Deans Marsh History

The Settlement of Deans Marsh

The establishment of the Deans Marsh community dates back to the European settlement of Eastern Australia…

Loutitt Bay (Lorne)

In 1864 the Mountjoy brothers arrived at Loutitt Bay after coming originally from Cornwall, England…

Marjorie Florence Lawrence (1907–1979)

A famous singer, Marjorie was born at Deans Marsh on February 17, 1907…

The Deans Marsh Curtains

During World War II, the women of the Deans Marsh community constructed the Deans Marsh Curtains. Sugar bags were sewn and embroidered over a period of nine years and used as curtain panels in the community hall…

The Footy Shed

In typical low-key Deans Marsh style we all call it ‘The Footy Shed’ – but that doesn’t do it justice really, it is so much more than that. ..

Manoeuvres In The Marsh

Back in 2012 Louise Brown, a teacher
and musician living in Bambra, wanted
to create a community orchestra…

Telstra Comes To Deans Marsh

The internet is now a staple of modern life, used for work, study and for pleasure by families, students, professionals and businesses. Yet in Deans Marsh, we experience a form of social exclusion…

Real Connection Comes To Deans Marsh

Was it community power or the inherent generosity of Telstra or plain old good luck? Or just a fortuitous combination of all three?  Whatever the reason, the Deans Marsh Bambra community are very happy indeed to report that our pleas were heard: ADSL has arrived!

Deans Marsh Festival 2017

Because it is great fun for everyone, with fantastic local and guest artists playing music all day, delicious food to take home or eat on the spot, arts and craft stalls, and games to play – castles to jump, faces to paint…

The Continuing Story of the Deans Marsh Curtain

In the 1990s, Deans Marsh was changing. The long-established local families were still doing what they do but now many new folk were moving into the area…

Residents Will Fight Coal Mining Bid

Deans Marsh residents will band together to fight a mining company’s application to explore 499 square kilometres of Crown and public land for brown coal…

Mining for Brown Coal in the Otways - Permission Granted to Explore

Queensland-based company Mantle Mining has been given ‘priority status’ to explore a 500 square kilometre area behind the Otways…

Coalmine Worries Deans Marsh

A South-West Victorian community is objecting to a mining company’s proposal to search for brown coal over 500 square kilometres that includes the town of Deans Marsh…

Show of Hands Cans Coal Mining Project

A small Victorian community is celebrating today after a mining company dumped plans to hunt for brown coal after an extraordinary public meeting…

Residents Welcome Miner’s Decision To Walk Away

Deans Marsh residents have welcomed a mining company’s decision to abandon its plan to probe the region for brown coal…

In Her Own Words - Lisa Jarvis

Family Land

An unconfirmed story is that John Schram may have jumped ship in Australia to head for the goldfields. He came from the Isle of Texel in the Netherlands and his family were sailors as far back as records show.  John married Ruth Challis and they moved to the Boonah Hills…

Focus On Deans Marsh - Otway Life

Otway Life Autumn 2014

Our second issue featuring the country hamlet of Deans Marsh, the’39 fires, local arts, books and country lifestyles…

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