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Koroit & District Historical Society 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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.

Contact Information

location
Victoria Park High Street Koroit VIC (map)
phone
+61 Sec.Dianne Gale 0439987545
Contact

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

Location

Victoria Park High Street Koroit VIC

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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 - Kirkstall Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Photograph - Drumfern Inn, Koroit, Victoria

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

WWII school peace memorial 1945 - Front with map of Australia

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Pocket Watch - back

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Photograph - Bruce's Hotel, Koroit

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

photocopy - Koroit Theatre

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

photograph - Olde Courthouse

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Convent of St Patrick

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Photograph - black and white - S. Baxter

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Seward handkerchief

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Ink well

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Photograph - Originally Court House Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Kirkstall Racing Club Race Book Annual Meeting Feb 10 1923 - Kirkstall Racing Club Annual Meeting Feb 10 1923

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Inscriptions & Markings

Sentinel Printing Works

Framed Map of Australia

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Fountain pen

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Commemorative Medal Borough of Koroit - Front

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

photograph - Courthouse Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Ink well

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Gem razor

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Australia Day Achievement Medals

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

The Kings Choice (Class book)

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Fulton's Post Office Lending Library -This book was placed in our hygienic steriliser since last read...

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Church of the Infant Jesus

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Bag needle

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Photograph - Koroit Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Ink well

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Glass Slide

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Photo - Duffus Koroit Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

photograph - Drumfern Inn

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Mechanic Institute keys

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

St Josephs RC church - Church of Infant Jesus Koroit

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

1854 Penny Coin - tail

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Stockings

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Postcard - Commercial Road, Koroit

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Button-up boot

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

The Differential and Integral Calculus by Millar

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Photograph - Koroit Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Church of Infant Jesus and Presbytery

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Pipe Papers

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Silvered brass, shaped round with a loop.

Inscriptions & Markings

This medal is inscribed with Liberty and Justice

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

Gibbons Reunion Ribbon

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Queen Victoria 60 Year Medal (Diamond Jubilee) - Back

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Medallions

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Inscriptions & Markings

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