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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Location: Victoria, Australia

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Digitising the Heyfield Album

In the Society's holdings is a large photograph album, with well over 600 photographs, of the irrigation works around Heyfield in the late 1940s and early 1950s. These show the immense scale of the work, as well as machinery, trucks and the change from horses to mechanisation.

We had almost finished digitising it, when it got a little damp in the flooding last week. However it has dried out well, and we hope it is going to be around for  lot longer. Most of the photographs are annotated with a date and technical details, but usually not with an exact location. The ink, thank heavens, appears to be waterproof.

We have started loading the photographs to a set on Flickr, and would welcome any comments people can make, especially in relation to locations once we start to move out of the town. Some makes of trucks would be useful too - bulldozers seem to be named, but not trucks moving in the buildings.


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