The Upper Yarra Valley for the purpose of the Collection is taken to mean the area covered by the O’Shannassy ward of the current Shire of Yarra Ranges, extended to include sawmills which regularly sent their timber through Yarra Junction.
The following are examples of localities contained within the coverage area:
Don Valley, Woori Yallock, Yellingbo, Launching Place, Hoddles Creek, Yarra Junction,
Gladysdale, Three Bridges, Gilderoy, Powelltown and bush sawmills, Wesburn, Millgrove,
Warburton (incl. East), Big Pats Creek, McMahons Creek, Reefton, Upper Yarra Dam.
Themes associated with the history of the area:·
- Bunurrong and Wawurrong people and the traditional Wurundjeri-Balluk territory
- European exploration and gold rush.
- Pioneer settlement, pioneer families.
- Local industry
- Ancillary (wood distillation, eucalyptus oil)
- Water (dams, aqueducts)
- Horticulture and Agriculture
- Tourism, holidaying, and guesthouses.
- Transport – railway, tramways, roads
- Significant events – electric power, major bushfires, Queen’s visit 1954, Shire amalgamation 1994.
- Sport, and entertainment.
- Education, schools.
- Health Services, Hospitals
- Religious and cultural (history of local cemeteries in cooperation with cemetery trust)
- Artefacts relating to the existing railway buildings – 1882 Station, Goods Shed, Guards Van, and the Assistant Station Master’s house.