Mollongghip

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Origin of the name

Mollongghip is a word in traditional Wathawurrung language.[1]

History

Land for the Mollongghip hall was donated by the local Macklin family who were farmers in the area in 1903, with the hall built by other farmers in the area.[2]

Mollongghip in the past has had numerous organisations and shops:

Butchery

Church

Mechanics' Institute

Railway to either Ballarat or Bungaree

Rural Fire Brigrade

Swimming club

Tennis court and club. [3]

Governance

Mollongghip was a part of the Creswick Shire in 1986. The district was declaed 11th January 1859 and proclaimed a Shire 31st December 1863, redefined 10th October 1890 and became the Creswick Borough 29th May 1934. [4]

Geography and climate

Mollongghip is a rural settlement immediately west of the Wombat State Forest. It is 18 km south-west of Daylesford and slightly less south-east of Creswick. The undulating landscape of Mollongghip has good agricultural soil. Settlers named it Happy Valley, and the school (1885) had that name for two years before 'Mollongghip' was adopted. The meaning of the name is uncertain. [5]

Environment

Economy

Demography

Culture

Mollongghip Rural Fire Brigade

Saint Peter's Church

Sport

Mollongghip Swimming Club

Mollongghip Tennis Club

Industry

Mollongghip is a mixed farming district, and potatoes are grown under spray irrigation. [6]

McPhan's Butchers

Tourism

Transport

Mollongghip had a rail line connecting it to Ballarat or Bungaree

Architecture

Education

Happy Valley School

The Wesleyan Church opened this non-vested school on 1st June 1869 between Macklin's farmhouse and the head of the creek. A schoolhouse was built to accommodate 50 pupils, with a gallery, two roomy porches, hardwood walls and an unlined shingle room. In the corner of the grounds, the authorities erected a teachers residence, adding two more rooms and a wash-house at a later date. Charles M Yelland was appointed as the first Head Teacher. [7]

In 1870, there were about 40 children attending the school in 1870 but the school closed in 1885. The Wesleyan chapel fell in disrepair and the school was relocated to another site, the church and the residences have since disappeared. [8]


Mollongghip School

The Mollongghip school was opened in 1885, SS 2715, the school was formerly know as Happy Valley school 987. [9]

A new 30ftx18ft wooden schoolroom with four attached residential rooms (estimated cost 470 pounds) was finished in 1885. David Jones was head teacher in from 1885 to 18898. In 1887, school name was changed from Happy Valley to Mollongghip. [10]

The new enrolments in 1889 were 91, so there was a need for more room. The room was increased by length 15ft to 45ftx18ft, a well was sunk in 1893. Electricity was installed in 1950 and a septic tank in 1960. One classroom to replace the old building was erected and first occupied on the 19th October 1964. [11]

Media

See also

Mining Companies

Centenary Mine

McPhan's Butchers

Notes

  1. https://maps.land.vic.gov.au/lassi/VicnamesUI.jsp, accessed 27 November 2018.
  2. https://www.hepburnadvocate.com.au/story/2515574/mollingghip-glory-days-are-back/, accessed 27/ November 2018.
  3. The Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick, Vic. : Arnall & Jackson. 1986.
  4. The Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick, Vic. : Arnall & Jackson. 1986.
  5. Victorian Places, 2015 http://www.victorianplaces.com.au/mollongghip
  6. Victorian Places, 2015 http://www.victorianplaces.com.au/mollongghip
  7. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  8. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  9. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  10. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  11. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973


References


Further reading

Lester Tropman and Associates et al, Creswick Shire heritage study, Creswick Shire, 1990

External links

Dean, Mollonghip Newlyn Community Plan - https://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/hepburn/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Dean-Mollongghip-Newlyn-Community-Plan-PDF.pdf

https://www.victorianplaces.com.au/mollongghip


--Beth Kicinski 12:39, 13 November 2016 (AEDT)

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