Week 6 of 52 (2022) Ancestors – Maps

Week 6 (8-14 Feb) prompt is Maps

One of the Assessments for a subject for my Diploma in Family History from the University of Tasmania was to produce an annotated map showing places of interest for one of our ancestors. I knew immediately that it would be about my 3xgreat grandfather James Shingles.

A few years earlier, while on one of many trips to James’s hometown of Maffra, in county Victoria, I finally made it to the library. I was shown a massive Parish Map of Maffra from 1903 showing the owners of every piece of land in Maffra.  It was amazing to see so many familiar names and where they had lived in the town.  My eyes were immediately drawn to a large parcel of land lots owned by James Shingles.  It was of course where he had his brick kiln and house. 

Unfortunately I only thought to photograph that one section instead of taking my time to get the whole map but it was my inspiration for my annotated map.

Taken from 1903 Parish Map of Maffra

Having been the main brick maker in the town while Maffra was developing, Maffra Bricks were used in a lot of buildings and homes. So the map didn’t look too crowded, I chose a few of the more prominent buildings and those special to James including where the kiln was located.

Today, only part of James’s selection from 1903 has dwellings on it. It was deemed unsafe to build on the part which had been the kiln so it is now just vacant land often used by the High School.

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I have been researching my family history since 2009. I am interested it the family names Shingles, McEwan, Snowdon & Witt around Gippsland and Wodonga areas of Victoria, Australia

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