This is a summary of the articles and events taken from the newsletters sent to the Secretary from SEHA Groups and Societies. November 2015. Compiled by Heather Arnold.
Chelsea & District Historical Society
- The August 2015 newsletter has an article on Captain Lonsdale’s cottage built in the 1830s in Wellington Street in Melbourne and later shifted to 694 Nepean Highway, Carrum by a Dr Cohen. It was later bought by the National Trust, who dismantled it but it has not been re-erected. The September 2015 newsletter has a report on the current closure of the Chelsea Museum for refurbishment and an article about the Chelsea ‘Detention Yard’ or pound for stray animals written by Leonie Taylor. The October 2015 newsletter has a short article on the Edithvale gasometer and a report on the ‘Back to Chelsea’ held in September 2015.
Cranbourne Shire Historical Society
- The Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Thursday, December 3 2015 at 6.30pm at the Tooradin & District Sports Club. The guest speaker will be Dave Wright who is the manager of the Jacinth-Ambrosia Mining Company silica sand mine north of Coober Pedy. See the Events column for more details.
Dandenong & District Historical Society http://ddhs.com.au/
- The October 2015 Gipps-Land Gate has two articles by Chris Keys about Dandenong men who enlisted in the Great War; an article by Ken Masters about his relatives, Albert and Charles Masters, who served in the War – they were the sons of William and Sarah Masters of Kirkham Road in Dandenong. There is also an obituary for Gwen Jarvis (nee McPhee) who passed away in August.
Dromana & District Historical Society http://home.vicnet.net.au/~dromana/
- The July 2015 newsletter has a report on the redevelopment of the Museum which was officially re-opened on August 22 2015.
Friends of Cheltenham & Regional Cemeteries http://www.focrc.org/
- The September 2015 issue of Raves from the Graves has a report about the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery; there is an article about the first person buried in 1865, John Fullerton Hunter, and the last person buried in 1865, Sarah Dwight.
Hastings Western Port Historical Society http://home.vicnet.net.au/~dromana/hastings/aHastingsFrontPage.html
- The September newsletter has an article about the history of the Remembrance poppy written by Shirley Davies.
Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society
- The August 2015 newsletter has copies of two articles from the Koo-Wee-Rup Sun about the formation of the Koo-Wee-Rup Girl Guides in 1961 and the opening of the Koo-Wee-Rup Scout Hall in October 1963; the September 2015 newsletter has a copy of a 1961 Koo-Wee-Rup Sun article on the ball held to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Keast Hall at Cora Lynn in August 1911. The October 2015 newsletter has a copy of the Koo-Wee-Rup pages from a 1973 telephone directory.
Lang Lang & District Historical Society http://www.langlang.net/historical.html
- The Society has taken over the hosting of the Lang Lang Flower Show which has been running now for 109 years. The Flower Show will be held on November 7 2015 from 10.00am at the Community Centre, Westernport Road, Lang Lang.
Mordialloc & District Historical Society
- The newsletters have reports of the Societies many activities.
Mornington and District Historical Society www.morningtondistricthistory.org.au
- The August 2015 newsletter has a report on the Order of Australia Medal (O.A.M) awarded to Val Wilson, for “service to the community of Mornington as an historian”
Narre Warren & District Family History Group http://nwfhg.org.au/
- Spreading Branches August 2015 has a report on the Annual General Meeting held in August and a report on the Group’s activities for the past year. Lynne Bradley was elected as the new President. There is also the story of Albert Lowerson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the Great War, written by Jeanette Angee.
Nepean Historical Society http://nepeanhistoricalsociety.asn.au/
- The August 2015 Nepean has an article about Major James Welch who was a foundation member and the foundation President of the Nepean Historical Society when it was established on March 2, 1965.
Phillip Island & District Historical Society http://www.pidhs.org.au/
- Christmas Function will be held on Saturday, December 5 2015 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm at the St Phillip’s Parish Hall, Thompson Avenue, Cowes. The guest speaker is Russell Kenery, the author of “Matthew Flinders Open Boat Voyages” See the Events column for more details.
Rye Historical Society http://ryehistoricalsociety.weebly.com/
- The Whitecliffs newsletter (October-December 2015) has a report on the Society’s activities for the past year. There is a history of the Rye Lions Club from 1972 to 1985 and an article by John Bertacco on Telegraph communication and the Flinders Cable Station.
Somerville Tyabb & District Heritage Society http://home.vicnet.net.au/~stdhs/
- The September 2015 newsletter has an article about the Tyabb Tennis Club; remnisences of sing-alongs at Percy and Ruth Unthank’s home in Tyabb in the 1930s and an obituary of Lucy Shepherd who died aged 95 on September 4, 2015. Miss Shepherd had lived in Somerville all her life.
Wonthaggi and District Historical Society http://www.wonthaggihistoricalsociety.org.au/
- The August 2015 Plod newsletter has an article, by Kit Sleeman, called “Sounds of Silence” about the sounds of the town of Wonthaggi that he heard as a boy – the steam trains, the mine whistle, the frogs, the cattle etc. The September 2015 Plod Essay, written by Barbara Moyle, is about electricity supply in Wonthaggi – the first power was supplied by the State mine and later by the SEC. The October 2015 Plod essay is also written by Kit Sleeman and is about Space – Space movies at the Picture Theatre; space shows on T.V, the Sputnik satellite and the Space Race culminating with men landing on the moon in 1969.
- Wonthaggi & District Historical Society Annual Dinner will be held on Friday, November 27 2015 at 6.30pm at the Wonthaggi Hotel, McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. The theme is the Wonthaggi Ski Club and a range of speakers will entertain with a history and stories of the Ski Club. See the Events column for more details.