Cranbourne (Co. Mornington) is a postal and telegraphic township, in the shire of Cranbourne and electorate of Mornington. It is not situated on any creek, but fresh water is abundantly supplied by two lagoons within the town boundary, and also by numerous perennial springs. The district is adapted for agricultural and pastoral pursuits. Dairy farming is extensively carried on in the district, also sheep grazing and fattening of cattle for the Melbourne market. Clyde lies 2 miles E. of Cranbourne; Skye, 6 miles westward; Tooradin, about 10 miles S.E.; and Dandenong, 9 1/2 miles N.W. There is a daily coach between Cranbourne and Dandenong, and three days week there is communication by coach via Tooradin to the Bass, distant about 51 miles. With Melbourne the communication is by daily coach to Dandenong, thence by train, distance 29 miles. Cranbourne has a court of petty sessions, a temperance hall, shire hall, post office and savings bank, money-order and telegraph office. The surrounding country is undulating, well grassed and timbered, admirably adapted for agricultural and grazing purposes. The population is over 300. In the township are a Scots’ church, connected with the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, St. John’s (English church), and the Roman Catholic chapel. There is a racecourse to the S. of the township. The temperance hall is suitable for lectures, concerts and entertainments of a similar nature.
Bailliere’s Victorian Gazetteer and Road Guide 1879

Cranbourne in our Research Room

Our Casey Cardinia Collection is available to members and visitors in our Research Room. Some of our resources for Cranbourne include:

  • Cranbourne Cemetery Tour 2012
  • A history of Cranbourne North Primary School 1962 to 1987
  • Cranbourne Primary School Centenary Celebrations June 10 1978
  • Cranbourne Shire Rate Books 1863 to 1951
  • Facey Family Tree 1790-2007
  • Heritage of the City of Casey, Historic Sites in the former Cranbourne Shire
  • Of Heath and horses – a history of the Cranbourne Turf Club
  • One hundred years and more – the story of the founding and development of the parish of St John the Evangelist, Cranbourne
  • Our boys from the bush – Cranbourne/Clyde soldiers at WW1
  • The Good Country – Cranbourne Shire
  • The hounds are running – a history of the Melbourne Hunt Club
  • What’s Golf? The first 50 years of the Cranbourne Golf Club

Cranbourne on the Web

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