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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

No. 25 (June 2013)





No, 25 (June 2013)

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"Is this Fanny Swan?". Discussion about and reproduction of some photographs from the Poole family photograph album, which is held in private hands. No-one knows of any photographs of hotel-keeper and businesswoman Fanny Swan (died 1895), but there is a good chance several in the album are of her. (cover, p4-5)

"Contents of the Shakespeare Hotel". Lists of contents from an 1868 advertisement, and 1895 probate papers for Fanny Swan. (p.6)

"Maggie Donovan - Another Dargo Bride". Photograph and details of Maggie Donovan, who married Tom Phelan in 1916. Maggie appears to be wearing the headpiece referred to in the last issue, which was said to have been worn by 17 Dargo brides. (p.7)

"Parish Maps" List of maps of parishes near Stratford that are held int eh collection, plus an overall map showing parishes. (pp8-9)

"Presbyterian Baptisms by the Rev. John Roberts in the former Avon Shire, 1865-1915". Baptisms from January 1874 to July 1883. (pp10-11)

"News and Notes". More of the Sir Emmerson Tennent Hotel, and Enquiries to the Society (REID / REED / READ, KANE / CAIN / KANE at Dargo and Stratford; HAZLETT at Stratford; MARTIN at Invermichie; GREEN  at The Heart/Stratford Cheese factories; SCOTT / HOLLOWAY / CURTAIN at Delvine; FORBES / MILLER / MILLS at Briagolong; CURRAN at Stratford; SHIELLS / MARTIN / TIMMINS at Stratford)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

No 24 (March 2013)

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No 24 (March 2013) 
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"The Poole Family of Stratford" examines the family of Fanny Woods nee Poole, later Swan, who operated the Shakespeare Hotel. She was joined at Stratford by her parents, a brother and a number of nieces and nephews. pp4-5

"Who were the seventeen Dargo brides?". Elsie Donovan nee Cahill, shown above on the cover, was one of 17 Dargo brides to wear an orange-blossom headpiece now held by the Society. A photograph of an unknown wedding party is reproduced from the Cahill photograph collection, with details of their identities sought. pp6-7

"Presbyterian Baptisms by the Rev John Roberts in the former Avon Shire 1865-1915". This extract, the first, gives baptisms from 1866 to 1874. More will be reproduced in future issues. 

Available from Stratford and District Historical Society, P.O. Box 145, Stratford, 3862, for $3.00 for a single issue, plus 60cents p&p.

No 23 (December 2012/January 2013)

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 No 23 (December 2012/January 2013)
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"The Cahill Photograph Collection". Description of photographs from Cahill family of Dargo, with emphasis on Maud Cahill, who married Jack Gilruth. Includes photographs of Dargo Bush Nursing Committee, Archie and Edna Hair and an unknown soldier. pp4-6.

"Opaltype Photographs" Photograph of James and Elizabeth Maxwell of Maffra, from the Society's collection, printed on milk glass is reproduced, with notes on Dimond Brothers, who provided this type of photograph. p7

"Kelly the Grocer, Stratford, 1890". Names in the legder from Mc to Y, end the index. pp9-11.

Available from Stratford and District Historical Society, P.O. Box 145, Stratford, 3862, for $3.00 for a single issue, plus 60cents p&p.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

No 22 (September 2012)

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"Sam and the Swan Family of Stratford". research on Samuel Swan, licensee of the Shakespeare Hotel, has shown a previous marriage (and lost daughter), and extensive migration of brothers and nephews. Sam and his wife Fanny did not have children, all the Swans around Stratford descending from other family members. An oil portrait from the collection is reproduced, and details sought for its provenance. pp5-6

Invoice from Sam's nephew, who was a long-time saddler in Stratford.

