Celebrating our Pioneers

December 22nd, 2013

The exhibition opening on Australia Day will continue the theme of highlighting the districts pioneers. Archivist Pat Spinks has been reading a diary written by Emily Funnell in the 1880s. The Funnells were pioneers of the Wooreen area and Emily lived with her brother George from 1886 until she married in 1888. In the diary a number of other pioneer neighbours are mentioned. The exhibition will centre on the Funnell family and also include the other families referred to by Emily. Some of these families are Phelan, Stafford, Lugsdin, Borrow, Kneale, Moss, Morter, Boyle, Hulls and Farmer.

The Society has information on these families. The names we are seeking information on are McMahon, J Coyle, Hanley, Gunn, Murray, Moorhouse and Willis. It is interesting to note that at the time this diary was being written Leongatha did not yet exist. Yarragon (Waterloo), Trafalgar and Mirboo North are towns mentioned.

The settlers came to Wooreen via those settlements. The railway to Gippsland was opened in the late 1870s and pioneers came from Melbourne
via the railway and then travelled by horse. This new exhibition will open on Australia Day, January 26th 2014.