Boolarra Historical Society News Sep. 2019

The chilly winter caused us to close for two months on our first Sunday Open Day but last Sunday, 4 September, the Old School Museum was a bustling with visitors from near and far. They included a philosopher, an horologist, a group of three generations one of whom was a horsewoman and regular rider to Snake Island. Locals will remember Tommy Gilpin, a distinguished rider and cattleman, who took many groups to this island near Corner Inlet.

Coincidentally last July our president Harry Price screened for us a Landline episode of this stunning event where cattle are driven at low tide across channels to this island to fatten up, then taken back weeks after. Keith Holmes shared his memories with us of this ride – the camaraderie and the adventure. It is not for the faint-hearted. So it is comforting to know that horsemen and horsewomen are keeping up this old tradition despite some pressures from the Lands Department.

In August we listened to an information session on the proposed Delburn Wind Farm given by Ruth Harper, Boolarra resident and Community Engagement Officer for OSMI, the firm involved in wind farms. Local reactions to this proposal seem mixed and some of our perplexities were resolved.

Next meeting on 17 September will be our AGM. All members, old and new, are welcome.

The Boolarra Historical Museum is open on the firstt Sunday of each month from 2-4 pm, or by appointment with the Secretary, Mengar Hibbins (0429 696 211). The Boolarra and District Historical Society meets at the Boolarra Museum on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome, and information on our activities can be obtained from Harry Price (0429 696 241), Mengar Hibbins (0429 696 211), Judy Webster (5169 6351) or Beth Price (5169 6241).