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, 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.