History House

Horsham Historical Society Inc.

Registered Number A0033688K


Visitors since 8 October 2014

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LOCATION: Mechanics Institute
  33 Pynsent Street
  HORSHAM VIC 3400
  AUSTRALIA
PRESIDENT: Rod Jenkinson
  Phone: 03-5382-2573
  Mobile: 0421-101-267
  Email Do not contact for research
SECRETARY: Jacquelyn O’Connor  
  Phone: 0419-883-959
  Email Do not contact for research
RESEARCH: Click the Research Tab above for
  further information and charges
   
MEETINGS:
  Second Wednesday of the month at 8.00 p.m.
  (Except January)
OPEN HOURS:
  Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1.30 to 4.30 p.m.
  or by appointment
  During open hours: 0421-101-267
MEMBERSHIP:
  From 1 July to 30 June each year
   
$20 single
   
$30 family
   
  Includes quarterly newsletter Horsham Historian and supervised access to our collection
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
LASER COPY: $1 per A4 page
  $2 per A4 page for photo and information

PHOTOGRAPHS:

One Photograph on CD $15
  Extra Photographs on CD $10 each
  Photographs injet printed on A4 $15 each
     
Please ensure that your research enquiries are specific and that you provide the information you know already so we are not charging you for time spent carrying out research you do not require.
Click here to download a research request form
 
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 list of publications and an order form .

Note: All prices are in Australian dollars.

Postal cost: Please contact us by email or our postal address P.O. Box 1113, Horsham, Vic., 3402 and provide the title[s] and number of each title so that postage costs can be determined.

 

TITLE

PRICE     (Aust $)

DAYS OF DRUNG - a HISTORY OF THE DRUNG DISTRICT
by Wendy Donald and Helen Curkpatrick. 2014. 245 pages and photographs. Index. A4 high quality soft cover.

50% Colour $60.00

B&W $45.00

FLYERS OF TIME – By Kevin O’Reilly. Pioneer aviation in country Victoria. The first 50 years. Large hard cover book of 407 pages. [2012]
$65.00

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

LEGAL HISTORY OF HORSHAM: 1875-1992 - A history of all Horsham law firms and alphabetical biographies of Horsham Lawyers. Researched and written by Noelene Jenkinson, B+W photos. [1993] Available as a PDF Document only.
$15.00

MEMORIES OF DOOEN. 1990.33 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover. LIMITED PRINTED BOOKS AVAILABLE. can be purchased as a PDF Document

Book $10.00

Digital $15.00

MEMORIES OF GREEN PARK. 1992.143 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover. LIMITED PRINTED BOOKS AVAILABLE. can be purchased as a PDF Document

Book $25.00

Digital $15.00

MEMORIES OF JUNG JUNG. 1991.105 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover. LIMITED PRINTED BOOKS AVAILABLE. can be purchased as a PDF Document

$18.00

Digital $15.00

MEMORIES OF PIMPINIO. 1993.125 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover.LIMITED PRINTED BOOKS AVAILABLE. can be purchased as a PDF Document

$20.00

Digital $15.00

MEMORIES OF QUANTONG. 1991. 82 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover. LIMITED PRINTED BOOKS AVAILABLE. can be purchased as a PDF Document

$20.00

Digital $15.00

MEMORIES OF RIVERSIDE. 2008.171 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover. LIMITED PRINTED BOOKS AVAILABLE. can be purchased as a PDF Document

$35.00

Digital $15.00

MEMORIES OF WONWONDAH. 1988. 200 pages and photographs. Index. A4 spiral bound soft cover. LIMITED PRINTED BOOKS AVAILABLE. can be purchased as a PDF Document

$30.00

Digital $15.00

NAMING HORSHAM STREETS. 1988.
by E. Vivian Reynolds. The story of the naming of the streets of Horsham is a "potted history" of the town. 134 pages and photographs. A4 high quality laminated soft cover.

$30.00

 

OUR FIFTH DECADE. 1997 - 2007. 50th anniversary history of Horsham Historical Society. 45 pages and photographs. A4 sprial bound cover. Researched and compiled by Jim B. Heard.

$10.00

 

STREWTH! – A two volume publication comprehensively examining the involvement of the Rural City of Horsham’s in World War 1. Winner of the Victorian ‘Local History Prize’ in 2015. Project Managers: Gillian and John Francis. Soft cover, A4 books, pages total over 800. [2015]. Digital book available soon [$25]
$100.00 per set

THE HISTORY OF SMITH'S MILL. DVD including Heritage Day Meeting 2005. Interviews and slide shows.

$10.00

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.

$15.00

 

ZUMSTEINS – A CENTURY OF MEMORIES – a series of stories relating memories in the popular recreation area: Zumsteins. The book records the development of the site and the effects of government management, floods and fires. Researched and edited by Rod Jenkinson [2015]. A soft cover A4 size book of 322 pages. Includes maps, B&W and colour photos and newspaper items.

