Grant to preserve our history

October 09, 2017

Left: Dot HammondRight: Peter Walsh MP

THE mysteries, triumphs, hardships and characters who make up the history of Echuca will live longer and reach more locals thanks to the volunteers of Echuca Historical Society (EHS).

The society has received a $14,927 local history grant towards a major project which aims to continue to digitise archiving of the Riverine Herald from 1998 to July 2005.

Leader of the Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh congratulated EHS on its outstanding volunteer research enquiry service.

Mr Walsh said the grant recognised the professionalism and ongoing contribution of EHS in preserving the historical chronicle of the Riverine Herald to locals and visitors.

‘‘It is a wonderful acknowledgement of the important historical and educational work EHS carries out in our community,’’ he said.

‘‘Preserving our history will ensure the many amazing stories of our past are celebrated and shared with the generations to come.’’

Longtime president of EHS Dot Hammond said the society had worked on this project for three years and to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel was fantastic.

‘‘For a long time we had no idea of the whereabouts of the films, but working with Public Records Victoria, State Libraries Victoria and NSW, we were able to ascertain NSW had them,’’ she said.

‘‘The grant will allow the society to digitise 6464 pages of the Riverine Herald which covers the period 1998 to April 1999.

‘‘Though it is a small sample to be digitised, the society now has the knowledge and hopefully further sections can be funded in the not too distant future.’’

The local history grants program is managed by the Public Record Office Victoria.

EHS operates from the Echuca museum in Dickson St and volunteers are always needed.

For information, call 54801325.

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