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Thomastown Terminal Station

Thomastown Terminal Station By Robert Wuchatsch As you drive north along High Street and cross the intersection of Mahoney’s Road and Keon Parade, the Thomastown Terminal Station dominates the landscape on your left. This Thomastown landmark, which commenced operations in 1924, has now served Melbourne and Victoria for a century. On 6 December 1922 the Argus reported: Steady progress is...

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President’s Report – June 2024

PRESIDENTS REPORT – Barbara Miller Two exciting WHS events took place in March, beginning with the Yan Yean bus tour with Ross Mugavin as presenter. Twenty seven attendees enjoying an informative and social day, touring various historical locations in the Yan Yean area, and stopping for lunch at the Caretaker’s Cottage at Yan Yean Reservoir. If you missed out on...

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Well-informed day for Whittlesea Historical Society

Well-informed day for Whittlesea Historical Society By Barbara MillerGuest speakers, Peter Nankervis and Julie Nankervis were the star attractions at the Whittlesea Historical Society’s general meeting on the 19th of May. Peter had invited WHS to hold their meeting at the Arthur’s Creek Hall, which is the original Mechanics Institute. This renovated building has found an exciting new purpose in...

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New WHS Committee

New WHS Committee Our thanks go to the outgoing committee for their service to this great group. Some of these members have been long-term committee members, with involvement going back over many years.The new committee blends experience with enthusiasm, providing a broad range of skills which will give us a fresh perspective for the coming year.2023 has been a year...

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Memorial Dedication for Lieutenant Colonel Robert Garrick Wilson

Memorial Dedication for Lieutenant Colonel Robert Garrick Wilson On Remembrance Day, a Memorial Stone was unveiled by Wilson’s granddaughter, Margaret Nihill at the Soldier’s Memorial, Church Street, Whittlesea. This was held to recognise and unveil the Memorial and to Commemorate the dedicated service of previously forgotten Whittlesea resident, Robert Garrick Wilson for his selfless service to his country during the...

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Epping Cemetery Tour

Epping Cemetery Tour – 19 August 2023 By Wendy Lowry On Saturday 19th August, the Whittlesea Historical Society conducted a Cemetery Tour of the Epping Cemetery which is located on the corner of High Street and O’Herns Road Epping. The Vice President, Mr Bruce Batten along with member Tanya Gook who had done all the research, gave an interesting account...

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Your History, Our Vision

Your History, Our Vision – WHS Seminar 28 June 2023 By Barbara Miller, Karen Wilson & Matt Christie On 28th June, members of the Whittlesea Historical Society held a seminar hosted by Jacinta & Carol Walsh from Whitehaven Receptions to discuss the importance of creating an historical & arts precinct with the inclusion of a historical museum and art gallery....

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Lockwood Family Clock

Have you noticed the clock on the wall of the Whittlesea Post Office? Have you wondered where did it come from and what is the story of this old clock? Here is my story. I was made by Thomas Gaunt who was born in 1829, and arrived in Melbourne in 1852. By 1858 he had established his business as a...

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Launceston Elliot

Britain’s First Olympic Champion who later came to live in Whittlesea. Launceston Elliot was born in India on 9th June 1874, but his parents,who married in Carlton in 1873, chose his name because he had been conceived in the City of Launceston. Launceston was the son of Gilbert Wray Elliot and his third wife Anne Mason. Gilbert  who was descended...

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