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Exciting times for Wandong History Group following restoration works

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Wandong History Group is looking forward to the future, with the restoration of St Michael’s Catholic Church opening the doors for improved activities and exhibitions.

The group has been awarded a grant of $18,529 as part of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association’s Regional Collections Program, which has been put towards new room dividers and display towers that will be used to stage new exhibitions.

Wandong History Group president Karen Christensen said the group has been limited in the past but was excited for the new possibilities.

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“For over three years the Wandong History Group has been forced to work from home due to restricted activities during COVID-19 lockdowns,” she said.

“With our leased premises undergoing restoration, our ability to stage exhibitions of displays was severely limited however now that the restoration of St Michael’s Catholic Church is complete, our group is excited about our future.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to our new facility to view our collections.”

Wandong History Group last month held its History Month exhibition, putting to use the new room dividers and display panels, as well as a backlit display cabinet and a medical grade air purifier to present a range of historical Wandong memorabilia.

Attended by descendants of Robert Affleck Robertson, the founder the industrial hub of Wandong in 1884, the event featured a photographic display titled ‘Tramlines and Sawmills of Mt Disappointment’ and the launch of the group’s new publication titled ‘From Scotland to the Antipodes: Building a Dynasty.’

An extensive family tree displaying details of more than 600 descendants of Robert Robertson also featured.

Ms Christensen acknowledged the group’s project was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Museums and Galleries Association through the Regional Collections Program.

“Our Wandong History Group looks forward to welcoming visitors to our rejuvenated exhibition space,” Ms Christensen said.

The group will soon be launching a new website at wandongheathcotejunctionhistory.com.au where details of upcoming events, exhibitions and displays can be accessed.

Visit and learn more about the history of Wandong-Heathcote Junction at Wandong History Group’s new home at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 11 Dry Creek Crescent, Wandong.

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