Maffra and District Historical Society

M&DHS operates the Maffra Sugar Beet Museum, part of the Local History Collection at the Maffra Library, and a Dairy Museum at the Robotic Dairy at Winnindoo.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Significance Assessment

The Maffra Sugar Beet Museum collection is currently having an assessment of the significance of its collection carried out. It was funded by Heritage Victoria, and the consultant is Emma Russell.

The final report has not yet come in, but we do know that one of the items that Emma was quite interested in is this illuminated address - presented to Robert Herkes of Newry on his retirement in 1900 as secretary of the Maffra Agricultural Society.

Herkes Illuminated address

This photograph is of a copy - the original is in a rather nice gold frame.

We also have another in the collection, unframed. This was presented to Fritz Horstman of Upper Maffra in 1885, on his retirement from council. This one is more amateur in commission, but signed on behalf of many people in the community.

Horstman Illuminated address

We having been looking around for other addresses - maybe we will be able to have an exhibition of them next year. Stay tuned.


Blogger Lenore said...

An exhibition of illuminated addresses is a good idea. I wish I thought of it first. We have several addresses at the Essendon museum. My favorite one is still hanging on the wall in the Civic Centre, though we have photographic copies. This depicts the little tank engine and carriages of the very short-lived Melbourne and Essendon Railway Company. Councillor Filson was the lucky recipient. There are also portraits of all the other councillors - needless to say without their names, so we are trying to identify them.

Best wishes,


November 12, 2009 at 4:57 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Ooops - just found this comment, had not properly set this blog up to pass comments along to me. Thank you for calling by.

Strange councillor names weren't on the mounts. But then, we had a photographer who specialised in calligraphy, so many had details under them.

Feel free to lift the idea!

November 16, 2009 at 1:32 AM  

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