Nagambie history grant
BY Diane Grant
The Nagambie and District Historical Society have been fortunate to benefit from government funding to support various community projects. Two years ago, they received a grant to build a large archival shed.
This year, they were granted $2855 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Local History Grants program.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes on 21 June presented society president Elaine Lodding with a certificate in recognition of this grants program, which aims to shine a light on Victoria’s community history.
The funding will support Nagambie and District Historical Society in an important preservation project to catalogue and purchase archival standard materials for significant items in their collection.
The society has a beautiful collection of ball gowns on show at present, most of them made by local artist and seamstress Val Crerar during her ballroom dancing days.
To preserve the gowns, society members researched how they were to be preserved and stored for prosperity.
The gowns on display in the museum will benefit from the funding in that they be stored suitably for years to come.
Dr Sykes said: “Nagambie and District Historical Society is an active group committed to preserving local history for the benefit of local communities and future generations.
“I commend them for their efforts in this regard and acknowledge the many volunteer hours put in by members in collecting, recording and sharing the stories of our past.”
Ms Lodding said: “This will enable us to continue cataloguing our extensive collection and the preservation of gowns which we have now on display, including a collection of ballroom gowns and dresses dating from the early 1800s.”
Book to be launched
The Nagambie Historical Society has just finished print a district schools and churches booklet, which will be launched this month. The new book is about local schools at Wahring, Dargalong, St.Patrick’s Wahring, Baileston, Baileston East, Goulburn Weir, Mitchellstown, Tabilk, Whroo, Graytown, Angustown, Wirrate, Nagambie St.Joseph’s and Locksley.
The churches in the book are the Nagambie Presbyterian, St Malachy’s Catholic, St John’s Church of England (Anglican now) and the Methodist or Uniting Church (now demolished).
The book was compiled by Ms Lodding, who received good community support from her society members.
The society has been asked to support the 100-year commemoration of World War I, with a display. If anyone has any letters or memorabilia from the Great War, please let Ms Lodding know. Also welcome would be any family history relating to that era in Nagambie.