The Walcha Historical Society held its annual general meeting on July 29 and president Kate Hoy gave an overview of the group’s activity for the last year.
We have many achievements for the last 12 months.
A ramp to the Caretaker’s Cottage was constructed by the Lions Club, timber was donated by the CWA and sand, cement and gravel was donated by Danny Hoy.
Ella’s Memorial Garden was removed due to hedge die-back and the new garden was laid out and replanted with help from the Garden Club and Bronwyn Goodridge.
New paths were laid around the beds and a weed mat was donated and laid before a TAS student spread the blue metal donated to us by Walcha Council.
The Settlers Cottage was repaired and a ramp added and this is now being dressed as an exhibit.
New signage was installed on the front fence, the old sign was revamped and the gas lamp was straightened and secured
A coat of paint was given to the buildings and windows and dangerous trees were removed from the yard.
The local Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson also paid us a visit and was very impressed by the complex especially our Tiger Moth plane.
The interest in our family research facility has been strong and the RSL Ladies Auxiliary are now using the Caretaker’s Cottage as a meeting room.
Our work cataloguing the complex with the Past Perfect Program is progressing well with the Pioneer Cottage completed and we are now focusing on the Settlers Cottage before moving on to another building.
The annual High Tea and Costume Display was also a great success with another planned for November 18. This time wedding dresses from several eras will be on display.
A very successful Ghost Night was held for adults and children.
We thank the Walcha Together Group for their generous donation of $200 and the Town and Country Inc ladies for their donation of $500. These will be put to good use maintaining the complex.
I would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to Peter Sendall and the Men’s shed for the work they have completed for us.
Our two street stalls were well patronised this year and the display at the Mountain Festival at Langford was also, especially the slices and chocolate crackles.
The Australia Day breakfast John Oxley display was well received.
Sadly this year we lost several of our Life Members, Otto Herman, Margot Fleming and Patron Max Goodridge plus members Joan Upton and Win Burgess. We will miss them.
We received two grants for capital works this year. First for the repair of the rear wall of the Wool Hall from State Government and one for the repair of the War Room rear wall from the War Veteran. We are now submitting applications for grants for the Museum veranda and the tool room.
Thank You to all the members who generously donate their time to open the Museum and contribute to the working bees. Also for the jams and handicrafts on sale in the Museum – they are always a surprise souvenir for visitors.
Thanks also to the committee who always put in an extra special effort.