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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Friday, November 15, 2013

Maffra Buildings in 1939


One of the gems in our collection that we are currently digitising is a set of two maps prepared in 1939 when Maffra was sewered. These show the outline of all buildings, including sheds and outhouses, and their construction materials - usually W for weatherboard or B for brick. GI stood for galvanised iron, B&FC was brick and fibro-cement.

However, in the example above, between Kent and Alfred Streets, the bottom house is concrete, with a weatherboard kitchen. This was the home of, and probably designed by shire engineer and surveyor G.T. Jones. It was demolished many years ago, and the site is now occupied by six houses and a much larger hospital.

At the top is a detailed outline of the hospital, with its extensive verandahs. The house between the two even shows the outline of a "fish pond".

So far we have only copied the buildings either side of Johnson Street, but once completed these detailed views will be a valuable resource for historians and genealogists.

1 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

These maps are a great resource, you are lucky to have them. It's interesting that Maffra was sewered in 1939, that's fairly early for a country town, Cranbourne, for instance, which is much closer to Melbourne wasn't sewered until 1974.

November 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM  

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