Chairman's Report 2018  
A walk around the Museum






Strathalbyn & District
Heritage Centre,
South Australia



For the first six months of the year our major project was to finalise our display of "Agriculture Stories of the Past", with Warren and Ken putting in many hours of work at the Museum and at home as well. With help at times from other volunteers, Bob, John, Terry and Peter. The display was finally completed in March and opened by the Mayor Keith Parkes.

Our major fund raising events have been a stall at the Strathalbyn Antique Fair and two garage sales, with just over $2000 raised at these events.Also, with our new displays, bus loads of tourists and visits by Eastern Fleurieu students have improved door takings.

Our weekly Repair and Maintenance continues, with Lorraine and Bob pushing lawn mowers and keeping the garden neat and tidy, Mark cleaning up and removing spider webs from around exhibits and Gary, John, Kon and our new member Kevin at times picking up shovels or paint brushes to help with jobs where required. Mick, Barry and Terry man the office by reading emails, and tagging and cataloguing new items for our museum and Elaine entering new exhibits on our computer system. To all our volunteers my personal thanks for giving your time and assistance in making the Heritage Centre run as smoothly as it does. It is not only the volunteers who turn up on Thursdays, but also those who do door duty on Saturdays and Sundays in keeping the doors open for the public to see our National Trust Museum.

To John and Jenny Fox, a special mention for organising our Christmas lunch, which was held at "SAILS" Clayton Bay. A very enjoyable meal and a day that was appreciated by all.

Our Agriculture Stories from the Past was one of a few historic displays within the Alexandrina Council area that was nominated for a Heritage Award.We did not win, but the display was given high praise and received a Certificate of Appreciation.

I must thank Warren and Ann for the power of work they did for the museum; they are badly missed around the place and I hope that when they finish their holiday touring around Australia that we will see them again around the museum. Also to Elaine for her work on the computers, thank you. Elaine is not leaving us, but just wants to scale back a bit.

Trevor and Jill, you have done a great job in keeping our visitors informed on their family histories when requested, and also reporting on the conditions and exact whereabouts of several local historic buildings and monuments.

Finally, to Ken Knight, Terry Watson and Mick Grambeau a very special thank you for your help and knowledge in keeping our Heritage Centre running in some orderly fashion. That also goes for the rest of our volunteers.

Geoff Poyner, Branch Chairman