Life on Spring Creek has produced a complete facsimile copy of the Ovens Directory for the Year 1857, photographed from the original.
The directory lists the owners and businesses in Beechworth (Ford Street, High Street, Camp Street, Church Street, Short Street, Finch Street, Last Street and ‘Beyond the Bridge’), Pennyweight Flat, One Mile, Two Mile, Nine Mile, Reid’s Creek, Woolshed, Devil’s Elbow, Sebastopol Flat, Napoleon, El Dorado, Yackandandah Creek and Township, Allan’s Flat, Osborne’s Flat, Rowdy Flat, Crossing Place, Kirby’s Flat and Buckland. It also names local officials, police throughout the region, ministers of religion, and the members of the board of the Ovens Hospital. In addition, it contains a lengthy essay — ‘A Sketch of the Ovens Gold Fields from their opening to the present time’ — as well as numerous advertisements.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the Oven Directory in the form of a digital PDF file of 24 megabytes, it is available for $10.00. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for payment, and you will receive a link to download the file, which will be available for 14 days.