Tapping into the Talents of a Nonagenarian – Murchison & District Historical Society – Annual General Meeting 2019

Probably most 97-year-olds would be tucked up in bed by 8.30pm, but not our engaging Guest Speaker, Mrs. Joan Baumber (nee Berwick).

Kay Ball and Joan Baumber

Joan is a most articulate and intelligent speaker, relating her very early years in Yea, and her schooling at Clarendon College Ballarat where Joan thrived. This set her up for a career as Senior Administrative Assistant to Corporate Managers in Melbourne for nearly 20 years.  Her parents by this time had moved to ‘Courtney Park’, Murchison. A bit of successful matchmaking by Joan’s aunts brought her single life as a professional business-woman to a close when she married George Baumber. Joan put on the ‘wellies’ and soon learnt all about farming at Dhurringile. When widowed after 19 years of marriage and with two young children still at school, Joan ran the farm very competently. Her involvement in the community as part of many and varied Community Organisations, usually on the Executive, is a credit to Joan. Her love of music and talent at the keyboard, allowed her to contribute musically and she played the organ a Christ Church Murchison for 50 years! It was a delight to listen to Joan’s story. Anne Finlay thanked Joan for sharing her interesting life with us and presented her with a parcel of local products.

Anne Finlay thanked Joan and presented her with a gift of local products.

Kay Ball presented her report during the formal part of the Annual Meeting and related some encouraging statistics. Since 2011, over 35,500 people have accessed our website. Visitors to Heritage Centre during 2018 numbered 553 and included 11 groups.  Highlights of the year: visit to Thomson’s Costume Collection in May; launch of the children’s book, Sam’s Meteorite in October; Art Captured awarded Best Local History Book in Victorian Community History Awards; co-hosting and catering for book launch of Noorilim: from wool to wine at Noorilim.  Planning is progressing well for 50th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Murchison meteorite to be held in September. 

Executive Committee elected for the coming year: President, Kay Ball; Vice President, Warwick Gregory; Treasurer, Jeff Huddle; Secretary, Marg Lock; Committee members, John Ball, Janet Clarke, Warwick Finlay and Gloria Polkinghorne.

A scrumpcious supper followed the meeting.

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