Ray Argento, a well known Toora personality, will be talking about his experience as a young boy involved in a school kidnapping. We will show a Utube video of the two kidnapping events that year.
Members, guests and the general public are welcome. Members are asked to bring a plate. Tea and coffee available after the talk.
Venue: Crawford Hall, access via the car park ramp which has good lighting.
Neil Everitt will talk about his book, To Australia they came, supplemented with a slide show.
This, of course, is very topical bearing in mind our current exhibition. The talk will be followed by afternoon tea. Members are asked to bring a plate.
The general public are more than welcome to attend.
The latest Newsletter is available to read by selecting the link below.
On 6 Dec 2022 we had our annual Christmas function in Crawford Hall with 23 members present. An excellent Christmas meal was by courtesy of the Foster Golf Club and a well-laced pudding thanks to one of our members. President Meg Rogers summarised the past year and congratulated members for their on-going commitment to the society. In particular the intense effort put into our latest exhibition (click on Exhibitions Tab) which was formally opened last weekend. A stirring reminder of the role of migrants in the development of South Gippsland
Another recent post was our 2023 Calendar which can be purchased using the PayPal button , visiting the Museum or several Foster shops. Click on Publications tab to view this post.
Dr Jane Lennon AM grew up in rural Victoria and has an affinity for the stormy southern shores. In December 2020, Jane was made an Honorary member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) for her distinguished service to conservation in Australia and internationally.
This book on the inter-colonial trade in meat and livestock is well illustrated and the various maps are clearly printed and easy to read.
Available at the Foster & District Historical Society or on-line through PayPal, $35, postage $13.00
This beautifully presented book is the result of nearly 40 years of research and the Foster & District Historical Society is proud to launch the publication on Nov 29th at !pm, Due to on-going Covid-19 restrictions the launch will take place on the front lawn at the Museum. Books will be available for purchase at a special discount to the normal $66 plus $15 postal costs if not collected at the museum. Keep an eye on Browsing Around in The Mirror as opening hours will be restricted.
Monthly Meetings recommence from Tuesday 2 February 2021.
There will be a walk round Foster Cemetery with short accounts of some well-known people buried there, commencing 6pm. Afterwards there will be refreshments in the Rotunda, pizzas, drumstick ice-creams & tea or coffee, cost $10 person. Please contact Meg Rogers, 0428 821 760 to confirm for catering purposes.
We said goodbye to our very efficient hardworking curator, Jennifer Jones, at the AGM. Unfortunately at the present time we don’t have a replacement volunteer and will have to rely on other members of the committee and some ‘specialist’ general members curating our next exhibition.
The members expressed their collective appreciation of all the energy and hard work put into the role of curator by Jennifer. The other incumbents were all re-elected unopposed and our popular President, Meg Rogers, warmly acknowledged for her stewardship
Marilyn Smith , our Welshpool resident, spoke about her father’s epic bike ride as a 21 year old. He rode his push bike from Victoria to Queensland during the 1930’s depression looking for work.
Marilyn is well known as the creator of a wonderful collection of ‘antique’ dolls now on display at the museum.
Listen to the introductory remarks from Marilyn’s talk, Crawford Hall, on Tuesday 4th June 2019.
The next meeting of the Foster and District Historical Society will be on Tuesday 2nd April at 7.30pm in the Crawford Hall at the Museum (accessed through the side gate off the car park).
Gabrielle Baldwin will speak about her recently published book “Things my garden taught me”. The book is an account of a twenty-five year project to establish a native garden on land near Corner Inlet which had previously been part of a dairy farm. It describes the challenges encountered and lessons learned, and explores questions about the relationships between humans and the natural environment.
All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments available after the meeting.
A Gold Coin donation from non-members, please.
Our latest newsletter is now available for download via the Newsletters page.
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The coming of the railway was a major event in the history of many towns and cities across Victoria. This is the story behind every Railway Hotel; and the social, economic and political themes that have shaped society over the last 150 years in Victoria.
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The committee has been exploring the benefits of installing a solar power system to reduce costs involved with maintaining the vault at a low humidity and controlled temperature as well as providng pleasant working conditions for our volunteer staff..
A modern Enphase microinverter 4.25KW system has been chosen and the deposit paid. It is anticipated the annual benefit should be in the order of a 50% reduction in consumption costs.
The Society has been supported by grants from the Shire of South Gippsland and Bendigo Community Bank Toora in addition to a donation from the Toora Lions Club.
Unfortunately the grants were well below our expectations and addditional funds are required in order to make this installation a fully effective financial optiion. The society has had generous donations from several members but more help is needed.
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Your generosity is appreciated
Tuesday 5th June at 7.30pm
Marge Thorburn will be giving an illustrated talk about about Welshpool at Crawford Hall. Please use the car park ramp entrance. Non-members are most welcome. Tea/coffee is served after the meeting. The committee look forward to a good attendance.