Acknowledgement of Country

This website contains stories of towns established on the land of the Bengalat balug of the Wadawurrung people. We acknowledge them as the Traditional Owners of these lands and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and Aboriginal Elders of other communities who read these stories.

Several interviews include copies of photographs sourced from either:

• the person being interviewed,

• The Bellarine Historical Society (https://www.bellarinehistory.org)

• Barwon Heads Association. (https://www.barwonheadsassociation.com/new-site/heritage/)

Jim Barry

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Jim Barry speaks of his memories of growing up in Wallington, on the Bellarine Peninsula. His family worked their farm during the pre-industrial era and recounts his feelings and experiences as his father's 3 horse team gave way to a Ferguson Grey tractor. His farm had chickens and grew potatoes. He was one of the initial students at Wallington primary school.

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