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Wandong History Group

 
  
                                                                             
 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
 
 
 

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.

HISTORY

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

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

OPERATION

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

SEPTEMBER 2018

HISTORY GROUP

History Week 

On Saturday October 13th the Wandong History Group will be holding an exhibition on the sawmilling history of the area. In the 1880-90’s we were one of Victoria’s biggest timber producers and the exhibition will showcase the history of this important time in the town. 

From the hardworking splitters who came with axes and muscle and not much more to the heady days of the Robertson Empire with several sawmills and the development of the Comet Township, the eventual demise of one of the great sawmilling areas. Today the forest is managed much differently and we take a look at modern methods of forestry. 

There will be a sausage sizzle, provided by the Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group, a gold coin donation gets the best sausages you’ve ever had, tea and coffee will be available on the day. 

Don’t miss our history Week event. 

Wandong Public Hall, Rail St Wandong 

10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 13th October

 

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 wandonghistorygroup4@gmail.com or phone 57871314