News from the Newsletters August 2014

This is a summary of the articles and events taken from the newsletters sent to the Secretary from SEHA Groups and Societies. August 2014. Compiled by Heather Arnold.

Chelsea & District Historical Society
· The June 2014 and July 2014 newsletters have an engaging “I remember when” column. Dorothy Meadows moved into 25 French Avenue in 1955 – the roads were unmade so they use to walk to the Railway Station in gum boots, change into ‘work’ shoes and leave the boots at the Station and collect them in the evening! Pat Batchelor moved into 37 Edithvale Road, Edithvale in 1958, as a girl, and couldn’t believe the size of her back yard, compared to the small concrete yard they had in their small terrace in Windsor.

Dromana & District Historical Society
· The Guest speaker at the June Morning Coffee was Tess De Araugo author of Boonoorong on the Mornington Peninsula. The Guest speaker at the September 16 Morning Coffee (starts at 11.00am) is Don Garden, President of the RHSV. His topic is “The Community History Movement’

Hastings Western Port Historical Society
· The June 2014 newsletter reports that over 1,300 photographs have been catalogued in the past four years

Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society
· The May 2014 & June 2014 newsletters have a series of newspaper reports of activities at the Catani Hall in 1941 and in 1950/51 written by Ron Smith. The July 2014 newsletter has an article about early shops in Koo-Wee-Rup.

Mordialloc & District Historical Society
· By the creek: a Mordialloc history by Graham Whitehead and Leo Gamble was officially launched at the Bridge Hotel in Mordialloc on July 3.
· An exhibition of photographs to commemorate the events of World War One was to have opened in August but is now scheduled to late September or early October.

Mornington & District Historical Society
· The May 2014 newsletter has a report of the Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
· The Annual Leslie Moorhead lecture will be held on Saturday, October 25 at 2.30pm. Guest speaker is Val Latimer the author of Echoes from the Past about the men who enlisted in the Great War from the Peninsula.
· Walk around Mt Martha cemetery, Sunday Oct 26 at 1.30pm.

Mornington Peninsula Family History Society     
· The May 2014 Peninsula Past Times has an article about Minnie MacKay, Post Mistress at Frankston and Mornington from 1918 to 1924. There is also an article about Policing in Colonial Victoria.
Narre Warren & District Family History Group
· The May 2014 issue of Spreading Branches has a full account of the group’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Nepean Historical Society                     
· The Nepean from June 2014  has an article about a cot in their collection that was used by children of the Victorian Premier, James Service, who was Premier of Victoria from March 1883 to February 1886. Reflects that such a commonplace piece of furniture could have such an interesting provenance. The Museum is also hosting the Postcards: stories from the Mornington Peninsula exhibition until August 17.

Phillip Island & District Genealogical Society             
· Reflections from May 2014 has an article about tracing ancestors in the Schleswig-Holstein region

Rye Historical Society                           
· The July – September 2014 edition of Whitecliffs has a report on the Postcards: stories from the Mornington Peninsula exhibition which was officially launched on the Queen’s Birthday weekend. There is also a history of the Rye Post Office and an article on early public transport in Rye.

Somerville Tyabb & District Heritage Society                  
· The June 2014 newsletter has an article on Jack Quade who operated Somerville’s Newsagency from the 1930s to1954.

Wonthaggi and District Historical Society                 
· The Plod newsletters from May 2014, June 2014 and July 2014 have articles about mutton birds – an interesting account of historical sightings of mutton birds and their behavior; Mrs Connelly and her Cairo orchestra – a popular local dance band in the 1920s and 1930s; and the July article is a lovely story about Clifford and Jean Osborne who migrated from England in 1948 and moved to Wonthaggi.

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