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Fyans  Ford



A community


does not stand still....

The ever-changing face of....

Fyans ford


Pre-European Settlement...

The Wathaurong people occupied the Fyansford region for more than 25,000 years ~ long before European settlement. They made use of the natural environment – grasslands, wetlands and coastal areas. They lived, hunted, fished and cropped in ongoing harmony with their little-changing environment....

Early European Settlement...

The first European recorded as visiting the region was Lt. John Murray, commander of the brig HMS Lady Nelson in 1802. Later that year Matthew Flinders, on HMS Investigator, entered Port Phillip charting the Geelong area. This led to settlement of the Port Phillip region with wool became the driver for pastoral expansion. Early settlers soon dispersing over a wide area. Fyans ford appears on plans in 1837, when  Foster Fyans, a Police Magistrate, camped in the area. With Fyans ford providing a convenient crossing-place across the Moorabool River, the small settlement subsequently became an important stopping point for pastoralists and others travelling to the western district.

Commercialisation of Fyansford...

1844 First flour mill erected by

     William Henry Collins

1846 Fyans ford became increasingly important      as a stopping point for bullock teams          serving the wool market.

1859 Post Office opened.

1861  Agriculture contues to expand.

1876 Barwon Paper Mill opened beside

     Buckley's Falls.

1890 Cement production began in Fyansford.

A place to drive through...

2001   The Fyansford cement works ceased

       operation and the township returned

       to being little more than 'a place to          drive through’. And, I'm sure, this

       was how many of the old long-time local        inhabitants would have liked to see it          remain.

A commuter Community...

2014  Gen Fyansford released land in a large        residential estate located north of the        Fyansford township; between Hyland street      and the Moorabool River.

2016 A large commuter community grows as            members of the public begin to move into      Fyansford; a locality which, though            having a few local businesses, is              comprised largely of residents who            commute to employment centers elsewhere.

2018 More and more families call Fyansford          'home' as the estates to the east of the      Moorabool River fill.


Fyansford has been home to...

  • original Australians

  • early settlers

  • industrialists

  • modern commuters

2018 just has to be close to 1,000!

2023 guaranteed to hit 3,000!

For ongoing commentary on the Barwon River and its immediate locality,
I recommend Jo Mitchell's Barwon Blog
with an archive spanning 2010 - 2017, great links to explore,
an exhaustive array of blog  topics (AFL to Zillah Crawcour) and an invaluable in-site search tool.
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Through others' eyes ...

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A popular perspective..


, Victoria - very early 1900s (Aussie~mo
1901 Ca Fyansford Bridge and Cement Work
1910 Ca Fyans Ford, Hill & Cement Works,
1910 Ca  Fyansford Bridge Symons & Rober
Ca 1910
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Wood engraving published in

The news letter of Australasia, No. 50,  1860




Fyansford Bridge
Fyansford Hotel
Flour Mill House
Former Post Office
Former Protestant Orphanage
Geelong Cement Works transport system
Former Balmoral Inn
Barwon Paper Mill Complex
Asylum / Common School
Steam Flour Mill
Workers' Cottages
Cement Works Transport
Post Office
Flour Mill House
Pumping Station
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