Joseph Bishop arrived in Melbourne during the goldrushes, ultimately establishing a coach building business at Beechworth, which was later transferred to Euroa. The family moved to Melbourne in the late 1880s, where one son became the proprietor of the trade journal 'The Australasian Coachbuilder and Saddler'. The collection consists of family photographs and photographs used to illustrate 'The Australasian Coachbuilder and Saddler'. This photo shows a view of two adult males seated in a motor buggy outside the Shady Creek Hotel. Written on the photo mounting: A motor buggy. Photo taken near Melbourne. Captain Tarrant driving (Allied Motors). " Pencilled on verso: Motor buggy was first introduced about 1906. Its description is in CB (Coach Builder) for March 1907, page 292. Almost certainly 1908, practically built by Tarrants. Motor buggies had a very short run - about 3 years and they had disappeared. Right enough at low (?) speed, but beyond that, soon out of action."
A “SHADY” CREEK YARN I sat beside the driver, and merrily we did go, On the o’d red coach of Messrs Cobb and Co, The sun was up, the day was fine, the air was calm and still On we spun with four in hand, the mists rose up the hill. We struck a light and lit our pipes, the driver, Bill and I, And soon the smoke went curling up to the deep blue sky. “Been long a driving, Bill” said I; said Bill “You bet, I’ve been a driving thirty year, and I can tool ‘em yet.” The road then took a sudden turn around a granite hill, And far before my wandering gaze lay Gippsland, calm and still; Its ragged ranges lighted up with floods of liquid gold, While far beyond, the mighty lakes like frosted silver rolled, And o’er the gullies far below, half hidden from the view, Like white sails on green seas, flew the screeching cockatoo. “An awkward pinch, just here, Bill; rather a nasty place.” A wink rose in his near eye, and spread all o’er his face; He took his knife, and with a plug he calmly filled his pipe, Then took a bottle from his coat-and- gave his mouth a wipe, “Think so,” said he “think so,” as soon as he could speak, “’Tis nothing to the turn I had, down at old Shady Creek, You see it had been raining hard, the gullies all were full,” He gave the near side horse a touch, and gave the reins a pull. “Old Shady Creek was o’er its banks, the bridge was swept away, Full speed we went all down the hill, It was the ‘devil to pay,’ You know the saying Sir-Well during the past week, Some chap had cut a big tree down, right across the creek, You know the big trees there, Sir, they are an awful size, I wouldn’t like to say how big, I don’t like telling lies. Well, there the big tree lay, Sir, right across the Creek, And we’d be slap into the flood, before a chap could speak; I shouted to the insides, ‘Quick! to the lower side!’ And got the coach upon a skew, just as the tree I tried; The horses gave an awful leap, and we sprang over, slap, On two wheels balanced on the log, just like a cyclist chap, With head and shoulders doubled up, a kink all in his back, Goes spinning on his whirling “bi” all down a steep bush track; Well, we got over safe, Sir, and here Is old Mac Duff, And I don’t mind a drop, Sir, that yarn was rather tough.” CERULEAN Taken from Healesville and Yarra Glen Guardian Friday September 15 1911
Shady Creek Hall circa 1928 (oldest photo located to date)
The School (historically referred to as the School Hall) was built on donated land, with donated cash and labour. School commenced in 1903. The first School Hall burnt down in a bushfire in 1923, the only thing left standing was the chimney (which we believe still stands today) The school moved to a new site and building across the road in 1956, leaving the School Hall to operate solely as the Community Hall. Since 1956 additions and extensions have been made, but the basic structure of the original School Hall remains part of the extended building
TRIVIA NIGHTS MELBOURNE CUP LADIES AFTERNOON DAFFODIL DAY FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUN DAY AUSTRALIA DAY CYCLING EVENTS COMMUNITY LUNCHEONS FAMILY DANCES COMMUNITY & INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS
NOVEMBER 2011 CELEBRATION OF SHADY CREEK HALL IN OUR COMMUNITY NOVEMBER 1 - MELBOURNE CUP DAY LADIES AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 12 & 13 - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION - TIME CAPSULE NOVEMBER 27 - FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUN DAY