As a forerunner to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Murchison meteorite (scheduled for 27 – 29 September 2019), a children’s picture book, Sam’s Meteorite, was launched at Murchison Heritage Centre on Sunday, 7th October and was a fitting opening event for History Week 2018.

Former Murchison resident, Lorna Ward, Teaching and Learning Consultant – Literacy, launched the book written for 3 – 8 year-olds by Murchison’s Margaret Lock, together with colourful illustrations by Rodney Printers’ Justin Connors.

Lorna Ward launching Sam's Meteorite (2)

Lorna Ward launches Sam’s Meteorite

The book is about seven-year-old Sam who finds a piece of meteorite, alongside his family in their farm paddock after the Murchison meteorite shattered with hundreds of pieces landing in the Murchison district on Sunday, 28th September 1969.

The book is a blend of fact and fiction and was inspired not only by the fall of the spectacular Murchison meteorite, but by Margaret’s grandson Sam whose birthday falls the day before the meteorite’s anniversary.

Young children will enjoy reading and learning about the world-famous meteorite which has been continually studied and celebrated over the last 49 years.


Book was well received by guests

The picture book was well received by parents, children, friends and Historical Society members, and is for sale at $10.00 per copy from Murchison Heritage Centre, open Saturdays from 10.00am till 12.30pm. For enquiries about purchasing a copy, please contact Margaret on 03 5826 2398.



Marg and Sam 1 (2)

Marg Lock signs copies with grandson Sam, star of the story


Marg giving speech at launch (2)

Marg Lock thanks supporters






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Open Times at the Heritage Centre

Regular open times each Saturday morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm have resumed after being in recess for winter.

History Week is celebrated from Sunday 7th October to Sunday 14th of October this year. Murchison Historical Society will join in the occasion by the publication of a new children’s picture story book entitled Sam’s Meteorite suitable for children 3 – 8 years, and have the Heritage Centre in Stevenson Street open each day of this week, from 11 am to 2 pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.

The book tells the story of Sam, who lives on a farm in Murchison and the excitement surrounding the landing of the world famous Murchison meteorite. Margaret Lock is the author and the book is illustrated by Justin Connors of Rodney Printers in Tatura. The book will make an ideal gift for young children who love having a story read to them and for children starting to learn to read themselves.


We hope to see you at the Heritage Centre during History Week.

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Pick My Project is an initiative of the Victorian State government whereby the community can vote on a submitted project of their choice.
I am Kay Ball and a keen fan of the Murchison meteorite!


Kay with Murchison meteorite sample

My project in partnership with Murchison & District Historical Society is called: RARE AS MOON DUST – 50 YEARS SINCE MURCHISON METEORITE LANDED, a project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing of the world-famous Murchison meteorite on 28th September 1969.

We will celebrate over the month of September 2019 with major events on the weekend of 27th, 28th and 29th. Activities planned range from fantastic sound and light cosmos show, re-enactment of the sonic boom that heralded the arrival of the meteorite, installation of an iconic sculpture in the gardens, unveiling of a mural, presentations by high profile guest speakers, stargazing and laser light show, space treasure hunt for children, book launch, display of meteorite and other exotic minerals, commemorative souvenirs and lots of fun! The event will offer an opportunity to acknowledge the significance of the Murchison meteorite and further our understanding of how it has added to world-wide knowledge of our solar system.
The opportunity to vote has already opened and will continue until 5pm on Monday 17 September 2018. Anyone who lives within 50km of Murchison and is 16 years or older is eligible to vote for this project.

To register your vote simply visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au, or facebook.com/pickmyproject or ‘phone 1800 797 818.

I do hope you will consider to vote for this project that will fund the celebration of this important event that has resulted in a significant contribution to science. It will not only bring visitors to the region in September 2019, it will also provide ongoing attractions such as the planned sculpture by notable artist James Geurts, that will identify our town with an amazing event, the landing of the Murchison meteorite, now and into the future.
Your vote can make this happen!

