Moe was originally named Mowie or Little Moi, which is the local Aboriginal words for swamp, and it was a swamp with regular floods in the early days. Gold brought hopeful prospectors in 1852 who established themselves in Narracan The gold exhausted quickly and farming became the industry. The railway coming through energised the township, especially at the time when it was the interchange to Yallourn, Thorpdale and Walhalla, as well as on the line to Sale. The railway created jobs for Moe residents.
The swamp, Moe’s namesake, created jobs in helping reclaim the land, in 1903 the Narracan Shire Council discussed the further public works required to preserve the 10 mile drain and stop it silting.
The swamp land reclaimed left incredibly fertile land for crops that were grown of high satin quality, and reared cattle that turned over 6 tons of butter a week at the nearby Trafalgar Milk Factory. This made farming and agriculture very well.
The Settlers started applying for crown grants for the land, however 6 months later they were all denied.
Yallourn was built in 1924ish and this also boosted commerce in Moe, as a lot of people who lived in Yallourn, shopped in Moe. The reason for this was the shops owned by the SEC were expensive and clothes weren’t displayed aesthitically, this was learned after a royal commission from a bush fire that ravaged Yallourn. Of course when Yallourn came along the power industry also employed a large portion of Moe residents.
Moe didn’t get the gold rush money, and as a result most of the founding buildings were built out of wood, very few have survived. The Bush Hospital started in the 1800’s still stands today as a private dwelling. Edward Hunter the namesake to the Edward Hunter reserve, was president of the Bush Hospital and on many other boards in Moe at the turn of the 20th century.
Moe has a diverse history, located in a stunning spot, close to nature, with great amenities as it always has…
Gallery of Moe’s History
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