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This site is provided as support for the AVG (AUS-VIC-GIPPSLAND) mailing list.

We believe in the Free and Friendly Exchange of Information, and that research into Family and Local History should be Fun.

This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in family, local and regional history relating to the Gippsland area. For the purpose of this list, Gippsland is that area of the state of Victoria, Australia, east of Dandenong (an eastern suburb of Melbourne), north of the coast, south of the Great Dividing Range, through to the NSW border. The main towns include Warragul, Leongatha, Korumburra, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Maffra, Bairnsdale, Orbost and Omeo.

The List is dedicated to matters Gippslandish - if you wish to post non-Gippsland material, GENANZ-L, AUS-VIC and AUSTRALIA-L are the more appropriate lists. For more details see under Related Mailing Lists .

Gippsland History

Several Aboriginal groupings have occupied Gippsland since before time began to be recorded. European occupation generally began about 1835, with Westernport and Benambra being earliest settlement points. Port Albert was the port of entry from 1841. The first streams in the main European settlement push came from both the Monaro in New South Wales, and in through Port Albert. The 1840s were a time of large squatters, gold was discovered in the early 1850s and was significant through to 1900. Selection, where settlers were able to make land freehold, began in the early 1860s, but was most active in the 1870s. From the 1860s to about 1900 paddle and screw steamers on the extensive Gippsland Lakes system were an important part of local history.

For a good map of the area, go Here

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What's New in the Last Few Months?
(Note: 'Research Interests' are usually added as the opportunity arises and not mentioned here)

    24 Jan 2016  Honour roll for Albert St Moe Primary School. (Thanks to Darell Blewett)
    24 Jan 2016  Three honour rolls added to Traralgon RSL list.
    23 Jan 2016  Replaced out-of-date picosearch with freefind.

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Resources and records - where to find them and everything else you need to know

    Overview: Wellington and East Gippsland
    List of locations in the shires of Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Cardinia,
            East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Wellington and Latrobe City.
    Maps for the above shires/city.
    Resources and Records: East Gippsland Shire
    Resources and Records: South Gippsland Shire
    Resources and Records: Wellington Shire
    How to Find Local Histories and Historical Society Newsletters
    New Releases
    Centre for Gippsland Studies, Monash University, Churchill
    Gippsland Heritage Journal
    Gippsland Time Line to 1899
    War Memorials and Honour Rolls
    Names and details of Men and Women from Maffra Shire who served in WWI
    Gippsland Museums
    Gippsland Newspapers available in Gippsland
    Muster rolls of the Victorian Mounted Rifles
    Mechanics' Institutes and other Halls

Indexes   (books, a newspaper etc - a major resource)

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     Tips for successful posting for Newbies (and Oldies)
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Research Interests
    Surname Interests
    Place Interests
    Subject Interests

Library Catalogue
    Articles in the library currently include:
         Details of Medway immigrants at Port Albert in the 1850s
         A description of Gippsland in 1874 that includes details of all pastoral runs.
        A description of various parts of Australia (inc. Gippsland) from the London Post of 1842

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