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Ringwood and District Historical Society Ringwood, VIC

The Ringwood Historical Society exists to collect, preserve and promote material relating to the history of Ringwood, Victoria situated in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.

The Society maintains extensive Archives encompassing newspaper, journals, books, personal histories, maps, plans, photographs and other material and artefacts.

The archives are located in Norwood Reserve, 125 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, as well as another site in Tortice Drive, and are open to the public by appointment.

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11 Ripley Court Ringwood VIC 3134 (map)
phone
+61 0418-103-256

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By appointment

Location

125 Warrandyte Road Ringwood VIC

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The Ringwood Historical Society exists to collect, preserve and promote material relating to the history of Ringwood, Victoria situated in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.

The Society maintains extensive archives encompassing newspaper, journals, books, personal histories, maps, plans, photographs and other material and artefacts.

The Archives are located in Warrandyte Road, Ringwood and are open to the public by appointment.

Williams Janice 22 February 2019 2:56 PM

The photograph (portrait) of Harold Chivers is in fact a photograph of his older brother Lionel he was disowned by his family in the late fifties due 8 to family reasons

Katina Devril 20 March 2019 10:47 AM

Hello I have an enquiry about the image you have for Lionel Charles Chivers. He is also my father, known by a very different name. We have just discovered this and are putting together pieces of the puzzle about him. He did go on to have another name after us, but we don't know what that is. My question is, could we add to the comments on the photo to add another identity to the face? Our photos are much later, are linked to a different family and are mostly based in Sydney. I would like to add to his identity, but don't really know how to or even if it is appropriate to. We have not yet met his other children and I do not want to offend or upset them, so this is just a general enquiry at this stage. Katina

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Document - Short history of Nunawading

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

4 pages of typed notes of the short history of Nunawading between 1834 and 1890 (approx) +Additional Keywords: Holland, Clisby, Williams, Riles, Polak,Schwerkolt, Smith, Rooks, Boyle, Sergeant, Matters, Ainger, Slater

Historical information

This report covers some of the eastern suburbs of Melbourne from 1834 to 1890 (approx). The early settlement of Nunawading, agricultural development, industries, residential development, institutions and hotels. Place names , churches and schools are also included

Pamphlet - Ringwood Council's Annual Report To The Ratepayers - December 1966

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

City of Ringwood community information annual report for 1966, including sections covering Finance, Sanitary Service Charge, Municipal Library, Memorial Clock Tower, Reserves, Civic Centre, Maroondah Highway Reconstruction, Other Road Works, Building Activity and Development - Education, MacRobertsons Pty. Ltd. & Travellers' Facilities (Ringwood Station), Appreciation - Decimal Currency Conversion, Annual Special Clearance of Refuse, Garbage Removal, Fly Control, Immunisations, Infant Welfare Centres, Retention of Native Flora, Home Help Service, Dogs, Horse Riding, Fire Hazards and Burning Off, Secondary School Grants, and list of Council Representatives.

Envelope - Packet 4 St Paul's Anglican Church, Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Variety of miscellaneous Anglican Church publictions: Bush Church Aid Society of Australia - March 1991, Anglican Homes Diocese of Melbourne Annual Report - 1988, Creator's Creation Creating, Christian Arts Group folder - Spring 1978, The Melbourne Anglican newspaper - May 1996, Look, The Church of England Parish Paper for Holy Trinity Doncaster and St. Philip's Deep Creek Souvenir Issue - Centenary Year June 1969.

Book - Shire of Lilydale Past and Present 1837-1923

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Short history of the Shire of Lilydale including Ringwood, Croydon and surrounding districts prior to separation from Lilydale of Borough of Ringwood in 1924.

Historical information

See also "Ringwood, Place of Many Eagles - Hugh Anderson" for additional information on the separation of the Borough of Ringwood from Shire of Lilydale (p.154).

Inscriptions & Markings

Preface extract: This small Volume contains a short history of the Shire of Lilydale, and is designed as a record covering the period especially relating to the early settlement. ... The information herein recorded has been obtained from official sources, historical records, first hand knowledge, and from the Pioneers themselves ...

Brochure - Planning Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Brochure on town planning by Cr. H.E. Parker, JP., Mayor of the Borough of Ringwood (Victoria), circa 1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes reprinted article from the Melbourne Herald, Tuesday, July 23rd, 1946. - "Ringwood has the Right Idea."

Book - In Search of a Site

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

History of the Ringwood Primary School No 2997 from 1889 to 1989

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Contents include List of Head Teachers/Principals, Finding a Site, Time Line, Reminiscences of Miss Daisy Paddock, Anecdotes From Former Pupils. Acknowledgement - In researching the history of Ringwood Primary School, we would like to acknowledge the valuable information obtained from the History of Ringwood Primary School compiled by Mr. J.A. Baines.

