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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Local History

‘Social distancing’ is nothing new

The 1918 influenza pandemic was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. The Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the world, or about 27 per cent of the world population of between 1.8 and 1.9 billion. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as

Flu epidemic in 1891: Clements Tonic did the trick

Local newspaper readers were familiar with the headline ‘The Influenza Epidemic’ in the early 1890s. The Yea local paper published a weekly editorial-style ad, which turned out to be a promotion for ‘Clements Tonic’: The iinluenza is raging again this year with unprecedented deadliness. The paralysing influences of this terrible malady have assumed the alarming

Historic dray launched at Whittlesea

An 1880s dray, which had spent its working life at the Craigie Lee Farm, Yan Yean, has been lovingly restored by members of the Whittlesea Agricultural Society. The dray was unveiled on Sunday (Sept. 29) at a well-attended gathering held at the Whittlesea Showgrounds, at a function attended by Mayor Cr Lawrie Cox and Deputy

Kinglake already has a cemetery … says Google

Kinglake already has a cemetery, according to the Google Maps used by Emergency Victoria. The site is shown on the southern side of Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd, Pheasant Creek, near Jorgensen Parade.

Carter’s store deal off

The Local Paper understands that the Yea and District Historical Society’s bid to purchase the Carter’s Milk Bar site is off. The Society wanted to raise $300,000 to purchase the historic property, but failed to raise the necessary cash by the April 12 deadline. The Society had planned to run a museum/heritage centre on the

Carters: bulldozing plans

EXCLUSIVE: The iconic Carters Milk Bar in Yea is likely to be bulldozed at the earliest opportunity by the property purchaser, the Yea and District Historical Society. Society President John Bett confirmed with The Local Paper today (Fri.) that a building inspection report has confirmed that the timber property is infested with termites, and that

Yea misses 150th anniversary

Alexandra last year (2018) celebrated its 150th anniversary with a series of public events. The 150th anniversary of the Yea Roads Board in February 1869 has passed silently this month. A feature to be published for the first time in The Local Paper this week (Feb. 20, 2019) looks at life at ‘Muddy Creek’, 150