The first land sales took place in 1873 with the minimum worth £1 per acre. According to the French Island Community Association, prior to European settlement, French Island was a hunting ground of the Bunurong individuals. They lived on the mainland and travelled to French Island to collect shellfish and swan eggs.

In the 1890s, there was chicory planting and some 30 chicory kilns had been established. The Bayview chicory kiln is now the oldest one remaining, and is currently an operating cafe and museum. During the melancholy of the Eighteen Nineties the government of the day inspired settlement of the area and established seven village settlements on French Island underneath the Village Settlement Scheme. These had been called Energy, Star of Hope, Callanan’s, Perseverance, Industrial, Kiernan’s and Grant Homestead Association. Tankerton Post Office opened on three September 1890 and remained open until 1994. Four schools were constructed of which the Perseverance Primary School, established in 1896, is the only one remaining and now caters for only a small variety of main college children.

Magical Islands In France To Discover

The island villages offer fantastic surroundings and corners of rare beauty populated by local bars, restaurants and coral churches. Spanning greater than seventy nine square kilometres, it’s an oasis of pure magnificence. It’s additionally nicknamed ‘diver’s paradise’ and is an all-round excellent spot to go to should you love the ocean. When exploring the island, we recommend visiting the calanques, as well as the fortress on If island, which is the place Alexandre Dumas set The Count of Montecristo.

Livestock are shipped by barge throughout excessive tide from the east aspect of the island to Corinella on the mainland. French Island is situated in Western Port Bay, about 70 km south-east of Melbourne. French Island is roughly 20 km long and 14 km wide and covers 154 sq km.

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