Newspaper clippings - Ringwood Community Child Care Centre

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Ringwood Mail newspaper clippings - Centres face subsidy challenge and Child care closed, by Faye Michelson - March 1997

Recollection - Story of William and James Smith - Ringwood from 1868 to 1920.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Single page handwritten notes by unknown author briefly outlining family history of William and James Smith in Ringwood from 1868 to 1920. Page ends mid-sentence however no trace of subsequent page/s. Further information on the William and James Smith and family (expanding on these notes?), is contained in the book " A History of Croydon - Second Volume" by Muriel McGivern (pages 170-176) +Additional Keywords: Smith, William / Smith, James / Boardman / Pierce / Robason / antimony

Booklet - Official Opening - Ringwood Cultural Centre (Karralika Theatre)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Programme booklet - Official Opening of The Ringwood Cultural Centre by His Excellency, The Honourable Sir Henry Winneke, K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., O.B.E., Q.C. Governor of Victoria - Saturday 19th April 1980. Includes Ringwood Arts Festival week of entertainment to be presented in the Ringwood Cultural Centre Karralika Theatre, Saturday 19th April 1980 to Sunday 27th April 1980.

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Mayor's Welcome Message - Cr. P. Gotlib. Sculpture: "Cassini" - Created by sculptor Charles O. Perry of Norwalk, Connecticutt, U.S.A.

Booklet - City of Ringwood 1985 Information Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1985 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photograph: Lionsbrae - Frail Aged Hostel.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) By-Laws/Traffic Regs. 35 Chief Executive 10 Children's Service 12, 13 & 40 Churches 41 City Map 32 & 33 Committees of Council 7 Community Services 38 Community Services Officer 43 Council Finances 24 Councillors 4 & 5 Council Meeting Dates 6 Council Representatives 8 Cultural Centre 23 Disabled Persons Facilities 44 Eastern Corridor 18 East Ringwood Shopping Centre 22 Emergency Telephone Nos. 63 Garbage Collection 20 Golf Course 15 Health 26 Historical Research Croup 47 Home Help 30 Hospitals 48 Immunisations 27 Incinerators 21 Infant Welfare Centres49 J.P.'s and Commissioners 37 Library 28 & 29 Lionsbrae 17 Management Executive 11 Mayoral Message – Cr. R. Gardini, J.P. 3 Meals on Wheels 34 North Ringwood Senior Citizens 16 Opportunity Shops 53 Parks and Reserves 53 Parliamentary Representatives 9 Playgroups 55 Pre-schools 56 Public Toilets 56 Rates 25 Ringwood Croydon Advisory Service 37 Schools 58 Senior Citizens Centres 60 Swimming Pool 14 Unemployment 62 Victoria's 150th Anniversary 36 Works Programme 18 & 19 Youth Outreach Worker 62

Envelope - Packet 1 St Paul's Anglican Church, Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Various newsletters and local church records circa 1894 - 1969, including: Sunday School Anniversary Services programme, March 1894 Baptism card - Alice Sanders, August 1902 Collage of handwritten notes and newspaper clippings, 1898-1919 Photocopies of handwritten notes for historical walk - 5 pages Typewritten summary of early history of St. Paul's Church of England, Ringwood Handwritten notes and newspaper clippings on 10th birthday in 1962 of East Ringwood Holy Trinity Church of England Ladies' Guild 3779b Newspaper clipping - Lunch is on St. Paul's - Ringwood Mail 24 August 1994 (George Lawson)