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Murchison Meteorite Still Contributing to Science

A recently conducted study published in Nature Astronomy in July this year reveals the Murchison meteorite that broke up over the skies of Murchison in 1969, is still, 49 years later, providing material for scientific study and unlocking mysteries of our solar system. This current study of Murchison meteorite adds to the knowledge about the behaviour of the sun in its early existence.

Cosmochemist Dr. Philipp Heck, joint author of the paper who is Curator of Meteorites at Chicago Field Museum and Associate Professor at University of Chicago, describes the Murchison meteorite as ‘a treasure trove for science because it contains so much unaltered material from the very early solar system’.

Samples of the Murchison meteorite were analysed using a mass spectrometer at a University in Switzerland and gave scientist a picture of the sun’s violent behaviour during its early life. Using an infrared laser, gases were released from the crystals within the meteorite and the nature and changes in these gases showed that they had been subjected to bursts of radiation; violent, ferocious eruptions from the sun that irradiated matter nearby. The findings of this study provide evidence to support a long-held theory that the sun went through a very explosive time in its early life.

Murchison meteorite at 4.6 billion years old, predates the planets in our solar system as we know it today, and evidence of the effects of irradiation from the sun have not been found in younger meteorites that have landed on Earth or in rocks present on planet Earth nor moon rocks, which indicates the slowing down of that early violent and fiery behaviour at some stage.

It is no wonder the Murchison meteorite is regarded as a very significant meteorite and exhibits can be seen in museums across Australia and around the globe.

When we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing of the Murchison meteorite in September next year, Dr. Philipp Heck who was involved in this latest study, will be one of our high-profile guest presenters.

Kay Ball, President, Murchison & District Historical Society Inc.

Sample of Murchison meteorite on display at Melbourne Museum

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Heritage Centre over Winter

Our regular Saturday morning open times are in recess over winter and will resume in September.

For group bookings and enquiries please ring Janet 03 5826 2363.

Other enquires please ring 0475 018 743 and leave a message. The telephone is not checked every day but we will answer your enquiry as soon as possible.

Email messages will be answered more promptly.

Thank-you, Kay Ball, President.

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Wonderful Trip to Costume Collection

Many will remember Bryan and Loel Thomson who owned Noorilim for many years – a very beautiful property that they restored and shared with the community for many fundraising events and were a tremendous supporter of the Murchison Historical Society. During their time at Noorilim, Loel built a spectacular Museum and collection of costume and accessories. They are now well established in Bulleen since relocating to Melbourne where Loel has recreated the Museum.

1950’s display

Eye catching exhibit

Twenty nine members and friends had the most wonderful day on a coach trip to the Costume Collection at the Thomson’s in Bulleen on 4th of May. It is hard to give an adequate description of the displays so well presented by Loel; they are varied, professionally exhibited, cleverly presented and reflecting Australian social history – right through from mid 1800’s to the 1980’s – just amazing! The information accompanying the displays is fascinating and Loel faithfully attends to every detail, as well as providing an often humorous and thorough introductory talk on arrival. Bryan has motoring memorabilia on display as well, enjoyed by the men folk as well as the ladies.

Clever display with reflection

The weather was showery so we enjoyed our picnic lunch at tables set up in the motoring display area on the lower floor.

Sadly Bryan and Loel’s days at this ideal location are numbered as the property has been compulsorily acquired for an extension to the freeway. Finding a suitable person to take over this very special collection of costume is a work in progress.

Our group were so pleased we planned this trip to the Costume Collection and to catch up with the Thomson’s when we did, for one last very enjoyable visit.

Display of shoes over the years

Laundry scene


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ANZAC Day 2018

Each year hundreds of Murchison families gather at the dawn service on ANZAC Day to remember those that fought in wars for our freedom. It is always a moving service, starting in the dark before dawn and continuing as the sun rises to reveal our garden surroundings in the early morning light.

The war memorials in Murchison Riverbank Gardens and the floral tributes placed on the monument during the service.

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We will remember them.


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