significance

This is a local history book written by a local author.

boomerang

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A wooden hand-made boomerang. It has small carvings of emus and kangaroos. Possibly made of mulga and not local.

Significance

The necessary tools and equipment for hunting, fishing and warfare were one of the very few items that Aboriginals carried with them from place to place. Most were used for a multiplicity of purposes. Because many were made from raw natural materials, such as wood, generally only partial remains are found today. This item may be a more modern tourist souvenir.

school report

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A school report on card/paper for Roma Cameron, Form F at Orbost Elementary High School. It is dated 1936. Typewritten with handwritten entries.

Historical information

Roma CAMERON was the daughter of Harry Purchase CAMERON and Lilian Gladys (nee HARDING). She was the youngest of three siblings: Jean (Mrs John Gavin (Jack) RALSTON) and James (Jim) (m. Joan HOSSACK). , Harry's father, James Cameron, came to Bellagoogan on Majors Creek in 1882. Bellagoogan was on Majors Creek near Orbost and was the site of the first race course. Like many others at the time, the Camerons bred race horses.Harry died in 1964 aged 75. Roma married Ronald Richard SMITH in 1944.

Significance

Orbost High School / Orbost Secondary College has played a significant role in the education of senior students in the district. It is the sole institution for secondary education. This item is representative of its history. The Cameron families were early settlers in the Orbost area.

ticket

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A paper passenger's contract ticket for Samuel Lynn on the Steam Ship Potosi from Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom to Melbourne, Australia. It is white with black print and hand-written details.

Historical information

The Potosi was built in Scotland in 1873 by John Elder and Co.It was a cargo/passenger iron screw steamer and sailed from 1880-1887 under the Orient Line Australia service. Samuel James Lynn was born in 1865 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Sam left his home in Coleraine in 1883 at the age of 17. (More information in O.D.H.S. newsletter No. 91 September, 2012 by Margaret Hollands)

Significance

Samuel Lynn was a well-known Orbost pioneer. Ho owned much property throughout the district , bred Clydesdale horses and fattened about 600 cattle. He was in great demand as a judge of both cattle and horses at agricultural shows in Victoria and interstate. He was a shire councillor for 30 years and president several times. He took a great interest in the sporting clubs of the town and played cricket until late in life. He was goal umpire for the local football team for many years, judged for the Orbost Racing Club and was the first president of the Orbost Bowls Club. He was also a member of the first municipal band.

Inscriptions & Markings

front - signed "Samuel Lynn"

letter book

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two copies of a 273 pp paper covered booklet. The cover is white with the title in black print. On the front is a sketch of an old school building. On the back is a black/white photograph of children running downhill. A book on the history of the Buchan school no.1905. Includes photographs, maps and lists of school students and staff.

Historical information

This book was prepared for the Buchan School centenary. In the Buchan District itinerant teaching was conducted in buildings with log walls and a bark roof typical of the mid 19th century. Not until 1878 was the first State school built on the same general site as the present school, on the Orbost Rd, ⅓ of a mile from the bridge over the Buchan River. This original school building must have been constructed from high quality timber, because it still serves as the shelter pavilion. On 11th of July 1878 William Scott opened the first school of approximately 40 pupils ranging from Grade 1 - 8. A larger weatherboard school was erected in 1914. A residence was provided for the HT in 1934 and in 1956 a second classroom erected and attached to the 1914 building. Unfortunately, all records of the Committee were lost in a fire when the homestead of Alex Cameron, then serving as Committee Secretary, was burnt to the ground, but it is well known to local citizens that Frank Moon, local prospector, explorer and discoverer of the famous Buchan Limestone Caves, attended school at SS1905 Buchan. (ref SCHOOLS EAST GIPPSLAND - John Phillips)

Significance

This book is a useful research tool on the history of Buchan.

skittles

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Four wooden skittles. They are tapered with a knob at the top. All are painted black with two red bands towards the base. Two are smaller and have rounder bases. Under the bases are T-shaped ridges.

Historical information

Skittles or Nine Pins has been played since the 4th century. It is an old European lawn game. In general, players take turns to throw wooden balls down a lane at the end of which are several wooden skittles in an attempt to knock them all over. It evolved into ten pin bowling, one of the most popular pastimes around the world. This is an indoor children's toy probably played on a carpeted passage inside. Skittles was an indoor game which could be played by the whole family.

Significance

This item reflects a time when simple games were enjoyed as a family. In rural areas where there was limited access to commercial recreation skittles would have been a popular pastime.

magazine - The Gap 1967

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A 52 pp magazine with a lime and white coloured cardboard cover. On the front is a sketch of a small schoolhouse on a hill overlooking a gap in the hills below. The title, "The Gap" is at the top in white print and on the left side written vertically is "1967". The cost is noted as 50 cents. It contains historical articles, photographs and examples of children's work.

