News from the Newsletters February 2015

This is a summary of the articles and events taken from the newsletters sent to the Secretary from SEHA Groups and Societies. February 2015. Compiled by Heather Arnold.

Chelsea & District Historical Society

  • There is a short history of the Carrum Mechanics’ Institute in the November newsletter. The book The fallen: those who served and died in World War One from Chelsea and Carrum by Margaret Diggerson, was launched on January 15. It is available from the Society for $10.00. Leonie Taylor shares her memories of collecting ‘cow cakes’ from Kelberg’s dairy farm in Chelsea, when she was a girl.

Cranbourne Shire Historical Society

  • The Annual Dinner was a success, with an attendance of 120 people. We were entertained by Award winning country singer and National Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee, Ian Castles.

Friends of Cheltenham & Regional Cemeteries

  • March 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the first burial at the Cheltenham Pioneer cemetery and there will be three days of events to celebrate this milestone.
  • The Friends would love to hear from you if you have any relatives buried at the Cheltenham cemeteries (Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery and the Cheltenham Memorial Park) and are happy to share your family stories.

Hastings Western Port Historical Society

  • The newsletter has a copy of the Christmas Dinner menu from the Royal Hotel, Hastings from 1940 and 1950.  In 1950, the meal cost 20 shillings.

Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society

  • The November newsletter had some advertisements from the Koo-Wee-Rup Sun from September 1964. The December newsletter had an article about the Great flood of 1934.

Lang Lang & District Historical Society

  • They are re-printing Protector’s Plains, a history of the area, first published in 1988.

Mordialloc & District Historical Society 

  • The Annual Report lists the many achievements of the Society over the past year.

Mornington Peninsula Family History Society

  • Peninsula Past Times from November  2014 continues their look at Pioneer women from the Mornington Peninsula. There is also an article on growing drugs on the Well’s farm at Frankston during the Second World War as there was a shortage of botanical drugs such as opium poppy and belladonna.

Narre Warren & District Family History Group

  • Spreading Branches November  2014 has an account of the Berwick Cemetery tour which took place on October 26; and an article about Benjamin Muffett (1861-1903) one time assistant station master at Narre Warren.

Nepean Historical Society

  • The December 2014 Nepean has an article about Sorrento in 1914.

Rye Historical Society

  • The Whitecliffs newsletter (January-March 2015) has an obituary on and some memories of Nell Arnold who passed away recently at the age of 103. Nell attended Rye State School and was the last survivor of the pupils who had their schooling at the original 1875 building, which was replaced in 1923 (and is now the Headquarters of the Rye Historical Society)

Somerville Tyabb & District Heritage Society

  • There is a lovely account of some local Flinders girls attending a dance at the Naval Base, at the end of the Second World War. The truck run out of fuel and the seven young ladies had to walk home in their glamorous evening attire.

Wonthaggi and District Historical Society

  • In the November Plod there is an article by Alistair Stirton about holidaying at Inverloch in the 1940s or 50s (I think, there are no years mentioned) The Stirton/ Grieves family from Wonthaggi used to spend the six weeks of the school holidays at Inverloch. Their property was next door to the Chambers family and the Davis/Dobson family.

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