Boolarra Historical Society News – June 2020

In these days of global health crises it is appropriate to praise those medical workers, doctors, nurses and paramedics who are at the front line of the war on or containment of the COVID-19 epidemic. It must be hellish. They are all facing an unknown foe and are personally working under dangerous conditions every day,…

Famous Quotes – June 2020

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without…

Vale William Harold Armstrong

13-02-1940 to 08-01-2020   William Harold Armstrong (known to us all as Bill) was born in Sunshine on 13 February 1940 to Myrtle and Harold. He was the youngest son and brother to Joy, Archie and Colin. They lived on a farm up Foster Road for a number of years and then in 1951 moved…

Boolarra Historical Society News – March 2020

The Boolarra Folk Festival this year proved to be more popular than ever. There was a busy market dotted with buskers that overflowed into the streets, the school children’s drum and rhythm performance and Steve Schultz’s drumming workshop. The talented live music performances onstage stirred a receptive audience. There were new faces and old acquaintances…

Dave Carstairs- Master Craftsman

The work of Dave Carstairs is now on permanent display at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection in Maffra. Dave worked as a teacher, mechanical engineer and for thirty years, as a wheelwright. A very talented craftsman, Dave produced many varieties and makes of Vintage and Veteran wooden spoked wheels. A couple of his most famous repairs…

Ross Hall celebrates 92 years.

On November 28 William Ross Hall celebrated his ninety second birthday.  Ross was born in 1927 at his Grandmother’s home in South Melbourne.  At a few days old he came back to his family home in Budgeree and has lived here ever since. Ross worked alongside his two brothers, Bruce (Dec) and Alister, on the…

Queen for a day

Budgeree resident, Leanne Potter, recently competed at the Milestone Pageant in the Philippines. Leanne was representing Australia as Mrs Australia Classic and was part of a team of five Australians who travelled to Manilla. Leanne said “It was great fun, although extremely challenging, especially with the humidity which made my hair stand on end.” Mrs…

DELWP Committee of Management Recognition Program 2019: Russell McGlade

A few months ago, the Parks Committee received correspondence from DELWP requesting nominations for people who had provided outstanding service for our committee of management for the reserve. A quick discussion with John Cargill, and we both agreed that the obvious person to be nominated was Russell. A nomination was submitted (see below), and just…

From the farm to fame – Dec. 2019

On Friday 22 November 2019 the Weekly Times announced their six winners of the rural women Shine Awards. The Shine Awards to put the spotlight on the amazing but often silent achievements of women doing incredible things within their communities. The winner of the Most Dedicated was Mrs Jean Beamish from Budgeree. Mrs Beamish was…