Historical information

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.

wrappers

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

.1 is a bundle of twenty wrappers for Orbost Choicest Butter -Half Pound Nett Weight. They are white, rectangular with yellow,red ang green print . .2 is two blank letter heads for Orbost Butter and Produce Co Ltd

Historical information

Used to wrap half pound packs of butter made at the Orbost Butter Factory.

Significance

The Orbost Butter and Produce Co. Ltd was registered on June 1st 1893 and was an important source of income to the Orbost district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufactured and Packed by C.M. -L/FD Orbost Butter & Produce Co Ltd in bottom Orbost Victoria R.H. corner

chain drive sprocket

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black painted steel chain drive sprocket. It has six triangular shaped holes around a circular centre hole. The rim has teeth / cogs that mesh with a chain.

Historical information

Sprockets are used in machinery either to transmit rotary motion between two shafts where gears are unsuitable or to impart linear motion. This one was probably used on farm machinery.

book - Historic Photos

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white plastic-covered 2 ring binder with title Historic Photos inside cover. It contains photos of past and present residents , businesses, streets, transport, scenery, bridges and nearby places. It also contains a newspaper - Snowy River Holiday News (1986).

Historical information

This book was compiled by volunteers at the Orbost Visitor Information Centre(Slab Hut) as a reference for visitors.

Significance

This item is a useful reference tool.

cotton reels

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Thirty-four wooden cotton reels strung together. They are assorted sizes and coloured ; black, natural and brown. There are various labels: COATES, ANCHOR, SYLKO (DEWHURST), BONDS,MILLER CHAIN, PEARSALL, CARLSON.

Significance

These cotton reels are an example of an item not as commonly manufactured today. Cotton reels are now generally made of plastic.

first aid kit

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A first aid kit in a metal carry case. It contains bottles, containers a thermometer, cotton bandages and iodine ampoules.

Historical information

This item was used at Orbost Hospital.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

TRAFALGAR (in red) FIRST AID KIT ( in green) Inside a green circle is a white cross.

plates

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two very small china plates from a doll's tea set. Large orange and white star in centre with blue flowers and green leaves around edge.

maagazine - Wild Life

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A 100 pp magazine, covers missing, with b/ w photographs and articles on wildlife. It was intended for campers and those interested in nature. This is Volume 14 No 1.

Historical information

This magazine promotes the protection of wildlife and the need for proper management of national parks. Its editor Crosbie Morrison lobbied for a National Parks Authority which was finally set up under Morrison's directorship in 1957. During the 1940's and 1950's Crosbie Morrison (1900 - 1958) became Australia's best known naturalist. As a journalist with commercial radio and the Australian Broadcasting Commission, he made regular national nature study broadcasts to schools and other radio listeners for 20 years. He was the editor of Wild Life, a magazine which fostered interest in Australia's natural history and conservation, from 1938-54. (ref. CHAH web-site)

Significance

This magazine reflects the work and legacy of Crosbie Morrison who campaigned for Victoria's national park system.

Inscriptions & Markings

stamp of High School Orbost

tin

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Octagonal shaped tin. On the lid is a painting of a Spanish cavalier with red cape. The edges are dark red with rectangular patterns.

Inscriptions & Markings

Underneath- Griffith Sweets Horsfall Printers Makers Richmond

grinder

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A hand-operated grinding and blade sharpening wheel. It has a wooden handle, stone wheel and a clamp for attachment to a flat surface.

Significance

A hand operated knife/blade sharpener was a very important implement for farmers to keep tools in good working condition.

pillow cases

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Very fine embroidered pillow cases of linen with scalloped edge. Set of two.

Historical information

Pillow cases belonged to Mrs Paul Spidaro and were brought from Italy. They were given to her as a wedding gift in 1920. Paul Spidaro was a bootmaker in Orbost in the 1950's. The donor Mrs Meevwenoord was a bowling friend of the Spidaros.

Significance

This item is aesthetically significant as an example of early 20th century needlework.

carved stick

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A hand-carved walking stick of light brown wood. It has a carved snaked curled around its length. Wood burning has been used to decorate the snake decoration.

Historical information

Inspected by Joanna Freslov (2.6.2008) - possibly made in New Guines.

medals

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two medals in recognition of service during WW1. 1846.3 is a silver medal a WW1 1914-18 British War Medal. Obverse: Bare head of King George V facing left; text around, 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:'; the artist's initials 'B.M.' (Bertram MacKennal) are on the neck truncation. Reverse: Naked figure of St. George on horseback advancing right trampling a shield bearing an eagle design and a skull and crossbone. It has a blue/white/orange striped ribbon attached. 1846.4 is a gold coloured medal. The obverse in the medal shows the winged, full-length, full-front, figure of 'Victory' with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand. The reverse has the words ‘THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919' in four lines, all surrounded by a laurel wreath. It has a purple/blue/green/yellow and orange striped ribbon attached.

