History House

Horsham Historical Society Inc.

Registered Number A0033688K

  Visitor Number   Vicnet
LOCATION: Mechanics Institute
33 Pynsent Street
HORSHAM VIC 3400
AUSTRALIA
PRESIDENT: Rod Jenkinson
Ph: 03-5382-2573
Email
SECRETARY: Jim Heard
Ph: 03-5382-1569
TREASURER: Jim Heard
Ph: 03-5382-1569
RESEARCH: Ken Flack
Ph: 03-5382-4453
Email
MEETINGS:
Second Wednesday of the month at 8.00 p.m.
(Except January)
OPENING HOURS:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1.30 to 4.30 p.m.
or by appointment
MEMBERSHIP:
From 1 July to 30 June each year
$20 single
$30 family
$30 overseas
Includes quarterly newsletter Horsham Historian and supervised access to our collection
NEWSLETTER ONLY SUBSCRIPTION:
$15
SNAIL MAIL:
Secretary
Horsham Historical Society
PO Box 1113
HORSHAM, VIC., AUSTRALIA, 3402

 

Horsham Historical Society

Horsham Historical Society was formed at a meeting on 13th May 1957 with 10 inaugural members and membership set at 5 shillings. Today we have about 50 members and an extensive Horsham and district local history collection of information. We still abide by the original charter ...to foster the collection and preservation of local history records.

First meetings were held in the municipal library in the Mechanics Institute building and later in the local CWA hall and private homes. All the while, Society members pressed the local Council for a permanent home. This was finally achieved on 17 March 1969 when the Mechanics Institute building was secured by a donation of $25 per year to Council for its use.

Mostly monthly meetings have been held over the years. In 1982, the rooms were opened to the public for one Sunday each month. Today, we open one afternoon mid-week and other times by arrangement. 

Our Horsham Historian newsletter is published quarterly in February, May, August and November. 

In 1986, an upgrade of the Mechanics Institute premises by repainting and renovations was undertaken. Three years later, further refurbishment and additional shelving were added and, in 1991, with the nearby Horsham Theatre and Wimmera Legacy redevelopment, the Society acquired the welcome addition of a third room to expand its archive holdings. 

In 2000, we converted a back store room into an office, installing new furniture and a computer system, increasing our premises to four rooms. We have already begun scanning in fragile old glass negatives to preserve them in hard copy before they are lost.

Early Horsham

Horsham, Australia is the centre of the Wimmera wheat and wool growing district. It was named by James Monckton Darlot, the first squatter to take up land in 1842. It is believed he named both his Brighton run and the town of Horsham after towns in his native England.

 

The Wimmera district was previously known by the aboriginal word bogambilor, meaning place of flowers, for the site was covered with a dense scrub of wattles at the time.

George Langlands and his family arrived on 30th June 1849 after a suggestion put to him in Melbourne that the Horsham area had a sufficient squatter population to support a store and post office.

In the 1870s when squatting runs were divided up for smaller selection, a large German population settled in the area and many descendants still remain today.

Horsham was declared a town in 1932 when the population was 5000 and it became a city in its centenary year of 1949. Thus, Horsham celebrated the 150th anniversary of its settlement in 1999. It currently boasts a population of 13,000 and is aptly named The Capital Of The Wimmera.

 

Research

Note: All prices are in Australian dollars.
RESEARCH: Non members $15 per hour, or part thereof
  Members $10 per hour, or part thereof
PHOTOCOPIES: $1 per A4 page
  $2 per A3 page

PHOTOGRAPHS:

One Photograph on CD $15
  Extra Photographs on CD $10 each
  Photographs injet printed on A4 $15 each
All research enquiries write to
Horsham Historical Society  
PO Box 1113
 
HORSHAM Vic 3402
 
AUSTRALIA
 
Or email Ken Flack
Horsham Historical Society has an extensive local history collection of the city and district, including -
¨ Hundreds of files of information on people, businesses, buildings and organisations
¨ Thousands of photographs dating from the 1870s to the present day, currently being indexed
¨ The Horsham Times newspaper index up to 1900 of births, deaths, marriages and businesses
¨ Government Gazettes
¨ Town and district maps
¨ Horsham burial records from 1920 to 1999, completely indexed
¨ Original Horsham Times and Wimmera Mail-Times newspapers from 1886 to 1999. (Editions before 1960 inaccessible to the public due to their fragility but available on microfilm at Wimmera Regional Library, Horsham or the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne)
¨ District history and family history books
¨ Oral history tapes
¨ Borough and water rate books
¨ History of all Horsham hotels
¨ History of all lawyers and law firms (see Legal History of Horsham on Publications page)

 

 

 

Publications

To order books click here to download an Adobe Acrobat form .

 Note: All prices are in Australian dollars and postage is applicable to Australia only. For overseas postage prices please email destination to Rod Jenkinson

HORSHAM IN FOCUS 1849-1999

by Noelene M. Jenkinson and Marie P. Foley. 1999.

150 years of Horsham in then and now comparative pictures of businesses, scenes and streetscapes. 208 pages. 500 b&w photographs. A4 high quality laminated soft cover.

$30.00

Plus $9.50 p&p

MEMORIES OF DOOEN. 1990.

33 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover.

$10.00

Plus $5 p&p

MEMORIES OF GREEN PARK. 1992.

143 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover.

$25.00

Plus $5 p&p

MEMORIES OF JUNG JUNG. 1991.

105 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover.

$18.00

Plus $5 p&p

MEMORIES OF PIMPINIO. 1993.

125 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover.

$20.00

Plus $5 p&p

MEMORIES OF QUANTONG. 1991.

