April A-Z Challenge: G is for Greta
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
G is for Greta, an area in northern Victoria, near Benalla. At the last census, the combined area of Greta and Greta West had a population of 250.
During the goldrush in Beechworth, all roads to the diggings area, went through Greta. After the goldrush was over, the land in the area was subdivided and sold for farming and growing crops.
The main claim to fame, historically for Greta, is that it was home to bushranger, Ned Kelly. I had family living in that area at the time, and Ned Kelly actually appears on my family tree. In a very distant way of course.
The Ned Kelly legend has brought many tourist to the area to follow the The Ned Kelly Trail