It was great to see a good roll up of members at the AGM of the Murchison Historical Society on 20th of March.
The Presidents report related many activities reflecting another successful year. Highlight of the past year was the winning of the Cultural Heritage Award for the development of the Heritage Centre which now provides a great experience for visitors and improved facilities for volunteers to care for the Collection and promote Murchison’s unique history. Another achievement was the launch of Art Captured during History Week, the story of Hans Wolter von Gruenewaldt and his art relating to his time spent in POW Camp 13 Murchison. The book has been well received and can be purchased for $25. at the Heritage Centre in Murchison, Tatura Museum and Shepparton Information Centre or mail order by telephoning 0475 018 743 (postage extra).
Results of the Election of Office bearers for the coming year were as follows: President – Kay Ball, Vice President and Treasurer – Jeff Huddle, Secretary – Marg Lock, Committee – John Ball, Janet Clark, Warwick Finlay, Gloria Polkinghorne and we welcomed a new face on the Committee – Warwick Gregory.
Our guest Speaker was Geoff Allemand from Lost Shepparton who shared the story of the development of the Lost Shepparton Facebook page and the success of this medium in bringing images to light that relate events and places long forgotten and photographs that may well have ended up at the tip! Information is contributed when the events, people, places or buildings no longer in existence are identified. Followers treasure the memories that the photographs help to recall. It is an amazing record of Shepparton’s past that could well have been lost and forgotten. Geoff has helped to set up sites for many other towns in the Goulburn Valley as well. The link to the site is: https://www.facebook.com/lostshepparton/ Several books have resulted in the material that has been gained via the Lost Shepparton site and they are a great collection of images giving a pictorial history of Shepparton long forgotten. Members enjoyed meeting and talking to Geoff and learning about his work.
Members of the Society looks forward to the coming year and working to further develop resources and promote the history of the Murchison district.