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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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time for some Stats

We haven't had a statistics session for a while. So here are some figures:

There are currently

2808 entries in the Catalogue

1325 are for objects

1472 are for reference materials

1160 of the reference materials are photographs


Recent reference material that has been catalogued includes:

04036 Eight telephone books for Gippsland: 1958, then 1969 to 1974. These include the iconic 1972 phone book. (Remember it? The one above with the pink cover and fungus?) This was the last Gippsland phone book where subscribers were listed by town, not in overall alphabetical order for the whole region. Historians will be eagerly using these in the years to come.

04034 A set of 53 letterheads for various Stratford, Sale and Briagolong businesses, from the 1890s through to the 1960s. Any enquiries against these names will now come up in our catalogue.

00600 Edmund Cahill of Briagolong's Day Book. It commences in 1874 and runs to at least 1897, with records of his payments to workers (he ran a cheese factory) and suppliers. It is an invaluable record for the Briagolong of the time.

While we prefer those wishing to undertake serious research in our Archives to make an appointment (0418 573 828), they can usually be consulted on a Tuesday from 10am to 3pm.

Researching them at other times could prove difficult - it will require payment of an out-of-hours opening fee ($20, and only if staff are available), and at least seven days' notice of the records required, so they can be retrieved on a Tuesday and left available for your visit.

However if you e-mail a list of no more than five surnames to stratfordhs[at], there will be no charge for a short response as to the occurence of those surnames in our catalogue. This is not research - we do not look up the phone books, for example. But we do let you know if there are items such as named photographs, manuscript material on the family etc.

Feel free to drop a note. It is good to know who is reading the blog.


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