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


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