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located on road from Melbourne to Bendigo


The first settlers moved into the area in 1836 with sheep. The town was founded in 1851

Importance of Gisborne

During the gold rush of the 1850’s, Gisborne flourished, boasting a brewery, two wine saloons, eight hotels, grocery, grain and hay stores, harness makers, blacksmiths, butchers’ shops and many cottages and tents.

In 1861 when the railway arrived from Melbourne the town grew rapidly with new hotels, shops, churches and schools

What was Gisborne like in the late 1870s


Map By this time the town was well established with most of its facilities in place

Facilities in Gisborne in the late 1870s

Population Hotels Churches Schools Bank? Main Streets Local Government Police Station Railway Station Telegraph Office

Post Office Other things of interest

Links to the KellyGang

What happened at Gisborne after the time of the Kelly Gang

John Sherritt was ploughing and butchering near Gisborne in 1881

Famous members of the Gisborne community

What is happening at Gisborne today

See the historical society's web site at [1]