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Wonderful memories, thank you for sharing Sue Cole. Love hearing people’s life stories. Great idea Camperdown & District Historical Society, look forward to more of these πŸ˜€

Alice Doreen Jacka (nee Emerson) begins five pages of fascinating writing like this: 
I was asked to write the story of my life when I turned ninety – that was two years ago. I’ve now finally got around to it…
Heres a snippet about her music lessons which began when she was about thirteen years old: 
I learnt (piano) from Miss Jenny Peters (sic), a wonderful teacher, and I would practise every afternoon. I passed all my music and theory exams: we had to go down by train to Colac for those. An examiner came out from London as it was London College of Music exams that we sat for. 
The pictures show young Alice at her Music graduation in 1926 and, in 1928 with her younger sister Edna and her husband-to-be, Arthur Jacka.Image attachment

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I remember Doreen and Arthur very well. Doreen was a very nice lady. She had a son Hadyn. From memory Arthur and Doreen lived in a cream brick house in Wright Street .

Kerrin Jacka I tried to tag Dell too, but couldn’t. I remember your grandparents so well!

My sister has Mrs Jacka’s piano

Ann Body

It looks very much the same as your old committee! Weve just finished our Zoom AGM and those happy faces you see below are President, Rob Wuchatsch, Vice Pres. Bob Lambell, Secretary, Maree Belyea, Treasurer Jan Whamond, IT Guru, Angela Preiss and Communications, Gillian Senior. Ray Watson has resigned from committee but is still our go-to man for photographs.
Youll be pleased to know that one of the decisions was that Membership fees remain the same as last year. You can check our website for those details.

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Congratulations to all incoming position holders.

Congratulations to one and all.

It seems that the spelling of the name of the Camperdown Hospitals original building was misspelt in the book: Shire of Hampden-1863-1963. It should be: Monamithgya - a correction from our eagle-eyed researcher! 
Also, apparently, the Manifold Crest has been spotted in one place, and that is the book The Wished For Land, the migration and settlement of the Manifolds of Western Victoria, written by W. G. Manifold. 
Lets hope weve have the facts right this time!

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Yes . Hampden

Pretty sure it was the shire of Hampden too. Not Hampton

Mum is this where our grannies were born? Tammy Discher

As we cant open to the public right now, we can at least show you some of our new displays - with interesting snippets of information as well.
In 1907, the Manifold brothers purchased Monomythga, the residence of J. H. Robinson, and offered the building to the Shire Council as a hospital. They also offered money for the renovation, furnishing and equipment of the building. 
Below is the Camperdown Hospitals emblem which incorporates the Manifold Crest, as explained on the plaque below it. The surprising thing is, that nowhere else have we been able to find the Manifold Crest used - not by the family or on any of their belongings.Image attachment

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I love Camperdown and in normal times I always stop there for a cuppa beer or meal when in the western districts. Keep up your great work on this site

Just some of the pieces given to us from Talindert and cleaned so industriously by Sue Cole. They now look very different from when they first arrived a few months ago. Theres a carriage bridle, showing the blinker with the Manifold monogram, as well as the polished silver headband and monogram. 
On the wooden rack, is a monogrammed harness saddle with breeching attached, and the next picture shows a collar with traces attached to the hames.
(NOTE: Just hoping that all the horse language is correct!)Image attachmentImage attachment

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They look as good as new

Lots of elbow grease Sue and crew. It’s come up amazing

All looks amazing sue

Look like new

A great job-well done.

Beautifully done!

Beautiful, real deal leather.


Excellent, and so important to preserve history. Great work, Sue.β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Looks fantastic.

Great work, love the preservation history, so important

Janelle Bean-Thornton

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