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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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 - the year that was

Jill Ball at Geniaus has asked us to look back at the year, and Accentuate the Positive. Which is easy for us, as it has been a really brilliant year.

Here is a list of just some of the highlights.

Top of the list - a brilliantly successful Farm Heritage Day that introduced many of the old processes and skills to a younger generation.

Then, helping a number of famillies connect with their ancestors - especially the Gilruth family (and winning Inside History's and Hairy Mancestor's Best Mo in the Show in the process).

Booking not one, but two exhibitions from the Public Record Office of Victoria for 2013, as well as being part of an Exhibition for 2014 (Training coming up early in 2013).

Publishing books on the Stratford Court House and (with Maffra Historical Society), a two-volume history of the dairy factories in the former Avon Shire.

We received  number of significant additions to our collection during the year - including Archie's Quilt, which memorialises a local man lost in World War I. 

We were the recipient of a Banner, from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and the Vera Moore Foundation.

The gravel apron around the building was completed, and the path to the shed is in. Can't find a blog post for that, so here is a photo now. (George points out that this is his tractor, not  museum exhibit).


At the start of the year we were go-betweens, organising the return of a WWI Honour Box to Valencia Creek Hall.

Linda's highlights for the year? Purchasing a Flip Pal scanner, so others can scan photos, and seeing the team get all those newspaper clipping under control, and indexed ready to just paste the info into the catalogue. Magic!

Roll on 2013!


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