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Our Beginnings

Updated 8.8.11

History of the WHS

The Waverley Historical Society was established in 1970 by a group of local residents concerned with recording and preserving the history of the fast growing Waverley district. Many of these members were descendants of the pioneer settlers and were able to use the knowledge of their local family histories to contribute to the recording of the rich fabric of the district development.

This table was originally compiled for our 30th Anniversary, in October 2000. It marks milestones year by year with now later additions.

1970 Pres: Cr. June Bagel
Sec: Morna Sturrock
Tres: Fred Marriott
Inaugural meeting held 30 November. Sub committees were formed as working groups - Pioneers, Families, Transport, Buildings, Churches, Schools. Meetings to be held every 2 months. First newsletter compiled by Shirley Westaway.
1971
1972 Pres: Laurie Ryan
Sec: Francis Smyth
Tres: Wilma Garnham
Newsletter printed by N. R. Reid.
1973 Pres: Sidney Brown
Sec: Morna Sturrock
Tres: Bob Pepperell
President began talks on our history to schools etc.
1974 Pres: Sidney Brown
Sec: Morna Sturrock
Tres: Bob Pepperell
During the year death occurred of President Sidney Brown
George Naunton was appointed as WHS photographer.
1975 Pres: Bob Pepperell
Sec: Elsie Rhodes
Tres: Bob Pepperell
First Sidney Brown Memorial Lecture.
1976 Pres: Morna Sturrock
Sec: Joan Bolch
Tres: Bob Pepperell
Efforts started to save the Closter House.
WHS still had no permanent meeting place.
1977 Pres: Morna Sturrock
Sec: Joan Bolch
Tres: Bob Pepperell
President arranged Patchwork Classes; $1000 raised.
Nostalgia Unlimited Show at Old St Stephens - raised $500.
1978 Pres: Morna Sturrock
Sec: Joan Bolch
Tres: Fred Marriott
First investment of $1500 by Tresurer. The Closter House took up nearly a year of hard discussions with the Council before the house was finally demolished.
1979 Pres: Bob Pepperell
Sec: Paul Dudley
Tres: Fred Marriott
Society provides historical exhibition for launch of Cattlemen to Commuters. Photo negatives received from the Waverley Gazette. WHS Crockery/cutlery.
1980 Pres: Allan Cameron
Sec: Joan Bolch
Tres: Fred Marriott
Display boards made by Allan Cameron and Bernard Lefrank (still displayed in WHS rooms). President Allan Cameron resigned and Irene Marriott was elected for remainder of year.
1981 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: Joan Bolch
Tres: Fred Marriott
Acquired pew from St Stephens. Council granted free use of the Library Meeting room. Sir Billy Snedden presented Australian flag to WHS. Street Stalls.
1982 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: John Bolch
Tres: Fred Marriott
10th Birthday of the Society celebrated. Wal Hastie became photographer. Meetings held every Month. Bus tours to other Historical Societies conducted. Photo collection expanded by Wal Hastie.
1983 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: Max James
Tres: Fred Marriott
Society granted use of Mt Waverley Library upstairs meeting room as a permanent home. Photocopier and typewriter bought. Monthly meetings trialled.
1984 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: Max James
Tres: Fred Marriott
Schools Essay Competition. Joined Red Cross Calling. Students helped with research. Society became a Corporation.
1985 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: Dorothy Hazle
Tres: Fred Marriott
Pioneer Service held at St. Stephens Church. Furniture received from Council for room. Bound copies of the Dandenong Journal received from Council.
1986 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: Dorothy Hazle
Tres: Fred Marriott
Decision to compile a History of Waverley. Glass display cases purchased. Talks to Groups and Schools.
1987 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: Dorothy Hazle
Tres: Brian Fox
Grant of $7000 from Bicentennial Commission towards Societies book - Waverley Past and Present. Book cost $23000.
1988 Pres: Irene Marriott
Sec: Dorothy Hazle
Tres: Brian Fox
Book launched in May and account fully reimbursed in October.
1989 Pres: Dorothy Hazle
Sec: Joan Bolch
Tres: Fred Marriott
Cataloguing of photos and research material started. Bill Irving appointed WHS Photographer.
1990 Pres: Dorothy Hazle
Sec: Kath Price
Tres: Brian Fox
20th Birthday of the Society celebrated. Win Hatwell launches her book Wandering Around Waverley. Displays in Banks, Council Offices, Libraries.
1991 Pres: Fred Payne
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Brian Fox
Displays at Syndal Hall and Exhibition Gallery - Images of Working Life. Historic exhibition in the refurbished Syndal Hall.
1992 Pres: Fred Payne
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Bev Yeoman
Society held Eastern District convention at St Stephens.
1993 Pres: Col. Lee Archer
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Bev Yeoman
Project to record all plaques and foundation stones. 3 Historic markers unveiled. Heritage week display in the Civic Centre. Computer purchased.
1994 Pres: Laurie Ryan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Bev Yeoman
Council offered old Glen Waverley School as meeting place but Society decided to remain above the Library and retained the name Waverley HS.
1995 Pres: Laurie Ryan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
Bob Halliday raised the flag on Australia Day. Regular monthly speakers. 25th Anniversary celebrations.
1996 Pres: Laurie Ryan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
Trips to the Mornington Peninsula. Bill Irving slides presented as Past and Present. Visit to Knox Historical Society.
1997 Pres: Bill Irving
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
Visits to other Societies. Cataloguing of the Society's records and photographs continued.
1998 Pres: Jim Tuhan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
Visit to Romsey and Lancefield. Visits to schools and other groups. Monthly guest speakers.
1999 Pres: Jim Tuhan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
Society advised on names for new Estate streets. Indexing of Wandering Around Waverley commenced. Street name history commenced.
2000 Pres: Jim Tuhan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
 
01/02 Pres: Jim Tuhan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
 
02/03 Pres: Jim Tuhan
Sec: Val Tuhan
Tres: Stewart Bradley
Origin of Street names project begins
03/04 Pres: Jim Tuhan
Sec: Marjo Angelico
Tres: Jean Walkerden
 
04/05 Pres: Jim Tuhan
Sec: Marjo Angelico
Tres: Jean Walkerden
Local Newspaper indexing project begins
05/06 Pres: Ray Price
Sec: Marjo Angelico
Tres: Jean Walkerden
General Meetings moved to Wadham House adjacent to the WHS rooms above the Library
06/07 Pres: Ray Price
Sec: Norma Schultz
Tres: Jean Walkerden
General Meetings return to the WHS rooms above the Library
06/07 Pres: Ed Hore
Sec: Norma Schultz
Tres: Jean Walkerden
Room layout re-arranged
Rooms flooded from roof leak.
08/09 Pres: Ed Hore
Sec: Norma Schultz
Tres: Jean Walkerden
Membership over 120
09/10 Pres: Ed Hore
Sec: Norma Schultz
Tres: Jean Walkerden
Rooms flooded (again), meetings held off site pending building renovations
10/11 Pres: Ed Hore
Sec: Norma Schultz
Tres: Jean Walkerden
Rooms refurbished