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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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 - 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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Crowe Family

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Photocopy

Historical information

Prominent Early Family of Koroit

Significance

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

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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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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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Tower Hill Racing Club Annual Meeting 1921 Official Programme - Ladies' Bracelet race page

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Photograph - Bruce's Hotel, Koroit

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Penny token - William Bateman Jun & Co Warrnambool 1855 - Rear

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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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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Kirkstall Racing Club Programme 1923 - Official Programme Page Kirkstall Racing Club Programme 1923

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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First Communion Koroit Convent of St Patrick

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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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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WWII school peace memorial 1945 - Front with map of Australia

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Photograph - Koroit Sentinel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Pocket Watch - back

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Presbytery of Infant Jesus

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CWA Commemorative Key

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Cardboard Key with signatures 1933-1954

Historical information

This cardboard key commemorated the 21st birthday of the Koroit CWA in 1954 and was signed by all members as well as members from neighbouring branches.

Significance

This is the only artefact at the society that clearly states who the Koroit members were in 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title "1933-1954 / CWA / Koroit" followed by numerous signatures

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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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Photograph - Originally Court House Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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1854 Penny Coin - tail

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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photograph - Court house Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Convent of St Patrick

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Queen Victoria 60 Year Medal (Diamond Jubilee) - Head

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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photocopy - Andrew Young Shop Saddle and Harness Maker

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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Photograph - Hulm Family

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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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Church of Infant Jesus and Presbytery

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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