Historical information

These medals are part of the Lawless Collection. The Lawless family lived in Orbost from 1907 - c 1920. John Francis Lawless had a saddlery shop. He died at an early age - 47 years - June 7 1912, leaving his wife, Elizabeth and seven children. The eldest son, Victor Rowland lawless volunteered for serv ice in WW1 but did not leave Australia because of illness. The second son, Edward Vincent Lawless (b 1895 d 1917) worked for McCoy & Co. in Orbost, coachbuilding, undertakers, general blacksmiths and farriers, prior to enlisting in WW!. He was trained as a signaller and was sent to France where he was killed in action on 9.10.1917. Elizabeth Lawless worked as a ladies' nurse (midwife) in Orbost prior to leaving the district in 1920. She lived to 6.6.1975 aged 104 years. The British War Medal was a medal given to people who had fought in the First World War. The Victory Medal (also called the Inter-Allied Victory Medal) is a First World War campaign medal of Britain and her then colonies and dominions which included Australia.

Significance

These personal documents, photographs, medals and books give an insight into the human element of World War 1 ensuring that those who were part of the Orbost community and died while playing a vital role during this time are remembered.

Painting

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Picture of small village by the sea with passersby. In all gold coloured frame.

Historical information

The painting was created by Mrs M. Bazeley who was the wife of the current Church of England minister and the mother of Dr Percival Bazeley, born in Orbost (1909) who was credited with assisting Dr Jonas Salk who produced the polio vaccine.

Significance

This item is an example of the artistic talents of many women in the early 20th century. It is of aesthetic significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front RH corner - M Bazeley,1912

newspaper clippings

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A colection of newspaer cuttings which pertain to the Orbost / Marlo Aerodrome.

Historical information

These articles were collected by David Nixon for the Orbost Aero Club. 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.

petticoat

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A short white linen petticoat opening at the back with 2 metal hooks and eyes. The waist has threaded elastic. Sewn to the top are two long tapes fastened with safety pins - probably for hanging. The bottom panel is double with a scalloped hem.

Historical information

This item was made by Mrs Whiteman and worn by her daughter 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 manyof Marjorie’s clothes, hats and outfits. Marjorie was married in 1938 to a salesman who later became a mechanic in the R.A.F. during WW11.

Significance

This item is an example of a home-made item of clothing and reflects the needlework skills of women in the first half of the twentieth century.

leggings

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A pair of brown leather horse leggings with brass fixtures.

Historical information

Used during WW1.

Significance

This item is a reminder from WW1 of those from Orbost who played a role in this conflict.

wash tub

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A large galvanized iron was tub, circular with the sides tapering slightly to the flat base. It is seamed on both sides, made from two shets of iron. The base has been soldered on. and the top rim is folded. On either side handles are rivetted on.

Historical information

This item was bought by George Henry Douglas Russell when he married Hilda Raymond, a parson's daughter, in 1920. This galvanised metal wash tub was manufactured for domestic use prior to household plumbing, running water or waste removal in Australian homes. On farms in the late 19th / early 20th centuries there were no built-in coppers and concrete troughs with reticulated water. Thus the washing for the family of five daughters was done with this tub. .Tubs of this type vary in size and were used for washing dishes (It was the “ kitchen sink”) or for washing smaller items of clothing “the delicates”. This tub could also have been used to bathe the children. The water was heated on a wood fired stove, then carried to the tub. This could be a lengthy and physically demanding exercise. Much more labor intensive than loading the dishwasher. After use the water may have been “recycled”by being poured onto vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Later at harvesting this tub held maize and beans to top up the three bushel bags of the threshing machines. This was before the hand sewing of the top of the bags with needle and twine.

Significance

This tub is an indication that items for domestic use in the early 20th century were “made to last” and not manufactured for planned obsolescence.

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph of men on horseback droving pigs from the Cann River district to market along a dirt road.

Historical information

Farmers on the Orbost flats and nearby districts used to grow a lot of maize and harvest the maize by putting the pigs in to eat the maize. They had to get the pigs to Bairnsdale with other chaps, droving about 600 pigs. It would take them 12 days. A wagonette would go in front and dribble out the maize. When they reached Swan Reach, the drovers would often go over to the old grog shanty and got drunk while one man would stay to keep the 600 pigs together. It was a difficult job. The pigs were ferried across the rivers.

Significance

This is a pictorial record of early farming in East Gippsland.