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"A Living History"
Creswick & District Historical Society
We are 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 2 pm on the 4th Thursday in the Seniors’ Club Rooms, Water Street. Enquiries to the Secretary on 5345 1310.
AUSTRALIA DAY BREAKFAST
The Society has assumed responsibility for the future co-ordination and delivery of
Creswick's annual Australia Day Breakfast. The event was in danger of fading away,
due to lack of sufficient community support and the likelihood of reduced Shire
funding. The C.& D.H.S. committee and membership considered this a most undesirable
With support from Creswick Lions Club, the C.& D.H.S. set about securing sufficient people to assist and ensure the survival and continuation of this important community event. Successful recruitment of over a dozen enthusiastic organisations followed, and Creswick's 2016 Australia Day celebration at Park Lake was a real success, attended by some 560 people.
FOUR NAMES ADDED TO HONOUR ROLL, 2016
Over one hundred and thirty people sat down at The Creswick Civic Honour Roll Dinner on May 13th at the Creswick Town Hall, and a wonderful time was had by all. The Dinner is an annual event at which former high achievers of Creswick and District are celebrated, and their names added to the Creswick Civic Honour Roll.
This year, the personalities acclaimed were:
Dr. Edwin James Semmens, M.B.E., F.L.S. (1886 – 1980)
For his contribution to Forestry, the establishment of the Creswick Museum and the preservation of the history of Creswick and District.
Mr Stanley William Davis (1920 – 2001)
For his service to the youth and the Scouting movement of Creswick and District.
Mr John Alexander Selwyn Geddes, O.A.M., J.P.
A public spirited citizen who devoted his life to the people, causes and organisations of Creswick
Mrs Phyllis May Pollard (1914 – 2009)
For the re-establishment of the Creswick and District Band, and sixty years of untiring service to its members.
The full Citations are now in the Creswick Visitor’s Centre, the Library, the Museum and the Research Centre, and are available for perusal.
Having completed this year’s awards, we are now looking to 2017. Those who have someone in mind to nominate can request Nomination Forms Honorary Secretary Val Lawrence (5435 1310). Nominations will close on Friday September 30th, 2016. You only need to complete the form and give an outline of the accomplishments and service of the Nominee. You don’t need to have known the Nominee but you need to be certain of their history and plaque worthiness. The Committee can do further research if required.
Who would you like to see honoured?
C.& D.H.S. wishes to acknowledge the following supporters –
Creswick Lions Club Creswick-Smeaton R.S.L. Creswick C.F.A.
Shire of Hepburn Creswick Football-Netball Club Creswick Scouts & Venturers
Creswick Municipal Band The Seven Hills Singers Tim Drylie
Creswick Garden Club Melbourne University School of Eco-science, Creswickand local traders - Dazza's Butchery, Creswick Foodworks Supermarket, Creswick Country Bakery