Koroit & District Historical Society

Victoria Park High Street Koroit VIC

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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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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Kirkstall Racing Club Programme 1923 - Official Programme Page Kirkstall Racing Club Programme 1923

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Ink well

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1854 Penny Coin - tail

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Photograph - Originally Court House Hotel

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Pocket Watch

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WWII school peace memorial 1945 - Front with map of Australia

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Queen Victoria 60 Year Medal (Diamond Jubilee) - Back

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Stockings

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Pack of cards

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cuff link

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photograph - Olde Courthouse

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Penny Token - William Bateman Jun & Co Warrnambool 1855 - Front

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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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Ink well

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Photograph - Koroit Hotel

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faded sepia, tattered corners,

Historical information

Bruce's hotel, people standing and saddled horse and horse and buggy,

Inscriptions & Markings

Gus Harrington, February 1966 written on rear,Bruce's Koroit Hotel licensed to sell fermented and ____ Liquors

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photocopy - Andrew Young Shop Saddle and Harness Maker

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Spectacles

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Church of Infant Jesus

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medal - Croix de Guerre avec Palme

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

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WWI school peace memorial Triumph of Liberty and Justice 1919 - Front of Medallion

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Silvered brass, shaped round with a loop.

Inscriptions & Markings

This medal is inscribed with Liberty and Justice

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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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Medallions

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Inscriptions & Markings

One is hard to see but says 1879. Three are school medallions: The triumph of liberty and justice. Victory Medal

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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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photocopy - Fire at Koroit Co-Op

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Beaurepaire Shield 1953 detail - Koroit Young Farmers Club

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Pocket Watch - back

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Shooters Year Book 1936

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Photographic Plate and photo of Robinson Bros Grain Store - Photographic Plate

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Matters Postcards Convent St Patrick's

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