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One of the squatting run in the Kelly Country

Nearest towns




History at Myrrhee before the KellyGang

First taken up by overlanders from New South Wales in about 1837 by Dr George Mackay who abandoned it because of problems with the aboriginals. JW Chisholm then took it up.(96,000 acres) It was held by Hugh Glass in 1866 (Argus12/10/66)

Whitefield was originally part of Myrrhee. It was owned by Hugh Glass at one stage. Later it was owned by Evans

In 1876 the license to Myrrhee was owned by Frederick George Docker, ? acres', £62/10 license fee half year

Where did the name Myrrhee come from

Could come from an aboriginal word that means 'the wind' or from the gum from wattle trees

The original aboriginal owners

The first selectors

Myrrhee was first selected in the late 1850s. More selections were made in 1869

William Tanner took up 44a 4p at Myrhee and Tatong , and John Tanner recieved part of allotment 16, Myrhee 23a 1r 18p in 1879 (OMA5/4/1879)



Original neighbouring properties


Fifteen Mile Creek


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It would be great to hear more about Myrrhee; can you please help

What was Myrrhee like in the late 1870's

The Anglican church had opened

Links to the KellyGang

The KellyGang had hangouts around the Middle Creek area.

William Tanner was thrown off his selection at Myrrhee because he was a sympathizer. (RC3553)

John and Mary Nolan (originally known as John Nowlan) seemed to settle in the area around Greta in the mid 1870s. John Nolan was born in 1856 or 1857 and died in 1930. According to the death notice (Wangaratta Chronicle Feb 5 1930) John Nolan was a farmer from Myrrhee and ‘very highly respected” and from “an old district family”

John Nolan was the oldest son (out of 16 children) with Michael and Daniel Nolan. They were part of the Greta Mob.

Rivers Creeks and Hills near Myrrhee

What happened at Myrrhee after the time of the Kelly Gang

The Ellerslie Hop Estate has been in the area for a long time. The area also had a long history with the production of tobacco.

The Handcock family have had a long history with hops.

What is happening at Myrrhee today

There are a number of vineyards in the area today.

See also Graham Jones, Memories of Oxley