Sepia Saturday – Monuments, Statues and Flags

From the little brown suitcase come 3  sepia photographs for this weeks post.

In 1935 the Minyip Progress Association commissioned a monument for James Farrer, who was highly regarded for his contributions to the development of a wheat strain that would withstand disease (especially rust) and harsh Australian conditions as well as to produce high yields. The strain  that was the  most commonly used in the twenties was called Federation.

For about 30 years the monument stood at the intersection of Main and Church Street Minyip. Minyip Main St 1940's 2

But with the increasing volumes of traffic it came to be considered a hazard, so in 1963 it was moved to the Sports ground. Finally in 1972 it found a home in the grounds of the Senior Citizens Club RoomsMinyip_Farrer_Monument

Flags have played a prominent part in local groups in Minyip too.

The Caledonian Society had its own flag and was proudly carried at the head of this group as they prepare to march, probably in the early 1900’s.

March with pipers

When we were cleaning out the old home in Minyip some years ago we found this flag carefully wrapped and put in a cupboard and probably forgotten about. It was in need of some repair. We offered it to the Minyip Historical Society, who in turn suggested we donate it to the Melbourne Museum. The Museum accepted it and said that when funds allowed they would restore it.

The  Men’s PFA (Presbyterian Fellowship Association) was another local group with its own flag.pfaL to R. Wally Trudinger, Don Grant, Clarrie Barham, Roy Penny, Rev Bill McIlroy, James Moulton, David Coutts, Hal Penny

Further images and stories on Sepia Saturday for Statues, Monuments and Flags my be found at 

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7 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday – Monuments, Statues and Flags

  1. Love the way you went with monuments AND flags from the one little town – clever you.
    I’m very impressed that you were able to save the flag. It would be good if it could be restored. Was it ‘home made’ like the Eureka flag?

    • Thanks Lorraine. Home made – I don’t know. It was a difficult time, Florence had recently died & we were sharing the task of clearing the house with other family members. If I’d had my wits about me could have included a chair too as we’ve recenly rescued and restored the chair Florence sat on to play the organ in the church

  2. I can remember some other towns in the Wimmera with monuments in the centre of the main street. Some of these towns created a median strip I think, although not many of the early roads would have been wide enough. Good that they relocated it – and didn’t lose it like Boobook’s Tassie monument!

  3. I was wondering if the meaning of Minyip was anything like that of bunyip, but i see on some web site that it means ‘ashes’. Has anyone mentioned that the link to your blog on SS isn’t working, which is probably why you haven’t had many replies this week, because people can’t open it? It just says ‘you are not allowed to edit this item’ , which of course is not what we want to do, we just want to read it. I only got here by clicking on your name in your comment on my blog 🙂

    • Yes I think the accepted meaning for Minyip is ashes – probably has an aboriginal basis. Thanks for the advice about the link. We’ve been at Tathra the last 5 days with a very flaky internet and phone connection. I think sometimes half of what I was posting only went through and the line dropped out. Haven’t really got the hang of this blog site yet, but as long as I’ve got a photo to share I will persevere. Hope I’ve got it right now

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