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(3809, 50 km SE, Cardinia Shire)

Early pastoral settlers in this area east of Beaconsfield included the Officer family from Deniliquin, New South Wales, whose land ran north into the forested hills. From the late 1870s their timber was transported on the new railway and the local station became known as Officer's Wood Siding. This was shortened to Officer's and eventually the district became known as Officer. In the 1880s a short-lived brickmaking industry began, taking advantage of the good local clay, but it was truncated by the collapse of the land boom. Fruit-growing has been more successful, with orchards cultivated since the 1890s.

Jenny Keating