Murchison’s Heritage Centre was a hive of activity during History Week. From Sunday 16th October to Sunday 23rd October the Centre was open each day and approximately 200 visitors enjoyed seeing our displays, finding out about their own family history and history of the district.
A large group from The Caravan Muster staying in Shepparton came down by coach for the day and experienced a History Meander around Murchison. Kay Ball hopped on the bus to provide the visitors with commentary as the coach toured the town taking in the site of the Aboriginal Protectorate, historic Aboriginal graves and the Ossario. The group then returned to the Heritage Centre for morning tea and information about the Murchison Meteorite and time to enjoy the displays in the Gallery. Over their lunch break they were free to wander around the gardens, reading the interpretive signage about many things of interest. After lunch, back on the coach to hear about our irrigation history, a look at the site of Camp 13 and hear the story of the POW and Internment camps in the area. Our visitors tell us they had a great day.
A highlight of History Week celebrations was the launch of the 2nd edition of Warwick Finlay’s book Winter-Irving. This book tells the story of a pioneering family who have left a legacy of significant homesteads throughout the Goulburn Valley, most notably Noorilim south of Murchison. A special event for members was held at Noorilim to officially launch the new book and to herald the beginning of History Week. It was a wonderful evening and our guest presenter to launch the book was History Researcher, Anne Tyson who gave an excellent overview of the book and the context of the story. Several people commented that they learnt a lot listening to Anne as she introduced the book.
An afternoon tea on the following Friday at the Heritage Centre gave members of the public opportunity to hear about the new Winter-Irving book as well. It was very well received and there were lots of complimentary comments.
The book can be purchased from the Heritage Centre which is open each Saturday morning 10 am – 12.30 pm. The book sells for $18. If you would like the book to be mailed to you, simply ring 0475 018 743 and leave a message to arrange this.
The Murchison and District Historical Society is grateful for assistance from City of Greater Shepparton Council to stage this eventful History Week.