82 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover.

$20.00

Plus $5 p&p

MEMORIES OF RIVERSIDE. 2008

171 pages and photographs. Index. A4 soft cover.

$35.00

Plus $9.50 p&p

MEMORIES OF WONWONDAH. 1998.

200 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover.

$30.00

Plus $9.50 p&p

NAMING HORSHAM STREETS 1849-1998

by E. Vivan Reynolds. 2003.

The story of the naming of the streets of Horsham is a potted history of the town. 134 pages. A4 high quality laminated soft cover.

$30.00

Plus $9.50 p&p

OUR FIFTH DECADE 1997-2007

50th anniversary history of Horsham Historical Society. 45 pages and photographs. A4 spiral bound soft cover.

$10.00

Plus $5 p&p

THE HISTORY OF SMITHS MILL

DVD including Heritage Day Meeting 2005. Interviews and slide shows.

$10.00

Plus $2 p&p

WIMMERA-MALLEE VOLUNTEERS TO THE BOER WAR 1899-1902

by Ercil McIlvena. 2001.

Includes Volunteers personal details, 87 photographs, letters from the front. 244 pages. High quality laminated soft cover.

$25.00

Plus $9.50 p&p

 

ROAD BOARD TO RESTRUCTURE

THE HISTORY OF THE WIMMERA SHIRE 1869-1995

Excellent overview of early Wimmera history. 161 pages. Hard cover.

$16.50

Plus $9.50 p&p

 

Brim Springs Heritage Day

Crowd
Sunday 5 April 2009
Jeff Jenkinson
Click here for a copy of the talk by Dr Jeff Jenkinson, a descendant of the original settlers of this area of The Grampians.

 

 

Horsham Historical Society is producing a book titled

Zumsteins A Century of Memories

The book will be A4 size with colour cover, 100-150 pages in length. Orders with payment will be taken prior to printing. Expected cost about $40.

 

 

Lost in the Bush - 150th Anniversary

Lost in the bush is the story of the siblings from Spring Hill Station (near Mt Arapiles), who went missing in the Wimmera region of Victoria on the 12th August 1864. Isaac Cooper (aged 9), Jane Cooper (aged 7), and Frank Duff (aged 3½) went to gather brush for their Mother, and became lost. The siblings spent nine days & eight nights lost in the dense Nurcoung scrub, surviving on only wild quandongs & dew from leaves, before being rescued.

More than 30 local men began a search, following tracks for days before a thunderstorm obliterated them. Three black trackers from Mt Elgin Station joined the search party on the 8th day & they quickly rediscovered tracks. The siblings were found on the 9th day, emaciated and weak, but alive. All three had survived their ordeal. It was calculated that they had walked over 96 Kilometres, with Isaac & Jane jointly caring for their brother, Frank, carrying him and placing him between them at night. On particularly cold nights Jane used her dress to cover Frank.

After the three siblings had been found alive, the news flew through the Wimmera. Their miraculous survival gained a lot of interest not only in Victoria, but throughout Australia, and Overseas.  The trio became known as the "Babes in the Wood", and a book and film were produced of their ordeal. A memorial to Jane and her brothers was erected by locals in 1935, as close as possible to where they were found.

Isaac Cooper married Christina Mudra
Jane Cooper married George Turnbull
Francis (Frank) Duff married Ann Brilliant

 
Horsham Historical Society is currently seeking: - photos
  - stories
  - descendants of Jane Cooper (Jane Duff), Isaac Cooper, Frank Duff, the aboriginal trackers and others involved in the search for the children

Anyone with information is invited to contact Lost in the Bush

Celebrations are being planned for 12 August 2014 to 20 August 2014

Horsham Historical Society are planning events for Sunday 17th August 2014

  10 – 11.30 Tour of Horsham Cemetery (Contact Lost in the Bush if there is a grave of interest to you)
  12.30-2.30 Display and talk at Horsham Historical Society, 33 Pynsent Street, Horsham

West Wimmera Shire Council have the following proposed agenda of events

Tue 12th August Lost Day

School art exhibition
Story teller, bushwalk  and picnic for schools at the memorial

 

Wed 13th August Day 2

School art exhibition
Story teller, bushwalk  and picnic for schools at the memorial

WMT Creative writing finalist

 

Thur 14th Aug Day 3

School art exhibition
Story teller, bushwalk  and picnic for schools at the memorial

 

Fri 15th Aug Day 4

School art exhibition

Story teller, bushwalk  and picnic for schools at the memorial

3 Screening of Lost
2 matinees and evening at 7.30 pm at Wesley PAC

WMT Creative writing finalist

Sat 16th Aug Day 5

School art exhibition

Story teller, bushwalk  and picnic for community at the memorial?

Gabrielle Bulle talk and afternoon tea… tour of the Hut.

Sunday 17th Aug Day 6

Australia All Over - Macca presents from the region.

Story teller, bushwalk and picnic for community at the memorial?

 

Horsham Historical Society
10 – 11.30 Cemetery Tour
12.30-2.30 Display and talk

Mon 18th Aug Day 7

School art exhibition

Story teller, bushwalk  and picnic for schools at the memorial

WMT Creative writing finalist

Tue 19th Aug Day 8

School art exhibition

Story teller, bushwalk  and picnic for schools at the memorial

Wed 20th Aug Day 9 Found Day

West Wimmera’s Day at the Memorial
Gathering of descendants and officials, dignitary (Min of Aboriginal Affairs?), at the memorial. Dress up
Picnic, games, walk, storyteller, toilet facilities.
WMT Creative writing winner announced and in the papers.