A brief history of Moe

A brief history of Moe

A brief history of Moe

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

If you click on the pictures you can make them bigger and click to see the next one enlarged also. 

Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co Date(s): c1920-1954 Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008365.tif CaptureSN: CC001681.046135 Software: Capture One PRO for Windows Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58395 Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641712

Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co
Date(s): c1920-1954 Capturefile:
D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008365.tif
CaptureSN: CC001681.046135
Software: Capture One PRO for Windows
Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58395
Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641712

Author/Creator: Victorian Railways, photographer. Date(s): ca. 1945-ca. 1954 Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsLTGN 5box 01vr000004.tif CaptureSN: CC001681.075196 Software: Capture One PRO for Windows Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/95899 Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1738725

Author/Creator: Victorian Railways, photographer.
Date(s): ca. 1945-ca. 1954
Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsLTGN 5box 01vr000004.tif
CaptureSN: CC001681.075196
Software: Capture One PRO for Windows
Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/95899
Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1738725

 Title: GEORGE STREET, MOE, VIC. [picture] Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co Date(s): c1920-1954 Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008362.tif CaptureSN: CC001681.046129 Software: Capture One PRO for Windows Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58646 Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641708


Title:
GEORGE STREET, MOE, VIC. [picture]
Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co
Date(s): c1920-1954
Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008362.tif
CaptureSN: CC001681.046129
Software: Capture One PRO for Windows
Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58646
Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641708

How different is present day Moore Street? Title: GEORGE STREET, MOE, VIC. [picture] Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co Date(s): c1920-1954 Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008363.tif CaptureSN: CC001681.046132 Software: Capture One PRO for Windows Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58288 Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641709

How different is present day Moore Street?
Title:
GEORGE STREET, MOE, VIC. [picture]
Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co
Date(s): c1920-1954
Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008363.tif
CaptureSN: CC001681.046132
Software: Capture One PRO for Windows
Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58288
Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641709

 Title: BUTTER FACTORY, MOE, VIC. [picture] Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co Date(s): c1920-1954 Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008368.tif CaptureSN: CC001681.046139 Software: Capture One PRO for Windows Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58608 Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641717


Title:
BUTTER FACTORY, MOE, VIC. [picture]
Author/Creator: Rose Stereograph Co
Date(s): c1920-1954 Capturefile: D:glass neg rawsbox 382rg008368.tif
CaptureSN: CC001681.046139
Software: Capture One PRO for Windows
Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/58608
Link to this record: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1641717

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