Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 55 STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE 65 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale Ph: 5150 2300 505 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance Ph: 5155 1514 122 Nicholson Street, Orbost Ph: 5154 1919 Lakes Coast Real Estate is East Gippsland’s only weekly property publication for real estate. Find the latest home and land sales, commercial and business opportunities, investment and rural properties for sale, lease or auction, along with an East Gippsland real estate market update and analysis, in one local publication. So no matter what you’re considering in real estate let the weekly or enhanced monthly edition of the Lakes Coast Real Estate lift-out be your guide! To read our publications subscribe now at Central to all your holiday needs Originally inhabited by the Gunaikurnai people, the first European to settle in the area in 1842 was Frederick Jones who utilised the land at what is now known as Lucknow to breed horses for the Indian market. Archibald Macleod took up land in the area now covered by the present town, naming his run ‘Bernisdale’ after his birthplace on the Isle of Skye. Legend has it that the name was changed to its present spelling when Macleod noted the number of ‘bairns’ (children) within the settlement, though it is just as likely that it was changed to fit local pronunciation. With its favourable access to the river and the sea via the Gippsland Lakes the town grew in the 1850s and 1860s becoming a supply port for the East Gippsland goldfields. The hops cultivated in the Mitchell Valley between 1868 and 1916 were also transported to Bairnsdale for shipment to the hop kilns. A post office was set up in 1856 and the township was surveyed and gazetted the following decade. A police station was established in 1862, followed by a court- house, school and post office in 1868. The decades to follow saw a variety of industries emerge including the railway from Melbourne arriving in 1888, a tannery, mining tool production, ice and butter factories, a fruit cannery and an attempt to develop an oil seed industry between 1890 and 1910. The 1920s saw immigrants from the south of Italy begin to arrive resulting in the production of vegetables as a major industry. Now Bairnsdale is an ideal central base for all sorts of holidays from the mountains to the sea. The Mitchell River runs right through Bairnsdale offering a bounty of water activities.