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, July 30, 2014

Family Enquiry - DANIEL

The Society has received an enquiry, seeking descendents of William Lawrence (or Laurence) DANIEL and his wife Cassandra nee GEDDES. William operated the Maffra Arcade, on the site of today's IGA Supermarket in Johnson Street, Maffra, from at least 1901 until his death in 1925. His son Charles may have then carried on the shop for a time. William was a grandson of Mary Daniel of Wolverton, through her son Frank.

Known children were: Charles Reid  and Frederick Belton (twins, b. 1886), William Lawrence b.1887, Vivian Belton b. Coalville 1889 and Barbara (b. Maffra 1897). Charles fought in WWI, and died in Melbourne in 1967, Frederick died "B'dale" (Bairnsdale?) in 1952, Vivian was KIA in France in 1917, and Beryl died as Beryl ENGELBACH in Richmond (Melb) in 1976.

If anyone can assist, please contact the Society. 

LATE NEWS: We have managed to connect our enquirer  with Laurie Daniel, who is a son of Charles Daniel - we are happy to have been of assistance.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Maffra in 1882

Some readers may not be aware that the Illustrated Australian News (from Melbourne) is online through Trove. One gem in there is this engraving of Maffra, published on 13 May 1882. You can have a close up look at the engraving HERE.

There is also a description of the town, HERE.

Bit of a worry though, that it still thinks it is the Shire of Avon (when Maffra was formed in 1875), and I am not really sure the Anglican Church quite looked like that. Was there an earlier one?

There are a lot of local family notices, and a search for illustrated articles where the words Gipps Land appear comes up with some gems.