$50.00

 

 

 

Surplus Stock Sale

 

To order books click here to download an Adobe Acrobat list ofsurplus stock and an order form .
 Note: All prices are in Australian dollars

Postal cost: Please contact us by email or our postal address P.O. Box 1113, Horsham, Vic., 3402 and provide the title[s] and number of each title so that postage costs can be determined.

TITLE

PRICE     (Aust $)

1988 WIMMERA – HORSHAM HIGH – the annual publication of the Horsham High School for 1988, compiled by the students and teachers.  Soft cover, A4 book, 80 pages. LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$10.00

40th ANNIVERSARY - 1967-2007 - HORSHAM FILM SOCIETY – a collection of images and news articles from film society events.  Researched and compiled by Jeff Harvey.  A soft cover, A4 size booklet of 40 pages.  LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE 

$5.00

50 WALKS IN THE GRAMPIANS – with outdoor tourist attractions.  First published 1977, revised edition 1983.  Author: Tyrone T Thomas.  Soft cover, 144 ages, approx. 14cm x 22cm.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE – SOME COPIES SECOND HAND

$10.00

A COUNTRY NEWSPAPER – MINYIP – 1885-1985 – A soft cover book of 78 pages, approx. 20cm x 24cm.  Published by the Minyip and District Historical Society to commemorate the centenary of the first issue of the Minyip Guardian.  LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$15.00

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE GRAMPIANS FLORA – a soft cover book, 144 pages, 14cm x 21cm.  Index and Glossary.  Text: Rodger Elliot.  Illustrations: Trevor Blake.  Photographs: John Brownlie.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$10.00

A HISTORY OF THE HORSHAM AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY – A hundred Horsham shows.  A hard cover book, 182 pages, 14cm x 23cm.  Researched and authored by Ian Maroske [1978]   RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$20.00

DON’T DARE SAY DINKLEDOODLEDUM – 16 chapters outlining the history of the Dunmunkle Shire.  A hard cover book, 203 pages, 14cm x 22cm.  Author: Alan Finch.   RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$25.00

FROM THE BREAD AND TREACLE DAYS – Netherby 1885-1985, a soft cover book, 80 pages, 20 x 25cm.  Published by the Primary School Centenary Committee [1985].  LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$15.00

GRAMPIANS SKETCHBOOK - a hard cover book, 64 pages, 15cm x 22cm.  Drawings by: Fraser Hay. Text by: John Béchervaise. RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$15.00

HAVEN’s HERITAGE – Volume 1: from the Common, Volume 2: Our Families.  A comprehensive look at the Haven community.  Researched and compiled by The Haven Community [Wendy Donald].  Soft cover, Volume 1 – 470 pages, Volume 2 – 250 pages, colour.

2 book set:$140
Vol 1 only:$60
Vol2 only:$40

HISTORICAL SOUVENIR – 1961 – KANIVA - The story of the Kaniva district 1845-1961. A soft cover book, 106 pages, 14cm by 22cm.  Compiled and edited by T.M. Landt.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$10.00

HISTORY OF THE HORSHAM HIGH SCHOOL 1912-1950.   A soft cover book, 52 pages, 19cm by 25cm.  Author: I T Maddern.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE – SOME COPIES SECOND HAND

$15.00

HORSHAM CENTENARY SOUVENIR BOOKLET – one hundred years of progress.  Published as part of the Horsham Centenary celebrations by the Horsham City Council. A soft cover booklet, 60 pages, 22cm by 28cm.  Researched and written by Helen C Coulson. [1950].   RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE.  Note: available in green and beige cover – beige has all pages included but some are out of sequence.

$30.00

INK IN HIS VEINS – A biography of the author’s father: Alfred Wright Lockwood.  Hard cover book [15cm x 21cm].  Author: Allan Lockwood. [1985]

$10.00

LAH ARUM. The Lah Arum [now: Laharum] community published by the Lah Arum Back To and School Centenary Committee [and G.W. Hopkins, Horsham]. [1987] A hard cover book, 160 pages, 15cm by 22cm.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE.

$25.00

MURTOA FOOTBALL CLUB 1889-1980 – a soft cover booklet of 84 pages, 18cm x 24cm.  Authors: Gordon Aummann and Peter Janetzki.  Produced to commemorate Murtoa’s first senior premiership in the Wimmera Football League.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$20.00

“NEAR THE BIG ONE”Ni Ni East State School 3045 and District: 1890-1946.  Researched and compiled by Graham Schultz and Stan McKenzie.  Soft cover, A4 size book, 89 pages. [1994]  LIMITED AVAILABILITY

$15.00

NINE AROUND THE TABLE – 100 years in the Shire of Arapiles.  Author: Allan Lockwood.  Hard cover book, 241 pages, approx. 20cm x 28cm. [1988]

$20.00

NORADJUHA CENTENARY 1873-1973 - A history of the development of the Noradjuha community over the first 100 years of white settlement.  A soft cover booklet, 71 pages, 14cm by 22cm.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$15.00

NORTON NOSTALGIA – A comprehensive look at the Lower Norton community and surrounding districts especially Bungalally, Darragan and Vectis.  Over 55 families are profiled.  Researched and compiled by Wendy Donald.  Soft cover A4 size book of 251 pages. 

