Following the annual general meeting for the Gloucester Historical Society, the executive and management committee for 2019-20 are hereby announced:
- President: Jenny Richards
- Vice President: Effie Crawley
- Secretary: Jane Barry
- Treasurer: Mark Relf
- Committee members: Gary Smith, Gerald McCalden, Pam Hebblewhite and Anne Moorcroft
It has been a successful year for the society and the museum.
The resources within the archive centre continue to expand. The Carson Family has generously added photos, videos and resources on the local timber industry to the archives.
The vast map collection is organised in the cabinet made especially by the Men's Shed.
Photos from the schools have been scanned and a history of local district schools is being undertaken.
The museum has maintained its dignity and still attracts visitors. To encourage locals to visit, look at the exhibits, and use the archives available to assist with family history and research, we are offering "See for Free" sessions each Saturday in September, from 10.30am until 2pm.
The ramp access has been a most successful project making access more available.
A movie afternoon/evening entertained guests with Rangle River filmed locally. This has encouraged the society to make old movies a regular occasion.
Starting October 5, an old movie of local interest will be shown at 12.30pm for an entry fee of $5 on the first Saturday of the month.
The October film will be Summer of the 17th Doll based on the novel by Ray Lawler. It stars Angela Lansbury as Pearl, and Anne Baxter as Olive.
You may know Anne Baxter lived at Giro, a little over 70 kilometres north west of Gloucester via Thunderbolts Way, for four years in the 1950s-'60s.
Yes, that's right, the glamorous Hollywood actress Anne Baxter. The film also stars Ernest Borgnine as cane cutter Roo, John Mills as his mate Barney and Vincent Ball as troublemaker Dowd.
As with many organisations our band of volunteers is being stretched to maintain the opening hours for the museum. Some are doing a number of duties on each month's roster.
Do you have a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from 10.30am until 1.30pm available once a month? It's not a difficult job and is usually quite interesting as you greet and assist visitors with the exhibits and local history.
Of course you are never alone or unaccompanied. You will always be most welcome, so please come and join us.
We look forward to seeing you at the museum, as a visitor or as a volunteer, or even both.