Historical Society Annual General Meeting

The well attended AGM for Murchison & District Historical Society was held on Tuesday 15th March. The Executive Committee elected for the coming year are: Kay Ball – President, Lyndon Gregory – Vice President/Treasurer, Margaret Lock – Secretary, Committee members – Janet Clarke, Gloria Polkinghorne, John Ball and Warwick Finlay.

The Society has had a busy year with a wide variety of activities and events, the highlight of our year being History Week when Avionics Engineer Warwick Holmes gave two presentations about the Rosetta Space Program and its connection with the Murchison Meteorite.

After the business meeting Brandon Menzies gave an impressive presentation about the developments at Noorilim Mansion soon to be open to the public. Brandon is the son of the owner Rod Menzies who purchased the property in 1999, and his role is to put in place the needed facilities to be able to offer a great experience to visitors.

The future looks very exciting for this historic and beautifully maintained property and of course the locals are delighted that they will be able to enjoy visits to Noorilim again soon. Arrangements are in the final stages that will mean the public can enjoy guided tours of both the house and extensive gardens or arrange a wedding or other function in a most delightful setting.

Noorilim, just a few kilometres south of Murchison dates from 1879 and was designed by Architect James Gall. It was built by the Winter family who had other substantial properties in the area and is classified by the National Trust. The house reflects the opulence of the time at which it was built and it is one of only a few substantial nineteenth century residences in rural Victoria and possibly the best maintained.

It was a most enjoyable meeting and of course concluded with a delicious supper provided by our faithful catering committee!

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