Stratford Historical Society and Museum

News from the Stratford Historical Society and Museum, in Stratford, Gippsland, Victoria. We are open Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm, and the fourth Sunday of the month from 2pm to 4pm. Our postal address is P.O. Box 145, Stratford, 3862.

Location: Victoria, Australia

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Can anyone help with names?

Can anyone out there name any of the students in Grades 5, 6 and 7, at Stratford State School, probably in 1954. We know that is Darryl Mildenhall back right, but have no other names as yet. Next time he is in the museum we will try to pin him down and see what he can do, but in the meantime, if anyone can help, it would be much appreciated.

They are a good looking mob, aren't they?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thank You, Esso Australia

The Society is delighted to announce that it has again received funding from one of our strongest supporters, Exxon Mobil, who operate in Australia as Esso Australia and Mobil Oil Australia.

We have been advised that we have been granted $1,000 under the 2014 Exxon Mobil Australia Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) Grant. This program supports employees, in our case member Tony Malady, who volunteer in the community by supporting their efforts with a $1,000 donation to assist the work of their community organisation.

In our case it is especially appropriate, as it will materially assist with the outfitting of the extension to George's Shed, which has now reached lock-up stage. George was an Esso employee, and this was the project on which he was working at the time of his death.

Thank You, Esso.

The new extension on George's Shed, on the left of the building.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Beautiful Dress on Display

NEWS FLASH - for a very limited time we have on display the dress worn in 1927 at Briagolong  by Mary Elizabeth Noy, when she married Eric Lee.

This stunning, beaded dress, with veil, headpiece, train, horse-shoe and other accessories has not been on display before, and caused a sensation for the Shakespeare Festival Village Fair.

It was accompanied by this hand-coloured original photograph on loan, showing the dress worn by the bride. Like other local brides, she had it carefully packed for a photograph to be taken in Melbourne on her honeymoon, and she is wearing a different veil and headpiece.

The couple made their home near Stratford, where Eric became a long-serving Avon Shire councillor, and their children, especially long-term secretary Brendan Lee, were deeply involved with Stratford and District Historical Society.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Sad News

The Society is deeply saddened to announce the death this morning of our very much loved vice-president and life member, 
George Parker.

George has led the team that totally restored our museum, built the shed, extended the shed, fenced the grounds, and maintained and fixed whatever needed fixing. And more.

With time, I am sure we can attempt to write just how much George meant to us, but all we can do now is be sad that he has lost his long battle. Sleep well, George.

Our love and thoughts are with his wife Judy, and their family.

Stratford Sentinel all up on Trove

Exciting news is that the Stratford Sentinel and Briagolong Express is now online though Trove - the National Library website for old newspapers. 

The whole run is there, from 1911 to 1916 at 

This means you can now read the paper, and get a wonderful insight into life in early Stratford and Briagolong. 

 The 1914-1916 section was funded as part of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The Stratford and District Historical Society, with assistance from the Briagolong CRG, Briagolong Lions and Briagolong Senior Citizens. The total cost for 1911 to 1913 was just over $1,500. 

For a simple search – yes, you can search it – just put a word in the box at top right, and click on “limit to issues of this title”. 

 For a more advanced search, click on “advanced search” at top right. Then, for example, put Briagolong in the “all of these words” box, click on “search headings only” and scroll down through the papers and click Stratford Sentinel and Briagolong Express. It is also helpful if you click on “Article” and sort the last box to “By Date, Earliest first”. That way you get all the Briagolong reports, and you can follow things in order. 

If you want to see what crime occurred in teh area (and all sorts of other things) put the words "Stratford" and "court" in the "all of these words" box - but without the talkies.

 Thanks to all who helped with the funding. 

The other local papers that cover Stratford already on there are the Gippsland Guardian (1855-1868), Gippsland Times (1861-1954), Maffra Spectator (1882-1920) and Gippsland Mercury 1914-1918.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Beautiful Horse Photographs

We are still organising to upload photographs of our most excellent Horses to Horses last Sunday for History Week.

But in the meantime, we very much appreciate the work of Debbie Woods, who has loaded some stunning photographs onto her Flickr set, that you can see HERE.

Thanks Debbie!

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Horses to Horsepower


Following our highly successful day last year, Stratford and District Historical Society, again presents Horses to Horsepower

This will be held Sunday 20 October 2013 at Pine Lodge Reserve, Llowalong Road, Stratford, from 10am to 4pm. 

The displays and demonstrations of Gippsland farming practices of yesteryear will include working horses ploughing and harrowing, display of harness horses and restored carriages. The vintage tractors will also be returning. These are complemented by demonstrations of working yard dogs, with cross cut sawing and wood chopping, sheep shearing (blade and modern) wool spinning and heritage knitting. 

A feature will be hand milking and cheese making demonstrations. 

Morning and afternoon teas will be available, plus a light lunch and BBQ, all in a relaxing atmosphere to reminisce. Entry is $5 a head with primary students free, for a wonderful, family-friendly day. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We are Excited!

We are Excited!

The Stratford Sentinel and Briagolong Express (1911-1916) has started to appear on Trove.

Yes, we know this is a very short post. We are too busy reading.