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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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The Society holds a collection of historical documents and photographs and other information which is of assistance to those carrying out historical or genealogical research.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

Annmaree Sharkey 22 April 2016 1:07 AM

Thank you for displaying the little cast iron cobbler's shoe last from Sharkey's Shoe Repair shop that was once in Commercial Road, Koroit. The shop was once owned by my grandfather and then my late Uncle Stan Sharkey.

Rex Matthews 23 May 2016 1:48 PM

After info on a Alexander Brodie, chemist he came back to Koroit after going insolvent at Talbot from 1863-69 when he was killed in a horse fall.Not sure if he started up a chemist shop in town, after a shop photo or add for his business if we can , started in Portland 1843. Rex Secretary of South West Bottle & Collectable Club. 03 55284243.

bill silo 9 August 2016 3:10 PM

thankes fir thee awesomely col stuff that u showeed mi

abbey kerr 9 August 2016 3:14 PM

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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

Stockings

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Beaurepaire Shield 1953 detail - Koroit Young Farmers Club Aggregate

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

photograph - Kirkstall Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Matters Postcards Convent St Patrick's

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Kirkstall's St Patrick's School Banner

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Historical information

This was the banner used on sports days.

1854 Penny Coin - tail

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Pack of cards

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Pocket Watch

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

photocopy - Koroit Theatre

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Class book

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Historical information

Class book of Mollie Farley from St Ann's Convent Warrnambool

Photograph - Koroit Hotel

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

WWII school peace memorial 1945 - Front with map of Australia

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Gem razor

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Integral Calculus by Homersham Cox

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

1854 Penny Coin - Head

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Pipe Papers

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.

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

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...

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.

safety match box holders

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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"

Koroit aerial shot

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

PAR0001 to PAR0003 Photocopy of a black and white photograph. Aerial photograph of Koroit 1936. Writing would probably be by Rhoda Hindhaugh formerly Stevenson nee Barr. Souvenir aerial photograph taken by The Argus newspaper 1936. The buildings have been named in pen entered at a later date.

Bicentenary tea tin

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.

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Koroit aerial shot

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

PAR0001 to PAR0003 Photocopy of a black and white photograph. Aerial photograph of Koroit 1936. Writing would probably be by Rhoda Hindhaugh formerly Stevenson nee Barr. Souvenir aerial photograph taken by The Argus newspaper 1936. The buildings have been named in pen entered at a later date.

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.

Framed Map of Australia

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Black Nugget Tin

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Earings

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Koroit aerial shot

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Koroit aerial shot

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Compass

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Medallion W &D FA

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Racing Memorabilia

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Lady's compact

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

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

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

photocopy - Andrew Young Shop Saddle and Harness Maker

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Photograph - Bruce's Hotel, Koroit

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Child's Shoe

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Class books

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit