Across Bass Strait by Jane L Lennon

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

VALE – Noela Cripps

We are all saddened by her passing on Monday 26th April 2021. Noela has been a highly active and serving member of the Society for over 25 years. She served on the Committee for many of those years and as Treasurer since 2014. Noela’s passing means that the Society has lost a source of considerable knowledge of the people and history of Agnes, Toora, and Port Franklin.        

Meeting 20th April 11.30 including brief report

Dear Members, instead of our monthly meeting in Crawford Hall the committee decided we again would do an excursion this time to the Tarwin Lower Cemetery (mud map attached) To meet at 11.30am on the 20th April at the long picnic table in Lower Tarwin and at about 1.30pm proceed to the cemetery and a small guided walk and talk by Kerry and Mike. Please bring your own lunch or purchase at the shop and a mug. Tea will be provided or coffee can bought at the shop. Take care, keep to 60kph to avoid the frequent speed traps in this region.

On the way in to Tarwin Lower note the Historical Grave on the left. During lunch Kerry will recount the story of the Stockman who drowned crossing the river at this point.

Well, what a meeting! Firstly we started off with a picnic lunch at Lower Tarwin on the Long Table, distinctly wet and with a cold wind. The cemetery had a interment in operation so we had to wait until that was completed. Then down to the old section where Kerry regaled us with her research into the Black family. Rain increased steadily and eventually we beat a hasty retreat to the comfort of our cars. All this notwithstanding the consensus was a ‘good outing”.

In The Shadow of the Prom Mike McCarthy

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.

$66.00 plus $15.00 postage

Fish Creek -A Pictorial History 1884-2020

Now also available from the Museum or on-line using the PayPal Button below.

Museum OPEN Wed Sat Sun 11am -3pm until further notice

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.

AGM 6 August 2019

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


Stan Grylls – Queensland on a push bike

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.

Stan & his bike during epic ride
courtesy Marilyn Smith (daughter)

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.

Things my garden taught me

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.

SOLAR PANELS – Financial Assistance Sought

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.


Donations can be made via PayPal on this website or by contacting

Meg Rogers
Ph: 0428 821 760

Your generosity is appreciated

Grant from Bendigo Bank, Foster


Bendigo Bank logoIn June 2013, we were delighted to receive a grant of $2000 from the Community Enterprise Foundation, Bendigo Bank, towards the renovation of our museum entrance room. The renovation has really lifted the entrance to the museum and provides a warm welcome for our many visitors.



Living in Welshpool

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.