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30-April-2014
30-April-2014
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A plaque commemorates the centenary of the implementation of irrigation into the Merbein District.

Location

Address:Box & Smith Streets, Kenny Park, Merbein, 3505
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.166314
Long: 142.055634
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Approx. Event Start Date:1909
Approx. Event End Date:2009

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 23rd August, 2009
Front Inscription

Merbein 1909 - 2009

The Centenary of Irrigation Settlement

Merbein was established by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria as a dairy settlement and was initially known as "White Cliffs".   By 1912 the settlement changed to citrus and grapes.

The district further expanded witht the soldier settlements of Birdwoodton and Merbein West ( 1917 - 1923), resident S.R.W.S.C. "Officer in Charge"was Mr E. J. (Pat) Kenny.

Merebein :  "Queen irrigation settlement of the Souther Hemisphere" S.R.W.S.C. Chairman, Mr Elwood mead.

This plaque was unveiled on 23rd August 2009 in Kenny Park, by Chairpersons :
Leon Wagner, Merebein Centenary Committee
Max Whiting, Merbein District Historical Society

Source: MA
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