The Tatong Heritage Group was formed in July 2004, with the aim of recording, preserving and displaying, the heritage of Tatong and Districts.
We consider projects, seek funding, and follow avenues of investigating, collecting, and securing items and knowledge of Tatong's heritage.
The Tatong Heritage Group is eager to gain access to any information, photos, mementos, or artefacts of the past of the Tatong region.

Tatong Heritage Group Inc. Committee as of September 2023:


 Andrea Stevenson

Vice President  Barry O'Connor

 Bev Hakkennes

Assistant Secretary  

 Joan Lewis

Treasurer    Joe Hakkennes
Committee  Geoff Rintala, Jack Harrison, Heather McCauley, Faye  Crowe, Les MacLean, Chick Walker, Janet Hauptman


Downloads for Member's use:
Right-Click on Hyper-Link & choose "Save Target As"
Donation Form (54kb .pdf file)
Form for recording any loan or gift of heritage items.
Please fill in one side for the Recipient (group-member receiving the items) and the other side for the Donor of the items.
Information Slip (PDF 115kb) - contacts to have on hand for market stall etc.
THG Logo (31kb .jpg of our logo): THG Logo Small (12kb .jpg)
Self-Drive map; PDF 53kb - let me know of any corrections or amendments needed.


Tatong Heritage Origin
The Tatong Heritage Group was formed at a public meeting at the Tavern, Monday July 5th 2004.  Fifteen people attended, a very good turn out of our small district population.
The group was initiated by Elaine Brogan, a relative new comer to Tatong, who has had a strong association with historical groups in Melbourne.
Elaine and prominent local historian Greg Kirk conducted the meeting.

Committee as elected at inaugural meeting, July 5th 2004:


Elaine Brogan

Vice President  

Greg Kirk


Pat Manser

Treasurer   Kevin Smith

Public Officer  

Geoff Rintala



The first Annual General Meeting of the group was held on October 24th 2005, with a good turn-out. Elaine Brogan, President, reported:

It is with much pleasure that I give my report to you tonight. It is hard to believe that 12 months have past since our first meeting. Much has taken place…

  • Our web page
  • Railway signage erected and bogie wheels set in place ready for the official launch
  • The photograph collection is growing and currently being entered onto disc form.
  • Displays have been erected in the library, which proved to be popular in town.
  • In the Shadow of a Drought get-together was a huge success, and is ongoing with talk and tales on the ABC radio, thanks to Melanie Sims for her support and interest.
  • Grants have been applied for, with two out of the three being successful
  • The society become Incorporated
  • Displays at the local market, the Molyullah fair and for Australia day in Benalla
  • Participation in the Benalla festival street parade
  • Talk and presentation for our nomination in the tidy towns awards.
  • Supporting our local school when it looked like it may close after 115 years
  • Working with the Recreation committee to help plan their 100 years
  • The Kelly film night at the tavern for our Australia day celebrations.
  • Historical features in the Tattler.
  • Guided tour given to a Melbourne based historical society.
  • Putting together our Historical calendar
  • Display at Riverview for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Participating in the family history day at Mulwala
  • Participation in the Good Friday appeal, walk and dine at Bells peak.
  • Regular coverage in the Ensign.

So, you can see that the THG have been very busy and much as been achieved. I believe the THG will continue to thrive, as we discover more and more of our local history.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to the Committee for the support and the hard work you have put in and also to our members and friends for your continued support and contributions. Without you the THG could not continue.

Elaine Brogan

Hon, President.



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