To celebrate Heritage Week, Helensburgh & District Historical Society will be having an Open Day at our small museum and resource centre, the Old Mine Surgery, 78 Parkes Street, Helensburgh, on Sunday 24 April, 10 am to 3 pm.
As a further remembrance of World War I, a 100 years re-enactment of the south coast recruiting Waratah March was held on Saturday 12 December 2015. At the conclusion of the march a memorial ceremony was held at the Helensburgh War Memorial in Charles Harper Park. The Helensburgh & District Historical Society presented a display relating to Helensburgh men and WWI. We also provided a LEAFLET with information on the men who volunteered at Stawell Park and Helensburgh on 14 December 1915.
On Saturday 12 December, the Waratah March Re-enactment will take place in Helensburgh starting at the library at 10.30 am. It will proceed down Walker Street, along Parkes Street to the War Memorial in Charles Harper Park. At the Memorial a short service will be held. The Historical Society will be presenting a display related to World War I in the Rotunda in the Park.
Heavy rain earlier in the year caused a rock fall near the entrance to the old Metropolitan Tunnel. In late May Helensburgh & District Landcare group members held a working bee to move the rocks off the rail, and remove rubbish and graffiti.
Our latest research project has been on listing all men associated with the Helensburgh & District area (Postcode 2508) who enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces for service in the First World War.
Thank you to www.helensburgh.com.au for the following: An interview with Tom Anderson, former resident of Helensburgh and son to Mr Bill [William Franklin] Anderson and Jean Anderson [nee Griffiths] founders of the Helensburgh Mushroom Co Pty Ltd.