"Jospeh Shires: One of the original snake-oil salesmen". brief history of Shires, who was at various times in Stratford, married in 1876 at Ramahyuck, and died in the 1890s at Bairnsdale. In between, he travelled around Australia selling his snake-bite remedy, and gained particular notice when he allowed one of his snakes to bite a Police Magistrate, and he died. pp7-8

"Kelly the Grocer, 1890". The index by Joan Allen to the records of a local grocer continues. This issue if the letters from G to Mc. pp9-10.

Available from Stratford and District Historical Society, P.O. Box 145, Stratford, 3862, for $3.00 for a single issue, plus 60cents p&p.

SUBJECTS
HOTELS
SNAKES
SHOPS
GROCERS

Sunday, June 17, 2012

No.21 (June 2012)

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"Stratford CWA in the 1950s". Reproduction of photograph, with names of all women except one. pp1-2.

"The Shakespeare Hotel". A scale model has been built by Ron Martin, who lived in the hotel as a child, and new discoveries have been made about its beginnings. p.5


"Finding the Clydebank Condensed Milk Factory". Story behind identification of a photograph used in new dairy factory book.pp6-7

"Record of J.B. Kelly the grocer, Stratford". Introduction and letters A-F of the finished 1890 index. pp9-11

SUBJECTS

COMMUNITY GROUPS
HOTELS
DAIRY INDUSTRY
SHOPS

Now available from the Museum at $3 for a single copy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

No 20 (November 2011)

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"Baptisms by Rev John Roberts". Analysis of baptisms by Reb John Roberts of Presbyterian Church at Maffra and Stratford 1965-1915. Carried out baptisms regularly as far afield as Delvine, Lindenow and Bairnsdale. pp8-9

"Map of Stratford 1855" Analysis of the 1855 map, original held in the National Library in Canberra, which also shows handwritten names later than 1855. All names on map are listed. pp9-11

"Kelly, the grocer at Stratford". List of names P to W from 1890 index to records of Kelly the grocer at Stratford. pp12-15.

SUBJECTS

CHURCHES
MAPS
SHOPS

Thursday, September 29, 2011

No. 19 (March 2011)

Stratford Historical Society Bulletin, new series, no19 (March 2011)

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"Autobiography of James Albert Brennan (1859-1955)". Continued from previous issue. Life in a shop in Melbourne. Established a form of farmer's co-operative that ran for 21 years until closed in 1941 due to the war, when the government took over wheat, wool, jute etc. One brother was five times Mayor of Sale. (pp6-9)

"Index to Kelly the Grocer at Stratford, records 1890" Letters J to O inclusive. (pp12-14)

"Museum Piece - Briagolong Rabbit Suppression League Poison Cart"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

No. 18 (July 2010)

No. 18 (July 2010)
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"Autobiography - James Albert Brennan (1859-1955) from Len Randall via Irene Randall".  Continued. Writes of horse racing at Longford, shops in Melbourne. pp4-9

"Kelly the grocer at Stratford". Part of the 1890s index to the accounts kept by Kelly, grocer at Stratford. provides letters D-H. pp11-13.

"Museum Piece" Plaque from CRB bridge at Blackall Creek. p14.

SUBJECTS

HORSE RACING
BRIDGES

Friday, September 9, 2011

No.17 (March 2010)

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"Autobiography - James Albert Brennan (1859-1955) from Len Randall via Irene Randall". Continued. Writes of life in Melbourne, business during 1890s depression. pp4-9

"Kelly the grocer at Stratford". Part of the 1890s index to the accounts kept by Kelly, grocer at Stratford. provides letters A-C. pp11-13.

SUBJECTS

SHOPS

Monday, August 15, 2011

No. 16 (September 2009)

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"Autobiography - James Albert Brennan (1859-1955) from Len Randall via Irene Randall". Continued. Writes of kangaroo dogs, kangaroo hunting on the the Ninety Mile Beach, the Swing Bridge, Aboriginal hunting and customs, working as a baker in Sale, bore water in Sale, boxing (and Tom Curran) in Sale, Coupar the baker. pp5-10

"Recollections of Llowalong". Report of visit to "Allendale" at Llowalong by relatives of Kevin Nolan, who purchased the property in 1946, but sold it so he could be granted a soldier settlement block in 1950. pp12-13.

