Creswick District Development Association

Creswick & District Historical Society

Business: Creswick & District Historical Society
Contact: Mrs Val Lawrence, Hon Sec.

Address: 10 South St Creswick, VIC, 3363
PO Box: 10 South St, Creswick, VIC, 3363
Phone: 5345 1310

A non profit organisation for all with an interest in the history of Creswick and district

We’re an enthusiastic and active group from a variety of backgrounds, all passionate about the history of this district, and always keen to hear from others interested in contributing to the work of researching, recording, restoring, informing, celebrating, cherishing and promoting the vivid and exciting history of this region,

The Society has achieved much since its inception almost 40 years ago, and continues to pursue an ambitious program. Recent projects include:

  • Establishment of an Honour Roll of individuals who made significant contributions to their community

  • Inception of an annual Honour Roll Dinner held in the Creswick Town Hall

  • Publication of  Portraits of Creswick,  and by David Henderson: Cabbage Tree, The Henderson Map  and  Let’s Stroll and See, a walking booklet of the town

  • Creation of a DVD about Lincoln Gully - a puddling site

  • Contributing to creation and installation of the Eureka Marker in Calembeen Park

  • Digitising the records of all Creswick’s churches

  • Recovery and placement of grinding stone on original site of Laby’s Flour Mill

  • Providing guided bus tours to historic places of interest around town

  • Curating and ‘staffing’ a week long exhibition of WW1 memorabilia in the Town Hall, attracting over 1,000 visitors

  • Placing a memorial marker near the site of WW11  Prime Minister, John Curtin’s birth home

  • Donation of crockery to the Town Hall collection

  • Holding an annual Family History Day in October when three or four people talk on their family’s history and contribution to the lifestyle of the town

  • Indexing and identifying all original Crown purchasers of land in the Shire and Borough

We enjoy collegiate relationships with Hepburn Shire and numerous local groups and were especially delighted with the success of our collaborative contribution to the town’s 100th Commemoration of ANZAC Day event in 2015.

The Society is a member of the Central Highlands Historical Association, networks with many local historical societies, contributes to the annual Family History Week, maintains a small library and undertakes research for a modest fee.

Creswick & District Historical Society welcomes new members, and especially newcomers to the district keen to know more about this picturesque, historic ‘village of the old goldfields’ or to contribute their expertise. We meet monthly at 7.30pm on the 4th Thursday in the  Seniors’ Club Rooms, Water Street. Enquiries to the Secretary on 5345 1310 
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