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Volunteers busy capturing history

TOP DISCOVERY: CVA Heritagecare volunteer Judi Rowe enjoys the discovery of the 1907 Young Workers Patriotic Guild Certificate.

Local Heritagecare volunteers are helping the Murtoa and District Historical Society and community museum to capture information on aspects of the life and times of residents of the area.
Volunteers Judi Rowe, Barbara Pittard and Jenny Cowper are working two days a week for 26 weeks to add to the society’s searchable computer records of birth, deaths, marriages and obituaries.
As they ensure this important information is kept for future generations, they are learning about the Murtoa and district’s rich history and gaining insights into local identities.
A highlight has been discovering and recording information about the large and well known Western district Lamb family. A framed 1907 ‘Young Workers Patriotic Guild’ certificate held by the society which was presented to Katherine Lamb has been of particular interest. Volunteers and the society are keen to find out the story behind the certificate.
Volunteers are working in a building which was part of the old private Lutheran School ‘Concordia College’. They are surrounded by historic artefacts, memorabilia and photos from families, schools, churches and community organisations.
In a seperate Heritagecare project, images of important artefacts and photographs held in the Ararat and District Historical Society’s collection at Langi Morgala Museum have been captured and added to a searchable data base thanks to the work of five volunteers.
Philip Hands, Maxine Berg of Ararat, Pamela McLeod of Moyston, Wayne Field of Beaufort and Janiece Coffey of Stawell have been photographing, scanning and documenting items in the Osborne, Mooney and Beveridge collections over the last six months.
The Heritagecare program is a partnership between the State Government agency Heritage Victoria and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), which recruits volunteers and manages projects on behalf of Heritage Victoria.
The Brumby Government is providing more than $1.7 million over four years (2006-2010) for Heritagecare, as part of its strategy Victoria’s Heritage: Strengthening our communities.
CVA Heritagecare Program manager Ken Beasley said volunteers meet new people and learn new skills while contributing to heritage conservation.
“Volunteers find it very rewarding to actually be part of preserving Victoria’s valuable cultural heritage,” Mr Beasley said.
Planning Minister Justin Madden said the Heritagecare program empowered local communities to care for their treasured heritage assets.
“The Brumby Government is proud to support the community groups and volunteers who do such an important job caring for local heritage places and objects,” he said.
“I would like to thank the volunteers for dedicating their time and energy to this project.”
. Residents of Warracknabeal and surrounding districts are invited to join a new Heritagecare volunteer project to help the Warracknabeal and District Historical Society to preserve their banking chamber collection.
Volunteers will catalogue the society’s collection of banking artefacts and documents associated with and held in the original State Bank of Victoria building. The collection gives a unique insight into how the bank operated and served the Warracknabeal district.
The project will start on February 10 and volunteers are asked to attend two days per week until mid-June 2010.
To volunteer for this important Heritagecare project, contact Heather McNaught at CVA on 5444 1966, or email

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Posted on Jan 27 2010

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