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,…

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…

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…

Historical Society News

In its early years Boolarra was a farming and timber town, and when the railway arrived around 1984 a thriving industry for furniture, floorboards and palings grew up.  Rex Thorburn, scion of the well-known Thorburn family has been connected with milling ever since he left Boolarra State School in the early 1940s. He returned to…

Historical Society News March 2011

The year 2010 ended for our society with a very pleasant excursion to the farm of the Love family near English’s Corner. It was an ideal chance to see one of those more remote dairying properties that functioned until milk tankers grew so enormous that they could no longer fit through gates or around turning…

Boolarra Historical Society News – Dec. 2010

Members were co-opted into hard labour over the winter months when major renovations to the Old School took place. Huge display cabinets, farming memorabilia, giant crosscut saws along with china teacups and a piano were shifted or packed up to make way for the floor polisher, and then unpacked and moved back again. What emerged…