Hurstbridge Lads

First published on Facebook. Nillumbik Shire Council Nillumbik Chronicles #27, 2 March 2015 This postcard size studio portrait of Hurstbridge locals Stanley and Allan Verso was sent home to their family in March 1918. Both brothers had worked as orchardists on the family property Versdale in Boyd’s Road before enlisting in 1916. Both survived the […]

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Princes Bridge to Hurst’s Bridge

The story of the Hurstbridge railway, with its strange and disjointed origins linked to the “railwaymania” of the 1880s, has much of interest to social, local and railway historians Oddly, the first section of it to open to traffic was completely isolated from the rest of the rail network. When the railway to Heidelberg was opened, at […]

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Henry Hurst

Article originally titled:  Murder of Henry Hurst by Burke the Bushranger At about 8 o’clock in the morning of Thursday 4th October 1866, a stranger with a poncho on his arm was seen walking towards the house at Hurst’s station on the Diamond Creek. He was the bushranger Robert Burke who on the previous Tuesday […]

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