to leave the place in better condition
Local waterways are often interwoven into the lives and histories of the families that live beside them. This is very definitely true for the Breen family, who have lived beside Deep Creek for seven generations.
The Breen family’s connection to Darraweit Guim came through an 18yo Irish ancestor, James McCabe, who arrived in Victoria in 1835. He found the property in the 1850s whilst working as a bullock dray driver travelling from Melbourne to the goldfields, and in 1867 established a pub that watered the locals till it was replaced with the existing house in the 1930s.
Kevin Breen grew up with his five brothers and sister in that weatherboard farmhouse beside Deep Creek.