Avoca and District
Historical Society Inc.
Mr Tony O'Shea
Vice President: Mr Graham McMurray
Secretary: Mrs Jill Hunter
Treasurer: Mrs Dorothy Robinson
Committee: All of the above, plus Mrs Elizabeth Williams, Mrs Edna Jarvis, Mrs June Bruce and Mrs Cheryl Mallinson.
Research Officer: Mrs Dorothy Robinson
Editor: Mrs Margaret Pilgrim
E-mail address: email@example.com
Postal address: PO Box 24, Avoca, Vic 3467
Headquarters of the Society is an historic building at
Access to records: The Court House is open each Wednesday between 10.30am and 4.0pm., or by appointment. To arrange an appointment, please telephone 03 5465 3118 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org> giving as much notice as possible of your proposed visit. Access on Wednesdays is free to members, and there is a charge of $5 per person per hour. For a "Special Opening" by appointment there is a charge of $30 for up to two hours. In all cases there may be additional costs for any copying required. The scale of charges is displayed prominently in the archives.
L to R: Beryl Maidment, Tony O'Shea, Cr. Ron Eason, Dorothy Robinson, Denis Strangman, Vicki Burge, Margaret Oulton, Jill Hunter, Helen Harris OAM, Graeme Mills, Mary Dridan, Sue Slater, Edna Jarvis, Cr. Robert Vance (Mayor, Pyrenees Shire).
The Committee and members of the Avoca & District Historical Society Inc were delighted that the Society's 30th Birthday was attended by some 50 people, including many we had not seen for a long time. These included our Speaker, Helen Harris OAM (founder of the Society), our Webmaster, Denis Strangman from Canberra, and Margaret Oulton. Mayor Robert Vance and Avoca Ward Councillor Ron Eason were also present, along with representatives from neighbouring Societies. Our President, Cheryl Mallinson presented Denis Strangman with a framed "Life Membership" certificate, which included the following explanation: "..... recognition of his work over the past two decades in maintaining the Society’s Website., which has been the major source of new memberships, paid research jobs, publication sales, etc., and as such he has made a major contribution to the fact that the Society is in such a strong position, financially and otherwise, as it reaches the Thirtieth Anniversary of its foundation this month."
Helen spoke about a list of things which were newsworthy in 1984, the year of our foundation, and about the necessity to continue working towards getting more female representation in positions of influence in each level of government. She also alerted us to the possibility of working with Trove to get the early Avoca local papers digitised in a form that rendered them more accessible, and searchable by key words, rather than reading every page on a film reader. Helen believes that this will inspire many more people to use our archives to research their ancestry. She made the offer to partly fund this process, if we decide to use it, and the Committee will no doubt discuss it at our next meeting. Maybe other members may like to emulate Helen's generosity.
Mrs Cheryl Mallinson, President of the Society, chaired the proceedings.
A message from the President Tony O'Shea: This book has been "out of print" for some years now, and second-hand copies have been advertised on eBay for $65.
A very good quality reprint of the 360 page book is now available for $50 plus postage.
It weighs 1.025kg so postage needs careful calculation. It ranges between $12 within Victoria to $25 in more distant parts of Australia.
Please email email@example.com for a quote on postage before remitting the funds.
Alternatively pay cash and collect your copy from the Avoca Court House on a Wednesday between 10.30am and 4.00pm.
Isabel Armer's Ghosts of the Glen has been reprinted and is available for $20 plus $3 postage. Click here for the order form as a PDF file.
The Society has for sale an A4 sized booklet on good quality paper, 28 pages, copiously illustrated, entitled "Moonambel Then & Now 1860-2010" which was produced as a souvenir of the sesqicentenary of discovery of gold at Moonambel. A reproduction of the front cover appears above.
Also for sale is a DL-sized booklet, 10 pages on glossy paper, entitled "Heritage Walk of Moonambel" (see above). We also have copies of a facsimile edition of the "Pioneer" newspaper for sale (see below). This is a link to a PDF format of the order form for these publications.
The map above appears in Phil Warings booklet Pubs of
Lamplough published by ADHS Inc as part of the celebration of the 150th
Anniversary of the Lamplough Rush. This will become a chapter in the book
Pubs of the
|The above illustration is the top half of the front page of a four page newspaper. It is the first edition of "The Avoca Mail and |
Pyrenees District Advertiser" dated Friday, December 11, 1863. A limited number of copies are available for sale @ $2 per copy plus $1.50 p&p. A downloadable order form as a .pdf is available by clicking here.
The Invisble Thread - The Story of Moonambel - By Merri Hogan
Note: Down to our last few copies!!
|Available through the Avoca and District Historical
Society Inc. Download Order Form here.
From the Preface: "It includes material from A Hollow in the Hills, a limited edition souvenir book I wrote for the 125th anniversary of the
introduction to Moonambel - an attempt to introduce my community and to express my affection for it."