"Museum Piece - Theodolite". Photograph and details of William Tennant Dawson's theodolite, held in the Society collection. Dawson, the government surveyor, died in 1873, but the theodolite stayed within the family, and was severely damaged by fire at Roseneath in 1921. pp14-15.

SUBJECTS

BAKERIES
ABORIGINAL LIFESTYLE
DOGS
SURVEYORS

Friday, August 12, 2011

No 15 (May 2009)

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"Autobiography - James Albert Brennan (1859-1955) from Len Randall via Irene Randall". Author's family left Ireland in 1856, coming direct to Port Albert, and thence to Sale. Family had a shop in Sale and then a hotel in Longford. Writes of early Catholic education in the area, working at Airly, the Tichbourne case, Rotamah Island. pp4-9

SUBJECTS

CHURCHES
HOTELS

Thursday, August 11, 2011

No 14 (September 2008)

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"Book Review: Riders of Destiny" Details of autobiography of Patrick M. Hamilton, born at Stratford in 1892. He served in WWI in the Light Horse in the Filed Ambulance. This book is based on his diary. While still at war, in 1917 he was elected Rhodes Scholar for Victoria, and started study at Oxford immediately after the war. He had an international career as an educator and administrator, and died in 1977. pp6-7.

Hahn, Geoff. "Peter has closed the Door". Poem written to mark the retirement of garage proprietor Peter Thompson (c.1980). pp8-10

Vranek, Denise. "The Ducret Family, part II". Wrotes about The Knob, home life in a French family, the Methodist Church in Stratford, dairying, transport, tractors, fram life. pp11-15

"Front Cover Photograph: Boot Jack". Details of boot jack and boots held in the society collection, property of Normal McLean of Maffra, who served in the Boer War. p15.

SUBJECTS

WORLD WAR, 1914-1918
GARAGES
CHURCHES
BOER WAR, 1899-1902

This issue is out of print, and is available as an e-mail attachment only.

No 13 (June 2008)

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"Walhalla's Water Wheel". Details movement of large water wheel from Port Albert to Walhalla in the 1870s. (pp3-7)

"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with children's games, Salvation Army meetings, William de Treacy Treacy, families with convicts in them, Leonard Bolden saving newspapers. (pp7-10)

Vranek, Denise. "The Ducret family - part 1". Details of the Imrie/Ducret family. Emily Bean (later Imrie) married Alphone Ducret in 1866. The families Ducret, Keneally and Fitzpatrick were later associated with the tannery in Stratford, until is washed away in the 1891 floods. The family then farmed on Inverbroom Road. (pp11-14)

SUBJECTS

FLOODS
TANNERIES

No 12 (March 2008)

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"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with Miss Lister (teacher gaoled from Stratford), Rose/Despard family in the post office, piano sold to Bouchers, death of member of Cherry family (delivered newspapers), Crockett and Logue, sadlers. (pp4-7)

"From Wartime England to peaceful Stratford". Story of Audrey Shingles, as told to her grandson. Describes life in England, leaving there in 1949. They settled in East Malvern, where Audrey met and later married a member of the Shingles. They moved to Nuntin in 1953, to the Shingles farm, then to one of their own about 1958. Describes life on the farm. (pp8-13)

Museum Piece. Photographs and description of Theodolite used by William Tennant Dawson, Government Surveyor in the 1850s, much degraded by fire at Roseneath in 1921. (p15)

SUBJECTS

POST OFFICES
ROSE family
CHERRY family
SURVEYORS

Monday, August 1, 2011

Number 11 (December 2007)

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"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with shonky horse salesmen and other characters, brief mention of 1885 bushfires. (pp4-6)

Peters, Meredith. "Joseph Clement Furnell Cox (1893-1959)". Biography, by subject's daughter. Son of a Gippsland teacher (Bendoc and Rosedale), Cox studied at Longrenong Agricultural College, and was appointed manager at "Stratfieldsaye" at Perry Bridge in 1912, until he and his family moved to "Maida Vale" at Munro in 1939. He remained there until his death in 1959. Much discussion on agricultural practices and social life. (pp6-10).

