Centenary of Smeaton 1838-1938
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (36 pages)
Year: (1938) 2008
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
Smeaton is a rural town in the state of Victoria, Australia, is located about 30km north of Ballarat. A small town, at the 2006 census, Smeaton was said to have a population of 250 people.
This publication commemorates the centenary of the establishment and settlement of Smeaton and briefly outlines is the history from 1838. The town was founded by English settler Captain John Hepburn who was a colonial squatter in the 1840s. Hepburn held under Government licence about 20,000 acres (80km²) for his sheep and cattle run which he drove overland from Sydney. He built Smeaton House in 1849 with the assistance of British colonial migrants. Hepburn became a very high profile figure in the district, promoted gold mines and became a Justice of the Peace before he died in 1860.
Local and regional histories are wonderful resources for historians, as they often include the names of business people, local government officers and elected members, and more often than not (as is the case here), early residents in the district. This is a small booklet created by the Centenary of Smeaton Committee, and apart from all the local advertising throughout, which is interesting in itself, includes memoirs and details of early residents.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
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