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October 12, 2012

The Yarram and District Historical Society has opened the doors of its new premises to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

The society is now located at the Murray Goulburn complex on Commercial Road with entry via Carpenter Street. The building has undergone stage one renovations with further works planned in a second stage.

Mr Chester said he was pleased the group had found a new home after searching for an appropriate building over the past few years.

“Members of the Yarram and District Historical Society are to be commended for not only their hard work but also their patience in the search for a new premises,” Mr Chester said.

“It has been a long time coming and it’s pleasing to see that not only has the group found a new home, but it has found one that caters well to its needs.”

The society has been busily unpacking since moving in to the building in July with displays now going up. The new building houses a main display room (bridal themed), children’s room, fashion room and bedroom. The building’s boardroom has also been restored.

President of the Yarram and District Historical Society Melva James said the groups was looking forward to the official opening of the group’s new premises on Saturday, November 17.

“Murray Goulburn has been incredibly generous in assisting us with the new building and everybody involved in the project deserves a big pat on the back,” Mrs James said.

“We’re looking forward to finishing off the displays for visitors and then beginning the second stage of our renovation works.”

The Yarram and District Historical Society was the first sub-history centre of The Royal Historical Society of Victoria to be formed in Victoria, continuing until 1915 when war broke out. The group later resumed in 1964.

The society has large archives of local history, books, photographs, ephemera and other memorabilia covering the Old Alberton Shire.

The records include the areas and towns of Yarram, Alberton, Tarraville, Port Albert, Woodside, Tarra Valley, Won Wron, Macks Creek, Carrajung, Devon North, Jack River, Alberton West, Alberton East, Gelliondale, Hedley, Stacey’s Bridge, Blackwarry, Balook, Baloong, Willung, Binginwarri, Willung South, Calrossie, Hiawatha, Woranga, Wonyip, Darriman and Giffard.

The group holds monthly meetings and membership is $20. Anybody seeking to get involved in the group should contact Mrs James on 5182 5806.

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