Maffra Historical Society recognised

RHSV president Richard Broome presents the certificate to Maffra and District Historical Society's Pauline Hitchins. Photo: Contributed

MAFFRA and District Historical Society was recently recognised by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for more than 50 years of membership.

The secretary treasurer, Pauline Hitchins, accepted the award certificate on behalf of the society at a morning tea at History House, in A’Beckett Street, Melbourne in September.

She noted the significant service of former members such as Flo Pearce; the former secretary Jeremy Hales; the former secretary treasurer Spence Eakins; the former president John Little; and researchers Linda Barraclough and Shirley McCole. Others who had been active included Ron Pitt, Doc Doherty, Alan McCole and the current president, Carol Kitchenn.

Presenting the certificate of recognition, the RHSV president, Richard Broome, noted the important comradeship among members and the mini introduction Pauline had provided to Maffra’s unique sugar beet industry.

Other societies that had been members of RHSV for 50 years were Cranbourne Shire Historical Society, El Dorado Museum Association Inc, Essendon Historical Society, Hastings-Westernport Historical Society Inc, Lilydale & District Historical Society, Marysville and District Historical Society, Nillumbik Historical Society, Richmond & Burnley Historical Society, St Kilda Historical Society, Sunshine & District Historical Society Inc, Terang & District Historical Society Inc and Waverley Historical Society.

Individuals recognised for their half century membership were Frank Van Straten, Geoffrey Blainey, John Poynter, John Rickard, Peter Lord and Robert Green.

Maffra and District Historical Society collects and researches the history of the former Shire of Maffra and runs the Sugar Beet Museum in the former weighbridge and office of the sugar beet factory. The museum, located in McMahon Drive Maffra, is open 10am to 1pm on the first Sunday of each month and for groups at other times by appointment.