A moment in time

By Jamieson Salter

The Barmah National Park, to the north and west of Nathalia, contains the largest red gum forest in the world.

The Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre opened in 2011 and has displays on the timber industry, wood cutters and cattlemen in Nathalia and surrounds.

The history of the town includes a sawmill built in 1876, a flour mill in 1877, a butter factory in 1895 and wheat silos built in 1942.

In 1900, a local man patented the Empire combine harvester and sold the design to a South Australian company.

The Nathalia historical society was created by Tim Mannion to preserve local history and makes its home in the old mechanics institute, built in 1887.

The Nathalia and District Historical Society Museum is open on the second Sunday of the month from 1.30 pm to 4 pm or by phoning 5866 2955 to make an appointment.

Nathalia is 43 km north-west of Shepparton.