Rokeby

 

Rokeby has been a vibrant little community since it began with a hall over 100 years old and community market days and other events running for over 30 years, this is a great place to stop in on a weekend visit to Baw Baw. Gold was first found in the area of Rokeby in the 1860’s along the Tarago River and by the 1890’s land to the north east of Rokeby was held in Gold mining leases and this area is now known as the Crossover Regional Park.

In the early days the only road in the district was the Melbourne road and in 1864 a path was cut for a telegraph line, establishing communication between Gippsland and Melbourne.

The Rokeby Primary School first opened in 1888. Complains of overcrowding in the little school were sent to the education department in 1898 and finally the Public Works Department invited tenders to build a new Rokeby State School Building in October 1915.

Today the little town is home to around 350 people and there are some attractions not far from the township including the Rokeby Crossover Rail trail and Nangara Reserve. The Rokeby Market is held on the second Saturday of every month from September to May.