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Memorial Walls, Pioneer Walls and Honour Rolls In the Mid Gippsland Area of the Latrobe Valley

1. Blue Rock Lake Pioneer Wall - Transcriptions
2. St Johns Anglican Church TRAFALGAR
3. MOONDARRA and District Roll of Honor

Blue Rock Lake Pioneer Wall

Tangil was a gold mining settlement about three miles due north of the present township of Willow Grove. In the year 1848 F. Brodribb, W. Pearson and H. Reoch were granted leases of two cattle runs, one of which, Tanjil Hills, gave the town its name. Tangil is an aboriginal name meaning 'the place of snow or frost'.

Gold was first discovered in this area in 1858. This area is now being covered by the waters of Blue Rock Lake. Gold was first discovered by Hugh Massey Stewart, but first officially reported at Alberton by Edward William Gladman. Most gold was alluvial, but some nuggets were found in the surrounding gullies and hills, the largest being 37 ounces. Other recorded nuggets were from Blue Rock, 12 ounces; Californian Gully, 17 ounces; Klondike, 14 ounces.

The reefs and leads in the hills were rich in gold, the Empire Reef yielding five and a half ounces to the ton. Other reefs were Gumsucker, Golden Crown, New Year, Moonlight, Blue Rock, Cement Hill. The last machinery was moved from Blue Rock to Tasmania in 1910.

Tangil township was founded in 1867 and soon there were houses, two stores, two hotels, a post office, a school, a police station and a recreation reserve to service the needs of the miners and their families.

One facility which has been impossible to locate is the Tangil Cemetery, supposedly containing about 30 graves, though there is only positive evidence that 6 children and 3 adults were buried there.

Other lone graves are known to be scattered throughout the area.

Tangil and other residents were serviced by vehicles travelling on a track through Shady Creek to Walhalla bringing goods from Melbourne. Other dray and bush tracks criss crossed the district bringing goods from Port Albert and other places.

After the mining boom, farming was the main occupation, and the name Tangil had now become Tanjil.

Further evidence of progress is now seen with the waters of Blue Rock Lake covering a place where many years ago people once worked and lived.

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Blue Rock Lake Pioneer Wall - Transcriptions

This plaque is to commemorate the pioneers of old Tanjil and surrounding districts, who cleared the forests on these hills and opened up the area for mining and farming in the latter part of the eighteen hundreds, and whose efforts to survive, through many hardships, will not be forgotten.

In recognition and appreciation of GEORGE & ISABELLA BELL and family settled in the Tanjil Valley 1879

In recognition of CHARLES & MARGARET BLOYE arrived at Russells Creek 1879. Settled at Hill End mid 1880s.

In recognition of the contribution made by the BURGESS & MOORE families in pioneering the Tanjil Valley.

In recognition of EDWARD & JANE CRONIN and family selected property known as Bon Hill at Fumina South approximately 1885.

In recognition of DAVID & HARRIET ESPIE arrived at Russells Creek early 1860 s settled at Hill End 1880.

True pioneers PATRICK, LIZ. FARRELL selected 1885 Killarney Blue Rock. Remembered by all descendants.

In recognition of ERNST WILHELM & AUGUSTE HULDA FECHNER who settled in Willow Grove 1878.

In appreciation of the contribution of JESSE & ESTHER HASTHORPE Arrived at Russells Creek 1860s. Later selected land at Tanjil South

In recognition and appreciation of PETER & MARY HUNTER and family , who selected land on the Tanjil River 1879.

In recognition of THOMAS & MARGARET BAIRD IRVINE and family who settled in Willow Grove 1865.

In recognition of the achievements of FARQUHAR & ELLEN LAMONT and HECTOR & MARY LAMONT who settled in the Hill End area during the 1880's.

In recognition of the services of ANDREW & RACHAEL LECKEY and family settled in the area 1870's.

In recognition of MR JOHN GEORGE LUDWIG and family who settled in the Willow Grove district in 1880 and opened the first Post Office.

In recognition and appreciation of JOHN & FRANCES MacPHERSON who selected land on the Latrobe River 1886.

In recognition and appreciation of the achievements of THOMAS & ANN NEEDHAM and family who settled in Willow Grove 1872.

