News from the newsletters – February 2016

This is a summary of the articles and events taken from the newsletters sent to the Secretary from SEHA Groups and Societies. February 2016. Compiled by Heather Arnold.

Chelsea & District Historical Society

  • The newsletters report on the closure of the Court House Museum for total refurbishment which will take up to two years. They have re-located to the old Meals on Wheels building at 313a Station Street, Chelsea. Some of their material is in storage, but they will be holding mini displays and still providing a reference service for local history queries.

Dromana & District Historical Society

  • A Twilight walk of Old Dromana will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at 7.00pm. It starts at the Old Shire Offices, 359A Point Nepean Road ,Dromana.

Friends of Cheltenham & Regional Cemeteries

  • FOCRC present ‘Ladies of the Cemetery Tour’ on Sunday, March 20 2016 at 2.00pm. The tour will concentrate on ordinary women who made a difference in times of hardship and very little assistance.  Venue: Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery, Charman Road, Cheltenham. Bookings and more information: 03 9497 1318 or email
  • The newsletter has an article by Doreen Seamons James on Alexander Seamons aka Doc Karl Stenning and Carl Stenning, a  professional wrestler who is buried at Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery.

Hastings Western Port Historical Society

  • The December newsletter had an obituary of Edwin Mawson. Mr Mawson had spent all his life in Hastings and was a Life Member of the Society.

Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society

  • The November newsletter had an article on the combined Presbyterian/Methodist Church at Cora Lynn by Heather Arnold; the December newsletter had an article on the Bunyip Dramatic Society, also by Heather Arnold. The February 2016 newsletter article was ‘What happened in Koo-Wee-Rup in 1916?

Lang Lang & District Historical Society

  • The January newsletter reported on the passing of Nola Johnson, a foundation member of the Society. It also reported on the Committee meeting which established a list of priorities for the Society for 2016.

Mordialloc & District Historical Society 

  • The newsletter has reports of the Societies many activities.

Mornington and District Historical Society

  • The November newsletter reported on the audio tour, part of the Main Street Walk. You can access the tour by using the QR code attached to the plaques or listen to the tour and view the images on their website.

 Narre Warren & District Family History Group

  • Spreading Branches November 2015 had a story, by Steven Smith, on Indigenous woman, Lucy Pepper, who with her husband Percy had a Soldier Settlement farm at Koo-Wee-Rup and a bike shop in Tynong. The February 2016 Spreading Branches has an article, by Marianne Rocke,  about the upgrade to the the Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages index – and an article about their website Casey Cardinia Remembers

Nepean Historical Society

  • The November  2015 Nepean has an article on the late Eileen McCraw, a foundation member of the Society in 1965; an article on new Life Member, Frank Hindley and a look back at Sorrento 100 years ago.

Rye Historical Society

  • The Whitecliffs newsletter has part one of an article looking at road names in Postcode 3941; it also has article on a ‘high profile land dispute in 1869 between William Blair, lime merchant and Charles  Duffy, M.L.A. Both articles written by Noel Erbs.

Somerville Tyabb & District Heritage Society

  • The December 2015 newsletter has an article by Ruth about growing up in Somerville and attending Frankston High from 1942 to 1945.

Wonthaggi and District Historical Society

  • The November  Plod newsletter has an article, by Kit Sleeman  about his days at Wonthaggi State School, especially the day a fire broke out in a house opposite the school

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