This is a summary of the articles and events taken from the newsletters sent to the Secretary from SEHA Groups and Societies. May 2015. Compiled by Heather Arnold.
Casey Cardinia Library Corporation
- Casey Cardinia Heritage Festival will be held on May 17 11.00am to 3.00pm, Narre Warren Mechanics’ Institute, 59 Webb Street. Historical and Heritage Groups in the City of Casey and Shire of Cardinia are holding a Heritage Festival. Groups involved, so far, include the Beaconsfield History Interest Group, Berwick Mechanics’ Institute, Berwick Pakenham Historical Society, Cranbourne Shire Historical Society, Casey Cardinia Branch of the National Trust, Dandenong High School Ex-Students Association, Edrington History Research Group, Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society, Narre Warren & District Family History group, Narre Warren Mechanics’ Institute and Casey Cardinia Library Corporation. Free.
Chelsea & District Historical Society
- In the March newsletter Patricia Batchelor writes about her time spent working at the Dairy Queen shop in 1961 as a 14 year old. In the April newsletter Margaret Jacobs writes about her first cookery lesson in 1941, when she commenced High School. They were taught ’how to clean a rubbish bin’! The May newsletter has some reminiscences of Dorothy Meadows about her early married life and making sure the nappies were whiter than her neighbours! The Carrum Uniting Church had just turned 114, the Chelsea Air Scouts turn 50 next year and the Chelsea Red Cross branch are 75 years old.
Cranbourne Shire Historical Society
- Christmas in July will be held on July 23 at the Tooradin Sports Club. The Guest Speaker will be Alan Gray who will talk about the history of Puffing Billy.
Dandenong & District Historical Society http://ddhs.com.au/
- The April 2015 edition of the Gipps-Land Gate has an article on the Linton family written by Frank and Beverley (nee Linton) Hammond. Generations of the Linton Family were and still are involved in the nursery trade. There is an article by Jan Bateman on the history of Doveton and an article by Valda McCoy on the McCoy family who lived in Dandenong from the 1890s.
Friends of Cheltenham and Regional Cemeteries http://www.focrc.org/
- Held successful activities to mark the 150th anniversary of Cheltenham Cemetery. The weekend attracted over 280 people, many of whom went on the free tours.
Hastings Western Port Historical Society http://home.vicnet.net.au/~dromana/hastings.htm
- The March newsletter has an article by Edwin Mawson about his school days at Hastings Primary School, where he started in 1945.
Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society
- The February newsletter had an article, by Heather Arnold, on the beginnings of the Royal Hotel in Koo-Wee-Rup. The hotel opened on September 9, 1915. The March newsletter had an article by Andrew Slade, on Koo-Wee-Rup’s cycling heritage – including information on Percy Osborn who participated in the 1928 Tour de France. The April newsletter had a transcription of Freda Thomas’ memories of growing up in Yallock, between 1928 and 1940.
- Their Annual Luncheon will be held on May 24 at the Koo-Wee-Rup Community Centre. The guest speaker is Lambis Engelzos, The lost soldiers of Fromelle.
Mordialloc & District Historical Society
- The newsletters have reports of the Societies many activities.
Mornington and District Historical Society www.morningtondistricthistory.org.au
- The February 2015 newsletter reports that 530 visitors toured the Museum over summer school holidays.
- The publication The names on the Mornington Honour Roll by Val Wilson was launched on April 24.
Narre Warren & District Family History Group http://nwfhg.org.au/
- Spreading Branches February 2015 has an article on Francis Langley – Melbourne Footballer and a Medical Doctor who practiced in Dandenong. He is buried at Berwick Cemetery. There is also a list of resources for World War One research.
Nepean Historical Society http://nepeanhistoricalsociety.asn.au/
- The March 2015 Nepean has a report on the Australia Day luncheon, where Professor Robert Pascoe was the guest speaker. Joy Kitch has also written an account of attending a polo match at Portsea over summer.
Phillip Island & District Genealogical Society www.piadgs.org.au
- Reflections newsletter from February 2015 has various articles including one looking at strange wills and one on newspaper articles about Phillip Island from 100 years ago.
Rye Historical Society http://ryehistoricalsociety.weebly.com/
- The Whitecliffs newsletter (April-June 2015) reports that the book He volunteered for service: the men of Rye and districts who enlisted during WW1 will be launched on Anzac day. John Bertacco has written an interesting article on aerial photography – Historical studies from the air. The newsletter also has a list of publications available for sale. This list is also available on their website.
Somerville Tyabb & District Heritage Society http://home.vicnet.net.au/~stdhs/
- The March 2015 newsletter has a report on the recent storm that blew the roof of the Somerville Mechanics’ Institute.
Wonthaggi and District Historical Society http://www.wonthaggihistoricalsociety.org.au/
The February Plod newsletter has an article about explosions, a dangerous by-product of the mining industry. The March Plod has an article on Durham’s Grocery store in Wonthaggi and the April Plod newsletter has an article on the history of the word Anzac and the concept of Anzac Day and the music that was associated with the Day