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VIRTUAL BURNS FEST LIVE!
Todays the day! The Camperdown Roberts Burns Festival has risen to the challenge of Covid19 and turned a cancellation of public events into a winner! Visit the website: https://camperdownburnsfestival.com.au/  for a full rundown of all the programs available. Also the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RobertBurnsFestival/ for updates, links and live music streaming.
The CDHS is there too, talking about the origin of the Festival and how it fits into the history of the town.
Enjoy a weekend of music, dance and all things Scottish. The whole program is on the website and a live concert streaming begins at 2pm today with Kate Burke.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Lisa Widdop and Bruce Widdop Bring out the bagpipes this weekend ... could be great !!!

THE WORK GOES ON....
All the leather harness pieces from Talindert are getting a thorough clean with saddle soap and toothbrush from our expert in all things to do with horses, Sue Cole. Then, she says, they will need to be properly oiled to preserve them and stop them from cracking. THEN we may be able to display them.
Its a big job - we have an awful lot more to do.Image attachment

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How lovely to have knowledgeable Sue on hand to ensure preservation for the future generations!

Heritage Centre to reopen 7th July - Visitor Guidelines here.
AIR FORCE BABY
Thanks to Nicole Cummins, who sent us the pic of the badge/medal below. She found it in a wall when renovating. A little bit of research tells us the competition was held in Camperdown in November 1943 as a wartime fundraiser and was a howling success!  The winning babies names were published in the Camperdown Chronicle. 
The house where the medal was found belonged to the Wade family. Does anyone recognise a name belonging to that family in the list of winners?Image attachment

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Yes .. my father's name, Stanley Vagg, is there, however I can't read the article - the image is blurred. My father was in the army at the time, and I believe the baby might be my brother Peter, born in November 1943.

Do you have a date for that issue of the Chronicle please?

I recognise the name of winning baby Rosemary Law Smith whose family owned Chocolyn.

Yes ... know that name.

LAFFS GENEROUS DONATION
Many thanks to Laffs Camperdown for their donation of $114 from their Sales/Promotion section. 
Great support to our community from a local business.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Since the start of our lockdown period, the first face-to-face meeting of the committee was held yesterday (socially distanced, of course!). 
Future opening plans are being discussed and will be publicised as soon as they are finalised.
The work on new displays is still going on - one of which is the Womens display in which a local piano teacher, Jeanie Peter is featured. Below is the plaque which would probably have been displayed on her front fence and theres a lovely photo of her with her students c1928. Miss Peter was born in 1884 and lived until 1973, so perhaps some of our Facebook watchers were taught by her. If so, wed love to hear from you.Image attachment

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Lovely of you all to share your memories of Miss Peter with us. And thanks to Glynis Cummins for sending us the pics in the first place. We were saying on Tuesday that we must polish up the plaque. Love the phone number: 111 😊

Yes I was taught piano by Miss Peters. I walked over the road to her lessons. She was a lovely lady.I remember she wrote on our music with grey lead pencil. She always put the tip of pencil in her mouth before she wrote anything. That always stuck in my mind.

Standing far left is little Nellie Cummins, later Nellie Henry. My husband, her nephew, has a copy of this photo too.Her parents were Jack and Florence (Weatherhead) Cummins and her brothers were Harold and Bob Cummins. Her husband was Roy Henry.

She lived on the corner of Ferguson and Harrison Sts. That sign was on her front fence she polished it regularly. Her garden was always immaculate. She would be mortified if she saw it now. I remember watching her back her little maroon mini over her garbage bin one day and she then drove off up to Manifold Street.

I was taught by Miss Peters I can remember she had a little stick if you hit the wrong key you got a tap with it that was in the 60’s

Yes. My sisters & I were taught by Miss Peters. I played piano for a while then learnt the piano accordion. This was in the 50’s

I will get back to you with information about my father Courtney Harrison being taught to play several instruments by Miss Peters about 1928/29. He had a Banjo Club in Camperdown and taught many to play banjo & ukulele.

Omg I forgot that lol

Ross Murrihy was this your teacher?

We lived in the unit next door to her when we were first married she was a nice lady

WORK GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES
Over the past few weeks, while the community has been in lockdown, dedicated members of the Historical Society Executive have been quietly using the time to re-design our displays and working areas.
A display focussing on the histories of women is in the process of being completed in one corner, another area is given over to our hospital records and stories, and our Aboriginal display is being updated and re-organised.
We are all looking forward to the time when we can open to the public again and show you the results of all the hard work.Image attachment

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Great work guys 🙂

Hi everyone ... great to have this special Lockdown time in many ways 😉💖‼️

Wish I lived closer to view it. My ancestors lived at 68 Manifold street in the 1800’s.

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