This cache will bring you to another church not far from the last in the series. This is St Pau'ls Church. A violent storm cut a narrow path through Milawa in 1977 and destroyed the Anglican Church. Take the time to walk around and view the old building and the steeple, as well as the amazing large trees that greet you on arrival.
The first school on the Oxley's Plains was established in a brick building in 1861 across the road from St Paul's Church and this was also used for church services before the establishment of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in 1866 and St Paul's Church of England in 1873. The brick home, until recently owned by Trevor Dinning, was originally the vicarage of the nearby church. The first school master was Mr Burrows who was assisted by Miss Rebecca Graham.
This school closed down when the Oxley School # 737 was built on the site now occupied by Peter Hoppach, and this in turn closed in 1907 when the present Milawa School # 737 was opened, the head teacher at this time being Matthew Robertson.
The cache you seek is micro-sized and hanging. There is plenty of room to park and you shouldn't have too much muggle trouble.
The Milawa Gourmet Region is located in the lush Ovens & Kings Valleys of picturesque North East Victoria only 2.5 hours north of Melbourne, and 18 kilometers from Wangaratta.
The Gourmet Region story.... Milawa Gourmet Region- Australia's first gourmet region was conceived in 1994, with each member providing a service to visitors and proudly displaying the gourmet region's logo.
The region is centred around the townships of Oxley and Milawa and is home to numerous fresh and processed food producers and a number of Victoria's leading wineries. Accommodation options include a range of bed and breakfast stays, motels, caravan parks, camping and a five star hotel. This series of caches will take you on a journey around the areas. To enable you to enjoy a lot of what this region has to offer I have tried to take you close to as many different types of things as possible. But first some Milawa history.
Milawa was named in 1874 after being known only as," The Square" for many years prior. The word Milawa is Aboriginal in origin and is said to mean "flat land".
The first white men to travel through the north east region of Victoria were the explorers Hume and Hovell, in 1824, who with their intrepid party, had set out from Yass in New South Wales to make the journey to Port Phillip in their search for new grazing lands. In the course of their journey they named many of the outstanding features of the landscape including Mt Buffalo, the Ovens and King Rivers and the land lying between the two rivers, Oxley's Plains, named after John Oxley who at that time was Surveyor General of the Colony of New South Wales. The squatters soon followed with their flocks and herds and large grazing leases were taken up from about 1838 to include the fertile plains and river valleys.
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