Maffra and District Historical Society

M&DHS operates the Maffra Sugar Beet Museum, part of the Local History Collection at the Maffra Library, and a Dairy Museum at the Robotic Dairy at Winnindoo.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Allister Garside's photos


We are slowly working our way through a small box of photos that came to use several years ago from Allister Garside. The three girls above, who are possibly two Cannon sisters either side, with Allister's sister Laura in the centre, were possibly photographed at Seaspray.

Laura Garside was born 1911, so the guess for this photo is mid-1920s. The handwriting is sometimes difficult to decipher:


No births can be found in CANNON, GANNON or CAMM that exactly fit the sisters.

A larger print is HERE. If anyone definitely identify the two sisters, it would be appreciated.


It is a fascinating collection. The box appears to be an early chocolate box, and photos have come from a number of sources. There are some from the Wilson family (Allister married Caroline Wilson), and many from the Kings - his mother's family. Associated names are McCamey, Tuhan, Bartlett, Ware and Caldwell.

The photographs are a mixture of photographs of babies and children, inscribed and sometimes dated on the back, addressed to various aunts and uncles. Then, there are the snapshots, which Allister and possibly others, have named in later life.

Another of the photos from the collection can be found HERE.

The Society would welcome contact from any of the associated families, in an attempt to identify further photographs. Details and names are so far held for about forty of them.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Complete List of Factory Books

We have finally finished sorting the Butter and Cheese Factory books that are held at the Museum. For the record, the complete list appears below. These can only be viewed on the first Sunday of the month, and having the reference numbers with you that appear on the end of the line will make sure that no matter who is on duty, they can be found.

Heyfield Co-operative Butter Factory

Share Register OR, 1916-1921 (00705, AB004)
Share Register NL No 1, 1920-1930 (00704, AB004)
Share Register NL No 2, 1930-1955 (00702, AB004)
Share Register, not dated, but transfers in 1940s/1950s. (00720, AB005)

Minute Books (3) 1892-1935 (00719, AB005)
Minute Book 1935-1954 (00708, AB004)
Minute Book 1954-1960 (00707, AB004)

Debenture Index, 1955-1968 (00709, AB004)

Maffra Co-operative Butter Factory

Share Register 1920-1923 (00706, AB004)
Preference Share Register, 1925 (00715, AB005)
Financial Journal 1922-1928 (00716, AB005)

Sale Co-operative Butter Factory

Ledger 1942-1948 (00702, next to AB004)

Upper Maffra [Newry] Co-operative Butter and Cheese Factory

Share Register 1920-1950 (00711, AB005)

Unknown Factory

Account and Contra Book, 1914-1924. (00721, AB005)