Cohuna & District Historical Society 
Inc. Reg. No. A0023886E

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Come, see us...
Museum is open Monday mornings from 10am-Noon or by appointment.

Archives Centre Open Friday 1-4pm or by appointment.

Old Hall for 'Trash and Treasure' is open Mon 9.30am-2pm and Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-Noon.
Ph: 03 5456 2345

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Accredited Museum
The Cohuna & District Historical Society wishes to thank the following people for their contributions:

Logo Pam Stewart
Photography Reg Peel & Cohuna & District Historical Society Inc.
VIC MAP Debbie Clifford

Appointments phone
(03) 5456 7332

Email Contact:
Yvonne Church
Diana Mitchell-Dorrity
General Enquiries

Cohuna & District Historical Society
PO Box 423
Cohuna VIC 3568

Cohuna & District Historical Society was formed on 3rd April, 1970. Meetings were held at the High School until July 1971, and then in the old Memorial Hall Library room, where they were able to display their growing collection of the district's history.

A Hobbies & Collectors Day, (1972-1985) drew many interested collectors. Other projects include a request for a way-side stop at Major Mitchell's camping site at Wee Wee Rup, the marking of the Major Mitchell tree on the Barr Creek at Koroop in May 1975 and sites of original schools.

In 1975, Cohuna celebrated its Centenary, and the Society published the first of its books, "Unlock the Land", a history of the district from its earliest days.

Family Centenary Certificates, designed by Mrs Phyllis Hetherington, have been presented to families on achieving 100 years of settlement in this district.

In 1982 Cohuna Historical Society Co-operative was formed, and purchased the Scots Church and Hall, (following the formation of the Uniting Church) to display and store the extensive collection of exhibits, photographs and records. Cohuna Historical Centre was officially opened on 17th November 1984. The Co-operative was dissolved in 1991.

The Old Church Building has become the Museum for exhibits and special displays. The collection contains a variety of old household items and memorabilia of the district, including a fence post cut by Albert Jacka, Australia's first V.C. winner in World War One, who worked in this district prior to the war; part of an original tree marked by Major Mitchell; the Macorna Telephone exchange; and a potato-masher originally owned by the mother of Ned Kelly.

Who are they...
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Wee Wee Rup/Gunbower Wedding c.1902
The Archive & Photographic Collections are now housed in the adjacent purpose-built brick Archives Building opened on the 18th September 1992. A large compactus unit is installed in the fire-proof room.

Family & Local History Research (photocopying, plus a small fee) can be arranged, or you may prefer to do your own research. Researchers are requested to donate a copy to our archives.

All acquisitions in both Museum & Archives have been donated by the community whilst Indexing and Research are carried out entirely by volunteers.

Donations by Local Service Clubs, organisations, and individuals, include display cases, furniture and the compactus.

The Old Church Hall (where the display cases contain a collection of photographs of Cohuna and district through the years) has become the centre of fund raising activities and "Trash and Treasure" sales (our major fund-raiser) are held in the hall on a regular basis.

The Museum contains memorabilia of Cohuna's past. Open Monday mornings 10am-Noon or by appointment.

The Archives Centre holds our library, research and records, local newspapers (bound copies from 1957) microfilm of newspapers - Kerang 1882-1913 & Cohuna from 1913, a photograph collection of people and places, cemetery records for a wide area, family and district history. Open Friday 1.00 - 4.00 pm or by appointment.

The Old Hall is the 'Trash and Treasure' (our major fund raiser) point of sale. Open Monday 9.30am - 2.00pm and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 10.00am - 12.00 noon.

Unlock the Land
(Gordon/Hetherington/Spark/Peatling). History of District up to 1975.

Cohuna and the Great War. 1914-1918.
(Bottcher). Edited Cohuna Farmers' Weekly

Battling the Bush. Cohuna 1874-1900.
(Bottcher). Cohuna in the Selection Years.

Cohuna District: The War Years 1939-1945.
(Sheridan). Edited Cohuna Farmers' Weekly.

Cohuna & District Pioneers: Pre-1900.
Vol 1 & 2. (Bottcher/Hosking). (Volume 3 in preparation)

The Courier.
Series 1 (15 issues) and Index
Series 2 (12 issues) and Index
(Sheridan/Bottcher/V. Morris). Collection of articles on Cohuna and District history.

A Brief History of Cohuna Shire. 1922-1994.
Cohuna Shire amalgamation 1994. (Now part of the Shire of Gannawarra)

Tom Olsson's Cohuna, 1952-1973.
Video (1 hour VHS) produced from original (unedited) 16mm movie film - Buildings, Schools, Sport, Farming, Shows, Parades etc.

Home Papers Please Copy.
Vol 1. 1876-1884; Vol 2. 1885-1888; Vol 3. 1888-1890; Vol 4. 1891-1893. (Bottcher/Hosking) Birth, death and marriage reports from the "Kerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette."

A guide to Cohuna & District Schools.
(Mavis Smith. Editor. 1998.)

Cohuna Celebrates 1875-2000.
Photographic history of Cohuna.
(Church / J. Morris / Peel / Sheridan / Veal. 2000.)

Keely - Dalton's Bridge Schools Reunion 2000.
(Garner. 2000.)

Where are we...
Cohuna is located about 3 hours north of Melbourne. Situated on the Gunbower Creek, it is a popular holiday spot as well as a regional sports centre with a wide range of facilities.

Major Mitchell's trails are a large part of the local history, but being situated close to the Murray River and associated wetlands has also given Cohuna a rich history in agriculture. There are a number of monuments and sites to visit that reflect Cohuna and District's growing wealth of historical facts.

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