Sorrento Primary School Visit

“The best excursion in my years at school”

Excitement ran high among the two groups of Grade 1 / 2s from Sorrento Primary School who visited the Museum and Watts’ Cottage last month for our programme The Past in the Present.

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Some of the Class 1/2s at Watts’ Cottage

One of the participants, aged six, announced at School Assembly that it was “the best excursion in my years at school”!

The pictures below tell the story.

Bergliot Dallas 4/12/2016

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Monthly Meeting November 4th 2016

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Speaker: Alexandra Hill – Projects Manager at the National Trustnational trust logo

Alex gave us a terrific overview of the Trust’s work managing 300 heritage places including a volcano and Fern Gully in Red Hill. Advocacy work is a vital aspect of Trust efforts.

Alex’s special interest is Indigenous Heritage and she described the important research of the Boon wurrung currently being conducted on the Peninsula through McCrae family archives and Endeavour Fern Gully.

Annual General Meeting Oct 7th 2016

Hugh Fraser with Jane Alexander

Hugh Fraser with Jane Alexander at the AGM

Keynote Speaker: Jane Alexander Co-ordinator of Arts & Culture for the Mornington Shire and Director of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Jane gave a fascinating presentation. By combining historic paintings of the Peninsula and the early 1900 road trip notes of her grandfather William Calder, who was Chairman and Chief Engineer of the Country Roads Board she took us on a journey through the Peninsula.

Monthly Meeting September 2nd 2016

8:00 pm at The Museum

The Museum

Speakers: Four of The Sorrento Museum’s Volunteers

Topic: Some of the interesting current projects they are working on.

From Joy Kitch, NHS President

The wide range of interesting and important projects and tasks undertaken by NHS volunteers in the Archives Room often goes unnoticed and unacknowledged. This month we heard 4 accounts each very different from the other –

Bergliot Dallas described her research into the real designer of our electric ball (see resulting story from The Nepean of June 2016 HERE),

Doreen Parker how NHS records are now available for public access (See below),

Maggie Broadhead her management of the enormous maritime photo collection recently bequeathed (See below),

Janet South gave us an insight into the process involved in investigating the history of a local house (See below).

The audience learnt a lot and really appreciated the speakers and their work.

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2016 NHS & Rye Historical Society Lunch July 1st

Adam Magennis

Adam Magennis

Guest Speaker – Adam Magennis,
Morn Pen Shire’s Heritage Archeologist and Boon Wurrung man, gave an excellent and often humorous presentation at the Rye Hotel on Cultural Heritage Management and the Archeology of this area.

Adam’s extensive knowledge and passion for his work shone through. Since his appointment to the Shire role in 2012, after completing his Honours degree in Archeology, he has managed many sensitive projects requiring negotiation and compromise. There are over 1,000 registered sites of Aboriginal significance on the
Peninsula.

A man of many talents Adam is a Master Stonemason and recognised artist. Examples of his art can be seen in the Mornington Library and in the beautiful stone and timber panel protecting a sensitive cultural heritage site at the Mornington Pier carpark.

The 65 people in attendance very much appreciated Adams’s delightful personality and shared knowledge. And the lunch was delicious too.

Winner of the painting raffle – congratulations to Joan Nolan, long time NHS member and supporter.