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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bulletin 129 is out

Maffra and District Historical Society Bulletin No. 129 is currently being distributed. This issue sees co-editor Pauline Hitchins join the team, and she has provided the first article in an intended series on Johnson Street. The Foster Building was built in 1908, one of the first in the state of hollow concrete blocks, and was recently added to the Victorian Heritage Register.

Doc Doherty considers Maffra architect Steve Ashton (who coincidentally designed the Foster building), and his two early FN cars from Belgium. Baptisms by the Reverend John Roberts for the former Shire of Maffra Jan 1870 to Jan 1872 are also included, along with the usual news, notes and calendar.

Copies are in the mail to members, or you can purchase one from the Museum on the first Sunday of the month.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sugarbeet Factory Bricks

It isn't every day we get excited about a brick, but the day this was donated recently was an exception. This is a brick from the original 1897 Sugarbeet Factory building. They were sourced from all over the place, and came to Maffra on the train.

This one came from the Morwell Tile and Pottery Company - not a brick brand that we have seen around. Which is  bit of a surprise, as we think a lot of bricks went local when the factory was finally demolished in 1964.