Paynesville Memories

Paynesville Memories: The Book

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The Paynesville Memories book is a precious collection of stories and photographs from days gone by in Paynesville, Raymond Island and Eagle Point. This remarkable collection of memories and photos from the families of the 20th Century brings back memories of the town when the Raymond Island ferry was operated by a winch, the town cows had to be collected each morning for milking and RAAF pilots had shooting practice over the lakes.

For your own copy of the book, please contact Martin Richardson at or on 0417 099 911.

Paynesville Memories is a volunteer, community-funded project. We look forward to your support.

The Paynesville Memories Book

A trip down memory lane for friends and families of Paynesville, Victoria...

  • Paynesville Families and Social Life
  • Buildings and Places
  • Jetties and Foreshore
  • Events
  • Boating and Fishing
  • Local Schools
  • Sporting teams and other Clubs

Paynesville holds many memories and stories that should be preserved for future generations.

Paynesville Memories is an oral history of Paynesville and surrounding districts, telling the stories about living here in days gone by, so that our children and grandchildren will have an authentic first-hand record of how the town was before their time.

The project covers life in Paynesville and surrounding districts from about 1929 to 1979, as told by people who live here and remember days long past. Memories of people and events and life. Memories too important to lose.

Please peruse the pages of this site. Click around, read the stories, listen to the audio and view the photographs that others have shared. And if you have any stories or photos you'd like to share yourself, about Paynesville's history, please contact us through our contact page or upload directly to our Paynesville Memories Facebook page. And don't' forget to "like us" and spread the word! We intend to continue to grow this website and include many more stories, photos and memories for all to enjoy!

Please note that while every effort has been made to ensure details, stories, memories, photos and photo captions of Paynesville history are presented accurately throughout this website, we cannot guarantee that it is without flaw of any kind. We do not accept liability for any error, loss or other consequence from the viewer’s reliance on any information within this website. This website is a community project and intended as a social historical account of Paynesville and surrounding districts, as told by community members both past and present, and not to be considered historical fact. If misleading, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate information is brought to our attention, every effort will be made to fix or remove it. If you have found any inaccuracies, however big or small, please let us know by using the details on our contact page.

Quotation MarksOne of my earliest memories and one of the nicest evenings I’ve ever known in my life...used to happen every Christmas time. We used to have running races, chaff bag races, egg and spoon races...had an early tea and then everybody would get on board and put their sails up on a fading north-easterly wind...and the sounds that came out of those boats, the community singing, all the way back across the lake, has stuck in my mind all my life.End Quotation Marks

Leigh Robinson