Thatcher nee Asher, Bev. "Memories of Llowalong". Author's grandfather was one of the first soldier settlers at Llowalong after WWI. Memories of school there, building the hall, the Anglican church, dairy farming, party-line telephones. Names other families in the area.

SUBJECTS

CRIME
HORSES
BUSHFIRES
AGRICULTURE
SCHOOLS
CHURCHES
HALLS

No 10 (September 2007)

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"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with Captain Mayhew, Father Hegarty, drinking. (pp 5-7)

"Extracts from a Wesleyan Minister: The Rev James Bickford's Autobiography" Excerpts from diary of Methodist minister, including visit in 1873 to Stratford, reporting on laying foundation stone for the church. (pp8-9)

SUBJECTS

CHURCHES
ALCOHOL ABUSE

Number 9 (April 2007)

Selected abstracts

"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with various characters and their negative traits, picnics, tension with Catholic school students. (pp4-7)

"Stratford Methodist Church Harvest Festival Cloth". Details of a 1918 signature cloth donated to the Society, along with an index to all names. (pp7-10)

SUBJECTS

SCHOOLS
CHURCHES

Number 8 (December 2006)

Hannington, David. "From the Archives: Stratford Railway Weir". History of Railway Weir three miles east of Stratford in 1888, with gravity-feed pipe to the railway yards at Stratford to supply water for steam trains. Used until 1929. (Reproduced originally from 1964 Gap). Includes photo of tank at railway station. (pp4-5)

"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with holidays (hop picking and the beach), building new Anglican Parsonage, Curran family. (pp5-8)

"Bits and Pieces". Harry Milner was in the Australian Light Horse in WWI, and began logging north of Briagolong in the late 1930s. His daughter writes of an unusual lunch in the bush. (page 8)

"Museum Pieces". Photograph and description of the cabinet showing names of office bearers for the Shakespeare Lodge GUOOF. Includes list of names from 1866 to 1932. (pp10-11)

SUBJECTS

RAILWAYS
TIMBER INDUSTRY

Number 7 (September 2006)

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"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with Tom HOLT, from a distinguished family in England who had disgraced himself, Tom TWEEDIE (who died in WWI) and eels. (pp5-7)

"Let's take a stroll down Memory Lane" reprinted from Bulletin 5 Feb 1980. Includes roadmakers (and their horses), 1916 floods, Invermichie school (and teacher Mr HAMBROOK), the TWEEDIE family, notable students from Stratford school, fighting at school to settle differences. (pp8-10)

"Wonderful Discovery" Discovery of 1866 voters roll for Shire of Avon, including early Maffra and Dargo areas, and women voting in the 1860s. (p.11)

"Museum Piece". Photographs and text re the KOERSTZ wool press recently donated to the museum by the STOTHERS family of Llowalong.

SUBJECTS

SCHOOLS
ELECTORAL ROLLS
WOMEN

Number 6 (June 2006)

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"Stratford in the 1880s". Extract from the published work of the same name, written by Dr Arthur South. Deals with Ducret family, buried money that was lost, axes and chopping wood. (pp5-7)

"Country Womens Association of Victoria: Stratford Branch". Part 2. Details of activities 1937 to 1997, when the group went into recess, and joined with the other Stratford branch. (pp7-13)

"History of Stratford Historical Society Church Building". Building was a Methodist church, commenced 1873, which became the home of the Society about 1980". Deals with recent restoration. (pp13-15)

SUBJECTS

CHURCHES
WOMEN