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

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

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Pavements to Streetscape Foster 1870 – 2020

On January 18th 2020 at 11am this ‘catalogue’ of various highlights was launched at the Foster & District Historical Society Inc. Nola Taylor has compiled the text and Rosemary Francis has written an overall introduction and short prefaces to each chapter.

The book has been produced to honour Foster’s sesquincentenary.

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Cost $20.00 Postage $5.00

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Anastasia by Elizabeth Rushen & Kathlyn Gibson

This is the story of one remarkable Irish immigrant to nineteenth-century Australia and her never-failing support of Irish causes. Her legacy resonates today in both Callan and Foster (formerly Stockyard Creek).

Widowed after a brief marriage to William Thornley, Anastasia was a successful businesswoman who owned several gold mines and blocks of land in South Gippsland and the biggest hotel in Foster – the Exchange.

Anastasia visited her homeland in 1901 and returned to Victoria to renovate her hotel in palatial style. She was tough and she was a survivor.

Cost $35.00  Postage $13.00

South of the Strzelecki Ranges by Cheryl Glowrey

South of the Strzelecki Ranges - Cheryl Glowrey

This book looks at the interplay between people, land and sea. South of the Strzelecki Ranges is the story of the South Gippsland coast and the people whose lives were intertwined with the sea, rivers and swamps of Corner Inlet.

The Brataualung of the Gunaikurnai, the traditional custodians of the coastal lands of the inlet, lived in this rich estuarine landscape on the fringe of the great forests. South of the Strzelecki traces the story of a changing landscape and marine environment as new settlers overcame the challenges of weather, shallow waters, forests and wetlands to build European farming and fishing industries.

As the millennium arrived, conflicts over marine conservation and renewable energy forged a new identity for the local communities of Corner Inlet.

On February 5 2019 Cheryl gave an entertaining account of how she approached writing this book, which is based on her doctoral thesis. Members can listen to the talk by emailing the secretary at and arranging a time to visit the museum.

A brief introductory clip is attached. Click RED ARROW to listen. preferably using headphones.


How They Kept in Touch

Wilsons Promontory Telecommunication

A Brief History by Norman Sparkes

This well illustrated booklet was written to record the early history of communication with the Wilsons Promontory lighthouse. First published in 1997 this reprint is under the auspices of the Foster & District Historical Society Inc.

They Fished in Wooden Boats, Neil Everitt

They Fished in Wooden Boats

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A recent publication is They Fished in Wooden BoatsA History of the Port Franklin District and the Fishing Families, by Neil Everitt. Available from the Museum and online.

Please note increased cost of publication – November 2016.

They Fished in Wooden Boats by Neil Everitt
Cost $35.00 plus $13.40 postage( Australia only)

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Toora Football Netball Club “A Century of Saturdays – 25 years on”

Toora Football 25 years on

Toora Football 25 years on




1991 – 2016





Neil Everitt in his Foreword says ” the author, John Stone, is to be commended for the time and effort in compiling the past 25 year history” of the Toora Football and Netball Club.. “This project epitomises his dedication” to the club.

The book is available at the museum or by using the PayPal button below.



Buffalo Primary School

Buffalo Primary School “Schooling in Buffalo is now 100 years old. The centenary committee have attempted with the contents of this book to compile a short history of our primary school, incorporating Middle Tarwin Primary School and the Buffalo Community Centre.” The book is clearly very well researched and replete with illustrations. Cost $15 from the museum  Add post & packaging $10.60 if ordering via PayPal


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YANAKIE Station to Settlement 1850-1923

Yanakie Station to Settlement

This beautifully re-published publication was first produced in 1984 for the Back to Yanakie Celebrations. Now, in 2016, permission has been granted for a reprint to honour the 50th Anniversary of the Yanakie Hall. Rosemary Crawford’s text is still fresh and this informative, well illustrated compilation is proudly offered for sale in conjunction with the Foster & District Historical Society’s exhibition “The Road to the Prom”.

Cost $20 plus $15.00 postage

Earth and Industry – Stories from Gippsland

Earth and Industry Eklund & Fenley

Earth and Industry Eklund & Fenley Erik Eklund and Julie Fenley have assembled contributors to “examine historic and contemporary relations of people and the environment, in Gippsland, built upon a many-layered history of environmental changes and modifications, once again on the cusp of rapid economic and social change”. Cost $30.00   Postage $15.00

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Fifty Years On The Green 1965-2015 Toora Ed: Neil Everitt

Fifty Years on the Green 1965-2015 Toora


“Congratulations to the Toora Bowls Club on reaching their 50th Anniversary” This quote from Neil Everitt sums up the theme of a well researched illustrated history of the bowls club.

We are proud to offer this book for sale at the museum or on-line using PayPal. Further enquiries click on this link Cost $25 plus $10.50 postage(Australia)

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Along the Ridge and Beyond by Dorothy Williams

Along the Ridge Dorothy Williams

Along the Ridge Dorothy Williams   Dorothy’s latest book on local history. A history of the families who pioneered the O’Grady’s Ridge area from the west side of the South Gippsland Highway (formerly Mirboo Road) taking in the area of McGlead’s Road, Gardiner’s Road and O’Grady’s Road to Fish Creek Road at Hoddle and spanning the years from the 1880s to early 1950s. This book is available from the Museum or online. Cost $25.00  Postage $10.50(Australia only)

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Combined to Win by John Gilbert

Combined to Win John Gilbert

Combined to Win by John Gilbert Foster Cricket Club – Premiers 1970-71 Season This is the story of the Foster Cricket Club in its first and very successful season 1970/71, competing in the Stony Creek Cricket Association.

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The Early Years by Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Williams

Local author and Foster & District Historical Society Inc member Dorothy Williams has published another book highlighting the history of the families who pioneered the Amey’s Track and Foster North area between 1850 and 1950. Dorothy spends many hours researching and verifying her facts and figures to ensure future generations have a record of Foster and districts history and for providing a reliable resource for those researching their families in the area.

Cost $30 plus $5.00 postage (Australia only) Reprinted November 2020

This history follows on from her highly successful publication The SETTLEMENT of WONGA, a history of the families who pioneered the Wonga area and Escaping the Flames, a Booklet chronicling her story of the terrible bushfires that devastated the Boolarong district 13 March 1940 when she was 7 years old.