For those of you who have not visited the south-west of Victoria, the following article gives a wonderful description from Camperdown through to Port Fairy. Published on June 1, 1928 in the Hurstbridge Advertiser, the correspondent, “Mernda” journeys by bus to Port Fairy. There are descriptions of some of the towns and their industries as well as the volcanic countryside.
The former Bank of Australasia (below) was a highlight for “Mernda” in Port Fairy.
Of interest is the Glaxo works in Port Fairy, considered by “Mernda” as a “great success”. Glaxo produced high quantities of milk powder, from milk sourced from the local area. In the 1940s, the company name changed to Glaxo Laboratories and still exists today in Port Fairy as GlaxoSmithKline.
Nestle at Dennington, just outside Warrnambool, was another milk powder manufacturer that caught “Mernda’s” eye. Nestle operated from 1911 until 2005 when Fonterra bought the factory. To read a history of the Nestle factory at Dennington, follow the link http://www.standard.net.au/news/local/news/general/flavours-of-switzerland-linger-a-century-on/2073943.aspx?storypage=1