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The Society has been in
existence since 1975 and since then has managed to gather from a wide range
of services a large assortment of photos depicting people and events
covering the period from when we were a Roads Broad District (1858) then a
Shire (1871), then the City of Broadmeadows (1956) and finally the City of
Backing our photos up is a large source of written material of such things
as recorded interviews from old time residents of the area, some of whom has
since passed on.
We have also managed to acquire a large assortment of early maps recording
the names of early land holders. Early land sale posters also make
Cemetery listings that we have of the area are a source of information for
people researching family history, Wil Wil Rook, Scotts Church, Donnybrook,
Mickleham and Keilor.
As this material builds up, it of course becomes necessary to have somewhere
permanent to store and display same.
The opportunity to achieve this came about in 1988 during the Bi-centennial
year when the Victorian Bi-Centennial Committee contacted the then
Broadmeadows City Council with an offer on a dollar for dollar basis to
enable a suitable place to be purchased to create a museum as they felt that
Broadmeadows was deserving of one.
The Historical Society was asked to try and find a suitable place especially
from amongst the towns early homes in the area. Greystones came on the
market and was within the price range, but was sold before the Council made
a final decision.
Sawbridgeworth, now Wiseman House, in Widford Street, Glenroy was obviously
the pick of the old homes around. It took a long while to get built but
finally in April 1991 the building was officially opened by the Federal
Member for Calwell, Mr. Andrew Theophanous and the Mayor of Broadmeadows,
Mr. Joe Mallia.
Being especially built it had certain advantages over old homes. It has a
central display room with space inset into one wall to locate the television
which we bought to display our videos as well as a roll up screen to show
our large array of slides when giving lectures to schools and any visiting
local clubs. Along one side there is a glassed in colonial room where we
hoped to set up early living room or school room displays. An archives room
with plenty of space to store and prepare material is also available. Our
map cabinet is stored there. Finally there is a committee
room/kitchen/workroom with tea making facilities.
The Museum is air-conditioned to help in the preservation of the old
material together with a security alarm system to protect a lot of
irreplaceable photos. All told the Museum is a credit to the City of Hume to
have such a site where the Broadmeadows history, dating back to Melbourne's
earliest days, is available to the local community and visitors.
The big questions is "where are we?" something a lot of people are still
unaware of. We are situated in the Broadmeadows Town Park which fronts
Pearcedale Parade. We are behind the Leisure Centre and Youth Central
Museum opening hours are 10:00am to 3:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Telephone: 03 9309 2675
Other times by appointment with the Secretary on 0487 371 543.