Booklet - City of Ringwood 1990 Community Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1990 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) 1. COUNCIL SERVICES After School Programme 33 Aged Services 33, 34,35 Aquatic Centre 15,16,17 Aquatic Centre Bonus Vouchers 17 Biological Wasp Control 24 Budget 13,14 Building information 26 By-Laws 29 Chief Executive's Message 9 Children's Services 44 Citizenship 35 Civic Centre 4 Committees of Council 5 Common Questions 39 Council Meeting Dates 4 Council Representatives 8 Councillors 6,7 Dogs 29 Emergency Telephone Numbers 67 Family Day Care 32 Fire Hazards 29 Garbage 37 Golf Course 19 Health and Environmental Services 24 Home Handyman Services 54 Home Help 33 Immunisation 25 incinerators 29 Knaith Road Child Care Centre 32 Library 22 Library Service Senior Citizens 34 Maternal and Child Health 31 Mayoral Message - Cr. Lillian Rosewarne 3 Meals on Wheels 33 Members of Parliament 40 Parks and Gardens 22,23 Rates 28 Residential Development Provisions 12 Ringwood Bypass Road 11 Ringwood Convention Centre & Performing Arts Centre 20 Ringwood District Centre 13 Ringwood Festival 21 Shopping Bus 34 Staff 10 Town Planning 26 Works Depot 36 Youth Outreach Worker 36 2. LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICES Accommodation 42 Aged Accommodation 42 Alcoholism 42 Arthritis Foundation 43 Arts and Crafts 43 Blind 43 Care Force 43 Catholic Family Welfare Bureau 43 Central Ringwood Community Centre 43 Childbirth and Parenting Association 44 Churches 45 Community Services Victoria 47 Day Centres and Drop-in Centres 48 Disabled Facilities 49 Do Care 50 Drugs 50 Elderly Day Care 50 Emergency Housing 51 Family Planning Services 51 Financial Counselling 52 Hearing Aid Service 53 Hospitals 54 Housing 54 Information 55 Legal 55 Literacy 55 Lone Parents 57 Marriage Celebrants 57 Maroondah Social Health Centre 57 Neighbourhood Mediation Centre - Outer East 57 North Ringwood Community House 53 Nursing 59 Optometric Services 59 Playgroups 60 Pre-Schools 60 Red Cross 61 Retirement 62 Ringwood Croydon Advisory Service 62 Schools 63 Senior Citizens' Centres 65 Transport 66 Twins 66 Unemployment 66 Volunteering 66 Youth Accommodation Project (Maroondah) 67 Youth Emergency Services 67

Booklet - Ringwood Central Historic Walk

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Details of 12 buildings in Ringwood - Walk no 4 (circa1990s)

Booklet - The Journal of the Department of Agriculture of Victoria - June, 1920.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Vol. XVIII Part 6. Principal Contents - Report on Victorian Egg-Laying Competition, Loganberry Culture, Agricultural Display at the Special Show, Farm Notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes article on Loganberries - "Small Fruit Culture in Victoria" by A.A. Hammond, Orchard Supervisor. Article also includes a photograph of "Mr. Murfet's Loganberry Plantation at Ringwood".

Pamphlet - Ringwood Council's Annual Report To The Ratepayers - December 1968

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

City of Ringwood community information annual report for 1968, including sections covering Finance, General Valuation and Rater Payments, Property Ownership Changes, Refuse, Sanitary Serviced, Sewerage Connections to MMBW, Dandenong Valley Authority, Residential Flat Control Planning Scheme, Immunisation, Home Help, Elderly Citizens' Clubrooms, Library, Civic Centre, Golf Course, Sale of Council Land, Swimming Centre, Holiday Play Centre, Civic Week, Lake Reserve Improvements, Rubbish Dumping, Street Trees, Vandalism, White Ants, Street Construction, Fire Hazards, Dog Nuisance, House Numbering, Citizens' Advisory Service, Infant Welfare Centres, and a list of departing and current Council Representatives. Also includes general reminders regarding rat extermination, free firewood for age pensioners, overhanging vegetation, and spouses voting rights.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obituary - Mr. F.P. Dwerryhouse, Town Clerk for the past 9-1/2 years passed away on 6th December after a short illness.

Newsletter - City of Ringwood News Sheet - February 1970

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Newspaper-style 1970 community information newsletter for Ringwood residents covering local council news, activities, and outline of funds received and expended in 1968-69.

Booklet - City of Ringwood Report to Ratepayers 1978-1979

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Green covered community information booklet for Ringwood residents covering Council Representatives' and Service Organisations' contact details, Council Finances, Immunizations, Major Works, Planning (Live Theatre/Functions Centre), Health and Community Services, Christmas Holiday Play Centres, Lord Mayor's Children's Camp, Rates, Municipal Elections, Dogs, Rubbish Tip, Overhanging Foliage, Vandalism, Building By-laws, Fred Dwerryhouse Swimming Centre, Planning (Commercial Centre), Netball Complex, Citizenship Ceremonies, Mini Bikes, School Crossing Supervision, Ringwood Garden Competition, and Coming Events (International Year of the Child, Family Fun Day, Highland Carnival). Includes two City of Ringwood Free Tipping Vouchers valid until the end of 1979.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mayor's Message - Cr. A.B. Henderson, J.P. Back cover - Green tinted photograph of Ringwood Memorial Tower captioned: Ringwood - "A Happening Community"