$55.00

OUR HAVEN - A booklet that records the courage and perseverance of the pioneers who laid the foundations on which the white settlement of Haven was based.  Editor: Mr M Liersch [1978].    RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$15.00

OLIVE SHOOTS IN NATIMUK – an autobiography by Allan Lockwood.  Hard cover book, 158 pages, approx. 14cm x 21cm.  [1989]

$10.00

ROAD BOARD TO RESTRUCTURE – The history of the shire of the Wimmera 1862-1995.  Researched and compiled by: John Reid, Keith H Lovett and Les Blake.  A hard cover book, 18cm x 26cm, 161 pages. [1996]

$20.00

ST HELENS PLAINS PRIMARY SCHOOL NO. 3598 AND ITS’ DISTRICT: 1908-1985 - a soft cover book, 48 pages, 15cm by 21cm.  Researched and compiled by Brain J Brook [1990].   RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$15.00

SURVIVING 100 YEARS – A HISTORY OF RUPANYUP SHOWS.  A soft cover booklet of 32 pages, 11cm by 19cm.  Compiled by John Teasdale.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$5.00

TATTYARA – A HISTORY OF KANIVA DISTRICT.  A soft cover book, 373 pages, 14cm by 22cm.  Author: Les Blake.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$25.00

THE BELL SOUNDS PLEASANTLY – The story of Ebenezer Mission 1839-1902.  Author: Susan Robertson.  Soft cover book, approx. 14cm x 21cm, 85 pages. [1992] LIMITED AVAILABILITY

$10.00

THE LAND OF THE LOWAN -100 years in Nhill and West Wimmera. A soft cover book, 268 pages, 14cm by 22cm.  Author: Les Blake [1976]  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$25.00

THE STORY OF THE MALLEE - a reprint of a document read to the Historical Society of Victoria on 18th March 1912.  A hard cover book, 122 pages, 14cm by 22cm. Author: Alfred S. Kenyon, C.E.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$25.00

THE VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE TRUST - photos of aboriginal artefacts with a description of their use.  A soft cover booklet of 12 pages, 15cm by 21cm.  Text by: Jim Berg V.A.C.H.T. and Rose O’Shea. RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$5.00

THE WIMMERA STORY - Distribution area: Ararat and Donald in central Victoria to Keith and Naracoorte in South Australia.  Contains many coloured photos.  A soft cover booklet, 68 pages, 22cm by 28cm.  Edited by Joan Starr and Alan Berry. RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$10.00

W.A.G. Tales – Published by the Wimmera Authors’ Group.  Contains a short profile of the 11 authors and 47 items of poetry and short stories. Soft cover book, 15cm x 21cm, 108 pages. [1994]

$10.00

WALTER ZUMSTEIN PIONEER [1967] and WALTER ZUMSTEIN: Pioneer of the Zumstein’s recreation area [1986].  Two soft cover booklets of 12 pages, 14cm x 22cm that reproduce a talk given by Otway Vernon Carter to the Horsham and District Historical Society on May 17th 1967.  The second booklet is a reprint due to the popularity of the initial publication.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$5.00 for each booklet

WARRACKNABEAL – A WIMMERA CENTENARY - first published 1967 in association with the Council of the Shire of Warracknabeal.  Author: Susan Priestley. A hard cover book, 128 pages, 15cm x 22cm.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$25.00

WHAT HOUSE IS THAT? - A guide to Victoria’s housing styles.  Third Edition – project co-ordinator: Pauline Hitchins [2011]. It documents features of architecture in Victoria plus paint schemes and energy efficiency. A soft cover booklet of 31 pages, dimensions approximately 22cm by 16cm. 

$2.00

WHAT TO SEE – HORSHAM AND DISTRICT – lay-out: a series of car trips from Horsham, setting out points of interest for the traveller to note. A soft cover booklet, 24 pages, 14cm x 22cm.  Publisher: Horsham and District Historical Society and the Horsham Field Naturalists Club, 1967.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$2.00

WIMMERA – A REGIONAL HISTORY - A soft cover book, 96 pages, 14cm x 22cm.  Author: Les Blake. [1972]  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$15.00

WIMMERA SHIRE CENTENARY – the development of the shire through time.  Compiled by: L J Blake and K H Lovett.  First published in 1962, 4th Edition: 1970. LIMITED AVAILABILITY

$25.00

WOMEN OF ARAPILES – PAST AND PRESENT – a series of short biographies on local women.  Published as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary. [1984-5]. A soft cover book, 75 pages, 14cm x 21cm. Compiled by Beverly Meagher.  RARE BOOK – LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

$10.00