It was with great pleasure
that the Avoca & District Historical Society Inc obtained the
Miss Betty Beavis to assign to the Society the rights for reprints of
books, Pioneers of the
"Pioneers of the Pyrenees" is now available as a reprint, at a cost of $30 + $5 P&P (click here to download an Order Form)
We hope to have "Avoca - The Early Years" available in 2015. We are working on a revised edition, which will contain corrections of a number of mistakes and typographical errors in the original, also the inclusion of some additional material discovered by the authors after the original version was printed.
Both of these books are a delight to read and to use as a tool for further research, as they are copiously indexed and annotated with details of sources and attributions. We only wish that all authors of histories would more closely follow the example of the Beavis sisters in this regard.
4TH EDITION (WITH INDEX) OF BARKLY BOOK AVAILABLE
"The Barkly Story" by Eulalie
Driscoll; an account
of the early days of the townships of Barkly and Frenchman's,
between Moonambel and
The 4th edition of the book (with an index) is available from ADHS Inc at the Avoca Court House for $15.00 or by mail using the Order Form which may be downloaded here.
Avoca & District Men and Women Who Served in the Great War - a list prepared by Anne Young (A.C.T.) during her academic research of the subject. Click here.Do you know the names of the soldiers in the first two photos and the man on the right in the third photo? If so, please contact the Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
AVOCA CEMETERY TOURSFriends of the
The Society has produced a six-panel brochure illustrating historical points of interest for a walking tour in and around Avoca. It can be downloaded as a PDF document (almost 1 Mb) by clicking on the image to the left.
AVOCA AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY CALENDARS
Special deal whilst stocks last -
1 of each of the 2005 and 2006 Calendars for $12 including postage within Australia. A rare bargain as a collection of 24 good quality A4 sized historic photos of the district @ fifty cents each!!
Click for order form.
|Book based on
extensive collection of postcards published by Avoca and District
The book is built from a collection of postcards exchanged between members of the Powers family in Avoca and the Wills family in Lake Bolac, in an era when postcards were the equivalent of today’s email in enabling people to exchange news and gossip. This collection, consisting of some 140 postcards, was recently discovered within the Wills family by Margaret Wills, author of several local history books published in recent years, who has assembled the best of them into a book containing both sides of the postcards. The messages on the reverse side of each card have been transcribed, using a word processor, as they would not have reproduced in a sufficiently legible quality if scanned. Margaret’s transcriptions have faithfully retained the original spelling and punctuation as written by the sender, thereby conveying the authenticity of the language used.
Sample Issue of Newsletter available below
|On-line search capacity
This is a 'free' search capacity whereby you can search globally the text of the 260+ pages linked to this website (including each alphabetical page of the name indexes) as they existed when the search "base" was created each month. The search facility is 'paid for' by the advertisements which appear on your screen when you conduct a search. I have no control over these advertisements so I trust they are all 'above board' (if not, tell me). By the way, if there are any local businesses who might care to sponsor the Avoca site or advertise on it, contact the secretary.
Once you conduct a search you will be presented with a list of webpages in which the selected text/name appears. When you open up a page it might not be clear immediately where your text/name is located e.g the name might appear as a sponsor for the Christening of another person or as a witness in a court case listed under another person's name. Use the "Find in page" facility on the toolbar of your net browser to pinpoint the location. For Netscape the commands are: EDIT - FIND IN PAGE. For Internet Explorer the commands are: EDIT - FIND (ON THIS PAGE).
FreeFind index incorporates the text of 273 separate webpages.
Written requests for research
Although it is possible to search thousands of names at no cost on the Avoca website via the on-line search facility (see the FreeFind facility above) these represent only a fraction of the names indexed by the ADHS. It could be worth your while to join the Society and, if you are able to visit the Court House, carry out your own research at no additional cost except for copying, scanning, printing, etc., if required. If unable to personally visit the Court House, the Society can carry out research for you. The cost is $10 per hour for members, and $20 per hour for non-members, with a minimum charge of one hour, plus any copying, scanning or printing if required.
Enquiries about membership, or research, or any other aspect of the Society's activities, may be directed to email@example.com
Fees: $20 single; $25 family, living at same
address. Corporate $50. Joining Fee $5. Click
here to download a membership form. (Pdf)
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Links to other ADHS pages
ADHS member Mrs E.C. Graham has kindly allowed the Society to place on this website an electronic version of the more than 2,000 names contained in her publication "Avoca Lists of Unclaimed Letters from 1854 to 1864 Published in the Victorian Government Gazette", plus her compilations of other local lists. These resources are copyright to Mrs Graham and the ADHS.
Links to Members' Webpages containing family and local history information
ADHS Website contact -Denis Strangman - firstname.lastname@example.org I might not be able to respond to you quickly but you will not be forgotten.
Site last updated 3 June 2015