In recognition of JOHN PAUL & family arrived at Russells Creek early 1860's. In recognition of HENRY & JESSIE CAMPBELL ROBINSON and family who settled in Willow Grove 1884.

In recognition and appreciation of the achievements of HENRY GEORGE and VICTORIA MARGARET STAFF who settled on land at Westbury 1875.

To commemorate the achievements of WILLIAM JEFFREY & VIOLET McNEIL TURNBULL and family whose association with the Tanjil Valley dates back to 1867.

In recognition of the achievements of JOSEPH SAMUEL & CLARA VARNEY and family who settled at Russells Creek 1862.

In recognition of CORA E. VARNEY and family. Early settlers of the Tanjil Valley.

To commemorate the achievements of CHARLES JAMES & ESTHER WALKER and family settled on the Latrobe River 1870.

To commemorate the achievements of THOMAS WEBB & family who selected land at Hill End 1883.

In recognition of the pioneering family of WILLIAM HAMILTON WHITTAKERS of Tanjil Hills Station 1884.

In recognition of CHARLES HENRY & ELIZABETH WILLIAMS and family settled at Tanjil 1875.

In recognition of JOHN & ANN WILSON and family settled in Tanjil East (Becks Bridge Road) 1879.

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St John's Anglican Church Trafalgar

