Many people will remember Loel and Bryan Thomson who owned the property, Noorilim south of Murchison for many years and during their time there, faithfully renovated the mansion and grounds.
Loel was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day Honours in the General Division, for service to community history. Loel founded and has curated the Costume Collection for more than 30 years, an outstanding collection of costume that reflects 200 years of social history from 1788, including jewellery and accessories. Now located in Bulleen, the collection consists of over 10,000 items and Loel has excellent skills in displaying the costume with amazing attention to detail. The Costume Collection is a spectacular place to visit, always varied and full of surprises. Entry fees are donated to charity and Murchison Community Care has been the beneficiary to these proceeds for many years.
The investiture of the Medal took place on 5th of April at Government House in Melbourne and was presented by the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria.
A very well-deserved honour for Loel, in recognition of her enormous contribution to history; her efforts in assembling what is a unique private collection and displayed it to a high museum standard rivalling any public exhibition around the world. Her generosity is also outstanding in passing on to charities, entry fees from visitors to the Costume Collection. Loel’s husband Bryan has always been a wonderful supporter of Loel’s work and they are a great team.
While they lived at Noorilim, they were members of the Murchison & District Historical Society and made a fantastic contribution with outstanding fundraising efforts and guidance in settling up our Heritage Centre. This award is a great acknowledgement of Loel’s talents and dedication.
Kay Ball, President, Murchison & District Historical Society.