Booklet - City of Ringwood Information Guide - 1984

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1984 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) Building - General Information 23 By-Laws/Traffic Regulations 22 Canterbury Road Railway Bridge Widening 34 Commissioners for Taking Declarations and Affidavits 24 Council Elections 11 Council Representatives 1983/1984 7 Council Structure. 10 Deferment of Rates 11 Emergency Telephone Numbers 59 Employment Initiatives Programme 32 European Wasps 26 Facilities for Disabled Persons 15 From the Chief Executive Officer 8 Garbage 20 Genera] Use Buildings 39 Historical Museum 29 Home Help Service 14 Immunisations - Health Care 12 Immunisation Programme - 1984 13 Justices of the Peace 23 Library Service for Senior Citizens 15 Maintenance of Facilities 34 Management Executive 9 Mayor’s Message – Cr. F.J. Corr 2 Meals on Wheels 14 Members of Parliament 25 Parking Signs and Street Names 35 Pedestrian Hazards 36 Pensioner Rate Assistance Scheme 12 Property Records 11 Rates 11 Re-Cycling of Waste 21 Ringwood Centre (Hostel) for the Frail Aged 17 Ringwood Cultural Centre 40 Ringwood Festival 28 Ringwood Golf Course. 36 Ringwood Highland Carnival 28 Ringwood Lake Reserve 29 Ringwood Library 17 Shopping Centre Studies 38 Staley Gardens 32 Standing Committees of Council 6 Swimming Centre 37 Welfare and Community Services 41

Letter - Personal correspondence - 1985 - including reference to purchase of Burnt Bridge Store by parents of Clarice de Pelsenaire in 1923 and brief history and death of Ringwood East resident, Arthur Meyland (1911-1985).

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

2 pages hand written letter about early East Ringwood and Burnt Bridge Store. +Additional Keywords: dePelsenaide, Clarice

Historical information

Incomplete letter from Clarice dePelsenaide, whose parents purchased the Burnt Bridge Store from Mr Williams. Her husband Arthur was the first pupil enrolled at the Ringwood East Primary School.

Booklet - Ringwood Show Society Third Annual Show

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Programme guide for Ringwood's third annual show to be held on Friday and Saturday, 3rd and 4th April, 1936.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes programme of show events, exhibit categories and judging criteria, sporting actiities, and local advertising.

Book - The History of the Memorial Clock Tower of Ringwood

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

History of the Memorial Clock Tower of Ringwood November 2001

Booklet - City of Ringwood Information Guide 1983

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1983 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photograph: Ringwood Lake Reserve.

Inscriptions & Markings

CONTENTS: (page no.) Aged — Centre for the Frail Aged 22 Building — General Information 28 By-Laws and Regulations 27 Circuit Bus — Ringwood City 33 Commissioners for taking Declarations and Affidavits 29 Committees of Council 6 Council Meeting Dates 6 Council Officers 8 Council Representation 7 Councillors 4 Cultural Centre 36 Disabled Persons - Facilities 21 Emergency Telephone Numbers 58 Elections for Council 10 Festival 23 Finance - Council 11 Garbage Collection 58 Golf Course 37 Health 18 Home Help 25 Immunisation Programme 20 Immunisation Schedule 19 Items of Interest 32 Justices of the Peace 29 Lake — Ringwood Lake Reserve 59 Leisure Areas 16 Library — General 12 Library - Service for our Senior Citizens 26 Major Works Programme 14 Map of Municipality 30 Mayor’s Message – Cr. Pat Gotlib, J.P. 2 Meals on Wheels 24 Members of Parliament 56 Nature Strip Maintenance 34 Pensioners — Rate Assistance 11 Rates 10 Recycling of Waste 57 Roll — Municipal 10 Shuttle Bus 33 Swimming Centre 37 Voting — Compulsory 10 Welfare and Community Services 38

Booklet - City of Ringwood Official Opening Ringwood Aquatic Centre

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Official Opening Programme of Ringwood Aquatic Centre incorporating the Fred Dwerryhouse Swimming Centre by Cr. Bill Wilkins, J.P., Mayor, on Sunday 27th July, 1986. Includes colour photographs and separate double-sided A4 public information brochure advertising facilities and opening hours.

Inscriptions & Markings

Summary of facility development from Mayor's opening address: These pools were originally built in 1970 and the complex was named in honour of the Town Clerk of Ringwood for many years - Fred Dwerryhouse Swimming Centre. In 1980 the pools were heated and in 1985 Ringwood Council decided to enclose the main pool, install air conditioning, add a diving area, heat the main pool all year, and generally upgrade the entire complex.

