Koroit & District Historical Society

P O Box 118 Koroit Victoria

The Koroit and District Historical Society Inc. aims to foster and share historical interest and knowledge within the district.


The Society was formed in 1983 as a result of efforts to save the Tower Hill Common School from demolition.The fully restored School is now the Society's headquarters.
The Society aims to compile and keep an historical record of the district and work towards the establishment of a museum.
The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.

The Koroit and District Historical Society Inc. aims to foster and share historical interest and knowledge within the district. The Society was formed in 1983 as a result of efforts to save the Tower Hill Common School from demolition.The fully restored School is now the Society's headquarters. The Society aims to compile and keep an historical record of the district and work towards the establishment of a museum.
The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.

Opening Hours

The second Sunday of each month - 11am to 2pm and during the Lake School of Celtic Music Song and Dance (first week in January), Koroit Swap Meet (March), Koroit Irish Festival (April/May), Koroit Show (Nov) and by appointment at other times

Entry Fee

Gold Coin Donation

Telephone

Sec.Dianne Gale 0439987545

About Our Collections ›

Koroit has a collection of historical memorabilia relating to the local district and Koroit township. This includes objects, photographs, documents, books, booklets and some family research records. We have significant records of the early shires and some land settlement.

Significance

We are endeavouring to record and preserve the history of the local district and present. This is important for local clubs and families who wish to research events and happenings.






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Photograph - Bruce's Hotel, Koroit

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photograph - Kirkstall Hotel

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Glass Slide

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A square glass slide comprised of photographic film sandwiched between two fine glass sheets donated by Koroit Theatre Management

Historical information

Used for advertising at the movies shown at The Koroit Theatre. Ogles had a radio store in Commercial Rd Koroit.

Significance

This is part of collection of glass slides of historical and aesthetic significance to the local area of Koroit and district, and extending to the Warrnambool area. This collection could also have potential for state level significance. "Helen Doyle - Significance Assessment

Inscriptions & Markings

Theatre Advertising for ""Ogles Radio and Electrical Services"' Koroit a business from the 1950's.

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Crowe Family

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Historical information

Prominent Early Family of Koroit

Significance

Robert Crowe held several positions of note in Koroit's early development

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Koroit Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

The Royal mail coach with passengers along with people, horses and a dog posed for the photograph outside Bruce's Koroit Hotel

Historical information

For more information on this hotel see "Time Gentlemen Please"

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Queen Victoria 60 Year Medal (Diamond Jubilee) - Head

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Priest's Robe - Chasuble

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A black robe embroidered with black and silver,The chasuble is Roman style also called sandwich board, Pre- Vatican II style. It is watered silk and it may date from the early 20th C but it may date late 19 Century.

Historical information

This item was used at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Kirkstall from 1910. Although the item is black, black is no longer a liturgical colour after Vatican II.

Significance

This is of historical significance to the people of Kirkstall and Koroit. It has potential spiritual significance of the local catholic population. it represents a typical item of a small village church in the late 19th Century.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is an embroidered symbol on the front that encompasses the letters J H and S. Symbolic braiding.

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Church of Infant Jesus

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Independent Order of Rechabites Koroit Branch Sash - belonging to William Anderson of "Rosemount"

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Historical information

Information on William Anderson http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/anderson-william-2885

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photocopy - Fire at Koroit Co-Op

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Victorian Agricultural Society Medal

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Circular medal with small knob on top.

Historical information

This medal, dated 1858, was awarded to local farmer Marcus Macartney by the Victorian Agricultural Society on the 21 April 1858, for the prize 'Potatoes

Significance

The medal is of local historical significance"for its association with the early promotion of agriculture in Victoria through public shows and competitions in the 1850's; and its link to the emergence of the Koroit-Tower Hill area,with its rich volcanic soil, as a properous farming district, especially for potato-growing." (Helen Doyle, Significance Assesment: Koroit & District Historical Society.)

Inscriptions & Markings

Äround circumference/""EXTRA PRIZE VICTORIAN AGRICULTUREAL SOCIETY. Engraving on medal "Potatoes/Awarded To/Mr Marcus Macartney /April 21st/1858 Reverse

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Tussock burner

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

The tussock burner is a long handled tool with a fuel burner at one end.

Historical information

This hand tool was used to reduce tussock grass by burning. It comprised of a long wooden handle with a wick and fuel container at one end. This kind of implement was used in the early 20th Century up until around the 1940s.

Significance

The tussock burner is of local historical significance as an example of the kind of hand tools used during the period of early farming in the Koroit district. The significance is increased by its possible connection to Joseph Patrick Lee, farmer of Wangoom.

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Koroit Racing Club Spring Meeting 1926 Programme - Koroit Racing Club Spring Meeting 1926 Official Programme, Dec 4, Front Page

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Queen Victoria 60 Year Medal (Diamond Jubilee) - Back

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Pocket Watch - Front view

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Church of Infant Jesus

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WWII school peace memorial 1945 - Front with map of Australia

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Presbytery of the Infant Jesus Church

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Beaurepaire Shield 1953 detail - Koroit Young Farmers Club

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St Josephs RC church - Church of Infant Jesus Koroit

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photocopy - Fire at Koroit Co-Op

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Convent of St Patrick

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Photograph - Koroit Sentinel

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Photograph - Koroit Hotel

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Coloured photograph showing Mickey Bourke's Koroit Hotel in Commercial Road Koroit. It was thought this was taken in the 1980's because of a Carlton and United Brewery Sign on top of the roof.

Historical information

At one time the Koroit Hotel was owned by the Bourke Family. Mickey Bourke owned a famous cockatoo.

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WWI school peace memorial Triumph of Liberty and Justice 1919 - Back of Medal

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Round with loop, made of silvered bronze

Historical information

Schools victory medal awarded to school children( 0-14 years of age) of the Commonwealth of Australia. This was a commemorative medal to mark the end of world war 1. Victorian children received their medals on Friday 14th July and on "Peace Day" on Saturday 19th July.

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Presbytery of the Infant Jesus Church and Infant Jesus Church

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Independent Order of Rechabites Koroit Branch Sash - belonging to William Anderson of "Rosemount"

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Church of Infant Jesus

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Kirkstall Racing Club Programme 1923 - Handicap Trial Stakes page

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Inscriptions & Markings

includes advert for Bazaar in the Mechanics Institute

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bottle - R S Corson Chemist Koroit

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

clear glass pharmacy bottle that would have held a liquid.

Historical information

R S Corson was a chemist in Koroit in the 1920s. This bottle was unearthed in a garden in the nearby township of Kirkstall.

Significance

The bottle is an example of the type of bottle used by a chemist at this time.

Inscriptions & Markings

the name "R S CORSON/CHEMIST/KOROIT" is moulded into the glass.

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