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Wandong History Group


Registered Office: Affleck Street, Wandong, 3758

Telephone: 57871 314

Inaugural office bearers 2012/2013:

President - Karen Christensen

Vice President - David Moran

Secretary - Diana Vidal

Treasurer - Sandra Moran

The Wandong History Group was formed to collate, catalogue and preserve the past history of Wandong and Heathcote Junction for the benefit of future generations.


The Wandong History Group (WHG) evolved when a group of local residents recognised that before it was too late, there was the urgent need to collate, catalogue and preserve the past history of Wandong and Heathcote Junction for the benefit of future generations.  Wandong - Heathcote Junction has a unique and interesting settlement and social history that included one of Victoria's largest timber and seasoning operations. Wandong was a hive of activity during the mid-1880s with tramways, a seasoning works, joinery and terra cotta lumber plant, as well as a coffee palace and boarding house, all built around a privately created subdivision owned by Robert Affleck Robertson.  The Mt. Disappointment area was also home to prisoners of war who worked in forest camps during World War II.  Wandong also laid claim to initiating the first Country Music Festival during the 1970s.  Wandong and Heathcote Junction have many unexplored stories yet to be told

The WHG held its first formal meeting on 26 September 2012 when office bearers were elected and at a subsequent meeting it was unanimously decided to apply to be an Incorporated Group.  The WHG is a not for profit group and any membership fees, donations, fund raising money will be put toward the collation, cataloguing and preserving our history. 
The Wandong History Group has elected to adopt the Model Rules for an Incorporated Association [Associations Incorporation Act 1981]


Membership fees will be set at Annual General Meetings.  Financial members are encouraged to participate in Group activities and in discussion at monthly meetings.


The Wandong History Group initially aims to collate, record and store information on the history of Wandong - Heathcote Junction.  It is intended to meet monthly and all residents interested in the great history of our towns would be most welcome to participate.

The Group will meet regularly and consensus decision making will be adopted.  Regular history presentations will be conducted for the benefit of residents and visitors.

Committee members for 2014- 2015 are:

President:         Karen Christensen
Vice President: David Moran
Secretary:         Di Vidal
Treasurer:         Sandra Moran

Membership fees were set at $10 single and family $15

HISTORY BULLETINS - follow the links







Happy New Year everyone, hoping you all enjoyed the festive season, and are now refreshed and ready for the year ahead.

“The Back to Wandong Luncheon at the Australiana Restaurant” is on again, and it welcomes all residents with an interest in our local history to attend. If you have any memorabilia to share please bring it along. This years guest speaker will be Sharon McCarthy, she shared some of her Wandong school memories in our December issue of What’s Old. The Australiana Restaurant puts on a delicious smorgasbord for a cost of $34 a head. Please RSVP by 15th March if you’re interested in attending, email and contact number below.

This year’s Australia Day Award recipients for Wandong were Kenny Bausch, Ruth Laurens and Jimmy Chatz. “Congratulations” to you all from the History Group.

Our thoughts are with the Scanlon Family. Before Christmas Maurice injured himself on the farm and has been in hospital since. We all wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is home soon.

Our major fund raiser for the year was drawn at the Christmas Carols Winners of the Combined History & WHJCG Christmas raffle were Sharon (Wallan Chicken Shop), Clyde Riley (Heathcote Junction) and Pam (also of Wallan).

A big thanks to Allen Hall, for organising all the prizes and the combined effort of everyone who helped sell the tickets THANK YOU.

Until Next Month

Di Vidal


Ph: 57 871314



Attention, Businesses and Local groups

The Wandong History Group is putting together a pack of local information to help both new and old residents learn a little about our history and what services, businesses and groups operate in the area. If your business or group would like to be involved with this please contact the Wandong History Group via email or phone 57871314