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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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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Independent Order of Rechabites Koroit Branch Sash - belonging to William Anderson of "Rosemount"

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Beaurepaire Shield 1953 detail - Koroit Young Farmers Club

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photocopy - Koroit Theatre

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Victorian Agricultural Society Medal

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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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photocopy - Andrew Young Shop Saddle and Harness Maker

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Photograph - Bruce's Hotel, Koroit

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Photograph - Hulm Family

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A family of nine people comprising the Hulm Family of Kirkstall. Man standing second from the right is Bert (Herbert) Hulm who was married Emily Lenehan.

Historical information

Bert Hulm was born on 20/06/1891 and died 04/12/1967. He was a Corporal (5110) of the 46th Battalion, and was gassed during World War One. His children were Chriss, Pauline and Bill.

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Pocket Watch - back

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

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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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photocopy - Fire at Koroit Co-Op

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Photo - Duffus Koroit Hotel

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Queen Victoria 60 Year Medal (Diamond Jubilee) - Back

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1854 Penny Coin - tail

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safety match box holders

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rectangular metal wrap around covers for safety match boxes. Each has advertising or promotional printing on them. cover a contains an original box of Bryant and May crown safety matches.

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a. advertising E. Bourke's Koroit Hotel with a photo of the Australian Eleven 1930 on reverse. b. Photo of the Dog on the Tucker Box with a poem "Bill the Bullocky" on reverse. c. Souvenir of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

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Photograph - Drumfern Inn, Koroit, Victoria

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Tower Hill Racing Club Annual Meeting 1921 Official Programme - Stewards and Officials page

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Kirkstall Racing Club Programme 1923 - Handicap Trial Stakes page

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Inscriptions & Markings

includes advert for Bazaar in the Mechanics Institute

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Photograph - Koroit Hotel

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Warrnambool and District Farmers(?) Association Life Membership Medallion - Warrnambool and District Farmers(?) Association Life Membership Medallion Martin Bourke 1922

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Commemorative Medal Borough of Koroit - Front

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Tower Hill Racing Club Annual Meeting 1921 Official Programme - Front Page Tower Hill Racing Club Annual Meeting 1921 Official Programme

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Postcard - Commercial Road, Koroit

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Pocket Watch - Front view

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Queen Victoria 60 Year Medal (Diamond Jubilee) - Head

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Priest's Robe - Chasuble

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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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Commemorative medals presented to school children 1985 - Front - Borough of Koroit 1870-1985

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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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Warrnambool and District Farmers(?) Association Life Membership Medallion Martin Bourke 1922 - Martin Bourke 1922

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1854 Penny Coin - Head

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medal - Croix de Guerre avec Palme

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

A cast bronze medal comprising a cross pattee interspersed with crossed swords. The medal is held by a green ribbon which has 7 thin red vertical stripes. Across the ribbon is a bronze palm which is a symbol of victory

Historical information

This is a relatively rare award for Australian soldiers with only 213 Australians awarded this medal during WW1

Significance

Awarded between 1915 and 1919 and is thought to have been awarded to a Koroit district soldier.

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