History tells us so much about life. By reviewing history we are better able to understand what our parents, grandparents and great grandparents endured. This understanding helps all of us to treasure the bounty that we enjoy today. This is a website devoted to the history of an area in the south east of Australia. The people who lived in the rough bush huts did their best to survive. As with any community there was a small group of individuals who were more unusual than all the rest. Their true stories are the Odd History of South Eastern Australia.
- Dandenong and Surrounds
- Gembrook and the Hills
- Haunted Gully
- Koo Wee Rup and the Swamp
- Mount Dandenong, Sassafras and Olinda
- Narre Warren and Narre Warren North
- Toomuc Valley
- Tynong and Tynong North
- Upper Beaconsfield/Guys Hill
- Windsor, East St. Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra
Over many years I have collected and told stories about the interesting historical characters in the local area. My children tired of my repeating these stories around the dinner table. Exasperated, my eldest daughter, Bobbi, set up this website so that I could write these stories down and let the family eat in peace. Little did she realize, that as I researched, I found plenty more to bore them with.
I have tried my best to authenticate all of these stories. Wherever possible I have searched for matching vital records, reports and historic maps. You will notice links at the bottom of each article showing references for the information I have used. If I have got it wrong I apologize. With any event, each individual sees it from a differing view. I have tried to find the most accurate of these viewpoints.
Annie O’Riley, 2012
August 31st, 2014
Gippsland with it's wet soils and swampy plains made road travel a nightmare and our early roads were often paved with corduroy. Not the type used to make trousers but logs of wood laid sideways across the tracks. The horses were kept at a gallop so imagine the jostling and pitching inside a carriage over the logs. The journey between Melbourne and Rosedale took 33 hours, stopping only to eat and change horses. As the logs perished more logs would be placed directly on top. In the 1950's, when areas of the main Gippsland road were repaired, the workmen found[...]
August 17th, 2014
Between 200 and 1000 years ago, a meteorite shower rained down in a (roughly) straight line between Pearcedale and Pakenham. Thirteen pieces of meteorite material have been discovered, the first in 1853 in Devon Meadows and the last at a market garden in Clyde in 2008. These "rocks" are comprised predominately of iron and are incredibly heavy. The largest piece is at The National History Museum in London and weighs 3.5 tonnes (the weight of two Holden Commodores).These meteorites are the second largest ever found in Australian and are extremely important as a research tool for scientists who are looking[...]