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New email address

February 22nd, 2015

The Leongatha and District Historical Society has a new email address at leongathahistory@gmail.com

February 2015 newsletter available

March 31st, 2015

The February 2015 newsletter can be found on the newsletter archive page.

Life membership for Lyn Skillern

February 22nd, 2015

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Lyn Skillern  with Margaret Stokes after receiving the Life Membership

Departure of the first Anzac convoy

February 22nd, 2015

Saturday November 1st was the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first Anzac convoy from Albany. On the transports were some young men from Leongatha and district.  They were :-

  • Tom Alexander
  •  Horace Bair
  •  William Cook
  •  John Carl Due
  •  Leo and Llew Gwyther
  •  Ernest Muhleison
  •  Allan Robertson
  •  Leslie Rump
  •  William Williams.

Alan Roberson was later killed in action in April 1918. Also on board the HMTS Benella was former Leongatha High School woodwork teacher Bill Colvin who enlisted in his hometown of Rutherglen. He survived Gallipoli but sadly lost his life at Pozieres in August 1916.
We have started having the photographs of those men killed in World War l printed and framed and some will be ready for Australia Day.

The streetscape project

February 22nd, 2015

Ian Lester has taken photos of the shops, businesses and facilities located in the Leongatha town centre area. We are seeking information from the public on what each site has been used for overtime. The photos are being placed on our Facebook page and we are obtaining some interesting information. We are also seeking photograph of the sites from the past.

The Society celebrated 50 Years.

February 22nd, 2015

The Society celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 12th. We were fortunate to have, amongst those present, our founding President John Murphy and all other past presidents who are still living.

John Murphy spoke about the history of the Society and some history of the Mechanics’ Institute. Wal Cayzer moved vote of thanks to John and said we are indeed very lucky to have John In our community.

Margaret Stokes presented secretary Lyn Skillern with a Life Membership of the Society. Lyn was very surprised and very honoured.

The Centenary of Gallipoli

February 22nd, 2015

This year Australia commemorates 100 years since the landing of the Australian troops at Anzac Cove on April 25th 1915. The Society gained a grant to have photographs of the fallen from the former Woorayl Shire printed and mounted. These will form the main part of an exhibition to be set up for Anzac Day 2015. Lyn Skillern has been writing articles for local magazines, 3MFM radio and newspapers and these will appear in the newsletter or on this site in the future. Lyn will be the speaker at the Leongatha Anzac Day service . She is also writing the stories of the fallen who have their names on the Leongatha Memorial Hall Black Marble Honor Roll (the Woorayl Shire War Memorial) and these will be placed on this website when the stories are completed. There are over 150 stories to be told. The Society is still searching for photographs of those who lost their lives.


November 13th, 2014

My beautiful picture

McCartin St 1973

McCartin St 1900

McCartin St 1900

Past Presidents

November 11th, 2014




Past Presidents of the Leongatha Historical Society

Presidents 2

John Murphy, Lola Bailey, Jennifer Hamilton, Robert Sage (current president) John Hyett, Geoff Michael and Ian Lester

News October 2014

October 7th, 2014

Currently the Society is preparing a display on World War 1 to coincide with the centenary of the start of what was called The Great War. The display will contain artefacts that belonged to local soldiers and photographs from our collection of those who served and the community as it was in 1914.

Members are currently researching the men and women from our district who served in World War 1 and it is hoped to have this information available in 2015. A grant has been received from the Federal Government which will help us prepare a collection of photographs relating to men from the local area in World War 1.

The Red Cross will be celebrating its centenary this and we have set up an exhibition of Leongatha Red Cross memorabilia to celebrate this event.

Kevin Slater has taken on the task of finding photographs, film and documents relating to the history of St Laurence’s School Leongatha. This school celebrated 100 years in March 2014.  The School was first called St josephs and is officially the School of St Laurence O’Toole.  Please contact us if you can help.

Recently we received a grant from the PROV to have 10 plaques placed on historic buildings and sites.

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