Monday, 21 October 2013
Things have been very quiet about the Eacham Historical Society of late with many members away on vacation at this time of the year and things at the Millaa museum also slowing with the tourist season winding down. Even business at our annual stall at the recent Rocky Creek VP Memorial Day being quieter than usual with some of the members on duty there suggesting that it might be better if the stall was moved to the annual Mareeba Warbirds Show. It was also decided at the last meeting not to attend this year's annual Yungaburra Book Fair owning to changes that were made to the event's format which made things difficult for the Society. With the cancelling of the Malanda Expo event this year, the Society has had only two public displays this year.
An invitation was received to attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of the small Tolga Historical Society. Some seventy members and local history buffs gathered at the Tolga museum on a clear spring morning to meet up and enjoy the little ceremony to acknowledge this modest milestone. A brief history of the group was read out and Judith Snelling put together a small booklet for the day telling the story of the Society's development. Mayor Rosa Lee Long and Society doyen, Lottie Hastis was invited to join in with the cutting of the birthday cake. As a ex-member of this group, it was pleasing to see them still operating after so long when other small Societies in the district such as the Ravenshoe and Dimbulah groups died so quickly after they were formed.
The big move out of the old School of Arts building is almost complete. Little is left now to move across to the old Post Office building but the great upheaval will continue for a little time yet as some kind of order must be made at this new centre before any resemblance of normality can be achieved and the general business of the Society can be recommenced. To farewell the current museum, after more than thiry years of service at the School of Arts building, a special Open Day was held with members, friends and volunteers invited to take a tour of the place and share memories with the indomitable Mr Les Sim. It looks like all will be sorted out before the approaching date of the annual general meeting.