New Moonambel book

The Solomon of Moonambel – Reynell Everleigh Johns – By Merri Hogan with Noreen McAdam


Opium, diamonds, the judiciary and taxidermists – a fascinating story of a colonial magistrate’s years in Moonambel

This latest book about the district is available through the Avoca and District Historical Society Inc. Download Order Form here.


Lamplough research

In 1998 Denis Strangman published an index of names associated with the  Lamplough Rush. He also made available an article on the rush to Lamplough that he first published in 1987.

With the creation of the new website the website addresses, the URLs, no longer work for the previous website. However the content has been migrated.

The Lamplough names index can be found at and the 1987 article can be found at

A later article also written by Denis Strangman and published in 1989 in the Victorian Historical Journal by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria can now be found at – navigate to page 3. The Victorian Historical Journal has been digitised by the State Library of Victoria.


Neither Denis nor I have  found any images of Lamplough during the 1859-60 rush. This photograph from about 1920 of the Lamplough Post Office is in the collection of the Avoca and District Historical Society. The Society’s collection, most of which is not on-line,  also contains more information about people associated with the rush.

Anne Young
Webmaster for the Avoca and District Historical Society
28 May 2017

Our new website

As of 16 May 2017 we have a new website.

Many thanks to Denis Strangman who maintained the previous version for about 20 years

Some links have been broken in the migration. We will aim to fix these as soon as possible.

30th Anniversary Celebrations of the Avoca and District Historical Society – 18 May 2014.

30th Anniversary Celebrations of the Avoca and District Historical Society – 18 May 2014.

(Craig Wilson, Editor and Proprietor of Pyrenees Newspapers Pty Ltd attended and took many photographs, and has given permission for this one to be reproduced on our website.)
30th anniversary celebrations in 2014
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.