McGuire's Punt then Shepparton
The site of Shepparton was included in the Tallygaroopna pastoral run which was taken up in 1841 and transferred to Sherbourne Sheppard in 1843. Sheppard’s homestead was the most prominent building in the district. When gold was discovered in the Ovens district of north-east Victoria intending miners had to cross the Goulburn River. Pat Macguire operated a punt to cross the river, and the location of the crossing was the genesis of a settlement. By 1853 there were a few buildings and a government animal pound. From being called Macguire’s Punt the settlement became known as Shepparton (named by Sherbourne Sheppard) in 1853.
The Shepparton town site was surveyed in 1855. In the 1870s large pastoral runs were subdivided for farm selection, and between 1871 and 1881 Shepparton’s population increased from 33 persons to over 1000. A flour mill, a store and John Furphy’s foundry were opened in 1873. (The Furphy water carts gave rise to the expression ‘a furphy’ in World War I, meaning a misleading rumour, which arose from water carts failing to arrive for thirsty troops. Joseph Furphy, the proprietor’s brother, wrote ‘Such is life’ at nights after working at the foundry). A Methodist church was opened in 1874 and a school in 1875.
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for addition of new displays.
McGuire's Punt (painting)