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
September 3rd, 2014
Just to the east of Moe lies an area called the Haunted Hills. I have been under the mistaken impression that the hills were dug up to make way for the Yallourn open cut mine but just recently, when comparing a 1914 parish map with Google Earth, I found that the hills are still there. Certainly the open cut comes right up to the hills but the hills themselves lie outside the fence line. In the 1930's an area on the eastern side of the hills became a settlement for workers at the Yallourn Coal Mine. It was this area[...]
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[...]