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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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gippsland Guardian online

Much Excitement!

The Gippsland Guardian is now online through Trove, for 1855 to 1868.

While some of the earlier issues are yet to be fully uploaded, if you find an article you want by searching, that is not yet loaded, you can click on the little orange envelope, and you will be e-mailed when that article is fully uploaded - some time in the next month.

You can search the title HERE, by typing your search term into the box on the top right, and clicking on the "Limit to issues of this title", also at top right.

Funding to place the title online (for $7,300), came from a Wellington Shire Community Grant, contributions from the members of the Wellington Heritage Network (and supporters) and the Gippsland Prospectors and Miners.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bulletin 130 is out

Bulletin 130 has been distributed

Included are:

The president's report (with photos!) of the planting of an oak tree in Victoria Park to recognise the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

A report of the Royal Visit to Maffra in 1934 of the Duke of Gloucester

Description and further photographs of the Irrigation Photo Album.

Details of the Forster and Porter families of Maffra, and their connection with the construction of the Foster Building, and furniture in St John's Church in Maffra.

Rebecca Mills - notes, with photos, from a talk to the Society by Judy Rennick. Mrs Mills was a prominent philanthropist from Powerscourt, near Maffra.

Grogan's bridge and the Minerva - Doc Doherty has identified the car at the opening of Grogan's Bridge at Glenmaggie as that belonging to Henry Luke, the editor of the Gippsland Mercury at Sale.

Baptisms in the former Maffra Shire by the Rev John Roberts for January 1872 to March 1874.

Plus news and notes.

All in all - lots of good reading.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Maffra Copying Stand

Maffra copying stand

For those who are wondering - this is the copying stand we are using - an old and very good Lupo from about 20 years or more ago, in the days of film cameras.

We changed the globes to cool white (at $28 each) and are waiting for extensions from the USA to lengthen the camera post to take the biggest books, but apart from that, it is great. It was gathering dust in the back shed, and has made us realise what else we can now copy.

Also, for those wondering - that is a member's expensive Nikkon on there. Which manages to do just as good  job as another member's small "point and click" Cannon.

AND (Late Note) we have now seen Yarram Historical Society's Cannon "PowerShot" in action, and it is pretty darn good too, as a mid-range camera. This is the one the PRO recommended when we rang, if we had to buy a camera. We haven't had to, but it was good to see it in action. 

We are in the process of documenting what we need to do with the images, once they are captured. If anyone else has some written procedures for this, would they be willing to share? Happy to send ours along to anyone else.

Maffra Shire Rate Books

MSC Rate Book 1881 cover

The Society is very excited to have been allowed access to the Maffra Shire Ratebooks, before they leave the Yarram archives for the Public Record Office.

We are currently copying them from 1876 (the first book), to about 1920.

They are not yet available to for consultation or to answer enquiries, but we thought people may wish to see the sample below. You can see  larger copy HERE.

Maffra Rates 1881