Stratford Historical Society and Museum

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dairy Factories

George is currently working on our dairy display in The Shed, and Maffra Historical Society are working on dairy factories, so our minds are turning to the same thing.

We have a number of items in our collection that relate to home milking and processing, and one cream can (from Miss Farrell), pictured.

But we have no photographs of either milking or of the numerous dairy factories that were in the Shire of Avon.

There were early private factories at Inverbroom and Craigielee, and later the Avondale Condensed Milk factory near Chinn's Bridge. The Heart / Clydebank Cheese factory was very prominent in the 1880s, and a creamery operated on the river (about where the Rules live) from 1893 to an unknown date. The Bundalaguah Creamery was just inside the Shire of Avon, and a private butter factory at Wolverton may have also been in the shire, the same for one on Tom's Creek at Bengworden. Thomas Coto had a large factory near Sale. There was even a cheese factory at Dargo.

But not one photo of these do we have in the collection.

Can anyone help with the loan of any we can copy???


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