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Mooroopna sporting history saved

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April 15, 2017

Graeme Young hands historical material over to Barry Campbell of the Mooroopna Historical Society.

Mooroopna sporting memories lost in time now have a place to call home, thanks to the relentless work of a number of passionate people.

After years of research and months of compilation, Graeme Young, on behalf of the Mooroopna Football Netball Club, and Joyce Miller, presented Mooroopna’s history to a number of community services and organisations, to keep the past alive.

DVDs and hard copies of the Stratton Memorial booklet, Back to Mooroopna 1993 DVDs and a photographic history of the MFNC were given to the Mooroopna Historical Society and the Mooroopna library on Tuesday.

A club life member, Mr Young had done the work to ensure a big part of Mooroopna’s history was not lost.

The Stratton Memorial booklet tells the story of Private George Stratton, who was 19 when he was killed in the Boer War, on June 12, 1901.

Photos in the collection date back to 1896, celebrating some of the region’s past sporting heroes.

‘‘It’s a big part of history and it’s good for people to be able to come in here and easily look back,’’ Mr Young said.

‘‘We wanted to let the people of Mooroopna share what we’ve got, it’s definitely better than having them sit on somebody’s computer or in their garage.

‘‘Some of these people are still alive, or their family members are, so it’s good for them to have a look and explore the history.’’

Copies of the DVDs and booklets are now available at the Mooroopna library and historical society.

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