May 2005 Newsletter
In lieu of the General
Meeting this month, a visit to the district of Mirboo North is arranged.
The bus will leave the V-line bus stop, The Esplanade, at 8.45 am and return
approximately 2.45 pm. The cost, including morning tea and a light lunch at the
Mirboo North Historical Society, is $13 (no refunds). Bookings are essential -
contact Ruth Tipping on 5674 3319. Commentaries will be given as we travel
along. We invite you to come with us and enjoy the trip!
John Cocking, a member of
the Meeniyan Historical Society, spoke at our meeting last month on the history
of postcards. Postcards were first printed in Philadelphia (USA) in 1861 and
then Austria in 1869. It became a family pastime to collect them - often they
would be displayed in an album. In Australia, the NSW postal authority was
first to publish them in 1875, and other States followed. In 1898 permits were
issued for them to be privately printed and they became very popular. They were
cheap to send - postage cost one penny - the message was short and sweet and
they were delivered promptly. The postal service then was two deliveries on
weekdays and one on Saturday. Later, local and freelance photographers printed
cards. John displayed a variety of postcards from his collection depicting art,
aborigines, commemorative and special occasions, family portraits, children's
illustrators, street and country scenes. Thousands of cards were sent by troops
in WWI. Postcards reflect history - schooldays, the fashions worn, the
transport used, houses and shops of the day etc. John has been collecting for
25 years and is a member of the Cartophilia Society of Australia. We thank him
for his interesting talk and display.
At 22 June meeting, our
speaker will be Norman Deacon who will talk about his interest in "Openers".
"Joe from Jumbuk" by
Des Bennett from Ruth Tipping;
Rates" (1964) from Liz Catt;
Lighthouses" by Captain John Noble, "Westernport - An Ecological View" by
Des Connell from Hazel Hayes.
Thank you to these
It is with regret that the
Committee accepted the resignation of Kath Bendle as Vice-President due to
illness. Kath has been responsible for arranging speakers for our meetings over
many years and organising very successful fundraising efforts. We thank her for
the practical contribution she has made to the Society. She continues in
membership and we are pleased to report her health is improving.
Next month the financial
year draws to a close. A new innovation this year will be to send out an
account with the June Newsletter to notify members their subscriptions will be
due on 1 July.
Would you like to become a
member of the Society? This is the time to join! We would welcome your
Should you have an E-mail
address we could forward your Newsletter directly to you. Please advise Helen