He left behind a semi-autobiographical novel called The Victories of Failure (1925). They can furnish information on local tour operators who explore local Aboriginal heritage, wineries and national parks. The centre has a guiding brochure for the Chaffey Trail which takes you around some of the area's historic site, tel: (03) 5021 4424 or free-call (1800) 039 043.
Mildura became a borough in 1920, a town in 1922 and a city in 1934. If you walk along to, and turn down, Eleventh St you will soon come to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment office at the corner with Langtree Parade.
To defend his honour local citizens formed a 'vigilance committee', tarred and feathered Cochrane and ran him out of town.
Unfortunately, De Garis's financial position worsened and after some farcical episodes, including a faked suicide, he took his life in 1926.
He established a winery at Irymple in 1888, set up the Mildura Winery (now the Mildara Blass Winery) at Merbein in 1911, and became the town's first mayor in 1920.
The dried fruit industry emerged due to problems with transporting fresh fruits to the Melbourne markets. Interestingly it began as a temperance town (like the California settlements) and remained without a pub until the Grand Hotel was opened in 1918.
Subscriptions began to flow but De Garis revealed Cochrane's true identity and criminal record and used his role as a local newspaper editor to sustain the attack.