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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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Early Labor Party records

Sometimes, something unexpected comes along. We are working away cataloguing, and have just found that what we previously thought was a set of farm records from 1944 to about 1956, was actually written in a much earlier book, which held the records of membership payments by the Maffra Branch of the Political Labor Council. 

Digging around, we found this had actually become the Australian Labor Party in 1908 - although this book, with the above stamp, was used for the records for 1913 to 1915. [Late note - see comments - it obviously operated under this name well after 1908]

There are a few women in there - not many, but a few. It will be interesting to be able to pass on to families who enquire, details of their ancestors' political affiliations - not something we usually know.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Wonderful Day at the Maffra Show

Members of the Wellington Shire Heritage Network had a great time at the 125th Maffra Show today - our contribution to History Week. We had all sorts of visitors, showed films, gave advice, handed out our new brochure and sold books.

You can see the rest of our photos on the History Week Flickr group - everyone is too exhausted to type any more!

Friday, October 25, 2013


This post is to provide clickable links for websites we have mentioned to people at the Maffra Show for History Week.

Heyfield Irrigation Album photographs

Australia's Community Heritage - for local stories of places, people and events.

All newspapers from Victoria that are on the internet through Trove

Individual titles on Trove

Gippsland Guardian, 1855-1868

Gippsland Times, 1861-1954

Maffra Spectator, 1882-1920

Gippsland Mercury, 1914-1918

Stratford Sentinel and Briagolong Progress, 1914-1916 (1911-1913 coming soon)

Heyfield Herald, 1914-1918

Gippsland Standard and Alberton Shire Representative [Yarram], 1914-1918

Rosedale Courier, 1914-1918

Christening Gowns the Decades - Heyfield Memorial Hall April 2014

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Release of Irrigation photographs

The Society is excited to be releasing not one, but three new books at the Maffra Show tomorrow.

The Heyfield Irrigation Alum, a large photograph Album from 1948 to 1952 is now being shown as a Powerpoint presentation, with two books to match - available by order only.

The first is a 109 page high-quality computer printout of the whole presentation, featuring select photographs in album order - there are over 650 in total, so this is only a small selection. This sells for $25. Delivery is free in the Maffra area, please add $6 if postage is required.

The second is a half-size facsimile of the whole album, reproducing each page similar to above. The photographs are small, but all captions are legible. This gives a detailed history of an important time in Heyfield's history, and of irrigation in general. This is 69 pages, and sells for $20. Free delivery in the Maffra area, or please add $5 if postage is required.

We will be having these printed as required, so please allow several weeks for the order to forwarded.

The majority of the album can also be seen online.

Traction Engine photos

The Society is releasing a small A4 booklet of all its Traction Engine photographs.

This book, of about 30 pages, will be released as part of History Week at the Maffra Show on 26 October.

The book will be available by order only - it will be printed as ordered. It is priced at $15 a copy, with free delivery in the Maffra area, or please add $5 if postage is required.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

See us at the Show

We are off to the Maffra Show next Saturday, with other members of the Wellington Shire Heritage Network, for History Week.

 From the Heyfield Irrigation Album 1948 - 1952, which we will be featuring.

This is Maffra's 125th show, so we will fit in well with the historical theme - in this case showcasing Irrigation, Dairy Factories and Milk Trucks.

If you are there, do stop by and see us in the Food Court area.