Day’s Mill Open Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May

The Day’s Mill and farm complex will be open for the public to enjoy, on Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th from 10.30am to 3pm. Entry is free.

There will be market stalls, guided tours, heritage displays and Parks Victoria staff available to answer questions about the recent renovations.

Restored Gatehouse
The Mill

As it is the best preserved example of a 19th Century flour mill in Victoria, it feels like time has stood still when you walk around the complex, seeing the items used in the days when it was a going concern and self sufficient, supplying the needs of the family and also surrounding farms and businesses.

The Mill House

For more information call Parks Victoria 131963. Location map below.

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Medal of the Order of Australia for Loel Thomson

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.

Medal of the Order of Australia

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.

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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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Our next meeting is the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & will be held on

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

at 7.30pm in the Heritage Centre

Our guest speaker will be Mrs. Joan Baumber. Now in her 9th decade, Joan has

much to tell about early years in Murchison and Dhurringile.

(Reminder – annual subs. now due – $15 EFTpos available)

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Over 50 places of heritage and historical significance are open over two days next month, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March. (Mosques and Temple Tour will take place on THURSDAY 21ST MARCH). Entry to all venues is FREE. Booklets are available that detail what is on offer, opening hours (variable) and other information. These can be picked up from libraries, Museums, Neighbourhood Houses and Council Offices and at some commercial businesses. Further information can be obtained via website:

There are bus tours, walking tours and independent visiting to venues as well. Tours require booking – 5832 9730.

Places to see around the Murchison area are:

  • Christ Church Anglican Church – notable stained glass windows
  • Day’s Mill and Farm complex
  • Dhurringile Mansion – booking required
  • Former Moorilim Catholic Church – booking required
  • Irrigation Tour – booking required
  • Murchison Cemetery and Ossario, talk and tour 10am 11am 12md
  • Murchison Heritage Centre

Ossario Murchison Cemetery


Stained Glass Windows Christ  Church


Day’s Mill and Farm complex

Goulburn Weir
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As usual, this well attended and well organised event was a great success, starting at 8am with a free breakfast prepared by our wonderful volunteers from State Emergency Service. The weather was mild with a light breeze, ideal for enjoying the lovely swimming pool setting.

Bec Hance provided music and song

MC Bruce Smith did a sterling job keeping the programme moving, announcing lots of awards to our primary school children for their colouring and essay competitions, introducing dignitaries and our own talented musician Bec Hance who entertained us with guitar and songs.

Our guest speaker was Dhurringile local, Sarah Niglia who has achieved so much, from running her own business to excelling in the teaching profession – an inspiring address encouraging any young person to aim for excellence, to attempt challenges and reap the rewards of striving to be the best they can be, which is incidentally, the motto of Murchison Primary School.

Sarah Niglia was our guest speaker

Murchison Citizen of the Year 2019 was awarded to Shelly McCormick, so well deserved for all the support and hard work Shelly has contributed to our town, from sporting organisations to service clubs and of course in her role as Business Manager at Murchison Primary School where she devotes her skills over and above the call of duty. Shelly is often the first to arrive and last to leave and has a wealth of knowledge that she draws on to respond to many requests from both staff and the wider community.

Murchison Citizen of the Year 2019, Shelly McCormick


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Heritage Centre open Times


and Happy New Year!

We have an exciting year ahead celebrating the 50th anniversary on the 28th of September of the fall of the Murchison meteorite.

The Murchison Heritage Centre is open each Saturday – 10am to 12.30pm

until the winter months – date of closing for winter will be advertised.

Any inquiries about group visits, family history or publications please email

or telephone 0475 018 743.  Thank you.

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