Friday, 22 November 2013

Touring in the 1930s.

I have just been given this fabulous set of Shell maps. Judging by the wonderful Art Deco style cover I presume that they are from the 1930s. 

The maps also include parts of the Motor Car Act. Click on the image to enlarge it. My favourite part of this Act covers the Wind Screen Wiper. It says that Every vehicle fitted with a wind screen must have attached thereto an efficient wiper. The Act also warns us not to use a Public Highway for racing or  a trial speed and also not to sound the horn when passing Churches. And another interesting part of the Act says The law now requires drivers to signal when about to stop, turn right or when the driver requires other vehicles to pass him on his right.

However, because this is a blog about the history of the Casey Cardinia, then you may be interested in this map. If we travel along the Princes Highway from Dandenong, we get to Narre Warren. Narre Warren North is described as 'Old Narre Warren', which is what it was, I just haven't seen it described like that on a map.  Modern day Narre Warren was established when the railway station opened in 1882. If we head up to the hills, going east from Belgrave, the town of  Aura is of interest. Menzies Creek was known as Aura from 1917-1923. 

Further east we have Gembrook North and Gembrook West, names no longer in use. Also of interest, right down the bottom we have Sherwood Junction, also a name no longer used, on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Tooradin-Baxter Road and further east they still use the name Yallock, even though with the opening of the Bayles station in 1922, the town and the name began to fall into decline.


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It would be interesting to know what happened to the township of Nyora that appears to be above Woori Yallock.

When was the town of Nyora near Lang Lang established?

That must have been very confusing for people.

Heather said...

That's a good question, Monica. I have done a few searches on Trove and Nyora was a guest house on Mt Toole-be-wong, near Healesville, owned by the Robarts family. It had mountain walks, an artificial lake and operated for 30 years until it burnt down in 1939, so I suspect that the surrounding area took it's name from the Estate, there is still a Nyora Road in the same area. Nyora near Lang Lang was surveyed in the 1880s and the Post Office and Railway station opened in 1890. Nyora is Aboriginal for 'wild cherry tree'.