History of Grain Corp in St. James

The St James Silo Art – GJ Coles Story

In 1882 George Coles Snr married his wife Elizabeth and purchased his first store at the North Eastern St James. He soon opened a second store four miles away in Lake Rowan. They traded mainly farming equipment.Elizabeth and George’s first son was born in 1885 and following tradition, they named him George James. George and Elizabeth would have 10 children and all would attend school in St James. Tragically Elizabeth died in 1900 and in 1902 George sold his two stores and moved to Geelong.

But in 1905 George returned again and re-purchased the North Eastern St James and Lake Rowan stores. George James Jnr (GJ) helped his father in the store but left as he wanted to pursue new methods of shopkeeping. A year later with George’s health fading, he sold the St James store to his son GJ Coles.

In 1913 GJ Coles sold his St James Store and went for a trip around the world to discover the best ways to run a business. In England he studied the Woolworths 3d and 6d stores and Marks and Spencers 1d stores.Together with his brother Jim they opened their first 3d, 6d and 1 shilling store in Australia at 288 Smith Street, Collingwood. Sadly, Jim was killed in the first world war along with GJ’s other brother Dave. GJ himself was wounded in France.

Upon his return GJ opened another store with another brother AW Coles at 172 Smith Street, Collingwood. From there the business grew from 100 pounds in 1914 to 1,132 million dollars in 1972.

GJ Coles never forgot where he came from and returned many times to St James to visit family and friends.The company Coles also made a generous donation towards the St James Silo Art Project.

Beautiful autumn colours finished the picture 🤩



The GrainCorp Silos at Devenish in North East Victoria were painted by Melbourne Street Artist Cam Scale and are officially the 19th Silos to be included in the Australian Silo Art Trail.

Stage one which comprises of the two tall silos was officially unveiled on Anzac Day in 2018. Marked as a tribute to help celebrate the 100-year centenary of the end of the First World War.
The stage one artwork depicts a stunning image of a WW1 nurse and a modern female military medic in the Australian Armed Forces. This mural also depicts the changing role of women in the military and society in general.

Stage two on the short silos were officially unveiled one year later on Anzac Day 2019. This mural is a tribute to the Australian Light Horse. The Australian Light Horse were mounted troops with characteristics of both cavalry and mounted infantry, who served in the Second Boer War and WW 1.

Fifty young men and women from the Devenish Community enlisted in the military services in WW1. At the time, that was one in six residents from this very tiny town. Cam Scale also wanted to honour the seven Devenish diggers that never made it home.

The weather was spectacular & these Silos were amazing ‼️

Did not take the helmet off to take this selfie with the Silo 😀

One more to come ….



Goorambat is a town in Northern Victoria, 227 km north east of Melbourne and 16 km north of the small city of Benalla.
At the Goorambat silo complex there are three painted silos, two short ones sitting back to back and one tall concrete one standing on its own. The three silos were painted in two stages one year apart.

Stage one 2018
Renowned Australian artist Jimmy DVate was chosen to paint the Goorambat silos beginning with the tall concrete silo in 2018. Jimmy has once again chosen to feature an endemic threatened species, this time choosing Milli a Barking Owl who lives at the Healesville Sanctuary in Badger Creek, Victoria.
The Barking Owl is now considered to be an endangered species and there is said to be only 50 breeding pairs currently living in the wild. A mural such as this and on such a grand scale will now hopefully bring to light the current peril of this magnificent bird.
Jimmy is said to have had a friend take over 300 photos of Milli in a bid to get the right image for the silo. They were looking for a dynamic pose and once you see this silo, you will agree that they achieved just that.
Also in 2018 Jimmy painted a farming scene on one of the short silos.

Stage two 2019
In 2019 Jimmy returned to paint another short silo that thrilled the residents of Goorambat and all those that have visited since. It is a magnificent tribute to three Clydesdale horses Clem, Sam and Banjo. He has captured the motion of these horses in gallop, feathers flying on their feet as they travel side by side in harness.
Banjo began his life at the Lavereen Stud in Goorambat where he was raised by Graeme, Bev and Matt Trewin. He is from a family of horses that date back over 100 years. He moved from Goorambat to Toowoomba to live with the Martins where he was a Queensland Ploughing Champion and even did well in the show ring.
The Martins were chasing a working pair, so Banjo’s brother Clem went to Toowoomba to join him there. He was a bit difficult to break in, but once he got the hang of it, the pair turned out to be highly trusted work horses and would work displays at the local museum. They won hundreds of ribbons from the local shows too. Sam was bred by Dave and Nicola Martin at Coolibah Ridge in Toowoomba. They gave him to their son, who broke him in and worked him at just age four. Sam is the grandson of Banjo.

A amazing sight & the first of many ‼️

ScrapHappy May 2021

Midori 💚

It’s ScrapHappy time again and this time I’ve tried my hand at something new and I still have a lot of practice to make perfect left but I’ve got the hang of it !!!

Yes 🙌🏻 I have tried my hand at QAYG 🤩. I (as usual) have not followed the traditional method but found a slightly easier way on YouTube ( which is the bees knees as far as I’m concerned 😁).

I was so excited having figured it out that I completely forgot to place the blocks on opposite sides so as to balance it out 🤦‍♀️

But what can I say …. it’s all made from scraps and I’ve done FMQ on it ( another of my passions) & have joined them with QAYG method ….

Hurrah 😃 I cannot explain how pleased I am with myself 🤩

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn it into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving it to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either e-mail Kate at the address on her Contact Me page, or leave a comment on her Scrap Happy Post. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month. Regular contributors receive an email reminder at least three days before the event.

Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe,
Turid, Susan ,Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire93, Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera (me) Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Nancy,
Noreen, Bear, Carol, Edi, Preeti


Autumn is a second Spring …

When every leaf is a flower “

I love this season the best in Melbourne. The sun shines the most during this time but it doesn’t have the horrid bite of heat & dryness of summer.

It’s a time where you see nature turn right in front of your eyes. My favourite colours are orange & yellow & ochre… so you can imagine the joy my heart feels during this season !!


Crunchy Leaves 🍁


Chilly Nights


Cosy Sweaters 😍

Sigh 😌