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The Latrobe Valley at Christmas

The Latrobe Valley Christmas is a summer Christmas. We ironically sing, play and listen to songs about the snow glistening and sleigh bells ringing… That doesn’t happen here. The things that tell us Christmas is drawing near is freshly cut grass scenting the air, the native plants, and other fragrant plants blooming and wafting along the warm lazy breeze.

Instead of Sleigh bells the whoop-whoop of local CFA trucks sirens herald the handing out lollies, and bike bells ringing with kids flying past. Laughter and happy voices are heard passing by. The local councils start putting up Christmas Decorations in the main street, while businesses fill their shop windows with Christmas Spirit. Houses start lighting up with Christmas lights.

The hum of lawn mowers is constant during the extend daylight hours. Counting down the days until Father Christmas arrives. Gifts of chocolate are bought at the last-minute or on the cooler days, or we take the esky to do our shop.

In the Latrobe Valley we’ll all celebrate the day differently, some families will head to the beach, eating sliced fruit and cold meats. While others will take to the bush and camp the week starting just before Christmas getting home just after New Years, they’ll eat BBQ, and bask in the serenity near a river and spend the time fishing or Four Wheel Driving or reading – both families will probably play some form of cricket. We have Lake Narracan that is a beautiful spot to camp and enjoy the weather, swimming or boating, or just walking and exploring. There is also Hazelwood Pondage which is warm all year round, in case you get a freak cool Christmas.

There are other families who do the full three course Christmas Dinner that you’d find in European homes. Despite the heat and effort, they’ll do it year after year. Some people will volunteer their time to put on dinners for the less fortunate in our communities, while others will be stuck watching corny Christmas movies alone. A few of our communities put on Christmas Carols, there are tons of markets coming into Christmas, there aren’t as many school Christmas plays anymore.

In 2006, while bush fires threatened Mount Baw Baw, Santa provided relief and sprinkled us with cooler weather and even snow in some places that provided much-needed relief to crews fighting fires who were away from home. The families who enjoy woolen jumper competitions and full roast dinners with Plum Pudding didn’t seem so silly that year as snow did fall.

Asking around what people find tells them Christmas is coming they mostly said advertising and marketing everywhere, but bursting out of their mail boxes. Others said they didn’t look forward to Christmas as Krumpus (is the anti-Santa) shows up every year, they find Krumpus usually disguises himself as a rello of some kind.

Gippsland buzzes as Christmas approaches and the Latrobe Valley is no different. We have so many vibrant communities, with so many things to do.

If you haven’t visited us before at Christmas, visit us. Alternatively, come home for Christmas.

Will you be home for Christmas - the photograph is taken from the end of John St, Yallourn North

Will you be home for Christmas – the photograph is taken from the end of John St, Yallourn North

The Latrobe Valley has a great many things to offer for those wanting a country Christmas with access to city perks.

Festivals

Yallourn North Christmas Festival is running from the 1st of December until the 12th of December 2015.

Yallourn North Christmas Festival

As part of this Haunted Hills Tours is running a Christmas Light and History Tour – on the 10th of December 2015 at 9pm.

Yallourn North Christmas Tour 2015

Shopping

Moe has a great shopping district with ample parking, for you to shop, sit in the sun soak up the atmosphere, and cafes to eat anything your heart desires from fish and chips, restaurants, bakeries and more.

We have two major shopping centres in the Latrobe Valley.

You can buy gift cards for Haunted Hills Tours.

gift certificate, gift voucher,

Things to do

We’re running many tours over summer, and the Christmas period. We also take group bookings of six or more.

Summer schedule (2)

There are lots of houses dressed up for Christmas, the Latrobe Valley Express has an article on how to best photograph them. http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/2755067/how-to-take-the-best-christmas-lights-photos/?cs=24

Christmas in the Latrobe Valley

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