ADAMS IN LOVING MEMORY/ OF/ ERIC ADAMS/ 29.6.1918 - 22.1.1989/ DEAR HUSBAND OF SYBIL/ LOVED DAD OF MARJ, REG & PAM/ FATHER-IN-LAW OF PADDY, MERLE & ROB/ GAR & GRANDPA TO TRAVIS, KRISTEE, ANNE,/MATTHEW, CARLY, BROOKE & STACEY/ AT PEACE
ANDREWS LILLIAN EDITH MABEL / ANDREWS (CLEAVERS) / 1910 - 1995 / REUNITED WITH HER LOVED ONES / ”UNTIL WE MEET.”
ASHBY HAZEL ASHBY (LESTER)/ WIFE OF IVOR (DEC.) & GEORGE (DEC.) / MOTHER OF SHIRLEY & RAYMOND (DEC.)/ GRANDMOTHER OF LINDEN & ALLAN/ GREAT GRANDMOTHER OF REESE/ SADLY MISSED/ 9.9.1921 - 27.1.2003
BORGHMANS BORGHMANS /ADRIEN JOHANNES / 12.5.'22 - 27.10.'84
CHAPMAN CHAPMAN / NORMAN HAROLD / LOVED HUSBAND OF / LORNA / 14TH OCTOBER 1984 / AGED 66 YEARS
HILL BRUCE WESTWOOD HILL / HUSBAND OF BEVERLY / FATHER OF STEPHEN / DEBRA, SHARON, MICHELLE / DARRON & BRENDAN / 15.7.1939 - 17.7.1981
HILL (A.I.F. BADGE)/ VX51350/ CPL. GEORGE WILLIAM HILL/ 10.11.1907 - 16.8.1967/ LOVED HUSBAND OF SYLVIA/ LOVED FATHER OF GRAHAM & LYNETTE,/ RONALD, BRUCE & CHERYL/ LOVED GRANDPA OF CHERIE, JODIE, KYLIE & JACKIE/ IN GOD'S CARE
INGRAM RUBY MAY INGRAM/ 26-11-1985 AGED 86YRS/ LOVED MOTHER OF/ JIM, VERNA, BILL,/ JACK & BETTY/ REST IN PEACE
LENZ EDGAR RUPERT LENZ/ HUSBAND OF PEARL/ FATHER OF JOHN,/ NOLA, CORAL, ELAINE,/ BARBARA, BRIAN,/ EILEEN & RHONDA/ 1907 - 1976
LESTER (AIF EMBLEM) / GEORGE LESTER / 48 YEARS / HUSBAND OF HAZEL / FATHER OF SHIRLEY & / RAYMOND, G/FATHER / OF LINDEN & ALLAN
LESTER LESTER/ RAYMOND GEORGE/ 15YEARS. BELOVED SON/ OF GEO. (DEC.) & HAZEL/ BROTHER OF SHIRLEY
McCULLOCH MATTHEW DAVID/ McCULLOCH/ (STILLBORN) 9- 7- 1987/ DEARLY LOVED SON OF/ BRENDA & DAVID/ IN GOD'S CARE
MADDICKS W. T. (DICK) MADDICKS / LOVED HUSBAND OF / MOLLY, FATHER OF / CORAL, DAWN AND MARGERY / 6. 7. 1907 - 15. 8. 1978 / AT REST
MATTHEWS EVELYN MARGARET/MATTHEWS/LOVED WIFE OF TOLLY/MOTHER OF TERRI, MAUREEN,/PAM, GARY, DOUG,/JACQUI & MICHAEL/ 30.8.24 TO 19.9.88
MOFFATT MOFFATT / FREDA RUBY / 1906 - 1989 / WIFE OF THEO (DEC.) / MOTHER OF FRED (DEC.) / DOREEN, KEVIN, VALDA, / AND JEANETTE
MOFFATT MOFFATT / WILLIAM THEODORE / 1906 - 1983 / HUSBAND OF FREDA / FATHER OF FRED (DEC.) / DOREEN, KEVIN, VALDA / AND JEANETTE
NEILSON ILA MAY NEILSON / LOVED WIFE OF KEITH / LOVED MOTHER OF DON / 2ND SEPTEMBER 1989
NEILSON KEITH ARTHUR NEILSON / LOVED AND LOVING / HUSBAND OF MAY / FATHER OF DON / 12TH APRIL 1982
NEWMAN GARY WALTER / NEWMAN / BORN 26.7.66 - DIED 1.2.95 / ALWAYS REMEMBERED
PETERS BRIAN PETERS/ 21-2-81/ AGED 47 YEARS/ LOVED HUSBAND OF FAYE/ DAD OF CRAIG, DEBBIE / & ROBBIE
PETERS CRAIG PETERS/ 16.12.85/ AGED 23 YEARS/ DARLING SON OF/ FAY & BRIAN (DEC.)/ LOVED BROTHER OF/ DEBBIE & ROBBIE/ CHERISHED UNCLE OF/ ASHLEY & CHRIS
TATTERSON DAWN LORRAINE/ TATTERSON/ LOVED WIFE OF KEN,/ MOTHER OF JAN,/ LYNN, DALE, STEVEN/ 7.9.33 - 21.4.87
TAYLOR (CROSS INSIGNIA) (R.A.A.F. INSIGNIA) ERN TAYLOR / 7TH APRIL 1983 / AGED 84
TUENA THOMAS ALAN TUENA/ BORN 13-1-1912/ DIED 27-7-1986/ BELOVED HUSBAND/ OF MYRA
TUENA MYRA LAURA TUENA/ WIFE OF/ THOMAS ALAN TUENA/ 1916 TO 1991/ REST IN PEACE
WEYMOUTH IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ DULCIE WEYMOUTH/ DIED 22ND MAY 1972/ AGED 57 YEARS/ LOVED WIFE OF JOHN/ MOTHER OF JOHN & HELEN / AT PEACE
WEYMOUTH IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ JOHN H. WEYMOUTH/ DIED 17TH APR. 1981/ AGED 66 YEARS/ LOVED HUSBAND OF DULCIE/ FATHER OF JOHN AND HELEN/ LOVING GRANDFATHER OF / JOHN, MARK, REBECCA, JESSICA,/ LINCOLN & ALEXANDER/ AT PEACE

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Moondarra and District Roll of Honor

AITKEN, K. MARKS, A.
AITKEN, T. MARKS, R.
BLACK, A. MARKS, S.
BOYD, H. MORRISON, F.
BOYD, J. MURIE, W.
COATES, T. NELSON, A.
COLLETT, T. NELSON, W.
CUNNINGHAM, H. NICHOLLS, F.
GATTI, O. RICHARDSON, J.
GLOZ, L. SENINI, J.
GLOVER, L. SENINI, L.
HEHIR, W. SENINI, S.
JAMES, A. SMITH, J.
LEVERIDGE, E. TALBOT, A.
LUNDY, A. WALLACE, R.
MALONEY, J. WILLIAMS, C.