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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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Family Enquiries - Low and Jessop

The Society has received enquiries about two very similar families.

James Lowe married Ann DAVIDSON/DAVISON in 1865, and in October 1867 purchased two lots in a Crown Lands auction, on the Macalister River in the Parish of Tinamba. This was on the western side of Hagans bridge at Upper Maffra. This section shows those blocks. James was first described as a carrier, and later a farmer. He and his wife had six children.

In October 1868, James JESSOP purchased one lot of 22 acres at a Crown Lands sale - the full list of purchasers can be seen HERE. This land was on the eastern approach to Mansons bridge - so just across the river and a bit downstream.

James Jessop married Maria PAGET, and they had at least six children from 1857 to 1865 at Tarraville/Alberton, and the seventh at Maffra in 1868.

For those who do not know Mansons bridge, it is between Tinamba and Newry, and distinguished by being curved, not straight.

If anyone can assist with further details of these two families, it would be appreciated if you would contact the Society on

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bulletin 134 is out

Bulletin 134 will be going in the mail tomorrow.

Contents are:

President's Report (and here is the picture of her, with the Mayor and the Purple Pig, in colour!)

Meanwhile, back at the serious stuff. We have:

Donald McFadyen, the bootmaker in Johnson Street

The Horresdale family

Details of the first land sale, on 1 June 1864. All names included.

Louie Riggall - Gippsland's Florence Nightingale.

Baptisms in the former Maffra Shire by the Rev John Roberts, Dec 1877 to December 1881.

The Ted Clark Collection - details on an important addition to our photographs and records.

Single copies $4.00 from the Museum, or just add postage for a letter.

Please Join Us for our 150th!

 The Macalister Hotel, Johnson Street, Maffra. 
Maffra's longest-operating business, and a feature of our new book.

Maffra & District Historical Society 

Invites you to celebrate with us 

the 150th anniversary of the 
first Land Sales in Maffra, 

which occurred on the 1st June 1864 

You are invited to join us for lunch at the 
Macalister Hotel 
Sunday 1st June 2014 At 12 noon 
(at your own expense) 

(The Sugarbeet Museum will be open 
from 10am to midday)

This will be followed by a conducted walk starting at 2pm from the Macalister Hotel to the 
Commercial Bank of Australasia then walking along the other side of the street to 
the Beet Museum for afternoon tea 
 and the launch of the first book in a series, 
on the history of Johnson Street 

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