Dobie, Victoria 3377
The Dobie railway siding in the Ararat District of Victoria, was apparently
named after J. S. Dobie who was the manager of the Langi Ghiran station
in the area around 1857. The reference to "station" refres to
a large farm - not a railway sstation.
Dobie Railway Siding
The Dobie railway siding consisted of a railway station and two railway
houses, but nothing remains of it today.
J. S. Dobie or Jack Dobie, as he was more often known, is mentioned several
times in passing in two books by Lorna Banfield "Green Pastures and
Gold" and "Like the Ark".
In "Green Pastures and Gold"(p33) Lorna writes "Dobie
, the manager of Langi Ghiran station, went off to South Africa but is
remembered in the Ararat District by the name of a bridge and the railway
I did some quick research on the Web for J.S. Dobie and it appears that
he came to Australia from Glasgow and may have been quite famous - particularly
for some later work he did in Africa. It also appears that he may have
written several books. I am unable to establish any direct connection
between J.S. Dobie and the Dobie family in Australia that originated from
Location of the Dobie Railway Siding in the Ararat District of Victoria