Origin of the name
In 1880 Baringhup was part of Maldon Shire and was described as:
- a pretty township on the river Loddon, ninety-six miles N.N.W. of Melbourne, and seven miles from Maldon. The population, including the neighbourhood, is estimated at 800 persons. The district is an agricultural one; the nearest mines being at Maldon. There are two State Schools, a free library of 321 volumes, and one hotel. a coach passes daily and connects with the railway at Castlemaine for Melbourne. The homestead of the Cairn Curran squatting run is near to Baringhup, and the owner, Mr Mathew Bryant, is devoting much attention to the breeding of blood stock.
In 1962 Baringhup was described as a mining, agricultural and dairying district on the Loddon River, with post and telegraph office, two State schools, free library, three churches..
The Baringhup Cemetery was established in 1866.
Geography and climate
- DISASTROUS BUSH FIRE, BARINGHUP'S RESIDENTS SUFFER. SHEEP, FENCING AND GRASS BURNT.
- A most disastrous bush fire occurred at Baringhup on Monday. From the particulars to hand, it is believed that the outbreak was caused by sparks flying from a traction engine, which was proceeding from Avoca towards Maldon on the Baringhup West road, which ignited the grass alongside the road. As the flames spread with alarming rapidity to the adjoining property of Mr J. Lillie, of Linwood Grange, the whistle of the engine was blown for assistance, which was soon forthcoming, but despite the most strenuous efforts of the fire-beaters it could not be put out until serious damage had resulted.
- The paddocks of Mr D. Mikkelsen were soon ablaze, and here fully 200 sheep were burnt and fencing destroyed, besides hundreds of acres of grass, and his loss mast have amounted to close on £500.
- Messrs A. Duff and Sharp & Taylor's paddocks also suffered to a large extent, and the full amount of the damage cannot yet be estimated, as the fire continued on its course towards Moolort.
- To-day it was stated that the fire had started afresh and was threatening other properties In the vicinity, and it is to be hoped that its progress will be stayed before much more damage is done.
- A number of local residents visited the locality yesterday and to-day, and the outbreak is considered one of the worst ever experienced in the district.
- ↑ Victorian Municipal Directory, 1881, p180.
- ↑ Victorian Municipal Directory, 1962, p755.
- ↑ Victorian Municipal Directory, 1962, p754.
- ↑ Maldon News, Tuesday 12 February 1918.
Linwood Grange Sub-divison, 1897 - http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-rm4226
Parish Plan 1889 - http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.map-rm2741-492-v
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