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UPDATE TO THE UPDATE
Ooops! We made a mistake. Sorry.
We should have posted a better way to make your research requests than just emailing. Its much better (for us) via the website, then we can get the correct details and tell you the cost. (Its how we keep our books balanced!)
So, go to our website and click on Research Facilities and fill in the relevant form.
Heres the website link 
 www.camperdownhistory.org.au  We will do our best to help.
UPDATE ON HERITAGE CENTRE
As indicated in our previous post, the Heritage Centre is currently closed to the public.
It has now been decided that volunteers will no longer be attending the centre on a regular basis.
However, work still goes on in the background. With the magic of the internet, much of our research and documentation can be done from home.
Basic research requests may be able to be answered if the information can be found off-site. You can send your research requests to camperdowndhs@gmail.com as usual and we will do our best to help.
Stay safe and well is our message to all our readers.
(Below is the beginning of our Womens Display - a very glamorous lady of the twenties.)
ARRANGEMENTS FOR CAMPERDOWN HERITAGE CENTRE

It has been decided to close the Camperdown Heritage Centre to visitors until further notice.

This decision was taken to protect the health of the Camperdown community and our volunteers. Many of us are now in our senior years and therefore at greater risk from the COVID-19 virus.

Most other cultural heritage groups have taken similar action. Victoria’s State Library and Museum Victoria closed this week and the National Trust’s 2020 Australian Heritage Festival has been cancelled.

A special sub-committee consisting of Bob Lambell, Maree Belyea and Jan Whamond has been formed to manage the COVID-19 risk and supervise the continuous cleaning of all surfaces at the Heritage Centre which could carry the virus.

While no public events will be scheduled in the foreseeable future, our volunteers have plenty to do over the next few months, so will not be taking a break. We have some exciting projects in the pipeline.

Our next newsletter will be published as usual in late April 2020.
 
Further updates will be posted on FB and on our Website.
A TREASURE FROM THE LAKE
We had a visit from Annie Fraser a few weeks ago. She and her husband worked at Purrumbete Homestead for some years from 1985. She brought many pages of memories to share with us and, as well, this piece of a plate with the Manifold Crest which was found in Lake Purrumbete.
From the mark on the back, it seems to be English china. We can decipher what looks like: ?. SMITH, OXFORD STREET, LONDON (?),W (?). Any fine china experts out there?Image attachment
THE GPS OF THE PAST
Heres a find in our collection of old papers, booklets, etc. Before SatNav, before GPS, before Melways, there was Know Your Roads. 
Have a look at the detailed instructions on how to get from Melbourne to Winchelsea. No trouble with map-reading in those days!Image attachmentImage attachment
LUNATICS, MURDERS AND SHIPWRECKS
Many thanks to the Camperdown Chronicle for their really interesting article on one of our latest research projects. As they have stated, Jan Whamond has patiently read through and catalogued all the entries in two huge files so that they are now available for searching. Great job, Jan!
LEARNING ABOUT OUR OWN HISTORY
About 30 members and friends attended a fascinating talk by Graham Arkinstall - retired teacher and active member for many years of a number of organisations which are dedicated to taking care of our environment. 
We learnt about the pre-history of our area - from the earliest volcanic eruptions, through the era of local megafauna, the Aboriginal inhabitants and the settlement of Europeans, right up to the restoration work being done in the present day. 
A full report on the afternoon will be in our next edition of History Matters at the end of April.Image attachment
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