Archies Creek

Archies Creek is a small township located just a short drive from Wonthaggi. The town has a small hotel and a leaf-lined street.

History of Archies Creek
Archies Creek is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is located between the Dalyston - Glen Forbes Road and Loch-Wonthaggi Road, on the Archies Creek Road, in the Bass Coast Shire, north-west of Wonthaggi.

Much of the development in this particular corner of South Gippsland was due to the discovery of coal at Cape Paterson in 1825-26. But it was far more than just coal which caused this area to grow. Many pioneers had realised the potential of the land and had begun clearing it to raise cattle and sheep long before coal mining began in 1859.

Early records indiate that a factory was established at Archies Creek in the late 1800s but very little development actually took place in the township until after the turn of the century. In 1902, when an application was made for a hotel licence by Mrs Mary A Dixon, it appeared that the only other business in the town was the Melbourne Chilled Butter Factory. This privately owned factory was sold to the Wonthaggi Dairy Produce Company in 1903 for the sum of 800 pounds. It was run as a co-operative with local dairy armers on the Board to control operations and built up a world-wide reputation for quality butter and other dairy products.

The township was well established when on August 14, 1902, a group of men met in the Royal Mail Hotel to discuss the possibility of building a public hall. Jas Dixon offered to buy the land and the local people were canvassed to raise the 200 pounds required for its construction.
The butter factory was the life blood of Archies Creek. It provided employment for over 200 people at the peak of the operations and was at the forefront of dairy factory development in Australia. It became one of the first dairy factories to transport milk in bulk tankers, starting a pilot scheme in 1957.
The Post Office, Archie's Creek, opened on 17 November 1899 and closed in 1986 The Postmaster at the time was Michael Bentick.

Archies Creek - The Town Today
Archies Creek was the seat of the Shire of Bass until it amalgamated in 1994 and is now in the Bass Coast Shire.

NB: Information taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Major events
In May 2019 the Archies Creek Hall in conjunction with ArtSpace Gallery, Wonthaggi will hold the inaugural Archies Bald Portrait Prize. Inspired by Deb Rielly, a paramedic and cancer sufferer who died in April 2019, who suffered taunts because she refused to wear a wig or scarf when she lost her hair due to chemotherapy, it was decided to hold a painting and sculptural exhibition in honour of the beauty of the hairless head. A sold out Biggest Morning Tea raising money for Cancer Research will also be held.

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How to get to Archies Creek
Archies Creek is located between the Dalyston - Glen Forbes Road and Loch-Wonthaggi Road, on the Archies Creek Road, in the Bass Coast Shire, north-west of Wonthaggi.