C1887

In the Mountains, Fernshaw.

Colonial engraving of Fernshaw which was a township on the Watts River. Fernshaw was settled in the 1860s as the area provided good country for orchards and berry growing. The location was at the foot of Blacks Spur, with Mounts … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

In the Mountains, Fernshaw.

Date:

C1887

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

145mm 
x 127mm
AUTHENTICITY
In the Mountains, Fernshaw. - Antique View from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Colonial engraving of Fernshaw which was a township on the Watts River.

Fernshaw was settled in the 1860s as the area provided good country for orchards and berry growing. The location was at the foot of Blacks Spur, with Mounts Juliet and Mondah rising on either side, providing spectacular scenery. There were nearby fern gullies giving rise to the name – ‘shaw’ is old English for thicket or wood. By 1875 Fernshaw had a post office (1865), two hotels, a school (1871) and stores. It was famed for its beauty, attracting tourists. In 1886 the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works began work on the Watts River water catchment scheme – later to become Maroondah – and the Board obtained approval for the catchment country to be reserved and kept free of settlement. This required the removal of the Fernshaw township, which was completed by about 1890.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 18617.

Collections:
State Library Victoria: SLTF 919.4 W 68 A
State Library New South Wales: Call Number: DSM/Q980.1/W
State Library South Australia: 994T W739 b
National Library Australia: Bib ID 760447

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