Heyfield secures its museum

HEYFIELD and District Historical Society officially announced the purchase of the former Heyfield Post Office on Saturday, giving the society’s collection a permanent home.

After speeches were given by Wellington Shire councillor Malcolm Hole, Heyfield’s Lions Club committee member John Weatherley, Heyfield and Districts Bendigo Bank chairman Michéle Ripper, HDHS president Gerald Molphy and co-ordinator Merryn Stevenson, the sold sign was officially stuck in place, securing the towns’ new museum and heritage nursery.

Guests toured of the building, and five large steam engines presented the perfect backdrop to the morning.

“It was a great sense of achievement — we did what we set out to do,” Ms Stevenson said.

“There’s still a bit of a long road ahead of us, we still have to raise the money to make some modifications to the building, but we’re very pleased to have ticked off stage one.”

HDHS takes possession of the building from mid-September, and is seeking advice on display options from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Work will soon begin on a ramp and bathroom modifications.

Donations can be sent to the Heyfield Community Resource Centre, 5 George St, Heyfield, or paid into the Bendigo Bank account 633000 156780660 with the donor’s name as reference.

Amounts of $1000 or more ensure donors’ names are displayed on the museum’s honour roll. For more information, phone Merryn Stevenson on 5148 0505.