Book - City of Ringwood 1993 Community Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information book issued by City of Ringwood for 1993 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Includes two Ringwood Aquatic Centre bonus entry vouchers valid until June 30th, 1993. Cover photographs: Front - Poppet Head, Ringwood Lake; Back - Opening of North Ringwood Child Care Centre.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) Message from the Mayor – Cr. Greg Adkins, J.P. 3 Councillors 4 Council & Committee Cycle 5 Council Elections 6 History of Ringwood 7 Chief Executive's Report 8 The Management Team 9 Functional Responsibilities 10 Community Liaison 11 Council Expenditure for 1992/93 12 Rates and Valuations 13 COUNCIL SERVICES Community Services 14 Protecting the Environment 17 Protecting Our Community 19 Town Planning 21 Building 22 Design and Investigation 23 Works 24 Street Index - Electoral Wards 25 Neighbourhood Map 26 and 27 COUNCIL RECREAION AND LEISURE FACILITIES Ringwood Golf Course 29 Aquatic Centre 30 The Ringwood Convention Centre 32 Ringwood Library 34 Ringwood Recreation 35 Parks and Reserves 30 Community Directory 38-50 Community Information Data Bank 51 Aquatic Centre Vouchers 51

Booklet - The Ruskin All-about Ringwood. 1954

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community booklet - Ringwood 1954 - covering the facilities and activities of the Borough of Ringwood and other local organisations and associations.

Booklet - City of Ringwood 1986 Information Guide

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information booklet issued by City of Ringwood for 1986 - covering the facilities and activities of the Ringwood Council and other local organisations and associations. Cover photographs: Front - Wombalano Park; Back L-R - Barbecue at Ringwood Lake, Housing construction at Ringwood, Enclosing swimming centre, Water cascade at rear of Ringwood Lake, Croquet at Jubilee Park, Playground at Ringwood Lake.

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CONTENTS: (page no.) After School Care Programme 30 & 31 Amalgamations 16 Aquatic Centre 14 & 15 Building Information 22 By-Law and Traffic Regulations 23 Chief Executive Message I0 Churches 38 Civic Centre 4 Committees of Council 5 Community Plan 12 & 13 Construction Work 34 Council Meeting Dates 4 Council Representatives 8 Councillors 6 & 7 Disabled Persons Facilities 41 Eastern Corridor Road Action Plan 17 Emergency Telephone Nos. 63 European Wasps 27 Family Day Care 30 Finances 18 Golf Course 22 Health 20 Historical Research Group 44 Home Help 33 Hospitals 45 Immunisations 2 i Incinerators 34 Infant Welfare Centres 45 Knaith Road Child Care Centre 30&31 Library 24 Local Area Traffic Management 17 Management Executive 11 Mayoral Message – Cr. W.R. (Bill) Wilkins, J.P. 3 Meals on Wheels 32 Members of Parliament 9 North Ringwood Senior Citizens 29 Parks for People 28 Playgroups 49 Pre-Schools 50 Rates 19 Rubbish — See Waste Ringwood District Centre 16 Schools 52 Swimming Pool — See Aquatic Centre 14 & 15 Waste 26

Pamphlet - Ringwood 1924-1974 50 Years of Service to the Community

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Community information brochure issued in 1974 by Ringwood Council outlining local services, sporting, and cultural facilities. Includes names of Ward Councillors, Council's revenue and expenditure charts, and two City of Ringwood Free Tipping Vouchers valid until the end of 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Frontpiece: Council's Immunisation Programme." "Message from your Mayor, Councillor Stan Morris, J.P. (photo). In this, Ringwood's 50th Year as an independent Municipality another milestone is recorded. It is our hope that the City will continue to develop soundly so as to improve our quality of life. The past achievements have been accomplished by Council/Citizen co-operation and we have no doubt that this co-operation will continue during the next 50 years".

Document - Series of 20 invoices from K.M.Milne -General storekeeper - Ringwood Nth made out to Mr Ted Dickson . Dated 1952 to 1955.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Photocopies of invoices from K.M.Milne -General Storekeeper.

Inscriptions & Markings

20 Invoices made out to Mr Ted Dickson showing hand written purchased items and prices . Dates ranging from 16.3.1952 to 15.6.1955

Book - Falconer Family in Australia

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

History of the Falconer Family in Scotland and Australia

Brochure - Neil Sonsie Thanksgiving Service 29 October 2019 - Brochure, and Family Obituries of Neil and Judith Sonsie

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Memorial Service Brochure for Neil Sonsie (5th August 1930 to 8th October 2019), long time Heathmont resident. Also copies of son Peter Sonsie's obituaries for Neil and his wife Judith Sonsie. At Peter's request, the obituaries are not publicly available on this site, but can be viewed at RDHS archives.