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.

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Location: Victoria, Australia

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Donation from National Trust (WA)

Stratford Historical Society counts itself fortunate that the National Trust of Australia (Western Australia) recently made available a number of items through their deaccessioning program.

Whilst we would have liked some of the items like a very old sewing machine, we thought it would be a little difficult to have it transported from Western Australia. So, after that, what we really were hoping to acquire was a beautiful supper-cloth with crockery motifs. So we were delighted to receive it, along with a number of beautiful doilies, in the post on Tuesday.

This is the cloth:


and here is a close-up of the motifs. And the phrase "4 o'clock" in all four corners:


Plus some very entranced members and visitors immediately after the package was opened:


Stratford Historical Society very much appreciates the generosity of the National Trust of Australia (Western Australia), in making these items that were surplus to their collection available.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Catching Up

Things have been a little quiet on the blog, but really busy in the Museum. The Signature Cloth has been packed away, and an exhibition of radios (per courtesy of Martin), has come and gone.

Our newest exhibition is material from the Perry Bridge State School, to coincide with a visit by the Hahn family Reunion.

Students at Perry Bridge

This is a view of the children at Perry Bridge knitting socks for troops during the Second World War (Blake family collection). Even the boys were part of the activity.

Work is in progress on exhibitions on life at home during the two world wars - featuring the World War II Air Raid Siren which was recently donated to the Museum. It was never used in real life, but always signalled the start of the New Year, and the end of the War.

Please call back soon for further details.