Following the Water


Victorian Government documents

Agricultural and livestock statistics of Victoria for the year ending 31 March 1865 with preliminary statistical notes, Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and Papers, First Session, 1866.

Alphabetical List of the Rivers, Rivulets, Creeks, Channels, Aqueducts, Lakes, Reservoirs, Swamps, Inlets, Loughs, and Straits Referred To in the Order in Council, dated 23rd May 1881 (Gazette, 27 May 1881, p. 1389) permanently reserving as sites for public purposes, the Crown Lands forming the Bed, or such part of the Bed as Indicated, of each of certain rivers rivulets etc and the Crown Lands within the limits specified.

Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment, State of the environment Victoria 2008, Summary: Living well within our environment – Are we? Can we?, the Commissioner, Melbourne, 2008.

Commissioner of Public Works, Estimates of expenditure for 1866, Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and Papers, First Session, 1866.

Conditions of a lease of the Koo Wee Rup Swamp under the Land Act 1865, Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and Papers, Second session, p. 317, 1866.

Deakin, A, Irrigation in Western America, so far as it has relation to the circumstances of Victoria, A memorandum for the members of the Royal Commission On Water Supply, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1885.

Deaths from Miasmatic disease to 1864; Extracted from Statistics of Victoria, 1864, vital Statistics etc, in Acts and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and Papers, First Session, 1866.

Department of Sustainability and Environment, Gippsland Lakes Ramsar site: Strategic management plan, East Melbourne, July 2003.

Harris, G, G Batley, I Webster, R Molloy & D Fox, Gippsland Lakes environmental audit: Review of water quality and status of aquatic ecosystems of the Gippsland Lakes, prepared for the Gippsland Coastal Board by CSIRO Environmental Projects Office, Melbourne, October 1998.

Record of results of observations in meteorology and terrestrial magnetism made at the Melbourne Observatory, and at other localities in the Colony of Victoria, Australia, prepared by Pietro Barrachi, Govt Astronomer, Govt Printer, Melbourne, 1919.

Registrar General’s Office, Statistics for the Colony of Victoria for the year 1864, Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and Papers, First Session, 1866.

Report of the Professional Board on Reclamation of Swamps, in Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and Papers, First Session, 1866.

Report on the physical character and resources of Gippsland, by the Surveyor General and the Secretary for Mines, with a Map and Geological Section, John Ferres, Govt Printer, 1874.

Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Securing our rivers for future generations: Victorian river health program report card, 2002–2009, the Department, Melbourne, 2009.

Victoria, Royal Commission on Water Supply, Further Progress Report with appendices thereto, Extracts from Minutes of Committee: Together with Minutes of Evidence etc (Aug 31, 1885), VPP, vol. 3, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1885.

Newspapers and almanacs

Argus (Melbourne)

Bairnsdale Advertiser

Bairnsdale Liberal News and North Gippsland District Advertiser

Calvert’s Illustrated Almanac for Victoria, 1859

Castner’s Rural Australian

Clarson, Massina and Co’s Weather Almanac and General Guide for Handbook for Victoria for 1877

Dr LL Smith’s Medical Almanac

Gippsland Farmer’s Journal

Gippsland Mercury

Gippsland Times

Glass’s Almanac, 1862

Kerr’s Melbourne Almanac, 1841

Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers

Levy Brothers and Co. Victorian Almanac, 1872

Maffra Spectator

Moe Register

Morwell Advertiser

Port Phillip Patriot Almanac and Directory

Port Phillip Separation Merchants and Settlers Almanac, diary and Directory for Melbourne and the District of Port Phillip, 1846

S Mullen’s Victorian Almanac

Sands & McDougall’s Commerical and general Melbourne Directory, 1862

Stevens and Bartholomew’s Sandhurst, Castlemaine, Echuca, Maldon, Dunolly, Maryborough, Back Creek, and Avoca district directory for 1867.

Traralgon Record

Victorian Almanc, 1871

Victorian Temperance Pioneer, or Monthly Magazine

Walhalla Chronicle

Watmuff and Smith’s Australian Almanac, 1870

Watmuff’s Australian Almanac, 1877

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Barfus, Francis, A Visit to the Mission Station Ramahyuck, SLV, MS 12645, Box 3486/3.

Brodribb, WA, Recollections of an Australian Squatter 1838–1883, John Ferguson Sydney in association with the Royal Australian Historical Society, Sydney, 1978. First published in 1883 by John Woods and Co., 13 Bridge St, Sydney.

Brown, D, Reminiscences of Brandy Creek, CGS, 696.

Butler’s Woods Point and Gippsland General Directory, 1866. Compiled by Henry Young and John Dixon. Originally published by Butler and Brooke, Melbourne, this facsimile edition published by Kapana Press, Bairnsdale, 1985. Np 994.56 B987.

Campbell Coulson, LH, ‘Early History of Gippsland pt 2’, NLA MS 8600.

Diary of AM Caughey, SLV, MS 8735, MSB 434.

Diary of Angus McMillan during the 1864 Alpine expedition, SLV, MS 9776, box 268/2.

Diary of Annie Prout, SLV, MS 12306, box 3054/5.

Diary of Catherine Currie, CGS, 04381.

Diary of Charles Alfred Broome, SLV, MS 10774, box 1542.

Diary of Duncan Johnston, CGS, 00317.

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Howitt, AW, ‘Geology and Gold Mines of Swifts Creek’, originally published as The Diorites and Granites of Swift’s Creek, and Their Contact Zones, with Notes on Auriferous Deposits (1880) with an introductory essay by PD Gardner and an index by Margaret Gardner. First published in the Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 16, April 1880. Facsimile reproduction by Ngarak press, Ensay, 1996.

Huffer, K, ‘Dedicated to the pioneers of Gormandale: To those who succeeded and those who failed’, Typescript, NLA Npf994.56 H889.

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King, Anna Josepha, ‘A little bit of early Gippsland and sea travelling in the sixties’, SLV, MS 9699, MSB 78.

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Letters of E Franklin Tregaskis, SLV, MS 11955, 2494/19.

McMillan, A, ‘Diary of the Alpine Track’, Gippsland Heritage Journal, vol. 6, 1989, pp. 51–6.

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Memoirs of William Pearson, SLV, MS 9583/74, MSB 475.

Meyrick, FJ, Life in the Bush 1840–1847: A Memoir of Henry Howard Meyrick, Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, 1939.

Middleton and Manning’s Directory, 1884.

Papers of CJ Tyers, SLV, MSM 157–8.

Papers of George Campbell Curlewis, NLA, MS 1007.

Peppercorne, FS, On Australian Meteorology and Hydrography, Coupland Harding, Hastings St, Napier, New Zealand, 1879.

Rawlinson, TE, Papers and Reports Read Before the Philosophical Institute and the Royal Society of Victoria, and Other Documents, Wilson and MacKinnon Printers, Melbourne, 1865.

Reminiscences of Caleb Burchett, SLV, MS 8814, MSB 436, unpaginated.

Spurrell, W, ‘History of Nicholson, 1876–1976’, SLV, MS 10774, Box 1542.

Strzelecki, EP, Physical description of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London, 1845.

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